Martin Hayward and his wife Helen run a local theater group called The Fairway Players and they’re preparing for their next production, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. But, the Hayward’s granddaughter Poppy Reswick is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that requires a costly experimental treatment. The members of the group rally to raise awareness and funds to help save little Poppy. But one of the new cast members, a nurse and former NGO worker, is suspicious of the diagnosis and the oncologist. We know that at the end of this story, someone is dead and another is in prison for the murder. Can you figure out whom from the emails, texts and letters? Two young lawyers are given that task.
This is described as a modern day epistolary novel, which is what first drew me to the story over a year ago before it was available in the US. It didn’t disappoint and my patience in waiting for the audio version paid off tenfold! I learned some time ago that this writing format is “appealing” to me (pun definitely intended), most especially when multiple narrators are used in the performance. It doesn’t take long to get a sense of the personalities of each of the characters but it did take some time to determine who was being truthful and who might be up to something. I was hooked early on and looked forward to the next email or text that might give me another clue or reinforce my theories. Of course my opinions kept shifting as that was to be expected.
I loved this story and the telling of it. The narrations were outstanding, making all of those pieces of communication come alive like dialogue instead of flat messages. I figured out a lot of the mystery but there were still hosts of unexpected twists and turns delivered before it was all revealed, even a little bit of something at the end to keep me wondering. This was a marvelous listening experience, reinforcing my appreciation of the epistolary writing style that’s really tough to master. It’s at its finest here.
- Release Date: January 25, 2022
- Narrators: Daniel Philpott, Aysha Kala, Rachel Adedeji & Sid Sagar
- Audio Length: 12 hours, 26 minutes
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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(Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)