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Summary

It is every mother's nightmare. Her child is missing, found murdered. Her lover is the prime suspect. 

It is every police officer's dread. A child murder. A circumstantial case. 

It is every solicitor's dream. Twelve men and women will decide the verdict. But only you can decide if justice is done for the victim.

©1997 Lynda La Plante (P)2020 Bonnier Books Ltd

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I'm going to do a review for the series as a whole and post it for each book, this is because I feel that the further along the series and especially the last book are mostly about the private lives of the detectives rather than the crimes themselves.

I do feel that of all the series of Linda La Plante's that I've read/watched this is probably the weakest as far as story and character development go.

The character of Mike Walker is not someone I like, yes he may get the job done, but he really is a dinosaur, and frankly I don't think he is that good of a detective. He guesses a lot or plays a hunch, which by luck has been proved correct, so often no more follow up is done once a case has either had a confession or thought to be proved. Finding evidence whilst the case is going through trial seems really far fetched to me and also not professional.

The character of Pat North has a lot of potential, she should have stayed well away from getting involved in a relationship with Mike Walker, and frankly that whole scenario is completely unnecessary.

The Detective Sargent character of Dave Satchwell starts off predictable, seems to move forward, and then de-evolves by the last book.

How much of all of this is due to the fact that the author was writing for television, rather than writing a "book" I don't know, but the story does seem to suffer because of it.

I won't be revisiting the tv series, and I doubt very much that I will listen to the books again.

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Great book

loved it, good pace and accurate accents by the narrator. Kept you wondering about the suspect's guilt or not until the end.

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Great listen

Really brilliant narration, good story- loved this one! Will definitely be listening to the whole series

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Really good performance

The narrater was excellent in my opinion and made every character come alive. He has made it difficult to listen to anyone else.

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Good read

All in all I did enjoy this book, I thought I had it sussed who it was, but I was wrong... Very suspenseful..

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It was ok

Not one of the best, the ending was very disappointing. Hope the next one is better.

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Engaging audible

Thoroughly enjoyed this as it works well as an audible book. It’s very engaging plus I also really like the narrator which is always important. I particularly liked him doing the female voices.

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Very disappointing

I need to identify with at least one character and I didn’t have any feelings about anyone. I usually enjoy her books but I felt this one was a waste of time.

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Depressing

I listen to a lot of crime fiction but did not enjoy this at all. There is no respite from a horrific and depressing story from start to finish. Every single thing that happens to every single character, even minor ones, is sad. I feel drained by it. The narrator was excellent however.

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good

A good story, excellent reader. Can't help but download the next book in the series.

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  • 18-11-21

Trial and Retribution

I am really enjoying this author's writing, the murders are thrilling and the characters are excellent. The narration is very good. Will be looking out for more books.

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  • happyjo
  • 01-07-22

Trial and retribution

I really enjoyed this kidnapping, murder audio book. It is a sad subject, but the characters were colorful and not very likeable, except for one of the attorneys.

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  • Chantal Noordeloos
  • 16-05-22

Amazing descriptions

This novel feels like a harsh dose of reality. It’s one of those rare novels that can mimic real life in such a way it makes me a little uncomfortable. I think La Plante has an exceptional gift for description. I’m really impressed by her skill.
The story is decent and very heartbreaking. It zigged and zagged and the end actually surprised me.