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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of My Sister's Bones by Nuala Ellwood, read by Imogen Church and Sally Scott.

Kate Rafter is a successful war reporter. She's the strong one. The one who escaped Herne Bay and the memories it holds. Her sister Sally didn't. Instead she drinks. But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return to the old family home. And on her first night, she is woken by a terrifying scream. What secret has Kate stumbled upon? And is she strong enough to uncover the truth...and make it out alive?

©2016 Nuala Ellwood (P)2016 Penguin AudioBooks

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hard going

very well narrated, compelling, but unremittingly miserable. Avoid if you are given to bouts of depression!!!

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  • Kaggy
  • United Kingdom
  • 06-10-17

A very good and gripping story

My initial attraction to this book was because of its setting (I have intimate knowledge of Herne Bay) and I was very curious to find out how well a thriller would work in what I think of as a pleasant but fairly boring seaside town. I have to say I was very impressed by the way the author captured the atmosphere of the place and gave it a very believable sinister edge. OK - some liberties were taken with some of the minor facts about the geography but there was perfect logic in setting this story in a location like Herne Bay where nobody expects really dreadful things to happen. The underlying themes of war, PTSD, child abuse and false memories were intelligently explored and I was genuinely gripped throughout the tale. The structure of the story (including an interrogation of the main character by a psychologist) kept me intrigued and this was one of the few books of this type where I felt there was a plausible plot.
The narrators were very good and added character to the voices of the two female protagonists. My only quibble (and not enough for this to lose a star) is that the reading was quite slow and this was remedied by me changing the setting to 1.25. I recommend this highly and will look out for more books by this author.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Is better in x1.5 speed

I nearly gave up on the book as I found the narration very melodramatic and needlessly slow with too many dramatic pauses. It actually ruined the main character for me.

But then I decided to to play with the speed of the book reading (wanting to power through it faster) and found that playing it x1.5 cut out most of the melodrama and you got to enjoy the story.

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gripping

This book floored me, a brilliant story and love Imogen Church narating so got this book based on her reading it. but love it from start to finish.

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Returned with 8 hrs to go

Sorry. I tried to persist but gave in. The story seemed fine but I couldn't put up with the narration. I found it very irritating and decided life was too short.

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Chillingly clever!

This is a heart-stopping, spine-tingling thriller of a tale. Excellently narrated by Imogen Church and Sally Scott, this production will take you through a roller-coaster of emotions before leaving you with a heart-stopping denouement that is simply brilliant. A tale of sibling rivalry that turns into more, so much more. An excellent example of classy writing by Nuala Ellwood. Highly, highly recommended

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  • Charlotte
  • Dalgety bay, United Kingdom
  • 16-04-18

Church is a great reader for a dragging story

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

If it hadn't been for the fact Imogen Church was reading it I would have given up. Could have finished at the end of part 1....but no. I have turned it off now....it plodded and plodded and plodded. A story of PTDS and women who have suffered their own hardships....but it was so depressing and long. Maybe if you have a night shift get it.

Have you listened to any of Imogen Church and Sally Scott ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Church has gripped me more with other books, but she is the only reason I listened as long as I did.

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Great performance average story!

The overall story is ok, but it’s like it’s never ending, first half is slow then second half picks up but by then you just want it to end as it just drags.

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First 3/4 great end a bit weak and predictable

An intreguing story to start - told by a war journalist - story evolves on many levels and kept me interested trying to work out what was real and what was not - however the last part disappointed as once the “ twist” happened it became quite predictable and fell into same pattern as other books of this genre

Overall enjoyed - but don’t think I will try this author again

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very good read!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it. I thought the narrator was ok.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful