No One Goes Alone, a review by Amy

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No One Goes Alone
Erik Larson
Random House Audiobook
8 hours

Unnerving, atmospheric, and intriguing. Larson’s first foray into fiction is a hit!

Widely renowned for his award winning narrative nonfiction, No One Goes Alone proves that Larson’s talent is not solely found in facts. His latest novel blends fact with fiction to create a ghost story and mystery with strong Agatha Christie vibes.

During the 19th century, the belief in ghosts was pervasive, even within the scientific community. In No One Goes Alone, a team of scientists set out to a remote island to discern the mysterious disappearances of a family. It doesn’t take long for the island to come alive with unexplainable events. Scientists vacillate between skepticism and belief, confusion and reason.

Larson sets the atmosphere with adeptness, allowing the island to become an additional character in this novel. Its isolated, remote nature surrounded by a stormy sea bordered by craggy cliffs creates an ominous and menacing setting reminiscent of Christie’s Then There Were None.

Ghost stories are best told aloud. And this one is only available in audio format. You won’t be disappointed though! Julian Rhind-Tutt provides excellent narration, highlighting the ominous atmosphere and giving each character a distinct voice.


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