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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Sept. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00607CAF0
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The author has two parallel stories unfolding, one in the present day and one set about 80 years ago. These are linked by a journal written by one of the founders of the school, Lily Eberhardt, which Meg reads. Lily died tragically, and this is paralleled by a present day death at the school. The underlying theme of the book is the mystery as to the real circumstances of these deaths as there is a hint in both cases that there is more to these than straight forward accidents. Meg tells the story in the first person in the present tense - this can be an awkward way to write, but it generally works very well here.
For most of the book the author tells the story at a very gentle pace but writes beautifully.Read more ›
The main character is likable, but the novel is structured in such a way that any reader familiar with the genre will be way ahead of Meg in jumping to the expected conclusions as well as in recognizing when she is being manipulated, not only by the other characters but also by the author. And while improbabilities and coincidences are par for the course in such novels, the ending is so pat as to be beyond belief.
Curiously, the most effective part of the novel is the changeling fairy tale, which is so beautifully written that one can picture it mentally, complete with 1920s wood-block illustrations. And although it later became apparent to me that the main character narrates the story in the present tense in order to distinguish her story from the fairy tale and from Lily's journal--written in past tense, use of the present tense in the central narrative bothered me (I also found that while Lily's 'journal entries' were necessary to organising the plot, they interrupted the flow of the narrative). Mention of several actual brand names during the course of the story also gave me the feeling that I had become the victim of commercial product placement.
Bottom Line: "Arcadia Falls" is an entertaining book to take with you to while away your tedious hours of waiting at the airport in the unlikely event that your flight is delayed.
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What prevents the book from getting five stars was first of all, while I loved the actual story and the author's descriptions, I found Meg Rosenthal very annoying. We're supposedly meant to sympathise with her, but she comes across as whiny, petty and quite superior, which is possibly why I enjoyed Lily's chapters (even if Lily was clearly very deluded), because they gave me a break from Meg's narration. The plot twist at the end of the book was incredibly confusing and kind of undermined another plot twist that had happened before.Read more ›
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