The Woman at 72 Derry Lane Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
On a leafy suburban street in Dublin, beautiful, poised Stella Greene lives with her successful husband, Matt. They're the perfect couple in every way, and Stella appears to have it all. Next door, at number 72, however, lives Rea Brady. Gruff, bad tempered and rarely seen besides the twitching of her net curtains, rumour has it she's lost it all...including her marbles, if you believe the neighbourhood gossip.
But appearances can be deceiving, and when Stella and Rea's worlds collide they realise they have much in common. Both are trapped in prisons of their own making.
Has help been next door without them realising it?
With the warmth and wit of Maeve Binchy and the secrets and twists of Liane Moriarty, this is the utterly original and compelling new novel from Irish Times best seller Carmel Harrington.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 51 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||16 November 2017|
|Publisher||HarperCollins Publishers Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 4,397 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
6 in Holiday Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
111 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
119 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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I absolutely loved the way present day and past were alternated in the book meaning I literally was longing to finish the current chapter set in the present awful but gripping story of marital abuse and agoraphobia to find out more about the harrowing Tsunami storyline set in the past. Whilst at the same time not wanting to read too quickly as I didn't want the book to end! Conflicted isn't the word!
I also loved the use of language peppered with lots of lovely colloquialisms, reminded me of home...pass the Kleenex!
Finally what is great about all of Carmel's books is the fine balance between tears and laughter. After all To appreciate laughter you have to experience sadness. This is a gem of a book and should be in everyone's holiday suitcase, I'm just sorry I couldn't wait till my holidays to read it, what am I going to read now when sunning myself?!
This book really sucked me in and even though I thought I knew what would happen, it went in a completely different path. This book is so well written with well-developed characters and is highly emotional in parts.
I have only read one Carmel Harrington book before this one which I really enjoyed and after reading this one I think I definitely need to check out more of her books as her writing really is phenomenal and keeps you hooked to the very end.
This book is a total must read!
She still doesn't capitalise words needing them.....so writes Ford focus, converse, canon or skyping. Then sticks apostrophes in words where they're not needed and misses spaces out......brightturquoise/fourinch/jam-andcream doughnut-I mean, this is basic bloody English and punctuation so really needs to be addressed.
I loved Skye's family and also Rea's lot as well. They are all terrific, really likeable characters. I was a bit baffled as to how long Stella and Matt were together. At one point it's mentioned about the years since they'd bought the house, yet I understood they were only married a little over a year ??
Skye's story running alongside what is occurring in present-day Derry Lane is fascinating as well and totally unexpected, although something was given away to me by a thoughtless prior reviewer who thought nothing of posting a spoiler......that pisses me off beyond belief.
She wrote eyeslashes and not eyelashes, draft and not draught and this line either warrants a comma or should be to and not too to make any sense-"He never put sun cream on here unless I told him too"......then this line makes no sense, either-"But I knew I couldn't take carry both of them...."
It's such a great shame that ALL these errors found their way into the finished article I bought. It's just not good enough that nobody involved is taking the time out to polish it up. If not for those I've pointed out (and I'm just a regular reader) then her books would be perfect.
Stella is living a life of darkness when her life intertwines with that of Rea her next door neighbour. Both women are trapped in the pain of their lives in different ways. Fate throws them together.
Part if this book takes us to a new storyline that was a total surprise but is powerfully moving and very well written. This is a story of pain, loss , fear and memories but also one of hope, friendship, courage and life. You will embrace so many characters along the reading journey as I did.
If you like a strong story with plenty of great characters both of light and dark nature, you'll enjoy this book a lot. It had me totally sucked in and nerves in edge in parts and grinning from ear to ear in others.
This one is an emotional read and a book I really enjoyed. I liked the unexpected storyline that weaves the finish if the book together beautifully. A great book to curl up with along with plenty of chocolate and tea with the phone switched off.