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Summary

Sally is 25, and somebody wants to destroy her. She receives divorce papers from a man she has never met, let alone married - yet this trap is so well laid that she is powerless to prove otherwise.

When custody of her precious daughter is awarded to this evil stranger, it is the beginning of a terrifying struggle in which Sally will have to fight, with a gun if necessary, for the freedom of her family.

The third instalment of the quartet. Sally is a surprising and modern heroine, and her fight against unknown and relentless evil in Victorian London makes an exhilarating and unforgettable novel.

An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller.

©2007 Phillip Pullman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jean
  • Wakefield, United Kingdom
  • 29-03-11

Thrills and suspense, Victorian style.

Sally Lockhart is no ordinary Victorian heroine and Philip Pullman's series of four books will keep you enthralled as you follow her adventures in Victorian London and beyond. This is the third book in the series but I strongly recommend that you read the books in order (Ruby in the Smoke, Shadow in the North, Tiger in the Well and the Tin Princess) to keep the characters and plot developments in order. Each book moves at a cracking pace with the action hurrying you along yet never losing the chance to paint a convincing picture of Victorian life and the restrictions on women. Highly recommended.

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Outstanding narration

Anton Lesser brings this book to life. I'll be looking out for more with him. Pullman's writing wonderful as always, lots of twists and turns.

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  • pm
  • Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 31-10-16

Darker than the previous books

The story was still gripping though this one had darker undertones. The author also used the opportunity to explore social and political issues of the day. Well narrated. Overall, this was a good listen though some bits were slow and I missed the lighthearted interludes in the previous books.

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Disappointing

What would have made The Tiger in the Well better?

Lesser's performance was good, but the book itself compared to first two in the series is just plain boring. I regret buying it and would not recommend to anyone. Enjoy Sally's previous adventures and leave it at Shadow in the North.

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  • Salter
  • Herefordshire, UK
  • 14-05-18

Great from Pullman once again...

A continuation of the Sally Lockheart series, and this doesn't disappoint. Sally is thrown into a web that has been many years in the making, with an adversary seemingly many steps ahead of her. The entire series is very enjoyable, and throws light on life in Victorian London. This book in particular highlights the struggles women had during those times, and how difficult it was to go against social norms and defy the establishment.
Highly recommended.
Superb narration from Anton Lesser too. Amazing range of accents and expressionism. I hope I come across more books narrated by him.

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First Pullman book I have ever discarded

I really felt that overall this book was just plain silly. Sally is such an intelligent lady - yet she is suddenly as dopey as they come, she allows an incompetent solicitor to take care of this most important case - and just lets him carry on not doing anything. Many of her responses and actions are not those of the bright Sally that I have known and loved from the first two books.
There is a bit too much about Socialism, Feminism and Jewish ways for my liking. If this book is aimed at young adults - then I think it has sorely missed its mark.
As my title says - This is the FIRST book of Philip Pullman's that I have ever given up on. SO disappointing .
Anton Lesser is brilliant as ever!

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A hard read but engrossing

What did you like most about The Tiger in the Well?

Philip Pullman ‘s heroine Sally Lockheart has immense strength of character and we know she will win out in the end..but my what a journey we’re taken on in this book. So uncomfortable to hear, a woman’s worst nightmare, having her identity challenged so completely and the strong possibility she may lose custody of her child. So we read on ..

What did you like best about this story?

Interesting historical background, albeit disturbing to hear. The parallels with today’s social situation are unmistakable.

What does Anton Lesser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brilliant acting and characterisation.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book unnerved me, especially at the beginning, when I almost wanted to stop reading it, as it was so painful!

Any additional comments?

A very hard read, full of emotional turmoil only alleviated in the conclusion of the book. The disturbing concepts raised about our own society continue to resonate long after the book is finished.

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Fantastic!

Third book in the series and possibly the best.
Exciting, well written storyline that is exceptionally well narrated by Anton Lesser. The characterisation of the various personalities and multitude of accents is amazing - if there is an award for best narrator, Mr Lesser has more than earned it for this book alone.
Would listen to the next book - but alas Audible seem to have misplaced it : )

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Enjoyable

I've enjoyed listening to the Sally Lockheart series of books that are available on Audible and this last one was as enjoyable as to others. Quite a cunning plot that keeps you guessing to the end - great entertainment.

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  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 15-08-18

Fast paced and gripping

Really enjoyable. I enjoyed this more than the previous Sally Lockhart which was also good

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  • Graeme
  • 08-09-10

Wonderful book, great narrator

Philip Pullman writes beautifully! A well researched period mystery, full of suspense and drama. Anton Lesser narrates magnificently.