All That Is Mine I Carry with Me

Brilliance Audio. Mar. 2023. 11:01 hrs. ISBN 9781469227320. $42.99. SUSPENSE
Wife and mother Jane Larkin went missing in 1975. Her criminal-defense attorney husband Dan was suspected of her murder, but without a body or witnesses, there was no proof to convict him, let alone prove that Jane is dead. Her disappearance haunts many, especially her children Jeff and Miranda, her older sister, and the detective investigating the case. Years later, her bones are discovered, and this reopens the question of what happened to Jane, forces her children to rethink their beliefs, and further disrupts the family dynamics. Told from four perspectives, this audio provides listeners with fragments of the mystery through the eyes of Phil (Jeff’s childhood friend), Jeff, Dan, and Jane herself. Each member of the quartet of narrators—David de Vries, Joyce Bean, Patrick Lawlor, and Scott Merriman—performs a different point-of-view, taking the production to a higher level and capturing the essence of the characters over a 40-year timespan. Though skills vary between the narrators, their collective performances transport listeners into the minds of each character. Most notable are Bean’s portrayal of Jane and Lawlor’s of Dan.
VERDICT The use of multiple narrators enhances Landay’s (Defending Jacob) latest and will have listeners fully invested in Jane’s story. A production well worth the listen.
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