Blink: A psychological thriller with a killer twist you'll never forget Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Three years ago Toni's five-year-old daughter, Evie, disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.
But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself - and a devastating truth.
Toni's mind is trapped in a world of silence. Her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible: she must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.
A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister.
Please note that the last chapter of this audiobook was missing on release. This has been rectified and the full audio made available as of 28 February 2017.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 19 minutes|
|Author||K. L. Slater|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 16, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #75,448 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#821 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,820 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,841 in Psychological Fiction (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2019
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I have really enjoyed k.l Slater books. im sure this is just a once off disappointment as her other books were amazing..that being said I cant wait to get my hand on her next thriller.
Instead of leading us through the remainder of the plot with actions, she allowed the characters to narrate. Any action was incidental. Very Agatha Christie, but modern mystery has moved on. Writing rules are explicit. Authors don't spoon-feed their readers. Readers deserve to think to the very end.
Part of the problems arose from the format of skipping through time and narrators. Though intriguing, it started to fall apart as the major turning point finally occurred. Another issue was the revelation near the beginning of a most obvious culprit with a perfect motive. The other accomplices and rules were easily identified even with the extra wild card characters fed to readers.
It was the loss of richness at the end that did in the book for me. It was as if the author worked for months and then got a call from her publisher to get a move on. The end was slapped on and the beginning didn't get the polish it needed to make clues appropriately subtle. We have been given both too much and not enough.
I kept reading, hoping for a flash of brilliance. If you follow the odor, there is a spark. It wasn't enough to justify my time. And Alfred Hitchcock did it already.
I sincerely regret giving a negative review but I cannot recommend Blink.
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How on earth does someone place a nest of wasps inside a bouquet of flowers, and the wasps only wake up and fly out when the flowers are rearranged?
Toni managed to see movement behind the window of the house next door, while she was inside her own house!
Toni is still picking up her husband’s prescription sedatives from the pharmacy, two years after he died. Apparently, the pharmacist must have been handing them out without a repeat prescription from the doctor, as the doctor would surely know the patient was dead!!
I was sick of hearing about the ‘small brown bottle’ of pills. Do pharmacies even dispense medication in brown bottles these days, they all seem to come in blister packs. Tori didn’t trust herself to take them as they knocked her out or made her woozy, so why was she constantly taking them at irresponsible times when she had to drive somewhere or should have been looking after her daughter?
I could go on and on with a list of stupid actions, but won’t. It’s a shame, the theme for the story was so good and I wanted to finish the book to see what happened. It did have a couple of unexpected good twists and quite a few red herrings thrown in along the way. I also felt a bit cheated that the book finished quite abruptly at 90% on Kindle to allow a preview of all the author’s other books. 3 stars is generous.
Setting aside any plot improbability (which many novels have), the “blurb” makes much of a “killer twist” and it’s in relation to this that I have a problem with this book. (There is in fact more than one plot element which could be regarded as a twist, but I think it’s clear which is the main one.) As I see it, the problem is that the author has gone too far in reader manipulation (which again all writers attempt to some extent), so that the novel is seriously flawed. I don’t want to include spoilers, which makes it more difficult to be clear, but let me put it this way: it’s pretty easy to provide a twist if in passages before the twist you mislead the reader with narration which becomes both unnatural and unbelievable once you know what the twist is.
After I discovered the “twist”, I was sufficiently surprised (so, perhaps it was a good twist?) to re-read the earlier relevant parts, and confirmed that there were several passages where in my view the author has manipulated the narration unfairly to suggest one thing that turns out not to be true. To be clear, this is not unreliable narration in what I understand is the accepted sense. That is a well-known and often very successful technique. What the author has done here is simply include passages before the twist which unfairly mislead the reader. By “unfair” here I mean that it is just not believable that the statements made in these passages would have been made, and that their inclusion is apparently solely to misdirect the reader. (As I said, it would have been much easier to explain with spoilers.)
I have reduced the rating I would have given because of the flaw as I see it. If the flaw doesn’t bother you, you may well enjoy the book