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Cari Hunter delivers once again with a crime thriller told from the perspective of an accident victim trying desperately to remember who she is and why she is lying beside a dead woman she doesn't recognize. From the opening chilling scene on a storm-drenched stretch of road in Wales the reader knows this is more than some simple love tryst gone awry.
DS Bronwen Pryce is all cop when she first encounters the injured and confused Rebecca.. She is drawn so well, so cool and professional that when circumstances change and she becomes an ally to Rebecca I wasn’t sure this softer, gentler Bronwen was trustworthy. When I reread the opening scenes I was able to pick up on the compassion and concern expressed by Pryce which I seemed to gloss over on the first read worried as I was with Rebecca’s welfare.
This is a difficult audiobook to review without giving away spoilers. I will say Alias lives up to the high standard fans of Ms Hunter’s work have come to expect when she puts pen to paper. Settings are vivid and the characters who fill the scenes easy to imagine. Using a narrator with memory loss aids in ramping up the tension. The listener is as lost as the MC’s and can only speculate on who to trust and how much danger they face. I love how she includes snippets of memories which add clarity but more often confusion for our injured heroine.
Like other listeners I continue to mourn the fictional passing of the Dark Peak series Megan and Sanne. It was hard not to look for similar bonds but this is a standalone crime thriller and these women are too busy unravelling the levels of deceit and corruption to spend a lot of time snogging. (Did I get that right?) It took nothing away from another engrossing book.
The voice actor is excellent bringing every character to life.
“Alias” is a wonderful new crime thriller from Cari Hunter, but one that I find doesn’t easily slot into a specific genre. It does have crime, and medical drama, and intrigue it’s true, but it also has a slow but real romantic storyline that is integral to the story. Ms. Hunter’s books remained on our “to read” list for far too long I’m ashamed to say, but they have all become real favourites and each novel has brought her closer to the top of the favourites list. I found the story of “Rebecca” and Pryce to be entirely satisfying and entertaining, and after reading Alias I will have no hesitation in seeking out any of her books in the future. There are so many good things I could say. I will praise the skilled use of character observation and the vivid location descriptions. There is a great contrast between the beautiful and wild country around Snowdonia, and the deprived post-industrial heartland of Manchester and its surroundings. I will praise the carefully crafted plotline and the way recovered memories are suddenly but carefully introduced, resolving one snippet of the mystery but revealing another. And as much as anything else I will praise Cari Hunter’s mastery of the vernacular! Being a Brit abroad and having spent some considerable time in both Manchester and Snowdonia, I truly enjoyed the use of language and I could hear the voices of the whole cast of characters clearly in my head. The only perhaps slight issue, and I really hate to even call it that, is that the vernacular may just be a shade too much for those who don’t have a native British English ear or familiarity. For any such reader, don’t let this put anyone off as the realism adds interest and really helps make this story. On another note, the wife and I are relatively new to audiobooks but with the rich regional language I am certain sure this one will be worth one of our Audible credits. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this book. I received an ARC via Netgalley.
I have to admit I’m a big fan of Ms Hunters work and after reading this offering I remain a loyal fan. Detective Alis Clarke works for the Manchester Metro Police in the Major Crime Team division. She goes undercover trying to get the evidence on a smuggling operation. She’s doing her job when she has an accident in the Welsh countryside that causes her to lose her memory. The woman with her at the time doesn’t survive and the only name the police can find for her Alis is the fake name ‘Rebecca Elliott’. Welsh Detective Bronwen Pryce is one of the first at the scene of the accident and quickly becomes involved helping Alis find out what happened to her and who was behind it. This book grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let up until the last. Great read. Loved it. eARC via NetGalley
Ms. Hunter's storyline is like riding a roller coaster - lots of twists and turn. Leads Pryce (Bronwyn) and Alis (Rebecca) shine in this gripping plot which always has you guessing. This book is not for the complacent reader. I read through the night to get to the end....what an end! Highly recommend with 5 stars.
Like most other reviewers I am a massive Cari Hunter fan and I waited with real anticipation for this to arrive on my Kindle. The book was first rate, although I would have liked a little more romance earlier in the book. And that is my beef, not with Cari Hunter, but with Bold Strokes Books. The books they sell are becoming far too expensive and whilst I appreciate that I read niche market books (even in this day and age!) I object to paying £9 for a book that any publisher could put out electronically at a much lower price. What is it about BSB that makes their books so costly? These days I try to avoid buying from them and try to go to cheaper alternatives, unfortunately some of my favorite writers are with them! Come on guys. play fair with your readers.
I like Hunter as a writer. Her knowledge of the physical realities of injuries and wounds coupled with her ability to describe the detail means the most gruesome aspects of her books are just like being at the scene. The picturesque parts of her books are also like that and the humour - sometimes black is just that - blackly funny and real! This is another winner and part of that is that it is again different from her previous works. This is no book by numbers. There is not the camaraderie of previous books and I honestly was not sure who was the baddy, it could have been anyone and I don’t mean that in a ‘there were no clues or too many red herrings’ but I really couldn’t be sure who was a goody! - a refreshing change. There were a few minor characters that we don’t get to know that well but are relevant but that is a deliberate act by a very skilful writer and adds to the book rather than an oversight. Don’t waste any more time reading this, go read Alias.
