Far from the Tree by Rob Parker as a novel is an utterly riveting read, as an audiobook the suspense it took up a few notches and it’s a compelling and breathtaking listen.
Brendan Foley has worked to balance the responsibilities of a demanding job and a troublesome family. He’s managed to keep these two worlds separate until the discovery of a mass grave sends them into a headlong collision. When one of the dead turns out to be a familiar face, he’s taken off the case.
Iona Madison keeps everything under control. She works hard as a detective sergeant and trains harder as a boxer. But when her superior, DI Foley, is removed from the case, her certainties are tested like never before.
With stories of the Warrington 27 plastered over the news, they set out to solve the crime before anyone else. The local constabulary is small and under-funded – Brendan knows they can’t crack this case alone, and he’s not letting a rival force take over. Not with the secrets he fears are lurking. Their investigations lead them into the murky underworlds of Manchester and Liverpool, where one more murder means little to drug-dealing gangs, desperate to control their power bases.
But as Madison steps into the ring for the fight of her life, the criminals come to them. It’s no coincidence that the corpses have been buried in Foley’s hometown. The question is, why? Foley might not like the answer….
Far from the Tree makes an excellent audio book. It feels far more atmospheric and the twists and turns within the story feel bigger and make you gasp out loud.
Some books are fantastic to read but don’t translate well into an audiobook. It’s not the case here, with Rob Parker’s skills at crafting a story and Warren Brown’s narration it’s as if the book takes on a new life as an audiobook. It’s an extremely addictive and descriptive read, filled with tension that you just don’t get bored reading it.
A huge thank you to Audible and Midas PR for inviting us to be part of the blog tour.
You can download a copy of the Far from the Tree audiobook exclusively from the audible website.