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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest
Very good, thoroughly enjoyed,
Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects
STAR RATINGS GUIDE
This Year’s Eleanor Oliphant
🧡 Joanna Cannon creates insanely intriguing characters, She did it in The Trouble With Goats and Sheep and, in this, she has surpassed herself. Seriously. Linda is c o m p l i c a t e d; A Gobsmackingly Unforgettable Character. She made me cringe and laugh and cringe and gasp and… cringe. Sometimes I was on her side and sometimes I found her incredibly frustrating, but she was always compelling.
💚 Listen to this for the time spent in Linda’s head, for the breadcrumbs of clues scattered along the way and for the spit-take-worthy twist.
Big thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK Audio for providing me with an ALC in return for an honest review.
SQUAWKING THE TALK
🎧 I wasn’t surprised to learn that Lissa Berry’s voice had inspired the creation of Linda. She embodies the character perfectly, from her quirks and endearing foibles to her pernickety pickiness.
🎧 This could either be an easy listen where you’re on board for the ride or you could spend your time listening intently for every detail. The great thing is, either works.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER: SIMILAR AUDIOBOOKS
That ending gave me the creeps. I wonder how conscious it was on Linda's part.
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A Tidy Ending
A NICE, NORMAL HOUSE
Linda has lived around here ever since she fled the dark events of her childhood in Wales. Now she sits in her kitchen, wondering if this is all there is – pushing the Hoover round and cooking fish fingers for tea is a far cry from the glamorous lifestyle she sees in the glossy catalogues coming through the door for the house’s previous occupant.
A NICE, NORMAL HUSBAND
Terry isn’t perfect – he picks his teeth, tracks dirt through the house and spends most of his time in front of the TV. But that seems fairly standard – until he starts keeping odd hours at work, at around the same time young women start to go missing in the neighbourhood.
A NICE, NORMAL LIFE…
If Linda could just track down Rebecca, who lived in the house before them, maybe some of that perfection would rub off on her. But the grass isn’t always greener: you can’t change who you really are, and there’s something nasty lurking behind the net curtains on Cavendish Avenue…
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