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Summary

Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea - and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever.

Sarah's son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, The Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah's search grows more desperate, and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows - and she's right to.

Someone saw everything on that fateful day seven years ago. And they'll do anything to keep the truth buried.

©2017 Cressida McLaughlin (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Impossible to put down." (Clare Mackintosh)
"Beautiful, sad and gripping...I couldn't put it down." (Claire Douglas)

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Wow wow wow! More twists and turns than a roller coaster!

Loved this book!!! Just as you say "ohhhh so it's .... I know what's going on" a twist hits you and your back to square one!

Narration is spot on, story is brilliant; unpredictable and gripping story line. I found myself getting emotionally attached to the characters.

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Amazing!

Fantastic book, so many twists and turns that it keeps on surprising you right till the end

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Emotionally gripping!

I realky liked this book and I kept trying to guess wjat had happened to Jacob. The secrets kept coming until the end which was heart rending. a great listen.

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Astonishing plot

Absolutely absorbing plot and characters that were brought to life by the author.

The twists and turns came from the blue and to the last line I wanted to be on that Sandbank.

Thoroughly enjoyable casual listening.



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Unsettling and gripping

This book shifts your perception back and forth like the sands and tide on the sandbank where it is set.
Just as you are convinced as to a characters nature, something else is revealed that changes your view or makes you doubt their motives.
I was very unsettled by some of the themes but that didn't make me stop listening.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Slow burner

I enjoyed the story, slow, intimate but intense. Narrators were excellent. I would recommend the book.

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Off to a good start ...

I haven't yet finished this book but it's off to a good start! It's the first I have listened to with two actors and the alternating chapters and voices works well.

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One book to get you to sleep

On reading the synopsis of this book it sounded just up my street. How disappointed am I. The narrators sound to me that they are bored reading from the script. The chapter announcement is of poor quality and of a different sound level. I have survived to chapter 4 but can go on no longer. I think I will get the book out of the library.

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Different than expected but good

a good story not at all what I was expecting. the characters had substance and were easy to get to know.

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Great Accents

Narration was done with west country accents, it made for a nice change.
The story was good and hopped around with interest