I am delighted to have been invited to review the audiobook version of Rupture for Love Audio Week, which is taking place this week. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater and Karen Sullivan from Orenda Books for my copy of the book.
I must also confess that in allowing me to celebrate Love Audio Week with them, Anne and Karen have helped me to pop my audiobook cherry. I'm very excited by this prospect too.
Isrun is an ambitious young journalist working in Reykjavik in Iceland. When she is contacted by Ari Thor, a police officer in the nearby town of Siglufjordur, asking for her help to solve a family mystery contained within an old photograph, she is intrigued and resolves to find the answers. Meanwhile, Isrun must also report on the case of a missing child, whose disappearance has far reaching consequences for not just his family, but the Members of Parliament for Iceland. Through Isrun's reporting, Rupture introduces us to a much darker side of this beautiful, peaceful country.
From the outset of Rupture, I became immersed in the atmosphere of the novel through Jonasson's vivid descriptions of the Icelandic towns and villages in which it is set. The audiobook format enhanced this experience as I was able to close my eyes and picture the surroundings more clearly. This isn't something that's really practical when reading! In addition, the narrator of the audiobook read Rupture more slowly than I would have read it myself. Although this was frustrating at first, as the audio progressed, I began to appreciate the opportunity it gave me to take in what was happening in the novel, picking up on details that I may have missed reading at my normal speed.
The narrative of Rupture has three main strands to it, which are connected, albeit loosely, by Isrun. At times, the different strands did make the plot feel slightly disjointed - each strand of the plot had enough depth to form its own novel - but I enjoyed the opportunity this presented to meet a range of characters, each with their own demons and past experiences. The pauses within the audio (which I would not have put in myself) helped me to make sense of each separate element of the plot. I noticed that each character was also voiced with a different accent so that it was easy to distinguish between them in conversation. I must admit that this did take some getting used to - and the Welsh policeman working in Iceland caused some amusement - but the sentiment behind it was quite helpful in getting to grips with who was who.
Rupture is full of tension and I loved the contrast between the stereotypical idyllic images of Iceland and the serious crimes within the novel, both those that are integral to the plot and those which form part of a character's past. There are cliffhangers at the end of every chapter, which are very effective when one is listening rather than reading. I was on the edge of my seat with each strand of the plot, in each case wanting to know how it would be resolved.
This was my first taste of audiobook, but it won't be my last. I enjoyed the way the narration contributed to the tension and atmosphere in the novel.
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