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Publisher's Summary

Everyone is going to the housewarming party. Attending will be all the same people who lived on the street the day Abi vanished.... Will her mother finally learn the truth?

Ava only left her daughter in the pushchair for five minutes. The buckle was fastened, and she was sure it was safe. But when she came downstairs, the door was open and Abi was gone - she walked down the road, past the Lovegoods' house, and was never seen again.

A year later, the Lovegoods throw a housewarming party, showing off the results of their renovation. Ava doesn’t want to go. She can’t bear to look down that end of the road, to see the place where Abi vanished, and she doesn’t want to spend time with people who don’t share her grief. Her husband, Matt, persuades her: He’s worried about her. A night out might do her good.

But as her friends and neighbors chat, and the drink and gossip flows, Ava learns something new about the day she has relived a thousand times. A throwaway comment that could change everything.

Ava thought she knew every last detail of that day.

She’s about to find out she was wrong....

Brilliantly dark and moving suspense fiction for fans of Gillian Flynn, Claire McGowan, and Lisa Jewell, The Housewarming will have your pulse racing and your heart in your mouth from start to finish. 

©2020 S. E. Lynes (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Just Ok

This story could have been better if it had more grit. It takes a long time to get going, and there is too much focus on the mother and her feelings of loss. It's not terrible, but if I had the choice, I wouldn't have used a credit for it.

-Wendi

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The ending was great!

The ending was great....and the beginning was pretty good...unfortunately the middle consisted of chapter after chapter of just droning on and on about the same thing..over and over...and nothing much happened...it's one of those books that really had the potential of being a really good book but just didn't get there because instead of anything happening..it was just an essay of one character's feelings.

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Hard to keep listening

Not my favorite book ... it dragged on and on about the mother’s feelings ...but I kept listening ... it was hard to finish ... the ending was best part ... being done with a satisfactory ending ...

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Awesome!

Can’t really understand the poor reviews....this is one of the best books I’ve heard lately. The narration is fantastic. Off to read more books by this author.

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excellent!

Wow!! Gets you from the first chapter and doesn't stop! Narrator was superb!! Characters were excellent and I feel like I know them. Highly recommend!

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The story was alright there are better books I have read this one at least carries twists at the end that kept me from being disappointed

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So suspenseful, especially as a mama!

This book had me intrigued from the very start! It’s suspenseful and you can easily relate to each character. As a parent, it has me double checking my doors and hugging my daughter a little tighter.

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kept me on the edge of my seat!

one of the best books I've listened to. perfectly written and narrated! do not hesitate to purchase and listen!

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Never disappoints

Best author narrator combination I have found. Excellent writing and story telling. Equally excellent narration. Have listened to all of her books, wish there were more available.

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interesting story

loved it. lots of surprises. had to keep listening after my walk until the story ended

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  • Ms. M. Gendiboyd-nayli
  • 10-25-20

A Gripping Story

When I listened to the 1st chapter I felt a low grating, the narrator was expressing a desperate character emotion. I was almost tempted to stop listening, I'm so glad I didn't. I even thought I had predicted the killer, unknowing the twist in the story.
This book was emotional and dramatic to the end.

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  • ruby
  • 01-07-21

unbelievable

This book is pretty awful, the characters are one dimensional and I found it boring from start to finish.
I'm requesting back my credit.

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  • Pam
  • 12-08-20

Exceptional

Fantastic book, kept me gripped right to the very end.
Superb narration too by Tamsin Kennard

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  • jennybell
  • 12-06-20

BEST BOOK I’VE LISTENED TO IN 2020

The narrator was perfect, they can truly spoil a good story, but Tamsin was brilliant all the way through. You know you’re reading a REALLY good book when, at the same time as racing through it, you don’t want to finish it! I was completely involved in all the characters lives but Ava and Matt was so well written I wanted to reach out and hold them. A truly outstanding listen. Thank you S.E.Lynes

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-20

what a book!!

i loved this book and couldn't stop listening.best book i have listened too on here and i have listened to so many psychological thrillers. brill narration also. Will be recommending

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  • Chloe
  • 02-10-21

Disappointingly Dull!

I don't usually write negative reviews but I felt I wasted 8 hours of my life listening to this book. Very slow, no suspense or much happening at all. Dull!

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  • Patsy
  • 02-03-21

Enjoyed this book

Excellent story and narration, which can make or break a book in my opinion. An unexpected ending, which is always a bonus.

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  • Heather
  • 06-01-21

Worst Listen Ever!

