Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he had promised to find Rose Janko. Rose was married to the charismatic son of a travelling gypsy family, Ivo Janko. When Ray starts to investigate her disappearance he's surprised that her family are so hostile towards him. The Jankos have not had an easy past. They are a clan touched by tragedy - either they are cursed, or they are hiding a terrible secret. Could it be that Rose's discovery of that secret led to her disappearance all those years ago? Soon Ray wishes that he'd never asked the question. In a novel that is totally different from Stef's extraordinary debut The Tenderness of Wolves, she shows herself once more to be a matchless storyteller.
©2011 Stef Penney (P)2011 Quercus Editions Ltd
The story is gripping, dealing sensitively and thoughtfully with the Gypsy
Community. It's told in the first person by two different characters. Like them, all the people who inhabit the story are masterfully drawn. The denoument is quite unexpected, though one can spot the clues in hindsight.
The reading by Daniel Stevens enhances the quality of the narrative. His voices are perfectly judged and performed, the pacing and delivery are perfect.
I was sorry when I came to the end.
This was the best I've heard for a while, not for a moment did I stop believing in the characters, or get tired of the mystery. Great reading too.
Any book that Dan Stevens narrates is a joy to listen to, he is by far my favourite narrator.
An intriguing storyline with a twist and characters that Dan brings to life with his portrayal of each one, with Dan you forget that you are actually listening to one man telling a story.
A good story and a great listen.
Say something about yourself!
Tenderness of Wolves this is not and maybe that is good as it would be hard to emulate such a novel.I enjoyed the story and the way in which it was told. I was interested in the characters and the story held my interest. I would not say it was one of the best 'whodunnit' I have read but it was enjoyable.
I thought the narration by Dan Stevens was excellent I have read others with his narration and would comment similarly.
Overall an enjoyable read It will be interesting to see what this author produces next.
Painter, jeweller, teacher. Passionate listener to audiobooks and reader of print books.
Very good listening - a good story - and very well read - more of a beach type listen than a serious "walking listening to the classics" type listen - depending on your taste of course - but I thoroughly recommend this to anybody who enjoys a good detective story. Easy listening. I won't mention the story - but it's most enjoyable and interesting too.
The use of two narrators gives this novel an unusual slant. The characters are well drawn and Stef Penney has clearly researched the gypsy background thoroughly. I was absorbed throughout. Dan Stevens gives a fabulous performance bringing both narrators vividly to life.
I would because it had an unusual subject, examined from a really interesting point of view - who doesn't love a detective?
It was clearly very well researched and had balanced characterisations of GRT people. It was an engaging novel with some salient social commentary.
It was just right - very believable and disappeared into the background.
All of the narration from the point of view of the young boy was superb.
I did guess the twist at the end in advance and this was my least favourite aspect of the novel, it seemed a bit much - not very believable.
Kildonan by the sea
Good detective story, full of interesting characters and steeped in the atmospherics of a different culture. With a good ending that was not easy to see coming.
Fast paced plot that develops as it explains the ins and outs of the investigation, well written and very contemporary to the age of identity politics but in an interesting human way, not a political preachy propaganda, just people and their cultures trying to fit together.
One of the best
The last part with all its twists and turns - brilliant!
I loved the descriptions of gypsy life.
The ending was poignant and beautifully written
I really enjoyed this book even though I figured out the twist fairly early on. The two male leads JJ and Ray are beautifully vulnerable and you find yourself willing a happy end for them. Dan Stevens is an excellent narrator, his voice has a hypnotic cadence which really draws you in.
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