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The Body in the Marsh by Nick Louth

About the Book-The Body in the Marsh

When a woman goes missing, it gets personal for DCI Craig Gillard. But he could never imagine what happens next. 

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife Lizgoes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin…

To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation. Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present?

The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

Utterly gripping and full of twists, this is a compulsive thriller from master Nick Louth for fans of Robert Bryndza, Patricia Gibney and Carole Wyer.

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“Did he ever punish you, physically?’ Claire said gently. ‘No. And he never touched me up, either, in case you’re wondering.’ Her face challenged them to disbelieve her. Not close”

Read on for our review of The Body in the Marsh by Nick Louth

Our Review of The Body in the Marsh

I had the book on audio and the accent of the narrator was so thick that it made the comprehension really difficult for me. I couldn’t grasp the full extent of what was being narrated because the accent would completely take over in some areas, especially with the pronunciation and enunciation of certain words. Believe it or not, it actually gave me a newfound love and appreciation for an audio artist’s talent and skill. This one showed me how much their modulations and skills could help in imbibing the book and evoking an understanding of the words

So you would think that if the audio was so troublesome then why didn’t I go for the physical or the e-copy of the book..right? Well because I didn’t feel the need to because whatever I was grasping from the audio wasn’t giving me an intrigue towards whatever was happening in the book.

To be honest, even overlooking the narration technicalities, i feel the overall tone and pace of the book was really slow and monotone. It carries a lull that makes it hard to be fully engrossed in the book. To top that if the audio narration is bad then that makes it even more unbearable. I diligently stick to the last to find out what happens eventually. yes, there is a bit of shock factor and suspense but by the time we reach it, we aren’t that into it.

The book tries a lot around character building and for that, it uses backstories and inner monologues. In the bigger picture you would see that all these were just adding to lag in the plot pace and moreover adding to the information dumping. But yes some of it actually helps you to click the clues together and to understand the atmosphere but still, it is just an overload of a lot of things happening that isn’t doing much to the overall plot and pace.


In conclusion I would say that my experience of the book was a bit disaster because of the audiobook. The accent made it a bit tough for me to follow the book. But even if I overlooked the narration, I would still say that the book is very slow and the pace makes it even more difficult to keep up with what it eventually wants to show.

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