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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Benedict Narrator: Ruth Golding Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Life starts to unravel for Penelope when her husband, Rupert, drags their family to the remote Seychelles islands for an exotic diplomatic job in 1960. While Penelope pines for London, Rupert and their two daughters fall in love with this tropical paradise. The children run barefoot on the beach and become enraptured by the ancient magic, or grigri, that pervades this lush colonial outpost. Rupert, meanwhile, succumbs to the island's other lures when a Seychelloise beauty sets her sights - and casts her spells - on him.

But Penelope and her daughter Zara won't go down without a fight. In a desperate attempt to hold the family together, they each turn secretly to the local witchcraft with devastating results. Ultimately, Penelope and her family suffer unimaginable consequences that change their lives forever.

Benedict's acerbic wit and evocative descriptions serve up a page-turner brimming with jealousy, sex, and intrigue in this ominous Eden.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alice | 11/20/2013

    " A family can't seem to stop itself from making the mistakes of their parents, no matter how often they swear not to. Displace the family in a tropical climate - throw in some very exotic natives, and you've got this book. Not bad, but nothing felt resolved at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ann | 9/30/2012

    " Beautiful descriptions of the Seychelles but the end of the book was unfulfilling and generally a disappointment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Denny Stein | 12/27/2010

    " Lyrical and insightful descriptions of the Seychelles combine with a torpid atmosphere of deceit, magic, and misunderstanding to create a marvelous read. Highly recommend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Linda | 12/9/2010

    " Well, I read 177 of the 301 pages in this book and decided that I just didn't want to read anymore! I wasn't really interested in the characters or the story. Very disappointing. Time to move on!! "

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About the Author
Author Helen Benedict

Helen Benedict is a British American novelist and journalist, best known for her writings on social injustice and the Iraq War. Her background as a child of anthropologists informed her work both as a novelist and as a journalist. She has written numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, as well as articles for the New York Times, Washington Post, Nation, and BBC News.