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On a hike during a white-hot summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, Naomi and Samantha make a startling discovery: a man named Faoud, sleeping heavily, exposed to the elements, but still alive. Naomi, the daughter of a wealthy British art collector who has owned a villa in the exclusive hills for decades, convinces Sam, a younger American girl on vacation with her family, to help this stranger. As the two women learn more about the man, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean Sea, their own burgeoning friendship intensifies. But when their seemingly simple plan to help Faoud unravels, all must face the horrific consequences they have set in motion.

In this brilliant psychological study of manipulation and greed, Lawrence Osborne explores the dark heart of friendship and shows just how often the road to hell is paved with the best of intentions.

©2017 Lawrence Osborne (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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please offer more of this author's books

I read this because I caught an NPR review of it. It's been a while since I have listened to a book so well written and well-narrated. I thought of Paul Bowles crossed with Patricia Highsmith. The narrator was superb. I would like to hear all of this author read by this narrator.

The only reason I did not give it a 5 is that the story itself was not as powerful as I felt it might be - but getting there was very engaging. To me, an ideal summer read - a compelling story with actual characters. This story is dark - but not near the pitch black of Paul Bowles. I enjoy this author's comfort with portraying the point of view of locals and the visitors/intruders from outside this island, as well as a refugee.

This one captured me.

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Not very intriguing

I, too, heard about this on NPR, and thought it could be a pretty good read. I found the story boring, the characters one-dimensional, and descriptions average. I had to force myself to listen to the entire book in hopes that something even remotely intriguing would happen. Zzzzzzzz......what a letdown. Looking forward to returning this tiresome story and getting something worthwhile.

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The plot resolution was too simple

The premise of the book was really great and that got me super excited. The plot built up very nicely and then it suddenly ended. I was expecting a much more complex plot - a bit of a letdown.

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A road leading nowhere in particular

Despite numerous negative reviews, I went ahead and purchased this book because of my interest in both Greece and Syria. However, I was quick to discover that they were absolutely right – the plot of this book is meandering and ultimately pointless. After about half of it, I felt like I had wasted my time, yet forced myself to listen to the end, all the while feeling sure that it wasn’t going to get any better, based on the careless way the author had developed the first part of the book.
First of all, there is a terrible lack of character development, especially of Faoud, and as such, the entire story struck me as completely preposterous. Having lived in Syria for four years, I can tell you that none of my Syrian friends found this particular story plausible in any way shape or form. It seems that the author simply drew on some current news and stereotypes about Syrian refugees to paint this picture of a mysterious character. This left me feeling extremely frustrated and dissatisfied. I regret wasting my time on this book. It’s a shame – so much more could have been done with this magical backdrop.
In the end, it’s not even really a book – just some thoughts and impressions of this amazing landscape and three physically attractive characters, all thrown together carelessly without any coherent story line.

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Fascinating, and then some

Osborne has a gift for descriptions of environments and emotions. Very challenging to twist and turn the characters behaviors and the reader's
emotions like a braided river.
Beverlee McFadden

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Visions of a Greek Island

Enjoyed the story but it was simple and wasn't challenging enough for my tastes when it comes as a mystery.

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Intrigue of the privileged

I really enjoyed this story. The narration was the top as well. I don't know what I was expecting but the writing was so crafted that I was caught off guard. From Sam's beauty to Naomi's cleverness, the story constantly surprised me.

If I expected anything, it was more political commentary regarding Syrian refugees. That aspect was vague at best, but the racism also wasn't subtle.

Without giving away much of the story, I found this story intriguing and was pulled in quickly. Thanks Audible!!