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“Dark, visceral and disturbing, this highly suspenseful and beautifully written thriller is totally gripping from start to finish. A hugely impressive debut.” —Alex Michaelides, author of The Silent Patient and The Maidens

"Louise Brealey's understated narration creates a dark atmosphere well suited to this story . . . Her subtle characterizations enhance the believable and complicated protagonists, as well as various colorful villagers." -AudioFile Magazine

A literary thriller from stunning new talent Greg Buchanan, Sixteen Horses is a story of enduring guilt, trauma, and punishment, set in a small seaside community the rest of the world has left behind.

In Ilmarsh, England, local police detective Alec Nichols discovers sixteen horses' heads on a farm, each buried with a single eye facing the low winter sun. After Veterinary Forensics expert Cooper Allen travels to the scene, a pathogen is discovered lurking within the soil, and many of those who have come into contact with the corpses grow critically ill.

A series of crimes comes to light—disappearances, arson, and mutilations—and in the dark days that follow, the town slips into panic and paranoia. Everything is not as it seems. Anyone could be a suspect. And as Cooper finds herself unable to leave town, Alec is stalked by an unseen threat. The two investigators race to uncover the truth behind these frightened and insidious mysteriesno matter the cost.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

©2021 Greg Buchanan (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Interesting story, good performance, depressing setting. It held my interest;
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Confusing, monotonous depressing story and reader. Wish I’d never listened to this story. I will actively avoid this reader!

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Um....Not sure what I just read....

OK, SO: maybe it's the authors writing, I feel like I have read other books by this gentleman and they weren't this... blurred, and nonsensical, but basically, there was about 9 hours of: I have no idea what the hell is going on, jumping from character to character, with all sorts of weird distorted $#!+ happening to everyone. I mean, I understood what (I think) happened at the end, but other than that, I feel like saying, that was 9 hours and 42 minutes of the weirdest, most confusing book I may have ever read. Not my cup of tea.