By Rose Tremain
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
9 hours, 51 minutes
An electrifying novel about disputed territory, sibling love, and devastating revenge.
In a silent valley in southern France stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Aramon, the owner, is so haunted by his violent past that he's become incapable of all meaningful action, letting his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin.
Meanwhile, his sister, Audrun, alone in her modern bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life. Into this closed world comes Anthony Verey, a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London. When he sets his sights on the Mas, frightening and unstoppable consequences are set in motion.
I've been meaning to read Rose Tremain for ages and am glad I finally made time to listen to Trespass. The story drew me in right away, but for a long time the opening scene didn't quite fit with what followed. It jumped from a young schoolgirl on a picnic, to a fading antiques dealer in London, to a simmering family feud in the south of France. Each story is fascinating in itself, but all the more rewarding when they converge for a most satisfactory conclusion. This novel kept me motivated to walk on the treadmill a little longer each time I listened.
A note on the audio:
Juliet Stevenson is an outstanding narrator and her British accent is perfect for this novel. Although she has fifty different credits to her name at audible.com, this my first experience listening to her. It won't be my last - I've downloaded her narration of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.
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