At 10:00 a.m. on October 10, a building in downtown Chicago suddenly explodes, forever altering the lives of three women. The story is told by Cecily, whose husband died in the explosion; Kate, who fled and began a new, secret life in Canada; and Franny, who lost the biological mother she’d just found.
The narratives are also presented against the backdrop of a documentary reporter’s interviews on the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the explosion. All of these women are harboring secrets about that day and the story slowly reveals each. I really liked how the narratives transitioned between characters and the interviews, which often served as a bridge. It was a unique approach that worked well, especially with the multiple narrators used for the audio edition. I always knew who was speaking as the voices were distinctive and well matched for each character. The audio performance was well done.
I very much enjoyed this story that threw a lot of curves throughout but especially at the very end. I thought I’d figured them all out but the epilogue was a stunner. It’s one of those that makes you want to go back and revisit parts of the book (which I did) to see if the clues were there. This is a cleverly written story with lots of psychological angles and is wonderfully served up by the audio performance. My first by the author but not my last.
- Release Date: April 3, 2018
- Narrators: Teri Clark Linden, Kate Rudd, Whitney Dykson & J. D. Jackson
- Audio Length: 10 hours, 8 minutes
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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(Thanks to Brilliance Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)