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The Other Child

Narrated by: Katharine Mangold
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Sometimes a lie seems kinder than the truth...but what happens when that lie destroys everything you love?

When Tess is sent to photograph Greg, a high-profile paediatric heart surgeon, she sees something troubled in his face and feels instantly drawn to him. Their relationship quickly deepens, but then Tess, single mother to nine-year-old Joe, falls pregnant, and Greg is offered the job of a lifetime back in his hometown of Boston. Before she knows it, Tess is married and relocating to the States. But life in an affluent American suburb proves anything but straightforward.

Unsettling things keep happening in the large rented house, Joe is distressed, the next-door neighbours are in crisis, and Tess is sure that someone is watching her. Greg's work is all consuming, and, as the baby's birth looms, he grows more and more unreachable. Something is very wrong, Tess knows it, and then she makes a jaw-dropping discovery....

©2015 Lucy Atkins (P)2015 WF Howes

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  • LD82
  • 08-06-2015

Torn, but ultimately worthy...

I listened to this quickly as the story intrigued me from the beginning and once I got further into the mystery of it, I just had to find out what was going to happen! There were a couple of loopholes in the story the reader may never know (although as it ended, I couldn't help but to wonder if there may be a sequel to this one). The characters were interesting, if not wholly developed. In the middle area of the story, some parts drag a bit, but then would pick up quickly again. I believe the protagonist was in denial for most of the story, as the real answer (but not the motives behind it) was quite obvious to me soon after the mystery began unravelling. The twist for me was the nature of the actual motive behind it all, which is revealed to the reader a bit too late in the story to wrap it up nicely in my opinion. The narrator's voice in general had no discernible accent to me besides American. She has a nice cadence and she did a great job reading; however, it did seem a bit off by production perhaps as the story is told from the viewpoint of Tess, the main wife and mother, who had just moved to the U.S. after having lived in Britain her entire life. I am not quite sure why a British reader wasn't chosen, but it did not ruin the story for me.
It was hard for me to put this one down, however, and I feel it was definitely worth a credit!

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  • Toni Howlett
  • 17-09-2015

Um, well

The performance through me on this one. The reader seemed so nervous at the start and the trading was fast and jerky, but it definitely got better. The story seemed immature and so convoluted at the end I had to keep rewinding to try and understand what was going on.

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  • Caroline
  • 06-09-2015

Meh

It was just ok. I don't regret listening to it, but I'll forget about it shortly, I'm sure.

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  • gagagail
  • 31-08-2015

pretty good

better than average listen , kept me guessing till the end so all in all a good book.

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  • Reikimaster 123
  • 07-11-2015

Grating

Why did the narrator pretend to be English yet pronounce words as Americans would. I found it very off putting. One or the other but not trying to be both.
I enjoyed the story in spite of it

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  • Janet biglari
  • 12-05-2020

Good Story spoilt by the narrator

This book was completely spoilt for me by the narration. The main character Tess is English so I could not understand why the narrator told her story in an American accent and then voiced her dialogue in a weird English accent. Generally, the story was ok but I never really understood why Tess would move to America with Greg at such short notice dragging a small child. The characters were all a bit one dimensional with no real motivation behind them, and there was some sort of weird subplot involving Greg and his early life (spoiler alert) but it seemed to fizzle out and go nowhere. Finally I was sick to death of Tess's pregnancy by the time she gave birth, her stomach had a storyline all of its own and the listener was subject to continuous updates about its 'clenching', twisting' etc. I so enjoyed Lucy Atkin's other book Magpie Lane and this was a huge disappointment.

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  • Sharon Holden
  • 03-11-2019

Story gripping, however....

I fully enjoyed the story, and founds parts gripping. However, the narration was poor which marred parts of the story. It was too monotone and the switch from the American accent to the British was slightly irritating. I did enjoy the book regardless.

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  • Sabena
  • 05-06-2017

fantastic book

Many twists and turns , you won't be able to stop listening. Narrator had a pleasant voice.

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  • HMPS64
  • 31-07-2016

okayish

poorly pwrformed British accent and a plot that qould not really hold together. uninteresting mystery with a quasi dubious ending. Ethically wrong and feels that much more could be added.