ARC AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Sixteen Horses by Greg Buchanan

Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Format: Audio
Genre:  Mystery/Crime
Narrators: Louise Brealey

Publisher: Macmillan Audio     
9 hours 42 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


In Ilmarsh, England, local Police Detective Alec Nichols discovers 16 horses' heads on a farm, each buried with a single eye facing the low winter sun. After veterinary forensics expert Cooper Allen travels to the scene, a pathogen is discovered lurking within the soil, and many of those who have come into contact with the corpses grow critically ill.

A series of crimes comes to light - disappearances, arson, and mutilations - and in the dark days that follow, the town slips into panic and paranoia. Everything is not as it seems. Anyone could be a suspect. And as Cooper finds herself unable to leave town, Alec is stalked by an unseen threat. The two investigators race to uncover the truth behind these frightened and insidious mysteries - no matter the cost.


Thank you to and Macmillan Audio for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I had high hopes for this book from the description but found myself struggling through.  There were so many twists and turns and so many characters that I had a hard time keep track of what was happening, and I'm not sure if that was due to it being an audiobook or just because the book was just that complex. 

This is not a book for animal lovers as you should know just from the synopsis but if you are able to separate fact and fiction you may want to give it a whirl. There are many different story lines in this book along with many different characters, they do all eventually come together and the ending was a surprise but I was so confused by that time I'm not sure I cared.  Maybe this book would be better in print than in the audio version but I found myself having to go back several times just to figure out what was going on.  Chapters seem to just end without warning and then you are onto something else I was starting to feel like I was losing my mind a bit.  It was also hard for me to connect to the characters since the writing seemed to hold you at arms length most of the time.  I am intrigued by the forensic veterinarian since that isn't something I've read about in the past and I do have a think for forensics.  So that part was intriguing.  The very end of the book was left a bit open so there is room for a sequel I'm just not sure I would go out of my way to find it.  

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