Review: What Ianthe Knew

  • Title:
    • What Ianthe Knew
  • Author:
    • R.M. Demeester
  • Release:
    • November 12, 2020
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Ariel Williams

I’m going to get my bitching out of the way right away. The one and only thing I disliked about this book was how it jumped from past to present. As far as I can remember, it really offered nothing to the mystery or the story and only managed to confuse me. It could be for a number of factors though. I listen to audiobooks at 2.55x speed, so it could be the dates just went by too quickly for me to grasp. But aside from mentions of having a kid or being pregnant, there wasn’t really anything to tell you when the story was currently set.

This book filled me with a range of emotions. Half an hour later, I still don’t know what to say about it though. Unfortunately, I have too many review copies to get through to give this book a second listen. But I really don’t think this is the type of mystery you’re supposed to solve. It’s better if you just sit back and enjoy the ride as Arielle does her best to do right by her daughter and pick up the fractured pieces of her life.

I find most of the characters in this book deplorable as people, not as characters. But that’s because I’ve known people like most of the ones in this book, which adds a level of realizm to it for me.

I’m not going to sit here and invent things to say about this book. I really enjoyed it. It’s a well-done mystery and the audiobook is very well performed. There’s one skip where the clips weren’t properly lined up and a sentence of dialogue is repeated. The only other issue with the narration is the narrator saying “acrosst” which is something I find exceedingly annoying. Definitely give this one a listen.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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