Natty and Sean Wainwright are happily married. Rock solid in fact. So when Natty's oldest friend, Eve Dalladay, appears - just as their daughter collapses on a school trip in France - Natty has no qualms about leaving Eve with Sean to help out at home.
Two weeks later and Natty finds Eve has slotted into family life too well - her husband has fallen in love with Eve. He's sorry, he tells her, but their marriage is over. With no option but to put a brave face on things for the sake of the children, Natty embarks on building a new life for herself. And then she receives the note. Eve has done this before, more than once, and with fatal consequences...
©2014 Paula Daly (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"Collapse of a family"
The Wainwrights, on the surface, are an ideal family. Sean and Natty have been together since they were teenagers and after nearly 20 years have a successful business and two delightful daughters so what could go wrong? The answer is the arrival of Natty's old friend, Eve, I experienced rage on Natty's behalf, anger at her sometime stupid behaviour and disgust at the way that Sean handled the problems. Listening to this book was an emotional roller-coaster, right up to the final twist. Janine Birkett was an ideal narrator.
"Consumed in One Sitting!!"
Another Paula Daly audio book that I would gladly have paid more than one credit to listen to.
As with the previous book, it is well written with a realistic storyline. What also made it an additive listen, is the narration - various characters - including males - were excellently portrayed.
Well done!! I look forward to the next book.
Yes I think so. It's a good combination of analysing relationships, marriage and family combined with a psychological thriller set against an everyday family background . A very enjoyable read
The portrayal of the 'friend' and how her manipulative nature and past background unfolded.
The ending - but I wouldn't reveal this so as not to spoil for others
Yes - if I could have done, I would!
"A good thriller."
I would recommend it. I like books set in ordinary settings in England. The descriptions of the Lake District were enticing.
Probably the younger daughter who witnessed a horrible scene and saw through her father's new girlfriend.
No, this was the first. I wasn't keen on the accent but perhaps I have a prejudice against Lake District accents which I didn't know about. However, another Paula Daly book, narrated by a different person did not have the same effect on me. I felt that Janine Birkett's voice and accent sounded like an older person than the main character was meant to be.
Many, this story had me enthralled all the way through.
I enjoyed this so much I immediately downloaded another book by the author Paula Daly which was just as good. This was 'Just what kind of a mother are you?'
Fantastic narrator. Great accents. The story didn't have twists but it was very enjoyable nonetheless. It just demonstrates how vain men can be!
I wonder if I read a different book to the majority of the reviewers who seem to think this is fantastic. Have any of you read Gone Girl? This is basically a poor attempt to describe and define a female sociopath. There is limited information as regards to what she's actually done in the past and a silly red herring about which one of them is, in fact, the sociopath but overall there isn't much substance to this story. Was glad to have finished it so I could move on to something better.
"Well written story with plenty of twists"
I loved the Lakeland setting of the story.
Janine Birkitt was an excellent narrator.
Do not miss this book - I have read Paula Daly's previous book and can recommend this too.
My one slight disappointment was its sudden conclusion; I'd like to have known how characters dealt with the change in circumstances.
"To read by the pool, no thinking needed"
Well read, really easy. Not a lot of depth to the storyline. Inconclusive at the end
"keep your friends close"
I did enjoy this book and the ending well that was a surprise to me.
"Riveting? Yes. Enjoyable? Not sure..."
I've just finished listening and really don't know if I enjoyed it or not, but I do know I was hooked from soon after Natty started to speak.
There's a curious opening section which made me wonder if I wanted to bother with the rest, but I'd hung on a bit longer and soon after found I was drawn in. Parts of the plot were implausible but the overall picture was well written, and the narration is excellent.
None of the characters were particularly likeable, with 3 exceptions - Natty's widowed father, his carer Jackie and her niece, the female DC. Natty is the one we are meant to feel sorry for and to champion, but she really is her own worst enemy. I think the strongest character, and the one you do want to cheer on, is the 14 year old Felicity.
Something quite different for me. Based in this, I probably will listen to Paula Daly's other titles.
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