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Publisher's Summary

From a terrific new voice comes a standout debut thriller in the vein of What She Knew and I Let You Go.

A woman in a coma. The man who could save her life - if only he could speak.

When young, beautiful Cassie Jensen arrives unconscious to the intensive care ward at St. Catherine's hospital after being struck in a hit-and-run while out walking her dog, chief nurse Alice Marlowe thinks she looks familiar. She starts digging deeper into Cassie's relationships, only to discover something about her patient that she'd been keeping secret from everyone, including her devoted husband and family. Soon Alice finds herself obsessed with her patient's past and future, even willing to put her own career on the line in her single-minded search for answers.

Frank, a patient on the same ward who has locked-in syndrome, can hear and see everything around him but cannot speak. Soon he comes to understand that Cassie's life is still in danger. While the police continue to look for clues, only Frank holds the truth, but he's unable to communicate it.

As the novel flashes between points of view, the listener will get closer and closer to the truth of who Cassie Jensen was and why she was out on the road that fateful night....

©2018 Emily Elgar (P)2018 Little Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"Emotionally charged and tautly plotted, Emily Elgar's debut is a stunning example of psychological suspense." (Clare Mackintosh, international best-selling author of I Let You Go and I See You)

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  • Terry
  • Waynesville, NC, United States
  • 03-27-18

Excellent story


Alice, a nurse on 9B, at St. Kate's hospital is very protective of her patients - Frank, a stroke patient with locked in syndrome, and Cassie, a young woman in a coma, the victim of a hit and run. There's plenty of emotion and intrigue to go around here. I have to say, the mystery and suspense kept me going until the very end. I kept narrowing down my suspects and then going back to previous ones. It's amazing how dangerous, crazy people can look and act so normal. The book is good.

How terrible to be "locked in." To know everything that is going on around you, but being unable to speak, move, communicate. I loved Frank.

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So good!!

I could not stop listening. This was a really engrossing story! Highly recommend it and the narrator is the best.

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This book wasn’t the best...

I mean- sure it was okay- but it took me awhile to get into it- the ending really wasn’t what I had hoped for! Kind of disappointed.

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Sad, but good.

Very original plot, with enough twists to keep me interested. Narration was good as well. I just wonder with whom Maisie ended up. I always worry more about the dogs and cats. Oh, well. Definitely worth the credit.