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- Listening Length: 17 hours and 12 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 19 Dec. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HEP2CJ6
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Manfel certainly has a vivid imagination, and at times her writing was interesting and inventive. However, in my opinion it tended to waffle on quite a lot, and this became tiresome especially given the very long chapters. Al, the centre of the story suffered HORRIFIC abuse as a child, however she emerges as an even tempered, warm and sucsessful adult. I felt this almost minimised what she had to endure as a child. There may well have been attempts at black comedy, but it was largely lost on me. I found the book heavy and opressive, it dragged on like a migraine. I found the supporting living characters bland, and in the case of Collette- unpleasent. The Feinds were so numerous, I did not pay attention to who was doing what and found them tiresome. The High point of the book came near the end, when it was revealed that Al was more than capable of defending herself. (good effort Al!)But, blimey! It was tough going getting there!!
It centres on Alison, a troubled psychic with a horrific past that literally haunts her. Throughout the book she works hard to be good and positive and finds that this only works if she looks right into the heart of the darkness that shaped her.
It is a deeply troubling and unsettling book. The characters are mostly vile and unsympathetic, although compellingly drawn, there are some horrific episodes and the book, whilst containing a message of hope is also cynical and dark.
This is not a book for the faint hearted although it does have great moments of macabre humour and is written with great energy and brio.
I love this book, dark and different. It makes such a change from the drivel that is churned out month after month.Highly reccomended if you want something out of the ordinary.