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Publisher's Summary

Why would you pretend your life is a dream when you’re living a nightmare?

I thought my sister was happy. I thought what we all thought: that Annie and Dom led perfect lives in a lovely cottage in a quiet village by the sea, with flowers at the front gate and an apple tree in the garden. Everyone knew them: generous, loving Dom, creative, joyful Annie.

But I never saw Annie as she sat waiting for Dom well into the night. I didn’t see her smiling through her tears. I didn’t know what the perfect couple was hiding.

So when sirens break the silence of the night and flames rise against the dark sky, and I get the call I never expected, I’m left with a simple burning question: Who was to blame?

A brilliantly twisty tale of family secrets and the darkness that can lie behind closed doors. Fans of Lisa Jewell, Gillian Flynn, and Louise Candlish will love it. 

©2021 S.E. Lynes (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Good story however.. animal cruelty jokes

There’s a part in the book where they are having a conversation about things ppl leave in hotels. They were joking about a dog left in a room . Supposedly hilarious… then went on to joke about kids putting a small dog in a chest freezer. The dog was ok they go on to say but they think its hilarious. The author missed the mark on this… that’s sociopath behavior and not funny nor do I think its realistic that ppl would use it as a “ hilarious” anecdote.
Sorry… really turned me off. Animal cruelty isn’t funny or cute or fodder for party anecdotes. I found putting a small dog in a chest freezer disturbing. Book ruined for me.

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No “jokes”about animal cruelty

There is no place for “jokes” about cruelty towards animals.
Also the notion that this is supposed to be some hilarious anecdote is equally disturbing.
You will lose a lot of potential fans with stuff like that....
And, as a previous reviewer pointed out, it’s also a bit sociopathic. So just no.

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Loved it!

Great story! Very easy to follow, interesting characters. Original take on age old story line. Lots of twists and turns.

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Absolute dreck

I had just finished Can You See Her?, and was excited to move on to another Lynes mystery. Her writing in that novel reminded me a tiny bit of Ruth Rendell's, so I wanted more. While this started out promising, the protagonist is so unbelievably irritating and flat-out stupid that it was hard to get through. The characters are not fleshed out well, the "twist" is not very twisted, and the ending is terrible. Save your money.

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  • 07-24-21

A very enjoyable story.

I really enjoyed listening to this, apart from hearing what sounded like a tape recorder going in the backyard. The plot was good but I did guess correctly what was going to happen, however that did not spoil my enjoyment overall and I was disappointed that it ended lol. I will definitely get more of this author’s books.

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  • Rosemarie
  • 07-30-21

A really enjoyable book

I really didn’t want this book to end. I have enjoyed the storyline, characters and narration. Bit of a twist at the end.
Off to find another good book written by SE Lynes and hopefully narrated by Tamsin Kennard, who brings the book to life so well x

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  • Rose
  • 09-01-21

a good twist

Narrator was good. kept me in suspense to the very end. truly enjoyed. Well planned

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  • 08-01-21

R Awfull

I just couldn't connect in any way to the characters Ingrid very boring story. The narration was not that good . I kept listening in hope of something picking up...it didn't....I began to fast forward....still no change....if I had gone with my instinct early on I would have returned this. But I soldiered unhappily on and with only a couple of hours left was relieved to give up and Mark as finished and move on to a good book.


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  • I'm all ears
  • 07-28-21

Not awful, not amazing

worth a listen, I have listened to better and listened to a lot worse, and I kept going and didn't send back which is a good sign for me!

Story a bit frustrating in places, and I guessed the ending, but overall kept me listening until the end