From Goodreads ” In this haunting short story of loyalty and betrayal, a young woman in early 1900s Massachusetts discovers that in navigating her treacherous coming-of-age, she must find her voice first.
For fatefully observant Adeline, growing up carries an ominous warning from her adulterous mother: don’t say a word. Adeline vows to never speak again. But that’s not her only secret. After her mother takes a housekeeping job at a lighthouse off the tip of Cape Ann, a local woman vanishes. The key to the mystery lies with Adeline, the silent witness. New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic Alice Hoffman crafts a beautiful, heart-wrenching short story.
Alice Hoffman’s Everything My Mother Taught Me is part of Inheritance, a collection of five stories about secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations between loved ones. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single setting. By yourself, behind closed doors, or shared with someone you trust.“
I really enjoyed this short audiobook. It was only 50 minutes long but it was packed full of wonderful descriptions, emotion and atmosphere.
When I first started listening I wasn’t too sure about Adeline. Was she unreliable, or did she not understand her mother probably? However as the story moved on I began to understand what was really going on.
Alice Hoffman’s writing was so compelling and so tense that I wanted to keep listening to find out where the story was heading.
Brittany Pressley’s narration was absolutely perfect, bringing Adeline and Alice Hoffman’s writing to life so completely.
I highly recommend this audiobook, especially if you enjoy beautifully written and narrated short audiobooks.
Thanks to Lynne @ Fictionophile for reviewing this earlier today. It’s available on audible for free if you buy the Kindle book for 99p.