Neverworld Wake

7 CDs. Listening Library. Jun. 2018. 8:47 hrs. ISBN 9780525595441. $55. digital download. F
Pessl's (Special Topics in Calamity Physics; Night Film) young adult debut is a twisting, turning mystery involving five young people—Beatrice, Whitley, Martha, Kip, and Cannon—who once attended the same Rhode Island boarding school brought together a year after the tragic loss of their friend Jim. A tragic accident during their reunion leads them to the Neverworld Wake, a time loop in which they are trapped unless they unanimously select one of their group to survive. The story is at times fascinating but generally repetitive. The jokes are stilted, there is often mention or discussion of suicide, and the privileged characters are somewhat dull. Read by Broadway and TV actress Phoebe Strole, who provides a pleasant narration with distinct character voices.
VERDICT Despite its flaws, this may be of interest to fans of Pessl and listeners who enjoy suspense stories in fantasy settings.

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