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Publisher's Summary

When a child's severed hand is found, DC Toks Ade and DS Philip Dean are put on the case. Thrown into a world of Nigerian traditional customs, ritual sacrifice, and international trafficking, they must find the guilty parties before more children are lost and more limbs are found.

A chilling new thriller introducing Detectives Toks Ade, Philip Dean, and investigative author Coretta Davis.

©2020 Stella Ahmadu (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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  • Simon
  • 09-09-20

It could have been great . . .

Stella Oni promised us a lot in this book but only manages to deliver some of it. I did get a strong sense of the culture and places from the rundown London estates to the fascinating contradictions offered by a country like Nigeria. I never felt though that I was getting a particularly "gripping journey" and some of the writing seemed quite questionable. When near the start of the book a completely random old Chinese man steps up and for no apparent reason says something like 'Don't worry, you are feted to find her' then the only way to react is to roll your eyes.

On the bright side there is some excitement over the finish and a suitable gruesome plot at the heart of this. Weruche Opia gives an impressive performance with a particularly impressive array of character voices to throw into the mix. Some of her male voices were perhaps a bit on the dodgy side but it's a rare narrator indeed that can traverse both sexes with more aplomb than she does.

I think if Audible are going to keep bringing forth unknown authors like this they should perhaps help those authors more with improved editing before committing it to Audio. A little more investment in quality with some of the structure and writing elements might just have gone a long way here.

As it is, it really isn't that bad but there is bound to be disappointment when a title like this is release as 'Audible's Crime and Thriller Pick of the Month'. It's good that they often like to showcase debutant authors , I certainly applaud that because it must be very hard getting a start in such a crowded market place, but they should bill it for what it is when there are so many high quality new releases out there.

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  • Lesley Morrison
  • 08-09-20

Interesting and different but spoiled

I found I was constantly distracted from the story by the writer’s apparent obsession with various odours. Virtually every venue and many characters were described in terms of their smell, mostly very unpleasant. For me it spoiled the listening experience, not because I am sqeamish but because it detracted rather than added to the experience.

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  • K. Shimmin
  • 09-09-20

Disappointing

I really wanted to like this book, but the writing was clunky, the pace wrong and the structure all over the place. Sadly not for me.

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  • Mrs S Samuel
  • 08-09-20

what a let down

really wanted to embrace this book that should have been wonderfully unique.... it was pants

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  • TaD
  • 08-09-20

Modern Day Detective Drama across Nigeria & London

Absolutely riveting! Great characters, pace and subject matter. Likeable characters and colorful. More books please.

Totally unexpected plot twist with characters that move fluidly across parts of London and Nigeria.

Narration by Weruche Opia brings the words of this book to life with a perfectly nuanced performance.

This is a detective series that just begs to be continued.

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  • sonia thangarajah
  • 11-09-20

Amazing audiobook loved it

couldn’t stop listening and sad when it came to the end.
I would recommend it to anyone who love crime novels.

The narrator was perfectly cast.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-21

Did not enjoy this

I was not a fan and I think 3 stars is me being generous to what was at least a fair performance but an uninteresting and predictable plot. I also am really surprised at the unnuanced portrayal of Nigeria and its London diaspora. All this to say that this was a disappointing read given how excited I was for a Black written detective novel.

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  • SG
  • 13-12-20

Good Listen, Poor Ending

This is a good listen, well paced and taut right up to the rather abrupt ending whi ch leaves so much unresolved. Too many loose ends. Frustrating.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-11-20

I'm a scardey cat... but I couldn't put this down!

Did I tell you all I'm a scaredy cat??? How I ended up reading a book highlighting human sacrifice but also assumptions of blame that tie in with this I do not know...

However, somehow I did 🙈🙈🙈
I managed to finish listening in the middle of the day as the night time was proving too much for my brain 🤣🙈

Thriller/mystery/ horror are not my genres. I think this book is Def a 4⭐⭐⭐⭐ for keeping a non thriller gal engaged and wanting more. Those used to this genre comment below and let me know your thoughts

1. I've already mentioned the talented narration please see previous posts

2. I love that we are beginning to see black British women in different genres and narratives. Our main character hero is a detective, cultural background from Nigeria

3. I love the concept of being used at times by our non black colleagues as cultural expert within the work place feel free to push that back on them boo

4. I love that in the darkest moments of this book all hero could do was to whisper a prayer under her breath... Best believe I was doing the same as Mr villain man was wayyyyy too convincing