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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Metronome by Tom Watson, read by Christine Hewitt.

Not all that is hidden is lost.

For 12 years, Aina and Whitney have been in exile on an island for a crime they committed together, tethered to a croft by pills they must take for survival every eight hours. They’ve kept busy - Aina with her garden, her jigsaw, her music, Whitney with his sculptures and maps - but something is not right.

Shipwrecks have begun washing up, and their supply drops have stopped. And on the day they’re meant to be collected for parole, the Warden does not come. Instead there’s a sheep. But sheep can’t swim....

As days pass, Aina begins to suspect that their prison is part of a peninsula and that Whitney has been keeping secrets. And if he’s been keeping secrets, maybe she should, too. Convinced they’ve been abandoned, she starts investigating ways she might escape. As she comes to grips with the decisions that haunt her past, she realises her biggest choice is yet to come.

©2022 Tom Watson (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"Taut, unsettling and so completely charged with both tension and emotion, I found myself captivated by Metronome. I loved the clarity of its vision and the clean intensity of its prose, and I know that its vivid characters and the bleak, brutal beauty of the world they inhabit will haunt my dreams for a long time now, in the absolute best of ways." (Naomi Ishiguro)

"A pure, tender, terrifying vision that had me gripped to its beat from the first page. Cleverly imagined and beautifully creepy, it’s a story as moving as it is chilling." (Emma Stonex)

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The set up and premise was really interesting but I just got bored by the implausibility of it and lack of background on why the set up existed. Was listening in the car and completely missed the ending. But can’t be bothered to go back and find out what happened. Disappointed.

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Well narrated, but just didn't spark my interest, gave up after an hour in as felt the story seemed to be going no where fast not for I'm afraid.

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highly original

An excellent story and totally original. Nice twists and turns. strongly recommended. Nice narration.

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Raw, unnerving for a possible future narrative

Overall a great story, a new story and take on the future of humanity and how things can go wrong. The story teller was fantastic, she did a great job performing the different characters. Would have liked more of an ending, for me to close the story.

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Best listen so far this year

absolutely loved it ! Great story .Not something I usually would like. I'm converted