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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 4 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Mar. 2018
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B079YXDK4C
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Black Heart: Detective Dan Riley, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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I've studied psychopathy at some length as layman, and this author deals with the topic with skill.
Great plot and sympathetic characters.
I like her writing style very much.
I can't believe I'm alone here in protesting about some awful grammatical gaffes which stopped me from ever giving this book 5 stars.
Don't authors check their own texts before publication ?
A thin fragment of something is a 'sliver' not a 'slither' ! The word was used 4 times and only once spelt correctly.
People would not 'clamour' up a cliff edge they would 'clamber'.
The third participle in the UK is 'got' not 'gotten' as in the USA and which sounds really clunkily out of place in an English context.
There's a large list but I won't bore you further although I'd love to.
These crass mistakes are ruinous to the continuity between author and reader as they jolt you back to reality from an otherwise truly absorbing experience.
Instead of being lost in the story, thoughts such as "Oh they must have an American proof reader" or even "Did anyone actually proof read this at all?" invade.
I accept that the characters may come up with grammatical variations but they should not be in the commentary.
A pity because I think both books are otherwise everything a good crime drama should be.
A dark twisted fairy tale sees Goldilocks play out her own special showing of the classic tale! This is one woman who has no boundaries on how far she will go in her quest and Black Heart provides an intriguing exploration of the whys behind her action. It was chilling to read the parts of the book that were told from her point of view, being taken inside of her head was not a pretty place to be!
I loved Dan Reilly’s character, although his grief did seem a bit full on at times. Oh dear, that makes me sound like not a very sympathetic person! I am honestly and I did feel for him! It was just a massive part of his character. That isn’t a negative though as it soon becomes clear that Dan’s grief very much impacts on his behaviour and his decision making, which makes for some very interesting reading! Dan’s story was told in the first person; I’m not always a fan of the first person POV but it worked well for Dan as it dragged me inside of his head, which wasn’t always the happiest place to be given the experiences in life that he has had. Despite his intense levels of grief, there was just something about Dan that drew me to him and I would definitely be keen to find out where he goes in the next instalment of this series!
Full of intrigue, twists and turns this one is perfect to sit down and lose yourself in for a few hours!
When a man is found with his wrists slashed, the initial assumption is that he has committed suicide. However, the post mortem results point instead to murder, and DI Riley is tasked with uncovering what has happened.
A woman calling herself Goldilocks seems to be acting out a twisted version of the fairytale on which she has based her name - and she has found her Daddy Bear. But can the police catch her before she kills again?
The interesting thing about this thriller is that, as the reader, you know who the murderer is from the start, and this adds to the tension. I felt like I was watching something horrible unfold, armed with the necessary knowledge to stop it, but totally powerless to do so.
Switching between first and third person narrative made it very easy to know which character each section was focussed on without the author having to explicitly state it, and I liked this.
I’m looking forward to reading The Couple on Cedar Close, the second book featuring DI Dan Riley.
4 stars out of 5