The year is 1967. Thirteen-year-old Maisie is at her decaying family home, once a medieval abbey. Lucas, an artist and friend, is painting a portrait of Maisie and her sisters. Maisie embarks on a portrait of her own: telling the story of herself, her sisters and their lovers, and of her friend, Daniel Nunn.
Twenty-three years later, Lucas's now-famous portrait features in a retrospective of his work. Daniel, obsessed by the sisters and determined to understand what happened that last summer at the abbey, pursues the answers to the past.
©2005 Sally Beauman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Robert Glenister is so relaxing to listen to. This was the main reason I first picked this to listen to, he is one of my favorite television actors and I had previously enjoyed another narration by him. The story had me intruiged from the star and I enjoyed the slow reveal as we gradually grew to understand the complexities of the relationships in this story.
"A great listen"
I've greatly enjoyed listening to this and although the plot is sometimes predictable, I was hooked into listening as soon as I started. Great literature it isn't, but it's well enough written and very well read by both readers. I enjoyed the shifts between the 'Summer of Love', 1967, and the 1980s and 90s and the evocation of both of these times. I recognised references in the plot to several movies (I think) - the main protagonist Dan is a film buff - but I may be wrong. Anyway that isn't something that is blunt in the novel. The story is told through the eyes of 3 different characters - Dan and 2 of the sisters - and as the layers of deceit are revealed, people and events shift and change in their nature and things are not as they seemed to be. Thoroughly absorbing and highly recommended.
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