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My Sister and Other Liars is a compelling story made much, much worse by at least 5 or more hours of severe boredom to which the reader/listener must suffer through to get to the end. It should be a 3 to 4 hour novella. Actually, one can get almost the full impact of the story by listening to the first hour followed by the final two hours. British author Ruth Dugdall has written at least 10 prior novels all of the psychological/crime thriller genre, so she is not a novice writer. The good news is that with a Kindle Unlimited membership the cost of the novel was only $1.99.
Narrator Henrietta Meire deserves extra recognition for her outstanding narration which is the only factor that kept me listening. She also narrated the wonderful DI Nikki Galena "on the Fens" series by Joy Ellis.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful
The story is gripping however the performance was way too fast. I kept checking I hadn't put it on 1.5x by mistake
What did you like best about this story?
Not so much a whodunit but a 'what has she done?', the main character of this crime story is being treated for anorexia in a hospital special unit. While the crime story had enough twists to hold my attention, the aspect that really fascinated me was the insight into the mind, motives and tricks of someone suffering from this distressing condition.
How could the performance have been better?
There were times when I wondered whether the narrator really was a professional actor. While she did a reasonable job with Sam, the main character, she fell down badly with other characters including the worst Scottish accent I've ever heard (it had touches of Lancashire and heaven knows what else!) and two appalling eastern Europeans. The psychologist was pretend posh and Sam's mother and sister were both squeaky and shrill. This was extremely off putting and made it difficult for me to imagine the characters.
Could you see My Sister and Other Liars being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
I think this would make a great TV series, with the opportunity to film the claustrophobia of the hospital unit as well as lots of different locations as Sam describes her search for the truth. Sam and her fellow patients are teenagers so would probably be unknowns. Tom Burke (Cormoran Strike) would make a great psychiatrist and Lesley Sharp could play mum.