Audiobook, blog tour, Non fiction

The Bad Place by Shane Dunphy – Audiobook Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The Bad Place sees Shane Dunphy contacted by an old friend seeking advice about children who went missing in the 1980s. The call forces him to revisit a dark time in his early career as a child protection officer, when a young girl described children in care being taken to a residence known as the Bad Place. As a conspiracy emerges that goes to the top of the Irish police and Government, Dunphy recognises the MO of the alleged killer as The Dark Man, a terrifying figure he encountered over thirty years ago, who nearly ended his career before it had even begun.

Determined to confront his past, Dunphy decides to investigate, uncovering a vast international child trafficking ring involving cases of historical child disappearances, unsolved abductions, collusion with the Catholic church and its culture of secrets, lies and cover up and more.

MY REVIEW 

The Bad Place is the harrowing tale of missing children in Ireland.

When Shane is approached by a journalist friend for some background information in regards to a missing child, he mentions the dark man. This immediately scares Shane, as he had met the dark man once when he was a young man just starting his career in child protection. The nightmares still haunt him.

But, he feels he owes to those children to put aside his fears and investigate what really went on in the Bad Place.

This audiobook is read by Shane Dunphy himself and this really brings alive the terrible atmosphere, it has a real sense of time and place and the fear Shane felt about the dark man is palpable. Just think of the fear those children felt !

This is not an easy listen as it deals with child abuse, child trafficking and the dark history of Ireland in relation to children. An interesting, gripping read that’s heartbreaking and anger inducing at the same time. 

Thank you to Ben at Midas PR for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and a copy of the audiobook, The Bad Place.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Shane Dunphy is the million-selling author of non-fiction titles relating the years he spent as a child protection worker. He is an accomplished musician and has composed soundtracks for television and radio. Dunphy is an award-winning documentary maker and he writes regularly for Independent newspapers. He also writes a series of crime novels under the pseudonym S.A. Dunphy.

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Bad Place by M.K. Hill – Book Review

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The newspapers called it The Bad Place. A remote farm out on the Thames estuary, where six children were held captive for two weeks. Five of them got out alive.

That was twenty years ago. Now adults, they meet up annually to hold a candlelit vigil for their friend who died. The only rule is that no-one can talk about what happened the night they escaped. But at this year’s event, one of them witnesses a kidnapping. A young girl, Sammi, is bundled into a van in front of their eyes.

Is history repeating itself? Is one of them responsible? Or is someone sending them a twisted message?

DI Sasha Dawson, of Essex Police, is certain that the key to finding Sammi lies in finding out the truth about The Bad Place. But she also knows that with every second she spends trying to unlock the past, the clock ticks down for the missing girl…
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MY REVIEW 

26 years ago, six teenagers were sitting in a minibus about to go on a trip …a driver gets in and off they go…..but then they notice, it’s not the usual driver and he has a knife…..

They are abducted……..eventually 5 escape…..but one was left behind.

The five friends meet up each year for a reunion, Karin, Paul, Michelle, Simon and Lydia also remember their lost friend Becky.

But then a young girl goes missing…..the abduction witnessed by a distraught Lydia.

DI Sasha Dawson is investigating the disappearance and finds a link to the five friends and The Bad Place…..then another child is taken. 

This is a very cleverly plotted thriller that will keep you on tenterhooks right to the last page. I loved the way Sasha is portrayed as a strong, intelligent detective, but with a life behind the scenes, with its chaos and usual family dramas. Full of twists and secrets to keep you guessing. 

Thank you to HoZ books for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here 

 

https://amzn.to/2MZSzdc

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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It’s nice to see you here, thanks for coming.

I’ve been a journalist and an award-winning music radio producer. I worked for about 

five minutes in PR. But I write the Drake and Crowley thriller series now, which is 

just as well, because I love writing. It’s my dream job.

If you enjoyed His First Lie or It Was Her, do get in touch. There are plenty of ways 

to do it!

 

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