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Don't trust him. It wasn't me. It couldn't have been me.

Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. Jim says he's hiding Evie to protect her, that she did something terrible back home in Melbourne. 

In a house that creaks against the wind, Evie begins to piece together her fractured memories of the events that led her here.

Jim says he's keeping her safe. Evie's not sure she can trust Jim, but can she trust her own memories?

An incredible literary thriller for fans of best sellers such as Gone Girl, Before I Go to Sleep and Girl on the Train from an exciting new Australian voice.

©2018 J.P. Pomare (P)2018 Hachette Australia Audio

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Gripping thriller

Great thriller with surprising twists and turns, love the narrators accent. I really enjoyed this audiobook.

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  • Ally
  • 07-02-19

Loved it!

Such a great story with an ending I didn't see coming. Definitely worth a listen!

Note: Chapter 35 felt like something went wrong with the recording? Perhaps it was just me....

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  • Nicola
  • 04-21-21

Gripping

Great read, suspenseful and well written and narrated. I love reading / listening to Australian literature - highly recommended!

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  • ValleyGirl
  • 12-09-19

OK

The premise of the book seemed promising but as it went on I found it tedious and couldn't wait for it to be finished. The twists didn't really surprise me. Might appeal to a younger audience (I'm in my 40's) but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-21

Wow!

That was a great story! The twists and turns were awesome. I’m not sure if I particularly enjoyed Tamara’s narration.... I think if I were to be physically reading the book I wouldn’t read the character’s interactions in such a monotone way... but I wonder if she was trying to get across Evie/Kate’s state of mind.... still, the monotony seemed to stem to the other characters as well which I didn’t understand. But the story was fantastic and the way it wrapped up was so good that I forgot all about how it was narrated. In all, everyone involved in the production of this book has done a really good job.

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  • ReadWriteWish
  • 12-22-19

Disappointing

This book is very popular and has heaps of 4 and 5 star ratings. So… Maybe I was expecting more… I don’t know… Anyway, I wasn’t a fan.

The story is told [mostly] from 17 year old Kate’s first person point of view, and split into ‘before’ and ‘after’ sections. The ‘before’ section shows Kate struggling with some normal, and not so normal, teenage drama. Her father, a beloved Australian ex-rugby player, behaves a little too controlling and strict for comfort. Her best friend is a manipulative bitch with an inappropriate creep of a father. And she’s in love with Tom, who displays unacceptable levels of jealousy.

The ‘after’ sections show Kate supposedly being held captive by a man in a farmhouse in remote New Zealand. The man, Jim, tells Kate he is protecting her from the Australian police and media and that she needs to go by the name Evie so that no one recognises her from the news/social media. The reader only gets hints to what has occurred to get Evie/Kate and Jim into this situation and the story unfolds gradually through the ‘before’ narration.

The reader is not supposed to know who Jim is but I think it’s glaringly obvious from the start. The reader is also supposed to feel scared for Kate/Evie’s plight but I felt quite apathetic towards the character for 99% of the time.

I did have a few issues with the plausibility of many scenes from both the ‘before’ and ‘after’ sections. I know some scenes and occurrences were supposed to plant seeds of doubt for the reader about the reliability of the narrator but, for me, I just kept thinking, ‘who acts like this?’; especially the scenes featuring the New Zealand locals. I got to practise my eye rolls anyway.

A lot of the book is ambiguous. I mean, it all made sense after reading to the end, I’m not that stupid, but there is an almost otherworldly feel to many of the scenes, in particular the ‘after’ scenes. I’m not sure if it was deliberate on the part of the author — were we supposed to be thinking everything Kate was experiencing was through a mental fog? — but either way, it annoyed me. And, truly, bored me.

A lot of reviews say they were hooked, that the book is compulsive reading or addictive or some such. Meanwhile, I was bored. I was actually surprised at how bored I was. I kept waiting for something to happen to draw me in or make me appreciate what other readers loved about the book but it never happened. I remained bored.

I only went through to the end to find out how good the twist at the end was. It was okay, I suppose. Although it’s a familiar twist that seems to recur in this genre which, again, elicits more eye rolling.

I did listen to the audio version. Maybe the narration gave the scenes something less (or more, depending on which way you look at it) than if I’d read it the traditional way. I don’t know…

Anyway, I wasn’t a fan. 2 out of 5

PS I’m confused as to why Goodreads names Jim ‘Bill’ in their blurb.Does this mean there’s been changes to the books somewhere along the way? Never a good sign.

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  • Tezza
  • 03-20-22

Different

This was an intriguing read once I fell in with the jumps in time and memory. It jumps from time and place to different first person character but builds to it's completeness in the closing chapters, ending with a twist.
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  • Alice
  • 12-16-21

Call me Evie

Its nothing like I anticipated… I really believed the character was innovative… great book I couldn’t stop listening.

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  • Mary Punzalan
  • 12-13-21

Addictive!

I often find narrators try so hard to over act in an attempt to make the story more engaging which I find distracting. The narrator in this book was on point throughout.

Great story, couldn't stop listening!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-21

Good but slow and a little predictable

I like this author and the rich ways of describing the scene. I found it didn’t grip me as fast as the others. And only continued listening to confirm my prediction.

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  • Paul Van Eede
  • 09-07-21

Great read

Kept me on my toes the whole time. Very good suspense through out. Highly recommend