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Arriving on the windswept Ile de Ré, Tabby Dewhurst is unable to even afford a room for the night. Overhearing a villager repeating the access code to her front door, she lets herself into the house, and so she enters the strange, hidden world of Emmie, whose sudden offer of friendship is at odds with her obsession with privacy.

Tabby begins to form suspicions about Emmie, suspicions that lead her to a scandal with shattering consequences.

©2013 Louise Candlish (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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"A story of scandal and tragedy it's a nail-biter until the very last pages" ( Daily Express)

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  • Mr. Ronald Barkess
  • 09-10-16

Disappointing ending

Loved the story and was riveted all the way through. Couldn't wait to find out what happened but was totally let down at the end. Don't know if it's just me but I didn't get it. What happened to eve and is it the real Emily Marr who lives with Arthur? What a let down.
In the positive I love Louise candlish books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-17

well written but frustrating

I had the same problem with this book that I seem to have with all Louise Candlish books which results in a bit if a love hate relationship... I really like her writing and her observations but I find her plotting frustrating. foreshadowing is a great tool but Candlish uses this, and dual narratives, so much that most of the time we've long worked out what's about to happen and are waiting for one of the characters to catch up. I was also infuriated by a double standard that went completely unchallenged or commented on in the book.

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  • Janet biglari
  • 08-08-18

Fabulous and Totally Engrossing

I loved this book it was such an unusual story and had me hooked from the first minute. I really enjoyed the narration and found the character voices just right. I love Louise Candlish's books the dialogue is so realistic and the characters so well drawn. It does not matter to me that there are no great twists and turns these books are just a great listen. I am now working my way through all her titles but have been disappointed with her earlier works she is certainly an author who has really developed and always manages to create interesting and unusual plots. I would well recommend this as a good solid holiday read.

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  • L B martinez
  • 07-25-18

The disappearance of Emily Marr

Great book. Kept me entranced from start to finish. A must listen to book for sure

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  • Nicola
  • 06-18-18

Disappointing Ending

I was enjoying the story until the last couple of chapters when I started questioning how this story was going to end. It just seemed like the writer didn't know where the story should go next so just ended it leaving you with questions about Eve and her family- and even Tabby. Its a shame as there could have easily been another couple of chapters or even another book about Tabby- did she find Eve? Did tabby go home and confront her Mother? Did she find her self worth and place in the world?