Narrator Lucy Paterson's smart pacing and subtle applications of intensity and tone guide listeners through Icelandic author Sigurdardottir's two seemingly unconnected plots and characters. Both are masterfully entwined at the denouement. The separate threads of an ill-advised winter visit to a remote Icelandic island and the unresolved search for a missing child, presumed dead, lend the story irresistible mystery and foreboding. Paterson's light touch with accent and volume immediately establishes distinct identities for the author's singular characters, who rapidly lose their grip on normalcy as they struggle for physical and emotional survival. Tempers flare, lies and secrets are unearthed, and through it all there are glimpses of ghosts. This intriguing mix of understated horror and mystery offers listeners a unique audio experience. M.O.B. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2018]
Trade Ed. Macmillan Audio 2018
DD ISBN 9781250304988 $26.99
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