Audiobook Review: Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

“Everyone’s always going through something, aren’t they? That’s life, basically. It’s just more and more things to go through.”

Published in 2017, Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney follows twenty-one-year-old Frances, a student in Dublin and an aspiring writer. At night, she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be her girlfriend. When they befriend Melissa, a well-known journalist who is married to actor Nick, they enter a world of beautiful houses, raucous dinner parties and holidays in Provence. But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.

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Audiobook Review: Us Against You (Beartown #2) by Fredrik Backman

“Everyone is a hundred different things, but in other people’s eyes we usually get the chance to be only one of them.”

The second book in the Beartown series by Fredrik Backman and published in 2017, Us Against You follows the citizens of Beartown after everything they have gone through, who struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the former Beartown players who now play for a rival team in Hed. But when a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown’s new hockey coach, a new team starts to take shape.

As the big match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt grows deeper. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after all they’ve been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.

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Audiobook Review: Summerwater by Sarah Moss

“And the waves, of course, have almost gone here in the shelter of the island and the peninsula where even today there are cars glinting wet through the trees, people desperate enough to walk in the rain or some of them just seem to drive to the end of the road and park and sit there, newspapers and tea from a flask and it makes him itch everywhere at once just thinking of it, people sitting in parked cars, the windows steaming up, waiting for minutes to pass, for their lives to drip away.”

Published in 2020, Summerwater by Sarah Moss is set on the longest day of the summer, when twelve people sit cooped up with their families in a faded Scottish cabin park. The endless rain leaves them with little to do but watch the other residents.

One particular family, a mother and daughter without the right clothes or the right manners, starts to draw the attention of the others. Tensions rise and all watch on, unaware of the tragedy that lies ahead as night finally falls.

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Audiobook Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

“Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else.”

Originally published in 2009, The Help by Kathryn Stockett follows three ordinary women in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, who are about to take one extraordinary step. There’s Aibileen, raising her 17th white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue and white Miss Skeeter, home from college, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.

No one would believe these three would become friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth, and together they have an extraordinary story to tell…

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Audiobook Review: The Boyfriend by Michelle Frances

“He loves you. He loves you not.”

Published in 2022, The Boyfriend by Michelle Frances follows fiercely independent Amy who has a high-powered career, a flat of her own and tight-knit friendships. But as she approaches her thirtieth birthday, she can’t help but rue the one thing she doesn’t have – a relationship. When Amy comes round following a serious fall, she doesn’t remember anything from the last six months. Not even the week skiing at her aunt’s luxurious chalet in Val D’Isere with her mum and best friends to celebrate her birthday. And she certainly doesn’t remember being swept off her feet by the handsome Dr Jack Stewart…

Jack is the full package – charming, caring and devoted to Amy. Everyone is smitten with him, but as the week goes on, Amy begins to find Jack’s presence chilling. Is her broken mind playing tricks? Or is the perfect boyfriend really too good to be true?

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Audiobook Review: The Man Who Died Twice (Thursday Murder Club #2) by Richard Osman

“If one is never lost in life, then clearly one has never traveled anywhere interesting.”

The second book in the Thursday Murder Club series by Richard Osman, The Man Who Died Twice returns to Coopers Chase on the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life. As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?

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Audiobook Review: The Prison Doctor by Amanda Brown

The Prison Doctor by Amanda Brown is a non-fiction account of her time as a doctor in the UK’s most infamous prisons – first in young offenders’ institutions, then at the notorious Wormwood Scrubs, and finally at Europe’s largest women-only prison, Bronzefield. From miraculous pregnancies to dirty protests, and from violent attacks on prisoners to heartbreaking acts of self-harm, she has witnessed it all. In this memoir, Amanda reveals the stories, the patients and the cases that have shaped a career helping those most of us would rather forget.

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Audiobook Review: Breathless by Amy McCulloch


Breathless by Amy McCulloch follows struggling journalist Cecily Wong who is invited to join an expedition to climb one of the world’s tallest mountains. It seems like the chance of a lifetime, but she doesn’t realise how deadly the climb will be. As their small team starts to climb, things start to go wrong. There’s a theft. Then an accident. Then a mysterious note, pinned to her tent: there’s a murderer on the mountain. The higher they get, the more dangerous the climb becomes, and the more they need to trust one another. And that’s when Cecily finds the first body…

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Audiobook Review: The Arc by Tory Henwood Hoen

“Is this a date with destiny? Or with data?”

Set to be released on 10th February, The ARC by Tory Henwood Hoen follows 35-year-old Ursula Byrne. She’s successful, witty, smart, and single. She’s tried all the dating apps, and let’s just say: she’s underwhelmed by her options. Enter The Arc…

The Arc is a mysterious, super-sophisticated matchmaking service that relies on a complex series of emotional, psychological and physiological assessments. The price tag is high, the promise ambitious- you get one match, and one match only. Because one is all you need for a partnership that will go the distance. Ursula is paired with 42-year-old lawyer Rafael Banks, and from the start, this feels like the electric, lasting love they’ve each been seeking their whole adult lives. But as their relationship unfolds in unanticipated ways, the two begin to question The Arc’s legitimacy. After all, the arc of a relationship is never predictable … even when it’s fully optimized.

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Audiobook Review: Bullet Train by Kōtarō Isaka

“Five killers. One train journey. But who will survive?”

