One Last Child: Tallman's Valley Detectives, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Winner, Earphones Award 2020
Five long-missing children are about to be returned.
It was summer in the mountains when five small children vanished from their nursery school picnic. The heat was stifling that day, the tinkle of an ice-cream van in the air....
Three-and-a-half years later, in the dead of winter, the children are returned to their families...one by one.
All except for Ivy - the granddaughter of Homicide Detective Kate Wakeland. The other four children say Ivy is dead.
Speculation grows that the mysterious abductor is enacting a cruel revenge plot due to a murderer that Kate put in jail years before.
Kate isn't sure what to believe. But one thing is certain - she's about to begin the battle of her life. When the children were first stolen, she was prevented from investigating the case.
But now, Kate will be relentless in uncovering the identity of the abductor and discovering what happened to Ivy.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 59 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||28 July 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 32,053 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
717 in Women Sleuth Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
1,154 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
2,303 in Suspense
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I was taken right into the story at one point when Kate revisited the scene of the children's abduction as the icecream van passed my house at the same time I was reading it, which was spooky !! Something else I found strange was the mention of a mirror being found in a shed.....there seemed no reason for it at all !!
I made a note 31% in at a passage I was totally confused at and then at 68% realised that this paragraph belonged in the latter part of the book, so that was somebody's MASSIVE oversight !!
I've not heard of a smartacre and Google was no help so I think she maybe means smartarse here, she wrong lung full and not lungful and I found the word compositor an odd one to use where she did but possibly it has a differing meaning in Australia. At one point half of six screens featured drawings, supposedly by 4 children......and my maths isn't THAT bad so that was annoyingly wrong as well. I'd no idea that parts of Australia ever had snow, either. I was touched by the author's dedication at the end regarding the horrific fires there in 2019-2020, cos' they pretty much got overlooked when the pox struck, which is bloody sad. I really like the black 'n' white cover on my Kindle version as well.
The story itself took a bit of a peculiar turn around 76% in, which I noted but I stuck with it. A couple of times I was decidedly sniffy and there were some amusing little comments I highlighted, too. There's no bad language, if that sort of thing offends anybody. I'll definitely be reading book 2 to see where we go. It was nice to have an older lady detective feature for a change, too, who isn't permanently pissed !!
The end of this book had all the hairs on my my body raised.
(I won’t spoil it).
My only complaint is that my housework isn’t getting done :)
One of the things we do when read fiction is to try to guess what happens next, who did it and why. We love to speculate on the plot, and quite often we guess correctly.
Not with Anni Taylor - her stories are very well written and they certainly keep you guessing. Anni has a brilliant imagination, her stories are always refreshingly different from the average tale.
I am looking forward to the next one in the series - well done Anni, keep up the good work!
I absolutely loved this book, i really felt for the main character Kate and found her very likeable.
The twists kept coming throughout the book, some of which i did manage to guess (but i've had years of book reading to work out suspects) but a couple of raised eyebrows shocks.
I won't spoil anything but the identity of the kidnappers did pleasantly surprise me, i had suspected someone else completely so i was happy with that, however the reason given for why the children were kidnapped was a bit of a letdown i think. It didn't really make much sense to me and didn't leave me gobsmacked and i don't think enough of an explanation was really given. This doesn't ruin the story for me though because the rest of it was brilliant, i have purchased the next book already!