This is the dullest tedium from beginning to end. I tried to stick it out because someone said it got better. It didn't. It's boring and repetitive and nothing happens, just a continual rehash of a woman's anguish. The characters I suppose are upwardly mobile thirty somethings whose values are limited to their decor and the size of their kitchens and there isn't an intelligent conversation between any of them. The men friends speak in Neandertal grunts (apologies Neandertals, I know we've re-evaluated you) and the women are soapy without the vocabulary. It's a kind of chick lit with tragedy. Not the kind of people I would want to spend 9 hours with.
The narrator is excellent and did her best with this awful material.
You can probably tell I'm cross that I wasted a credit and can't believe I paid money for this rubbish. I tried to return it but because I'm having a credit break I wasn't allowed but will try again when it's over. It didn't play very well either, which didn't help. I was surprised to find the author has written several 'successful' books so someone must enjoy this stuff but I wouldn't risk trying her again.
I have to confess I didn't get to the end. I tried to force myself to listen on but an hour from the end I just couldn't take any more. So for all I know there may have been a surprise ending and the story may have redeemed itself.
Worst listen ever!

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  • Rich
  • 05-04-21

Not worth the credit!

Sadly didn’t like the Housewarming at all! The reader was great but the story line was so boring! First 20 chapters could have been written in two! It just kept repeating its self! Carried on listening as I thought this has got to get better enjoyed the last three chapters!!!

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  • El
  • 03-27-21

Good story but could have been shorter.

Really good story line but oh my lord !! The descriptions of emotions, feelings and even mundane objects go on and on way to much. Apart from that it was a good read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-20

Slowest story ever

Lasted to Chapter 10 and realised that I didn’t hate myself enough to keep going. OMG! What was the editor doing - or did they skip that process? What a drag! I would actually like a refund because the reviews were BS. A little girl goes missing and for 10 chapters we follow the mother’s grief. That’s it for the first 10 Chapters!! Torture! No subplot! Just grief! I want to repeat those words for 10 Chapters to fully describe my annoyance with this author. If you don’t want to write a story - don’t write one! But don’t publish words that are not a story. And speed it up! God! I would like to punish you as I have been punished, waiting for a reward that never came! I gave up after Chapter 10. And who wrote the reviews? Your mother? The publisher? Whoever it was, they clearly didn’t hear or read the first 10 chapters. Perhaps they read a synopsis. Makes me doubt the veracity of the Audible reviews.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-23-21

Better than I was expecting

Captivating from the beginning. Great narrator. Wasn't as predictable as I thought. Had me on edge, and the story wasn't smothered in clichés. One of the best I've listened to in a while.

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  • Sandra E Brown
  • 12-15-20

Repettive, repetitive, repetitive

Did I mention how repetitive this book was? Look, there’s only so much a narrator can do to bring a book to life. If you were reading this book you could skip over the fact that multiple passages were repeated again and again and again. However hearing the narrator read every word and repetitive sentence over again and again again was just mind-numbing. I appreciate the author was trying to emphasise the fact that the mother was feeling guilt and playing the same scene over in her mind but it’s not necessary to treat the reader as so dumb that they can’t envisage this grief and the way a person responds to such actions themselves. The reader (and more importantly the listener) does not need to be beaten over the head to understand the point. To add insult to injury, the end of the book turns into a preaching sermon of how we should live our lives. If I wanted a sermon, I’d go to church.

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  • Jan Richardson
  • 12-12-20

Very thought provoking

This audio was one of the best for a while it shows you what and who are really important in your life.
Fabulous narrator which makes an audio book.
The story is well written, I couldn't stop listening such a great story

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  • Christine
  • 11-28-20

Couldn't stop listening

Great story, great narrator, couldn't guess the ending right until the end, every time I thought I had it I was wrong....sort of..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-25-20

Tamsin Kennard is an amazing story teller

Good story, a bit stressful to listen to. The narrator is a great story teller and very pleasant to listen to.

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  • Kim shields
  • 10-24-20

Kept me listening

I really enjoyed this book, the performance was great and the story kept up a good pace, keeping you listening.

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  • Jody Anderson
  • 09-25-21

good but not great

a good story that had a completely predictable ending. I was waiting for a massive twist that didn't come. Slow to start with, however was still an easy listen, something that didn't take too much concentration as I'm driving into work

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-21

Very slow going

I am up to chapter 14 and am finding this very slow and repetitive. The narrator is great. The reviews are excellent so I will continue for a while at least and see what eventuates.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-21

On the edge

What a brilliant story. It kept me captivated from beginning to the end. Wonderfully narrated. I loved the twists throughout especially at the end.