When She Returned by Lucinda Berry

When She Returned audiobook cover art

Narrated by: Colleen Marlo, Lauren Ezzo, Amy McFadden

This was an interesting book to listen to. I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but ended up listening to an audio copy of the book via my Kindle Unlimited account because it was a quicker way for me to get to the book in question. The review, therefore, is entirely based on my reaction to the audible version of the story.

There is a reversed situation in this narrative. Usually, with war stories or any similar conditions that I have read, watched in movies (both Indian and English), a female moves on with her life to find her (presumed/declared dead) husband comes back to life and try and claim his position in some form or fashion in her life. Here we have a family (albeit a patched one, being held together in a frayed way) who has been informed that a missing member has come back. We get to listen to the thoughts of three very different people in the family hierarchy. One is of the past, while two are firmly rooted in opposing ends of understanding of the present. It had unexpected content which shook me out of a building complacency over my perceived knowledge of the storyline. I congratulated myself on unravelling the narrative before things actually started to happen, and I was taught my place. In some ways, it was not too unexpected, just not the way I thought it would go. I liked the narration, and the multicast narrative did a great job of putting forward the entire picture.

I recommend this to readers looking out for a family drama with ominous undertones.

I will update my KU queue with the next review because I have already worked my way through another. My last KU review was: Dark Pattern (The Naturalist #4) by Andrew Mayne

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