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Publisher's Summary

1943: the world is at war, and the villagers of Tyneham are being asked to make one more sacrifice: to give their homes over to the British army. But on the eve of their departure, a terrible act will cause three of them to disappear forever.

2018: Melissa had hoped a break on the coast of Dorset would rekindle her stagnant relationship, but despite the idyllic scenery, it’s pushing her and Liam to the brink. When Melissa discovers a strange photograph of a woman who had once lived in the forgotten local village of Tyneham, she becomes determined to find out more about her story. But Tyneham hides a terrible secret, and Melissa’s search for the truth will change her life in ways she never imagined possible.

©2019 Lorna Cook (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"A gripping tale of secrets and love...I loved it." (Liz Fenwick, author of The Cornish House

"I was so absorbed that I read it in a single day." (Kate Riordan, author of The Girl in the Photograph)

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A bit dark, but well written

Could be triggering for victims of domestic violence. It's an interesting plot, none the less.

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  • Miss K A Clark
  • 04-09-19

Wonderfully engaging duel timeline story

With strong characters and duel storylines (that move between present day and the 1940's) this debut novel from Lorna Cook is captivating. Don't let the idea of duel storylines put you off, it's easy to follow. Highly recommended and I will be looking out for future books from this author.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-06-19

very engaging

good listen. enjoyed the time jumping and the story line followed well with a good ending .

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  • D Reed
  • 05-21-19

This story had me glued to it.

I went to that village last year, it was wondertul to read a story that was weaved around it and in fiction what happened, it make me think was it fiction? Yes the story was that good.

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  • Angus Gent
  • 08-29-19

What a absolutely fantastic story

Thank you very much for this wonderful story and reading. It entertained both my wife and I from Cambridge to Cornwall and back again! Real holiday ‘reading’ for us both to enjoy and talk about rather than burying ourselves in two different books. I really would recommend it to all. When is the film coming out?! Many thanks indeed. We are going to visit Tyneham on our way home....

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  • M. Stevens
  • 10-24-19

The forgotten village

It's one of those books full of intrigue that you can't put down!
A story of two different generations caught up in a mystery of a photo taken in WW11.

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  • Miriam
  • 08-02-19

excellent

a real page turner with some lovely twists. Accurate portrayal of the village history too

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  • Lorraine
  • 06-09-19

Good

This is a good and interesting story however it seams a little long winded. The narrator did a good job but if I had been reading it myself I would have been skimming the pages .

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  • 06-06-19

great

I was unsure at first, but then didn't want it to end. a truly great listen

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  • Tony Swinton
  • 04-17-22

Enjoyed this book

Overall I found this book an easy Read
I thought I had predicted how the book was going to end with about three chapters to go but I was thrown some curve balls
The storyline of village frozen in time works well and I will be looking for other books by this author

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-21

Tyneham Treat

Beautifully read and as Tyneham is my favourite place in the whole of Dorset I was really looking forward to this book.
Good story but I just wished it could have been a bit more accurate when describing the landscape and area. I know it’s fictional but I’d read the author’s book on Guernsey, another of my favourite places and thought that was pretty accurate.