- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 15 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Jan. 2019
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07HY8NS2P
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Update. On using my phone app to read this book, I realise the gaps may be due to downloading errors on my kindle rather than to the original file being faulty. Apologies for the misrepresentation (this has never happened to me before). As far as the book is concerned, although I haven't finished it (and have to go back over the missing pages) I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys a well-written story.
The story of Suzanne, the dissatisfied but intelligent woman, stuck in parenthood and wifedom, with seemingly no satisfaction or appreciation, is a well worn trope, but that doesn't make it any less satisfying when done right, and I think Sonya Yorec does a pretty good job of capturing the essence of a lonely, unappreciated, overoworked but intellectually understimulated housewife. But it tries to be force a message into the narrative, and I think it tries to hard. It pushes the message too much, too often, and doesn't allow the reader to draw their own conclusions and morals from the story. The ending is too fairy tale, too happily ever after and far too drawn out. It could have been halved, at least. I found myself skipping pages to end it.
All in all, I enjoyed reading True Places and it definitely left me thinking about my own life.
It makes you start to question how our world has changed over the years and what we have lost without even knowing. Sonja has been able to show this expertly through her main characters, the lost sick child, Iris, who has only every lived off the land and the woman, who thought she had the perfect life, Suzanne Blakemore, who found her.
It is well worth reading and I would definitely recommend this book.