The Sudden Appearance of Hope

  • by Claire North
  • Narrated by Gillian Burke
  • 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2017 World Fantasy Award
Claire North has been shortlisted for The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award
My name is Hope Arden. I am the girl the world forgets.
It started when I was 16 years old.
A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A friend who looks at me and sees a stranger.
No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am.
That makes my life tricky. It also makes me dangerous....
The Sudden Appearance of Hope is the tale of a girl no one remembers, yet her story will stay with you for ever.

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What the Critics Say

"A mesmerising writer." (Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls)
"North's talent shines out." (The Sunday Times)
"Little short of a masterpiece." (The Independent)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great concept but unsatisfactory execution.

The notion of not being remembered is one that is very interesting but I feel the potential to explore this was lost in the subplot involving the technology surrounding perfection. Both ideas warrant their own book. The narrator is good but her Scottish accent is dire and distracting.
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- Rax

Not quite hitting the spot

When the story is actually happening it's interesting. I found it hard to get past what could only be described as a heavy peppering of really bad poetry at every emotive opportunity.

This book had a lot of good ideas but I find myself looking at it like a cake someone decorated poorly, thinking what a shame. At least it tastes nice.
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- Amy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-05-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK