|Plot Summary of Listen To The Shadows|
Morrow, Jul 2001, 25.00, 320 pp.
Suzanne Milner lived in Sheffield, England all her life and is very familiar with the local judicial system, especially involving juveniles. When her mother died, her father informed her that she would become a surrogate parent to her brother Adam. Suzanne did her best, but alas Adam fell in with a bad crowd and was eventually caught in an illegal act. When the police asked Suzanne where her brother was hiding, she told them. Adan was caught and incarcerated to a short stay at a juvenile facility. He could not handle the place and killed himself. Her father blamed Suzanne for Adam's death.
Years later, Suzanne realized she is incapable of taking care of her own child and gives up custody to her husband. She starts life anew, but is quickly torn asunder when she finds the murdered corpse of the baby-sitter of her neighbor's child. She is drawn into a homicide investigation that eerily reminds her of her self as the sins of the father is inflicted on the child.
Fans of Elizabeth Peters will want to read Danuta Reah's excellent police procedural. LISTEN TO THE SHADOWS comes down squarely on the nurturing side of the psychological debate between environment and hereditary. The characters are three-dimensional and the story line is very entertaining. The adjustments of the cast to what life throws at them is also very realtic and shows that Ms. Reah knows much about human nature. This author has the talent to take her to the top.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Listen To The Shadows|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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