In an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth - a widow whose sons work abroad - lives alone. Until one day a stranger bowls up, announcing that she's been sent by the authorities to be Ruth's carer.
At first, Ruth is happy to have the company. Frida is efficient and helpful, and willing to listen to Ruth's stories about her childhood in Fiji and the man she fell for there. But why does Ruth hear a tiger prowling through the house at night? How far can Ruth trust this enigmatic woman? And how far can she trust herself?
This hypnotic tale soars above its own suspense to tell us, with exceptional grace and beauty, about ageing, love, dependence, fear and power, and about the mysterious workings of the mind. Here is a dazzling new writer, reminding us how powerfully fiction can speak to our innermost secrets.
©2014 Fiona McFarlane (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
felt shorted by the ending after looking in on this story knowing something was amiss, felt like I wasn't given a conclusion. things are definitely left unresolved
I found it to be unnecessarily descriptive, the storyline is very long winded and caught up with trying to making itself suspenseful but in the end it just meant that the conclusion is rushed and confusing.
I did not find the Australian accent very comfortable to listen to and found the voice distinctions not always accurate as she switched from character to character
I realise there was a need to create a feeling of confusion to indicate the dementia being experienced by the main character but found this to be carried out far too long so I would decrease the "scenes and length of the scenes"
Overall I was very disappointed with this book.
"Dull and obvious"
This is a worthy but dreary story about an old lady and her 'strange' carer and I thought it had no real intrigue or credibility. I'm afraid I gave up and fast forwarded it to the end. My main regret is spending too long listening to this.
"A captivating story which draws you in!!!"
The story was fascinating and brilliantly written.
I caught myself questioning myself what was suppose to be real in the story and what wasn't, but that's the point of this, without giving away any spoilers.
You really felt for the elderly lady being unable to tell at times what was and wasn't real and how this impacted on her life with with strange lady who comes to 'help'.
This is no ordinary story, but there is love and compassion mixed in with fear and fright experienced by the elderly lady.
This is such a beautiful story set by the sea in New Zealand, and I was transfixed by such a magnificent story.
The last few chapters, where the author reals ALL, how the crime is committed and the consequences which happens.
The lady who read the story was absolutely fantastic. As she had a New Zealand accent too added to the whole picture and how the characters spoke.
This book was acted out so brilliantly, with all the characters having such different voices. She poured so much compassion and malice, jovial, care and love too.
Federay made this story feel real, and pulls at your heart strings, in her excellent portrayal of this story.
The very last moments of the elderly lady's life.
I would love to write exactly my heart felt feelings about this book/review but i found myself accidentally putting in spoilers, and I wouldn't want to do that and spoil the story!!!
It's a brilliant modern story and one adults would enjoy.
"High hopes, but didn't live up to expectation."
I was intrigued by what seemed, at first, to be quite an ambiguous genre, yet ultimately the story was nowhere near as clever as I was assuming it was. Very disappointing.
This is a good novel but it's difficult to write a review about it without giving away too much. If you are tempted to listen to this audiobook (or read the novel), I advice you to avoid reading any detailed reviews! The narrative developed in a way I hadn't expected and I'm glad I didn't know what happens in advance.
The reading by Federay is superb.
The gentle pace lulled me into a false assumption about the central dilemma of the novel. I was getting bored and contemplated abandoning the audiobook, then, a subtle shift takes place ...
Ah that's a difficult one. But pretty high on originaltiy, and that seems hard these days.
The beautifully drawn, and totally believable characters of both Frida and and Ruth.
and the clarity of the writing. An unusual setting and neglected difficult subject matter, all turned into a master thriller.
The book was read incredibly well by Federay Holmes. She really inhabited the personae of both Ruth and Frida, and dealt with the difficult passages of Ruth's fantasy thoughts with ease.
Go see Mum
Look forward to the next book by this author.
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