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Scissors, Paper, Stone

Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Summary

A frank and beautiful story of damage, survival and restoration from an exhilarating literary voice.

As Charles Redfern lies motionless in hospital, his wife, Anne, and daughter, Charlotte, are forced to confront their relationships with him - and with each other. Anne, once beautiful and clever, has paled in the shadow of her husband's dominance. Charlotte, meanwhile, is battling with her own inner darkness and is desperate to prevent her relationship with her not-yet-divorced lover from disintegrating.

As the full truth of Charles' hold over them is brought to light, both women must reconcile themselves with the choices they have made, the secrets they have kept and the uncertain future that now lies ahead of them.

©2019 Elizabeth Day (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"The relationship between the two women is very well done - tense, hinting all the time at some fatal incident...truly disturbing, utterly believable...sensitive, never prurient." (Margaret Forster)

"Moving, terrifyingly real." (Observer)

"Day's subtle prose packs a powerfully disturbing punch as her understated yet candid handling of dark subjects reaches into the most raw and fragile parts of all of us.... Sad, delicate and convincing Scissors Paper Stone is a reminder of how the human need to love and be loved can destroy all that we hold dear. It's a striking debut novel from a talented writer." (Metro)

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I had no idea what to expect but got sucked into it very quickly. Narrator's voice was amazing (reminded me of a younger version of Julie Dench). Deep story, gave me lots of food for thought. can highly recommend this book.

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There was much to appreciate in this narrative about a terribly dysfunctional nuclear family. The author did an exacting job of conveying the desperation and sadness inflicted by Charles on his wife and daughter. And I think that's the difficulty with this book, it's so relentlessly downbeat that it's depressing to read. Very good narration.

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