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Substitue internet sites for old singles ads and you get the basic problem of how do you know if someone is who they present themselves to be? I like a good mystery, however, in this book the story is basically known at the beginning. The book is based upon (and in fact a quick search shows it follows the facts of the case closely) a true story. What made this so great to listen to is the language. The tone, the characters, even the whole tidy way things turn out was...well, right. It fit and yet was suprising. It caputered a time when social convention was quite clear and adhered to in appearance if not in fact. The whole thing could have been a sickening romance except that given the gruesome, tragic nature of the factual events, the dignity, kindness and humanity of the fictional characters gave balance to what would have otherwise been a revolting story of man at his worst.
This listen is a slow, meant-to-be savored listen. Its appeal will most likely not be universal, but for those who have the time it is truly an enjoyable listen. No junk fiction nausea, hangover or guilt. The reader did a great job in that her voice was never a distraction, she was believeable and her tone, the words and content all fit together quite beautifully. Would give it five stars but I feel obliged to save those for the truly exceptional.
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The basis of this book is a true life grisly story so I wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't want something too lurid but had read very good reviews about the book so bought it. I am so glad I did. The author's writing is so elegant and I loved the way she weaves fiction into the facts of the story. If she had just stuck to the facts of the story it would not have been half as interesting. While some people might find the supernatural parts of the story a little strange I thought it was an affecting way to bring out the special personality of the youngest child in this tragic story.
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