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Publisher's Summary

She’s been waiting her whole life to meet a man like Alex. But he’s been waiting, too. And once he has her, he’ll never let her go.... 

Hannah has done everything to make sure her life is safe and secure. A long way from her unstable childhood growing up in foster care, she’s content with her sweet, little, messy apartment and her satisfying job as a social worker. She quietly worries that, aged 36, she might never fall in love. But otherwise her life is where she wants it to be.  

Until, encouraged by her best friend to join a dating app, she meets Alex. He’s irresistibly handsome. He loves the same music as her. The same food as well. They both dream of travelling the world but agree they’d be equally happy escaping to a cottage by the beach in Devon. Both of them would love to own a Labrador one day. It’s like he’s made for her. It’s like he’s too good to be true. 

Hannah’s friends aren’t so sure about him. But Hannah thinks he’s perfect. 

Which is good. Because Alex knows she’s perfect for him, too. In fact, she’s exactly the girl he’s been looking for....

And nothing Hannah’s done to make her life safe will ever be enough.  

A gripping and suspenseful psychological thriller about dark obsession and internet dating. Fans of The Wife Between Us, Friend Request, and Gone Girl will adore this twisted love story. 

Praise for Sue Watson: 

"Tense, atmospheric psychological thriller with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. Impeccably written and a big fat 5***** from me. Awesome!" (Number one best-selling author Angela Marsons)

©2020 Sue Watson (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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What a Dumb Chick!

NO SPOILERS! This book is about domestic abuse and it was just so typical. The main character was the most gullible woman in the world and I found myself yelling at her for being so stupid. By the end I wanted her to die for all her dumb choices. The book could have been good if the author allowed her characters to do anything beyond the cliche. I was left feeling very unfulfilled with this one.

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Amazing. the twist and turns

this book was amazing. all of the okit twist had me yearning for more. this is a must listen to book. i doubted it at first but so glad i continued to listen. well put together. highly recommend 👌

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Good but frustrating

I was so frustrated with the main character! I’m not even finished and if I wasn’t enjoying the overall story, I wouldn’t finish! This woman is so gullible and so easily deceived. Just when I start to like her then bam she turns into a woman willing to ignore the blatantly creepy signs!

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nobody is this stupid

the narrator did what she could but my GOD the main character is so dumb. people don't reason this way. people don't act this way. it's hard to read because it's so preposterous.

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Couldn't Even Finish

The stupidity of the main character is beyond belief. Ridiculous. I bought the book because Tamsin Kennard is my favorite narrator (and, as usual, her performance is A+) but I couldn't even finish it.

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Not my favorite

Not my favorite book by this author, It kept my interest but its hard to do a bad guy book when the main character is dumb. The story flowed well and the characters were developed well.

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Stupid, beyond belief!!

Not a beat seller by far! If you can believe a woman in modern times refuses to acknowledge ghost lighting and who is also a social worker, then this one is for you.

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What a wonderful experience

This audible had me guessing the whole time. All the way to the end! I love the fact that nothing is what it seems. Just wonderful. Thank you for a wonderful audible.

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  • 11-07-20

Good buuuuut,

The main character just frustrated me being so needy and helpless. Still a good listen.

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It was ok

It doesn’t really make you want to keep going like other psychological thrillers do, however the ending is good.

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  • chucks
  • 10-25-20

First Date

OMG does Sue's books get any better. Hannah goes on a date full of deceit and lies from beginging to end. Absolutely gripping throughout. with a brilliant twist at the end.. Fantastic listening narrator excellent .

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  • san2har
  • 10-17-20

Awful rubbish

I can’t believe I finished this truly dreadful book with the silliest main female character ever. She had so many signals that her new ‘love’ was controlling but she carried on regardless. I fast forwarded to the end and laughed as I couldn’t believe how ridiculous it was.

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  • Tracey wolf
  • 11-04-20

lovely story

it kept me intrigued up to the end even though I thought I knew what was happening.... I never saw the ending,it was very good

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  • Catlady
  • 10-30-20

dreary

I struggled to stick with this because I wanted the female lead character to wide up and walk away very early on. I like Tamsin Kennard narrating so that made it easier to keep listening. I didn't see the twist coming but it took too long to get there.

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  • Nicks
  • 10-26-20

Far from her best

I do like some of Sue Watson's previous books, but found this one a real effort. So many repeated sentences and descriptions word-for-word, and it just went on and on. You can actually listen to the first 5 chapters and the last 5 chapters and you wouldn't have missed anything, except for more whining of the pathetic female lead and her stalker boyfriend. Maybe the last chapter could have been woven into the book sooner, to make the 10hours more interesting. Great narration though.

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  • Alyna
  • 10-20-20

Amazing book!!

I couldn’t stop listening to this book. Such a great story and lovely narration! Did not expect that twist at the end! Breath taking. Highly recommend

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  • Erika Salzeck
  • 10-17-20

Empty plot

This promised so much but delivered very little. Improbable plot line and dull prose. A waste of a credit.

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  • Janet
  • 10-20-20

Last chapter was worth reading

A very soppy long winded love story. I really struggled to finish the book actually.