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This is a book that doesn't neatly fit a genre. It follows the story of a man who is in the English cabinet before WW1 who falls in love with a suffragette. He mysteriously loses his job and his fiancee and never finds out why. His colleagues wont speak to him and the girl immediately leaves the country.
Fast forward to the present and a man down on his luck is hired to discover why Edwin Strafford was cast aside all those years before. This man, Martin, soon gets embroiled in all sorts of plots,scheming and double bluffs but why?
The book is literary, political, plenty of crime and intrigue, romantic and absorbing. It surprised me how much I enjoyed it. The narrative moves steadily along although there are plenty of sections involved with the government of the time and with the history and actions of suffragettes.
It is not a fast paced thriller more a sustained, intensifying burn.
The narration is steady and clear and helps keep the plot focussed. This story is long so is good value for money and the ending is unexpected so you keep going all the way to the last few minutes.
I recommend this.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
To think i was in two minds whether to give this book a chance is crazy now i've finished it!
This book had me gripped from the start. I'd be at work thinking about it and looking forward to bed to listen to some more! Perfectly read by Shelly who nailed every charactor.
So many twists and the way the book goes back in time is so clever. The way Goddard had written the charactors made you feel like you knew them. A beautiful mystery.I will be going through the rest of his books now.
Even now after finishing the book i still think about the charactors.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I hesitated so long whether to get this book.. It had relatively few reviews despite being out for 2 years and the cover artwork and publisher's summary are bland. I eventually took the plunge and glad I did! I highly recommend it.
There are 2 main characters that contribute to telling the story. A man about 30 in early 1970's is hired to find out what happened to a man who was an English Cabinet Minister (at about 1930, if I remember correctly). That sounds kind of boring, but there is quite a robust plot with a couple of unexpected revelations and some duplicitous characters. Even though there are 2 stories with a fair amt of characters, the book is not overly complex to be thoroughly entertaining. Narrator was good, not great, but I would listen to other books narrated by him. I will look for more from this author.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
After I had finished listening I found that I was puzzling over a decision made by one of the characters. At odd times. In the house, driving, doing normal things..the questions would pop up. It does not seem to fit the character. Then that leads on to thinking about the decisions real people make sometimes, human frailty or inconsistency.
Goddard doesn't even ask the reader to suspend disbelief. The choice, the decision is made. Then at the end of the story another dilemma. Even though the book is finished, the story goes on and "No", we the reader do not feel compelled to learn what happens next.
I think that is clever. It is at the last Goddard allows us / urges us, to use our imagination.
And just maybe we are quite content to be ignorant. In that there is a kind of dialogue between the author, the story and the reader.
Paul Shelly reads "Past Caring " well.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful