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The Stranger Within Audiobook

The Stranger Within

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Publisher's Summary

Be careful what you wish for. On the surface, Callie Harwell has it all. Newly married to James, she finally gets the family she has longed for and becomes a mother to his two sons. So why is she arrested for murder?

Things are not as Callie hoped they would be and she struggles to be accepted as part of James' family, and to keep hidden the secrets that could destroy her future.

As her life spirals out of control, setting in motion a chain of events with devastating consequences, Callie is forced to question how well we ever really know ourselves.

©2014 Kathryn Croft (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    Amazon Customer 09-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    I have to say I could only put this book down to take care of housework ect. But I also have to say the ending was a HUGE disapointment. For heavens sake, after I stuck with this story and loved it so much to have it just end was terrible. There was so much more to be done to finish it. I don't want to discourage others from reading it , because there were so many good things in this listen. Suspense was incredible, and I so wanted this to turn out much different. I can't say much because I don't want to spoil it for others, but after Callie went through so much with this dispicable, messed up family, I wanted more for her in the end. So many times I wanted her to just walk out on the whole bunch of them. James the father was an oblivious idiot who should have stayed around more to see what was going on in his own family. He didn't need a wife , he needed a shrink. And the boys needed serious attention. The story kept me tied in knots, and even after all my rants, I still consider this a listen to recommend. While I was listening to the story, I was thinking I want to read more of her books, but now I'm afraid I'll go all the way with another and find the ending just as diapointing. Write an epilogue or more of the story next time and don't leave the reader going WHAT, ARE YOU KIDDING.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shana Crawley 10-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The Bloody English"

    They make more coffee and more tea in this book than you could possibly believe; complete with descriptions about how each cup tastes.
    Callie's decisions are so painfully stupid I want to slap her, but it's like watching a train wreck. You have to see it through to the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ariella 10-20-16
    Ariella 10-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "so good"

    honestly was intently listening to the end. she is such a great writer. behind closed doors was great too

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pratheba Orth 11-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent book - stay with it- the ending!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Stranger Within the most enjoyable?

    I had just read behind closed doors
    and that book was great (but quite weird)
    I wanted something similar

    This book was very entertaining especially about 1/2 way in
    I thought I knew the ending too but a great twist was in store


    Any additional comments?

    Please have more books by this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mitzi K Hale 11-24-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't put it down!"

    What an incredible story, had me guessing and changing my mind the entire book. I found myself holding my breath for the last page and the last line will definitely stay with me. Haunting, thought provoking and amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tech Runner 11-22-16
    Tech Runner 11-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding"

    What an amazing writer... loved this book beginning to end. Not a dull sentence. I lived every moment with Callie. Thank you for your writing. Truly excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne 11-19-16
    Marianne 11-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This book was a wild ride!"

    There were moments when I felt sorry for her, and others when I wanted to scream at her! Either way, I could not stop listening. It's definitely not a happy book. I really enjoyed it though. Excellent writing! Perfect performance (narrating)! And I disagree with a previous reviewer who did not like the ending. I thought it was perfect and beautiful.

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    Lacy Shields 11-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!! Page turner!"

    This book was the best I have listened to all year. Narrator was perfect and the story keep me from getting work done because I couldn't wait to get back to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ROBIN SODDY DAISY, TN, United States 11-01-16
    ROBIN SODDY DAISY, TN, United States 11-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I didn't really like it..."

    This book was like a wreck I couldn't look away from.
    I didn't like it , and can't really recommend it, but I'm still glad I finished it... odd.

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  • Rowena Bennett
    10/17/16
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    "Brilliant"

    I really enjoyed this book. Great plot,plenty of unexpected twists and turns. would recommend and looking forward to hearing more from this author

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs s j roberts
    10/20/16
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    "brilliant"

    this is the 1st book I have listened to by kathryn croft and what a treat brilliant story had me listening to the early hours of the morning. the narrator lisa coleman has a beautiful voice telling the story with great voices and emotions she is the best narrator I've heard and will be listening to more books with her narrating.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • mandy
    10/11/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Another brilliant read! Can't get enough of these books. They grab you from the very first chapter

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Lesley Davidson
    10/25/16
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    "Brilliant gripping story"

    loved this book. gripping storyline. lots of twists and turns. I didn't see any off them coming. another great read. couldn't put it down.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • c
    WALSALL, United Kingdom
    12/4/16
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    "Can't stop thinking about this compelling novel."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stranger Within to be better than the print version?

    There are some novels that I'm certain are improved by great narrators but this novel, even though it's read by the quite superb Lisa Coleman, will be equally superb in the written form too. Great writing and a terrific listening experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the sheer strength of the characters and the story-line which are nothing short of compelling and unforgettable. You might think at the early outset that you just know how things will turn out but forget that because you'll mostly be wrong!


    Which character – as performed by Lisa Coleman – was your favourite?

    Easy to say that the lead female character, Caroline, was a favourite, but this means under-valuing the rest of the compelling and important characters that make this such a memorable novel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many, many moments in this great book moved me through various emotions but none as powerfully as the final chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book over 2 days because it was so well written and SO well read by the wonderful Lisa Coleman who never over-plays any parts of the novels she narrates. Always her 'pitch' is quite perfectly suited to the book. I just can't stop thinking about this whole listening experience. Quite special and how to follow this one?? Next one asap please Kathryn Croft.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • joshua t
    west midlands uk
    12/4/16
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    "STRANGER INDEED"

    Enjoyed book immensely, unexpected ending. Book moved along at a great pace. Great read. Excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda McCleary
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    11/30/16
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    "excellent"

    fantastic novel kept me gripped and really enjoyed it!! highly recommended and the characters are great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harrison
    11/7/16
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    Very clever book that kept me listening and awake late wanting to hear more! Recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kim
    11/1/16
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    "Brilliant!!"

    Loved this book, could not stop listening at every opportunity!!
    One of my favourites so far

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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