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When She Returned

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One woman’s reappearance throws her family into turmoil, exposing dark secrets and the hidden, often devastating truth of family relationships.

Kate Bennett vanished from a parking lot eleven years ago, leaving behind her husband and young daughter. When she shows up at a Montana gas station, clutching an infant and screaming for help, investigators believe she may have been abducted by a cult.

Kate’s return flips her family’s world upside down - her husband is remarried, and her daughter barely remembers her. Kate herself doesn’t look or act like she did before.

While the family tries to help Kate reintegrate into society, they discover truths they’ve been hiding from each other about their own relationships. But they aren’t the only ones with secrets. As the family unravels what happened to Kate, a series of shocking revelations shows that Kate’s return is more sinister than any of them could have imagined.

©2019 Heather Berry (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Five Star Psychological Thriller...

This is the second Lucinda Berry book on Audible. Her first is The Perfect Child which I thoroughly enjoyed. This too is a really good psychological thriller. Very different but just as good. Berry’s writing kept me interested and thinking about the story long after I finished the book.
The story is told from three points of view by the three main characters. A mother, daughter and stepmother each have a piece to contribute and do so through three excellent narrators.
But things are not as they first appear and it doesn’t take long before what you are lead to believe unravels.
I don’t want to add to the publisher’s summary and spoil anything. Instead I will comment on the writing style. This book is a roller coaster of emotions. I felt like I could empathize with the family of the missing woman. The longer she stays with the family you learn how she deceived them and that they had been missing and mourning someone that never was.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is FREE to borrow with the kindle edition.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • JT
  • 10-19-19

This is an incredible story

I loved this book. The story line is different than what I generally read. I experienced this novel through the Kindle Unlimited Read and Listen option. I generally switch back and forth frequently but with this novel the audio narration was so good that the majority of it I listened to.The fact that there are multiple narrators is wonderful and engrossing. The characters are well developed and the story is suspenseful, intense, and full of emotional out pouring. There are twists and turn galore. I like the way it is written in different characters POV and in different timelines. It all flows so well. I will read more by Lucinda Berry.

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Annoying Main Character Speaks Vocal Fry

NO SPOILERS! The main character was so annoying with all the vocal fry (valley girl speak). I thought that maybe she would knock it off after disappearing, but nope. She truly made this book hard to listen to. Other than that the story was somewhat interesting but not much of a mystery, certainly not a thriller...more of a drama. If you are into cults, maybe you will like this one,

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A 5-Star Surprise!

Be prepared to be instantly hooked and very, very disturbed. TRUE CONFESSION: Once I started the book, I could not stop listening.

Let the record show that I have zero interest in cults and, quite frankly, this almost stopped me from requesting this title. The book's character development, plot, and narration were all over-the-top.....and after I finished the book, all I could say was WOW!

WARNING: Some of the content in the book was very disturbing but all of these details were necessary to make the book's compelling storyline work.

One of my favorite things about this book was how the story unfolded from three different voices: from the perspectives of the daughter, the first wife, and the second wife.

I have listened to soooo many duds lately and even though this book was disturbing, it was also a breath of fresh air.

I highly recommend this title.

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Another great novel by Lucinda Berry

This book grabbed me with the first chapter. The majority of the book alternates between "now" and back "then". I usually do not like that type of writing, but it really worked in this novel and helped put the pieces in place. But the ending was a total surprise to me! I highly recommend this book.
The three narrators gave an amazing performance!

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oh come on Lucinda!!

Lycindas books are pretty good, Ive listened to a few. This one was getting pretty interesting and I was wondering what was going to happen neext.
And heres what did happen next:
The End

Say whhaattttt?!?

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Good but annoying

Cults make me uneasy so it’s not my favorite subject and I found the weak will of a few of the characters super annoying. As for the story it was very entertaining. I understand they had to be weak for the story to work, it’s just a pet peeve of mine.

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Excellent

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verything about the story was excellent. Great plot and such a strong story line. The narrator was excellent!

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cult mentality

loved this book! so much drama going on and a surprising ending. cult following, mothers disappearng and the stress of the family lef behind.

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Interesting & Compelling, but Fell Short

Kate’s Voice: I just can’t with that narrator. Cult plot: I can see how of much of this may be true to life, and how people are programmed and brainwashed. But there were so many loose ends. Why did they target her to begin with? That is never really answered. Why would she have believed they would contact her family once she was down in that cellar? Why would she have taken his word for it before she was truly “programmed”? Why would Scott not be concerned about who Kate was calling, and why would he have even considered letting Abby go with her? It’s just too over-the-top. I think there was a lot of potential here, but it was just very depressing and pretty unbelievable.

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  • jake
  • 11-10-19

very good

really liked this book well written found it hard to put down. The characters were very good I would highly recommend this book

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  • M Bubble
  • 11-01-19

Slow but gripping

It felt like the story could have been half of what it was, but it kept me hooked all the way to the end. Narration was good except, when they narrated as the dad.

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  • Deberah
  • 10-18-19

A Good Listen

I enjoyed this story and it was read well. The subject gave for interesting thinking. I immediately purchased another book by the writer and will keep a close eye for her books now.

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