• Written by: Anne McAneny
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:03-06-15
  • Publisher: Anne McAneny
  • Available from Audible.com
  • Publishers Summary
  • What's a girl to do when her imprisoned brother begs her to delve into their father's 16-year-old murder conviction? How about peel back the lies, upend the fairy tales, and roil the populace of Lavitte - a sweet apple of a town with a wormy, festering core? That's what Allison Fennimore chooses. Despite her infamous surname and people's wilted memories, this jaded cynic of a daughter sinks her teeth in and refuses to let go. She can practically taste the bitterness of that long-ago, twisted night when two teenagers died, linked to her father by bad luck and a few strands of rope.

    Ignoring the dense local atmosphere, where image trumps substance and lies become legend, Allison stirs the pot. The more layers she discards, the more elusive the truth becomes. And when a key source of information turns up dead, the dark edges of resentment coil in around her like a slowly tightening noose. As revelations get ugly, Allison may wish she'd never ventured toward the forbidden fruit of truth.

    My Review
    Sixteen years ago Allison Fennimores father stood trial for murder, but before he received judgement he hanged himself. Allison, a promising student, abandoned all hope of a career and left her small town home to move to New York to work in a bar. Her brother is in prison, now that he is clean and sober he wants Allison to revisit past events and attempt to find the real truth. Back in her home town Allison is made very aware of the antipathy towards her family, but it is her mother who has born the brunt of this hostility for so many years. Deserted by her former friends she can't even go out for a coffee in the town, such is her life now that Allison fears for her mothers mental health.

    This story certainly lives up to its title, it is chock full of intrigue, layer after layer, twist after twist, just when you think you might just know what actually happened all those years ago and what's happening now it all changes. I was quite surprised at how some of the characters unfolded, again, the stripping of layer after layer reveals the true personalities that have always existed beneath whichever veneer the character had chosen to present to the world. To make it an even more satisfying read the author gives us an ending with yet more surprises. I also now have a greater understanding and sympathy for the misery and anguish the families of those who are charged with committing heinous crimes are made to to undergo at the hands of others.
    Narrated by Rebecca Roberts who, I'm happy to say, is a delightful new discovery for me. Rebecca gives her listeners a great performance with her lovely, easy to listen to voice, she does everything right, I love the cadence of her voice, and how with such seeming ease, she trajects the emotion and frustration of Allison and the craziness of others. I think her technical abilities are superb, the timing, gender changes and characterisations are masterful. A new favourite.
    This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.


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