Bittersweet - Miranda Berverly-Whittenmore

title: Bittersweet
author: Miranda Berverly-Whittemore
narrator: Katherina Wackernagel
language: German
duration: 12h 47min (2 CD´s)
other outputs: Book
publishing company: "der Hörverlag" 
Awards: the " Best of summer book" of                            Vogue, New York Daily News and                     New York Post .

Synopsis :

On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it’s the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted:  friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.
But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact - and what they might do to anyone who threatens them. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and make Ev's world her own.

My Opinion: (might be a spoiler!)

I really liked the description of the CD, that's why I ordered it. The cover of the CD is the same than of the book. In the foreground you see a lake and in the background, there's a white,old villa ,probably bittersweet.
 The beginning is set at the East Coast College, but not for long. It all starts calm - you get an insight of the daily school life of Ev and Mable. Nearly the whole story plays in Winloch, the manor of the family Winlow ,who is a high-regarded and rich family. They and the other teenagers spend an unforgettable summer together. The author described everything very good ,so you could imagine the characters and landscapes well. The middle of the story is mostly about the teenager's life at Winloch ,their first love, little arguments and new friends. In the end ,the events come thick and fast and you can't stop listening. You finally know which secret the family has been trying to hide for nearly 80 years. The thing I really like about the radioplay is ,that the end is really unexpected.
I was really surprised about everything turned out!
I can definitely recommend this CD!

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