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Audiobook Review

Poison Orchids

Sarah A. Denzil, Anni Taylor
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average rating is 4 out of 5
average rating is 4 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


Kept Me Guessing To The End


💛 This is smart and creepy and has so many layers, each revealed slowly as the story progresses. You’re never sure who to trust and there’s always another question begging to be answered.

💚 Both Gemma and Hayley, the main characters, were likable and realistic. Much of the novel focused on their friendship and bond.

💜 The police investigating could have been a bit sharper in all this, but I understand why the authors decided on this plot point.

💙 There are call backs throughout to famous true crime cases, such as serial killer Ivan Milat and the case of Joanne Lees and Peter Falconio. These were carefully folded within the fictional elements.


🎧 Aimee Horne does an excellent job. She has a lovely voice and is great at differentiating male/female voices. However, this book needed two narrators. Particularly as Gemma is supposed to have a British accent and it would have been so helpful in keeping track of who was talking to have a narrator comfortable with this.


❤️️ I love stories about cults. Love them. And the cultish elements were smartly inserted. The isolation, the alienation.
💗 You have to suspend belief in areas. Yes, some cult leaders have manipulated their followers with hallucinogenic drugs, but not to this extent. But I accepted this as part of the story.

If you enjoy this, try The Woods by Harlan Cobern and The Liar’s Daughter.
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Poison Orchids


Young backpackers Gemma and Hayley arrive at a remote fruit farm in Australia’s Northern Territory, out of money and desperate for work.

The weeks go on, a blur of fruit picking, parties, campfires and wading beneath waterfalls in the nearby hot springs. Until the night the girls find themselves on a dark highway, bruised and bloodied.

Senior Detective Bronwen McKay and psychologist Megan Arlotti question the terrified girls. But Hayley and Gemma are telling two very different stories of what happened to them over the past three months.

Which story is the truth, and what are the girls covering up? A suspenseful thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.
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