• One Last Child

  • Tallman's Valley Detectives, Book 1
  • By: Anni Taylor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (933 ratings)

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One Last Child

By: Anni Taylor
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2020 Anni Taylor (P)2020 Podium Audio

Critic Reviews

"Lee's delivery of both the narrative and the dialogue is flawless." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Amazing book and amazing narration!

I absolutely loved this book! It was so good that I couldn't stop listening to it. I found myself doing chores just so I had an excuse to listen to it. It really kept you guessing all the way up until the end. This was my 1st book by this author and I'm now looking forward to reading the rest of her novels. This is a must read!

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On of the BEST WRITTEN mysteries...

I’ve read in a long time. Amazingly well crafted, intriguing, outlined and performed. I love a good mystery and will sometimes even settle for a cheesy one to help with a fix. This one however is one of the best, most realistic and well written ones I’ve ever read. Highly recommended!

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Loved this book and Caroline Lee is PERFECT!!

Well done! Excellent plot and intricate story line made for a wonderful read! Loved all the characters and am so glad this will be a series...Caroline Lee is spot on perfect as the narrator! Loved it!

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terrible!

i have never written a review on here but this book and narrator were so bad i wanted to spare someone else from wasting theur time and money on it.

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Ridiculous

Narrator sounds like an Australian attempting an American who's trying to do an Australian accent. The story felt like it was made up as they went along. The ending was ridiculous.

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Contrived and Manipulative

The lead character was well developed and had potential. Yet it strains credulity that a kidnapping of so many children was solved not by the hundreds of experts but rather because the main protagonist uncovered a clue that is so obvious, a rookie detective could have found it.

The “secret” generating an “apology” at the end was either a manipulative hook for the next book or an irritating loose end. Either option is just sloppy writing. I avoid series and checked that it was stand-alone so the lead-in was irritating in the extreme.

Caroline Lee was spectacular as always. Well, except that the accent for the psychiatrist was a bit of a cartoon. But hey, no one’s perfect...

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So many showers

I enjoyed this book. The story was longer than it needed to be but still good. The narration was good but one thing that puzzled me was how the detective had to shower so much and how she had the time to do so. I will go on to the next book in the series.

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Drawn out way too much

This story lost me with hours left to go. The ending is really bad IMO so I do not recommend this book at all.

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Great Story

A detective that is a woman in her sixties who is fit and is NOT a Miss Marple type? Yes! Having most of the leadership positions filled by strong women? Yes! A very original mystery story that has the reader guessing to the very end? Yes! Throw in big floofy white dogs as a main clue and you have a winner of a story. This is an exceptionally good mystery story. Greatly recommend

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Great story line

I’ve never read anything like this and that’s what drew me to the book. I was intrigued to know why the children were returned! I gave it 4 stars…I thought there was some over-explaining and some details that just made some parts drag on, but it was a good book. Sometimes the main character’s personality annoyed me…lol, but that’s real life right? Overall-a good read

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  • Fee
  • 09-12-20

51/2 *

An excellent, atmospheric book, beautifully written with well developed, likeable characters. It’s a nice change that the detective is in her sixties.

And I’ve yet to listen to Caroline Lee’s narration and be disappointed. She could make a phone book interesting but this book was was no phone book, it was wonderful material for her to work with.

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  • Victoria Lawson
  • 11-17-22

Brilliant!

The first of the series, had me in tears yet again! This author always has me balling my eyes out, brilliantly told! Definitely would recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-17-22

Brilliant

This is the first book by this author I have purchased and I can't wait to start the next in series. I could not turn it off. I absolutely loved everything about it. Caroline Lee as Narrator was excellent as ever.

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  • C MACKENZIE
  • 11-08-22

Great story

Loved the story and also the narration was great - the same narrator as on a recent Lianne Moriarty book. Will definitely listen to the next one

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  • Harleys mom
  • 11-04-22

thoroughly enjoyed this book

I love the longer length audio books and this one didn't disappoint with all its twists and turns.
This is the third book I have had from this talented author and I fully intend to read all she has written.
A truly great find

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  • Tudalen126
  • 11-04-22

Great story, characters and plot 👌

loved it
I listened to Stranger in the Woods by Anni Taylor and wanted more - this is also a great read - and totally different
look forward to book 2
if you want a story, with some mystery suspense and humanity thrown in, Annie is your storyteller. Human beings need stories. thank you Anni Taylor

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  • Claudia
  • 10-29-22

great book l

loved it, gripping from the beginning till the end. can't wait to listen to the next one

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  • Tracy
  • 10-24-22

A great listen

This book keeps you guessing, another good story from Anni Taylor. Narration was good

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  • Mrs TJ Harwood
  • 10-19-22

Captivating

I loved this book. There was so much depth, intrigue and mystery. The storyline was captivating. I particularly loved the intimate moments between detective Kate and her aging mother. Could not stop listening. Anni Taylor could be my new favourite author!

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  • heather izzard
  • 10-16-22

10 out 5

Number 1.Caroline Lee is always a fabulous narrator.
2.great story
3.twists and turns
4.took me home
You will not be disappointed

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  • Karen
  • 11-11-22

Loved it!

A great story - with twists and turns that are well linked together. Lots of threads to weave together but it was done beautifully.
Having visited the Blue Mountains area a lot, I enjoyed knowing the areas in the story - great Australian read/listen.

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  • Kerrie-Anne
  • 05-07-21

terrible reading

shitty book, shitty reading. very good for going to sleep. honestly prime sleep book. interestimg enough to keep you distracted from whatever gives insomnia. every single sentence sounds like a dumb ass Aussie asking a question......?
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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-22-22

Great author who knows how to weave a complex story

This author is able to create various points where you think you have it solved like so many m

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  • Jennifer Smith
  • 10-11-22

Kept me guessing.

Really enjoyed this book and the others of Anni Taylor's that I have read so far. It kept me guessing all the way, with just enough subtle clues to keep me invested but not enough to give the story away.

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  • S
  • 09-28-22

One of the best authors I’ve encountered.

I really enjoy a good plot in a suspense novel. This isn’t one of those, it’s a brilliant plot! Logical, complex, suspenseful, well crafted, and it even ended logically with all loose ends neatly tidied up.

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  • Joy
  • 05-20-22

Never saw who was guilty until it was revealed!

Loved it. Couldn't wait to hear what happened next.
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  • Nikita
  • 05-11-22

Accents are not the readers strong point!

The story was interesting enough to keep me on board till the end but it was a rough slog whenever the reader had to do one of the many accents within the book. It was quite off putting, especially her attempt at an American accent. The story was fairly predictable and the ending a bit lack lustre. Over all not horrible but wouldn’t recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-22

Great storyline, unusual twist.

I loved this book, it was entertaining,drawing me into the storyline. Couldn't wait to find out the ending. Great read by the Narrator

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  • Mari
  • 09-23-21

Really good crime mystery.

I enjoyed this page turning mystery (actually a couple of mysteries) involving an older female detective and her family. As always excellent narration from Caroline Lee and I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • marjog
  • 06-11-21

Worth a listen

A bit predictable and heavyhanded prose in places but ok listen overall. I will certainly try another title by this author.