Black Sheep

Books on Tape. Sept. 2023. 9:52 hrs. ISBN 9780593748008. $95. F
It’s been six years since Vesper Wright left home. The moment she turned 18, she left her deeply religious family and community behind. Once someone leaves the fold, they are not welcome back, so when Vesper receives an invitation to the wedding between her ex-boyfriend and her cousin, she wonders why they’ve made an exception for her. Against her better judgment, Vesper makes the journey home, which reopens old wounds and compels her to face her rigid and detached mother. But Vesper’s initial fears are nothing compared with the dark secret that unfolds soon after her arrival. Jeremy Carlisle Parker gives voice to the cynical Vesper, fluidly delivering deadpan humor and pessimistic commentary. Parker ably performs Vesper’s range of emotions, cementing listeners’ connection to her as she uncovers the unsettling truth about her family.
VERDICT Harrison (Such Sharp Teeth) magnificently balances humor against psychological dread and familial trauma in this tale of a most unusual homecoming. Listeners who appreciate sarcasm and a dry sense of humor will hugely enjoy this audio production. Uncover more dark family secrets in Grady Hendrix’s How To Sell a Haunted House and Catriona Ward’s Sundial.
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