Angels of Destruction

  • by Keith Donohue
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Keith Donohue's new novel, Angels of Destruction, opens on a winter's night, when a young girl appears at the home of Mrs. Margaret Quinn, a widow who lives alone. A decade earlier, she had lost her only child, Erica, who fled with her high school sweetheart to join a radical student group known as the Angels of Destruction. Before Margaret answers the knock in the dark hours, she whispers a prayer and then makes her visitor welcome at the door.The girl, who claims to be nine years old and an orphan with no place to go, beguiles Margaret, offering some solace, some compensation, for the woman's loss. Together, they hatch a plan to pass her off as her newly found granddaughter, Norah Quinn, and enlist Sean Fallon, a classmate and heartbroken boy, to guide her into the school and town.Their conspiracy is vulnerable not only to those children and neighbors intrigued by Norah's mysterious and magical qualities but by a lone figure shadowing the girl who threatens to reveal the child's true identity and her purpose in Margaret's life. Who are these strangers really? And what is their connection to the past, the Angels, and the long-missing daughter?Angels of Destruction is an unforgettable story of hope and fear, heartache and redemption. The saga of the Quinn family unfolds against an America wracked by change. As it delicately dances on the line between the real and the imagined, this mesmerizing new novel confirms Keith Donohue's standing as one of our most inspiring and inventive novelists.


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Angels Among Us?

This book told a strange, haunting tale of loss, grief and how people cope with these very powerful emotions. It presents us with the notion of the possibility of angels, but not necessarily as saintly, wise, white winged creatures. If angels truly walk among us, then perhaps any of us could know an angel, but just not see it, or even we do see it, we doubt ourselves.

The writing was superb. The pace of the book and use of language perfectly suited the subject matter. There was a sense of other worldliness about the book and the narration was first class. I also liked the way the author left the reader to draw their own conclusion about which of the characters, if any were angels. A really enjoyable listen I'm happy to recommend.
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- Linda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio