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Publisher's Summary

Set against a ticking clock, this "haunting" and "atmospheric" thriller pits a ruthless cult against a mother's love, revealing that our darkest secrets are the hardest ones to leave behind (Sally Hepworth, New York Times best-selling author of The Good Sister).

Four days to go

Amy has only ever known life in the Clearing, amidst her brothers and sisters - until a newcomer, a younger girl, joins the "family" and offers a glimpse of the outside world. Three days to go Freya is going to great lengths to seem like an "everyday mum", even as she maintains her isolated lifestyle, hoping to protect her young son and her dog. Two days to go When news breaks of a missing girl - a child the same age as Freya's son, Billy - Amy and Freya find themselves headed for a shocking collision. One day to go

©2019 J.P. Pomare (P)2020 Mulholland Books

Critic Reviews

"Pomare captivates in this haunting novel, In The Clearing. I was utterly gripped with the stories of Amy and Freya from start to finish, and fascinated by the unexpected way the two came together. Thrilling, atmospheric and with twists abounding, this book held me in its spell long after the final page. A sure-fire bestseller." (Sally Hepworth, best-selling author of The Mother-in-Law)

"A pared-back firecracker where the danger is clear and present - even if its exact shape remains opaque until the book's climax and final gasp-inducing twist." (Books & Publishing, Australia)

"A dark, chilling, atmospheric thriller populated with mysterious and wonderfully flawed characters." (Christian White, author of The Nowhere Child)

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Descriptions of childhood sexual abuse, Graphic

The writing of this book is good, but I simply cannot get past the graphic descriptions of childhood sexual abuse of the character Amy. The scenes, in the way that they were written, made me feel extremely uncomfortable. I did not end up finishing this book. I wanted to write this review as a trigger warning for anybody else may be sensitive to this sort of content.

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Too Creepy for me

Can't finish...hours of creepy inner monolog, ick. Don't want that stuff imbedded in my brain.

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Those twists, those characters, mind blowing 🤯

I don’t know how to write a review that won’t spoil it for others. All I will say is you will think you know what’s going on - you will be wrong. You will think you know where it is going - you won’t. You will think you know who to trust - but if you’re like me you will be gobsmacked. An excellent psychological thriller.

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dark and disturbing-had to stop listening early on

It started out just too disturbing for my taste. Will be trading it in for something a little less upsetting.

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Excellent story with and excellent end

I'm picky when it comes to stories, especially the ending. So often the end to an otherwise great story is cheesy. They often feel the need to have a character give a long speech explaining every detail to every question. This story is intriguing until the very last word. It toes together the mysteries naturally without absurd speeches. It is filled with twists and turns and intrigue. it's really good. It's well worth the listen.

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amazing!

i have now listened to all 3 of J.P.'s books and they are all completely incredible. twists and turns all the way until the very last sentence! i cant say any more without giving anything away (just like all of my other reviews for his books), but if you like suspense thrillers, i very highly recommend this author! now that i finished this book, i am about to listen to his book Tell Me Lies again, because it was my favorite and i feel that knowing the end will make me view the situations differently. i hope to find other new authors soon who write this way as well.

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A horrible protagonist a mediocre story

I would not recommend this to anyone that values good storytelling or relatable characters. Nothing was really accomplished by the books end, but the epilogue somewhat rectified the poor composition.

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Held my attention

This was a lovely surprise, it held my attention and when I had to pause I couldn’t wait to get back to it. Excellent story and performance.

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Great listen, beginning to end!

I loved all the twists and turns in this book. Some I saw coming and others took me completely by surprise! This is a great listen with wonderful narration!

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The twists and turns!

I loved the characterization- I could see each of them so clearly. Although I wished for a better ending, it made so much sense, I’ll be thinking of this one for a while!