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The story was interesting. It starts well, with an unusual premise. But it started feeling too farfetched. I couldn't connect to the characters. The ending, with a twist, felt like the author was being very clever and wants to pull off surprises. I found it abrupt.
I hate giving up on any book but I just can't seem to get into this at all. I find it a bit confusing. The main character is odd. There seems to be 3 threads or 'stories' running through it, a past event that, unless I've fallen asleep and missed something, isn't explained at all or not very clearly at the start of the book, the second event - break up of a marriage and the third, the character obsessed about the sinking of a ship and the death of an old friend. Finally, more than a third of the way through I had to admit defeat. Sorry, but it just wasn't for me.
Another right proper page-turner of a book from Denise Mina. In an imaginative twist on the amateur detective plot, an odd couple race across Europe to try and solve a crime that doesn't seem right, inspired by a True Crime podcast that picks at an old wound. It's a rip-roaring yarn that reminded me of books by John Buchan's tales and there were lots of echoes of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca in there too. Highly recommended.
What a journey. How many twists and strands can one writer weave together? Just as well there appears to be two delivering this tale: Anna McDonald & Denise Mina. A fine partnership guided by encouraging support team. Once you start this splendidly superb adventure you better buckle up for a thrilling, expertly paced, joy to absorb - word by hand-picked word. Thanks to all involved.
First and probably last book I’ll read by this author. The premise was good. A mystery surrounding the deaths of a family onboard a yacht. But instead of building on this mystery with a more simplified plot the story becomes much less interesting, boring in fact, when we are taken on an amateurish chase across Europe with badly written ‘action’ scenes. The podcast element added nothing to the story and I was unsure as to why the main character is accompanied by someone suffering from anorexia. One scene stood out and that took place on the train when M/c is confronted by gangster Demy. This was where the author revealed she could create compelling characters if she tried (or felt inspired) Only then was I drawn into the story.
Anna is married to Hamish, has two beautiful little girls and many secrets. She escapes from her world by reading and listening to podcasts. One morning she gets up early and starts a new podcast. The podcast is about a yacht owned by Leon, a name Anna knows from her past. She is shocked and enthralled and then her world crumbles around her! Hamish announces he is leaving her for her best friend and they are taking the girls with them on holidays.She falls to the floor in her hall and stays there until a knock on the door wakes her up, her friends husband Fin who is as shocked as she is. She makes a rash decision to look into the crime on the podcast but it means travelling back into her past and she brings Fin with her. There starts a story of secrets, crime, running away, media and travels from Scotland to France and Italy. This is a fast paced thrilling story and at times it gets confusing but it all comes together in the end.
The promotion for this book is true. If you like Killing Eve, you will most likely enjoy this book. One morning Anna comes down the stairs to indulge in two of her life's pleasures - listening to a true crime podcast and drink good coffee. Her children and husband are upstairs asleep, giving her precious moments of peace and quiet. All that changes when she answers the door to her best friend, Estelle, turns around and sees her husband, Hamish on the stairs with his bags packed, announcing he is leaving her for Estelle and they are taking the children. What follows is a dark and mad cap adventure, when Anna becomes obsessed in finding out the truth behind the podcast she has been listening to, her interest piqued by the fact the victim, Leon Parker, was a man she once knew. Reluctantly, she is joined in her investigations by Fin Cohen, Estelle's soon to be ex husband, who is a musician with a dangerous eating disorder. The banter between Anna and Fin is truly comical. There are murders, threats and a race across Europe to find the truth about Leon's death, while also exposing the truth about Anna's past.