Alice has been lying to herself for years, holding fast to the belief that the needs of her family far outweigh her own. But her outwardly successful marriage hides dark secrets, and for much of her life the children were the only reason she stuck around.
These days, though her successful banker son lives nearby, his young wife seems to do everything she can to keep Alice at bay. As for Alice's other son, he has always been something of a stranger and has been traveling for so long that Alice isn't even sure what continent he is on anymore.
Alice can't help but wonder if the effort she expends presenting a united front to the outside world is actually helping anyone and what would happen if she suddenly stopped pretending. Could life, like the novels she devours, hold surprises in its closing chapters? And if she did shake everything up by admitting the truth about her marriage, would anyone be on her side? Has the time finally come for Alice to put her own needs first?
For the first time in years, her heart is racing. Can Alice really change her life? Dare she even imagine such a thing?
©2015 Nick Alexander (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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Absolutely! I found it truly difficult to turn it off and finished it within 24 hours.
I loved all of the characters, except Ken.
It was faultless.
I am not inclined to cry in response to a book, but I did cry listening to this one. I was moved to tears at Matt's birthday present (I'll say no more to avoid spoilers). I was also quite moved at other moments.
This is the best story of family life I have read/listened to. It very effectively reveals the complexies and multiple perspectives to be found in family dynamics. It also shows the powerful impact of nurture (nature, nurture) upon the individual, whether that is on the developing child or on an adult in a long marriage.
Nick Alexander never fails to impress me as an author and The Other Son is no exception. There is a serious heart to this story with some important issues being addressed but, as always with Nick's books, I left the book with more concern about my friends, the characters. Don't expect an action-packed novel, although it does have its dramatic moments. Nick's real gift is in the construction of believable situations with well-rounded characters. Be prepared not to read a story so much as to live within the story for a while.
I also have to complement Imogen Church for the narration. Imogen manages to make the Canadian character sound Canadian rather than American which is most unusual
I have not listened to any other stories by Imogen Church and only ordered this because it was recommended and I wanted a change to my usual books. Initially I thought the story to be slow, but the characters became better rounded and the plot picked up.
I really enjoyed this!
It has unexpected twists to the story that took me by surprise.
I have never listened to any other books by this author, but there is a free Christmas sequel. I suspect this is because the story has a bit of an abrupt ending and you are left wondering what happened next.
Matt's birthday present. Touching!
Highly recommended. I did not listen to it in one go - it is too long for that, but it was unputdownable.
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