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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest
Very good, thoroughly enjoyed,
Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects
STAR RATINGS GUIDE
🧡 I love stories of vengeance and this has it in spades (and sickles). I’m also fascinated by the plague. In short, I was in this all the way.
💚 My spine tingled from start to finish. Big thumbs up there. Just one well-paced creep-fest. There were two timelines (mediaeval and present day) and the two converged over the course of the novel.
💜 Warning: There are two instances of animal cruelty. I forwarded through these parts and it didn’t affect the story.
💙 This was my first James Brogden, but not my last. Another one of his, Hekla’s Children, is also free on Audible. And - wait - yes, it’s now in my library.
💛 If you like this, try The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon.
SQUAWKING THE TALK
🎧 Matthew Lloyd Davies is utterly compelling in his performance. It was like being put under a spell. Accents, narratives and moods, he switched between them flawlessly. Not that I’m surprised. The man is a Royal Shakespeare Company frequent flyer after all. He knows a thing or two about a thing or two.
🎧 Lots of characters, lots of plot threads. That means attention is required throughout. No zoning out because your pasta’s boiled over. It’s worth the clean up.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER: SIMILAR AUDIOBOOKS
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The Plague Stones
Fleeing from a traumatic break-in, Londoners Paul and Tricia Feenan sell up to escape to the isolated Holiwell village where Tricia has inherited a property. Scattered throughout the settlement are centuries-old stones used during the Great Plague as boundary markers. No plague-sufferer was permitted to pass them and enter the village. The plague diminished, and the village survived unscathed, but since then each year the village trustees have insisted on an ancient ceremony to renew the village boundaries, until a misguided act by the Feenans’ son then reminds the village that there is a reason traditions have been rigidly stuck to, and that all acts of betrayal, even those committed centuries ago, have consequences...
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