Natty and Sean Wainwright are happily married. Rock solid in fact. So when Natty's oldest friend, Eve Dalladay, appears - just as their daughter collapses on a school trip in France - Natty has no qualms about leaving Eve with Sean to help out at home.
Two weeks later and Natty finds Eve has slotted into family life too well - her husband has fallen in love with Eve. He's sorry, he tells her, but their marriage is over. With no option but to put a brave face on things for the sake of the children, Natty embarks on building a new life for herself. And then she receives the note. Eve has done this before, more than once, and with fatal consequences...
©2014 Paula Daly (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"Collapse of a family"
The Wainwrights, on the surface, are an ideal family. Sean and Natty have been together since they were teenagers and after nearly 20 years have a successful business and two delightful daughters so what could go wrong? The answer is the arrival of Natty's old friend, Eve, I experienced rage on Natty's behalf, anger at her sometime stupid behaviour and disgust at the way that Sean handled the problems. Listening to this book was an emotional roller-coaster, right up to the final twist. Janine Birkett was an ideal narrator.
"Consumed in One Sitting!!"
Another Paula Daly audio book that I would gladly have paid more than one credit to listen to.
As with the previous book, it is well written with a realistic storyline. What also made it an additive listen, is the narration - various characters - including males - were excellently portrayed.
Well done!! I look forward to the next book.
Yes I think so. It's a good combination of analysing relationships, marriage and family combined with a psychological thriller set against an everyday family background . A very enjoyable read
The portrayal of the 'friend' and how her manipulative nature and past background unfolded.
The ending - but I wouldn't reveal this so as not to spoil for others
Yes - if I could have done, I would!
"A good thriller."
I would recommend it. I like books set in ordinary settings in England. The descriptions of the Lake District were enticing.
Probably the younger daughter who witnessed a horrible scene and saw through her father's new girlfriend.
No, this was the first. I wasn't keen on the accent but perhaps I have a prejudice against Lake District accents which I didn't know about. However, another Paula Daly book, narrated by a different person did not have the same effect on me. I felt that Janine Birkett's voice and accent sounded like an older person than the main character was meant to be.
Many, this story had me enthralled all the way through.
I enjoyed this so much I immediately downloaded another book by the author Paula Daly which was just as good. This was 'Just what kind of a mother are you?'
"keep your friends close"
I did enjoy this book and the ending well that was a surprise to me.
"Riveting? Yes. Enjoyable? Not sure..."
I've just finished listening and really don't know if I enjoyed it or not, but I do know I was hooked from soon after Natty started to speak.
There's a curious opening section which made me wonder if I wanted to bother with the rest, but I'd hung on a bit longer and soon after found I was drawn in. Parts of the plot were implausible but the overall picture was well written, and the narration is excellent.
None of the characters were particularly likeable, with 3 exceptions - Natty's widowed father, his carer Jackie and her niece, the female DC. Natty is the one we are meant to feel sorry for and to champion, but she really is her own worst enemy. I think the strongest character, and the one you do want to cheer on, is the 14 year old Felicity.
Something quite different for me. Based in this, I probably will listen to Paula Daly's other titles.
"Well worth listening too"
I was surprised how good this was, the story was excellent, and the narrator superb.
bringing the story and characters to life. Well recommended and very enjoyable, and the book will stay with you. I listened over 2 days.
You often hear life glibly described as "a roller-coaster of highs and lows" but we seem to need to dismiss the thrilling, scary intensity of the lows! This story, and the superb narrator, examines the pleasure to be had in savouring the moments in life when we can be the hapless observer of time and tides unfolding, and our lives ebbing and flowing with them.
This was ok, far fetched, but I can't quite believe the story line. But I listened to the end
Easy enough to listen to but a bit predictable in parts. Narrator was good and kept the book engaging.
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