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Publisher's Summary

Five years ago Susannah Harper's son, Joel, went missing without trace. Bereft of her son and then of her husband, Susannah has rebuilt her life around helping others. But then, on the last night of Hull Fair, a fortune-teller makes an eerie prediction. She tells her that this Christmas Eve, Joel will finally come back to her. As her carefully constructed life begins to unravel, Susannah is forced to confront the buried truths of her family's past.

©2017 Cassandra Parkin (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A beautiful, rich, haunting and addictive masterpiece." (Louise Beech, author of How To Be Brave)
"A wonderful writer with a painterly eye for detail...There are some brilliant twists." ( Daily Mail)

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The story and writing was good, and the narrator was talented but she didn't match the character. The main character was supposed to be in her early 40s and attractive, but the narrator sounded middle aged and frumpy? If that's possible to tell. I could predict what was going to happen once she visited the first psychic, so the ending was predictable. I was bothered by the weakness of the main character throughout. Why didn't she get her son some help? Homeschool him if school was so unbearable? He husband was never mean or abusive towards her ever, so why was she so afraid of him when they had their son? I know characters are meant to have flaws, but it was like, come on woman!

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  • lisasarcy
  • 12-12-17

Dreadful Ending to a great story

I was really enjoying this - a tale involving the psychological effects on people with missing children, the breakdown of relationships and trust, the people willing to exploit them for profit, a mother unraveling with the long wait for news of her child - but the ending was just awful, ludicrous even.

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  • barbara
  • 01-14-18

Unbelievable nonsense. An author trying to hard to evade the premature anticipation of the ending.

No. Just, no

Too much emphasis on the elusive suspense, not enough on a crafted novel. It is predictable because it becomes ridiculous

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  • AKV
  • 01-02-18

A sinister Winter 's tale

An intriguing story, full of twists and turns, the narration was excellent, thoroughly enjoyed listening.

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  • Tamsin Evans
  • 12-14-17

Loved this book!

Cassandra Parkin writes beautifully and Emma Gregory’s performance is superb. I listen to 4 books a month, & have done for several years, but this is one of those that will stick in my mind. I savoured every moment, including the ending!