Stranger in the Woods Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Photographer Isla Wilson is thrilled she's landed her dream job, but the clients who hired her are getting stranger by the day.
It sounded so perfect—a month's assignment at the lush Scottish Highlands property of architect Alban McGregor, and his wife, Jessica.
But in the woods, there's a playhouse with a chilling history.
Two years ago, the McGregors' daughter Elodie was abducted and then died in that playhouse. The townspeople insist her abductor had to be a stranger in their town. Alban refuses to knock the playhouse down, even keeping a picture of it on his wall.
Sensing the McGregors and townspeople are keeping terrible secrets, Isla plans to discover the truth.
But the closer Isla comes to uncovering answers, the more the danger mounts. And with a dense cover of snow now blanketing the town, all chance of escape might already be gone.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 57 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 06, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #22,082 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#141 in International Mystery & Crime (Audible Books & Originals)
#618 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#643 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2021
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You know when reading a murder mystery, the murderer is always the one you least suspect? I felt like the author was trying to make us look hard at 2 suspects - by making whatever they said or how they acted guilty. Nice try! I wasn't buying that at all. The author tried very hard though. Gotta give her credit for that.
On the positive side, I was able to feel some of the things that Isla felt. Like being afraid of the woods at night. Staying alone in a cottage near the woods. I would never ever do those things. So, Isla looking out for every single sound and having sleepless nights were spot on for me.
Isla's story begins two years after Elodie's death. I felt sad whenever Elodie's thoughts were narrated. The girl was dead. Reading a dead child's thoughts towards the end of her days was just heartbreaking. The author managed to intertwine Elodie's story beautifully.
When everything unfolded, I must say I did not expect those revelations. I never suspected that to be the case. So, I thoroughly enjoyed finding out somethings towards the end of the book. I know there are quite a number of negative reviews on this book. But, hey! Why don't you read it for yourself and judge? I liked it. I enjoyed the twist and turns. Were they too much? Nah. Not for me. I did not regret reading this book at all.
Braithnoch Square was separated into four properties. The McGregors and Keenans and Chandlishes had known each other for generations. The families were distantly related. The mentioning of property owners threw me off course. Of course, I got hung up on this thinking it was relevant to the abduction which it wasn’t.
Stranger in the Woods was set in Greenmire, Scotland at the Braithnoch cottage where the McGregor family resided. Isla was a twenty-six year old photographer from Sydney, Australia. She’s a complete stranger to these families, yet she managed to wheedle her way into there personal lives.
Anni Taylor casted suspicion on many of the characters throwing readers off course. The art of trickery was Anni Taylor’s greatest skill. The shocking revelation of truths, secrets, and lies was splendidly done. It was a good proper twist. There were some unexpected twists with explanations that I’m not sure are plausible. This was a very busy story with tons of activity. While I appreciated the grand finale of this book. I found there were long drawn out scenes leading up to this moment that fell flat and short for me.
Harriet Gordon-Anderson was the solo female performer of The Stranger in the Woods. I listened using the audible app at 2.1x the speed. I enjoyed her Scottish accent. Harriet brought life to the characters and the story. The sound used for the phone calls conversations was a nice touch.
This was a revisit of a book that was read a few years ago. My initial reading experience wasn’t very good. I’m here to reevaluate Stranger in the Woods with the audiobook. I got to say listening to Harriet Gordon-Anderson has been a wonderful experience. She helped change my opinion of this story with her brilliant voice acting skills. This experience has been better.
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Isla steps into this new environment, understandably nervous, but settles in quickly. She makes friends with some of the neighbouring families, but can’t hit it off with Alban’s wife, Jessica. The tension in the McGregor household and surroundings steadily grows as Isla becomes immersed in the tragedy that befell Elodie.
The author builds the suspense and danger as Isla gets closer to the truth. There are plenty of suspects for the abduction and some good twists. The final twist left me gasping, more in disbelief than surprise, but that’s only my take. It doesn’t detract from what is a well written and crafted story with vivid and engaging characters, all set in a lovingly described and atmospheric Scottish Highlands setting.
I had to knock it down a star as there are quite a lot of repetitive mistakes in it, apostrophes mainly being her bugbear, it appears. She got them right maybe a third of the time, so someone knows the difference, but the other two-thirds were wrong. The main problem was in names, persistently writing McGregor's (as a named example) and not McGregors'. Highly distracting and inconsistent. So was bee line written like this, something I've not seen before. She wrote draft and not draught and onto not on to once but that was it for spelling errors, which is good-going these days.
She did refer to Isla binge-watching a TV series and in the next breath told us she'd decided to finish watching later which caught my eye and I wondered too about Isla being met in a Departure lounge as opposed to an Arrival one !!! We were also told Aubrey's parents had returned home one morning but that previous night they'd been partying at her home so that was also a bit baffling. A way into the story she also mentioned Alban's "easy charm" which went totally against all her feelings about him we'd read up till then !! The first 200+ pages she'd spent telling us that he was a bit odd, really, so I'm not sure why she did that. Then in April (in Scotland) Alban was bemoaning the fact that summer hadn't last long enough.
I really liked her very sweet dedication at the beginning for her dad, though it made me sniffy, too and the cover's a very nice and eye-catching one as well.
Apparently the heroine 'forgot' that she had lived in Scotland long enough to go through a surrogate pregnancy and give birth when she decided to not only go back to Scotland but to stay with the family she had provided the baby to her own mother didn't mention it ! !
The culprit was apparently desperate for a baby but used a condom ! ! And kept out of bed and rushed round to the surrogate (nice) the husband apparently didn't notice ! !
What ever makes Anni Taylor think she can write ? ?
To save every ones time Peyton (who ever would be named Peyton? ?) Is the child abuser