Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can't neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey.
Agatha isn't the only passenger on board with secrets. Her cabinmate Katharine Keeling's first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson - newly married but carrying another man's child - is desperate to conceal the pregnancy and teeters on the brink of utter despair. Each woman hides her past from the others, ferociously guarding her secrets. But as the train bound for the Middle East speeds down the track, the parallel courses of their lives shift to intersect - with lasting repercussions.
Filled with evocative imagery, suspense, and emotional complexity, The Woman on the Orient Express explores the bonds of sisterhood forged by shared pain and the power of secrets.
©2016 Lindsay Ashford. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I would rather have not rated this novel, because I know that I cannot be fair, but…
I'm afraid that I did not give the novel time to grip me - I progressed to chapter 4, but I really couldn't tolerate the narrator's voice! I found it quite grating - that doesn't normally happen with me, I can accept most accents, dialects and tones, but not Justine Eyre's I'm afraid. Listen to the sample first and then make your decision. The general reviews were ok, but I couldn't get sufficiently into the book to say if it was any good. Slow starting.
I enjoyed this biographical fiction of Agatha Christie until the author decided to emphasize romance over characterization. The melodramatic finale kinda ruined the story. I really like this narrator, and she did a good job with this.
"A great read"
Most of the time I buy audio books because of the genera and rating without always reading the summary of what the book is about. Bring a Netflix binge watcher of Poirot, I was pleasantly surprised that this book was about Agatha Christie. It was beautifully written and had heartwarming story. It's one I will certainly listen to again.
"Nicely done little historical mystery"
oh and romance. I'm looking for other books by this author
Does what it's supposed to. Sets up impossible situations for several characters with an underlying sense of menace.
I found this book to be outstanding! Very entertaining, well read, and well written. I Ioved how the author used Agatha Christie. Brilliant!
"I just can't"
I'm not very far through the book I'm probably around chapter 5 and it is so very dry. I just can't get into it thankfully it was a Kindle unlimited book so I did not have to pay for this title. unfortunately it's just not my cup of tea.
"Doesn't really go anywhere"
No great mystery solved here. A overall boring story with flat characters and a terrible performer. Her accents are terrible and her cadence is frustrating to listen to. I may have enjoyed the story more if I'd read it instead of listening to it, but it's still not a book I'd recommend to those who enjoy Christie or Conan Doyle.
"Let Down by Performer"
The narrator's style was so annoying that I actually could not finish listening to the book. With the exception of dialogue the entire story was told with a sort of sing-song cadence.If that is not off-putting enough she further drags the story with a bored and monotonous reading that could, actually, put one to sleep.
Couldn't listen to it long enough to tell, but it appeared to be a very interesting idea and I will see if I can find it in print.
Every way possible !!!
Not with this narration.
I will try to find the book as I believe the story will be interesting. Just couldn't get past the narration "style".
I am a huge Christie fan and found this book a surprisingly good read. The narrator is excellent too. Could there possibly be a sequel? Probably not. But I highly recommend this one.
"Very rich in history. "
Loved the history. Had some difficulty in the beginning keeping up with the introduction of characters. After that, you wanted more and you got it.
Perfection, Biographical, Food
When Agatha finally knew that Nancy wasn't her ex husbands lover
"The Color of Secrets" is about love and finding out about yourself. This one doesn't compare except finding out secrets, as in Agatha Christie...but they're both intense
Agatha hands down...because she was a great writer, I'd want to know more about Archie and they're divorce and find out about her ways she writes
Okay I'm British and understood many words, maybe Americans don't, but put that aside. This book is fantastic! I finished listening 2 days ago, actually I started it Jan 1 and finished Jan 2 because I felt there was no point I could leave off...seriously! I couldn't sleep and no matter when I put my sleep timer on, I just took it off, I had to finished it. I've complimented the author "Lindsay Jayne Ashford" (very British name) on her previous book, "The color of secrets" another find everyone needs to listen to, but this is so far from that one. It deserves everything 5 stars I have it. I am a writer and maybe I have finally decided to write about the past, because I did write a short story the other day about the past and semi autobiographical, I felt inspired. Anyway, after listening I looked into Agatha Christies past and many things in this are based on her life, I really loved that. I love her and this great book!
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