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  • The Housemate

  • By: C. L. Pattison
  • Narrated by: Polly Edsell, Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

The housemate. She's here to stay.... You've let a stranger into your home. You don't know her secrets. You don't know what she wants. Megan and Chloe have found the perfect house. And when they meet Sammi, she seems like the perfect housemate to share it with. It could be the beginning of a brilliant friendship. But Megan isn't so sure about this new girl. She knows they need to be careful about whom they invite in. Because once she's in, she's here to stay.... A brilliant and gripping psychological thriller - perfect for fans of Louise Jensen, Jane Corry and Friend Request.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GReat easy story!

  • By lisa on 04-04-19

Just 'Meh'- Easy Read, sort of Boring

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-19

The Housemate was a very quick listen for me. I figured out the 'surprise ending' about half way through the book. It was a quick read, and I would recommend it as a beach read if anything.

Two roommates need a roommate to help pay their rent in a nice area of London. They take in Sammy, who seems great at first, but then turns sort of weird and creepy. What will the girls do to get her to leave? She has no intention of leaving, but she's no longer welcomed..

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to enjoy a fast, simple psychological thriller. Not great, not terrible.

-Wendi

  • The Girl You Lost

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Willow Nash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,432

Eighteen years ago Simone Porter's six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband Matt have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them. Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace - and can Simone trust her? When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great psychological thriller

  • By Angela Hancock on 10-05-16

A Bit Confusing At Times, But Excellent Thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-19

The Girl You Lost was a very well paced book, however I felt that too many characters were added suddenly and I kept having to re-listen to figure out who was whom, and how they effected the central part of the story (which also lost some of it's focus). I am glad I stuck with it, though. Although, it was extremely depressing, I did manage to catch on to the 'dirty secret' and my hunch was right.

A young girl was taken from a couple when she was six months old. Twenty years later the young girl finds her real parents and tells them that she is actually their daughter. However, there is a lot of confusion, apprehensive to believe her, and all kinds of drama that goes along with even knowing the girl. We go through a fast paced hunt for killers, and rapists, and missing girls.

I am glad I stuck through the book. The narration was good, and as long as you don't let your mind wander you should be fine.

4 solid stars

  • If You Knew Her

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Elgar
  • Narrated by: Katey Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 326

When young, beautiful Cassie Jensen arrives unconscious to the intensive care ward at St. Catherine's hospital after being struck in a hit-and-run while out walking her dog, chief nurse Alice Marlowe thinks she looks familiar. She starts digging deeper into Cassie's relationships, only to discover something about her patient that she'd been keeping secret from everyone, including her devoted husband and family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By Terry on 03-27-18

Gripping Story, Good Suspense

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-19

If You Knew Her has a few different scenarios going on at once. We have a wife in a come who's been in a terrible accident. Her mother in law and her husband seem to be completely out of sorts. They come to visit her every day, and it appears that there is more to the story than a random car accident. Because she's in a coma, and everyone else on the ward seems to be in close to vegetative states, more people here the whispers and secrets than her mother in law and husband suspect. In fact, one patient with locked in syndrome begins to communicate, and we find out that he heard all what was going on the whole time. As his communication skills improve, so does the intensity and stress of the story.

If you knew her was a good story with plenty of suspense. I only wish it could of had a happier ending, but I did enjoy it.

4 stars

  • Never Let You Go

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti, Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,551
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,374

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed with ending

  • By BonSue on 04-21-17

Wow!!! Amaze-Balls!!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-19

Never Let You Go was one of the best surprises in psychological thrillers I have had in a long time. I was engrossed in the story of a woman who married the most charming man in the world.. until he wasn't. Their journey became more and more involved and terrifying, until it seemed like maybe she and her daughter were finally safe. But they weren't. And I had no idea who was threatening them.

This book kept me listening every moment I could, I am going to be hard pressed to find another like it. I am very impressed with Chevy Stevens and I will definitely be reading more from her!

5 big stars, loved the narrators and the Canadian setting, reminded me of home.

-Wendi

  • The Last Mrs. Parrish

  • A Novel
  • By: Liv Constantine
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman, Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,346

Amber Patterson is fed up. She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more - a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne - a socialite and philanthropist - and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber's envy could eat her alive...if she didn't have a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The house of lies!

  • By CMiles1985 on 11-21-17

Why Did I Wait So Long To Listen??

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-19

The Last Mrs. Parrish kept me hooked and hungry. WOW! What an incredible story!

The first half of the novel gives the point of view of a gold digging girl who's trying to weed her way into a rich couple's lives so that she can befriend a woman, and then steal her husband.

The second half of the book is shocking, as we hear the story from the wife who's husband was stolen.

Things are never what they appear on the surface!

I am mad at myself for not reading this sooner. I had a gem sitting in my 'to be listened to' library this whole time. I am so glad I listened to it- I absolutely LOVED it!

Highly recommended, especially to those who enjoy British psychological thrillers.

