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I loved this story. It starts with a young, naive girl who falls for the first boy who shows her attention. His manipulation slowly makes her distance herself from her family and friends. Then when something bad happens, he’s the one they blame. But is he really guilty? Just when I thought I had it figured out, the end threw me for a loop. I read/listened to this book in just a few days because I just couldn’t put it down!
24 of 24 people found this review helpful
This is worth the credit as it was suspenseful and I really liked the very end. However (spoiler alert) I did want to throttle the main character through most of the book for being so meek, naive, and obtuse.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this book. the story flowed and seemed to happen quite organically. Not entirely unbelievable
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
K L Slater is making a name for herself writing what I would describe as relatively low-key psychological dramas and infusing them with quality writing and believable characters. This one is no exception, the whole thing revolves around the death of a young boy and the flawed relationships that surrounded his life in an old pit village.
It's a dual timeline story split between the present day and the events leading up to the tragedy some sixteen years earlier. Rose, a slightly awkward teenager struggling to come of age meets an older man Gareth triggering a tragic series of events. It's a very human drama, it's not full of action and it doesn't have any real blood or gore and minimal violence.
Powered by Lucy Price-Lewis;s classy narration it's a listen that simply washes over you with quality writing. Price-Lewis is a smooth and classy performer though judging by her accents in this one I think she should probably avoid books set down under!
In all I'd rate this more a drama than an out and out thriller but it kept me entertained in a smooth and accomplished fashion. It signals the danger of controlling relationships particularly set against the hardships felt by former mining communities. It's say the other side of what most young people might have faced compared to Billy Elliot!
No hesitation in recommending it if you like low-key mystery thrillers based on flawed human relationships.
13 of 17 people found this review helpful
An interesting storyline with a likeable protagonist. Unfortunately the Australian accent used for one character is absolutely horrendous and cringeworthy to listen to! (The character wouldn't even have an Australian accent, having moved there as an adult...).
Roses’ acceptance and understanding of her condition is centre piece to a great story intertwined with fascinatingly flawed characters that we can easily relate to.
Excellent narration although the Aussie/Kiwi accent needs work.
Definitely worth getting through a slow start, as you will be fully engrossed before too long!