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Publisher's Summary

A chilling psychological thriller by the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Silent Child.

Who really killed Maisie Earnshaw?

Within the walls of the high-security psychiatric facility Crowmont Hospital reside many violent offenders. To nurse Leah Smith, no matter what, all offenders are patients first and foremost. When Leah is appointed as nurse to Isabel Fielding, she is determined to remain professional despite the shocking crime Isabel allegedly committed in her past.

Seven years ago, six-year-old Maisie Earnshaw was found facedown in a duck pond, her body mutilated. Isabel - at age 14, found covered in Maisie's blood - was convicted of murder.

As Leah spends time with Isabel, she comes to know her as a young woman with a sweet, gentle nature, someone she could never see as a murderer. Leah begins to suspect members of the Fielding family of framing Isabel as a young girl, and she's not the only one. True crime blogger James Gorden thinks Isabel is innocent, too.

But is Leah letting her own dark past taint her judgment as she grows closer to her patient? Or has a young woman been unjustly robbed of her childhood?

©2018 Sarah Denzil (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Worth the credit!

Great story. Love the plot and how it weaves it characters together. Would have liked to know more about the mom but wonderful story!

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Two Words

All I can say is I have two words that describe this book - Unbelievable & Queasy! I can't imagine where this author's mind was when she wrote this book but there were so many twists & turns I had an upset stomach when it ended - if it did end? in fact there was enough plot to write 6 books. Take your chances if you do listen to this book, because I barely made it through.

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  • Simon
  • 07-08-18

My Dysfunctional Relationship With Sarah Denzil!

I seem to be developing an odd kind of relationship with Sarah Denzil's books, I thoroughly enjoyed Silent Child even though on reflection it had its ridiculous side. Saving April was okayish but a pale reflection of that previous book. This one I again enjoyed but I can see some real flaws in it. It is a book about disturbed minds though and I think that while it is undoubtedly a bit far-fetched there is some mitigation in that which only becomes apparent as the book progresses.

The subject matter is by its very nature dark and gets darker as the book progresses and the characters take on depth. There is a distinct strangeness to Leah's behaviour right from the off which is gradually explained as events progress to the conclusion. Even so some of what happens is hard to validate even by the end. There are some editing clangers in there such as Leah relating that she had no smartphone due to affordability then using the torch app on her phone a little later. On top of that the story does get a bit far-fetched and convenient in places.

Yet, while I can make a good case for there being things wrong with this book I still enjoyed it. Like I said a strangely dysfunctional relationship! Any such relationship needs counselling of course and there is no doubt that Jasmine Blackborow's narration smooths over a lot of the cracks. She puts in a very convincing performance, especially towards the end of the book as the action hots up. She seemed to have a genuine empathy with the characters. I think it also helps that Denzil does set this book up very nicely at the start and builds in a lot of question marks about all of the characters.

Should I recommend this one? On the basis that I enjoyed it yes indeed but if you are likely to be put off by the fault lines in it then maybe steer clear. I think it's genuinely exciting and that Denzil writes an engaging story, I'm willing to let her take a few liberties in the process. At the time of writing I see that one other reviewer, Marjory L, has a very different view and I'd advise taking that on board too before purchasing. I'll likely buy Sarah Denzil's next offering to see if it can heal this dysfunctional relationship of ours completely.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-21-18

Good

After 2 wasted credits I grew unmotivated and unwilling to search for another audio book - that is until I came across this gem. Loved it!
I don’t care if people say it’s far fetched - I really enjoyed it!

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  • Julia Spencer-Smith
  • 09-11-18

Two For Joy

Narrator Really Good.
Lots Of Twist And Turns. Very Enjoyable.
Clever Analogy Based On Magpies.

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  • Fluffy
  • 09-10-18

Another fine piece of story telling

I've enjoyed all of Sarah Denzil's books but this one really seemed to come into its own. A twisting story that reels you in. I found I was quickly captivated by the plot. You'll not be disappointed.

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  • S. Christie
  • 07-29-18

Far fetched and ridiculous

Really didn’t enjoy this book. I longed for it to be over. Ridiculous story. Entirely unbelievable. Struggled through the second half finding it just got stupider and stupider. As I have worked In a Forensic Hospital I felt would enjoy this . How wrong I was. I have had my fill of Sarah Denzil novels now. They get worse and worse. Very little to redeem it. Not a hit in my book.

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  • Hayley
  • 07-21-18

Good but not great

I did enjoy this book but for me it never really got me I kept wanting more from it.

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  • Marjory L.
  • 07-07-18

Far Fetched

I was disappointed in this story.. I managed to read half of it then could bear no more. Having worked for years as a psychiatric nurse I thought this book would be realistic and accurate. Certainly not the case. Neglecting patients and obsessed by another is an insult to the nursing profession. Irrelevant stories run through the book and I can only assume it was to pad out the story. The interference, and how it was carried out, to a patient's family was totally unbelievable. I have given 2 stars for the narrator. She did well considering the rubbish she was reading.. Shame on the author demeaning such a wonderful, respected profession.

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