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A standalone novella featuring the same characters as Rachel Abbott's best-selling novel Stranger Child.

Someone is looking for Tasha. But does she want to be found?

Eight months ago Tasha Joseph ran away, and her stepmother, Emma, has been searching for her ever since. She is desperate to give Tasha the home and security she deserves. The problem is, Emma isn't the only one looking for Tasha.

The police are keen to find her, too. She could be a vital witness in a criminal trial, and DCI Tom Douglas has a team constantly on the lookout for her. But Tasha remains hidden, and nobody appears to have seen her.

Suddenly the stakes are raised. Somebody is offering money - a lot of money - for information about Tasha's whereabouts. Tom and Emma know they have never been closer to finding the young girl. But they also recognise that she has never been closer to danger. Can they find her first? She can run - but for how long can she hide?

©2015 Rachel Abbott (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Pretty good

It was a stop gap between stories but a good read . I love the characters, the story, and the narrator.

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  • Simon
  • 06-09-16

Please Rachel Just Give The Girl A Break!

An engrossing and highly worthwhile extension to the story of Tasha from Stranger Child. Rachel Abbott has a genuine talent for making her readers want to hear the next part of the story but engendering it with a sense of dread that almost makes one hesitate before ploughing on. As a character Tasha has been beaten and abused in so many kinds of ways that I found myself almost wanting to just hear “And they all lived happily ever after”. Abbott is a cruel mistress to her characters so as you can imagine Tasha’s path is strewn with obstacles, misunderstandings and of course some fairly loathsome enemies.

Naturally I won’t say how it turns out except to say the ending is fairly conclusive. What I will do however is recommend that anyone who enjoyed Stranger Child invest in this one too.

Lisa Coleman once again narrates it like a true pro although possibly Scottish accents aren’t really her thing. She does voice the characters well and maintains a good pace throughout.

I may be wrong but I think there is actually one very subtle touch about how her mother through the painting in Emma’s home helps to protect her daughter by misleading her tormentors. Cleverly done. Either that or the book just triggered my imagination a bit too much!

This is definitely one where it’s near essential to read the previous book rather than as a stand-alone novel, I’m sure it would be possible to enjoy it on its own but without the full back story it would lack depth. As an extension to the original story, it’s pretty much perfect.

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  • Stephanie
  • 10-14-16

MUST READ!

I'm not going to lie, when I realised that this book was a lot shorter than its prequel 'Stranger Child', I was disappointed as it was brilliant but now having read it, it was perfect. An excellent closure to the tremendous main story told in the first book and it didn't need to be as long. Brief and to the point yet still descriptive and gripping.

WORD OF WARNING. I know the description says stand alone novel, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you read 'Stranger Child' first. The story will make more sense and although the back story is briefly explained in this book, it doesn't do it justice as it is very short and is a brief overview to a gripping tale so please read it first.

If I have one criticism, it would be Lisa Colemans Scottish accent. It was terrible and very stereotypical. however, as I am Scottish myself, it probably irritated me more than most listeners. I don't quite understand why Emma's narrative was done in 1rd person and everyone else was in 3rd but that's just me.

PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.

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  • Mrs. R. Martinl
  • 07-27-16

Why write half a book?

Surely this part could have been included in Strange Child!
I felt robbed! Did anyone else?

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  • Leon
  • 02-21-17

Always good to have a conclusion

really pleased this story concluded. A predictable ending but lovely all the same. really enjoyed it.

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  • Ann D
  • 11-10-16

Shorter follow-up to Stranger Child.

Have you listened to any of Lisa Coleman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

She is just as extemely good as ever.

Any additional comments?

This is the excellent follow-up to Stranger Child. It perfectly ties-up the threads of the story. It is so good. Beautifully written, perfect modern crime fiction. Rachel Abbott at her best.

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  • Sir Lister
  • 12-13-16

Great ending to Stranger Child

I read this after Rachel Abbott's novel
Stranger Child, as this story follows on from that. I loved finding out what happened to the characters, especially Tasha. I really good stand alone read, but great as a follow up!

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  • Micha
  • 02-09-17

Had to know what happened next

Had to purchase this book straight after listening to stranger child. And it certainly was certainly worth it. Highly recommend for those that have to know what happened next!

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  • Nicky Birmingham
  • 09-22-16

Truly great

loved it. couldn't put it down. a great sequel and I wished there were more information the series

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  • Mrs. J. M. Benjamin-potts
  • 06-12-16

Highly recommended

Brilliant story, excellently narrated, edge of your seat stuff! This is the sequel to Rachel Abbott's other book 'Stranger Child'

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  • ClaireL
  • 04-29-18

Provides a conclusion to the book but...

Whilst I enjoyed the initial story & purchased this for a conclusion, the story itself wasn’t great.
I think it’s a little unfair of the author to have written this short story which you have to buy just to conclude the initial, when it should just have all been written as one book. It was somewhat tenuous and certainly not as well written as the first book.

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 11-09-16

Final chapter

Just as well written and narrated as the first book, a fitting sequel. I am happy to know the final chapter too but perhaps that is what this should have been and the first book is unfinished ? ..or perhaps this is a sequel and it is unfinished ? I feel there could have been more to this second book.