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Publisher's Summary

It's never easy to face the fact that a man you once loved passionately has found the girl of his dreams, as Alice discovers when Joe introduces her to his new girlfriend Ginny. Jealous, Alice is repelled by Ginny - an ethereal beauty with a sinister group of friends. Then Alice finds an old diary hidden away in Ginny's room and reads about a mysterious, bewitching woman, Rosemary Virginia Ashley, buried in Grantchester churchyard half a century ago - buried but far from forgotten.

As the stories intertwine, past and present are merged into one, and Alice is plunged into a nightmare world of obsession, revenge, seduction - and blood.

©2008 Frogspawn Ltd; (P)2009 Soundings

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Can't Do It

I have tried twice to listen to this book but I just can't do it. Joanne Harris is one of my favourite authors with the Chocolat series but this story doesn't interest me at all. It has plenty of intrigue and the characters are fleshed out well but it is the general theme that I just don't like. I feel like this story has been told a million times and I am sick of it.

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  • steven
  • 03-05-13

Not your average blood sucker

Joanne Harris can take the story of the hare and the tortoise as her raw material and use this to construct a majestic novel. In this case it is a potentially very lame theme of vampirism. But in her hands it becomes a three-generation saga with mystery, intrigue and perfectly formed characters - no werewolves, no glistening skin and no crap. In fact the characters and plot are the focus, not the cliché’s about vampires. There is blood and gore but it is not gratuitous. As with all her work the plot twists and turns into corners where you cannot imagine a solution, but somehow (and credibly) she adds a simple new twist and we are back on track. She is a master story teller and this is the fourth of her books that I have enjoyed. I like the way she thinks almost as much as her unequalled use of descriptive language - surely unique in this genre. Both narrators are outstanding and I would highly recommend this set.

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  • Lynne
  • 08-22-09

This tale creeps up on you!

When I started reading this book, I thought 'What's all this about?' I even came close to putting it down and giving up. The beginning is a bit dull and even tedious. But then, the pace started to quicken. To the point where I couldn't put it down. I sat up all night till I'd finished it - perhaps NOT a good idea considering the subject matter! One JH's earlier novels, like Sleep PAle Sister, The Evil Seed is dark and sometimes disturbing. But - an absolutely fabulous read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-16

Not what I was expecting from this author

This story & the way it was written was different to JH 's normal style. There were 2 stories intertwined that converged at the end. I found the abrupt, constant stopping with 1 tale by the male narrator to the female's story & female narrator poorly executed & annoying too. I'd be listening to the 1 tale & suddenly we'd leave slap, bang in the middle of a scene. The book's narrative style was too flowery for me to the point that the whole story dragged. The male narrator's voice sounded elderly which was off putting as the character portrayed was fairly young. The female narrator had a strong, upper class, BBC accent & yet her character was meant to be a young northerner. I was glad when I had managed to plough my way to the end of this book.

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  • Sandra Robinson
  • 07-26-16

A Bit Out There

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not sure

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Make it a little less complicated

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narration was good

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Not my usual read . Did start to lose interest two thirds through