The Sealed Letter

  • by Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by Charlotte Strevens
  • 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of Room comes a delicious tale of secrets, betrayal and forbidden love The Sealed Letter is a page-turner with a jaw-dropping ending."(Stylist)
Helen Codrington is unhappily married. Emily 'Fido' Faithfull hasn't seen her once-dear friend for years. Suddenly, after bumping into Helen on the streets of Victorian London, Fido finds herself reluctantly helping Helen to have an affair with a young army officer. The women's friendship quickly unravels amid courtroom accusations of adultery, counter-accusations of cruelty and attempted rape, and the appearance of a mysterious 'sealed letter' that could destroy more than one life... Based on a real-life scandal that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter is a delicious tale of secrets, betrayal, and forbidden love.

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What the Critics Say

"Very enjoyable." (Independent on Sunday)
"Briskly written, deftly plotted and nicely ironic." (Guardian)
"Blissfully readable." (The Times)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wasted 12 hours of my life listening to this

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better story, better written.


What was most disappointing about Emma Donoghue’s story?

The story lacked any suspense or pace. I was expecting a gripping courtroom drama based on a true story, but instead it was dreary tale of dreary people with whom I had no sympathy or interest.


What three words best describe Charlotte Strevens’s voice?

Charlotte's voice was interesting and clear and the story was well read; just a shame she had to read this one. I would choose another book read by Charlotte.


What character would you cut from The Sealed Letter?

All of them.


Any additional comments?

As a work of historical fiction it lacked the characterisation or story telling of other works I have read. It was neither informative, nor entertaining.

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- C

Loved this book!

I loved this book. I wasn't really sure what to expect but since I enjoyed Emma Donogue's first book (Room) I thought it was worth a go.
The book had good pace and the main character was a believable strong business woman ahead of her time.
Would definitely recommend this book - had me gripped right to the end.
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- Miss

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-05-2012
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio