The Wrong One: An Audible Original Novella Audible Audiobook – Original recording
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In this new novella from the number one internationally best-selling author of The Sisters and The Murder Rule, Dervla McTiernan, a mother and son fighting to prove her innocence are reunited with an estranged friend—a detective who may hold the key to her freedom—as they’re forced to put their differences aside to uncover the shocking truth behind the crime.
When Clara Coleman is taken into custody, her teenage son, Sebastien, wastes no time before calling Simon Miller: an estranged family friend and detective in their old hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. Clara’s been arrested for the murder of Rachel Stapleton, a wealthy housewife and prominent figure in Lavender Valley, their well-to-do New Jersey suburb. But she swears she did not commit the crime.
Simon knows that Clara is not capable of murder and will do anything he can to prove her innocence—he’s felt indebted to the Coleman family since her husband, Will, Simon’s best friend, passed away years before. He arrives in Lavender Valley and hits the ground running on the case. With time, details surrounding the crime as well as the Colemans’ family history are revealed, unravelling the complex web of cause and effect that will finally bring the truth to light.
Please note: this audio contains strong language, distressing situations and descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting. Discretion is advised.
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 54 minutes|
|Narrator||Neil Hellegers, Michael Crouch|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||31 March 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 38,389 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
2,755 in Suspense
3,164 in Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
8,601 in Suspense Thrillers (Books)
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The novella opens with Simon, a police detective, arriving in town to help his late partner's wife, Clara, when she gets accused of murder. The book is told from the POV of both Simon and Seb, Clara's son. Unfortunately, the book is probably too short for us to form an opinion about Clara and her character and, therefore, we rely completely on Seb and Simon's claims of her innocence. Of course, one or both of them could be wrong.
There is a great twist and some reviewers have given it away, or at least hinted at it, so I would recommend you stop reading reviews of this if you're planning to read. I will say I was spoiler free and I never guessed the twist at all.
One thing I wasn't sold on was the Gothic house/ghost story moments which featured in the book. I won't even bother taking them into account, they're that pointless.
The Wrong One probably suffered due to its brevity and would have been better as a longer ordinary print book.
3 out of 5
I suspect this was an experiment for McTiernan that has not succeeded. If you have not read or listened to her novels before, don't judge them by this offering. They are usually excellent.