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Dinah Pelerin’s wealthy American uncle, dying of cancer, has summoned his entire family to a remote lodge in upper Australia, where he intends to end his life. Dinah hopes to at last learn the truth about her father, who died while committing a felony when she was a child. But the truth, she discovers, has darker ramifications than she’d bargained on.
Meanwhile, her artist brother thinks he’s possessed by the snake god; her family is seething with resentments; her uncle, who isn’t really her uncle, is obsessed by a woman he married but could never possess; and a man none of them claims to know is murdered on a nearby island.
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By Elisabeth on 07-02-17
Dysfunctional extended family
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Overall I liked it, but it definitely had some parts where it bogged down with filler. The protagonist, Dinah, does some really hare-brained things The characters are almost all unlikable, though I don't have any problem with that.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I have just one bit of nit-picking. Maybe she didn't have to throw in so many Aussie colloquialisms. I've met a lot of Australians and none of them used a bizarre amount of slang, or any for that matter, especially considering when speaking to a non-native speaker.
What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Kate Reading is always first class.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?