5.0 out of 5 starsGoodness - what a cracking good read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 12, 2018
I’d had this on pre-order, counting down the days until release. It arrived on my Kindle but commitments meant I had to wait to start the story. Have to say, it was with a little trepidation that I began reading. I have all of Cari Hunter's previous titles in print and on audio. She's gone from strength to strength and her last book, A Quiet Death, was a stunning finale to the outstanding Dark Peak trilogy. I wasn’t sure if Alias could hope to match up and despite reading a few rave reviews from those lucky enough to get hold of early copies, I reserved judgement. After all, when 'fans' are so besotted with an author (or pop star or actor) it seems she/he can do no wrong, even if an offering is sub-standard. I wanted to make up my own mind, avoided reviews that might give the game away and, armed with Cadbury's Eclairs (no Raspberry Ruffles to be had) settled in to read. The first short sentence had me hooked. The first paragraph and my own world disappeared as I was plunged into Cari Hunter's world of suspense, confusion, fear and pain. Like a fragile thread throughout was the tentative budding friendship between the two main characters whilst all around them was uncertainty and violence. I read until I was interrupted, suffered through that even though I was itching to get back to the book and then finished it a few hours later. Did I enjoy it? Hm. Does one ever actually enjoy a crime story? I do know I was absolutely riveted, mind blanked off to any extraneous disturbances as I sank deeper with every word. Will I read it again? YES, just as soon as I can. Do I recommend it? Oh, goodness me, YES! Rush out and get a copy NOW! Is it as good as A Quiet Death? It’s different and I think comparisons would be unfair. It introduces new characters, it’s written in the present tense, which is a departure for this author, and of course on the first reading it’s unfamiliar. All I can say is I was gripped from the first line, was really annoyed at being interrupted and couldn’t wait to get back to it. And when I’d finished it I couldn’t quite believe it. I didn’t want it to end, I wanted more. And I’ll re-read it, time after time, because that's what you do with Cari Hunter's books, and each time another layer peels back to reveal more insight, more depth and a greater sense of being there, in the story, side by side with the characters in their struggles. And that, I guess, answers the question. It’s a superb new book from this remarkably talented author and I'm awaiting the audio version with baited breath.
This is an author to follow! Consistently excellent storytelling from Cari Hunter with à delightful cast of characters in every book. This one is set in Wales as a crash victim wakes up unable to recall the name of the dead woman besides her, or why they were driving so fast in such terrible conditions. The plot thickens when the survivor learns her own identity and the double life she has been leading. Can DS Pryce the police woman who found her unravel the mystery? Who do you trust when you can't remember why you are running or who you are running from? Will Alis aka known as Rebecca be able to scrape together the pieces of her past together and find out who is a friend and who is foe? Set against the backdrop of Manchester and the contrast of mountainous N. Wales the tea is hot, the buttered bara brith is on the plate (and the automatic spell checker is having a fit) settle in and join the adventure. But don't expect to sleep until you turn the final page and find all the answers. Darn! What am I going to do until she writes the next book? Ooh, I know, off to re-read her other books. Enjoy!
Read some of my reviews and you'll know that I’m a huge Cari Hunter fan. I’ve read everything she’s released on Kindle so was very happy to see this on my list of suggested reads and snapped it up immediately. And yes, it’s good, well written and all the rest. It just didn’t quite ‘grab’ me in the way all her others have. A different style being written in the first person, present tense but that wasn’t what didn’t really grab me; it was just very slow moving, plot-wise. Maybe that was necessary as our narrator tries to piece together her memory, but I did find myself distracted on occasion. Perhaps I will need to re-read it again in a while and its brilliance may then shine through…
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 30, 2018
This was a different story but still great. The author Cari Hunter yet again pulls time in from the start till the end. The story is told from a detective who is undercover and how she is nearly killed f ollowing a road traffic accident. She suffers memory loss. Now she has to find out who to trust. Cari Hunter continues to write excellent stories and this was another one. May she continue for years to come. Cannot wait for her next one.
5.0 out of 5 starsYou'll not be able to put this down.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 11, 2018
What an excellent story. This is by far the best of the Cari Hunter books I've read. She just keeps getting better. I'm Welsh but live in the Peak district, so this was especially enjoyable for me. Make sure you've nothing important to do when you start to read, because all tasks will be forgotten until you reach the end of this gripping story
This is the first cari Hunter book I have read and I am thoroughly impressed ,the start had me gripped and I didn't put the book down .fantastic plot slowly unfolding as the suspense thickens please if you have only one book you can buy this is it.I am now going to download all her other books enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 starsI'd give it 10 stars if I could. 20 even.
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2018
I honestly didn't mean to buy the Kindle version of "Alias." I was 100% set on waiting for the audio to come out, because I love the British narration. Well, I made the mistake of reading the first couple of chapters on Amazon and I couldn't help but purchase right away. Then, I really tried taking my time to finish it, but that proved impossible as well.
There's a reason Cari Hunter is my all-time favorite author (any time someone asks, she's at the very top of my top 10 list). The book pulls you in right away. There's never a dull moment, and you really fall in love with the characters. And there's a certain "feeling" you get. A feeling that puts you right into the book alongside the characters and makes you feel a bit empty when it ends. Hunter makes her characters feel like close friends.
All in all, I have to say that reading on my Kindle was a positive experience and will probably improve my audio experience when the audible version is ready (and yes, I'll be re-reading it on audio right away, as soon as it's available later this month). Hunter uses a lot of very non-American words and having the book on Kindle allowed me to look them up.
Like Cari Hunter's other books, this will be one I'll undoubtedly re-read multiple times, if only for that certain "feeling."
I really thought I would love this story. It started entriguing and very promising, but it turned very slow and frustrating. The uncovering of the facts were the most frustrating. The story picked up about 80% into the book and unwinds very quickly. There was little romance between the main characters. The love making happened late in the book & was sudden & very physical. At least the characters were very real & the action parts were realistis. There was no unbelievable heroic behavour from the main characters. They showed fear, pain and uncertainty, but found strength in each other.
I just finished reading this great novel. If you like a good thriller/mystery with a touch of romance on the side, you will enjoy this novel. Personally I liked that the romance was secondary and the plot was focused on the mystery the main characters were working on. 📕📙📘📗📓