Apple of My Eye

Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
4 out of 5 stars (113 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Just how far is a mother willing to go?

When a mysterious note arrives for six months pregnant Dr Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life - from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months. 

As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future. 

Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother - and stay a mother....

©2019 Claire Allan (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Amazing. I read it in one go. I was totally hooked." (Marian Keyes)

"A powerful and emotional psychological thriller that will keep you guessing and leave you breathless." (C. L. Taylor, author of The Fear)

"Utterly addictive! Literally couldn’t put it down all day! Compulsive, twisty, tense. And LOVED the ending." (Claire Douglas, author of Local Girl Missing)

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A mother's love or not?!

Grab me from the beginning and didn't let go. Couldn't believe the ending. A great story told by an awesome narrator. Definitely a keeper! 😀😀😀

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  • PB
  • 02-15-19

surprising twists and turns

This was a thoroughly enjoyable book. The storyline was full of surprising twists and turns. The narrators were excellent.

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Creepy

Nurse Eliana Hughes and her husband Martin lead a charmed life in Derry, Northern Ireland, and are expecting a baby girl in two months. This will be the first grandchild for Angela, Eliana’s mother. Meanwhile, Louise is plotting to kidnap a baby and raise it as her own. Slowly, Eliana’s life unravels, Angela becomes more possessive and Louise carefully plans her crime. And then it gets really creepy.

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Fast paced thriller

This is a good domestic thriller. I listened in a day! I did get really annoyed with the main character Elliana. She just made so many stupid decisions in the book! But all in all it was good.

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What should I saw this is a must listen to!

Don't let slow start fool you! This is very twisting! I don't want to say to much! Listen and enjoy!

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Pretty Good

Nothing earth shattering. Real crazy mom obsessed with her child, scared to be alone, would do anything not to be. The story is well written and the narration is good.

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already figured out the plot. iffy narrating

the narrator made it hard for me to listen to. She kept pausing at weird times like she didn't know what the next line was going to be. Then, I already knew the plot. Waste of time.

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horrible narrator

This narrator was so bad I had zero sympathy for the protagonist. I understand the need to express excitement during certain periods of the story, but come on talk about over acting, zero to sixty to mania to numbness in a 10 second span. I wanted to kick her in her shins.

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Very easy to figure out

I had this book figured out very early on. Maybe it's because I have listened to so many psychological thrillers. It was just ok as far as suspense goes.Once you have the book figured out it can be boring and I found myself fast forwarding through some of it that did not forward the story, like when Ellie was at work. This was just an average book for me.

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Loved it

I think this was one of my favorite reads on here. I didn't think it would have a good twist but it did. I loved it

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  • Ann D
  • 02-09-19

Fabulous!

During the early chapters, I wondered about returning this book. It seemed a bit ‘chic lit’ for me. I’m so glad I persevered as it became something else entirely. A real thriller. I can say no more without revealing spoilers. Therefore, I’ll just say ‘buy it’!

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  • Jada
  • 02-02-19

Loved it!

Couldn't stop listening.
Easy to listen to, real characters and a brilliant but fairly sad story. I did shed a few tears at the end.
Highly recommend.

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  • Jules
  • 03-26-19

Loved It!

This book is so well narrated, absolutely brilliant. The story is very good, it's clever, and the narration absolutely brings it to life. This one is a no-brainer!

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  • Mr
  • 02-28-19

Cudnt stop listening.

Loved it.... Couldn't stop listening. Even Sat in the car in my driveway after driving home to work for 20 mins to keep listening to the next chapter.

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  • Martin
  • 05-10-20

Genuine Fabulous Book.

This is a superb story, full of twists and turns. The characters are so believable. The ending was fast paced and unexpected. Highly recommend this book.

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  • J Azeb
  • 04-15-20

Absolutely Brilliant!!

I don't want to give anything away.. so can't say too much. I love psychological thrillers, but they so often follow the same format with the same types of characters... this was a real breath of fresh air!
Really well written with a superbly crafted plot and fantastic realistic characters.
I also thought the narrators were brilliant. My next listen will have a hard job matching this!

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  • Ms. C. Mullan
  • 04-13-20

Employable

Really enjoyed this book looking forward to reading more from this author Good story line plenty of twists, narrators did a great job

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  • Bethany Reaney
  • 04-07-20

Difficult start, but more than worth it at the end

Honestly thought I was going to have to return this book as I struggled to get into it initially. Thankfully I stuck it out and was very impressed with the twists and ended up really enjoying the book. Clever storytelling and fascinating plot.

Audio is awfully quiet compared to other audiobooks, found myself often having to turn the volume up which made the Chapter introductions a bit too loud!

Writing and dialogue can get a bit repetitive, but the characters have a sense of realness and I found myself easy to imagine them.

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  • Jules
  • 02-15-20

Worth persevering with

During the first couple of chapters I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one and nearly gave up. However, I am glad that I persevered as it turned out to be very enjoyable (even though I guessed quite early what was happening).

The narration was, on the whole, very good. Apart from one niggle which I found a tad off putting - the narrator who read the part of Eliana sounded, at times, American. However, that did not stop me from enjoying the book and I will be recommending it to family and friends.

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  • Fee
  • 02-13-20

Brilliant!

This was so good. Even though you know early on what’s happening and I will admit I thought at that point it was going to have to waffle an awful lot to fill the other seven plus hours, but no, it was still so full of suspense, there was no padding required and not a wasted scene throughout. Amazingly written, engaging characters and excellent narration. It’s 13th February and of the 30 plus I’ve listened to so far this year this is definitely going to be in my top five listens for the year, I cannot see it losing its place. Along with “14” by Peter Clines, a book I’d never have listened to had I known the genre was science fiction. But “Apple of my eye”, my preferred genre, was a cut above the general and extremely over hyped suspense thrillers.