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Summary

A dark, juicy, deliciously unsettling psychological drama.

Rose has it all - the gorgeous children, the husband, the beautiful home. But then her best friend, Polly, comes to stay.

Very soon Rose's cosy world starts to fall apart at the seams - her baby falls dangerously ill, her husband is distracted.... Is Polly behind it all? It appears that once you invite Polly into your home, it's very difficult to get her out again.

©2011 Julia Crouch (P)2017 Headline Digital

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Seriously?

Seriously? I kept repeating this exclamation while listening to this audio book. The protagonist makes one stupid decision after another, right up until the predictable and stale ending. There was no growth, no aha moment, no pivot where she pulled herself together and found some inner strength to deal with the increasingly unbelievable situation (that frankly anyone would have walked away from long ago). I want those hours of my life back.

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Said polly, polly said then rose said then polly said - disappointed with this book

So I average 1 audiobook a week however this one has taken me quite a while. I found the story very flat and found I was falling asleep half way through a chapter.

She said, said polly, polly said, Anna said,
Said Anna ..... badly written found it annoying to listen to

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Could have been tetter...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would, if I'm honest, party because I really like cass. She always delivers a brilliant performance in every book I've read that she's narrated, I've never been disappointed. The story, however? I'm not quite sure how to say what I think. If they asked will I enjoy it? I would probably say, "perhaps."

If you’ve listened to books by Julia Crouch before, how does this one compare?

I haven't.

What does Karen Cass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Great voice narration, and expression. She sounds like she's almost part of it.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me feel anger in some parts, I really dislike Gareth, for various reasons. I didn't much like Polly either. I could see points where Rose was clearly be emotionally blackmailed and taken advantage of. There were also a couple of points I thought were highly unrealistic, or unlikely to happen in real life.

Any additional comments?

So basically, I think the ending could have been better, and to get down to the core of what I'm trying to say, I was left feeling confused at the end of the book. I don't want to give anything away to you my fellow reader, but I was left thinking, "is that it? What's next?" It's one of those endings where you think, is it all going to happen all over again? I would have preferred a different ending to the one we have. I thought it was, to be frank, a little strange. I'm going to read "her husband's lover" when it comes out, and I'll see how it compares. You, on the other hand, may love it. If so, I genuinely hope you enjoy it, don't let me put you off, and happy reading!

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Great story loved the twist

I really enjoyed this book however it was slightly spoilt at the beginning by the boring dialogue between the small children. It added nothing to the plot and I was not at all interested in anything they had to say I also found the Greek accent for the boys very irritating. I do think there were missed plot opportunities for example I really wanted to know more about Nico’s death and how it had happened. I sort of guessed what was going on with polly but did not guess the twist at the end overall a good listen.

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Good listen

Slow start but couldn’t stop listening
Housework done ✅ thought the ending slightly disappointing but still enjoyed

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  • Montignac sur Charente, France
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A story full of nasty characters

I often wonder how an author can write a book without a single likeable character; this book is one of them. At first I liked Rose, who worked hard to provide her family with a safe happy home but she soon showed no backbone at all. Even though Polly knew a devastating secret, when she moved in, lazy, boozer with two badly-behaved foul-mouthed children, any one would have confessed all to their husband and kicked the cuckoo out of the nest. Instead, Rose endangered her baby's life by leaving Polly in charge, but, having said that, she was careless of her baby's wellbeing by regularly getting drunk when breast-feeding. All the characters, apart from Kate the GP, had no morals at all and I thoroughly disliked the lot of them. Stuck with it to the end hoping Rose who grow a spine. Shall never read another Julia Crouch book. The narrator did her best.

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Could be better.

I quite enjoyed this book although the overuse of the words “duvet” “shudder” and “shivered” were mildly annoying. Also how old is her daughter supposed to be? I worked it out at 3 and a half ish. You would think she was about 12 with her vocabulary and actions.

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Loved this book! Kept me guessing until the end.

I had read mixed reviews of this book but I absolutely loved it. The main character Rose can be infuriating but the story moves along quickly. Some of the character's key attributes such as Rose's middle class pretentiousness and Polly's flakiness are a bit over laden but if you look past that, the story draws you in.
I think the narrator had a bit of a job on her hands with numerous characters ranging from English to American to Greek. Some voices are hugely irritating to be honest but I got used to it.
On the whole, an easy listen that draws you in with a 'Hand That Rocks The Cradle' vibe.

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Big disappointment! !!!

I initially had good hopes for this book. It was slow to start, towards the second third I felt that it was actually heading somewhere, only for it to fall flat.

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could have been so much more!

This had the premise of being a really good thriller but the story was just so blah and drab. Didn't feel anything for the characters and the story just dragged on with no proper ending. The characters reactions to situations were so unbelievable and mediocre it really spoiled what could have been a really tense gripping storyline. So disappointed what a waste of time and money. Also the American accent was irritating at best.