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Summary

What if the truth means losing everything?

Kate Sullivan has a beautiful home, a career that she loves and a handsome fiancé, Ben. It's more than she could have hoped for when she decided to get sober six years ago, having finally reached rock bottom.

When Becky, an old friend, reappears after 10 years, Kate is forced to confront her past. Old anxieties surface and threaten to derail her perfect life. Nonetheless, Kate invites Becky to move in with her and Ben, hoping to make amends with her former friend. But when their house guest starts behaving strangely, Kate worries that Becky hasn't forgotten or forgiven Kate's past mistakes.

Having been black-out drunk, Kate remembers nothing of the last night they spent together as teenagers, the night that Becky ended their friendship. Kate doesn't know what she did to ruin everything, but if she is to finally find the closure she craves, she needs to know what happened that night.

But what if the truth is worse than Kate could have imagined?

©2020 Emily Freud (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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"Powerful...brilliantly captures the destructive inner voice of a woman struggling to stay on course." (Jane Lythell, author of The Lie of You)

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A handbook of emotional incontinence and self pity

This is yet another book which seems to have escaped any form of proof reading before publication. The subject matter, a self pitying ex alcoholic who is also an illiterate English teacher is risible and not a little predictable. The author really needs to check with a dictionary if she is not sure what a word means. That said her assault on the English language can be quite amusing. " Becky watches like an animal in the hedgerow at twilight", "Her lids twitch, opening and closing as her eyes dart around." Her kitten heels click in disappointment.", Her mind is twisting and growing like thorny brambles on a time lapse"!
That said the poor narrator almost manages to make a silk purse out of a sows ear but not quite.
Don't waste your money

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Wonderful

Easily the best book I’ve read in years. 10/10 all the way through! Incredible!

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Thoroughly enjoyable, great twist

Despite some negative reviews I decided to give this one a go and I am so glad I did. I loved the narrator and really enjoyed the story. I thought I had got the ‘secret’ about half way through, but there was an unexpected twist. I also thought the book provided a great insight into addiction.

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Excellent

I really enjoyed this book. It’s one of those stories that you think you know the answers, however it’s not what you think! Very gripping , couldn’t stop listening to it. Would recommend

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Excellent

I loved this and listened to it in 1 day . Great story lie ... v real

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Real and raw, I couldn't put this book down!

Fantastic debut novel by Emily Freud and read so beautifully by Claire Lams, completely addictive reading, excuse the pun!

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Great book

Brilliant book, has you captivated from the get go! I rushed through it in a few days as couldn’t wait to find out what had happened! I would highly recommend

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An okay read. I must admit that I wanted to clobber the main character several times. The bit I couldn't understand is why she had never asked her father about her mother's death. Because she thought her mother had killed herself, she made assumptions that weren't true when her life could have been so different if she only had the facts.