A startling psychological thriller debut for any fan of Gone Girl or Before I go to Sleep.
Menacing, suspenseful and utterly compelling, this is a stunning debut novel that throws the spotlight on the fine line between love and hate, and leaves you wondering just who you trust.
Remember the person you sat next to on your first day at school? Still your best friend? Or disappeared from your life for good?
Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last for ever. They met when Rachel was the new girl in class and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under one another's spell and nothing would be the same again.
Now in their late twenties Rachel has the TV career, the flat and the boyfriend, while Clara's life is spiralling further out of control. Yet despite everything, they remain inextricably bound.
Then Clara vanishes. Is it abduction, suicide or something else altogether? Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you've shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.
©2013 Colette McBeth (P)2013 Headline Digital
"This is a page-turner and no mistake. Dark, intriguing, and full of unexpected twists" (Lynn Shepherd, author of Tom-All-Alone's and A Treacherous Likeness)
"A brilliant, chilling debut. Psychopathy has never seemed so attractive" (Ali Knight, author of Wink Murder)
Well, here's another psychological drama with a female protaganist labelled as the next 'Gone Girl' and I am really tired of listening to them. Very few of them live up to the hype and this one definitely doesn't. The writing is unimaginative, the plot is tedious and laboured and I am afraid I gave up halfway through. By that point I had given up hope that things would improve and had no interest in the characters or in discovering what had happened to Clara. I enjoyed this book more when the narration was based in the present and found the writing became increasingly tedious when it moved to the past and Rachel and Clara's teenage lives. I also found Penelope Rawlin's narration increasingly irritating, her immature, sugary voice really grated on me. If you are looking for the next 'Gone Girl' I would suggest Lottie Moggach's 'Kiss Me First' or Sabine Durrant's 'Under Your Skin'. Both excellently written, compelling novels. Give this one a miss.
Yes, we always know exactly what is happening/had happened, but we don't know what has happened until the end. Perhaps we never know...
The lead charecter
Not really, but I didn't want it to finish
A bit chiclit at times, but that's part of it, part of who she is. Yet we never know who she is until the end.
The twists in the traits of the characters and the way the story weaved a variety of possible outcomes.
Without doubt the main character is living and breathing through her well articulated thoughts.
The final scene was quite disturbing but enthralling.
I really enjoyed this book and the narrator......It was full of unexpected turns. Very clever.
Female in my 30s. Work full time, listen to audio books in the car and in bed. Sometimes even when cooking!
Interesting, unexpected, suspenseful
Rachel was my favourite because I identified with her troubled childhood and her relationship with her best friend
Still Rachel. She portrayed Rachel as a survivor and the lack of emotional excitement portrayed Rachel's ability to keep calm and logical so well
Yes definitely. The story is very interesting and the characters seem real. I really didn't see the twists in the story coming. The narrator's ability to portray the characters' state of mind was brilliant.
This book is not just a brilliant unexpected story full of twists. It also describes the scenery and the people's feelings so beautifully.
Would recommend. The ending is unexpected - Left me wondering who is actually the mentally unbalanced one.
Rachel - Is she mad?
Clear and expressive.
Made me vaguely disquieted.
Kept not wanting to listen on but was compelled to do so. Glad I did as the ending has an unexpected twist.
It was fast paced and well read.
I liked all the characters.
I enjoyed all of them.
I was kept in suspense to the end.
At first I couldn't get into this I think it was the monotone voice and after a while I started it again. The book turned out to be intriguing and I did enjoy the twist and turns and the unexpected relationships that enfolded. There was some suspense and glad I listened to the end
Mum of three. Lover of mysteries and thrillers, shoes, genealogy and walking.
The sense of mystery a few the character development as the story unravelled.
Rachel. Very interesting character. Felt she was a good strong and well developed personality but always felt there was a lot more to come.
no this was first of her performances I have listened to. It was excellent, and I would like to read more.
the ending was a little unbelievable. It made me neither laugh nor cry, only to think that it was a little too much.
the book was very gripping, and I couldn't put it down. The development of the characters was amazing. Since finishing it, it has me thinking about the 2 main characters and now this character development was integral to the plot. The title confused me, until the very last chapter. 'Don't believe a word she says'....I see now why this was important, and who it referred to. A great story.
I have really enjoyed this book. The reader is excellent, and the story gripping. I shall look out for others by thus author.
"Excellent listen! Narrator fantastic!"
I loved the twists and turns.
I felt like I was there in the story all the way.
Her lovely English accent!
Both girls were excellent characters.
Loved this story. I heard an interview with the author on radio and thought I just had to have a listen, especially as the author is a newscaster the same as her main character.
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