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This book is not as good as "The Distance Between Us", by the same author but is still a good read.
The final part of the story came as a bit of a let down as I found it a little far fetched. Also the relationship with her work colleague was frustrating in the end of the book as I felt it was rushed and also non believable, and didn't fit in with the rest of the book.... All that aside though it was a good book which I enjoyed.
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Would you consider the audio edition of In Her Shadow to be better than the print version?
Yes, I gave the print version 4 stars but I give the audio 5. Emma Powell is one of my very favourite readers (along with Jeremy Irons and Rupert Degas).
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, a moving story with plenty of drama
Any additional comments?
I will describe this very generally to avoid spoilers. It is the story of Hannah Brown in her late thirties looking back on some troubled events in her teens, spent in a tiny community in Cornwall, from which she has never recovered. On one level it is a story of loss and deceit and how we succeed and fail in dealing with it, but that does not give the full picture: there really is a great deal of loss and deceit, making a dramatic and moving read.
I felt that the book was competently written and captures an authentic feel for Hannah's voice. The stories of the past and the present unfold in alternate chapters, creating a suspense which builds throughout. The conflicts are reasonably ambiguous instead of overly simplistic black and white, apart from one character (Ellen's father) on whom a black and white judgement is eventually declared.
Overall it has the feel of a best-seller or holiday novel and is probably too lightweight to etch itself into my memory.