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When a house explodes in a quiet Oxford suburb and a young girl disappears in the aftermath, Sarah Tucker becomes obsessed with finding her. Accustomed to dull chores in a childless household and hosting her husband’s wearisome business clients for dinner, Sarah suddenly finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew, as her investigation reveals that people long believed dead are still among the living, while the living are fast joining the dead.

What begins in a peaceful neighbourhood reaches its climax on a remote, unwelcoming Scottish island as the search puts Sarah in league with a man who finds himself being hunted down by murderous official forces. 

©2003 Mick Herron (P)2020 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Non-Slough House

This is not part of the Slough House series, so has the disadvantages of no Jackson Lamb, Roderick Ho et al and is not read by the superb Sean Barrett.

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This is another beautifully written & well crafted story, with interesting, well drawn characters. The fact that, having got used to the Slough House mob, none of them appears in this story, drew my attention anew to the quality of the writing, which doesn’t disappoint. And the narrator, Julia Franklin, is superb! She strikes just the right note of weary cynicism which suits MH’s writing. Thoroughly recommended.

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Disappointing

I love Mick Herron's books based around Slough House and the wonderful characters he developed for those stories. "Down Cemetery Road", I'm sorry to say, I did not enjoy so much. I didn't stay with it to the end and that, in part, was to do with the narration which grated on me. Julia Franklin has a good voice but her delivery is wanting. The lead character did not hold me either; as time went by I didn't much care what happened to her. Sorry, Mick Herron. I can't wait for your next Slough House book, though.

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Great story with slightly disappointing ending

Loved it, great characters & twists & turns. Enjoyed the female perspective the book has, made me think about how different the world is from gender perspective. I felt the ending was a little disappointing, however probably the same for most books & the most difficult part to write. I think this book with the right production would make a great stand alone mini-series. Overall thank you Mr Herron a very enjoyable listen.

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Fantastic story, not so keen on the narrator...

I love the Slow Horses books by Mick Herron and Sean Barratt is the most wonderful narrator, bringing humour, tension and vivid characterisation to life.

This story has the usual Mick Herron twists and turns but somehow I found Julia Franklin's narration irritating. She has a habit of using 3 syllables in a one syllable word and totally misses the humour in casual throwaway lines because she labours them so much.

I kept on listening to the end because I'd either got used to her or she improved her delivery. I'm not sure which. I do know I'll get the next book on Kindle rather than Audible...

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swallowing by the narrator..ugh

it's been spoiled by hearing the narrator swallowing so much . a shame the story is very good.

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Bliss

I loved every moment of this. Already a Mick Herron devotee thanks to the Slough House novels, it was a joy to discover Sarah and Zoe (initially via the stories in Dolphin Junction).
This reminded me a little of Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie books - dark, funny and painfully human…and beautifully written.

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Terrible Narrator

I couldn’t help hearing the voice of Queenie from Blackadder 2 in the narration. Once that happened it was a struggle but I managed to listen to the end. All the male voices sounded the same. Not the best Mick Herron but ruined by a terrible choice of narrator. I recommend you get these book re- recorded by Sean Barrett. The Slough House series narrated by Sean Barrett is brilliant I recommend all of the books.

I’ll probably by the other Mick Herron Books in paperback and read them myself.

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Thoroughly Enjoyable

The story line takes a few turns that stretch its credibility but Mick Herron's trademark dry humour shines through. The narration is spot on. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Maddening

I am a great fan of Mick Herron's books and a fan of Audible too but I was dismayed to find that all the Zoe Boehm titles I had previously purchased were deleted from my library. My credits were refunded for all the titles but I won't be using any more of them on this series.
Each is now read by Julia Franklin. I stayed with Cemetery Road because I wanted to hear again how the story ended. Listening was agony!
Words of one syllable were turned into two, It was as though Julia Franklin were reading a fairy story to a small child in a sugary, affected voice. The men all sounded the same and Zoe Boehm came over alternately as frightfully posh or like a gruff man.
The stories are entertaining and pacy, the writing is good, which is why I am giving the overall rating of four.

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A Good Start

I think I'm right in saying this was Mick Herron's first book. It's not great, and he certainly hadn't yet fully honed his craft, but there are certainly signs of the great writer he has become, and flashes of the wit we have come to expect. So a bit of a lukewarm recommendation from me, but a recommendation all the same. If you enjoy Mick Herron's later books, I think you will enjoy it, just don't expect Slough House quality.

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 09-08-20

Not as good as Slough House

Like other Slough House fans, I am anxiously awaiting another book in the series, so when I received an amazon notice about an author I like, I clicked the link. Learning this is an early series, with Cemetery Road being Herron's debut book, I went to Goodreads looking for reviews. The majority of reviewers praised this series, lots of five stars, but some two stars with criticism I now agree with. The only reason I did not return the books is I kept waiting for it to get better, as was suggested by goodreads commentators. While his dark humor, quirky characters, and interesting plot ideas were all present, the book fell flat for me. Perhaps, if you are a Mick Herron fan, you should try the book, Audible has a generous exchange/return policy.

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  • bill
  • 26-06-21

Excellent Writing

Excellent Writing and Great Syory. Very clever. surprising female characters foil the bad guys in this drama.

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  • Sharon Berry
  • 26-01-22

Edge of your seat listening!

Herron's story seems a bit slow to start, until you realize how important it is to know the characters as real people, in order to accept and appreciate his brutal and complicated plot.
The narrator's performance is flawless, keeping you intrigued and on the edge of your seat, holding your breath at one point and cheering the next.
BRAVO!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-22

Narrator is hard to deal

The story is solid if you can just get past the narrators over the top performance of each and every character.

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  • Ed R.
  • 21-07-21

Great book!

As an American reader, the book is a little hard to file at first. Heron’s almost steam off consciousnesses descriptions will grow on you.

If you are patient, there is a great payoff with wonderfully developed characters and a tightly connected and engaging storyline

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  • Dag Kvale
  • 31-03-22

No credible story, personalities - stay off

Very disappointing from the Slough House master. Witty remarks or thinking misplaced throughout. This was not worth spending time on. Sorry.