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Two for Joy

Written by: Sarah A. Denzil
Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
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Publisher's Summary

The electrifying sequel to One for Sorrow, by the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Silent Child.  

Leah Smith has a new name, a new job and a new home. The sleepy seaside town, Clifton-on-Sea, is a refreshing change from the gloomy moors of Yorkshire. She couldn’t be farther away from her serial killer stalker.  

Or so she thinks.... 

A new name isn’t enough to make her forget her past. Leah must come to terms with the events that occurred at Crowmont Hospital, especially when police discover the mutilated body of a young woman. Leah and Tom struggle with the consequences of their actions on the moors and how they may have led to murder.  

While a serial killer is on the loose, Leah throws herself into solving a different puzzle. She meets George, an elderly local man who suffered a heartbreaking childhood. In 1944, when George was just 10 years old, his mother perished in a fire at the family home. His sister, Abigail, went missing during the fire, presumed dead. Abigail’s body was never recovered from the ashes.

Twenty years later, George received a photograph of a young woman bearing a striking resemblance to his sister, Abigail. Perhaps she didn’t die after all.  

George is not a well man, and time is running out to uncover what happened to little Abigail. Leah is drawn into the mystery, keen for any distraction from her own troubles. With assistance from George’s grandson, Mark, she vows to help. But even as she immerses herself in George’s tragic past, she can never escape the one name that haunts her nightmares: Isabel Fielding....

©2019 Sarah Denzil (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Couldn’t put it down

This book kept me engrossed. Rarely do I want to keep listening while doing regular activities. There are plot twists galore and some really good people to counter the evil.

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Good story

The ending of the secondary story just didn’t seem too plausible. I was a bit disappointed.

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Great listen

I came upon Sarah Denzil by chance and now I'm hooked on her books! I can't wait to listen to the third book in this series. Excellent!

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I kept waiting for it to get better, it didn't!

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I really enjoyed the first book in the series but this next book was far to out of the realm of believability for me! Just when I thought there would be no more far out there thoughts, scenarios or ridiculous outcomes, another was right around the corner! When she asked the police for help with a 50 year old disappearance and the cop got to it immediately I just had to stop listening. I felt that Leah's self talk and thoughts were not logical at times and were quite repetitive. I think I kept with it because I thought it might get better. I am quite disappointed in the sequel and will likely return this one.

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Excellent Read

I loved the follow up to the first book.

All I can say are both families are sincerely screwed up.

Looking forward to the final installment.

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  • Madam Krish
  • 2022-11-19

Entertaining, but not as great as first book

I had some mixed feelings after the first book but was intrigued with the story enough to want to listen to more. I will say this author writes a good twisted story, but the big reveals at the end are somewhat predictable in first book, and totally predictable in this one. It may just be me, but I found the sub-mystery to be a little distracting to the main story and out of place with the realities Leah had to have been facing emotionally. In my opinion, not enough time had passed from the incidents with Isabel in the first book for her to engage so deeply into someone else’s trauma, especially with grave realities truly facing her around every corner, every minute, coupled with her concerns with Tom’s well-being, as well as adapting to being displaced. The author did try to explain this in Leah’s thought processes and normalize her curiosity and attachment to George’s story, but it just didn’t hold to how a real person would behave under those circumstances for me. Lastly, this is a pet peeve I have with all books like this, not just this author, but why do they use the epilogue to reveal the twist? In this particular case, the reveal could have easily been woven into the storyline better for a more interesting and complex plot and development of a character. It felt like a quick afterthought of an explanation to fill in the plot hole and hook you for the next book, when it actually left me feeling like it was a little cheesy and now I’m not interested in the next story. As I mentioned, it was painfully obvious far before the reveal and the light epilogue touch on the character was disappointing, not shocking. This whole book actually felt a little rushed in character development and suspense over the first in the series.

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  • Cynthia Sanders
  • 2022-11-15

twisted

I figured it out before the end, but it was good. twisted, but good.

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  • ML
  • 2022-09-20

Two for Joy

This story kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Hats off to the author!

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  • Tracey M.
  • 2022-09-19

The best series ever on Audible

Truly. This is the first time I have been moved to write a review for a book. I rarely ever read/listen to a book twice, but this one I did - and the first one. Am about to start the third one now. EVERYTHING is amazing and Isabel is just fabulous. Great work by the Narrator too - at first I found the accent a bit annoying but it's the proper accent for the story/setting.

Read them and you'll never look at magpies in the same way again,

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  • Jojo11
  • 2022-05-28

great ride!!

great story! enjoyed the subots. added a variety of emotions. liked how each got tied up but eith enough intrigue to cue up curiosity for the next nook in series. nothing left hanging.

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  • Karenique
  • 2022-04-18

A superb continuation of this British series…

Those exceptional Brits! I do so enjoy my British mysteries! Note: One must read these in order, starting with Book 1, “One for Sorrow.” As I anxiously listened to the second in the series, “Two for Joy,” I was delighted to hear that brilliant author Sarah A. Denzil was joined by the equally talented narrator Jasmine Blackborow. I now look forward to “Three for a Girl.” Going back and forth and forth between the Leah and the devious Isabel, I intensely listened throughout the day into the early morning hours. Denzil treats us to a suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat thriller, complete with twists and turns and suspicious subplots I never saw coming… and that totally unexpected and secretive ending {{{BLOODY HELL}}}. Worthy of a treasured credit, but as was the case, I found this at the reasonable price of $11+. Highly recommended? Indeed! I am again on the rooftop, “Epic, I scream. EPIC! EPIC! EPIC!

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  • Jayme
  • 2021-09-07

Liked it

I saw the twist coming but still a great book to listen to a

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  • Buzy_reading
  • 2019-08-01

On the run

Protected but not safe. This is how Leah and Tom felt when placed in the witness protection program and given new names. They no longer felt safe from Isabel even after moving away. They had to live like ghosts living outside the lines of society forced to live constantly on the move.

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Jasmine Blackbarrow narrated Two for Joy. Her performance was stunning. I give her a standing ovation. The sound quality and tone was ideal. She really brought this story to life. The British accent was spot on.

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I liked how Leah and Tom behaved suspiciously lending towards a more exciting possibility.
The distraction that was created for Leah’s character was clever and interesting. Although I was a tad disappointed how much time was spent addressing this other plot. I wanted something more substantial from Isabel’s character and her hunt to find Leah. It felt a little anticlimactic with how it was resolved and concluded between Leah and Isabel.
It was still an exciting read especially with Isabel’s point of view.

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  • Nicole Mortenson
  • 2019-06-17

Great #2!

I REALLY REALLY LOVE THIS AUTHOR! I truly do! I am now reading each and every one of her books because she is a brilliant writer! She just snayches me up and sucks me in! #3 to come!?....