Audiobook, Contemporary Fiction, Short Stories

Shell Game by Rumaan Alam @DearFajer @BrilliancePub

the setup…
Mark and Rachel are married with two children and they decide to vacation on the Cape with her abrasive twin brother Geoff, his wife Sasha and their two small children. Rachel and Geoff have their own method of communication that Mark and Sasha just accept as a “twin thing.”

the heart of the story…
The story is told from Mark’s point of view as he privately observes everything going on around him but particularly some of the disturbing comments made by Geoff that he finds racist. It’s clear that he has a low opinion of his brother-in-law but is reluctant to discuss the issue with Rachel. And, by the way, some of his own personal observations are equally troublesome for different reasons.

the narration…
I enjoyed the tone and style of the narrator, especially as he didn’t have much to sink into because of Mark’s rambling thoughts. I’d listen to anything he chooses to narrate.

the bottom line…
Huh? The point of the story just escapes me, though I’m left with some strong opinions about Mark and Geoff. There’s a distinct family dynamic that appears to seriously differ from what they look like to anyone on the outside. Maybe that’s the point but it eluded me. The author has serious skills but I think I may find him more enjoyable in a full length story.

Book Info

  • Release Date: August 31, 2022
  • Series: Getaway #6
  • Narrator: Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Audio Length: 53 minutes
  • Publisher: Amazon Original Stories


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