Beth O’Leary’s first novel, The Flatshare, got wonderful reviews. The Switch, her sophomore effort, will be sure to please those who enjoy women’s fiction.
This book tells the story of Eileen, a grandmother who lives in a small village, and her granddaughter Leena, an urban dweller, who has recently faced some work difficulties and major anxiety issues. Both also have been deeply affected by the death of their sister/granddaughter. In addition, Eileen’s husband has left her.
This novel comes so vividly to life in the audiobook version that I listened to. The settings are so different between city and country and the flavor of life in each is well portrayed. With a different narrator voicing each of the two main characters, they have distinct voices and their personalities really come through. In this instance, I think that the audio really enhanced all of the good qualities of the story.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this enjoyable listen in exchange for an honest review.
Pub date: August 18, 2020