Imagine you are a little girl and you are out walking with your family along a country road on a summer day. Now imagine that a strange man comes out of nowhere, and wielding a knife he kills your mom, and siblings. You, Joanna are the only survivor of that tragic day.
Flash forward thirty years. Joanna is now a doctor and married with her own baby. Reggie is Joanna’s nanny and loves her job. She loves that Joanna calls home every day to talk to the baby and to the dog, she loves how attentive Joanna is to the baby when she comes home and how carefully she plans out what the baby will eat.
Things appear to be going as planned and leading to a wonderful rest of their lives…
The man put away for the killing of Joanna’s family is up for parole.
Why did I want to read this book? I won this audio quite a while ago and finally decided it was time to listen to it.
*sigh*. I think I am going to be in the minority on this one. I did not know going into this audio that the detective and other characters were from other Kate Atkinson books. And maybe, that doesn’t even matter… but later on when I talked to people about the book and they discussed the reappearing characters I wondered if that is where my disconnect started….
This is one of those books that I am wondering if it would have been better for me to have read as opposed to listen to on audio. I never felt connected to the story line… in the audio it felt “piecey” to me and I spent way too much effort trying to figure our Joanna’s story and then Reggie’s and then a detective Brody as well as a boatload of others. Never a big fan of bunches of characters as I find them too hard to keep track of.
Throughout this audio I never felt connected to anyone… and honestly, this may have been more me than the audio/book. It is not always easy to pick up all the details in audio – especially when I listen to the audio in my kitchen player which is by far where I am the most active while listening (cooking, cleaning…).
In the end, I was not a fan of the audio. I felt lost most of the way through. Plot wise it was too overloaded, too over detailed… and for me just too much.
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