The book opens in New York, 1939. Harry Clifton, under the new identity of Tom Bradshaw, finds himself arrested for first degree murder. When Sefton Jelks, a top Manhattan lawyer, offers his services for nothing, penniless Harry has little choice but to accept his advice.
After Harry is tried, found guilty and sentenced, Jelks mysteriously disappears, and the only way for him to prove his innocence is to reveal his true identity – something that he has sworn never to do in order to protect the woman he loves.
Meanwhile Emma Barrington, the young woman in question, travels to New York. She has left their son behind in England, having decided she’ll do whatever it takes to find the man she had hoped to marry – unwilling to believe that he died at sea. The only proof she has is a letter - a letter that has remained unopened and unread on a mantelpiece in Bristol for over a year, but the hand is unmistakeable.
In Jeffrey Archer’s epic novel, family loyalties are stretched to their very limits as secrets continue to unravel.
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By Kirstine on 25-03-12
A worthy sequeal
It took me a while to reacquaint myself with the characters from the first part of these Clifton Chronicles as it's a while since I listened to, Only Time will Tell. I should strongly recommend that you listen to the first part before this one as the story simple continues with no preamble and assumes you know who Maisy and her son, Harry Clifton, are as well as and Emma, Hugo and Giles Barrington, etc., all of whom who figure in this sequel, but their back-story is in book 1. This is not a stand-alone novel. It's a good listen with excellent narrations by Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox. Archer is a very good story teller of old-fashioned, and none the worse for that, tales of honourable characters pitted against dastardly ones with lots of heroics and cliff-hanger moments on the way. Historical events of the Second World War are woven into the story. I enjoyed this book and, as it ends on a cliff-hanger look forward to part three.
The story is worthy of five stars, but I've knocked one off because of the dreadfully loud music at the start of each of the two parts that are an ear-splitting volume and had me tearing my headphones off.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
By James on 30-06-12
I too was disaappointed with the change in narrator but only because he was so good in the first book. However, you soon get used to the change and drawn into another absorbing tale. Archer is such a great story-teller, and I had several "this is great!" moments out loud, as I listened.
Possibly a little slow at times, but as you'd expect, the plot thickens further still and you really feel that you're getting to know the characters.
I loved this book and, as before, waiting impatiently for the next.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Gitte on 08-11-12
First Sentence: My name is Harry Clifton
This is the second installment in the Clifton Chronicles. As the first one, Only Time Will Tell, it is a true page-turner – if you can say that about an audiobook? It’s a fast-paced read, the plot is full of twists and turns, and ends with a massive cliff hanger, and the characters are neatly divided into good guys and bad guys. And that can be very nice. It was a bit unrealistic from time to time – I won’t say how as it will reveal too much. But if you’re just looking for some good entertainment without making an effort yourself, this is the book for you.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Beverley-An on 04-06-16
There are many reasons why Mr. Archer is such a successful author. This series is but one.