The Mirror World of Melody Black

  • by Gavin Extence
  • Narrated by Jane Collingwood
  • 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Life has its ups and downs. From the author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods comes a dark, painful, and witty novel about a woman whose life is spiralling out of control.
You're going to find some of my actions frustrating. I'm hard to live with, maddening, uneven - I get that. But I can't stand around listing my faults, or we'll be here for ever. All I ask right now is that you indulge me. For as long as it lasts, this is going to be one hell of a ride.

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Avoid reading too much background

Try this if you liked The Universe verus Alex Wood

I didn't read any background information about this novel before I read/listened to it - I was drawn to it because I thoroughly enjoyed 'Alex Wood'. I'm sure I benefited from picking-up clues and gradually realising the direction of travel, rather than knowing where the novel was heading.

'Melody Black' confirms Extence's as a very fine writer. There's a dramatic opening chapter, then a slow build-up to a frenetic peak, which is followed by the fall-out. Like Alex Wood, it changes tone (in a good way!).

It's quirky and moving and a very good novel.
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- Drew

Quirky and enjoyable

Loved Alex Woods, so thought this was worth a listen. Its in a similar very quirky vein, but not quite as immediately attention-grabbing. Abby was quite an interesting character, and the story certainly led to much wincing as she got into more and more scrapes. You really felt for her (and her loved ones) as she moved more into her manic phase. Some of the plot devices seemed a bit contrived, hence the 4* rather than 5*. But I'm definitely planning to read Extence's next one.
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- Crime Fiction Groupie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2015
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton