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One woman is trapped in the death-grip of the past - and every one of its dark secrets - in this riveting novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of The Sisters and Local Girl Missing.

She can run…

As much as Libby Hall needs a vacation, she’s never considered taking one until she sees the note for a house swap. Suffering a miscarriage was a personal turning point. Saving a child from a burning school was a public one. Just as the emotional fallout of both incidents takes its toll, along comes her lifesavers - the Heywoods, a couple in need of a getaway of their own. 

But she can’t hide…

Libby and her husband Jamie can’t believe their good fortune when they arrive at the Heywood’s isolated seaside estate with its panoramic views - and just in exchange for their drab two-bedroom apartment. How generous of the Heywoods! Yet how odd. Libby almost feels guilty until the home yields disquieting surprises: a fortune in hidden surveillance equipment, a stranger in the garden who watches them, and the make-shift operating room in the basement…

Because someone knows her secret…

When Jamie falls dangerously ill, all Libby wants is to return to their comfortably imperfect lives. But it’s already too late. Libby has just discovered the Heywoods’ biggest secret. And when it appears that even Jamie is hiding something from her, Libby’s paranoia gets the best of her. It should. For she has buried secrets of her own. As the past comes crawling out of the darkness, Libby fears she’s walked into an elaborate trap. But who has set it? What do they want of her? And what is she willing to risk to make it out alive…?

©2018 Claire Douglas (P)2018 Penguin Books, Ltd.

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Impressively unexpected throughout!

Wow. This was great, I didn’t see the twists coming whatsoever and it even took me a few minutes to work it all out because of how unexpected things were — and as I did, my jaw dropped and I was stunned and impressed. There’s a point early on where you wonder where the story is even going and a lot of disjointed events occur but everything falls into place as the twists come into play. Even after that point, it is not anticlimactic as one might expect and the story remains intriguing throughout. The way the events merged and details were revealed was brilliant, everything was relevant and came to fruition and unfolded convincingly— all the things that I thought were weak contributions to the storyline turned out to be significant. I’ve read/listened to all of this author’s books and although she does reuse similar storyline details, I’m a fan of hers and I think this is her best book so far. It is also one of the better mystery thrillers I’ve listened to in a very long time— highly recommended!

**Side note: the narrator was not good, her British accent comes and goes and at different intensities. She often trails off at the end of sentences so I don’t understand what she says. I don’t want to give the book a low rating because of her, and if I could rate the narrator separately, it would be ⭐️⭐️ two stars.