The Son-In-Law

  • by Charity Norman
  • Narrated by Anna Bentinck, Harriet Carmichael, Steven Crossley, David Nellist
  • 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the Richard & Judy Book Club pick After the Fall comes another enthralling novel.
On a sharp winter's morning, a man turns his back on prison. This is the story of Joseph, who killed his wife, Zoe. Of their three children who witnessed the event. Of Zoe's parents, Hannah and Frederick, who are bringing up the children and can't forgive or understand Joseph. They slowly adjust to life without Zoe, until the day Joseph is released from prison...

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What the Critics Say

"Will appeal to devotees of Joanna Trollope and Jodi Picoult... [Norman] is hot on their heels." (Daily Mail)

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Customer Reviews

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One of my favourite books of the year

I listened to this book over 2 days and really did not want it to end. It is certainly one of my favourite listens of the year. It's the kind of book that I want to share with all my friends and then feel envious that they still have it to look forward to! I found it absolutely compulsive and believable. It is well researched, excellently written and narrated and I empathised with all of the characters and felt that they became a part of my life. Highly recommended.
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- Saffy

Eee bah gum.... It's grim oop north

What disappointed you about The Son-In-Law?

The plot was very long drawn out and seemed to take ages to get to the point. The story seemed to unfold very slowly, with different parts emerging in drip-feed fashion. I found myself getting bored and tuning out at frequent points while listening. Although there were 4 narrators, the accents of the 2 females (Hannah and Scarlett) were very samey and the interpretation of other characters by the narrators didn't vary enough from their usual voices (I have heard more varied accents/interpretations in books read by just one actor). For instance Rose (from Devon) didn't sound even remotely West Country and the solicitor just sounded like Hannah. The overall story line was relentlessly depressing, with the actors sounding either bitter, miserable or angry most of the time. This made it a grim listen for most of the book.


Has The Son-In-Law put you off other books in this genre?

It wouldn't put me off the genre, but I'd not be motivated to read any other books by this author.


How could the performance have been better?

I would either have actors with more varied voices/ accents OR one actor who can give a more varied performance (for instance Rosamund Pike or Imogen Church do this very well)


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Son-In-Law?

I don't think I'd cut out any one specific scene, but I think I would shorten the book considerably to make the plot more pacey. I would also inject a few more positive / happy scenes throughout the book so that the general atmosphere is less gloomy.


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- Mazalicious

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2013
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks