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Summary

An Irish Times top 10 bestseller

A Sunday Times best crime novel of 2022

An Apple thriller of the month

Ben Harper's life changed forever the day his older brother, Nick, was murdered by two classmates. It was a crime that shocked the nation and catapulted Ben's family and their idyllic hometown, Haddley, into the spotlight.

Twenty years on, Ben is one of the best true-crime journalists in the country and happily settled back in Haddley, thanks to the support of its close-knit community. But when a fresh murder case shines new light on his brother's death and throws suspicion on those closest to him, Ben's world is turn upside down once more.

He's about to discover that Haddley is a town full of secrets. No one is as they seem. Everyone has something to hide.

And someone will go to any length to keep the truth buried....

©2021 Robert Gold Ltd (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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"12 stars." (Lisa Jewell)

"Utterly absorbing." (Shari Lapena)

"Unputdownable." (Karin Slaughter)

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Felt like trudging through syllabus book at times

It seemed like an exciting premise but although it was only 9 hrs and 31 minutes it felt at times more like 90 hours and 39 minutes and I never reached the finish line.
Narration was fine but at times it just felt like trudging through required reading.
I guessed a few of the plot twists - I really am truly amazed that it was not a longer book as it really did seem to drag and drag.
The protagonist did not appeal to me much as a bit feeble and I did not really buy the baddie who was a bit overblown and cartoonish.
The policewoman's role in it all seemed completely unlikely to the point of ridiculousness and added to the whole immaturity and preposterousness of it all.
I also was not much of a fan of the adult parts of the book - although they were not detailed the vague sketch of them conjured up most unpleasant visions.
In all I think this could have made a short story but as a thriller it fell short of the mark.
At times it was easy listening, at times cringy, at times too far fetched - I do not know what happened at the end as my interest petered out long before.
Overall it was just terribly bland throughout to the point I really did not have any interest in finding out what happened next or even who dunnit or why.
I admit I do usually listen to audiobooks written by women say 80% of the time and this is the reason why, it was all a bit Boy's Own with a rather dull character suddenly trying to be a cross between Sherlock Holmes and James Bond with women lacking much depth of character.
Sad to say I will not be risking a credit with another Robert Gold book.

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This book hits the ground running.

Before you blink you will be on Chapter Nine! This book takes you on a fast journey full of twists and turns. I read this in two days, it's impossible to walk away as every chapter leaves you wanting more. A great first novel. Make sure you add this to your TBR pile.

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Really good engaging story- to the very end!

Great characteristics and twisty page- turning pace. Great story in this genre- would definitely recommend .

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enjoyable

easy to follow, good narrator, good plot with a few twists and turns. recommended

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Sorry but I don't get the hype

I would have returned this but Audible doesn't allow it when your membership is paused. Over complicated plot, terrible vacuous characters. Predictable and forgettable :/

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Superb

Absolutely loved this book cannot wait for his next one Hurry up!!!!! Kept me guessing all of the time which I love.

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Great book, wonderful narration

This is a really good domestic thriller, with lots of twists and turns and an impressive list of potential suspects to keep you guessing. The setting is a little smug - lots of nice, middle class people living in lovely houses beside the Thames - but overall, the story is well paced and intriguing. The narrator does an amazing job.