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Summary

Introducing DC Ffion Morgan, in the unmissable new series from number one best seller Clare Mackintosh.

On New Year's Eve, Rhys Lloyd has a house full of guests.

His lakeside holiday homes are a success, and he's generously invited the village to drink champagne with their wealthy new neighbours. This will be the party to end all parties.

But not everyone is there to celebrate. By midnight, Rhys will be floating dead in the freezing waters of the lake.

On New Year's Day, DC Ffion Morgan has a village full of suspects.

The tiny community is her home, so the suspects are her neighbours, friends and family—and Ffion has her own secrets to protect.

With a lie uncovered at every turn, soon the question isn't who wanted Rhys dead...but who finally killed him.

In a village with this many secrets, a murder is just the beginning.

©2022 Clare Mackintosh Ltd (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Superb, with echoes of Agatha Christie." (Patricia Cornwell)

"A dark delight of a murder mystery." (Janice Hallett)

"Detectives Leo and Ffion make a storming debut." (Belinda Bauer)

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Wouldn't have guessed this was by Clare Mackintosh

Love all of Clare Mackintosh's thrillers and so looked forward to this one and had in on pre-order since day one ... but I would just have never have guessed it was by her.
I was excited this was the first in a new series but I just could not get into it and did not care for the detective or her family situation.
I just found it all rather dull and after trying a couple of chapters I am sadly giving up.
What a pity :-(

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Clare’s best yet

Loved this book, and could tell that the author is attached to the beautiful surroundings of Wales because of her descriptive ability of the area and community which greatly enhanced the atmosphere and feel of the story.
The plot and characters were complex but drew me in, there were surprises along the way and I’m left wanting another book to find out what happens next.

This book was a joy to listen to because Chloe Angharad Davies is an exceptional narrator. I hope she continues to record the future books in this series.

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Her best so far

And read brilliantly - highly recommended! Delighted this is the start of a new series as the characters were so vivid.

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Gripping story & narration

Absolutely loved this - the narration was superb & gripping, with special attention to detail with the fact that it’s northern Welsh rather than the ‘sing song’ southern Welsh accent. I felt I was listening to a play being acted out & was transported into that world - so much more riveting than some of the boring “monotone” audios that I have heard. I whole heartedly recommend this audio book

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appalling narative

Having enjoyed Claire Mackintosh's previous novels both reading and listening to, I was looking forward to this new one. I can't comment on the story as I only could manage a few chapters. Chloe, the narrator has a lovely speaking voice but her attempt at both the Welsh and Liverpudlian accents and the different characters were I'm sorry to say appalling, think nails on a chalk board, a very very uncomfortable listen. I've received my refund . thank you. I'll buy this one to read .

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Heavy handed accents

Buried within its 400+ pages there’s a decent plot.
Plus points: the location was great; the premise was good; there was a nice cast and the central mystery was intriguing.
Negative points: the landscape and houses were strangely indistinct and the characters were unsubtle.
In addition, the first-person present-tense narratives jarred. The constant back and forth in time, reliving the same event through the eyes of different people, was confusing and became irritating quite quickly.
It also slowed down the story, which you don’t want in a page-turner mystery.
After starting as an ebook, I switched to the audiobook to hear the lilting pronunciation of all the Welsh words, but sadly the narrator made heavy weather of the text with harsh distracting accents.

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Really extraordinary story telling!

First Clare Mackintosh story and I am hooked! The characters are all so believable and you feel involved from the beginning, the narration is, well, wow! Brilliant. Didn't want it to end, looking forward to the next one.

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loved it, from a North Welsh lass

So so so accurate. I was born in North Wales ( Abersoch, which is mentioned in the book) and have a lot of family there, but have lived and worked in London for all my adult life and this is spot on accurate. The relationships between the characters made me chuckle as they are exactly what i experience. So lovely to hear a North Welsh accent which is so different to South Wales and English people trying to sound Welsh. Thank you

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Really enjoyed!

Really enjoyed this Book and thought the Narration was brilliantly done! I will be reading/listening to more from this author and really hope the next in the series isn’t to far away!

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Superb as expected!

Another great read from Clare Mackintosh, I haven’t been disappointed by one of hers yet. However…..knowing there is always an unexpected (now expected!) twist at the end, I never thought it was over until it actually finished. She created likeable characters you were actually interested in, not just a good plot. Looking forward to reading the next in the series when it’s out next year.

The narration was truly superb. Chloe Angharad Davies was excellent - brilliant at accents, acted rather than read in all the right areas, easy to distinguish between different characters when there was a conversation with multiple people. Shame there is currently nothing else on Audible she has narrated - more please!

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Over dramatic narrator and poor story

It's not often but this book I really cold not finish. The characters where one dimensional and not believable. The story not very original.