My Absolute Darling

  • by Gabriel Tallent
  • Narrated by Alex McKenna
  • 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of Audible's 2017 Editors' Pick Award
A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming listen about one 14-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul.
'You think you're invincible. You think you won't ever miss. We need to put the fear on you. You need to surrender yourself to death before you ever begin and accept your life as a state of grace, and then and only then will you be good enough.'
At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall;
that chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it;
that her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world.
And he'll do whatever it takes to keep her with him.
She doesn't know why she feels so different from the other girls at school;
why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see;
why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done;
and what her daddy will do when he finds out....
Sometimes strength is not the same as courage.
Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape.
Sometimes surviving isn't enough.


What the Critics Say

"The word 'masterpiece' has been cheapened by too many blurbs, but My Absolute Darling absolutely is one." (Stephen King)


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Customer Reviews

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A sometimes difficult, but always vivid and tender account, I was completely absorbed throughout. This is my favourite book of the year.
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- Amazon Customer

Tough going, but ultimately rewarding

This is a tough book. Not just because at 14 year old girl being sexually abused by her father, but because every emotion and thought is described in such raw and uncompromising prose.

You only view the world from the point of view of the girl, Julia (Turtle), so you spend the whole 15 hours in her head and this is an confusing and troubling place to be. I found the early parts of the book especially difficult. When it is just Julia and her dad (who only seems to use a handful of phrases, "Jesus Christ" is particularly grating) and I nearly gave up with it several times during this section.

The book does lift though, when other characters come into the story and there are some wonderful passages of prose describing the natural world. And, while I don't want to give away the ending, stick with it, you won't feel as though you wasted your time.

So, not for everyone, but if you can cope with some tough writing you will be rewarded with a gripping story that you will not forget.
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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-08-2017
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited