Trade Ed. Brilliance Audio 2006
CD ISBN 9781423327127 $36.95 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 1423327160 $24.95
Secrets and lies dominate the lives of tightly wound school secretary Jeanne Cross; her abusive physician husband, Gavin; her deeply dysfunctional son, Jamie; and her promiscuous new best friend, Ali Mather. As their friendship grows, Jeanne learns of Ali's series of affairs, and Ali discovers a dark truth about the Cross family. Marie Caliendo's narration is a little too exuberant for the text, frequently placing inappropriate emphasis in odd places. Her character voices, especially those requiring high energy, do the job, but overall the reading detracts from Patry Francis's disturbing first novel by calling attention to itself. Obsession, violence, and murder are the stuff of everyday life in this grim look at the facade of the perfect family. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEP 07]
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