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In the vein of Fiona Barton's The Widow and Renée Knight's Disclaimer, a psychological thriller about a war reporter who returns to her childhood home after her mother's death but becomes convinced that all is not well in the house next door - but is what she's seeing real or a symptom of the trauma she suffered in Syria?

The one person you should trust is lying to you....

Kate has spent 15 years bringing global injustice home: as a decorated war reporter, she's always in a place of conflict, writing about ordinary people in unimaginable situations. When her mother dies, Kate returns home from Syria for the funeral. But an incident with a young Syrian boy haunts her dreams, and when Kate sees a boy in the garden of the house next door - a house inhabited by an Iraqi refugee who claims her husband is away and she has no children - Kate becomes convinced that something is very wrong.

As she struggles to separate her memories of Syria from the quiet town in which she grew up - and also to reconcile her memories of a traumatic childhood with her sister's insistence that all was not as Kate remembers - she begins to wonder what is actually true...and what is just in her mind.

In this gripping, timely debut, Nuala Ellwood brings us an unforgettable damaged character, a haunting, humanizing look at the Syrian conflict, and a deeply harrowing psychological thriller that listeners won't be able to pause.

©2017 Nuala Ellwood (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jody
  • SPRING GROVE, PA, US
  • 10-09-17

Started a bit slow

It definitely started a bit slow, but piqued my curiosity enough to keep me in until the end, and I am so happy I did! The end is CRAZY and it isn’t really given away at all until the end, and even then I could never have guessed the entire ending, and the small part I did, you have to pay attention to catch the clues at the end! It was so worth getting through the slower parts! An amazing story!