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Summary

'What could be more important than finding the truth?'

Wiltshire, 1922. Fifteen-year old Pudding Cartwright has begun the career she always wanted, as 'girl groom' to the Hadleigh family's horses at Manor Farm. Irene Hadleigh is struggling to adjust to her new life in sleepy Slaughterford, having married Alistair to escape a scandal in London. At a loss to occupy herself, Irene sets about restyling Manor Farm, and during the work the chance finding of a strange object hidden away in the house for years will change everything.

When somebody close to both of them is murdered, Pudding and Irene are thrown together to seek out the identity of the killer in their midst, unaware of just how deep the roots of the crime lie. During a hot, humid summer of grief, betrayal and misapprehensions, they will uncover truths neither of them could ever have foreseen.

Read by Anna Bentinck.

©2017 Katherine Webb (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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Great twists

Great twists throughout the book. Easy to imagine the characters and scenes. Good reader and fully recommend

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a must listen to

I enjoyed this so much and although parts were heart braking, it was so worth it!

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lovely restful book

i love the calm and tranquility this book engenders even if it has murder at its heart

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A fantastic listen

This is a brilliant book, a gentle start but before you have time to realise you are thoroughly absorbed. A tale of love, trust, respect, family ties, betrayal and the the worst traits of human nature. It kept me hooked till the end. The characters are believable, human, somewhat flawed and warm. The twists and turns are the thing that makes this an incredible story, it was not the predictable storyline I had expected. Heartbreaking on times but highly recommend.

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Enjoyable read

Bit slow to start, but once comprehending the characters and the plot, some twists make gripping reading. Enjoyed the book and it's imagery of the life, times and countryside were very vivid and convincing.

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  • Helen
  • Bracknell, United Kingdom
  • 01-05-18

Lots of atmosphere no story

Nothing happened until half way through the book. The first half was description of characters, their feelings, lots of quivering. So dull. I couldn't finish it.

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Story keeps you going

Gentle entertaining storyline, sometimes surprisingly gruesome and blood curdling, surprising twist at end. Very descriptive style.
Disliked reader’s tendency to make every sentence and statement sound like a question, tried to ‘tune it out’ but annoyingly persistent. Would only read other books by author if different reader performed it. I don’t expect to ‘love’ every voice, but truly found this performance annoying, sadly!

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  • Sue
  • Newport, United Kingdom
  • 20-01-18

Beautifully written with a great story

This is a highly original book. The descriptions of the Wiltshire countryside are highly evocative, and the principle characters are well drawn. The story line is original with some interesting twists that I didn’t see coming. Anna Bentinck is a great narrator. A five star experience in every way!

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Good and some good twists

Really enjoyed, took me a cpl of chapters but then was hooked. Brilliantly narrated. Recommend

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Loved it

I loved the gentle narration of this interesting and complex story and the character within it. The end had me completely surprised with the twist of story/character - loved it. Will definitely seek out other stories narrated by Anna Bentinck.