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The String Diaries Audiobook

The String Diaries

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Publisher's Summary

A family is hunted by a centuries-old monster: A man with a relentless obsession who can take on any identity.

The String Diaries opens with Hannah frantically driving through the night - her daughter asleep in the back, her husband bleeding out in the seat beside her. In the trunk of the car rests a cache of diaries dating back 200 years, tied and retied with strings through generations. The diaries carry the rules for survival that have been handed down from mother to daughter since the 19th century. But how can Hannah escape an enemy with the ability to look and sound like the people she loves?

Stephen Lloyd Jones' debut novel is a sweeping thriller that extends from the present day, to Oxford in the 1970s, to Hungary at the turn of the 19th century, all tracing back to a man from an ancient royal family with a consuming passion - a boy who can change his shape, insert himself into the intimate lives of his victims, and destroy them.

If Hannah fails to end the chase now, her daughter is next in line. Only Hannah can decide how much she is willing to sacrifice to finally put a centuries-old curse to rest.

©2014 Stephen Lloyd Jones (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"I have never read a book with such frenzied impatience. The String Diaries is unputdownable. Stephen Lloyd Jones has written a debut novel as frightening and layered as Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian and as clever and riveting as Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code." (Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh)

"With The String Diaries, Stephen Lloyd Jones has created a new mythology of the monstrous to rival Stoker's or Shelley's. Grounded in the real world and populated by characters we believe in, this is a book of magic for the doubtful, a fantastic tale for skeptics, at once transporting and convincing." (Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist)

"This novel is a breakneck chase down a long and winding road with the devil sitting beside you in the car." (Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day)

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    wanda 10-13-15
    wanda 10-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    loved this . very exciting, grabs you from the first words. beautifully written. wish there were more

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    Spinnaker 08-31-14
    Spinnaker 08-31-14
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    "An awful muddle in need of an editor"

    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley he is not. Unfortunately, Stephen Lloyd Jones follows more closely in the footsteps of Elizabeth Kostova. There is lots of historical context, innuendo, and build-up, but only about 20 minutes of action - some of it just sadistic - in the entire muddled novel. Such possibilities - and such disappointments. At least it was pleasant listening to the appropriate accents of Gemma Whelan, the narrator.

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    Linda 08-28-14
    Linda 08-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I really loved this audiobook!"
    What would have made The String Diaries better?

    I don't have any real suggestions. I found the Hungarian names a bit difficult to follow from the audiobook at first, but rapidly caught up.


    Has The String Diaries turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'd like to try more of them.


    What didn’t you like about Gemma Whelan’s performance?

    I liked her very much.


    What character would you cut from The String Diaries?

    None, really. Of course I hated Jakab and Vass, but that is what the author wanted.


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably buy the paperback. I would like to review the genealogy of Hannah's family to follow the story more accurately.

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