What happens when every parent's worst nightmare comes true - and when the past is unwilling to be the past? Some memories are too powerful to live only in the past.
During a ferocious storm, a red-haired stranger appears in the garden of a small farming cottage. Eliza and her parents take him in. But very soon, it's clear he has no intention of leaving.
A century later, Mary and Graham have experienced every parent's worst nightmare. Now, escaping their old London life, the memories and the headlines, they have found an idyllic new home in rural Suffolk. A cottage, a beautiful garden. The perfect place to forget. To move on. But in The Stopped Heart, the past never dies.
©2016 Julie Myerson (P)2016 Bolinda
It was one of the best ones - I liked the story and the narrator was great.
It's a psychological novel, exploring grief and family relationships, mixed with a ghost story and I've not read one which combines the two like this.
The ones where Lottie described the future inhabitants of the house.
It was very gripping and well-paced so I wanted to listen more. The end was moving for me.
The only thing I didn't like was some of the dialogue. A character would make a statement and the other character would say,"What?" or "What do you mean?" even though it was obvious to me what they meant, It slowed down the pace but may just be Myerson's style. This is the only book by her I have read, so I can't compare. I would read others though based on this one.The narrator was great.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. Julie Myerson is a wonderful writer and the two strands of this story are equally compelling. The ending delivered everything I hoped and proves it isn't necessary to resort to complex plot twists (though there is a twist within a secondary strand of the story) to keep readers hooked. It is brilliant on grief, marriage and coming of age, too. Thoroughly recommended.
Yes. The story was great and gripping. The narrator brilliant and so good it was almost like listening to a BBC play.
All of them except (of course) James.
Not so much a particular scene but the description and atmosphere was fantastic.
Impossible. I needed to have spaces between myself and the story as it is very dark and intense.
Yes. Huge credit to Katie Moore the narrator. So skillfully read. Not only did she have many different voices to change but ages too. Each time I listened, I knew who she was reading by her amazing talent with accents age and gender. Even sulky teen. All very subtle and not overpowering.
Overlong and repetitive. A clichéd story which lacks any tension or suspense. The dialogue is dreadfully stilted although the narrator tries her best with it. The characters are irritating and unbelievable; the dual narrative predictable. If you want to try a Julie Myerson go for The Story if You. That one will haunt you instead of leaving you bored and impatient with yourself for listening to the end.
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