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The Lucky Ones

Lu par : Simon Mattacks
Durée : 9 h et 35 min
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It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last.

When a woman's body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer - a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.

A few miles away, single dad Ben Hofland believes his fortunes are changing at last. Forced to move back to the sleepy village where he grew up following the breakdown of his marriage, Ben finally finds work. What's more, the bullies who have been terrorising his son, Ollie, disappear. For the first time in months, Ben feels lucky.

But he is unaware that someone is watching him and Ollie. Someone who wants nothing but happiness for Ben.

Happiness...and death.

The Lucky Ones is the terrifying new thriller from the #1 bestselling author of Follow You Home.

©2017 Mark Edwards (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • J Clark
  • 24/05/2018

Evil deeds

Was a little hard to follow at the end.....who was who, I’m sure if I listened to the last hour again I would get more of it. But since I am a home nurse, getting in and out of the car 10 times a day I get distracted. But I enjoy Mark Edwards books. Maybe it lets the evil part of me come out without hurting anyone. Yes. I said I was a nurse. He he he.

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  • stephkatritter
  • 27/12/2017

Another Good Story by Edwards

I like every single one of Mark Edwards’ books. I also really like the books he co-wrote with Louise Voss. These kinds of stories are what I enjoy reading most.

This story was a typical Mark Edwards novel- it keeps you on edge and wondering who the killer is. The stories can be a little bit predictable but there were some surprises in this one. The motive for the killings in this story were particularly different/unique, so that gave it some originality. Overall, the book was a good read (hard to put down).

For those who like Edwards, you will definitely enjoy this book. It’s not the best book he’s written, but it’s pretty darn good and I enjoyed it.

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  • Debora Aldridge
  • 06/10/2017

Good suspenseful mystery

Enjoyed another Mark Edwards novel. I had it on audio book so missed a couple of chapters in the beginning. I would suggest reading this book as I did not like the narrator AT ALL! Talked too fast and ran sentences together!
But Edwards leaves you hanging until the end as always!

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  • kyproff
  • 11/08/2017

great mystery

I must say I was surprised by the ending! it was a great whodunit! Will def listen to more by this author!

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  • Tony Damiani
  • 29/07/2018

Mark Edward's doesn't disappoint

A little less nuanced than his usual but a really solid read. Mark Edwards is just really good at weaving rich character development and non-cliched creep.

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  • Cougar
  • 01/01/2018

Superb ending

story was a little disjointed. made it hard to follow. eventually the relationship among the characters becomes clear. then there is an unexpected twist. that twist made me give the story two extra stars

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  • DivaRia03
  • 25/10/2017

Twisted!

I enjoy all of Mr. Edwards books! I was sure that I knew who the killer(s) were but as usual I was wrong. This was a great read. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • Michael R. Rainey
  • 16/09/2017

Another Edwards Thriller

Unusual plot with several twists. Good development of characters and builds suspense throughout. Narrator was excellent and kept action moving with excitement in voice. Some of the action almost seems unlikely till you hear of some real murders or kidnapping with similar scenarios. I have heard three different books by Edwards and I will hear many more.

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  • Wayne
  • 04/07/2017

Good story, but not special

I listened to several Mark Edwards mystery/thrillers as well as several he coauthored with Louise Voss. Edwards should stick with his coauthored novels because they are much better.

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  • 30/10/2019

not one of Mr. Edward"s best

the story was not as riveting as some of his others. maybe the sequel will be better

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  • StefanieFreigericht
  • 30/09/2018

"The art of living well and the art of dying well are one”

"The art of living well and the art of dying well are one” p 7

German translation as “Glücklich sind die Toten“

Fiona Redbridge is 49 and has recently received a heart transplant. She now tries to live life to the fullest. When she is on her way back home on bike, she meets the guy with the van. Not her luckiest day, or?
Not far away, Ben Hofland, 36, wanna-be-novelist, does not have time to ponder his luck – it would be just pointless. After he had caught his wife Meghan having sex with the man he once considered his friend, his life is in turmoil. He left their life together in London behind and moved back to his native Shropshire, taking their eleven-year-old son Ollie with him. So now he lost his wife, faces Meghan fighting about the London flat and Ollie fighting about the new home, and has to deal with his mother’s terminal illness, the lack of a stable income, and neighbours from hell. But then things change.

At the same time, DI Imogen Evans it out to hunt the man who has already killed three, all found with that weird look upon their faces. The media dubbed him the “Shropshire Viper”. When she questions the families of the victims, something catches her attention. But would not that be just too far-fetched? She meets Ben as a witness when violence strikes next door.

I heard and, occasionally, read this (Whispersync). I had some ideas from the start, thanks to a large number of clues laid out by author Mark Edwards. None of them did really help … I got to like Ben, Imogen, and Olli and got wrapped up in a feeling of foreboding and ever-looming thrill (Ollie, speak to Dad, please!!!). Well, until the picture got clearer and I thought ‘oh, so what, then I will “only” (hah!) continue because it is so thrilling although I know the motive and I do not need to continue to figure out who did it’. How wrong I was! That guy knows how to set up a turning point AND is bold enough to pull it through even at the risk that the reader might think how much cleverer he is from a very early point on.

I thouroughly enjoyed how the book was being read by Simon Mattacks. English is not my mother tongue, so I did love his crystal-clear pronounciation of every single syllable. He also managed to give each of the characters their own voice, from Ollie’s sullen teenage-“but-Daaaad”-mode to dialects and accents and weirdo. I whispersynced to the ebook when in search for how the names would be spelled or quotations.

Very minor critical remark: somebody out at the editors thinks it is needed to switch the point-of-view, include that of the killer in particular. I get bored by that feature, honestly. It is very short in here, though. Oh, and the text on the cover might have been a little less informative / misleading.

For those sensitive about it: no sexual violence included. The violence in here is mostly depicted from its outcome (e.g. dead body – wound is such and such), rather than in describing torture. Language in general might be considered graphic (I found it convincing ;-).

I discussed that lately: if you have read enough crime stories/thrillers, you easily bore out. This one did manage to surprise me, deserved the name thriller and kept me going! I will look out for more from author AND speaker! 5 stars.

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