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Per usual Melina Marchetta delivers. She has a wonderful ability to create believable characters that engage your emotions. I find it rare when an author manages to have my feelings come full circle about a character by the end of the story, but it's the norm for MM and she does it effortlessly too. I highly recommend any of her stories to people that like an emotional roller coaster experience.
The narration, unfortunately, doesn't meet the same level of excellence as the story. To be fair, I'm spoiled when it comes to narration and having recently listened to several that have raised the barre, in my opinion Zaqi Ismail gives a more workmanlike performance. He does a passable job with the different characters, easy to listen to, but at times there isn't enough distinction between them, especially with the teen's exchanges. It was a bit frustrating when the author described what they were like (snarky, sullen, charming, etc) and their 'voice' was bland, the words stated instead of illustrated. I guess this is what makes the difference between a good performance and a great one.
But do not let my critique of the narrator deter you from the story. It's well worth the listen!
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I usually enjoy international mysteries. There was nothing to make it a page turner for me. The bus accident happens in the first few minutes. I expected the dad to go on a version of the movie "Taken" and it did not happen quickly enough to keep my attention.
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