©2006 Helen Dunmore; (P)Isis Publishing Ltd
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"My book of the year. Outstanding in every way."
Riveting, atmospheric, haunting.
Helen Dunmore perfectly captures the historical circumstances but without losing any of the drama of the narrative. I really felt I was living through the period with the characters.
Much of the book consists of the thoughts and inner dialogues of the characters. Jilly Bond captures all the nuances of their inner turmoil. It is always clear whose head we are inside, and their changing thoughts and emotions are perfectly portrayed.
Very little laughter, many tears.
Helen Dunmore is a poet, and this shines through in this novel. Her descriptions of the Finnish countryside are superb. I would give ten stars if I could. I almost never listen to a book more than once, but I will definitely return to this one.
"Unsatisfactory ending but maybe that is the point"
The narration was brilliant with the characters really well differentiated. Very pleasant to listen to
I was gripped by the story but felt the ending didn't pull things together and felt rushed compared with the rest of the book which had built the plot gradually and carefully. It had me questioning whether I had downloaded the whole book - I had
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