When fifteen-year-old Queenie escapes from the squalid slums of 19th-century London, she has no idea about the dangers of the dark world she is about to become embroiled in.
Initially thrilled at being taken on as a maid for the seemingly respectable Waters sisters, Queenie comes to realise that something is very wrong with the dozens of strangely silent babies being 'adopted' into the household.
Meanwhile, lonely and unloved sixteen-year-old Ellen is delighted when her handsome, charming cousin Jacob is sent to live with her family. She thinks she has finally found a man to fall in love with, but when Jacob cruelly betrays her she finds herself once again at the mercy of her cold-hearted father. Soon both girls' lives become irrevocably entwined.
©2013 Alison Rattle (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd
Yes, I would recommend this. The storyline was gripping, the characters engaging and I especially liked how the author wasn't afraid to vividly describe the darker aspects of Victorian life. Sometimes I felt that too much information was given too soon, making some events more predictable than they necessarily needed to be, but overall I enjoyed this book.
The ending, but I can't say much without giving it away.
Annie Hemingway did an excellent job, particularly in adjusting her accent to suit the differing social classes of the characters. Both male and female voices were good and it was easy to distinguish between different characters.
"A Creepy Tale Based on Reality"
The narrator's voices for the two characters were excellent. They were very subtly different each other, but at the same time similar in the way regional accents are. Annie Hemingway used the right tones in the right places to heighten the feelings the story was portraying. This story was almost horrific in its subject matter, and the end was shocking and left me feeling quite sad and even a little deflated.
I loved them all, her performance was excellent throughout the book. I will definitely keep an eye out for further books narrated by Annie Hemingway.
At places in this book I was outraged, ready to cry, laughing, gasping aloud, a great big grin on my face... This book took me on an emotional journey and I loved every moment of it.
What's with the pink hair on the cover of this historical Young Adult novel? Is it just to be cool? Cause it ain't working!
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