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My first book by Elizabeth Edmondson, and the narration by Nicolette McKenzie was very good. I think the mystery aspect was somewhat secondary to the family tale, even though the focus of the book. It was not too hard to figure out as the book progressed. But the character development and story was quite good, and held my interest. I'd only say that it did seem very long, and though interesting, I felt ready for it to end. I would read or listen to other books by this author or narrator.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
I'd stongly recommend this to anyone who enjoys well-constructed 'tween wars British cozies. The characters are well drawn and the details of every day life in the upper class of that era are convincing. The descriptive writing and sense of place and time are excellent and occasionally beautiful. The plot is fairly predictable, but the writing and wonderful narration completely blotted out the book's flaws -- for me, anyway. McKenzie even gets the Welsh accent right, which is a painfully rare achievement .
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Where does The Frozen Lake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the nicest books very easy listening
Who was your favorite character and why?
What about Nicolette McKenzie’s performance did you like?
Good pace pleasing voice
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Slow start then definitely
Any additional comments?
do not like writing much as do not want to spoil story for others
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This story is well thought out and well read but there is a deal of frustration with the predictability. I quickly realised who the strangers really were but the end takes forever to get there. How dense/ ignorant can the characters be and how complicit in so many coverups? I listened to the end out of curiosity to see how neatly the ends were all tied up, but there were no surprises, and all the clues were dropped into the plot unsubtle to the end.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
A large cast of characters, narrated brilliantly. The story keeps you engaged until the final secret is revealed. Many characters to love and loath. An enjoyable listen.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Excitement, drama, suspense and intrigue .. this book has it all. Set just before WWII in the north of England, the story commences in London with Alex, who has just come out of a failed relationship, learning that for the first time in sixteen years the lake near the family home has frozen over. She recalls the happy hours spent skating on the lake with her twin brother Edwin and, persuaded by him, she decides to return to the family home for Christmas. Raised by her wealthy grandparents, Alex has stayed away for years and the big question is whether she can cope with her critical Grandma over the Christmas period. What unfolds is a complex web of lies and cover up, leading up to a very dramatic conclusion. I absolutely loved the book and couldn't put it down. And congratulations to the narrator for doing justice to Elizabeth Edmondson's exciting story. Can't wait to read more books by this authoress.