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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 Sept. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1445021455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445021454
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa. She has worked as a journalist and screenwriter and her script The Locker Room earned her the Carl Foreman/Bafta Award for Young British Screenwriters.

With her first novel, Blacklands, Belinda won the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year. Her second and third novels, Darkside and Finders Keepers, were highly acclaimed, and she was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award 2012 for her entire body of work. Rubbernecker is Belinda's latest novel.

Belinda is a repeat guest on Front Row and regularly appears at Harrogate Crime Festival. She lives in Wales.

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"Surprise, of course, is the most potent aspect of suspense. And Belinda Bauer knows exactly how to manipulate that element, right until the very end. What's more, she's shown, not just how to keep surprise bubbling explosively away, but to do it with extraordinary dexterity, maturity and feeling" (HENRY SUTTON Daily Mirror)

"Bauer takes astonishing risks but - like a brilliant ski-jumper - arcs down to the perfect landing" (Independent)

"Compelling... Bauer blends a psychological crime story with a darkly humorous narrative... I can't wait for the next one!" (Bookseller (Booksellers' Choice))

"Belinda Bauer's third book represents a remarkable achievement: almost a return to the good old Victorian triple-decker novel of suspense, but created with a deftness that allows each book to stand alone." (Independent)

"She's a thriller queen... The woman most likely to lead the fightback against the Scandinavian crime-wave" (Sunday Times (Culture)) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Prepare to be gripped and chilled, with the sensational new novel from this award-winning crime writer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EllyBlue TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 July 2012
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This is the third crime novel that Belinda Bauer has set on Exmoor. I'd already read and enjoyed Blacklands the first in the series, although I haven't yet read the second one, Darkside which also features the same characters. Although I enjoyed this book, I wish, with hindsight that I'd read Darkside first since a lot has clearly happened since the end of Blacklands. Having said that, you can pick up enough of the back story to read this as a stand-alone novel if you wish. Like the best detective stories, this one has a really good sense of place as well as character, and the author evokes the Exmoor landscape extremely well. The plot concerns the disappearance of children, with strange notes left by the person who takes them. It isn't a "whodunnit" in the strictest sense of the word, as the author reveals the perpetrator to the reader about half way through. The suspense is achieved by our observation of the police enquiry and wondering if they will be able to solve the mystery. The characters are well-drawn, although ultimately I found the plot rather bizarre. Nevertheless, a good read, and I'll be reading Darkside fairly soon as well as looking out for Belinda Bauer's next novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Dec. 2011
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I read Blacklands and really enjoyed both the premise and the execution of the book. When Darkside came out I was slightly disappointed as I found it too far-fetched and gruesome for my taste. Finders Keepers continues the story of Steven Lamb, the boy who wrote letters to the man who had murdered his long dead uncle, and Jonas Holly the damaged policeman. I don't know that I would have enjoyed this book as much if I hadn't read the first two.

This book has children disappearing from parked cars with a sticky note left behind saying 'you don't love him.' Belinda Bauer writes a compelling story despite the readers discovering who the kidnapper is before the end, there is much more to this book than a whodunit, this is a story about people, how they react and what they feel.

As with the previous books the characters are realistic, Steven falling in love is so realistic, a true representation of real people with underlying worries and fears. I can't wait for the next installment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alessi Lover TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jan. 2012
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I should have listened to other reviewers when they said best to read the two previous books by the author to fully appreciate this one.

Having said that though I still enjoyed the read.

It is a gripping read that would give a parent a scare, children go missing and who is to blame? As a parent myself, it sounded and felt like a nightmare the emotions of the children and how their parent's went about their dissappearances just had me pleading that they would be found safe and well quickly........

Set in Exmoor the scene gets set for a scary and chilling read and one I would recommend to anyone else, but would say to get the two before it to get the fuller picture of all that went on beforehand.

I have had this book for a while now and wanted to be able to read it without rushing it, the blurb on the cover gives a great description of just what the book is offering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Dec. 2011
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Belinda Bauer's third novel once again focuses on the residents of the fictitious hamlet of Shipcott near Exmoor National Park, Devon. The story involves the mysterious kidnapping of a number of children, and on the one side we have the rather under-played police procedural element fronted by self-conscious Detective Inspector Reynolds and the more sensitive Detective Sergeant Elizabeth Rice, and on the other side we have the Lamb family, mainly brothers Steven and Davey. In the middle there's the emotionally damaged and vaguely enigmatic Jonas Holly, a police officer recovering from the loss of his wife, and who probably shares the part of this novel's lead character with Steven Lamb who himself discovers love for the first time in his young life. The essence of the tale is that children have been taken from cars and the reader has to wonder who is responsible and what their motives are.

I liked Bauer's first novel Blacklands very much but this isn't quite as good, mainly because the various turmoils within the lives of Jonas and Steven don't integrate quite so well into the central criminal story; as a result, for long stretches within this tale, the kidnapping of the children seems curiously less urgent than it surely would or should be, and this is compounded by the narration of a police investigation that is woefully lacking in intensity or passion. In fact the eventual breakthrough and critical turning point is oddly understated and almost casual. The character development is pretty good, well above average it has to be said, and to be fair the story as a whole is far from mainstream or stereotypical - Bauer definitely has a certain style and identity to her writing. It's inconsistent however, with fluctuating levels of suspense and tension.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 1 Dec. 2011
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I found this an easy-to-read and quite enjoyable thriller, although it does have some pretty serious flaws. Belinda Bauer writes well on the whole: she structures and paces her story well, creates some believable characters and managed to grip me in spite of my reservations. I thought the central two police officers were well-drawn and the story of teenage first love was believable and very touching. I agree with some other reviewers here that there are some horribly forced similes and the odd out-of-place word or phrase, but there were few enough not to spoil it for me and in general I found Bauer's prose enjoyable to read.

I have to say that I found the kidnapper's motivation simply absurd. I can't say more without giving away too much, but as a reason for committing multiple major crimes it's just silly. Bauer also creates an unconvincing unscrupulous journalist for the sole purpose of having a go at the press and eventually being able to humiliate her in revenge, which was an unnecessary and annoying distraction. I found the mental state of Jonas Holly (the village policeman) pretty implausible, too, and then there's the absurdity of the appearance of yet *another* probable mass murderer in a tiny Exmoor village. Midsomer's per capita crime rate looks realistic by comparison.

However, I found that I did enjoy the book and became quite gripped by it - largely, I think, because Bauer created characters I cared about and I wanted to find out what happened to them. It has little of the originality and depth of Blacklands, but if you are prepared to suspend disbelief from a pretty great height I can recommend it as a readable, largely brain-off thriller.
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