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A Dark Devotion | [Clare Francis]

A Dark Devotion

To those who knew her, Grace Dearden is an extraordinary woman. Beautiful, clever - and admired. But Grace has been missing for over a week, leaving no clue as to her whereabouts. Even to the police, dutifully combing the lonely Norfolk marshes, she seems to have simply vanished into the black depths of winter. A desperate call from Grace’s husband summons the help of Alex O’Neill, an old family friend. But even she finds the truth as elusive as the sea’s rising tide.
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To those who knew her, Grace Dearden is an extraordinary woman. Beautiful, clever - and admired. But Grace has been missing for over a week, leaving no clue as to her whereabouts. Even to the police, dutifully combing the lonely Norfolk marshes, she seems to have simply vanished into the black depths of winter. A desperate call from Grace’s husband summons the help of Alex O’Neill, an old family friend. But even she finds the truth as elusive as the sea’s rising tide...

©1997 Clare Francis (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Roxanne Calgary, Alberta, Canada 08-13-12
    Roxanne Calgary, Alberta, Canada 08-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Compelling narration"
    Where does A Dark Devotion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Enjoyed the story telling immensely and was able to lose myself in the characterization. Some stories are very interesting but the narration is painful to listen to and you can't stay with it. This is read extremely well and full of emotion. Rather like being at a play.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The storyline is full of the description of place and scene setting that I love, but the action takes so long to unravel. It needs a faster pace to cut to the chase.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding Grace.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but that would take too long. I enjoy listening to it in long passages in the evening in place of the boring summer tv.


    Any additional comments?

    I think a tighter storyline with more action than personal introspection would be better. The whole Paul storyline where the protagonist breaks up from her husband was frankly not neccessary to the plot at all and didn't go anywhere in the end. Also, the story just seems to stop as if there had been little point to the whole thing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 10-30-11
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2005

    I love books!

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    "another good Francis"

    I have read/listened to several Clare Franics books now. They are mysteries, not really thrillers, that do keep you wondering what's going on and make it easy going back to the book. The narrator was good with the different characters. It was a good yarn and I'm sure I'll get some more of her books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-04-10
    Beverly Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-04-10
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    "a really great story"

    Excellent novel. Will read more by this author. I especially enjoyed the narrator of this book. She's just a natural book reader. Will look for her narration on other books.

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    RueRue Orange County, CA 03-21-14
    RueRue Orange County, CA 03-21-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent narration !"
    Would you listen to A Dark Devotion again? Why?

    Not a story to listen to more than once, since the suspense comes from the big denouncement at the end. ( I could see this coming, but the great narrator's total commitment to the characters kept my attention )


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Honestly, I found ALL of the characters to be rather reprehensible to varying degrees, excluding the first person narrator, Grace. And, for a high-level criminal defense attorney, she was a bit of a push-over. Again, it was the excellent narration that kept me involved in the story.


    What about Harriet Walter’s performance did you like?

    Everything. It was like listening to a radio drama, with each character "acted" out.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A suspenseful story, but the only emotion I felt was disgust and anger at the behavior of everyone but Grace.


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