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An engrossing and highly worthwhile extension to the story of Tasha from Stranger Child. Rachel Abbott has a genuine talent for making her readers want to hear the next part of the story but engendering it with a sense of dread that almost makes one hesitate before ploughing on. As a character Tasha has been beaten and abused in so many kinds of ways that I found myself almost wanting to just hear “And they all lived happily ever after”. Abbott is a cruel mistress to her characters so as you can imagine Tasha’s path is strewn with obstacles, misunderstandings and of course some fairly loathsome enemies.
Naturally I won’t say how it turns out except to say the ending is fairly conclusive. What I will do however is recommend that anyone who enjoyed Stranger Child invest in this one too.
Lisa Coleman once again narrates it like a true pro although possibly Scottish accents aren’t really her thing. She does voice the characters well and maintains a good pace throughout.
I may be wrong but I think there is actually one very subtle touch about how her mother through the painting in Emma’s home helps to protect her daughter by misleading her tormentors. Cleverly done. Either that or the book just triggered my imagination a bit too much!
This is definitely one where it’s near essential to read the previous book rather than as a stand-alone novel, I’m sure it would be possible to enjoy it on its own but without the full back story it would lack depth. As an extension to the original story, it’s pretty much perfect.
20 of 23 people found this review helpful
I'm not going to lie, when I realised that this book was a lot shorter than its prequel 'Stranger Child', I was disappointed as it was brilliant but now having read it, it was perfect. An excellent closure to the tremendous main story told in the first book and it didn't need to be as long. Brief and to the point yet still descriptive and gripping.
WORD OF WARNING. I know the description says stand alone novel, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you read 'Stranger Child' first. The story will make more sense and although the back story is briefly explained in this book, it doesn't do it justice as it is very short and is a brief overview to a gripping tale so please read it first.
If I have one criticism, it would be Lisa Colemans Scottish accent. It was terrible and very stereotypical. however, as I am Scottish myself, it probably irritated me more than most listeners. I don't quite understand why Emma's narrative was done in 1rd person and everyone else was in 3rd but that's just me.
PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Just as well written and narrated as the first book, a fitting sequel. I am happy to know the final chapter too but perhaps that is what this should have been and the first book is unfinished ? ..or perhaps this is a sequel and it is unfinished ? I feel there could have been more to this second book.