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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times number one best seller.

A missing girl. A buried secret.

From the acclaimed author of I Found You and the Richard & Judy best seller The Girls comes a compulsively twisty psychological thriller that will keep you gripped to the very last moment.

She was 15, her mother's golden girl.

She had her whole life ahead of her.

And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter.

Because his daughter is the image of Ellie.

Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?

©2017 Lisa Jewell (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Packs a huge emotional punch that will leave you winded." (CL Taylor, author of The Missing)

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  • Kate
  • 10-18-17

Excellent

Fantastic characters, gripping story and emotional ending I loved it! Great recording quality and brilliantly read characters.

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • S I.
  • 11-18-17

Gripping story and great writing

The writing is top notch, really good. I would say it’s one of the best written stories I’ve listened to. Some stories can drag in places but this kept my interest up all the way through. Some of it is horrific, hard to listen to really cause it’s so life like. Narration really good too, there’s nothing worse than narrators not pulling different accents off, but this worked well!

I thought I’d twigged the ending about half way through, I was along the right lines but the unexpected twists mean I was far enough from guessing it all! I would recommend for anyone that likes this genre.

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  • Blackcornish
  • 11-16-17

Super story and performance

Had me hooked from the start, I did more or less guess what was going on, but I thoroughly enjoyed hearing it all unravel. Great performance, perfect holiday listen for me.

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  • Stephen
  • 11-14-17

Gripping from star to finish

This book was both well written and well read. Lisa Jewell captured every character beautifully and of course Gabrielle’s different accents and voices completely brought the story to life.
This is one of those books that you just hate to finish because it was so good

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  • Dave H.
  • 11-12-17

Good but too easy to guess!

Good story but if you like a sophisticated thriller that keeps you guessing until the end you will not get that with this book. All in all though still a good story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-19-17

Listened in one sitting !!!!!!

Clever, twisty, emotional with some exceptionally beautiful prose. Lisa Jewell has defied the trend and much like whiskey has matured beautifully. I feel I have grown up with her, if you were to read her earlier work then her last four/five novels its like looking at a picture of a sweet gap tooth kid and then meeting the beautiful wise woman she has become. The narrator is wonderful too ... I still remember her as Patricia Farnham in brookside :) buy this, keep it and relisten

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  • Finkinpink
  • 11-18-17

interesting story

interesting enough to keep you listening but no tension and dull ending. lacked something Imo.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 01-21-18

3rd attempt to post review

This is the worst book that I have EVER read. The first few chapters were the moaning whine of a self centred mother of a girl who had disappeared. Still I persevered because the reviews said it was so brilliant and exciting. This mother even looked at her older daughter and thought 'Why wasn't it you – not your sister!'.
After meeting this woman we slowly get to know the rest of the family, each member was dysfunctional and positively awful.
The child in question – the 10 year old Poppy was an obnoxious child who was incredibly precocious.
I cannot think of a single person in this story who was even remotely pleasant, they are all nasty and dysfunctional.
Noelle, was just totally unbelievable, to be honest, so were most of the characters. I cannot believe that the 'charismatic' man with the young daughter was ever involved with someone who 'smelled of frying chips, had greasy hair, and was as scruffy as hell', this just wouldn't have happened.

Firstly I feel amazed by all those glowing reviews, how did anyone feel admiration for this horrendously stupid book.
Secondly, I feel angered that I was duped into using a credit for this wasted journey.

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  • tracey
  • 11-18-17

TOTALLY AWESOME X

TOTALLY AWESOME Had me crying and left shocked
unbelievable story line ...well done ...gripping stiry

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  • Jools
  • 10-15-17

Great read

Lovely tragic story that has left me in tears. Good narration, I truly recommend this audio book,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-26-18

I feel a bit dumber now

Its shallow and contrived. It’s trashy. Sometimes that’s what you want. When you don’t want to think.

Lots of one dimensional descriptions about clothes and food, which I personally found childish.

Hmmmm

I found the reading annoying.

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  • Charlie R
  • 03-01-18

Stunning

Beautiful piece of work from Lisa Jewel. The pace was perfect and the twists and turns kept me on my toes until the last minute. Heartbreaking and life affirming, an absolute must-read.

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  • Narelle
  • 02-28-18

Great read

Absolutely loved this book. It kept me engrossed from start to finish. A really good read that kept me engrossed. Will be certainly reading more from Lisa as this is my first!