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There once was a lane, filled with well-tended lawns and well-fostered friendships, of well-appointed houses all neat and tidy and those that live within, of stories and mysteries that manifest for only fleeting moments for the few who pay attention. This is one such tale. A tale about pleasant people, about the lives they live, about their wants and dreams, about their loves and losses, their joys and hates, about their days and nights in the company of cherished companions in the houses they call home. It is a dance between tears and joy, of young and old, of hopes and fears, of knowns and unknowns, of those who have yet to live and those who never have. In this tale of the happy little lives of blissful simple folk, there are monsters, to be sure. But this is not the story of monsters, this is not the tale of their evil deeds, this is the tale of those they make suffer. In this tale, the monsters have no names. The monsters do not deserve names.
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Unique and creepy
The author, Duncan Wilson, takes an ordinary place – a Neighborhood or Lane and turns it into something more frightening. He takes a place that seems normal and unblemished and exposes it for far worse. The Lane has taken on a life of its own. The people who seem normal, are not normal. The Lane has secrets, a life that one must look hard to see. It is a haunting story that shows one is not safe even in a small neighborhood where everyone knows your name. Wilson uses his characters to drive the story – including the Lane.
Wilson seems to imply the house with the dead lawn is encroaching, is growing, is like a drug, an evil that grows unchecked except by one old, hateful resident. We are shown that residents on the lane are much more than their well-manicured lawns, smiles, and niceness – they have experienced loss, joy, fear, and anger. Wilson could tell us who is evil and who is not, but instead, he leaves it to the listener to determine the true story of the Lane and its residents!
Although there are a lot of characters, Wilson gives them a depth that allows the listener to understand them and know them – connect them with people in their own life. This is a rare book that is driven by the characters and is not action-packed. Wilson tells the story of the Lane with ease. An accomplished storyteller, Wilson leaves his listener haunted.
The narrator, Bic Sheaffer gives a delightful performance that makes it easy for the story to flow smoothly and the listener to hear the characters. Sheaffer’s performance had a cadence that kept the listener entertained and spoke in a soothing tone.
The audio production and quality of this audiobook was excellent. There were no issues.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book after I understood Wilson’s style of storytelling.
Disclaimer: This Audiobook was provided free of charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher in exchange for a non-bias, honest review.
Can a place be a character?
Once Upon A Lane, by Duncan Wilson, refuses to obey genres and is a character-driven story written in strong narrative.
The Lane houses a large cast of characters including adults, children and animals who go about their everyday lives from Saturday to Wednesday. Everything touches everything and all seems normal. SEEMS.
The characters were many, very many, but Wilson writes this story in a way that keeping up with every character is not necessary. This is the best thing about this book. Imagine trying to remember everyone who lives on a street and everything about them. The fact is, the LANE is the most important character and everyone else just makes the Lane more interesting. Additionally, Wilson gives us just enough details when we “see” a character to help us know or remember them.
Again, the Lane, the world of this book is well described and easy to see. This is because the details of what the Lane itself looks like, are constantly addressed. The homes, the yards, the depths of the neighborhood are the biggest part of the story.
The plot of this book appears to be the lives of these characters but Wilson sneaks in a mystery which we are left to ponder on our own without the authors' persistence. It’s there, but it’s not there. We can see it, but it’s only a peek. This gives us all the control which is rare in a story these days!
Overall, this is an EXCELLENT book. I was very impressed with how Wilson handles such a big cast, the book was easy to read, and the plot was fun and exciting!
I was so impressed by this listen. It was a story told about a street and the people who inhabited the properties along it, not about a specific person or home. It was very descriptive and once I started getting really into each different plot of land, it just kept getting more and more interesting and creepy and detailed about the family that lived there and the things that had taken place.
It was very out of the box, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The story flowed well to the end, changing POV throughout, but never losing the listener.
I found the narrator to be spot on as well. Overall, I actually really enjoyed the audio book and the writing and would definitely recommend.