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I have two views of this book. I found it engrossing and couldn't wait to get back to it each time I had to take a break. The insight into the worlds of the upper and lower classes and the political and motor racing worlds of the early 1900s, and famous characters of the period, all make an interesting backdrop. And the family interactions are interesting too, with the mystery keeping the reader's attention. Neate paces her investigation and discoveries well so interest is maintained throughout.
On the other hand, in the end many burning questions remain unanswered or unsatisfactorily addressed. Why did nobody in the family take a stand during their much-loved mother's last illness? Why did they allow 'step-father' to bar them from even visiting their mother on so many occasions, and from being alone with her? Could they do nothing to stop him spending ridiculous amounts of their mother's money? Why did nobody confront him? Why mention his sexual assaults several times with no follow up at all? What was the last word on the burial? Why did we hear so little about her eventual contact with her father? Did anything happen to the professionals who behaved so unprofessionally? This aspect of the book, after suspense sustained for ten or so hours, is very disappointing. Despite all this, I would still recommend the book because I found it a compelling read.
BUT, the book is badly let down by the narrator. Her voice and accent are very pleasant, but she mis-pronounces SO many words, she really is not suitable for the task. Her accent suggests that English is her native language, so there is no excuse for mispronouncing English words.