The obituaries for Gerald Candless were respectful. He had been, after all, an admired and popular writer, and his sudden death at his home in Devon was a loss to literature as well as to his family and friends.
The trouble was, as his daughter Sarah soon discovered, that it seemed that her father had taken on a different identity that he wasn't Gerald Candless at all. But if he wasn't Gerald Candless, who was he?
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"Lost the plot at the end but a great listen"
My previous listen was marred by the reader having a strong regional accent which was at odds with the characters, so having Francis Barber read this was a breath of fresh air. The plot was certainly not superficial and this tale of a family dealing with trying to find out who was really the person who had dominated their family for so long was intriguing through many twists and turns. Fantastic characterisation made each character so realistic through all their failings and successes. OK, I need to hear the end again to finally work out the final twist but would really recommend.
This is one of the best books I've listened to recently - and I listen to a lot! Frances Barber is a brilliant narrator, and the plot is very clever - keeps you guessing until the end. The characters are believable and interesting. The title is explained eventually - intriguing. One of those books you don't want to put down. Highly recommended.
"Beautifully brought to life by Frances Barber"
Like all of the other Barbara Vine novels I have already read them all at least twice before. This tale of the strange and hidden early life of recently deceased novelist Gerald Candless was beautifully narrated by the smooth vocal talents of actress Frances Barber. The regional Suffolk accents and London dialects were fantastic too and juxtaposed well with the more measured tones of the three Candless women.
In conclusion: an excellent tale, compelling and very moreish.
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