No one lives forever. But the truth survives us all. Kate Murray is deeply troubled. In front of her lies a dead man, a stranger who only minutes before had approached her wanting to tell her about a mystery, a long-forgotten murder. The crime was old, he'd told her, but still deserving of justice. Soon Kate is caught up in a dangerous whirlwind of events that takes her back into her grandmother's mysterious war-time past and across the Atlantic as she tries to retrace the dead man's footsteps. Finding out the truth is not so simple, however, as only a few people are still alive who know the story...and Kate soon realizes that her questions are putting their lives in danger. Stalked by an unknown and sinister enemy, she must use her tough journalistic instinct to find the answers from the past - before she has to say goodbye to her future.
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"The matchless Katherine Kellgren artfully presents this accomplished historical mystery, which shifts in time from WWII to the present day. Young reporter Kate Murray encounters elderly Andrew Deacon, who makes two significant revelations just before he's killed by a hit-and-run driver. Two plotlines follow, one in the past, one in the present: Kellgren touchingly portrays the kind, gentlemanly Deacon in flashbacks involving wartime spies, one of whom is Kate's grandmother. In the present, Kellgren captures the feisty and dedicated journalist as she pursues the complicated story of the spies while following their circuitous route across Europe. Audio is the perfect format for the unexpected transitions of time and setting. Kellgren's best creation is Murray's beloved grandmother, who reluctantly shares painful secrets with her granddaughter and beautifully recounts an unusual love story that will bring tears for what might have been." (AudioFile Magazine)
I had eagerly anticipated this new book by S. Kearsley. Slogged through the entire audiobook-- the story was ok but had little to redeem itself. It was repetitious and monotonous in its descriptions and repeats of story line. Must say I thought the heroine an idiot in parts, despite assertions of her intelligence. Felt there was little real action and got sooo tired of hearing about missed personal connections. Ughhh.
The narrator was ok but screeched when scary events were occurring -- terrible and vastly annoying.
If you are a Kearsley fan as I am -- get the book, that way you can skim the long interminable descriptions and spare your ears from the screeching narrator. Overall I sadly rate this audiobook a 2.
Like usual, Susanna Kearsley wrote a great book. That's why I had to give the audiobook four stars. However, the narrator's performance drove me crazy. Almost every sentence seemed over performed, but Kellgren only received two stars because I really don't like having the narrator scream the narration at me during intense scenes.
No. The story line is fairly good and the book moves along. But the reader has apparently never been to a drama class. Her dramatic emphasis is jarring and would probably be funny in another setting.
I saw other reviews and was warned about the reader, but when I listened to the Audible sample it sounded ok. Don't be fooled, don't waste your money or credits on this one - read the book if you have to know the story.
I am in love with this story! It is one of which I will re-read again, and again. The characters are true to life with the images built in my mind.
The kind of story that stays with you. The writing is superb and the character of Kate Murray, Andrew Deacon, and all the others make you understand how complicated the spy world was and still is. Not sure we have many men like Andrew Deacon who would sacrifice his happiness because of his honor for another. With the exception of The colonel, everyone was impeccably proper and good. The feelings that Kate went through when she was digging into what happened to Deacon and then the telling of her grandmother's story were the kind of stories that no one wants to find out about after everyone is dead. It was just a perfectly written and timed story about patriotism, love, loss and redemption. I loved the story. I listened to it on audible and the narrator Katherine Kellgren is superb.
My 1st Susanna Kearsley book but definitely not the last!! I especially enjoyed the enthusiastic reading during moments in the book when the character would raise voice or show strong emotion!
I really enjoyed the idea of the storyline but the sheer number of characters and the switches from past to present were difficult to follow at times. I did like the heroine and the way she dealt with danger and fear. Mist of the other characters were compelling. I was not a fan of the narration. When speaking in the voices of characters I found it okay but during moments of her own voice, it just seemed a bit whiny and negative in tone. I like this authors books and overall, this one was well wirth a listen though reading it may have been a better option in this case
What has happened to this wonderful author who wrote such beautiful stories early in her career? I fear she has lost her touch. I put this one down in chapter six, as I surmised it was going nowhere and I found myself bored and very much not entertained. I sincerely hope Ms Kearsley finds her way on the next one, and yes, I will give her another try as she WAS that good before.
A little confusing at first to get characters straight but if you listen long enough you will get drawn into the story. Then it becomes hard to put it down. I really enjoyed it and it
was a break from all the books that have the same plot.
I have liked all of Susanna Kearsley's books so far, but this one was not up to her normal standards. And sadly, I hate to write poor reviews on narrators, but she was absolutely terrible.
Her general reading voice was OK, but every time she tried to do a British accent, it made every single character sound like a 90-year-old daughter. It was rather annoying and ridiculous. Additionally, anytime something exciting happened, she would start screaming which did not help the storyline, just Made you want to turn the entire thing off. I could not even finish it listening to her.
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