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Publisher's Summary

When Tessa arrives at the little house by the lake with her two children, it is an escape. The rental house may be a bit small – but it’s theirs for the summer. A place to hide…

However, their isolation is disrupted by the family from the big house next door. Three children and their glamorous mother Rebecca – who seems determined to invite Tessa into their lives.

Rebecca, however, is harboring a dark secret. And when it becomes too much for her to bear, Tessa seems to be the only person she can turn to.

But as powerful bonds form between the two families, choices will be made that can never be undone. And as the summer comes to an end, nothing can keep everyone safe. And one family will pay the ultimate price…

A gripping, powerful emotional page turner with a heartbreaking twist, for fans of Jodi Picoult, Emily Bleeker and Diane Chamberlain.

©2018 Kate Hewitt (P)2018 Bookouture

Critic Reviews

"Heart-wrenching and captivating…as good as anything Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain have ever written." (Bookish Jottings)

"A highly recommended read, just keep your tissues close by – you’re going to need them!" (Stardust Book Reviews)

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Disappointing

The story was line was headed in a good direction, but when the Zoe and Catherine went to the hospital it felt like the situation was rushed and unrealistic. It was not the outcome I expected, which is good in a way, but the way it got there and the final resolution was not realistic at all. Very sad ending!

Also on chapter 35 when Rebecca asks Tessa how Catherine was doing while in the hospital, we learn about her lungs condition, which was precipitated by the author being that Tessa had not actually learned about that. (This was a mistake on the book)

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couldn't put it down.

the narrator was phenomenal. It wasn't a voice that you got tired of listening to. The emotion included was spot-on.

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Petty, superficial

Basically stereotypical story of poor insecure girl vs rich outwardly confident girl with secret making her inwardly question her world. Builds to climatic conflict, neatly cleans up in the end. Stupid&boring.

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outstanding

This was by far the best book I have read in a long time(well listened to) This was my first time with a book on tape and ut was wonderful.

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Trite

This story is so full of trite cliches.
Boring, and easy to find out how the story ends.
A waste of time and money.

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Great Read

This book had me hooked from the start. I thought I knew where it was going and it changed. I thought I knew the ending. Again I was wrong. I absolutely loved this book and the narrator. I will be getting more from the same author. I'm glad I didn't go by the negative reviews and checked it out anyway.

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Didn't finish

I have tried. Really, really tried to get through this book, but I finally had quit. I heard good things about the book but I couldn't grasp onto anything; character-related or story-wise.