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One woman knows he is a murderer, but nobody believes her. One woman has disappeared. One woman has never been so happy...until a visit from a stranger blows her life apart. Three women. One secret. Liz, Amber, and Sarah.

After years of obsession, Liz is ready to move on. Until she discovers her ex has a new victim. Damaged and dangerous, she's determined he won't get away with it this time. Amber couldn't be happier. Life is finally falling into place. Married to a man she adores, she is looking forward to a bright future. But, when a stranger comes to her door, she learns things aren't all they seem. Sarah was the only one to believe Liz, but she's disappeared, and a killer stays hidden.

For lovers of Lisa Jewell, Sophie Hannah, Liane Moriarty, and Nicci French, The Bookbinder is a twisting thriller that will get your heart racing.

©2020 Amanda Larkman (P)2021 Amanda Larkman

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Binge Listen Worthy!

This psychological thriller is binge listen worthy imo. I sure did. Liz is an interesting, complex character that I thoroughly enjoyed listening about. Very believable character. Amber, on the other hand, is annoying from the beginning and continued to be so right up until the end. Surely there are not women this naive (Trusting? Clueless?). Great writing. Very interesting story line. Narration was excellent as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommend.

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Loved this book!

Loved this book! Hard to get into at first because the chapters are split up by character, but after a few chapters I was able to catch on. In the end, I loved how it all came together. The reader/listener is able to see how the three main characters develop over some time and the twists are so great!

Warning: There are definitely some hints of domestic violence/abuse that some might not be okay with.

This book was narrated by Alex Lee and Alex did a fantastic job!

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Really really enjoyed!

I was given a copy of this audiobook and in return I was to write an honest review.

Honestly, I loved it! It had great character development, great story, and some good twists. I had trouble stepping away from listening. Could potentially be a DV trigger, but SO GOOD! Highly recommend!

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This book was slow to get started but after about an hour in I was hooked. Good storyline, unpredictable. Enjoyed the narrator.

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OMG THE DUMB IS HUGE HERE….

Lesson learned never review a book until you finish . I reviewed too soon and boy was that a mistake. There were times I thought the author may be drinking or toking while writing this. It’s that absurd.

The book is actually entertaining, so I give one star, mainly for the unintentional humor. But when a book is so confusing, so convoluted you cannot keep the characters straight that’s tedious. But the reason I’m going to give this book a bad review is the characters lack of common sense, any semblance of a brain and completely off the wall scenarios.

The wife in this book was so stupid I was literally embarrassed for a fictional character.

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Alex the serial killer hubby was working together with “Curly” and at the end the police finally get a clue after many tips and warnings so they go to the house to pick up “Alex” even though both men live there and it would be obvious they are working together but what can you do? So they announce they are there for Alex….Curly steps forward and says I am Alex (it’s a Spartacus moment) we never find out why he does this. It’s one of the many many weird unanswered questions. The police don’t know what the killer looks like? LOL!

So Mrs. Serial Killer says, “OMG thank goodness Alex I had no idea Curly’s name was Alex also…she begins to apologize. Not only does she take Curly’s word for it, evidently the police never bother to check either, yes, that’s right. She believes they are BOTH Alex and for some reason this exonerates her “Alex” all the times she was being warned of Alex being dangerous of course they don’t mean HER ALEX. Huh? Again, picture, description?

The very last 30 minutes (seemed longer) ,..the big finale - one of the women locked in the basement hidden room /torture chamber that Mrs. serial killer never suspected when renovations are going on, is heard banging the wall (though we are told it is sound proof)she picks up some weights because Mr. serial Killer stays fit….she throws them, breaks through the wall and rescues the woman who through the entire book has agonizingly tried to convince people that Alex is a killer. Apparently, Alex finally had enough and locked her in his custom made hidden room.

So a big ol dumbbell saves the day at the end and I don’t mean the weights.

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  • Cora Wade
  • 01-13-22

The Bookbinder

I became a fan of Amanda's writing whilst listening to The Woman and the Witch which had me falling in love with the main characters, so when I saw that The Bookbinder was available on Audible, I immediately purchased it without reading any blurb. Once again, I immediately cared deeply about the outcome for the women involved. This book is quite different from the one above, which was unexpected, and having been through a similar dangerous relationship in my past, once I realised where the story was going, I wondered if I could continue listening. But I did, I couldn't stop. Believable, real, gritty, dark at times, but brilliantly written. My only gripe is that I would have loved Amanda to narrate herself as she did The Woman and the Witch.

I very much look forward to reading/listening to her next book.

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  • Allie Samuel
  • 04-16-22

Enjoyably

Good book by a new author to me. Will be getting her previous novel now!

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  • caroline wright
  • 01-30-22

Good physiological thriller

This was my first experience of this author and I did enjoy the book it was an interesting listen, I did really get into the story and wanted to know how it ended so was completely gripped. The narrator really suited the story. It did take me a while to get into the story, so I put it away for a bit and then went back to it.

I was given a free copy by the author via the the book club audible listeners but the review is entirely my own.

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  • Aggie
  • 01-29-22

Great story

Really enjoyed this story. Keeps you captivated throughout. The narrator was not my favourite as she made the female voices very whiny which I always find annoying. The story is great though, book worth a buy.

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  • Mrs G.
  • 01-29-22

wow

amanda has done it again !! compelling read , a story of love and innocence vs evil !
a must read !!!

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  • P
  • 01-08-22

Fantastic! Highly recommend

I really loved Amanda Larkman’s Bookbinder. The main characters are well drawn and the story sweeps you along. It only took me two days to finish it as I couldn’t stop listening. The book is well narrated. Highly recommended.

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  • pallyally66
  • 04-16-22

An Okay Listen

I listened to this book as it was gifted to me. The narrator annoyed me at times sounding like Frank Spencer! The narrative was not to my liking, I found it confusing jumping from one character to another.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-26-22

Excellent thriller

Kept me hooked all the way through. The narration was gripping and had me awake until the early hours. I highly recommend both author & narrator!

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  • Sandra m
  • 02-22-22

Well worth a read

Took a few chapters to get in to but definitely worth sticking with it
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  • Bethany Gordon
  • 02-18-22

Dark & engaging

It took a few chapters to get into it and start to set the scene but once you did, it was well worth it. Amber is newly married, but is her husband all he seems. When someone turns up on her doorstep with dark secrets about his past who do you believe. I like the way this told the story from three different viewpoints, building up to the truth and the final outcome. The suspense built up through the book as the story progressed. A dark, engaging read.