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A chilling attack. A missing child. And a twisted killer driven to the very brink.

DI Louise Blackwell is still reeling from her brother Paul's murder when she is brought back from enforced leave and tasked with solving a strange new case - the slaughter of wild sheep at Cheddar Gorge, a place shrouded in mystery and folklore. 

When a man is brutally attacked with a machete on the clifftop and a young girl disappears, Louise realises that the horror is just beginning. Rumours of a mythical presence near the gorge are spreading fast, and why is a local environmental cult resisting all attempts to solve the case? With the investigation into Paul's death about to be shelved and her bereaved niece to care for, Louise is under pressure - and running out of time. Can she find the girl and catch the kidnapper before her worst fears come true? 

Drawn deeper into the dark and shocking truth behind the crimes, she soon finds she isn't the only one with secrets to hide.

©2020 by Matthew Brolly. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I expected better

There is a lot of alcoholism in the book so if that might be a trigger, be aware.

The third book in this series still has DI Louise Blackwell heading a team of detectives in the west of England. Unfortunately, Louise still spends a lot of energy obsessing over her brother’s death, a former colleague now her superior, and her guilty feelings about her family. The case they’re working on is interesting. I was hoping, though, that the character of Louise would have moved on from the angst in the first two books.

The narration of the audiobook was well done.

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Characters not developing

This is my last in this series. I keep waiting for characters to develop more, Louise and ANYBODY else. My optimism probably made me go one installment too far. It throws me because the character exploration and development is better in Brolly’s Michael Lambert series.

On the characters: over the course of 3 installments, Louise stays exactly the same and is becoming annoying. She spends A LOT of time hand-wringing and navel-gazing. Same as previous — she feels the need to be focused on her family issues and focused on her case, talks about these competing demands and the guilt they produce INCESSANTLY. The only character more annoying than Louise is her mother - who comes across as completely useless. She’s always calling Louise (during critical case times, naturally), with blown out of proportion home crises and then won’t actually talk to Louise about what is wrong.

I would have loved it if sometimes, instead of having another go at Louise’s navel gazing, we could have heard more from/about some of the other, recurring but flat characters.

The actual “whodunnit” or case plot was interesting, which made me at least finish the book. But oh my. No more Louise for me!

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Excellent book and narration!

This series has been a pleasure to read! D.I. Louise Lewis has had more of her share of challenges & tragedies in her life that has forced her to overcome many things both professionally and personally. Her success on the job is well earned & does not come easily, especially when a previous Colleague set her up by instructing her to shoot an unarmed suspect which almost cost her the career she worked hard to achieve. This evil Detective has been attempting to undermine her all the way. Although the superiors believed her, it’s difficult to prove. In spite of all of this, she has solved some major cases. This case was very confusing &all over the place, resulting in the 2 children being taken, and thankfully both returned. Her brother's murderer was revealed also, despite her nemesis attempting shelf the investigation. I am eager to see how this is going to come to a head between them!

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Good Series

I really enjoy this series. DI Lousie Blackwell is a believable character, as are her actions and language. Each book takes on a new case, while continuing to follow Lousies family. The narration is perfection. I recommend this series to anyone.

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  • A. Hodgson
  • 03-27-21

Very enjoyable listen

If I had read this myself, I would certainly have called it a page turner. The end of each chapter was cleverly laden with suspense and Matt Brolly is good at revealing just so much of the mystery to keep you intrigued but leaving the final strands unravelled until the end. I have been following Louise Blackwell and her family since the first book in the series and do hope Mr Brolly is working on a fourth. I shall be waiting impatiently for its release. One minor comment about the narrator, who I like but I wish she wouldn't say didernt and wouldernt, instead of swallowing the last syllable of didn't and wouldn't. I just found it a bit irritating. I would have given this book four and a half stars if I had been given the option.

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  • 06-10-21

Good story and well narrated,

Enjoyed the storyline and it was well narrated, only complaint I personally have is I thought that the main character s name was used far to often to a point that I was cringing, I wouldn't have been confused in the storyline should her name had been dropped from several places. Will buy the next one as I liked the characters and their personal lives.

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  • Roger Catto
  • 06-07-21

Good story, not well read!

I thought that it was a good plot although the number of characters early on was a tad confusing.
The book was spoiled by the reader, her constant use of “baby talk” pronouncement, was very grating.
Every time a shortened word eg didn’t or shouldn’t was uttered it was didunt or shouldunt, said slowly, as if to an infant.

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  • SandraL
  • 04-15-21

Excellent

This is the third book in the DI Louise Blackwell series, and is just as good as the previous two books. It could be read as a standalone, but as previous cases are mentioned it would be better to read the books in order. This book centres around Cheddar featuring the Gorge and the caves, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and Matt Brolly portrays this brilliantly. The book itself is well written and plotted and kept me interested until the end. The characters are well rounded, and I like Louise and her team.

The narration by Danielle Cohen was great. Looking forward to Book 4 in the series.

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  • Jaye22
  • 12-21-21

*Louise is coming into her own*

This case sees DI Louise Blackwell investigating a curious case of animal killings at Cheddar Gorge. Louise thinks it’s not something the detectives should be dealing with, the manner of the animal killings may mean this is practice for a murderer in the making, then a young girl is kidnapped and soon after a baby is taken……

At the same time the investigation into a huge personal tragedy connected to Louise is going on.

The trouble is, Louise knows she should not interfere in the case. It is also being handled by her ex colleague and nemesis DCI Finch. Will Louise stay out of it and will she catch the kidnapper in time….

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  • Steenie
  • 12-01-21

Good story- recommended

This was a good continuation of the Louise Blackwell series, with the suspense building nicely throughout. However I found the narration quite irritating- the narrator was trying too hard to enunciate each word really clearly, which resulted in a somewhat stilted delivery. This was a bit distracting at the start, but I got used to it after a while.

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  • 09-20-21

Not a bad series

Narrator: I’m not a fan of this narrator, the singsong quality especially at the end of a sentence really annoys me

This the third book in this series I’ve read. The main detective Louise Blackwell is a likeable character and I find the storylines engaging. I do, however, have some criticism to get out of my system. First up, I think it’s time for Louise’s nemesis, Finch, to move on, his pointless vendetta is getting tedious and tired. Secondly, the family backstory is going the same way. Louise’s mother is driving me crazy with her constant demands and the ineffectual manner she deals with her 6 year old granddaughter. I would enjoy not to be privy to Louise comparing the victims in her work life to her niece and not counting how many glasses of wine her money drinks. Let’s hope there is a little less of this in future books. Other than these few things it’s not a bad series to get stuck into

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  • Bonita N. Jones
  • 03-07-21

Another great book.

I am very much looking forward to the next installment of Louise and co. Someone needs his come-uppence.