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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cath Staincliffe Narrator: Anne Dover Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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Here is a love story, a modern nightmare, and an honest and incisive portrayal of a woman who honours her husband's wish to die and finds herself in the dock for murder.

When Deborah reluctantly helps her beloved husband Neil end his life and conceals the truth, she is charged with murder. As the trial unfolds and her daughter Sophie testifies against her, Deborah, still reeling with grief, fights to defend her actions. Twelve jurors hold her fate in their hands; if found guilty she will serve a life sentence.

Deborah seeks solace in her memories of Neil and the love they shared. An ordinary woman caught up in an extraordinary situation. A book that begs the question: what would you do?

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 June Seghni | 2/13/2014

    " Couldn't rate this more highly because I detested the central character of a woman being tried for assisting her husband's suicide. I found her very unsympathetic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eve | 1/19/2014

    " Fairly short, this book examines the reality of assisted suicide from the point of view of the assistant. At times a little clumsy, the book is written like a stream of the protagonist's thoughts and memories, meaning the past and present are interspersed. Overall a thought provoking story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danni | 1/5/2014

    " An engaging story, at times disjointed. Didn't break any boundaries as far as I am concerned but was an interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pauline | 12/10/2013

    " Excellent read.Really makes you think what you would do in this situation "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 12/8/2013

    " An interesting and engrossing read about a wife assisting her husband's suicide. It was gripping, thought provoking and easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TimeToRead | 11/14/2013

    " I am enjoying reading this as it raises a number of ethical questions. I finf myself asking repeatedly- what would I do in this situation. How would I deal with this, if this happened to me? That's the best sort of reading isn't it- asks you to empathise with the central character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianca Bacchus | 10/24/2013

    " No big suspense , thrills and bangs .. But a very emotional read .. Would recommend .. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 12/25/2012

    " Absolutely loved this book - Deborah is a wonderful character and I really liked the style of writing, a very easy read in many ways but a really difficult one in others. I was left with the same thought as others - "what would you do?". One that will stay with me a long time... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Parita | 9/16/2012

    " makes you think abt a difficult moral question with a heart touching story. strange, but by the end of it, i did think of it as a love story, just with a real sad ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doreen | 9/1/2012

    " An excellent book. The subject is very interesting . It is a great read and many questions can be discussed in a book group reading. My daughter is usuing this book for a college project "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ineke Van | 4/16/2012

    " Honest, gentle and subtle, but inconclusive. Wouldn't put it up there in its genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 3/27/2012

    " Made me cry, so true to life!! Characters and situations so identifiable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 9/26/2011

    " Not the easiest of subject matter - a mercy killing - but very well written and it does make you think what would you do in the same situation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawnl | 6/15/2011

    " read this in one sitting would make areally good reading group choice, how far would you go for the one you love. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Felicity | 5/17/2011

    " I had no empathy for the main character at all whilst reading this novel. I found her to be shallow and deceitful and I never really believed that she mourned the death of her husband. Her parenting skills also leave a lot to be desired. Very disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TimeToRead | 5/9/2011

    " I am enjoying reading this as it raises a number of ethical questions. I finf myself asking repeatedly- what would I do in this situation. How would I deal with this, if this happened to me? That's the best sort of reading isn't it- asks you to empathise with the central character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Parita | 1/29/2011

    " makes you think abt a difficult moral question with a heart touching story. strange, but by the end of it, i did think of it as a love story, just with a real sad ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doreen | 10/5/2010

    " An excellent book. The subject is very interesting . It is a great read and many questions can be discussed in a book group reading. My daughter is usuing this book for a college project "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawnl | 7/8/2010

    " read this in one sitting would make areally good reading group choice, how far would you go for the one you love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 7/4/2010

    " Not the easiest of subject matter - a mercy killing - but very well written and it does make you think what would you do in the same situation. "

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About the Narrator

Anne Dover has recorded many audiobooks, as well as appearing on radio and television—Emmerdale Farm, Book Tower, Brideshead Revisited, A Kind of Loving. She’s happily married and shares an old cottage in a small Yorkshire village with her husband, her son, an English setter, a large French lop rabbit, and an equally large and hairy cat.