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  • By: Ruth Dugdall
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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My Sister and Other Liars

By: Ruth Dugdall
Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
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Summary

Sam is 17, starving herself and longing for oblivion. Her sister, Jena, is mentally scarred and desperate to remember. Between them, they share secrets too terrible to recall.

Eighteen months earlier, Sam was still full of hope: hope that she could piece together Jena's fragmented memory after the vicious attack that changed their family forever. But digging into the past unearthed long-hidden lies and betrayals, and left Sam feeling helpless and alone in a world designed to deceive her.

Now, in a last bid to save her from self-imposed shutdown, Sam's therapist is helping her confront her memories. But the road to recovery is a dangerous one. Because Sam has not only been lying to her doctors: she's been hiding dark secrets from herself.

©2017 Ruth Dugdall (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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No enjoyment

This book was so no good. It started badly and continued. The reader did not grab your interest. Just a poor recording and story line.

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Too fast!

The story is gripping however the performance was way too fast. I kept checking I hadn't put it on 1.5x by mistake

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badly narrated

Great story, but spoilt somewhat by poor narration - too fast and bad accents

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Good story, poor narration

What did you like best about this story?

Not so much a whodunit but a 'what has she done?', the main character of this crime story is being treated for anorexia in a hospital special unit. While the crime story had enough twists to hold my attention, the aspect that really fascinated me was the insight into the mind, motives and tricks of someone suffering from this distressing condition.

How could the performance have been better?

There were times when I wondered whether the narrator really was a professional actor. While she did a reasonable job with Sam, the main character, she fell down badly with other characters including the worst Scottish accent I've ever heard (it had touches of Lancashire and heaven knows what else!) and two appalling eastern Europeans. The psychologist was pretend posh and Sam's mother and sister were both squeaky and shrill. This was extremely off putting and made it difficult for me to imagine the characters.

Could you see My Sister and Other Liars being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I think this would make a great TV series, with the opportunity to film the claustrophobia of the hospital unit as well as lots of different locations as Sam describes her search for the truth. Sam and her fellow patients are teenagers so would probably be unknowns. Tom Burke (Cormoran Strike) would make a great psychiatrist and Lesley Sharp could play mum.

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Utterly Predictable

While this offers an interesting insight into the life and motivation of an anorexic, the story itself was written by numbers. I had worked out who did it and why by about two hours into the reading.

There was no audible delineation between what was happening 'now', what Sam was 'merely' thinking about in the the past and what she was 'chatting' to Clive about. Maybe, in the book, these are shown by different fonts or type styles but, at times, it became a little confusing. Then there was the increasingly irritating way of saying dates - and there are a lot of dates - for example, "twenty-fifth January", "fifteenth April" instead of "the twenty-fifth of January" or "the fifteenth of April". This, coupled with the excruciating accents, which were so hit and miss - considerably more miss than hit, made it a painful listen at times.

It was OK and passed a few days' journeys to and from work, but I don't think I'll be rushing to buy anything else from either the author or the narrator.

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Slow burner

Great story that starts off fairly slow but builds momentum and pace to a great finale. This was my first book by this author but won't be my last. Special mention must go to Henrietta Meire who narrated it perfectly.

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The best book ever

I don't usually revei w books but omg this is amazing i could stop reading ,the best I've ever read

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Compelling

Brilliant brilliant right through to the ending never expected the outcome so well thought out

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Highly recommended

A real cliff hanger, a page turner with a brilliant twist, an unexpected twist! Couldn’t put it down!

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Brilliant

Loved this book was hooked on story and was kept guessing for ages thought reader portrayed characters perfectly was sorry when it ended.

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  • Wayne
  • 03-05-17

This novel would make a 5 star novella!

My Sister and Other Liars is a compelling story made much, much worse by at least 5 or more hours of severe boredom to which the reader/listener must suffer through to get to the end. It should be a 3 to 4 hour novella. Actually, one can get almost the full impact of the story by listening to the first hour followed by the final two hours. British author Ruth Dugdall has written at least 10 prior novels all of the psychological/crime thriller genre, so she is not a novice writer. The good news is that with a Kindle Unlimited membership the cost of the novel was only $1.99.

Narrator Henrietta Meire deserves extra recognition for her outstanding narration which is the only factor that kept me listening. She also narrated the wonderful DI Nikki Galena "on the Fens" series by Joy Ellis.

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