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14 June 2022

Audiobook Review: The Change by Kirsten Miller *AD Gifted

HarperCollins Audio sent me a free audio-copy of The Change by Kirsten Miller via NetGalley.

When I finished this book I spent a good ten minutes screaming into a cushion. The Change made me feel things, it made me feel anger and pride, I was inspired. I freaking loved it.

The Change by Kirsten Miller audiobook book cover

The change is coming…

Nessa: The Seeker
Jo: The Protector
Harriett: The Punisher

With newfound powers the time has come to take matters into their own hands…

After Nessa is widowed and her daughters leave for college, she’s left alone in her house near the ocean. In the quiet hours, she hears voices belonging to the dead – who will only speak to her.

On the cusp of fifty Harriett’s marriage and career imploded, and she hasn’t left her house in months. But her life is far from over – in fact, she’s undergone a stunning metamorphosis.

Jo spent thirty years at war with her body. The rage that arrived with menopause felt like the last straw – until she discovers she’s able to channel it.

Guided by voices only Nessa can hear, the trio discover the abandoned body of a teenage girl. The police have written off the victim. But the women have not. Their own investigations lead them to more bodies and a world of wealth where the rules don’t apply – and the realisation that laws are designed to protect villains, not the vulnerable.

So it’s up to these three women to avenge the innocent, and punish the guilty…

The time has come to embrace The Change.

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Source: NetGalley | Review Copy 

Content Warnings: Sex trafficking, misogyny, murder.

5 Word Review: Power, responsibility, justice, revenge, punishment.

This book made me feel things. Mostly anger and sadness, but oh boy is there power in that.

The Change was phenomenal.

January LaVoy does a wonderful job narrating the story - each character had such distinct voices that I was sure it was a full cast audiobook. I am off now to search for more of their work, because they're a new favourite audiobook narrator.

I loved all of the characters, but Harriet was my favourite. She's sick of everyone's shit, she's living for herself, and I am here for it. I am envious of her garden, of her knowledge, and I'm inspired by her drive. She's so driven and subtle (and not so subtle) and I just... When I grow up, I want to be Harriet Osborne. She is the punisher and deserves that title.

Nessa is such a wonderful maternal figure and I really felt for her bearing the brunt of responsibility - she was the one that could talk to the dead and that is such an incredible pressure. She seeks out those who have lost their voice and returns it to them, revealing the ghastly secrets of their deaths. She offers such precious closure.

I love what Jo did for other women. I love that she created a safe space, nurtured it, protected it. She is the protector, and I loved how she channelled her very warranted rage.

This book can get very, very dark at times. It doesn't shade away from violent misogyny, and it explores the dangers of it. I was so glad that there were moments of humour and friendship to lighten the mood, and I smiled and laughed with the characters.

If you were a fan of Big Little Lies or loved The Sanctuary by VV James then you will love this story of power, protection, and punishment.

I can't wait to read more by this author.

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