• Bring Them Home

  • Detective Karen Hart, Book 1
  • By: D. S. Butler
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (400 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A perfect village. A perfect crime.

When two young girls disappear from their primary school, the village of Heighington is put on high alert - and not for the first time. Called in to investigate, Detective Karen Hart is sure that parallels with a previous disappearance are anything but coincidental.

DS Hart is still reeling from a case she tried and failed to solve eighteen months ago, when a young woman vanished without a trace. She’s no nearer to the truth of what happened to Amy Fisher, but with two children missing now, too, the stakes have never been higher. As she looks to the past for clues, she must confront her own haunting loss, a nightmare she is determined to spare other families.

Hart soon realizes that nothing in this close-knit Lincolnshire community is what it seems. Pursuing the investigation with personal vengeance, she finds herself in conflict with her scrupulous new boss, but playing by the rules will have to wait. Because while there’s no shortage of suspects, the missing girls are running out of time....

©2018 D. S. Butler (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Solid first book

I liked the book. The narrator was good at giving individual voices to the characters but her narration in between dialogues was monotone en ended in questions...story was great though and for once, there is a Detective series where the female Detective doesn’t have to fight with her male supervisor...hurry up and bring out the second book!!!

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This author has potential, narrator needs some coaching

So let’s start with the biggest frustration. I’ve heard this narrator before and I can tell she’s really trying. The challenge is that she has almost a flat affect at times and it’s possible she’s been getting some coaching because I hear a slight improvement. When the narrator does not modulate much, there are two unfortunate things that happen. First of all, it’s much easier to zone out. Secondly it makes the character seem like they’re devoid of personality, and it’s really becoming endeared to the characters that makes listeners want to continue reading the book as well as the series. Equally, a lot of her character voices for the ancillary characters become really nasally so I do hope someone will work with this narrator to help her learn how to do different voices that are a little easier on the ears. Oh, and I would also encourage some dialect training for her Scottish accent.

One thing I liked about this book, because it seems like almost all of them are now about missing girls (can someone come up with an original idea?), was that we didn’t have to go back-and-forth between the detectives, the suspects, and the missing girls. It was such a relief not to hear the missing girl’s perspective. That has become really contrived and trite in this genre.

Last of all, there are some inconsistencies as follow:

The reference to what Jasper says Dean would likely do is considered absurd by the detectives when they considered and investigated that very possibility almost as recently as one or two chapters earlier.

Emily’s mum blames herself for the abduction because she didn’t pick the girls up from school even though everyone knows they snuck out of school before school was out

The narrator uses a voice for the culprit in the Prologue that bears no resemblance to the voice the culprit uses throughout the novel. I suppose this was to try to prevent listeners from guessing the identity which would have been difficult to ascertain from reading instead of listening to the book. I guessed the identity pretty early but I still felt this device was dishonest. Note to Authors: with the popularity of audiobooks, you may want to consider how something will read visually as well as audibly so this technique doesn’t have to be used. The omniscient narrator should never lie, only throw out red herrings.

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Blasphemy

Why is it necessary to use blasphemy in the book. Really make me put the book down immediately most of the time
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How can little girls go missing in a small town?

Two little girls go missing and it’s up to DS Hart and her team to find them before it’s too late. Hart is still conflicted by the case of a missing 19yo renter from the Palmer farm 18 months ago. She just knows that the head of the Palmer family had something to do with it but she couldn’t prove it. Now this and Hart is certain that the Palmer’s are involved...she just has to locate those girls. Good police procedural set in a small English town.

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Great read!

I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to the rest of this series! Enough drama and mystery to keep you guessing. It was a straight through read for me!

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Great auther

Looking forward to following D S Butler. I really enjoyed the story line. A great intertwining of characters. Waiting for Book #2 .

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I didn't care about a single character. Couldn't get into the book no matter how long I tried. Would not recommend

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Great plot!

It took me a while to get into the story. It slowly drew me in and i just had to finish it. I also had no idea who the abducted the girls until the very last chapters! Likeable engaging characters and a satisfying end to the mystery!! To narrator Henrietta Meire......Good Job👌

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Story is okay. Characters pretty flat, as is the narration. Droning. I don't know why brevity is frowned upon; audible won't pay a review with less than 15 words. Silly.

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I enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator brought the characters to life. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys listening to a well read mystery.

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  • Mrs D
  • 11-29-18

Spoilt by the terrible accents of the narrator.

I'm enjoying the story so far but struggling to listen to the terrible accents especially the Scottish one which is so bad I may have to give up listening and just read the book myself.

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  • Orvieto
  • 12-23-18

Poor narrator

The story was quite predictable, and I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I actually managed to guess right all the way . What really spoiled it for me though was the narrator, I found her accents dreadful and her voice so boring.

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  • C. Hume
  • 02-15-19

Can barely listen

Dear God, the narrator is atrocious. The Scottish accent is appalling. Most of the place names were pronounced totally wrong. The river in Lincoln is called the Witham as in with um, not wittam. It's pronounced Cannick, not Can wick despite the spelling and the village of Heighington is hayington, not highington and I'm only on chapter one. Not sure if I can go on!

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  • Jane
  • 02-14-19

Great Story Cringeworthy narration

This is a brilliant story totally ruined by the worst attempt at a Lincolnshire accept Ive ever heard.
I assume no one actually asked her to do the accent before employing her to do this

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-19

Read by a robot

Don't know anything about the story I'm afraid, the narration was so terrible, i couldn't listen for more than a few minutes.

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  • tiggy
  • 12-10-21

Good book

Good story, the only thing that let it down were the narrator’s terrible accents. Overall worth a listen,

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  • Bernbut
  • 10-13-21

Awful narration

Like many other listeners I found the accents of the main characters appalling. I wished I had read the reviews before wasting a credit. My wife had read some of D.S. Butler’s books and thought I would like them. I have just finished the Joy Ellis DI Jackman series, the Ellis narrator is superb, even with the Scottish and Welsh accents!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-21

Confident crime novel set in country town

* POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT *

I loved this book which initially found 2 young girls disappearing on their walk home from school and culminated in 2 deaths, 3 family members being returned and the most unlikely perpetrator .

The narrator was excellent with good accent skills adding to the realism.

In conclusion, anyone looking for an excellent crime read should look no further than this author to satisfy their craving. 😁😁

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  • B Gillingham
  • 08-30-21

Really enjoyed the story the performance and th

Really enjoyex the story, the performance and the twist at the end thank you

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  • Pickerie
  • 08-22-21

Brilliant

Good story plenty of twists and turns narrator was so easy to listen too

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  • Sue Casey
  • 02-13-19

First time with this Author

It’s hard to find new authors and a narrator as well so I can only say I enjoyed this book and didn’t pick the ending so I’m willing to recommend

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  • Sandra
  • 01-01-21

Just

Could not get through this book. The narration was too headache inducing, flat and droning. Sorry, DS Butler, I wanted to hear your story but I just still don’t know what was actually going on. I kept zoning out. I’m horrified to see the entire series is read by the same narrator so I’m off to find another series to entertain me.

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  • Angipoo123
  • 08-09-21

NEED TO READ MORE

This is the 2nd Audible book I’ve listened to of D. S. Butler and I’m downloading more.
The author’s plot is excellent and I just had to know who the culprit was… very classy style of writing.
The narrator delivers the author’s story with aplomb and I highly recommend D.S.Butler to anyone who looks for thrillers which are not predictable.