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Dead to Me

By: Lesley Pearse
Narrated by: Eve Webster
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Summary

When Ruby and Verity met as girls, they came from different worlds. Verity was privately educated, living in a beautiful Hampstead home, while Ruby was being raised in extreme poverty. Nevertheless, they became firm friends. However, fortunes are not set in stone, and soon the girls find their situations reversed.

As Ruby goes up in the world, Verity encounters more and more tragedy, but still the girls remain large parts of each other's lives. That is until one day in 1938, when Ruby says the terrible words 'you're dead to me', and it looks like their friendship might be over for good....

©2016 Lesley Pearse (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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Typical Lesley Pearse and a really good listen.

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The story begins in 1935 when Ruby and Verity are young girls in their teens and meet on Hampstead Heath. Despite being from totally different backgrounds the girls become friends for life, or at least until events cause one of them to utter the words “You’re dead to me.”

This is a typical Lesley Pearse book as she weaves the story and the characters through the course of their lives taking us along on an emotional roller-coaster. With true friendship overcoming adversity and goodness overcoming evil the characters are all well thought out, it has a great story line and even a few twists that I didn’t see coming.

This is the first narration I have listened to by Eve Webster, it was good and there nothing wrong with it but I just didn’t quite enjoy this Lesley Pearce as much as some of her other books that I have read or listened to, perhaps due to a mixture of the story and the narration. In the last couple of weeks I have listened to “Georgia” and “Forgive Me,” both narrated by Emma Powell and very hard acts to follow. With so many fabulous books under her belt they all can’t be 10 out of 10. I would certainly rate this 8 or 9 out of 10. Having said that, would I recommend it, yes of course, it didn’t blow my mind but was very, very enjoyable, well worth my monthly credit and I eagerly look forward to her next book.

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I just loved everything about the book. The plot was very well thought out and the storyline flowed well.
I just couldn't put the book down once I started. I just had to read it to the end.
Lovely story and great ending.
Not enjoyed a good read like this in a long time.

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Dead to Me

A fantastic book which was gripping and emotional. I love Lesley Pearse as she captures the whole atmosphere and the feelings of the characters. I am always waiting for the next book. Excellent

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marvellous book

one of the finest books I have ever listen too non stop 3 days I completely finish this fantastic book excellent story 100% not even single chapter not gripping me I loved it i would strongly recommend it

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Fabulous

I am a massive fan of Lesley Pearce' work and have now read every one of her novels. This was my first full audio listen and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I'm only 36 but I could crochet and 'read' at the same time 😁😁

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loved this book

Would you consider the audio edition of Dead to Me to be better than the print version?

Yes. As I cannot see to read very well

What other book might you compare Dead to Me to, and why?

Unsure I like all books of this type

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Young girls meeting

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not to be missed

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No

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Easy listening

Enjoyable dramatic listening and created vivid images would recommended as a good gripping listen. 4

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An entertaining story

I always enjoy Lesley Pearse's books and this one didn't disappoint. I was engrossed in the characters and really cared what happened to them. The narrator is excellent and all her voices were on the mark. I liked the fact that real life events were mentioned throughout the story and I looked up details of the man they couldn't hang and read more details about some of the real WW11 events.

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Was a good story line about 2 girls. Did enjoyed this book about the 1930

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Not my usual genre, but very good.

I bought this as it was the ‘daily deal’. It sounded interesting, so I thought I’d give it a try. My preference is for books set in contemporary times and my favourite genre is crime fiction. Therefore, I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It’s a very engaging story that never hits a lull. So much happens that I felt emotionally exhausted by the time I finished it! The characters are very well drawn and their circumstances created such that it is easy to become engrossed. Aside from a little untidiness here and there, it is quite well written. The narration is good. The only slight issue being that she sometimes didn’t distinguish between characters with her voice. Almost as if she momentarily forgot, and didn’t re-record that bit. All in all, I recommend this one.

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  • 17-10-19

Dead to Me

Such a moving story, it just kept on going, making you want to cry, laugh, love and be angry. Life in the times of war were not easy and yes a very distinct line between rich and poor. Loved every minute of it. The narration was excellent.