Impossible Causes

Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
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Bloomsbury presents Impossible Causes by Julie Mayhew, read by Julie Mayhew, Lissa Berry and Lauren Cornelius.

Four elements.

Four seasons.

Four points on the compass.

Four teenage girls.

And one dead body. 

The Crucible meets The Craft in this brilliantly dark tale of isolated communities, rumours and suspicion.

One of Netgalley's October Books of the Month.

©2019 Julie Mayhew (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Atmospheric and disorientating [...] A claustrophobic tale of outsiders versus insiders, religious fervour versus age-old paganism and, ultimately, women and men. A tightly told and powerful story of sins, lies and secrets long held." (Sarah Hughes, i)

"This highly imaginative novel and its meticulously created community of characters was an addictive read with twists and turns and a wonderful sense of place. Beautifully written, beguiling and compelling." (Lisa Ballantyne, author of The Guilty One)

"A beautiful piece of writing - hypnotically convincing, eerie and disturbing. Mayhew's is a voice I long to hear more of." (Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls)

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 10-20-19

Outstanding

This is most certainly worth your credit, a well written and thought provoking tale that will creep you out and confuse you in equal measure. The confusion comes from not understanding exactly what is happening on the Island of Lark, although I was slightly disappointed at the big reveal, it was no great surprise but the story leading up to it was superlative.

Some reviewers of the read-it-yourself version have complained that the timeline is hard to follow, I found no such problem with this audio version, this could be thanks to the marvellous narrators, who make it easy to work out what is happening and when, they all did a great job with this book.

I wholeheartedly recommend this title to anyone who loves a good mystery.

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  • mrs.d
  • 10-19-19

Enjoyably different

I loved this book. It was gripping in an unusual way and very well thought out and well written.

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  • Liz
  • 01-30-20

A mixed bag

A far too long and disjointed story with mostly all unlovable and unrelable characters but saved by good narration which allowed me to stagger on to the end. I may also, however, try another book by same writer as I appreciated the style of writing and use of words, just not this particular story.

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  • Gerard
  • 10-23-19

Verbiage

Lots of words but not much meaning or sense. Little direction. Nonsense. Suitable for children? Not good.