-Wendi

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  • The Darkest Lies

  • A Gripping Psychological Thriller with a Shocking Twist
  • By: Barbara Copperthwaite
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 548

Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village. Nothing can shake her happiness -- until the day that Beth goes missing, and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home. Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter's attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won't they talk?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • super psychological drama

  • By Janie on 06-10-17

Excellent Story! Listen on 1.25 or 1.5

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-19

Those Who Knew Her is an excellent thriller, and I was very pleased with the story, which I ate up voraciously. The narration is very off-putting at first, and I would strongly suggest that you speed the narration to 1.25 or 1.5, or you may get frustrated. It's worth getting past the narration, and it sounds okay at the faster speeds.

The perfect family, mom, dad, beautiful teen girl and dog, live in a little village in England where everyone knows one another. When Beth, the teen daughter, goes missing, the support pours in from the villagers. When Beth is found, close to dead, her mother takes matters in her own hands and tries to find out what happened to her daughter, who is on life support.

It turns out, the town's people aren't as supportive as it seems, and there are so many secrets and lies hidden behind layers of people who say they know nothing about Beth's tragic circumstances.

Those Who Knew Her is a fast paced thriller with with lots of twists and turns, and a story that sucks the listener in and roots for the protagonist. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially lovers of psychological thrillers.

-Wendi

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  • The Last Lie

  • By: Alex Lake
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

Everyone lies...but some lies are deadly. For Claire Daniels, life is good. She has everything she’s ever wanted - a career she loves, friends she can rely on and a husband who dotes on her. All she needs is to start a family of her own and things will be even better than good. They’ll be perfect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Intense story

  • By Mystical Lady on 01-11-19

My First Alex Lake Book- Awesome!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-19

I had never heard of Alex Lake. I am so glad and fortunate that I now have listened to The Last Lie, and I will be seeking other books by Lake.

This story kept me engrossed until the very end.

A seemingly happy couple is having problems conceiving a child, and things are getting to the point where they need to see a fertility doctor. But, hubby has a big secret in the fertility department. In fact, he has a big secret in general. The story is told from the husband's point of view in the first half of the book, and then it switches to the wife's point of view in the second half.

I hung on the edge of my seat and I so enjoyed Lake's style, along with the story. Highly recommended, especially for those who like psychological thrillers!

-Wendi

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  • Salem Falls

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girls' prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation. Now, washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-or-Diner, he slips quietly into his new routine, and Addie finds this unassuming man fitting easily inside her heart. But amid the rustic calm of Salem Falls, a quartet of teenage girls harbor dark secrets - and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Full of filler

  • By Rania Treadwell on 06-29-16

Old School Jodi Picoult- Refreshing!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-19

Enter Salem Falls, a sleepy town in New England where nothing much happens. An ex-con, convicted of rape has taken up at the local restaurant as a dishwasher. He served 8 months in prison, and when he is forced to register as a sex offender, the small town lights up with gossip.

Things get worse when a young girl in town accuses him of rape, and he awaits his day in court.

Salem Falls is written in the typical 'Picoult' fashion. We have an uncomfortable situation, a person with a possible wrong conviction, and a courtroom drama. The tale is woven intricately until we find out what really happened to the girl, and whether the town's new visitor is guilty, or not.

I enjoyed Salem Falls because it was written eighteen years ago and I loved Picoult's earlier work. I am not a fan of her latest books at all, and this is the only 'older' one I hadn't read or listened to.

Recommended.

-Wendi

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  • Her One Mistake

  • By: Heidi Perks
  • Narrated by: Kirsty Dillon, Julie Maisey, Sally Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable

  • By Lisa on 02-06-19

Addictive, Good Domestic Thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-19

Her One Mistake held my attention throughout and left me wanting to listen every chance I had.

A woman watches her neighbour's child, and she looks away for just a moment and that child is gone. Feeling horrible and soon shunned by her friends, she feels horrible about her mistake. However, as the story progresses, we find out things are not as they seem, and the hunt to find the child takes some unexpected twists and turns.

Well narrated and enjoyable to listen at the speed of 1, Her One Mistake is a satisfying listen. I would recommend.

Wendi

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  • Silent Lies

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish, Rosie Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,583

Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished. Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn't kill himself. Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach's past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Didn’t See it Coming!

  • By Debra on 02-19-18

Great, But Wish The Ending Was Better

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-19

This audiobook was a real treat, and was completely engrossing from start to finish.

A psychologist has a seven year old daughter and is trying to forget the past and move on with her life. It seems as though five years ago, her loving husband was involved in a murder, and committed suicide as a result. But, of course, things are never as they seem.

The psychologist gets a new patient, who tells her that she doesn't think her husband committed suicide and she 'knows something' about the incident. We get the story from the therapist's point of view.

Then, we get another story altogether, from the person who was supposedly murdered by her husband five years ago.

The story intertwines and there really is never a dull moment. I was disappointed about the ending though, because it didn't gel at all with the rest of the book.

Overall, a terrific listen! I would definitely recommend!

-Wendi

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