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Summary

They were supposed to be getting away from their troubles....

Tom and Rachel Sullivan are a couple in mourning. Still recovering from their son’s death eight months before, they have escaped to a remote Scottish lodge with their daughter, in the hope that spending time together as a family will begin to heal the rifts between them.

But cut off from the outside world the cracks in their relationship are exposed. Tom is beset by guilt and anxiety; Rachel is distant, harbouring secrets of her own; and their young daughter is caught in the middle of her parents’ grief.

And then at 2am as they sleep, Tom’s biggest fears are realised: a window breaks and it is clear someone is inside their holiday home. He doesn’t know why they are being targeted but their choices are limited. And there’s nowhere to run....

A Window Breaks is the nerve-shredding thriller from C. M. Ewan, the author of Safe House.

©2019 C. M. Ewan (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic reviews

"Fantastic." (Lee Child) 

"Totally addictive." (Ann Cleeves)

"A thrill a minute page-turner." (Simon Kernick)

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WOW!! FANTASTIC. GRIPPING. LOVED IT

NOW....this is what I'm talking about!!! this was right up my Street.

Loved it! brilliant story, relatable characters, great twists! played out like a movie in my head while I was listening! I found myself taking my phone everywhere so I didnt have to stop listening as I was on the edge of my seat!
My emotions were all over the place when it came to Buster the dog, made me cry, laugh, cheer, shout and pray that it would all be ok for him in the end, and for the family! GRIPPING...LOVED IT.....YOU WONT BE DISAPOINTED.

Well done and thank you to the author, it's good to have a decent book to listen to!

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I really don’t understand the 5* reviews

This story was so drawn out and tedious that I found myself shouting at my phone.
The main character was so self obsessed that no matter what the problem or situation was...... A gun to someone else's head, a dramatic chase, or any similar situation was always described in long drawn out descriptions of 'How it affected ME'.

The whole book was totally beyond the bounds of belief, it was just plain silly! And the main character was unbelievably irritating!

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A great read for a dark night.

Kept me up all night in sheer terror.
Loved the narrators voice too. At a loss now it’s over.

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A window breaks- gripped me from start to finish.

couldn't stop listening, great storytelling at a pace. Some good twists all the way through.

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Terrific Story

Be prepared to stay up all night. You will have difficulty in putting it down.

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pointless story and ending . unrealistic in every way. Boring and far to long dull

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Wearyingly simile-overloaded, though strong performances.

Performances were good and matched the text. No obvious mispronunciations and various voices interesting and appropriate.
The story was exhausting to listen to though - and not in a way that helped it along. So many repeated ‘heart-bursting’, ‘heart-exploding’, ‘blood pumping’ etc references that as a listener, I just wanted to fast forward to get it done - and stopped caring about the characters. Maybe get help and advice from an editor another time?

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A good book!

Mum and daughter gets attacked so the family go for a break in a friends remote house. They're targeted again is this just a coincidence or does mum know more (like how to get into the cellar).

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Bored!

Really dont get how this story can be exciting??? Was bored beyond belief but had started so wanted to finish...
I stopped caring about what happened to them in the end....
I enjoyed listening to the narrator though. Only thing going for it.

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Amazing book

This is another of those thrillers which had me hooked from the very first sentence. I couldn’t stop listening once I’d started. I read it in one day. You know when you read a book and you know rationally that you can stop and it’ll be there the next day, but you still can’t? When you can’t sleep until you know what happens? That’s what this one did for me. Really well narrated as well. The performance added to the story as much as the plot did. If Psychological thrillers are your thing, this book is definitely for you! My emotions towards different characters changed all the time. I went from hating one, to feeling sorry for them, to disliking another. For me, that’s the mark of a good thriller. I won’t lie, the very end bought a tear to my eye. I can’t recommend this highly enough for its suspense, terror, emotions. I absolutely adored Buster, and was routing for him through the whole book. A must read for my fellow thriller fans. Claustrophobic, terrifying, sad, and at times if you’re like me, you’ll want to hit something!