Karl O’Brian Williams narrates the wildly entertaining saga of a Jamaican family in this gothic historical fiction. In a distinct Jamaican accent, Williams sets off the story of Abel Paisley, who faked his own death and assumed the identity of his friend, Stanford Solomon, who had died in an accident. Then Williams continues the circuitous story, narrating an obscure timeline going back to Jamaica’s years of slavery two centuries earlier and going forward to Abel’s stolen life in present-day New York City. The time shifts and the multitude of characters may confuse listeners. But Williams’s performance ramps up the story’s suspense. A wholly separate story about three shape-shifting children awaits listeners at the end. A.C. 2021 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2020]
Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2020
DD ISBN 9781797103891 $19.99
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