• by Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by Penelope Rawlins
  • 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jen has discovered a secret. If she tells her husband Jason, will he forgive her for telling the truth? If she tells someone else in Jason's family, she'd not only tear them apart but could also find herself on the outside. But if she keeps this to herself, how long can she pretend nothing is wrong? Jen knows the truth - but is she ready for the consequences?


What the Critics Say

"Intelligent, edgy and witty" ( Glamour)
"Irresistibly dark… Fallon's tone is still winningly acerbic" ( Guardian)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

All families are dysfunctional. But some more so.

Skeletons is a non-violent, non-adventurous but very much character-driven story. Jen, after suffering from an absent father and no siblings during her childhood, very much adores her husbands large and warm family. They have two daughters, now both in college, and Jen muses about the void in their lives when she discovers her step-father in an ambiguous situation with a woman that is not her step-mother.

The whole story develops from here, and Jane Fallon manages to create a multi-faceted and likable character with Jen.The listener follows her doubts, decisions, thoughts and feelings throughout a story that is familiar to all of us, yet manages to draw one in.
Penelope Rawlins does a pretty good job narrating Jen's part of the story, but the other characters are done with way too much effort. Whenever Jen's husband Jason is talking I imagined Rawlings drawing her head back, chin in, to force "maleness" out of her box. Other characters are continuously excited, lamenting or breathless. It destroyed part of the charm that the book in written form surely has.

If you like "small stories", where people's interaction is what drives the plot, then this is a book for you. For you who expect really dark secrets (the proverbial bones) - non of it to be found here.
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- Cornelia

Not my cup of tea!

What did you like best about Skeletons? What did you like least?

This is not my usual genre of book, but I thought it looked interesting. The storyline was okay to begin with and then I felt it became drawn out. Once the skeleton was uncovered I became bored, but persevered until the end as I wanted to know how it ended.

If you’ve listened to books by Jane Fallon before, how does this one compare?

No this is the first one.

What aspect of Penelope Rawlins’s performance might you have changed?

Unfortunately I found the narrators 'voices' quite off putting. It was as if she was trying too hard.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No, I don't think so.

Any additional comments?

Unfortunately it just didn't suit me.

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- AHW66

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2014
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio