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I had really high hopes for this book. I'm a fan of film noir, and it seemed as if this would fit right into the genre. However, it turned out to be "noir lite."
The story was jumpy and often confusing. I found that I had to keep rewinding to figure out what I had missed. The narrator gave us glimpses of herself, but mostly it came off as hypocritical--the good girl who condemns her sis-in-law for her behavior, all the while apparently not being the "nice girl" she'd have everyone to believe she was. Also, the relationship between the narrator and her brother came off as a little seedy, if not quite incestuous. Plot devices were entirely dropped/never resolved, and at least one character shows up as a minor one to begin with and then has a larger part later on--for no good reason. Some things were explained in too much detail, and some were completely glossed over, leaving you to wonder how/why/when that had happened.
Technically, the book wasn't edited well at all. There were multiple repeated lines, and at one point, the studio engineer could be heard cueing the recording! Very distracting, to say the least.
I gave the book two stars solely because it wasn't the worst thing I've ever listened to. Nonetheless, it was, by far, not the best either.
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What an interesting view into a mixed world. The brother/husband as a policeman, perhaps intentionally, doesn't see the world in which he married. The sister – narrator and main character – tries hard to find answers to more and more confusing and inconsistent aspects of her sister-in-law's life. It's unclear as to what the goals of that sister-in-law are, but the glimpses and truths all around her paid a varied and intriguing picture.
The author appears to try to become part of the confusion and intrigue. I liked her particular intriguing take on the whole situation. Interesting book. Not specifically a mystery per se, and although it's listing in Audible is as "history", it really doesn't pretend to be a true history. But I enjoyed it.
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