From the best-selling author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a ghost story, a psychological thriller and a tale of love rediscovered.
Elizabeth has been married to Michael for ten years. She has adjusted to a fairly monotonous routine with her wealthy, decent but boring husband. Part of this routine involves occasional visits to Beinn Caorrun, the dank and gloomy house in a Scottish glen that Michael inherited. There are memories there that Michael will not share with her.
But then Michael begins to change. It starts when he thinks he sees, in a picture, the figure of a girl on a landing. As he changes, life becomes so much more fun and Elizabeth sees glimpses of a man she can fall in love with at last. But who - or what - is changing Michael....
©2009 Paul Torday (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group
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"Eerie and haunting"
I thought this was an enjoyable psychological thriller, eerie and haunting rather than being bogged down with police procedures . It's a page turner and easy listening too. Unusual.
"Couldn't put it down!"
I loved this audio book and found it hard to pause. The narrators were perfect. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a story with what I would consider a supernatural theme
"Slow burner, but stick with it."
The opening chapter presents an immediately less than appealing character and the second, with the voice of the female narrator, comes as a relief. But keep going, it gets better and becomes quite gripping, and the performance is great.
Excellent story and narration, I listened to the whole thing in 2 days and couldn't stop! Would certainly recommend it!
A great listen. compelling story that's like Jekyll and Hyde afresh, with more sympathy and thrills for the modern reader.
Having read the reviews of this book I refused to give up, thinking that surely it would soon improve..get going! Unfortunately it never did and I was actually pleased when it ended...I felt freed from the relentless boredom of thinking I was missing something!
I love my audio books and rarely get a bad one...but this was a stinker!! Sorry but don't bother!
"a fallen angel of sorts"
Apparitions and mental conditions, inventions and creations of the mind
This story is about letting go, returning to a more wild state, a place before nations and nationalities a place where legends, sensual, sexual passions and the true savage live, a place where you follow your instincts till you howl at the moon. Commune with the goddess and hunt animal all animals, till you disappear into the primordial forest in your mind.
A marriage of convenience between two strangers, and old fashion life where modernity is intruding into the set British ways of doing things, old gentleman's clubs, fishing trips, boring social dinners, a boring boring life, where Michael unbenounced to everyone has began a plan of escape, a transformation into a past where there were only primordial men and forests. The first glimmer is a girl in a painting, followed by her ever growing reality that awakens in him a surprising Michael, that sparks passion in his wife, even love, controversy in social circles and a dislocation of reality, that seeps like blood into every cranny of their lives.
Very well written, full of atmosphere and contradictory feelings for the reader, the characters are well written and the settings feel real and full of life. Avery different thriller that is not about capture but scape and there is where this book will have some detractors, it is not conclusive but open ended and even allegorical in its ending like the feelings it awakens in Michael; that like his namesake is a fallen angel of sorts.
Both readers are very good and make a good story better.
The characters in this book are difficult to empathise with subsequently I found myself indifferent to their fates so it wasn't a tense read.
The narrator was very prim and proper, enunciated well and I suppose was a good fit for the characters since they are all high class, country houses and hunting. The narration meant it felt a bit like being spoken to by a school mistress or an episode of watch with mother though.
The story was very boring and disappointing. I kept waiting for it to build into an exciting thriller but no such moment came. As I mentioned I felt no affinity with the characters so their fate really didn't matter to me.
I'll be returning this book. So t waste your credit, there are far better reads out there.
The mystery in this tale kept me hooked. Both narrators matched the characters and the whole thing was very enjoyable.. If a bit dark at times.
"OK, but i wouldn't look for more"
I'm not sure. It was quite a good story but left me feeling a bit empty really
The wife (poor thing)
The wife (sorry cant remember her name)
I might because it is a good thriller, but now I know there's not much point.
Again this book improved, was slow to start and a bit weird.
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