Jen has discovered a secret. If she tells her husband Jason, will he forgive her for telling the truth? If she tells someone else in Jason's family, she'd not only tear them apart but could also find herself on the outside. But if she keeps this to herself, how long can she pretend nothing is wrong? Jen knows the truth - but is she ready for the consequences?
©2014 Jane Fallon (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
"Intelligent, edgy and witty" (Glamour)
"Irresistibly dark… Fallon's tone is still winningly acerbic" (Guardian)
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"All families are dysfunctional. But some more so."
Skeletons is a non-violent, non-adventurous but very much character-driven story. Jen, after suffering from an absent father and no siblings during her childhood, very much adores her husbands large and warm family. They have two daughters, now both in college, and Jen muses about the void in their lives when she discovers her step-father in an ambiguous situation with a woman that is not her step-mother.
The whole story develops from here, and Jane Fallon manages to create a multi-faceted and likable character with Jen.The listener follows her doubts, decisions, thoughts and feelings throughout a story that is familiar to all of us, yet manages to draw one in.
Penelope Rawlins does a pretty good job narrating Jen's part of the story, but the other characters are done with way too much effort. Whenever Jen's husband Jason is talking I imagined Rawlings drawing her head back, chin in, to force "maleness" out of her box. Other characters are continuously excited, lamenting or breathless. It destroyed part of the charm that the book in written form surely has.
If you like "small stories", where people's interaction is what drives the plot, then this is a book for you. For you who expect really dark secrets (the proverbial bones) - non of it to be found here.
"Not my cup of tea!"
This is not my usual genre of book, but I thought it looked interesting. The storyline was okay to begin with and then I felt it became drawn out. Once the skeleton was uncovered I became bored, but persevered until the end as I wanted to know how it ended.
No this is the first one.
Unfortunately I found the narrators 'voices' quite off putting. It was as if she was trying too hard.
No, I don't think so.
Unfortunately it just didn't suit me.
"Okay for a long journey"
This is just about okay and has a fairly interesting plot. However there is a contrived feel to the main characters' reactions, as if they just act that way to keep the book going. I quite liked Jane Fallon's "Getting Rid of Matthew" but this one wasn't for me. Also, the narrator had an irritating habit of "doing" the male voices.
What would you do if you discovered a family secret that would destroy everything you treasured if it were revealed? That is the dilemma facing Jen.
Jen, an only child of a single parent, marries into a warm, caring family that provides her with everything her own childhood lacked - loving parents that are happily married, a best friend in her sister in law and an extended family that is perfect or so she thought. When Jen discovered a shocking secret about her father in law she must decide whether to turn a blind eye or spill the beans, risking her dream family including her husband and children. The unplanned way the secret is finally revealed has major repercussions on her life.
This book takes you on an emotional journey of decision making and the consequences of those decisions. Starting with the secret itself spanning many years, the lies to retain its silence and the guilt, anger and frustration felt by those involved in the cover up. Although you may not agree with the actions and judgements, you can understand the reasons why they were taken and almost sympathise with all parties concerned.
Although it wasn’t the most exciting book ever, it was an inoffensive, enjoyable read offering many twists and turns and an unexpected ending. Definitely a book I would recommend as a holiday page turner.
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