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Fifteen-year-old Maisy Mitcham and her twin brother, Duncan, lose their mother to an insane asylum one night in 1960. The twins are sent to their grandmother's country house, Nightingales. Cold and distant, she leaves them to their own devices, to explore and to grow.

That is until the day Duncan doesn't come home from the woods. With their grandmother seeming to have little interest in her grandson's disappearance and the police soon giving up hope, it is left to Maisy to discover the truth. And she will start with Grace Deville. A woman who lives alone in the wood, about whom rumours abound...

©2017 Lesley Pearse (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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Slightly disappointed at storyline

I throughly enjoyed the story up to the point when it was discovered that Duncan was missing and revealed that he was physically, emotionally and sexually abused. Didn’t expect the story to take that turn and didn’t like the detail and I actually fast forward over those parts. I only finished the book because of the narrator.
I will be careful to purchase another book from same author but will love to listen to narrator again. Loved her performance.

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The Woman in the Woods

First book I have read/listened to by this author and am hooked. loved it from start to finish and was actually sad when it finished.
Definitely hooked and will be reading more and iwill be watching for new ones. Narration was excellent

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  • amanda lilley
  • 08-10-17

Gripping

Hreld my interest. Narrater superb . I could visulise the people the places the emotions. I was there. Thank you

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  • A. Richards
  • 06-01-18

absolutley brilliant.

Main characters Maisey, Duncan and Grace.
A thriller right to the end.
A joy to listen to,
and a book that you will find hard not to listen to in one go.

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  • Paola ivanova
  • 05-14-18

Poor compared to other books from the author

i am disappointed. seemed boring and slow vs other books. characters were not developed either.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-18

engaging and surprising

I couldn't put it down. Some dark content but well written and an enjoyable read.

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  • Sezzy
  • 10-14-17

Loved it!

I have not yet come across a Lesley Pearse book that I haven’t enjoyed, and this one did not disappoint either. A really interesting story, albeit a bit more gritty and dark than some of her other books. This was my first time listening to an audio book and I have spent most of the last few days with my headphones on as I was so desperate to know what happened next! Really enjoyed this, 5* and would thoroughly recommend.

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  • Cheryl Cromie
  • 07-09-17

5 Stars

Another 5 star story from my favourite author! Loved it! Highly recommend. Would love a follow on book to see what became of the twins Maisy and Duncan!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-18

terrible

I have read all of Lesley pearses books which I have thoroughly enjoyed but however this book was awful. I am so disappointed. What were you thinking Lesley?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-15-17

great story. Lesley Pearse is the best! fantastic

great story. Lesley Pearse is a wonderful storyteller. could not put down this audio. easy relaxing listening

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  • sue2
  • 11-01-17

brilliant

very enthralling I love reading lesley pearse books. but first time I've done audible, not be the last

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  • Anna S.
  • 08-23-17

The woman in the wood

Brilliant 😊 another super book by Lesley Pearse . did nt want to put it down

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-27-17

Great book

An excellent story well narrated. Very hard to put the book down. Would highly recommend it

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  • Joanna
  • 08-17-17

Excellent story

An excellent story. Not just the usual but something different. Would recommend. Great reader. Will try more from this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-13-18

A Baby Boomer Orientated, Gothic-Inspired Horror

If you like a gripping horror story with a truly awful villain, you will enjoy this book. Lesley Pearce has written a compelling novel with an interesting assembly of characters. While none of these are totally convincing, there is an undeniable quality of realism running through the novel that helps to transcend the sometimes gainly plot. The author, and probably the publisher, have conciously chosen to dwell on the taboo, selecting a number of themes such as peodophilia and survivor guilt as a means to pique the jaded interests of their readership. There is a sense of moral outrage that undergirding this novel and it is a compelling element of the narrative. There also seems to be a deliberate attempt to shine a light on the unspoken realities of victims of peodophilia and child slavery. This almost seems like attending a lecture at times. There are a few plot holes and some scenes are so unrealistic that they detract from the story. in particular, the way the boy bounces back from his awful experiences and is almost immediately chipper and articulate is hard to accept and seems like the heavy hand of an editor has been allowed to hack away at parts of the text that dwelled upon the child's recovery. perhaps the novel should have ended when the police arrived at the shack and found it 'empty'. instead we have a contracted attempt at resolution which is very middle-of-the-road and not handled as adroitly as the rest of the novel. However these criticisms are more directed at the heavy hand on the editorial tiller, which was not as deft as it should have been, and not at the story or the quality of writing itself. I have to admit that the characters were hard to forget and that the story was hard to forget. There were times when the story was impossible to put down. And of course the narration, by Rosie Jones, was perfect, blemish-free and really strengthened the weaker points in the story. Overall I would definately recommend this book if you are into this genre of writing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-18

was great loved it

was so good engrossing story line well read will read more of the author GREAT