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The Ophelia Girls Audiobook

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Read By: Alix Dunmore Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780358449898

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Longest Chapter Length:

33:09 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:20 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

17:34 minutes

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Publisher Description

A mother’s secret past and her daughter’s present collide in this richly atmospheric novel from the acclaimed author of The Animals at Lockwood Manor.


In the summer of 1973, Ruth and her four friends were obsessed with pre-Raphaelite paintings—and a little bit obsessed with each other. Drawn to the cold depths of the river by Ruth’s house, the girls pretend to be the drowning Ophelia, with increasingly elaborate tableaus. But by the end of that fateful summer, real tragedy finds them along the banks.

Twenty-four years later, Ruth returns to the suffocating, once grand house she grew up in, the mother of young twins and seventeen-year-old Maeve. Joining the family in the country is Stuart, Ruth’s childhood friend, who is quietly insinuating himself into their lives and gives Maeve the attention she longs for. She is recently in remission, unsure of her place in the world now that she is cancer-free. Her parents just want her to be an ordinary teenage girl. But what teenage girl is ordinary?

Alternating between the two fateful summers, The Ophelia Girls is a suspense-filled exploration of mothers and daughters, illicit desire, and the perils and power of being a young woman.

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“Alix Dunmore is a superb narrator; her lovely British accent and comfortable manner with the text make the novel easy to follow and the characters distinctive. She delivers the lines with a Shakespearean precision and contemporary warmth.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Deliciously atmospheric and brilliantly constructed, The Ophelia Girls tugs at the reader from the very first page until its satisfying finish. Engrossing and rich in imagery, Jane Healey writes the way dreams feel. I loved it.”

    — Elissa R. Sloan, author of The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes
  • “The Ophelia Girls is a dreamy exploration of the interior life of teenage girls and the tangled relationship between mothers and daughters…A siren song of a novel, [it] seduces as much as it disturbs.”  

    — Ellie Eaton, author of The Divines

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About Jane Healey

Jane Healey is an author whose fiction has been shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize, the Costa Short Story Award, and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

About Alix Dunmore

Alix Dunmore is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.