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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (859 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gordon Reece Narrator: Polly Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781101483503
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An electrifying psychological thriller about a mother and daughter pushed to their limits

Shelley and her mom have been menaced long enough. Excused from high school where a trio of bullies nearly killed her, and still reeling from her parents’ humiliating divorce, Shelley has retreated with her mother to the quiet of Honeysuckle Cottage in the countryside. Thinking their troubles are over, they revel in their cozy, secure life of gardening and books, hot chocolate and Brahms by the fire. But on the eve of Shelley’s sixteenth birthday, an unwelcome guest disturbs their peace and something inside Shelley snaps. What happens next will shatter all their certainties—about their safety, their moral convictions, the limits of what they are willing to accept, and what they’re capable of.

Debut novelist Gordon Reece has written a taut tale of gripping suspense, packed with action both comic and terrifying. Shelley is a spellbinding narrator, and her delectable mix of wit, irony, and innocence transforms the major current issue of bullying into an edge-of-your-seat story of fear, violence, family loyalty, and the outer reaches of right and wrong.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 2/17/2014

    " After being a victim of serious bullying, Shelly and her mother go to live in the country. After a hopped up burglar invades their sanctuary, the tables are finally turned. The book started out exciting, but the immense amount of description in the last half grew tedious, and I started skipping pages just to get to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/6/2014

    " sometimes it's boring, but, is a good book for people that works with children! from what had told the seller, I was expecting something else, because he said that he had read in 2 hours, I really do hard work, Reece is very meticulous in descriptions. In fact, allows you to live the story as if you were a "piece of furniture in the house ", a passive observer of the scene. I think it can be an interesting movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 2/2/2014

    " Blah. Nothing special. Not worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy Fernandez | 1/25/2014

    " I randomly picked up this book, an advanced readers copy, for a dollar at a local book store. I wasn't sure I'd ever even read it but figured for a buck, why not get it? Wow! I was really enthralled with this book which is crazy (and so unlike me) because it's mostly a horrible story of bullying, of torment, of victims and crime. Perhaps my intrigue is because it happened to two unlikely people - a mother and daughter who always played by the rules and showed their weaknesses. Maybe it was because the story unfolded from the eyes of the teenage girl struggling with life. To watch her morality and thoughts on good and evil change and evolve as they did was just fascinating. Reading about the love between the mother and daughter was beautiful even despite the horrific events that brought out their love and protection for one another. Whatever the case, this debut novel by Gordon Reece just really kept my attention. I found myself peeking ahead because I could hardly wait to read more. I was so into the passages that were suspenseful that the telephone rang and I jumped or the slightest noise shook me. If you like suspense and don't mind reading a few gory details about crime and murder and the actions behind them, then I think you'd enjoy this fictional book. I thought it was very well written and showed an interesting side to committing acts of violence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 1/19/2014

    " This wasn't as good as I has been hoping, but it was still OK. I think it has just proven that I am not good with thrillers and suspense, I don't have enough patience to wait to see what happens so I read ahead too far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stella | 1/19/2014

    " Very readable young adult thriller. Bit gory in parts for the more sensitive reader. Finished in one sitting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raina | 1/13/2014

    " Hmmmmm. I would call this book a wannabe thriller that was seriously lacking the thrill. It started off good, but quickly plummeted into a kind of rambling, going nowhere fast story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorenza | 12/21/2013

    " Libro fantastico consigliato da una carissima amica. Un thriller esilarante scritto in modo scorrevole ed accattivante con una trama geniale. Versione Italiana: Topi. Libro che consiglio profondamente. Direi uno dei piu appassionanti thrillers letti finora. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulette Ponte | 12/9/2013

    " Very Interesting concept. Thought provoking about what one would do in the same situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerrie | 12/5/2013

    " Loved it and couldn't put it down!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julianne Haines | 11/28/2013

    " Okay I'll say that I found this book almost depressing. Shelley goes from put on fire to murdering someone? A little macabre. That being said I found it an interesting read. And would recommend you give it a try "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth J. | 11/9/2013

    " Stylish, elegantly written with insightful detail. Fast paced with edge of your seat suspense. Recommend to readers looking for a really fine thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Vann | 5/7/2013

    " I couldn't stop reading this. Quite a story of turning mice into lions. Makes you think about how circumstances can change lives. Great characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Coffin | 9/18/2012

    " What a shocking character transformation. The characters are hard to forget. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 9/2/2012

    " Mice is an absolutely fantastic book. A good concept and flowed really well in the novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharyn | 4/3/2012

    " One of the '50 books you can't put down', but I read it in two days just so I could get it over and done with. Annoying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poodytat | 12/25/2011

    " I won't say this was an enjoyable thriller because I was worried for Shelley and her mother the entire time. Will they be OK? But the book was well-done, the story well-told and unexpected. A good tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/23/2011

    " I was drawn to this book because, well, I am a "mouse." A fast read, but I found the writing to be almost campy, which I don't believe was the intention. The story took some unexpected turns; I will leave it up to others to decide if the effect was good or bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 10/12/2011

    " This book was mesmerizing. It reminds me of Nicci French. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/12/2011

    " An interresting story of bullying; a group of "underdogs"; living in fear; but finally standing up and taking control. EXCEPT, the characters literally are mice! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 9/26/2011

    " Not a true teen voice, but it still gave me nightmares. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 9/22/2011

    " This book took some time to get into. But once the first 100 pages were out of the way it go interesting and kind of suspenseful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 9/10/2011

    " I won this book as a First Reads giveaway. I really enjoyed it. It was one of my favorite types of books- psychologically suspenseful. It was well written and the plot was clever. I hope Gordon Reece continues to write more novels! I'm a new fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 9/3/2011

    " This book is a chilling story and very well written. It takes a strange turn but overall I liked it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 9/1/2010

    " This wasn't as good as I has been hoping, but it was still OK. I think it has just proven that I am not good with thrillers and suspense, I don't have enough patience to wait to see what happens so I read ahead too far.
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About the Author
Author Gordon Reece

Gordon Reece, originally from the United Kingdom, studied English literature at Keble College, Oxford, before emigrating to Spain and then Australia, where he has lived since 2005. In the UK and Spain, he has published several illustrated children’s books and graphic novels. Mice is his American debut and first novel.

About the Narrator

Polly Lee is an actress from London who has appeared in the off-Broadway shows Lenin’s Embalmer’s, Close Ties, Slag Heap, The October Crisis, and others. She received her BA from London University and an MFA from the New School in New York.