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Ann Cleeves is simply an astonishing writer. She creates characters who have complicated lives and motivations, well drawn in the short space she has for giving the reader (listener) a chance to enter into Vera’s world for a short while. Because that’s how it seems—as though we deeply enter into the Vera Stanhope space, with good insights into who she is as both a woman and a detective. But we also get to know the characters very well, so that by the end, her books always feel very satisfying in that way.
This story is a good mystery, a police procedural, but it also explores a moral question of the town’s collective guilt, as we learn from the beginning that a decade earlier the wrong person was convicted of a murder. And in her despair over not being heard as innocent, she has now committed suicide in prison. So this book has layers of exploration—for who the actual murderer is, and how people are handling the false imprisonment of a young woman.
This is a really good story, well read by Julia Franklin. Just dive in, it’s well worth the credit.If you have watched the Vera series on tv, you are in for a treat, because only in the books, can you get all the nuances of who Vera is, how she came to be the way she is, and have a chance to really know her better as a character in her own right.
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I have read Ann Cleve's for years. And even watched some of the Vera series on television. As good as both of those were, listening to this one with the wonderful narration was an exceptional experience. If the same narrator reads the other books in the series, I'm going to be hooked for a while.
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