By

Read By

Sally Scott, Nathalie Buscombe

Length

10 hrs and 33 mins

Audiobook Review

Come Back For Me

Heidi Perks

Overall
Performance

Closets Open, Skeletons Everywhere

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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

THE BIRDICT

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🧡 The isolated island of Evergreen is an intriguing setting for this tale of family secrets, lies and murder. With no phone service, streetlights or easy access to the mainland, it’s both idyllic and the ideal place for a psychological thriller.

💜 I was instantly drawn in by the catalyst of a body discovered near the childhood home of main character, Stella Harvey. In fact, Perks is fantastic at immediately creating tension with this along with the islander’s mistrust of outsiders and Stella’s memories of leaving Evergreen.

🖤 The main mystery is intertwined with secrets uncovered along the way, providing a steady flow of revelations before the final phenomenal twist.

💚 There are times when this story is slow and there is some repetitive use of language (“snapped” is overused). What’s more, Stella is slightly too rigidly righteous at times. But these are all forgivable in the grand scheme.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

🎧 Both Sally Scott and Nathalie Buscombe deliver good performances. Clear and expressive. Stella is wistful and forlorn, while Maria is pragmatic and edgier.
🎧 It’s great that there were two narrators. It allows the listener to differentiate between Stella and Maria’s perspectives. However, the voices chosen were slightly too similar. In fact, when I tried to use other audiobooks to determine which narrator read each character, I just couldn’t tell. And they were not credited according to their roles.
🎧 The chapter listings didn’t specify where there was a prologue and thus the chapter numbers were off by 1. They also didn’t separate the credits. Not a massive issue, but worth noting.

SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO...​​

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There’s a little bit of gothic in this psychological thriller, bringing to mind Heathcliff’s isolated home, Wuthering Heights.
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I spent the first two thirds of this audiobook convinced – absolutely certain - I knew the twist. Stella’s dad had a baby with Iona. Bosh. I also knew somewhere in the back of my mind that this was too simple. But oh boy. I would never have guessed the actual twist. The idea of the island being a haven for families with stolen babies is incredibly inventive, clever and, at least for me, completely unexpected. When I spoke of Stella being overly righteous, it was in respect of this. She treats the matter as straightforward, referring to buying babies, which of course they are. But there are arguments about the babies being well cared for. I think it’s a moral quagmire and definitely questionable, but not straightforward.
 
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ABOUT

Come Back For Me

THE BLURB

A shocking discovery.

An island wrapped in secrets.

A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.

For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body has been found in the garden of her childhood home - the home her family fled without explanation 25 years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers - and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets.

One thing rings true...you can’t bury the truth forever.