©1998 Jane Asher; (P)2005 Oakhill Publishing Ltd.
I absolutely loved this book, couldn't stop listening to it until its quite satisfying conclusion! The writing is superb, the narration equally so. But I will admit that it likely would be more appealing to older female readers. A big thumbs up from me!
The Question takes an interesting plot and doesn't quite develop it far enough. The development of the story is intriguing but slightly marred by the characters, none of whom are likeable. The narrator is quite good but she portrays the main character very shrilly which can get annoying. Overall worth listening to but not gripping
Worth The Time to Listen.
That is was a story. It had a "ripped from the headlines quality" which was the type of story that is so odd it must be true. It was a singular story, not a lot of characters but I believed it and was engaged. Not too long -- not too short. It was British-y which I liked a lot.
I don't know who Jane Asher is, so it doesn't play into my opinion of the book. But, I read/listen to a lot of books. This one is good.
"Not great, but OK story, well read"
I bought this as a bargain book and as such was OK. The reader was excellent, really differentiating the characters by using varying tones of voice and accents. There were certain similarities to Fay Weldon's style of book, but I kept feeling how much better the writing would have been had the latter been the author. Asher's style verges on being cliched and the characters are not really realistic, but I suppose it was intended that the main character, Elenor, be a nasty creation and her rival, Barbara, be pathetically wet. It would have been a better novel if the contrast between the two women had not been so simplistic.
"Not what you might expect ..."
A real surprise. My normal diet is suspense, thriller, intrigue, books that catch my imagination.
This is that kind of story. The reader uses phrasing, pausing and perfect inflection, that gets your anticipation 'taste bugs' into action. At one point you may have a picture of the story board, but don't be fooled! It's not that predictable and it's a very satisfying tale. Enjoy the characters and the empathetic emotions you might find that it evokes.
"In the wrong category"
As an audiobook this is very good value for money whilst on offer. However, it has been placed in the wrong category - being neither Crime nor Thriller and certainly not a Modern Detective story, in any shape or form.
That said, I listened through to the end with some enjoyment, which actually surprises me in retrospect. The story had great possibilities... Experts on the genre would probably say it was the usual tale of the wronged wife getting her revenge. In future I'll stick to Michael Connelly et al.
"good summer read"
I bought this because it was cheap! I was very pleasantly surprised! The story took many twists and turns and kept my attention. The characters were believable and my sympathies swayed from person so person as I read. I would definitely recommend it as a good summer read.
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