When Conrad fails to return from a science conference abroad, Eleanor's first thought is one of relief; he might finally have discovered her affair. Or perhaps he's simply given up on their marriage, tired of having the less successful career. As the days pass and his absence in the family fold grows stronger, Eleanor begins to makes sense of what has happened to their lives to get them to this point.
Leaving his family in Manchester to scrabble for clues, unsure of their feelings towards him, Conrad loses himself in the cold, foggy streets of Bologna. Ill, confused, and desperately trying to avoid becoming a whistle-blower by a blackmailer, he revisits the stages of his long marriage to El, from their early happiness to the grief and anger he now feels.
As Conrad and Eleanor examine their marriage, they move closer to an understanding of what it is that matters most to each of them.
©2016 Jane Rogers (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
I only downloaded this book as I will be in the audience when the author is on at Edinburgh Book Festival. I opted to go to this as a 'light hearted entertaining filler-in', as most of the other performances I have tickets for have quite serious political themes. How wrong I was!! This book is not as I originally thought - a shallow piece of easy listening fiction, what I would class as a 'holiday read'. It is a well researched, thought provoking book which would make a great read for any Book Club and I am sure inspire loads of interesting discussion. I genuinely struggled at times to listen to the descriptive passages on animal rights and suffering - it appears to be so well researched and written. Short of one star because the Amazon review implied it was a romantic novel, not the in depth study on morality it turned out to be, with an interesting fictional marital plot to boot. Looking forward to meeting the author in a few weeks in Edinburgh when my question will be - how accurate is the animal research writing - or is that as fictional as the characters?
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
End of Watch, Stephen King
Bear in mind that my review is based only on the first five chapters. I found those to be uninteresting, boring, bland. I will be returning it.
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