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3.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 5 3.27 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Minette Walters Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781461812760
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In this hypnotic novel of psychological suspense, a homeless man is found starved to death in the garage of a ritzy London home. The police chalk it up to an unfortunate accident, but a journalist, Michael Deacon, is intrigued. Amanda Powell, a socialite whose wealthy husband vanished five years ago after being accused of embezzlement, is just as interested as Michael in finding out who died in her garage. They have no idea that this simple story will unveil a web of deceit that is an appalling as the people behind it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] cunning psychological mystery.”

    New York Times

  • “A twisting tale of love and guilt.”

    USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 2/12/2014

    " Not my favorite Minette Walters book. The overlapping plots were just a bit too much and not believable at all. I liked the Billy Blake character a lot and the friendships that get formed later in the novel, but the mystery portion of it was a bit too confusing and then came out with a series of tidy coincidences that kind of left me feeling cheated. The novel is about a couple of missing persons who were related to huge frauds and how their stories resurface when a homeless man is found in a woman's garage having starved himself to death. The journalist tries to be a bit Sam Spade-esque and doesn't really make it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mia | 2/12/2014

    " When on holidays I like to read books that require little work on my part. Although I liked the storyline, there was some confusion for me with some of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pipa Guest | 2/1/2014

    " Interesting story but a little complicated to understand all the characters and the story line at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/31/2014

    " Took me a while to get into the book but got much better after about 100 pages "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Astrid | 1/26/2014

    " 3.75 because a flowchart was not included to keep track of it all. Not a dull moment in this book about a dead bum, missing people and missing money and complicated family relations. Very complex, so you have to pay attention, but ultimately rather satisfying and the characters were all interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/18/2014

    " Echos of Agatha Christie and P D James. Walters has won all the British Crime and Mystery writer's awards. "The Echo" may not be her best but I guarantee, once started, you won't discard it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anneb | 1/4/2014

    " the male misfits making friends is good. it's a slower paced read than some but a good read just the same "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 12/29/2013

    " Quite a good mystery, which only barely steers clear of making the ending a tidy one. How very typical of British murder mysteries these days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mamacher | 12/19/2013

    " I chose this book due to the fact that I was at the library with a list of potentially entertaing authors and two I had chosen had 'Echo' in the title, so I picked this one up on a whim, and it ended up being a quite delightful surprise and my favorite of the three books I chose. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lois Duncan | 12/9/2013

    " For me, at least, this was too complicated, filled with too many characters I couldn't relate to or begin to keep up with, to be an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 11/19/2013

    " Language! And the plot was a little to convoluted for me. Not something I'd recommend "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lester | 11/8/2013

    " A crazy chain of (mostly) awful events. I liked this book less than 'The Shape of Snakes'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 8/15/2013

    " A good read if you want entertaining! Hilarious exchanges between the various male characters in the book and enough going on to get through the story very rapidly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 7/19/2013

    " Classic airline fare. Nothing spectacular but a quick easy read that will entertain you for three to four hours. 2 1/2 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 6/26/2013

    " Very good books. Sort of psychological mysteries, and the "detectives" are generally as flawed as the "criminals." Not traditional, and well-written. I'm really enjoying all of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 12/3/2012

    " Minette Walters is one of my favorite creepy writers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzy Black | 3/31/2012

    " I'm working on this one. Minette Walters books can be confusing and difficult to keep straight. People keep popping up who have not been mentioned before and I'm having difficulty keeping up. BUT still trudging through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lina | 11/22/2011

    " Hard to put down thriller... Riveting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisette | 10/24/2011

    " I got this from the library to listen to while I sew. I hadn't read a book by this author in a while and really enjoyed it. I would consider it a mystery/drama, since it is not your typical who-done-it. It had interesting/realistic characters and the story kept you wanting to know more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grant | 8/16/2011

    " The first "Queens of crime" type book I've read in a long long time, more a mystery with elements of character study than an action piece, and in the end it falls flat cos the mystery turns out to be kinda humdrum. Richard Price & Jim Thompson are my guys. Not much more to be said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 2/20/2011

    " Um thriller psicológico de grande qualidade! ( Ecos na Sombra ) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisette | 12/29/2010

    " I got this from the library to listen to while I sew. I hadn't read a book by this author in a while and really enjoyed it. I would consider it a mystery/drama, since it is not your typical who-done-it. It had interesting/realistic characters and the story kept you wanting to know more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lois | 12/1/2010

    " For me, at least, this was too complicated, filled with too many characters I couldn't relate to or begin to keep up with, to be an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 1/19/2010

    " Very good books. Sort of psychological mysteries, and the "detectives" are generally as flawed as the "criminals." Not traditional, and well-written. I'm really enjoying all of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzy | 10/18/2009

    " I'm working on this one. Minette Walters books can be confusing and difficult to keep straight. People keep popping up who have not been mentioned before and I'm having difficulty keeping up. BUT still trudging through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 9/15/2009

    " an even more ambiguous ending, starts with man in garage
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 7/22/2009

    " I still think The Ice House is her best book, but this one was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jen8998 | 5/3/2009

    " An interesting story but the plot is somewhat convoluted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 3/20/2009

    " Language! And the plot was a little to convoluted for me. Not something I'd recommend "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 12/15/2008

    " Quite a good mystery, which only barely steers clear of making the ending a tidy one. How very typical of British murder mysteries these days. "

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About the Author
Author Minette Walters

Minette Walters is a British mystery writer. After studying at Trevelyan College, University of Durham, she began writing in 1987 with The Ice House, and followed this with The Sculptress, which received the 1994 Edgar Award for Best Novel. She has been published in 35 countries and won many awards. The Sculptress has been adapted for television in a BBC series starring Pauline Quirke. Her novels The Ice House, The Echo, The Dark Room, and The Scold’s Bridle have also been adapted by the BBC.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.