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Cousins

Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Brilliant and mercurial Will Tye suffers a life-changing accident. The terrible event ripples through three generations of the complex Tye family, bringing to light old tragedies and dangerous secrets.

Each member of the family holds some clue to the chain of events which may have led to the accident, and all hold themselves to blame.

Most closely affected is Will's cousin Cecelia, whose own life will change forever depending on how she responds to such unbelievable and shocking truths.

©2016 Salley Vickers (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Beautifully and brilliantly controlled. A triumph." (John Julius, on Miss Garnet's Angel)
"Absorbing, subtle and utterly joyous." ( Sunday Times, on The Cleaner of Chartres)

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  • tuliptree
  • 02-18-17

Complicated family saga

Would have liked a family tree

Several characters had more than one name which was confusing

Otherwise a gripping story

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  • Judith
  • 04-18-17

Intriguing if tortuous.....

While I enjoyed this book on the whole - well-written and well-read - I did find the story difficult to follow at times, because of its rather tortuous and rambling nature, and the strain of keeping pace with the various characters and their nicknames. The central character, Will, is evidently meant to be seen as complex and charismatic, but (to me, at any rate) was merely unlikeable, which made it harder to engage with the story at times. However, the real strength of this novel lies in the compellingly claustrophobic atmosphere built up by close family relationships and the subtle ways in which shared secrets and memories shift and alter over time. There is a reflectiveness and wisdom in the author's observations which make it well worth listening to, probably more than once.

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  • Jane
  • 07-26-17

exceptional!

The narrators were wonderful and truly brought the story to life, I thoroughly recommend this carefully woven family drama.

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  • Ja
  • 04-20-19

An absolute pleasure

Beautifully paced, live characters and just the right amount of descriptive setting. The plot line was unexpected and fitting. I’d like to read the book now. I’m not familiar with Salley Vickers’ work, but now will research her work.

The narrators were first class, seamlessly blending. I’ve only just seen there were three, all excellent.

One of the most enjoyable audiobooks I’ve read. It’s up there in my list of greats listens, nudging for first place with ‘Driftless’ by David Rhodes and ‘Stoner’ by John Williams.

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  • mdwg
  • 09-27-18

Interesting idea, but too drawn out

Believable characterisation but far too much inconsequential detail. We hear the same story from various protagonists but don't gain enough from doing so to make the effort worthwhile

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  • Kandy
  • 02-25-18

Dull

This was a book group choice or I would not have persevered I found the voices annoying although I did think it well written just not my cup of tea

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