Library Ed. Recorded Books/ Clipper Audio 2003
CS ISBN 1841978183 $49.75 Five cassettes
CD ISBN 1402580274 $69.75/ $13.50(R) Six CDs
DI Joanna Piercy investigates the disappearance of 5-year-old Madeline Wiltshaw from the primary school of Horton, Staffordshire. Julia Franklin finds a wonderful little-girl voice, as well as unique voices for the bullying stepfather and timid mother, and all the teachers, police, and other parents surrounding Madeline. Franklin helps portray Joanna as strong but caring as she struggles with the investigation and personal issues with her partner, Matthew. The bleak resolution of this story of abuse involves many people and outside factors like the foot-and-mouth outbreak of 2001. Franklin speaks clearly throughout her dramatization. As she ratchets up the tension, her voice heralds these unhappy, tragic lives. S.C.A. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEP 04]
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