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The Thing About Clare

Narrated by: Karen Cass
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)
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Summary

A dying wish. A devastating secret. Should the truth really stay buried?

The four Bliss siblings have a loving but complicated bond, but when their mother, Dorothy, dies seemingly without a will, this relationship is put to the test. As the mourning siblings try to make sense of the situation, one of them is caught with a secret: before she died, Dorothy entrusted her favourite daughter with her will and a letter - and told her to destroy them both.

Of course it was Anna their mother turned to for this mission. Miriam, the eldest, is far too sensible; Sebastian, the baby, too sensitive; and Clare, the middle child, has always been too rebellious to rely on, and long ago cut herself out of her siblings’ lives.

But what Anna finds in the documents could change everything. Do the other siblings not deserve to know what it is about them that their mother was so desperate to hide? And if it is revealed, will the Bliss family ever be the same again?

©2018 Imogen Clark. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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An engaging and well crafted story of family life

I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. The story is centred around the Bliss family and the four siblings each of whom have their own demons and issues and how family dynamics affect their lives. Nature versus nurture, perceived parental favourites, the strength of the family bond and split loyalties are all explored around the central plot point of a secret that could potentially blow the family apart. It was really nicely dealt with and wrapped up in satisfying ending. I really enjoyed the first book, Postcards From a Stranger, by this author as well and look forward to the next one. The narration was spot on and captured the different character voices really well.

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  • Lu
  • 07-01-19

Lacking something

I hate to be negative about this book because it is not bad. It just didn't have anything original to say and the themes of family dynamics, identity, belonging, loneliness etc weren't observed or explored in much depth at all. The characters were ok, but again, underdeveloped and I found myself not really invested in any of them. I did finish this book and it was not awful and did engage me a little. I just didn't get much from it and will forget it very quickly. I think the sign of a good book is the desire to share it, recommend it, talk about it with someone else. I have no such desire in the case of this book unfortunately.

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  • Cathy Guinn
  • 25-03-19

I was not pleased with this book .

it was to all over the place for me. it was good but just not for me.

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  • Debra Fein
  • 09-01-19

Family Ties

Four sibs growing up in England. When mother dies there's a big secret revealed. The book reveals how finding out of the secret shakes things up. It's a good read, though I enjoyed 's Clark's other novel, Postcards from a Stranger more.