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Louise Doughty’s gripping psychological thriller Apple Tree Yard is the story of Yvonne Carmichael: happy wife and career woman. When she embarks on an affair with an attractive stranger, at first it seems simple enough to compartmentalise the different facets of her life… but not for long. Narrated by the terrific Juliet Stevenson, Apple Tree Yard is a thrilling audiobook (available from Audible) that will have crime literature fans utterly gripped. Admirers of the book include such luminaries of the crime thriller genre as Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Hilary Mantel and S.J. Watson.
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Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair.
Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.
©2014 Louise Doughty (P)2014 Faber Audio
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Critic reviews

"Brilliant and bruising. Obsession, betrayal and blood-letting...." (Ian Rankin)  
 "A superb novel... I really didn’t want to finish it. And I don’t say that very often." (Julie Myerson)
"Realised I’d been holding my breath for the last forty pages. Gripping." (Val McDermid)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jill on 08-02-14

Multi-layered and absorbing

I really enjoyed this book. Excellent characterization, complex plot and very thought-provoking indeed. Juliet Stevenson's narration is utterly superb. I had never heard of this author before; I'm glad I decided to follow the recommendations of other readers, she is a great discovery!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. Helen M. Herbert on 09-02-14

Brilliant Recommendation!

What made the experience of listening to Apple Tree Yard the most enjoyable?

What a great choice of narrator, Juliet Stephenson used just the right tempo and intonation in her voice, which is like silk, to keep you wanting to hear more.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the story unfolds as Yvonne narrates her experiences, leaving you wanting to listen more and more. The twists and turns in the plot keep you guessing continually about the outcome.

Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't but I will be checking out other books that she has narrated.

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4 out of 5 stars
By andrew on 29-01-17

The reveal

Would you consider the audio edition of Apple Tree Yard to be better than the print version?

I was intrigued by Part 1 of the TV version so decided to hear it and was delighted to find the narrator was Juliet Stevenson.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

(Minor spoiler alert)
I do not know why the author gave away the courtroom reveal earlier in the story. There were enough other hints such as the chimp experiment discussion Yvonne had with her solicitor. I would have omitted that earlier piece of the barrister's cross examination as it comes up again virtually verbatim later. Always difficult to get stories told in flashback right and balance out suspense versus too much information.

What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Incredible characterizations by Ms.Stevenson. Sometimes I can imagine voices when reading in print but not all the time. She adds so much by her voice acting.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved by the family and friends' reactions. I was also moved by the human fallibility component in general and how life can "turn on a dime".

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bjerkana on 07-10-14

Complex questions

Where do I start to review this book. It has so much in it. A profound psychological drama, cleverly unfolded, with so many facets. The book explores relationships, morality, motivations, perceptions, personality and the exigencies of circumstance which can turn our lives inside out. The author considers the working of the law and its relationship to underlying moralities, the meaning of truth and lies. Her central character lives and breathes through the outstanding performance of Juliet Stevenson. I loved this book and will look for more by this author.

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