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Summary

"Thrilling, intense. Readers of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will love Shalini Boland." (Red Adept)

"Don’t take my baby."

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her newborn, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare. She hears an unknown voice in the baby monitor saying, "Let’s take the child - and go."

Is someone trying to steal her little girl?

In the bedroom, her daughter is safe asleep in her cot. Is the voice coming from a nearby house? But there aren’t any other children living on her quiet country road....

The police don't believe her. And neither does her husband.

Kirstie knows something isn’t right. She thought she could trust her neighbours; now she isn’t sure. As she unravels the secrets of the people living on her street, Kirstie’s perfect life begins to fall apart.

Because someone is hiding a terrible lie. And they will do anything to stop Kirstie uncovering the truth. But is the danger closer to home than she thinks?

From the top ten best-selling author of The Secret Mother, this completely gripping psychological thriller will make you wonder what really goes on behind closed doors. And will keep you guessing from the first minute until the final shocking twist.

©2018 Shalini Boland (P)2018 Bookouture

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Loved it

Enjoyed this from start to finish! Excellent narration, story and characters. Good twists at the end

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Loved it!

First time I’ve finished a book in one day. Great story and a great ending.

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Great book

Despite it being quite repetitive due the nature of the subject and that the book is written from one characters point of view, it's still a great listen. The story is predictable but doesn't detract from the enjoyment.
The ending was a bit odd for me and it could've gone into a little more detail. Maybe paving the way for another book?

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Finished listening to this book in 2 days

Great narration, couldn’t stop listening. Brilliant storyline and gripped until the end. The secret mother is also a great listen

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struggled to finish, very predictable

the main character was quite predictable, and unrealistic, and it was so annoying how her husband kept saying Kirst all the time

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  • Rayleigh Essex, United Kingdom
  • 10-06-18

Too long and dragged out

Started out very good but as it went on became very dragged out and far fetched.

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Terrific story

I loved this book it was brilliantly written and the twist at the end was a real surprise

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Not as good as I was expecting

I waited and waited for an exciting twist to happen in this book but had to wait until near the end and even then it was a little disappointing.
The female character was not a strong enough character for me and became quite frustrating at times.

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I thought she had post natal depression

Yes the husband was a plonker. I was thinking of writing Martin was ok really but the last couple of chapters were quite a twist alright.
Interesting, makes you wonder about your neighbours. Well read.

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  • Hayley
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 30-05-18

Enjoyed

At points my heart was in my throat and was gripped but at times I just didn’t care that’s why it’s a 4 star book not 5 for me. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Brian A
  • 06-04-18

Better and better

This writers books keep getting better and better. I've read all of her books and they're all quick easy to read books. All catch your attention right away and hold it throughout. Can't wait to see what she writes next. Highly recommended

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  • pat jones
  • 08-04-18

Author knows how to keep you interested

I did not want to put the book down. Thanks to S.Boland I will look for more books written by her. To be honest it is now 6 AM I started about 9PM.

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  • Diana Paige Stroman
  • 04-05-18

Not quite "Unputdownable"...

Not as gripping and brilliant as I had hoped. Decent writing, though a lot of "raking hands through curls" was done by many characters which led me to believe I was listening to transcripts of a shampoo or dandruff commercial and not a psychological thriller. Wasn't very psychological.

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  • Julie
  • 02-04-18

Yes, it was "unputdownable."

Wonderful story experienced by the characters, some of whom you liked and others not. Unexpected outcome.

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  • mtm
  • 21-04-18

No action till the end

The storyline was so mundane. Nothing happened until chapter 40. The first 40 chapters were just a log of the daily minutia of an overly paranoid new mother.

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  • gigireader
  • 20-04-18

Less psychological thriller, more paranoia dud!

So disappointed! Not at all what I expected, and certainly NOT “unputdownable”! This story is not suspenseful, or even interesting, until somewhere around chapter 25. Sadly this point comes about 3/4 into the novel. Prior, it is a lot of paranoia on the part of the protagonist and simply dull, even frustrating, to read/listen to (narrator and her performance was great!). To compare this to Gone Girl or Girl on a Train is grossly unjust. The final pages are interesting, not thrilling, and not worth the slog through the first 3/4. I seriously considered discontinuing and returning this to Audible, but the review promised a “brilliant twist” which I held out for, much to my dismay.

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  • adriane
  • 19-04-18

Annoyingly long

The plot just drug on and on and on. It was annoying. Enough already. Yes, the end is a twist. But by the time I got to it, I was over this book. I do not recommend. The main character will get on your nerves.

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  • Feviegirl
  • 08-04-18

Standard mystery

Here is story of a yet another woman who may or may not be mad - with a husband who may or may not be a cad, with friends who kind of suck, and neighbors who may or may not be babynappers and/or murderers. Stories like this pass the time, but don't expect them to change your life.

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  • Linda Cooley
  • 09-04-18

Good Story!

A great psychological thriller. Well written and fantastic narration make this a book easy to keep wanting to hear what happens next!

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  • Jackie
  • 17-04-18

Painful

Would you try another book from Shalini Boland and/or Katie Villa?

The main character is so unlikable. She's supposed to be paranoid, I get that. But she is annoying and whiney and overly dramatic. I felt like she was whining about the same thing over and over again. And the ending seems very disconnected from the story. Bummed after this book had gotten such good reviews.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful