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Summary

In Second World War Bath, young, naïve wireless engineer Will meets German refugee Elsa Klein: she is sophisticated, witty and wordly, and at last his life seems to make sense...until, soon after, the newly married couple's home is bombed, and Will awakes from the wreckage to find himself alone. 

No one has heard of Elsa Klein. They say he was never married. 

Seventy years later, Laura is a social worker battling her way out of depression and off medication. Her new case is a strange, isolated old man whose house hasn't changed since the war. A man who insists his wife vanished many, many years before. Everyone thinks he's suffering dementia. But Laura begins to suspect otherwise. 

From Keith Stuart, author of the much-loved Richard & Judy best seller A Boy Made of Blocks, comes a stunning, emotional novel about an impossible mystery and a true love that refuses to die.

©2021 Keith Stuart (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Enthralling, a real thing of beauty. Dazzling." (Josie Silver) 

"A fascinating, beautiful, heartwarming novel. It kept me gripped from the very first chapter, and I was rooting for Will and Elsa with all my heart." (Beth O'Leary)

"The Frequency of Us is a novel with a bit of everything: a sweeping love story, wonderfully complex characters, and a sprinkling of the supernatural. I loved it, and know it'll stay with me for some time." (Clare Pooley)

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  • 28-05-21

Interesting story

This was like a sliding doors plot; different versions of the story revealed along the way. I liked the characterisation and found the book moved along at a good pace. I had to replay some bits just to catch the drift. I may still have missed some important things. The narrators were good to listen to. I kept listening and completed the book in 3 days so it held my attention.

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Another cracker by keith stuart

Great story had me hooked right at the beginning and loved the twist at the end. The characters were great, this was a good read

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Clever interweaving of plot.

Mostly rounded characters. Dual narrative could be more distinct. Satisfying plot. Easy read. Recommended.

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Excellent

This story was full of twists and turns; everytime I thought I could guess the ending, I was wrong. The characters were endearing and beautifully read. I couldn't put it down.

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Refreshing

I enjoyed the themes in this book, and there was a solid mystery at the heart which needed unravelling. Very clevery done.
Recommend for fans of The Time Travellers Wife

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Throughly Enjoyable

A wonderful story, that is wonderfully written. I was captivated right up to the last word.

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Spoiled by the terrible ‘Austrian’ accent

I wish they’d got a genuine Austrian to narrate the voice of Elsa. The guy just couldn’t do it

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Enjoyable. Keeps you enthralled.

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The most engaging book I have read in a long time

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Great to listen to!

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  • 23-06-21

Wonderful book!

The Frequency of Us was such a lovely and pleasant surprise. I began listening knowing very little about the story and thoroughly enjoyed hearing it unfold. The book successfully captures so many ideas in one plot. It spans historical fiction, romance, science fiction, and more with a seamless writing style. I would highly recommend this unique and touching story.