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Publisher's Summary

Big Little Lies meets The Party. Kylie Kaden is the freshest new voice in domestic noir.

'It seemed simple at first - folding one lie over the next. She had become expert at feathering over the cracks to ensure her life appeared the same. But inside, it didn't feel fixed.' 

It happened the day of the Moon Festival. It could have been left behind, they all could have moved on with their lives. But secrets have a habit of rising to the surface, especially in small towns. 

Two couples, four ironclad friendships, the perfect coastal holiday town. With salt-stung houses perched like lifeguards overlooking the shore, Lago Point is the scene of postcards, not crime scenes. Wife and mother Abbi, town cop Blake, schoolteacher Hannah and local doctor Will are caught in their own tangled webs of deceit.

When the truth washes in to their beachside community, so do the judgments: victim or vigilante, who will forgive, who will betray? Not all relationships survive. Nor do all residents.

©2019 Kylie Kaden (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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good but mixed feelings

The story was well thought out, the characters deeply developed, I feel like I have known them forever.
mixed feelings, YOU have to pay attention very closely at the start. I actually was going to return this book because I just couldn't figure out what was going on several chapters in. Instead I decided to restart the whole book and paid careful attention when listening to it. After the beginning it's much easier to follow and flows pretty good. It is actually a great book and after the confusing beginning I am glad I stuck with it because I enjoyed it very much!

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I just couldn’t get into it

I was extremely confused for several chapters, on who was who and how they related. Maybe I fell asleep and missed something important?

1. I enjoyed the voice of the narrator and would happily listen to her read another book. However, this story is narrated in third-person limited (I believe), with lots of “head hopping” - and when you add on that there is only one narrator for at least four, main, adult characters (two female, two male)...well, it is probably hard to pull that off. It was often unclear who was speaking or thinking. I really don’t think the narrator should be faulted for this; but for me, in this story, it just didn’t work.

2. I would like to applaud the author for writing about a difficult topic in a clear and sensitive way, and not drawing it out more than what was necessary for the reader/listener to understand.

3. This may be a very good book to read, but I can not recommend it as an audiobook.

4. I’ll still look for more titles by this author and stories read by this narrator.

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Surprise Ending

The story started off slow with lots of details to keep track of but before midway I was hooked. Very well written and read! A surprise ending and by the end I felt I personally knew each character.

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I had a hard time following this book.

I don’t know if I was distracted, fell asleep, or spaced out on all of the important parts. I liked the book at first. After about an hour of listening I became confused and remained that way for the remainder of the story. I will return this book. I feel like it was fine for some background noise but that’s it.

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Best audio book in long time!

I listen to ALOT of audio books, and this is the best book I’ve heard in a very long time. The narrator was perfect, the story was awesome, and the writing was top notch. The characters were all fascinating, and I found myself thinking about them between listenings! Great story with multiple twists and turns. I would recommend this book to listeners/readers who like stories about friendship, love, and/or suspense.!

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hang in there

this book started slow and I almost returned it but I'm glad I didn't. it became very interesting after awhile.

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Spellbinding

Another one I didn’t want to turn off !! 😄
Great twists and great narrator!! Highly recommend

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so good!!!!!

I loved it!
The story is great, kept me guessing!
This book is worth it! Oh, and the surprise at the very end!!!!

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A mixed bag

**No Spoilers** This was a frustrating book to listen to at times. I followed the advice of other reviewers and paid close attention at the beginning, so thankfully I never felt lost or confused. The general plotline and overall message are fantastic, but it still felt like a bit of a slog sometimes. The "big secret" is alluded to so often and so cryptically that it became frustrating after a while - I was internally screaming, "Get on with it!" Additionally, I can appreciate a well-written unlikeable character, but all four of the main players in this novel were a bit annoying - whiny at times or self-righteous in a way that felt a little unbelievable. That being said, there are some good twists and turns that I appreciated. Each reveal felt earned in that it made sense in the context of earlier revelations without being overly telegraphed. It's just a shame that it takes so long to get to some of them.

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Weird

Not sure the book was really bad or if it was me. I didn't enjoy it at all. It took everything in me to finish iT


RECOMMENDATION: SKIP IT

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  • Annabelle
  • 09-15-19

Fantabulous

This was a great story - was not sure what to expect- but it was a wonderful written book- great plot. Congratulations Kylie - can’t wait for your next book.
Secrets and the complexities of life and the lies we live with and hide.
Great narration - and recording which is so important to me - I love Casey Withoos narration but one of her books I could not continue to listen because of the recording- hearing her inhalation .

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  • Torah
  • 09-02-19

Awesome

Great story, great characters, intriguing plot. And well narrated. Ticks all the boxes for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-19

Easy to predict but...

I enjoyed listening to this book despite its predictability and slow beginning. Set in Australia, great narrator, focus on flawed characters saved it for me. It also raised controversial questions about morality and ethics which were interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-20

Enjoyable unpredictable read

The story is indeed starting a bit slow but it didn't bother me; once action begins, there are quite a few unexpected turns. Really nice to read Australian Authors, I even enjoyed listening to the acknowledgements at the end. The audio narration was pleasant to listen to. i would recommend this book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-24-19

So very disappointing - too hard to finish

I persevered and persevered but just couldn't finish it. I even Googled reviews to see what I was missing - a lot said the start was too long so I pushed through, with no pay off. I wanted to love it for more than just supporting local, female talent but this was a MASSIVE miss for me. The story takes too long to develop, the characters aren't likeable, the dialogue is cringe worthy in parts and while perhaps finishing it would have tied everything together, it was too arduous for me to get there. Clearly others loved the book but not me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-20

Disappointed.

I’m really disappointed with this book. The storyline reads like a long & drawn out season of Home & Away (or any teenage genre soap opera) being read in monotone. I’ve struggled to stay connected with the plot & the characters & have finally given up at chapter 11. I Would really like my credit refunded please.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-20

mmmm na

found it dry and not a fast e n ough pace. too much dithering aro u n d .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-19

Couldn’t stop listening!

Wonderful characters, great story line. Very believable.
Loved the interlocking of the characters, all very true of small towns throughout Australia.
Could wait to get back to it and see what was next for the characters. Great read. My husband even recommended it!

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  • Isabella
  • 09-03-21

Great Aussie story with lots of twists and turns

I really enjoyed this book, especially being set in a small coastal Australian town.
The first half was a bit slow and I nearly didn't bother finishing it, but so glad I did as all the twists and turns were nothing like you imagined they were, but very believable.
I will definitely be reading more of this author and the narrator was excellent. I will listen to more of hers as well.

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  • Judith McKenzie
  • 03-27-21

A real stunner!

Can’t wait for your next book. Think this would make a great movie . Well done!