Nadine, a 16-year-old runaway new to the city, is set up in a decaying Georgian house by her Finnish lover, Kai. Slowly, she begins to suspect that Kai and his partner, Tony, have plans for her that have nothing to do with love. "Be careful", warns Enid, a sitting tenant in the house, whose own tragic past means that she knows all about survival. When Nadine discovers that she has been groomed for renting out to a government minister with special tastes, Enid's warning takes on a prophetic quality.More
"A seductive narrative illuminated with instants of visionary clarity." (Guardian)
"Helen Dunmore beautifully fulfils the highest function of a storyteller: to make you wonder what will happen next." (Sunday Times)
"Burning Bright is a beautifully constructed and thought-provoking novel, with a freshness that makes it outstanding." (Sunday Telegraph)
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The most positive observation I can make is that I did listen to this book all the way through but it really is the most implausible story line. From time to time it is padded out with long, boring episodes which are totally superfluous to the plot. The quality of the writing is inconsistent, but when Helen Dunmore begins referring to minor characters by that jarring recognition technique of naming them by the most obvious thing about them e.g. Grey Suit I really lose patience.
No I wouldn't
On the whole the narrator gives a good performance, although I was surprised when it was revealed that one of her impersonations , whom I had been imagining as Paul McCartney, had actually been born and bred in Manchester.
The narrator could do with taking a trip "up north" and listen to some regional accents.
- Karen M.
Great book, great narrator