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A missing boy. A missing book. A missing husband. A woman who must find them all to find herself. On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she's leaving, he doesn't come home.

Neither does Conor, the little boy she's befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor's foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband's secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all.

Exquisitely told and deeply touching, The Mountain in My Shoe is both a gripping psychological thriller and a powerful and emotive examination of the meaning of family...and just how far we're willing to go for the people we love.

©2016 Louise Beech (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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  • Jane
  • 07-06-17

Excellent read.

Would you listen to The Mountain in My Shoe again? Why?

I will be listening to the story again because that's what I do with books I really enjoy

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't but I would as they were particularly good choices for each of the three voices the book has as main protagonists.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was an emotional read, if you failed to be touched by this story then you must quite hard hearted.

Any additional comments?

This is beautifully written and the presentation is skillful. I loved how each protagonist is given a separate chapter and found it was a particularly clever device for the 'Life Book'. A character in its own right, it helps the reader to understand many of the intricacies of the work of Social Services, volunteers and foster parents, without getting bogged down with detail. It gave the reader a wonderful insight into the heartbreaking world of children who, through no fault of their own, are moved on time and time again, nothing permanent, no stability. Ms Beech, writes with empathetic understanding, without asking her reader to be judgemental and explores the motivations of her characters with the same intelligence. Many of Conor's relationships are painful and sad and we see how failings occur, in the less than perfect environment of child care. However, the relationship between Conor and his volunteer Bernadette, is touching and the reader sees a glimmer of hope, for both of them, in that friendship. We also see he is not without care or without friends, Sophie who is his 'best friend' and Ann, his current foster mother bring warmth into a difficult subject. Yet we do feel the child's sadness, fear and loneliness and how the intermittent contact with his birth mother and the missing part of his life, his father, whom he does not know, effect his development. Highly recommended .

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  • Cabaspre
  • 12-03-17

Beautiful, heart warming book

Beautifully narrated. This book showed so much compassion, sadness and empathy with the human race. My daughter recommended this and I am so glad she did.

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