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Summary

The stunning new thriller from the number-one Sunday Times best-selling author         

You thought no one saw you. You were wrong. 

Leigh and her sister, Callie, are not bad people - but one night, more than two decades ago, they did something terrible. And the result was a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, devastated by violence.

Years later, Leigh has pushed that night from her mind and become a successful lawyer - but when she is forced to take on a new client against her will, her world begins to spiral out of control.

Because the client knows the truth about what happened 23 years ago. He knows what Leigh and Callie did. And unless they stop him, he's going to tear their lives apart....

Just because you didn't see the witness...doesn't mean he wasn't there. 

Karin Slaughter’s previous novel The Silent Wife was a number-one Sunday Times bestseller w/e 27/6/20.

©2021 Karin Slaughter (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Slaughter offers us a high-stakes thriller that handles the tragedy of addiction with empathy and grace. Her heroines are believable, flawed and courageous." (Oyinkan Braithwaite, award-winning author of My Sister, The Serial Killer)

"A twisty, searingly contemporary mystery steeped in a dark past...catches your breath and keeps you gasping and guessing until the end." (Stacey Abrams)

"Karin Slaughter is a master of the thriller genre and her genius comes through on every page, in every character, through every plot twist." (Francesca Momplaisir, critically acclaimed author of My Mother’s House)

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Wow, Believe the Hype!!!!

I had never heard of Karin Slaughter until I heard her being interviewed on BBC Radio 5. She came across as being very interesting and intelligent. I immediately looked up this book and pre-ordered it, I am so pleased I did. Four days later I’ve listened to the he whole thing, totally gripping and an amazing insight into the characters lives. I strongly recommend this novel so much so I have immediately bought another book by the same author.

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Magnificently readable

Entertaining from the start. Could not stop listening to the story , in the car, around the house, gardening even in the bath it was that good. Sad now I have finished and waiting for the next one!

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another great book from Karin Slaughter

I was initially disappointed it wasnt the usual Jan Cramer's narrative, but after coming to terms this was a stand alone book it made sense to have a different narrator.
Kathleen has done a great job with the storyline bringing the characters to life, adding tones and characterization.
As with all Karin Slaughter books, I've enjoyed this one. maybe a sequel with Hurley as proceccuter in another novel? or a mention in the Will Trent series?
we now have to wait for another book from Karin, and I can't wait to find out what this one is going to be.

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Powerful

Not for the faint of heart, with deeply discomforting descriptions of abuse and drug use. Nonetheless, a powerful and dramatic story, great characterisation, and complex plotting. Narrator is good. Would recommend to listeners who like a thoughtful thriller that is a bit unusual but impeccably researched.

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Well narrated story which holds the attention

Credible and engaging characters in an enjoyable tale. The performance enhanced the enjoyment of the book and filled the characters with life and colour. Good listen overall.

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thought provoking

Stunning book, thought provoking, sisters on different planes and roads of life after horrific childhood trauma and experiences.

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best yet!

I absolutely loved this book! I've read most if Karin Slaughters book and as a stand alone this is up there with her best work. It made me laugh and cry (more cry, I have to admit), the references to current year were brilliant and the raw descriptions of loving and living as a heroin addict made me wonder if Karin herself had struggled with addiction! I highly recommend this audiobook.

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Hard hitting, disturbing content somehow made palatable by an author who makes her characters so human and endearing.

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Dragged on and on

This started off with plenty of potential and had me gripped from the beginning, so I was hoping to enjoy the 'ride'.
Unfortunately, this dragged on far too long and what would have been a great plot actually lost me to the point that I couldn't have given a damn who did what to who. And the ending, no spoilers, I promise. But what was that all about? A real shame as I have enjoyed many of Karen Slaughter's other books.

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Great listen!

The story set in the Pandemic really will be something to remember. Great story !