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Skeletons

Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
4 out of 5 stars (139 ratings)

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Summary

Jen has discovered a secret. If she tells her husband Jason, will he forgive her for telling the truth? If she tells someone else in Jason's family, she'd not only tear them apart but could also find herself on the outside. But if she keeps this to herself, how long can she pretend nothing is wrong? Jen knows the truth - but is she ready for the consequences?

©2014 Jane Fallon (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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"Intelligent, edgy and witty" ( Glamour)
"Irresistibly dark… Fallon's tone is still winningly acerbic" ( Guardian)
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All families are dysfunctional. But some more so.

Skeletons is a non-violent, non-adventurous but very much character-driven story. Jen, after suffering from an absent father and no siblings during her childhood, very much adores her husbands large and warm family. They have two daughters, now both in college, and Jen muses about the void in their lives when she discovers her step-father in an ambiguous situation with a woman that is not her step-mother.

The whole story develops from here, and Jane Fallon manages to create a multi-faceted and likable character with Jen.The listener follows her doubts, decisions, thoughts and feelings throughout a story that is familiar to all of us, yet manages to draw one in.
Penelope Rawlins does a pretty good job narrating Jen's part of the story, but the other characters are done with way too much effort. Whenever Jen's husband Jason is talking I imagined Rawlings drawing her head back, chin in, to force "maleness" out of her box. Other characters are continuously excited, lamenting or breathless. It destroyed part of the charm that the book in written form surely has.

If you like "small stories", where people's interaction is what drives the plot, then this is a book for you. For you who expect really dark secrets (the proverbial bones) - non of it to be found here.

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Loved the book

The book was slow starting but really good but the voices that the narrator did drove me simply crazy that I almost gave up! The man voices drove me to shout STOP WITH THE VOICES! So so not necessary !

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Holiday page-turner

What would you do if you discovered a family secret that would destroy everything you treasured if it were revealed? That is the dilemma facing Jen.

Jen, an only child of a single parent, marries into a warm, caring family that provides her with everything her own childhood lacked - loving parents that are happily married, a best friend in her sister in law and an extended family that is perfect or so she thought. When Jen discovered a shocking secret about her father in law she must decide whether to turn a blind eye or spill the beans, risking her dream family including her husband and children. The unplanned way the secret is finally revealed has major repercussions on her life.

This book takes you on an emotional journey of decision making and the consequences of those decisions. Starting with the secret itself spanning many years, the lies to retain its silence and the guilt, anger and frustration felt by those involved in the cover up. Although you may not agree with the actions and judgements, you can understand the reasons why they were taken and almost sympathise with all parties concerned.

Although it wasn’t the most exciting book ever, it was an inoffensive, enjoyable read offering many twists and turns and an unexpected ending. Definitely a book I would recommend as a holiday page turner.

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Not my cup of tea!

What did you like best about Skeletons? What did you like least?

This is not my usual genre of book, but I thought it looked interesting. The storyline was okay to begin with and then I felt it became drawn out. Once the skeleton was uncovered I became bored, but persevered until the end as I wanted to know how it ended.

If you’ve listened to books by Jane Fallon before, how does this one compare?

No this is the first one.

What aspect of Penelope Rawlins’s performance might you have changed?

Unfortunately I found the narrators 'voices' quite off putting. It was as if she was trying too hard.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No, I don't think so.

Any additional comments?

Unfortunately it just didn't suit me.

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Not as good as some of her other books

I have to say I am a little disappointed by the story. It started well but was very long and dragged out. After a while I started to massively dislike Jen, then felt sorry for her, then disliked her again then towards the end felt a bit underwhelmed. The family don't seem like the nicest; dramatic, cliquey, fake and it is difficult to see how anyone could want to be part of it. The story didn't end how I would have liked and it wasn't as light-hearted as I'm used to with Jane Fallon books. The narration was good as it was easy to listen to.

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Good insight into relationship dynamics

Took a bit of getting used to but worth the perseverance. Some good insights into how people think & act & how we all do things that have negative outcomes., or tackle issues in counter productive ways. Quite entertaining. Lead character a bit of a wet weekend. Also would have liked to know more about the real, poor victim in the plot.

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great story not so sure about the narration

I really enjoyed this book although it took a good few chapters to get interesting. I felt that the narration let it down in places. The first person was fine but many of the other 'voices' were whiney or over egged. Over time I just ignored that and enjoyed the story

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Okay for a long journey

This is just about okay and has a fairly interesting plot. However there is a contrived feel to the main characters' reactions, as if they just act that way to keep the book going. I quite liked Jane Fallon's "Getting Rid of Matthew" but this one wasn't for me. Also, the narrator had an irritating habit of "doing" the male voices.

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Not a bad story but way too repetitive

This goes on way too long. Far, far too much repetition. I truly wanted to strangle the main character who was wet and dreary and should have gotten to the point but kept 'not saying what she should have'. So many times I wanted to scream and say "get on with it". The older characters sounded ninety not in their sixties. I had so much irritation. Poor book.

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Great read

Slow start but got there in the end! With a great story which kept you wanting to listen.

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  • KM
  • 27-01-20

Loved the narration, pretty good story

The story starts off a little slow but picked up with some interesting details and plotlines. Overall I enjoyed the story but there were some issues for me with the ending. It took a long time to get to the climatic scene and after that it was overly speedy to resolve everything. But overall it was an interesting story- I ended up listening to the whole thing in a pretty short time- and was not disappointed.

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  • Takeyla D.
  • 24-01-19

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Loved the narrator! Enjoyed the story!
Very disappointed in the ending....
I feel like it needs a part 2!

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  • Summer Layne
  • 09-04-18

Wrong Narrator for this Novel

The higher-pitched voice of the narrator comes across as too young for the middle-aged protagonist, and her interpretation too cutesy for the plot and subject matter. At times, it verges on helium squeaks, while her attempt at male voices slides down the scale to stuffy growls. In a word, Rawlins' voice is absolutely wrong for a Fallon novel, and is - bottom line - highly off-putting. She does this book no favors.

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  • Debbie De
  • 04-07-17

The Family that got Away....

Jen was a lovable character however I kind of wished she had just minded her own buisness when it came to her inlaws. My family has never been that close either in real life, so I could see her longing for the bond of a larger friendly surroundings. Most ever family has something to hide in their closets, I just wish she had not chosen to look for the skeletons in the Masterson's closet. Jason was a boring dud and one of those people you just want to say
"WHAT was I thinking kinda thing?"
My thoughts is Jen knew her and Shaun were a better match then her and Jason at 1st glance.
The ending was a bitter sweet one I suppose?
Im still out to lunch on that one.
Penelope Rawlins did a 5 star narration on a 3star Jane Fallon written material.
It's not the best from Fallon I've read or listened too? I'd say its worth a credit on a rainy day.
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