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Publisher's Summary

The number one best seller.

From the Queen of Book Club Fiction.

She was a daughter, a wife, a mother. She was my friend. But what secrets did Eloise take to her grave?

After her best friend Eloise dies from breast cancer, Cathy is devastated. But then Cathy begins to have disturbing dreams that imply Eloise's death was not all it seems.

With a history of depression, Cathy is only just recovering from a nervous breakdown and her husband Chris, a psychiatrist, is acutely aware of his wife's mental frailty. When Cathy tells Chris of her suspicions about Eloise's death, as well as her ability to sense Eloise's spirit, Chris thinks she is losing her grip on reality once again.

Stung by her husband's scepticism, Cathy decides to explore Eloise's mysterious past, putting herself in danger as she finds herself drawn ever deeper into her friend's great - and tragic - secret.

Compulsively-readable and incredibly haunting, this is the worldwide bestselling novel from broadcaster, journalist and Book Club champion, Judy Finnigan.

©2012 Judy Finnigan (P)2012 Hachette Digital

Critic Reviews

"Romantic and rain-lashed...a stirring and intriguing read." (Louise Candlish)
"Gripping...captures the mystery and menace of Cornwall in glorious gothic style." (Liz Fenwick)

"Highly readable, incredibly moving...Eloise had me turning pages late into the night." (Dorothy Koomson)

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Easy listening

Story was good, a little unbelievable that Cathy's husband would really treat her like that or that she would really put up with being spoken to like that either.
Reader was ok I felt she gave the main character a voice that was too pathetic.
Overall an way listening experience and good first book.

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Enjoyable

When I began reading this book, I thought it was about the conflict between the rational and intuitive aspects of the mind, in the guise of a ghost story. But, I wasn't exactly right. It isn't a love story either, for the lovers barely spend any time with each other, though they are both fascinating characters. It isn't a story of family life, domestic conflict and its resolution either. But all these elements blend well and the story moves along at a fast clip. The beautiful coastal village where the story is set, is lovingly described. The narration is excellent. I loved the fact that this is a happy story. Trouble hovers like gathering storm clouds, but the storm is exciting and enjoyable in its own way. Unlike 'The Thirteenth Tale', this is not a dark and gloomy tale. If I have any complaint, it is that the behavior of Cathy's husband is unrealistic. It is difficult to believe that he is not concerned about the children's safety at the end. Also, he does not deal with his disagreement with his wife like a man who has enjoyed a long, stable and happy marriage. His approach to protecting his wife's peace of mind isn't convincing either. But, l had a good time listening to this book and would strongly recommend it to others.

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  • Graziella
  • 04-24-13

disappointing

It started really well. It had the potential to be completely gripping. However, the dynamics between the characters did not ring true. I was increasingly frustrated, seeing the ending coming but hoping against hope it would not be so.

The supernatural element did not ring true either. No self respecting ghost, taking the trouble to stick around that much, would be that criptic. It sent me up the wall.

On the plus side, it was superbly written by a woman who, I wuld say, is no stranger to heartbreak and emotional harship. That analysis was superb. Reader too.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Lucy
  • 04-07-13

Loved it

This the 1st book written by Judy Finnican, after hearing an interview on the radio I thought I would give it a listen. The book is engaging right from the beginning. It is well written and I could relate to the main character very quickly. The book is set in Cornwall, a place I have never been but the description of the area really made me want to visit soon.



Well done Judy really enjoyed your 1st book, can't wait for the next.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Yvonne
  • 03-18-13

A LAZY SUNDAY AFTERNOON READ

I wondered if Judy had what it takes to write a best seller, but yes i think she may have. I enjoyed 'Eloise', this haunted Cornish story, will it keep you wondering till the end or perhaps not. A nice story line, easy reading for a cold snowy day. Looking forward to book No. 2.

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  • Sophie M.
  • 03-23-15

Diabolical

One of the worst written books I have ever come across. Take heed of all the bad reviews and don't bother. Sorry Judy - Daphne du Maurier you ain't.

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  • Dylan fan
  • 03-04-15

Disappointing

The story was so slow and the same narrow vocabulary was used over and again. I hate to think how many times the word fragile was used.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Claire M
  • 06-16-14

Dreadful

What would have made Eloise better?

The plot line was slow, describing the life a spoilt, pampered woman on anti-depressants.

Has Eloise put you off other books in this genre?

No, just this author.

How could the performance have been better?

Narration was squeaky.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and boredom.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Pippa Lamb
  • 01-16-13

Disappointing

I wanted to give this book the benefit of the doubt, but the writing felt too obvious. I was bored.

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  • Mrs
  • 12-22-13

Boring

What would have made Eloise better?

Could have been better written not what I was expecting from such a high profile figure.

Would you ever listen to anything by Judy Finnigan again?

No

How could the performance have been better?

Performance was ok.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Very disappointing. Tedious and boring to say the least

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Angela
  • 04-13-13

Emotional

I loved listening to this book as it really tugged at the friendship heart strings. The nods to depression and coping with it are dealt with well within the book. It has a great believeable storyline for a first novel, well done Judy!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Linden
  • 03-13-13

Compulsive and rewarding listening

This is a truly great story, even further enhanced by brilliant narration. The characterisation, family dynamics and plot are all superb. About half-way through, I found myself desperately hoping that the plot wouldn't feebly peter out at the end, but it didn't! It kept me guessing as to what was going to happen right up to the end. I'm not normally a big fan of ghost type stories, but this should not be missed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful