The Darkening Hour

  • by Penny Hancock
  • Narrated by Adjoa Andoh, Anna Bentinck
  • 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A middle-class woman at her wits' end and a struggling migrant worker with few options for survival.
When tensions boil over, who will be the first to snap? Will it be Theodora, finally breaking under the pressure? Or Mona, desperate to find a way out?
Two women. Two stories. Who do you believe?

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Gripping, dark and emotionally engaging

It was impossible not to be totally gripped by this story. Dora is on one hand a successful radio presenter with a seemingly charmed life. In reality she is looking after her demented father, difficult son and is being constantly harangued by her ghastly family. Mona is brought in to solve her domestic problems. She is a tragic character, forced to leave her daughter with her ailing mother in Morocco and desparate to find her husband who has disappeared.
The two women initially appear to be sympathetic and there is potential for some mutual understanding between them, but as the tale develops, darker forces come into play and it becomes evident that one character has a very sinister past.
There are some parts of this story that had me seething with rage and it is all the more disturbing that every element is totally believable and made possible by the laws in this country.
This is a wonderfully dramatic tale with faultless narration. The second half of the book flew by as I waited with gritted teeth for the final denouement. I was not disappointed.
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- Kaggy

Great Story

If you could sum up The Darkening Hour in three words, what would they be?

Realistic Understandable Engaging


Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Dora's character the best, as I feel we all have worked with or know someone who thinks like Dora. Her need to be liked and her angry jealous feelings. I could easily identify with her, although I had to feel pity for her also.


What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked most of the voices which were easily recognised without the narration, although I did find some of Adjoa Andoh sometimes a little more difficult to understand. This certainly didn't take away from the story line.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Be careful what you wish for.


Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable, I would recommend reading Tideline if you enjoyed this.

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- lorna Carter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2014
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks