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Stranger Child Audiobook

Stranger Child

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of number one best seller Sleep Tight.

One dark secret. One act of revenge.

When Emma Joseph met her husband, David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident. Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie. Then a stranger walks into their lives, and their world tilts on its axis. Emma's life no longer feels secure. Does she know what really happened all those years ago? And why does she feel so frightened for herself and for her baby?

When a desperate Emma reaches out to her old friend, DCI Tom Douglas, for help, she puts all their lives in jeopardy. Before long, a web of deceit is revealed that shocks both Emma and Tom to the core. They say you should never trust a stranger. Maybe they're right.

©2015 Rachel Abbott (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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    Luanne Ollivier 11-24-15
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    "Fourth in a series"
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    Stranger Child is the fourth book in Rachel Abbott's DCI Tom Douglas series.<br/><br/>I only discovered this series and author recently when I listened to the third book, Sleep Tight. I enjoyed Abbott's lead character and plotting and wanted to see what was next for Tom.<br/><br/>In Stranger Child, David Joseph lost his first wife and daughter in a car accident six years ago. His wife was killed - but his six year old daughter Natasha simply disappeared. Seven years on, David is married again to Emma and has a new baby boy.<br/><br/>And then one day, when Emma is in the kitchen, a teenager appears behind her - and doesn't say a word. Could it be......Tasha? It is. But she won't speak, won't say where she's been and why she was able to simply reappear. While her father is overjoyed to see her, she makes Emma very, very nervous. David seems satisfied with not knowing, but Emma decides to contact her old friend DCI Tom Douglas.<br/><br/>I really liked Emma as a character. David - not so much. My thoughts on Natasha changed and evolved as the book progressed. Abbott manipulates the listener well, adding another piece, another revelation as the book progresses.<br/><br/>Abbot has penned an ambitious plot, with many twists and turns and lots of action. I was completely caught up in wondering about the last seven years of Tasha's life. There were a few plot points that stretched credulity for me - David not immediately calling the police when his daughter returned, no one taking her to the doctor and a few more. But.....the story is absolutely a page turner. I had my suspicions on the outcome, but was only proved partially right. Some previous loose threads from a secondary plot in Sleep Tight are tied up in Stranger Child. Well, not quite 100% - the door is open for the next entry in this series. I'll be listening.<br/><br/>The reader was Lisa Coleman, a different narrator from book three. I quite liked Coleman's voice. She has a strong, matter of fact kind of tone to her speaking voice. She easily conveyed male and female characters with her voice - I thought her characterization of each was distinct, suited and was easily identifiable. Coleman has a nice little gravelly undertone to her voice that is pleasant to listen to. My one suggestion would be to stick with one reader going forward to build continuity in future books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Triner 12-10-16 Member Since 2017

    I like thriller psychological and suspense novels. I've listened from many different authors. I enjoy Audible and its benefits immensely.

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    "Excellent and I have just started the book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Stranger Child the most enjoyable?

    I have just started it and am totally addicted to the story. This is my second Rachel Abbott book and I look forward to many more. I have have made several mistakes in choosing books and having to return them immediately. Some other narrators ramble on and I cannot follow the storyline, unlike Rachel's books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All her characters. They are all excellent in their own way. I also will only choose books with British narrators. I do not know why, but their voices gran my attention more than American narrators, who seem to ramble on... and on... and on.


    What does Lisa Coleman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh, I do not read books anymore. It is more enjoyable to lean back and listen, close your eyes, relax and listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Twists, turns and more than expected...


    Any additional comments?

    I will be getting more audio books. I just started using this with my Amazon Echo. I want to thank you for your reasonable pricing and return policy, should I just not be able to get into the story.<br/>Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Bos Zoetermeer, Netherlands 12-21-15
    A. Bos Zoetermeer, Netherlands 12-21-15
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    "Intriguing from the get-go"
    Where does Stranger Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. It was the first thriller I got on audible. I listen to audible books when I go to bed ... just to quiet my mind. With this book however ..... It made the hairs in my back stand up from the get-go.


    What other book might you compare Stranger Child to and why?

    Well, this was my first thriller and I have been catching up on Rachel Abbotts books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The prologue hooked me. But there were many more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the whole book. Usually I would only listen for half an hour before going to sleep. But with this book I kept changing my sleeptimer.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed Lisa Coleman's voice

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bebe South Carolina 05-20-17
    bebe South Carolina 05-20-17

    I love books - all kinds of books. My genre is "good book"

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    "Gripping story"
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    A really good book with much suspense, mystery and excitement. From the very beginning you wonder about the husband's daughter, Natasha, who has mysteriously returned after being missing for years from the scene of her mother's fatal car crash. Where had she been and why is she back? Then disaster strikes and the heroine, Emma (new wife of David, Natasha's father), contacts her FBI agent friend, Tom, asking for help. David and Emma's son, Ollie, is gone. He is such a sweet an loving toddler. Emma is a great female character. She is calm, loving and strong. David is a weak man and I did not like him at all. The main action is finding Ollie and getting him back, while solving the mystery of Natasha. It was a gripping story, with great narration. I highly recommend this book.

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    Kindle Customer 05-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    loved the book and the one prior to, I hope there is anotger one in this series.

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    Ritagrace 04-12-17
    Ritagrace 04-12-17
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    "Mixed review"

    This was a good mystery story ... however the bad language took the shine off of it. I don't understand the unnecessary profanity.

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    04-06-17
    04-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Decent and Interesting"

    While I enjoyed the story as a whole, I got a little bored and almost didn't finish it. Glad I made it through though.

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    ALICE 01-18-17
    ALICE 01-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    Great mystery! Twists and turns in every chapter. Suspenseful ending. This is my 2nd Rachel Abbot book. I thoroughly enjoyed both!

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    Jennifer Everhart 01-15-17
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    "Awesome"

    This book was so great. It does make you question good vs bad people and the choices people have to make.

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    Kelly J. Houghton 12-21-16
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    "did not finish and returned it"

    this book was slow in unfolding and I lost interest. I think I saw where it was going and seemed boring and a struggle to get there. the charectures were also annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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