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2 narrators. the female was great, the male not so much. very monotone which made ut gard to concentrate.
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If you are familiar with the author's Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series you will know that she seems to struggle to know where to pitch her books.From the grisly murder of her first book, Last Rituals, to the Scooby Doo farce of her second, My Soul To Take, up to what was, even for gloomy Icelandic Noir, a seriously depressing scenario in the the most recent in the series, The Silence Of The Sea. This stand alone follows on with the depressing note right from the start, which paradoxically is 'The End'. That may seem an odd way to start a book but it is meant to be that way. The problem that gives is that you don't have to go very far into the book proper to figure out how it is all going to come together.
The book jumps back and forward between two scenarios and eras. A repressive children's home/correction centre in the 1970s through the eyes of a young female working there, narrated by Karen Cass, and a contemporary investigation into events that took place at the home in the 70s narrated by Nick Underwood. The male character in the modern section has just lost his ex-wife in an accident and has taken on the care of the young daughter he barely knows.
As someone who hates to see children being menaced in any format I found both parts of the book equally depressing and disturbing. I find it strange that someone who is a mother and who also writes children's books, would keep delving into that situation as the author does. I have now read/listened to all her adult fiction and with each one I have said it will be my last. This time it will be.
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