A Nicely Woven Tale of Deception
5 out of 5 stars
Oh boy, I really enjoyed this audiobook. It is filled with glamorous rich, spoiled entitled children that feed off drama. It almost seemed at times that the adults were more entitled than the children.
This is a nicely woven tale of deception, secrets and family struggle. The main character is well written and has many internal struggles but what I really liked was how she was determined to stand out among the crowd but time and time again caved into peer pressure. It showed a real side to her despite being lavishly rich.
There are three different narrators each for different characters. It is written that each chapter is outlined with the year it takes place in as well as who is sharing the main point of view. There is no structure to who is speaking and it all seems random until you reach that “Ahh ha” moment in the book.
For the most part Charlie speaks most and I enjoyed hearing from her. The jumping back and forth between years and point of view was not difficult to follow at all and that made a huge difference in my rating.
It all comes together nicely at the end and I was satisfied. The performances of the three narrators were just great. They fit together nicely rotating back and forth but also made their characters their own too. Each brought their strengths to this story and it really painted a great picture of each character. All of the little nuances were there, slight inflections, changes in tone, speeding up and slowing down and my favorite was the entitlement of all the students was made clear in the voice changes.
Overall, I wish I had this sort of wealth but I guess I will settle for a great few hours of listening. A definite new favorite of mine.
All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth
Narrator: Caitlin Kelly, Greg Tremblay, Xe Sands
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
Published by HarperAudio on July 10th 2018
A young woman haunted by a family tragedy is caught up in a dangerous web of lies and deception involving a secret society in this highly charged, addictive psychological thriller that combines the dishy gamesmanship of Gossip Girl with the murky atmosphere of The Secret History.
One summer day, Grace Fairchild, the beautiful young wife of real estate mogul Alistair Calloway, vanished from the family’s lake house without a trace, leaving behind her seven-year old daughter, Charlie, and a slew of unanswered questions.
Years later, 17-year-old Charlie still struggles with the dark legacy of her family name and the mystery surrounding her mother. Determined to finally let go of the past, she throws herself into life at Knollwood, the prestigious New England school she attends. Charlie quickly becomes friends with Knollwood’s "it" crowd.
Charlie has also been tapped by the A’s - the school’s elite secret society well known for terrorizing the faculty, administration, and their enemies. To become a member of the A’s, Charlie must play The Game, a semester-long, diabolical high-stakes scavenger hunt that will jeopardize her friendships, her reputation, even her place at Knollwood.
As the dark events of past and present converge, Charlie begins to fear that she may not survive the terrible truth about her family, her school, and her own life.
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