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Summary

In this novel from a New York Times bestselling author, the search for truth is defined by secrets and lies.

Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets.

Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who came to the house one night and never left.

As Elle’s past unfolds, so does the truth - if she can believe it. She must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they are, Elle must listen...before her grandfather’s death buries the family’s secrets forever.

©2018 Steena Holmes (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Wendi
  • 04-05-18

Amazing Story of Past Family Secrets

An old man lays dying in a hospital bed, and his only solace is his attentive and kind nurse. He is certain he will burn in hell when he dies, so as the cancer eats his body he savours the pain because he knows he's still alive.

Miraculously, his estranged granddaughter works at the hospital in which he is dying and he asks for a final last wish- which is to talk to her and tell her the story of her mother and grandmother. There is a strong and horrific history of depression in the family, but this particular old man, William, was in love with his wife no matter her state of mind.

As events unfold and the truth comes to light, a family heals and makes amends.

The story telling by the dying old man is done so very well. It personifies his characters and evokes empathy from the listener. I relished this book and although the subject matter wasn't always pleasant, and to be honest it was downright shocking at times, everything done in the past was done out of love and protection for family.

Excellent story telling by Steena Holmes!

5 solid stars

-Wendi

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  • Cathy L. Hart
  • 17-05-18

Awesome narrator

This was the best male narration i have ever listened too, The voice of Elle was also good but wow the voice of David was the best!!

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  • denise cole
  • 14-04-18

Not what I expected but BETTER

This book was not as expected. I suppose I expected a Sob story and that's not what I got. I loved it and the narrators!

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  • Roberta D
  • 03-05-18

WOW!! This book had me from the first page!!

This book had me from the first page and every time I thought I had it figured out, another curve ball and off track i would go and then just when I got my footing again and this goes on until the end! I could not put this down and read it all in o e day!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-18

wow!

Had a hard time for the first 2 chapters. Then, wow. super crazy. Great book!

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  • passiflora
  • 22-05-18

Excellent!!

Excellent story! Would make a great movie! The story kept me engaged and wanting to know what happens next. Characters an dstory were well developed and narration was impeccable. I enjoyed this story and have added Steena Holmes to my selective, yet distinguished list of favorite authors! I look forward to many more of her books!

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  • Shannon Lee Potter
  • 30-04-18

Gut wrenching emotions!!

Alli can say is be ready to cry!! What a ride!! Just when you think you have it all figured out...Wham! the old switcheroo!! Not too tough to say this book really got me.. BUT there were a couple things in the end that maybe just dont add up...or maybe it is just me..well worth the listen! The narration is PHENOMENAL!!!

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  • MissSusie66
  • 30-04-18

Family Secrets

If you enjoy a book with family secrets, unreliable narrators and a guessing game of what’s true and what isn’t, this book is for you! This was my first book by this author, the writing is excellent, it will definitely not be my last!

This book is hard review because I don’t want to give anything away because the whole premise is secrets. So I will just leave this saying this is a great book and I highly recommend it!!

I listened to this on audio and the narration by Arthur Morey & Angela Dawe was very well done I really thought that Morey's narration as Grandpa really helped me feel for the man! and Dawe had a few More voices to do of the women in the family but both narrations melded nicely.

In other words
Just Read It!

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  • Rhonda
  • 30-04-18

The Forgotten Ones

This was my very first audio book and was so good. I couldn’t put it down. I now want to receive many more and hope I will enjoy them as much as I did this one.

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  • Mystical Lady
  • 29-04-18

A Treasure

This is an emotional rollercoaster of a family's story. It grasped my attention and held it until the end. A mother will a mental illness that back in the day was kept quiet. Don't want to give anything away so I will just say it's a keeper. Definitely worth the money or credit. 😀😀😀

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