Originally published in 2010 and with the movie-tie-in edition set to be released on 17th March, Bullet Train by Kōtarō Isaka was originally published in Japan with the title Maria Beetle.

The story follows fourteen-year-old Satoshi who looks like an innocent schoolboy, but he is really a viciously cunning psychopath. Kimura’s young son is in a coma thanks to him, and Kimura has tracked him onto the bullet train heading from Tokyo to Morioka to exact his revenge. But Kimura soon discovers that they are not the only dangerous passengers onboard. Nanao, the self-proclaimed ‘unluckiest assassin in the world’, and the deadly partnership of Tangerine and Lemon are also travelling to Morioka. A suitcase full of money leads others to show their hands. Why are they all on the same train, and who will get off alive at the last station?

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Audiobook Review: The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

“She’d been swallowed up in her own pain for so many years that she didn’t notice his until it was too late.”

Originally published in 2019, The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup is set in Copenhagen where a young woman has been killed and dumped at a playground. One of her hands has been cut off, and above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts. Young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case with her partner Mark Hess, a burned-out investigator. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man – evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and is presumed dead, the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung. Another woman is then found murdered, along with another chestnut man. Thulin and Hess suspect that there’s a connection between the Hartung case, the murdered women and a killer who is spreading fear throughout the country. But what is it?

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Audiobook Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

“Remember the small things, and the big things will work themselves out.”

Published in 2018, The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris tells the true story of Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, in April 1942, who is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a tattooist, tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive. One day, Lale comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have her number tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

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Audiobook Review: Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

“Their lives and stories weren’t their own; and all the different stories he set in motion would play out at the same time, the simultaneity generated by him.”

Published in 2020, Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton is set in a rural English village in the middle of a snowstorm, where the unthinkable happens: the school is under siege. From the brave, wounded headmaster barricaded in the library, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the pregnant police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the terrified 8-year-old Syrian refugee, to the kids trapped in the school theatre still rehearsing Macbeth, all must find the courage to stand up to evil and try to save the people they love.

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Audiobook Review: The Murder of Graham Catton by Katie Lowe

“It’s the sound of my husband’s blood on the floorboards that wakes me.”

Published in February 2021, The Murder of Graham Catton by Katie Lowe follows bereaved wife and doting mother Hannah Catton who remembers nothing of the night her husband was killed. A suspect has been imprisoned for the murder for over 10 years, but he still protests his innocence. So when Anna Byers, host of the famous Conviction podcast that has seen numerous prison sentences overturned, begins to investigate the murder, Hannah begins to feel nervous about what they might find out.

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Book Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

“We can’t choose the strangers we meet.”

Originally published in 2018, An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena is set at the beautiful and remote Mitchell’s Inn where guests arrive for a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in – or out. And then the first body is found, and the horrifying truth comes to light. There’s a killer among them – and nowhere to run.

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Audiobook Review: The Couple At No. 9 by Claire Douglas

“It was the house of their dreams. Until the bodies were found…”

Released earlier this year, The Couple At No. 9 by Claire Douglas follows pregnant Saffron Cutler who moves into 9 Skelton Place with her boyfriend Tom. But when they set about renovating their new home, the last thing they expected was for the builders to uncover a body – let alone two. Forensics indicate the bodies were buried at least thirty years ago, meaning that the police need to speak to the cottage’s former owner – Saffy’s grandmother, Rose. But Rose is in a care home and has Alzheimer’s, so her memories are increasingly confused. She can’t help the police, but it is clear she remembers something. As her fragmented memories resurface and the police dig ever deeper, Saffy fears she and the cottage are being watched. What happened thirty years ago? Why did no one miss the victims? And what part did her grandmother play?

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Audiobook Review: The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

“I wished I lived in a world where I didn’t know violence intimately, but I’d seen more than my fair share, given the work I did.”

Published in 2019, The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry follows happily married Christopher and Hannah who have picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.

But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature. As Janie’s behaviour threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie’s past may be enough to push them all over the edge.

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Audiobook Review: Falling by TJ Newman

“Enjoy the flight.”

Falling by TJ Newman is set on board a flight to New York. There are one hundred and forty-four passengers on board, but what they don’t know is that the pilot’s family was kidnapped thirty minutes before the flight. For his family to live, everyone on the plane must die. The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane.

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Audiobook Review: Better Off Dead (Jack Reacher #26) by Lee Child and Andrew Child

“If Reacher is coming after you, you might be better off dead.”

The 26th book in Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher series and co-written by Andrew Child, Better Off Dead sees Reacher facing a new problem on a deserted road in Arizona, where a car has crashed into the only tree for miles around. Minutes later, Reacher is heading into town. To introduce himself to the shadowy crew who made it happen. Their boss has a terrifying reputation, and the stakes are high. Just to get in and meet him, Reacher is going to have to achieve the impossible.

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Audiobook Review: Talking With Psychopaths and Savages: Beyond Evil by Christopher Berry-Dee

Published in 2019, Talking With Psychopaths and Savages: Beyond Evil by Christopher Berry-Dee delves even deeper into the savage world of psychopaths and their hideous crimes. This time, however, he combines sections on killers whom he has known, interviewed or corresponded with, with studies of psychopathic serial killers from the past, including Peter Kürten, the ‘Düsseldorf Monster’, John Christie, responsible for the killings at 10 Rillington Place; and Neville Heath, a ladykiller in every sense of the word.

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