When Ruby and Verity met as girls, they came from different worlds. Verity was privately educated, living in a beautiful Hampstead home, while Ruby was being raised in extreme poverty. Nevertheless, they became firm friends. However, fortunes are not set in stone, and soon the girls find their situations reversed.
As Ruby goes up in the world, Verity encounters more and more tragedy, but still the girls remain large parts of each other's lives. That is until one day in 1938, when Ruby says the terrible words 'you're dead to me', and it looks like their friendship might be over for good....
©2016 Lesley Pearse (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd
Having listened to a series of contemporary novels, it was refreshing to go back to the pre-WWII and WWII era. The author managed to interpret the values, mores and manners of the time, instead of imposing current attitudes to a pre-contraceptive-pill era.
It was read at a good pace and the changes of accent, gender and age were carried off effectively.
I loved the way the plot was not entirely predictable , and the very straight and to the point explanations regarding sexual abuse , and sexual relations without abuse .
The compassionate understanding of some of the characters was truly heart felt . Thanks for writing such an accurate portrayal of humans in inhumane situations .
"Typical Lesley Pearse and a really good listen."
The story begins in 1935 when Ruby and Verity are young girls in their teens and meet on Hampstead Heath. Despite being from totally different backgrounds the girls become friends for life, or at least until events cause one of them to utter the words “You’re dead to me.”
This is a typical Lesley Pearse book as she weaves the story and the characters through the course of their lives taking us along on an emotional roller-coaster. With true friendship overcoming adversity and goodness overcoming evil the characters are all well thought out, it has a great story line and even a few twists that I didn’t see coming.
This is the first narration I have listened to by Eve Webster, it was good and there nothing wrong with it but I just didn’t quite enjoy this Lesley Pearce as much as some of her other books that I have read or listened to, perhaps due to a mixture of the story and the narration. In the last couple of weeks I have listened to “Georgia” and “Forgive Me,” both narrated by Emma Powell and very hard acts to follow. With so many fabulous books under her belt they all can’t be 10 out of 10. I would certainly rate this 8 or 9 out of 10. Having said that, would I recommend it, yes of course, it didn’t blow my mind but was very, very enjoyable, well worth my monthly credit and I eagerly look forward to her next book.
"Dead to Me"
A fantastic book which was gripping and emotional. I love Lesley Pearse as she captures the whole atmosphere and the feelings of the characters. I am always waiting for the next book. Excellent
"loved this book"
Yes. As I cannot see to read very well
Unsure I like all books of this type
Young girls meeting
Not to be missed
"Great holiday read. Lesley has done it again."
I love Lesley Pearce books always great when laying on a beach her characters always have such a great warmth to them. Please hurry and write another soon
All of Lesley's books I love
"An entertaining story"
I always enjoy Lesley Pearse's books and this one didn't disappoint. I was engrossed in the characters and really cared what happened to them. The narrator is excellent and all her voices were on the mark. I liked the fact that real life events were mentioned throughout the story and I looked up details of the man they couldn't hang and read more details about some of the real WW11 events.
I just loved everything about the book. The plot was very well thought out and the storyline flowed well.
I just couldn't put the book down once I started. I just had to read it to the end.
Lovely story and great ending.
Not enjoyed a good read like this in a long time.
"My First Book By Lesley Pearse"
The story kept me gripped with anticippation and I couldn't put it down until the end of the book. Ive just ordered my next book by this author
I am a massive fan of Lesley Pearce' work and have now read every one of her novels. This was my first full audio listen and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I'm only 36 but I could crochet and 'read' at the same time 😁😁
Enjoyable dramatic listening and created vivid images would recommended as a good gripping listen. 4
this is not up to her normal standard, a bit of a let down, dissappointing
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