Bully Boy Blue – John Nicoll

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Although it is only 1 hour and 50 minutes long the story evoked so many emotional reactions from me, and at the same time I didn’t know how to feel.
The intimidating, violent and abusive husband, John Connor, finally gets his comeuppance in a very well thought through and executed plan.

The wife, Kathy, finds herself pregnant trapped and who will believe her predicament? Who will come through for her?

In the end the elaborate plan was brilliantly executed, I did wonder if it was a bit far fetched but the ingenious twists kept the intrigue going.
narrator, Jake Urry, with ‘that’ voice made this story come to life with dripping suspense.
A short but powerful story that addresses an issue that is very uncomfortable, but tackles it well.

His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet

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This one came as a £1.99 daily deal from Audible, at first i didn’t think i would enjoy it as i haven’t explored much in the way of historical crime books, but i decided to give it a go and im glad i did because i found a gem amongst the coal with this one.

Set around a small crofting family in 1869, it is written in a memoir style through a series of personal documents written by the main character of the story Roderick Macrae plus the early doctors and psychiatrists and of course the all important lawyer.

There are many social and political powers at play throughout this story, but the main theme i took from it was that the powerful are powerful and the downtrodden very much stay there.

Now to address the obvious elephant in the room of this book, what Roderick Macrae did and why he did it, the law of the land in this story is in charge and he doesn’t let anyone forget it especially the Macrae family, through a series of incidents some Roderick can control and some he can’t, it pushes him to carry out the only course of action he sees he has.

The narration was excellent Crawford Logan and Cameron Mowat both brought the story to life, the descriptions of life back then makes me glad i live in the now.

As with books in this style of genre one listen through is not enough, i think a second listen would take you even deeper to this sometimes uncomfortable, horrific and often sad story.

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A Second Hand Life – Pamela Crane

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I went into this not really sure what to expect, the blurb gave you the outline but there was so much more.

The author Pamela Crane has put a lot of research into the supernatural side of it.

The characters are well-rounded and believable, Mia is tenacious, the other characters all fit in and play their part well.

Unlike some crime novels, the clues in this story drip in an unobtrusive way

The serial killer in the shadows is both human and monster in equal measure.

The narrator Melanie Carey is easy to listen to, some places I felt her voice drag a bit where it could be more animated but those were few.

The conclusion I did not see coming, a sad but fitting end to a story that was both harrowing and brilliant in its own right. Definitely will get the rest of the series

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The One – John Marrs

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Well what can I say about this book that hasn’t been said already? After reading rave review after rave review I had an audible credit to use and I thought ‘why not’, and I’m pleased to say I wasn’t disappointed in fact I enjoyed every minute of it.


The 5 main characters were believable and you invested yourself in each one throughout, even the characters who played a minor role in the book are well crafted and fitted in perfectly. The narrators read the parts well, at a good pace, drawing me in with just the right amount of suspense that kept the story moving.

The themes touched on in the book relate to what is happening in today’s world, love, loss, homosexuality, divorce and affairs, it paints a very dark picture.

 But if you can stick with it, there is light at the end of this tunnel, as you step over every body in the 103 chapters you are rewarded with a brilliantly crafted story that’s both dark as night and bright as day.

 In my opinion it is well worth the journey and I am looking forward to exploring more of John Marr’s work.

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