The darker the lie, the deeper the secret....
In this house there are many secrets.... It is 1965 and young Alexandra Crewe obediently marrys the man her father has selected for her. But very soon both she and her husband Laurence realize that their marriage is a disaster. When real love finds Alexandra, plucking her out of her unhappy existence, she is powerless to resist. Her home becomes Fort Stirling, a beautiful Dorset castle, but Alexandra fears that there will be a price to pay for this wonderful new life. When tragedy strikes, it seems that her punishment has come, and there is only one way she can atone for her sins....
In the present day, Delilah Young is the second wife of John Stirling and the new chatelaine of Fort Stirling. The house seems to be a sad one and Delilah hopes to fill it with life and happiness. But when she attempts to heal the heartbreak in John's life, it seems that the forces of the past might be too strong for her. Why does John have such a hatred for the old folly on the hill, and what happened to his mother when she vanished from his life? As Delilah searches for the truth, she realizes that perhaps some secrets are better left buried....
©2013 Lulu Taylor (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
An avid reader / listener with eclectic taste from Terry Pratchett to Jane Austen and most stuff in between. (Not keen on horror though).
Didn't really like many of the main characters, the men were portrayed without any redeeming characteristics and the women were portrayed as weak (emphasised by the squeaky voices they were given).
The narrator spoiled the telling of the story by insisting on providing the characters with voices which she couldn't really do or maintain. There were only about 4 different voices for the whole cast and they kept reverting to her own voice if they had long speeches.
Yes, having moaned above about the story you might think I hated it but I ended up thoroughly enjoying the story and am glad I continued despite all my complaints. There were enough twists and turns to keep you guessing almost all the way to the end.
Loved the ups and downs and the twists in the story. Just when you think you've got the whole thing sussed, it springs another surprise. Really enjoyed it and would like to read/listen to more by this author.
Cannot answer that as I did not read the print version.
Nicky - he was passionate, committed, devoted, and in the end redeemed.
Excellent voice, great accents, made many characters come alive.
I did wish for more traffic to lengthen the available listening time. But I do not think I could listen to ANY audiobook of this length in one sitting.
This was a good story, with a few interesting plot twists and some nicely fleshed out characters. Enjoyed it.
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