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I got this book after listening to the audio of Beauman's other successful book Rebecca's Tale and style wise it is exactly the same. It is dark and unyeilding in its exploration of human relationships, people in love, people in trouble etc. And whilst Beauman manages to create this strong potent atmosphere and moving story and suck in the listener to the world she has created, I found myself constantly recoiling from it. Perhaps this was her intention or perhaps it is just my personal opinion but I found some of the brazen manipulative acts of the people in this book horrible and Beauman's implied use of mental illness in this book for one of the characters I felt was unnecessary and disgusting. I also have a hard time understanding the constanting shifting, fickleness and selfishness when it came to love and sex among the main characters. Again I think this is purely a personal setback of mine. Overall its not a bad book and Juliet Stevenson and Alex Jennings are fantastic readers and the book is absorbing and the story is like a mystery so it makes you want to listen on and find out what happens. I would recommend it but personally I found it average at best.
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