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When Autumn Carpenter stumbles upon the social media account of the family who adopted her infant daughter years ago, she finds herself instantly drawn into their picture-perfect existence.

From behind a computer screen, Autumn watches Grace's every memory, from birthdays to holidays to bedtime snuggles. But what starts as an innocent fascination soon spirals into an addictive obsession that comes to a screeching halt the day the McMullen family closes their Instaface account without so much as a warning.

Frantic and desperate to reconnect with her daughter, Autumn applies for a nanny position with the McMullens, manipulating herself into Grace's life under false pretenses. And it's only then that Autumn discovers pictures lie, the perfect family doesn't exist, and beautiful people? They have the ugliest secrets.

©2017 Minka Kent (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Webs within webs, within a large web...

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If you're looking for a fresh, relevant, unpredictable psychological thriller, you'll like this book because the summary doesn't do justice for the depth of the characters and plot development. The author doesn't use cheap surprises and curve balls for shock value, rather she allows details to unravel on their own to speak for itself. I was wrong almost every time I assumed something and was left impressed with the author's ability to not include unconnected elements. I read a few negative reviews and I think they're due to not just accepting certain realities and not understanding how traumatized people can be left from the past - without this, I can see how one may think some content and detail the author provides to the story line are far-fetched. This book definitely held my interest throughout and I highly recommend it.

155 of 158 people found this review helpful

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Loved this book!

Don't expect blood and gore or fast car scenes. This story is a slow burn. The characters are very believable and the plot could take place in any city to people you know. I felt like I knew them all or people just like them. That's what made this book so enjoyable to me. It's pace was fast with no parts dragging. Even though I knew a big part of the story was yet to be revealed, the ending took me by surprise. I wish it didn't end! This is the kind of book that great movies are made from!

30 of 30 people found this review helpful

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I did not see that coming!

Several surprises in this story. I would classify this one as a "light psycho thriller" if there is such a thing. The ending seemed abrupt, but I enjoyed the book and the narration.

101 of 107 people found this review helpful

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Twists on top of twists = INTENSE drama at every turn.

Well written, this book is a must read!! When you think you know what's going on, another level is added until nothing you thought you knew is vlose to the truth !!
Can't wait to read her next book !!

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Wow!

Narration was good. Ending was a total surprise! Easy to follow. I'll listen again.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Excellent psychological thriller

This was a real treat. It kept my interest all the way through. you definitely don't see what's coming. I was really Caught off gaurd by the ending. I am sad to see that there are no more books by Minka Kent on offer. I would definitely read her again. The performance was also excellent.

36 of 38 people found this review helpful

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Hated this story --- couldn't finish it

I just found the two main characters very unappealing, so much so that I quit listening. I wish I could get my money back. I also hated the language. If I had known that the language was like that, I would never had purchased it. I did listen to the sample as a precaution. That did no good.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Lifetime movie / just ok

I couldn't help thinking the whole time I listened that this would be a good lifetime movie. It was a decent read but I don't think in a few months I will remember this book. Nothing really stood out to me. My rating really is a 3.5 (for the surprise ending). Wish then allowed for half stars.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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I love it! Didn't see the end coming!

If you could sum up The Memory Watcher in three words, what would they be?

Blew my mind!

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Peeking inside the minds of the two main characters made them both seem very real. It brings into perspective that you don't ever really know someone just from the outside appearance or even their actions. The story developed smoothly and kept me wanting to listen. I thought the first main twist was amazing, then there was another and the final twist at the end - wow! I had to smile and say to the author - you got me! I never would have guessed. Great book!! Buy it - you won't be disappointed!

38 of 41 people found this review helpful

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Lost Opportunities

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A teenager

Has The Memory Watcher turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I am not picky, and have never written a review or been disappointed in my Audible choices, but this was just so lacking.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The reader of Daphne was beyond annoying. Even the way she read her intro to each chapter, "Daphne," was like nails on a chalkboard.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Memory Watcher?

So many, but mainly the ones about the protagonist and her boyfriend -- totally pointless; this relationship is only minimally important to the story, yet fills up most of it. The writer had a good, twisty outline, but didn't explore it. I wanted more of the interesting plot ideas, but only got a paragraph... This could have been a really good story, but it was lazy, and too wrapped up in boring, unimportant details.

Any additional comments?

How do people think this was good? How! I'm not usually critical or snobby about what I listen to, but this was a waste.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful