3 CDs. 3:43 hrs. Dreamscape Media. Dec. 2016. ISBN 9781520052083. $29.99. digital download. F
For her entire life, Ruth has been consumed by the jealousy she feels toward her adopted sister, Elizabeth. Ruth believes she has always taken second place to Elizabeth, whose good nature and kindness make her the object of adoration for their parents. At a young age, Ruth's envy warped into hate, only to be amplified over the years. In adulthood, Ruth has become obsessed with Elizabeth and with destroying her. Without any remorse, Ruth sets out to steal Elizabeth's husband, in an attempt both to defeat her and become her. During the process, Ruth manages to ruin her own life as well. Naomi Frederick's reading is almost eerie, as it immerses the listener in Ruth's dark thoughts, without any distraction. Frederick gives a distinct voice to each of the many characters, making it easy to distinguish one from another and to follow the story.
VERDICT While this is not a story to lift the spirit, it will appeal to adults who are interested in the conflict and consequences of a complex narrator. ["A disturbing, provocative work, sure to be eagerly sought by readers of Damage": LJ 7/92 review of the Knopf hc.]
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