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Publisher's Summary

You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you'd kill for it?

Be careful what you wish for....

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat's childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa's history hides dark secrets.

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat's perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realizes that she must face her fear of the past to save her family....

From the number-one best-selling author of The Sister and The Gift, this is an unputdownable psychological thriller which asks how far we will go to create our perfect family.

©2017 Louise Jensen (P)2017 Bookouture

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Thought it would be predictable, but it was just weird.

At first I thought it was a pretty predictable story about a surrogate getting revenge on an old friend. But it twisted and changed and just got weird. I could’ve done without the west side story that, it just didn’t fit and seem like it was just stuck in there. Without spoilers the ending was disappointing and had a lot of holes. The narrator was great, but the story was lacking, the characters were weak, and the ending was just horrible.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!!!

Not at all what I expected and I mean that in a good way!! I found myself with my jaw hanging open more than once as I listened to the many twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narrator as she really kept the story alive with her tone. I will say that I listened to it at X1.5 speed because some of her pauses were really long, but the change in speed made it perfect!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Wow!!!

Oh my gosh!!!!!!! Wow!!!!! Love the twists and how everything connects. But also hated how it turned out. How do I love and hate the same book at the same time?!?!? I’m torn.
It’s so well done. It’s so...dark, evil, cold?!?!? I don’t even know how to explain. But it’s freaking awesome at the same time! Yep, I’m a total psycho. This confirms it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Wow !

I really had to soak this book in, it was intense. The ending was perfect for a psychological thriller. This is so far her best book.☆☆☆☆☆Totally worth the credit.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Exciting with twists!

Great audible reading and an exciting story--hard to put down! A complex story that is totally engrossing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A thrilling page turner

Once again Louise Jensen weaves an intricate thriller with plenty of suspense, twists and turns. Kat, Nick, Lisa and Richard all have unspeakable guilty secrets, which keeps readers on our toes right to the drammatic end and surprising epilogue. Family secrets, violence, lies, misunderstandings and betrayal in a novel in which everyone has plenty of dark secrets to hide. It is told mostly by Lisa in the present tense which makes events feel real and urgent. The writing is brilliant,. I love the author's use of metaphor and the brilliant way we look into the characters' minds and motivations. Especially for lovers of complex and suspenseful contemporary, family dramas and psychological thrillers.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Annoying, Idiotic, Self-Consumed Main Character!

This story really annoyed me! The book really stretched the idea that people will believe anything if they are desperate enough. I kept thinking, "how dumb is this lady?" I found ALL the characters highy annoying but the main character was the worst. The way she fawned over children was really the only scary thing about this story. What a needy person and yet everyone let her get away with her narcisstic behavior and catered to her.

I wanted to see her utterly destroyed by the end of the book. The book stressed me out and it was more of a soap opera than a thriller! The ending was not plausible. The only good thing was the narrator who gave a stellar performance. She really plays a great paranoid psychopath.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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O. M. G.....

This was a pleasant surprise for me! Just when I thought I knew exactly what was going on, I DIDN'T! Enjoy!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Ehhhhh

This was an okay read..... wasn’t really impressed. I felt the same with “The Sister”.... Not sure if I really like this author. The twists could have been better. No jaw droppers for me. *Shrugs

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Decent thriller, horrible ending

Decent thriller, crappy ending, *spoiler alert* The title character is a 'boo hop poor me' whiner plus a beast of a narcissist who wins out in the end.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Hazel
  • 10-31-17

Cant believe this book was ever published

This book was beyond terrible. Was it written by a teenager? This is a taster of the constant drivel you will need to endure if you choose to purchase it; ' l saw a lurking shadow! my heart raced!, l felt sick and could feel my breath quicken!, my panic rose and l tried to calm my breathing, but then l noticed .....it was only the post man. I turned to go back inside but then l heard a noise. The fear in me began to rise! I felt my sweat trickle down my neck! I was sure l was going to pass out with the rising panic! Oh ...its just the cat. OH THE ANGST,!!! The narrator deserves a medal actually getting through this dogs dinner of a book. My ears still hurt and l am completely BAFFLED at the 5 star reviews. Oh and another thing a lot of the words at ends of sentences are clipped. Just bad editing and bad all round.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Ariana
  • 10-20-17

Poor

I persevered with this book only because the narrator was so good, otherwise it was a ridiculous and predictable story with pathetic clichés and phrases like “I knew what I was doing from watching ‘one born every minute’” and “I’d watched enough ‘casualty’ to know I needed to get her to the hospital”. I wouldn’t recommend this book at all. Awful.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • kay
  • 10-17-17

Very disappointing

After all the positive reviews I was expecting much more, it felt like it was too trying hard to be in the same league as other recent thrillers, but failed through having any twists and turns linked together by a weak fairly predictable storyline and with characters that I never grew to care about. I listened almost to the end but gave up during the last hour as I realised I didn’t care what happened and was relieved it was over.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann D
  • 11-01-17

Problem mainly with the structure.

I am usually fine novels moving back and forth between past and present, but it did work here. After the first few chapters, there was no real direction. Rather the book rambled back and forth between apparently disconnected issues. I expect there will be those that tie-up in the end, but I have reached 1 hour before the end and I’m losing the will to go on, having already fast forwarded several times. I also can’t engage with the main protagonist here. I don’t have to like characters to engage with them. Indeed, for me, some of the most engaging characters are pretty awful. However, I find the character of Cat to be just too wingy!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Marjorie Willcox
  • 10-28-17

Unlikely

The book was well read and began well going back and forth from past to present.However in the middle the plot became very silly with too many unlikely incidents. It could have been riveting but became contrived & unbelievable.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-17

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant, can not fault this at all. Great Story, with great twists that I didn't see coming. Really enjoyed it, need more like this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss
  • 11-25-17

So-so

Ok to pass the time.
Slightly unbelievable story line & pretty
predicable in parts.
Good narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Stacey K.
  • 10-10-17

Couldn't put it down

Amazing story. Narrator was excellent - drew me in and brought the book to life.

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  • Christine
  • 10-04-17

Twists Galore

What a book. I couldn't stop listening to this. Every time I thought I had it figured out, the rug was pulled out from under me...a Must Listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • 09-07-18

Terrible ending.

I hate hate hated this book. Main character was unlikable and selfish and not in a flawed heroine type way. Poor Nick deserved so much better than what the author gave him.

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  • Kristine
  • 01-18-18

Great read

A good book with a great twist at the end. I did guess the ending but was still a gripping read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Eils
  • 07-01-18

Not for me

I really wanted to like this book. I’ve enjoyed other Louise Jensen books but it was just so far fetched! The twists at the end had me laughing out loud. It was leading to a quality thriller, but that ending! 🙄 It felt very contrived and a quick and easy way to wrap up a complicated story. The characters didn’t develop enough for such a convoluted ending. Mostly enjoyed the narration.

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  • Tanya Ralph
  • 06-20-18

Intriguing

I was constantly trying to work out where the twist was coming from. The ending was a bit annoying - felt like the author was trying to kill off everyone. I enjoyed this book and flew through it.

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  • Pretty Spiffy
  • 06-05-18

Surprising twist

The whole time I was listening to this book I thought I had it all figured out. Truely did not expect the way this story ended up. Definitely worth listening to.

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  • Sheena Avison
  • 05-25-18

Dragged on

I ended up jumping from chapter to chapter and I am over these wishy washy women. From now on I will find books about intelligent strong women.