This is definitely a novel that lives up to the hype! Forget 'Gone Girl' - this is even better! I listened to this over 2 days on holiday and was absolutely gripped by it. The best audiobook I have listened to this year and I feel bereft now that it's finished. I did not guess where this was going and was mesmerised by the story, the character of Leila and the narration. It was the first time I had heard Imogen Church narrate and really wasn't sure at first. However, she narrated this book perfectly and made every character completely believable. Outstanding.
What a lovely surprise this audiobook was. It looks like a standard chick lit, which I would usually avoid listening to. However, it is a real gem! It is perfectly read by Julie Hesmondhalgh ('Hayley' to us Corrie fans!), it's funny, moving and for me, full of nostalgia (for my student days in Manchester). I became completely immersed in the characters lives and was very sad to finish it. Can't wait for the next book by Mhairi McFarlane.
After hearing of the huge advance Kathleen MacMahon received for this novel and the publishing hype around it I was ready to be critical ! However there needs to be more hype around this beautiful novel. It is the sort of book that you want to start listening to all over again once you've finished. It's the sort of book you want to buy for all your friends. So beautifully written and narrated I felt that I was there, living with the characters. The descriptions of the coast are so evocative I wanted to move to Ireland. In a way this is superior chick lit, superior Marian Keyes but so much more. I have struggled to find anything else to listen to since finishing this amazing novel.