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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan, read by Eve Webster, Rachel Bavidge, Andy Secombe, Roy Mcmillan, Helen Fraser, Daniel Weyman, and Steven France.
Nineteen twenty-two. Grace has been sent to the stately and crumbling Fenix House to follow in her grandmother's footsteps as a governess. But when she meets the house's inhabitants, people whom she had previously heard of only in stories, the cracks in her grandmother's tale begin to show.
Secrets appear to live in the house's very walls, and everybody is resolutely protecting their own. Why has she been sent here? Why did her grandmother leave after just one summer? And as the past collides with the present, can Grace unravel these secrets and discover who her grandmother, and who she, really is?
©2016 Kate Riordan (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anita Shrirve on 03-04-16

The Shadow Hour

Found this book difficult to put down.
Well read
Recommend as a light read anytime

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3 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca on 05-07-17

interesting twists

This book has a rape scene in it so is not suitable for all. Otherwise, it's a nice story with some interesting twists.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ashley on 09-13-16

An enjoyable read for fans of drama

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

For fans of the genres it's a decent read with a cast of interesting and enjoyable characters and just enough mystery to keep the reader thinking. But for readers that aren't committed to the drama/mystery genres I would have a harder time recommending The Shadow Hour.

The book drops the reader off the deep end with a mass of characters that you have to meet and get to know, some of which you have to meet twice, once for the current day, and again for the past. That along with the at times sluggish plot progression makes for what could be an intimidating book to more casual readers.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

All of the twists and turns towards the end half of the book were entirely predictable except for the revelation at the very end, which was largely insignificant to the plot overall. Being predictable didn't really detract from the experience, but don't expect to be surprised going into this book.

Despite having the most predictable twists I've seen in a mystery book in quite some time, I do think the book had a solid ending. The ending gave a good pay off for most of the characters, and neatly tied up the loose ends of the book. It was satisfying and gave just enough time to wind down properly before ending, without feeling like it was overstaying it's welcome.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was the first time I've listened to these narrators. I think they all did a good job, I very much enjoyed the distinct voices of the two main characters.

Was The Shadow Hour worth the listening time?

It had a lot of dead space, time that felt like it could have been cut and the book would have remained largely the same. When it had purpose it was good, but the book did drag at times.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gary on 08-23-16

Nearly gave up!

I'm sorry to say I nearly gave up on this wonderful story very early on because I thought "this is not me, it's more suitable fog my wife!" His wrong I was and how glad I was I did not give up.
The twist and turns and weaved stories within the story were crafted so well.
Is it a "Who done it?" Yes and no - not in the genre of murder mystery. Simply much better.
I highly recommend this book and the 'voices' .

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