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Relative Strangers

Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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The McKay family gathers for a week-long holiday at a rambling old house to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Robert and Mary. In recent years only funerals and sudden, severe illnesses have been able to draw them together, and as they gather in the splendid rooms of Hunting Manor, their differences are soon uncomfortably apparent. For all their history, their traditions, the connective strands of DNA, they are relative strangers. There are truths unspoken, but the question is: How much truth can a family really stand?

The family holiday mushrooms, drawing in sundry relatives both estranged and deranged. The machinations of an appalling, uninvited aunt threaten the holiday - and the family - with irreparable damage. 

This book will make you question your own family situation. What does it really mean to be "family"?

©2018 Allie Cresswell (P)2018 Tantor

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  • 04-26-19

Thoroughly enjoyable

This story takes an in depth look at family dynamics. There are lots of characters but they are all well developed. The setting, a country house in rural England, really added to the atmosphere and sense of entrapment. I loved the way more and more family members kept turning up. Exciting and unexpected ending.

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  • Jools
  • 02-04-19

Losing the will to live.

I’m plodding on with this book, but it’s boring, pointless nonsense. So many characters that, despite this being a loooong book, there isn’t time to explore them in any meaningful detail, thanks to the waffle and padding.
I’ve still got another 2 hours to listen to. I keep waiting for it to start.
20 hours of my life I’m never getting back.