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Penance Audiobook

Penance

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Publisher's Summary

'You know I did a terrible thing. What you cannot know is that there exists an extreme irony in that but for one unforgivable sin, far more terrible things might have transpired.'

The lives of Rosalie Douglas and her teenage daughter, Maddie, are changed forever when they meet Jed, a beautiful, charismatic young man, at bereavement counselling. Inexplicably and self-destructively, Maddie holds herself accountable for her brother's drowning accident in Thailand.

Jed moves into their lives and their home, calming the tensions between mother and daughter. He understands the twisted wilderness of grief. Lover and confidante to a besotted Maddie, gentle surrogate son to a grateful Rosalie - on the surface their lives are transformed. But underneath, a deadly and morally corrupt triangle is taking shape....

Rosalie commits an unspeakable act which forces her to unravel the truth behind the beautiful stranger in their midst. The truth behind the death of her son. And the true extent of just how far she's prepared to go - to save what remains of her family.

©2015 Kate O'Riordan (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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    "Well constructed story, beautifully read"

    The presentation of this novel was excellent. The voice was easy to listen to, with a soft tone, and the accent used for Jed was good. The story is of a family devastated by the death of their son and the subsequent, slowly evolving manipulation of them by Jed carefully brings us and the mother to the realisation and proof of Jed's involvement in the death. The novel is well paced, well constructed, believable, and leaves you thinking about the theory of nature versus nurture. It is a really good listen.

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    Andrea 26/03/2016
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    "Good story , good narrator"

    Story was good , a bit sad. Slow to start with but gripping once I got into it.

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    "Not Amazing but have listened to worse"

    I found the story really slow to start and as a result kept loosing interest and kept having to start again.

    The story only really gets exciting in the last few chapters. Long and drawn out up until then.

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