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Publisher's Summary

They were all there the day your sister went missing....

Who is lying? Who is next?

Then - In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom. Eleanor never came back.

Now - The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organizing a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing. When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all....

If you love Sue Fortin, Gillian Flynn, and The Girl on the Train, this psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns will be impossible to put down.

©2018 Samantha Hayes (P)2018 Bookouture

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Outstanding, A Knockout Story

The narrator did an excellent job creating a different voice for every character, which is no easy feat, with as many as there were. I only have the story 4 stars bevause I found the constant ping-ponging of characters/time periods quite confusing at times.
However, that is easily overlooked in light of the overall story arc, plot, and the deftness with which the author keeps you guessing until the end. I'm looking up more of her work immediately!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Waaaaaaaaaay too long.

While the ending was decent, the story could have been told in much less than the 12 plus hours of meandering nothingness contained in most of this story. I actually fell asleep a few times while listening, and, thinking that I had missed something important, re-wound to find out that I missed absolutely nothing. So, if you fall asleep while listening, and you will, there is really no need to rewind. Just pick it up where you woke up...you won’t have missed a thing. It feels as though this so called ‘reunion’ is happening in real time. People sitting around, drinking tea, going to the beach, and taking walks. I didn’t think there were any huge twists or surprises here, as these stories are pretty formulaic. Also, this story is so long, you’ve got plenty of time to figure it out.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Predictable

I guessed every twist. And I wasn’t trying that hard. The red herrings were obvious, and the characters had no real depth. That said, it was easy fun listen that got me through a day of tidying house.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Narration elevates the material

The tag-line promises "an utterly ripping psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist ". Sorry, not even close. I saw every plot "twist" early on. The author seemed to think that more plot equals more suspense. The reason this story is entertaining, and it does have some suspenseful elements, is the narration by Karen Cass. She's excellent ! The story, though, is pretty implausible.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Just plain silly

Story was far fetched and characters irritating. completely unbelievable and the main villian's motive was flimsy at best. . Narrator was excellent though.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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odd

I didn't even get the end I was confused on what even happened it was an odd book

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Really good, but far too long.

I really enjoyed the book overall; there were only a couple things that bothered me.
For starters, the narrator; she keeps a good, up tempo pace, moving the whole thing along, however, she does this strange inflection with her voice, to make (what I assume) is a strained or cracking noise, to provide emphasis on a point, or dialogue. The problem is, it ends up sounding a bit like a weird Christopher Walken impression.
The storyline itself, is good, it’s just far, far too long.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A hot mess!

A good psychological thriller requires multi-dimensional characters who resemble real people. I didn't find them here; there was no explaining what psychological factors motivated these characters. The whole premise of having a reunion of those present when Claire's sister disappeared decades before made no sense to me. The book was very slow getting started as the many characters were introduced. The "shocking" twists near the conclusion came out of left field--but I guess if you're not dealing with real people, then pretty much anything is possible. I'm surprised that so many listeners enjoyed this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Build up to nothing!

So, in the beginning of this book I thought all the confusion of jumping from one character to another would be worth it in the end! Then as soon as I thought it was getting good, it turns to complete nonsense! The twist is unimaginative, yet ridiculous! Very disappointed! I should have believed the reviews I read warning me not to read this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Couldn’t stop listening.

Loved it, a super twisted story with a good ending. Highly recommend for anyone who loves psychological thrillers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Astrid
  • 03-09-18

Gripping!!

I was so glad to see another Samantha Hayes book on Audible! This one might be the best yet, listened to it in 3 sittings as I couldn't put it down. Loved the narration which is a deal breaker with audiobooks. I'm not going to talk about the story for fear of spoilers!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. Ronald Barkess
  • 04-06-18

Brilliant

What a brilliant book. Lots of twists and turns and I couldn’t stop listening. Excellent narration too. Well worth a read.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • bunny_girl
  • 04-03-18

Phenomenal!

This is the second book by Samantha Hayes that I’ve listened too and I couldn’t put it down! It had me gripped from beginning to end. I highly recommend!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • JACQUI
  • 04-04-18

interesting...

The narrator was too optimistic. felt that I was listening to a fairy tale with a happy end.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sair0075
  • 04-07-18

Very well done

Really didn't see where it was going. A great story that really sets the seen to a point where you don't want to stop listening.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Adele Gatenby
  • 04-01-18

Frustratingly ended

This book, for the most part as it was well written and kept me listening. But my main bugbear was the ending. It felt too contrived and although most people enjoyed the twist I felt it was forced and didn’t make any sense. I can’t go into details for fear of spoiling the ending but you can’t deceive readers by writing whole chapters on the way someone behaves only to then change everything so it fits your ending! There were so many contradictions in characters personalities, motives and actions that it left me with too many questions to really say I enjoyed the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly page
  • 03-31-18

hold tight for a bumpy ride

loved it. just as much as her other book she wrote. narrator brought the book alive

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Johnson
  • 03-27-18

Improbable but it works

I found the resolution of this narrative slightly improbable and it left me with too many questions. Despite this ... and a tendency to be self indulgent with some chapters that contribute little to the plot and slow down the pace- I enjoyed this book. I will now buy her other one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • knittyboot
  • 03-12-18

Great story

Enjoyed the twists and turns. Entertaining book, in no way deep or thought provoking but a great choice for a holiday read.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Christopher
  • 05-08-18

WOW !

Fantastic book, so many red herrings & totally unexpected ending. Would highly recommend it ! Listened to it all in two sittings! Long time since I listened to such a good book.

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  • JHadgal
  • 07-14-18

Suspenseful and an interesting story line

I really enjoyed this book. The narration was excellent and the storyline kept you hooked. I couldn’t wait to listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful