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Here to Stay

Narrated by: James Langton
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (382 ratings)

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Summary

Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot’s life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks he is keen to oblige - he just doesn’t quite know what he’s signing up for. 

The Robinsons arrive with Gemma’s sister, Chloe, a mysterious young woman who refuses to speak or leave her room. Elliot starts to suspect that the Robinsons are hiding a dark secret. And then there are the scars on his wife’s body that she won’t talk about....

As Elliot’s in-laws become more comfortable in his home, encroaching on all aspects of his life, it becomes clear that they have no intention of moving out. To protect Gemma, and their marriage, Elliot delves into the Robinsons’ past. But is he prepared for the truth? 

From the two-million-copy best-selling author comes a tale about the chilling consequences of welcoming strangers into your home.

©2019 Mark Edwards (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

Critic reviews

“Completely compulsive.” - Louise Candlish, Sunday Times best-selling author of Our House

“Terrifying and thrilling with a fantastic ending. Domestic suspense at its best.” - Lisa Gray, Washington Post bestselling author of Thin Air

“This tense read is a very entertaining cautionary tale with a slow-burning sense of imminent disaster.” - Sunday Mirror

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Be careful who you invite to stay!

I bought this on the day of release and started listening straight away and I wasn't disappointed.

In The Magpies we had the neighbours from hell but in this book Mr Edwards brings us the in-laws from hell and the scenario is so scarily believable. He always writes such memorable characters but what a nasty, vile pair Lizzie and Jeff are! Elliott, on the other hand, I loved. As a scientist he is obviously intelligent but also hard working, charming and just lovely. And he's a cat-lover! And his house, which he has renovated with love sounds wonderful, though it is situated on Cuckoo Lane!

The book hurtles along, and I didn't want to stop listening. There is a claustrophobic, menacing feel to it which builds throughout the book. There are all the usual twists and turns, and a terrific ending …. that last sentence!!

James Langton is a terrific narrator, adding so much to my enjoyment of a brilliant book. Highly recommended.

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my least favourite Mark Edwards story

I am a huge fan of Mark Edwards and came across him after reading follow you home and the devil's work. the narration is always really good by James Langton but I often find all femal e characters kind of sound the same but I guess that's due to a male doing the voices.

without giving away any spoilers I found it very easy to guess what was going on but this might be due to me already understanding Mark Edwards type of writing, I found the male main character to be quite weak and very clueless (the chapter in the restaurant gives too much away)

I don't regret listening to the story but it definitely isn't as good as marks other work

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loved it <br />

really enjoyed this book and so didn't expect the ending . well worth a credit

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Loved it!

I’ve always loved Mark Edwards books, the only downside is that he can’t write them quickly enough for me!
This book like his others has a great storyline and full of mystery and Suspense - Just what I want from a a read.

Loved it, when’s the next book out??????!!!

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hmmmm

im sorry to say that this was far too long winded with too much poetic licence for me.

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Don’t bother

Sadly this book was rubbish!
Such an unbelievable story line. I hoped it would get better as the story progressed. However sadly not, if anything it got worse!
Very disappointing

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Gripping

Mark Edward's is a master story teller!! I was looking forward to this, his latest book, and was not disappointed. The story unfurled slowly like a rose, but as it did, the bloom that was revealed was as far away from that which was expected, as it could possibly be....

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Great narrator wasted on this book.

I worried more about the cat than anything else. Couldn't finish it. Waste of a credit.

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Thrilling!

Jaw clenching, twists and turns accompanied by a rapid heart beat; the ending was completely unexpected ! Bravo to the writer and reader (Edwards and Langton) - I was hooked on every word!

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Absolutely gripping!

Couldn't get enough, fabulous! Hooked from thryvery beginning, couldn't put it down. A must read!

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  • 08-09-19

Over The Top!

Even though I enjoyed this book, it was too far fetched... Its premise was absurd, and just not plausible. How could such an upstanding, intelligent man be so darn naïve and willing to get involved in all the madness??? Talk about family secrets and being dysfunctional! The story had plenty of twists, ridiculous as they were. It kept me hooked, but the end fell a little short. However, J.L. did a nice job of performing the parts, and brought the characters to life.

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  • Jazmin Manning
  • 18-09-19

Frustrating but got me to listen to the whole book

It wasn’t that bad of a book, but half the time I was getting frustrated with the main character. I kept listening only to see if he had some kind of backbone in the story.

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  • Rinnie
  • 15-09-19

Couldn't stop listening

Here to Stay is so darn good. It's well thought out, and the narration is very good. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-19

Makes You Think Twice

Awesome Story...Intriguing all the way to the end! Recommend this story to those who love a vivid mystery.

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  • Natasha Cleveland
  • 26-09-19

Pretty good book *small spoiler*

Overall, I feel like this was a pretty good book. The main character being so naive got a little annoying after a while. I also think it’s strange that he kept finding people dead and there was no further investigation on him.
I listened as an audiobook. It was a little hard because it was a man with a pretty deep voice performing and he made all the female characters sound whiny in an effort to make them sound like women. If you can get past that, it was fine.

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  • Susan
  • 14-09-19

I love this narrator!

This book is brilliant. I had a feeling who the real psycho was, but I wasn't disappointed. And the story tellers’ accent made the book 1000 times more enjoyable.

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  • Azalea
  • 13-10-19

His best book yet!

I absolutely love it! I had a nightmare of my own with a psychopath parent that refused to leave our home. It took over a year, the police and the courts, and so many obstacles kept popping up that we could not get rid of them. I actually completely 1000% could see how a situation like this could play out. Seriously parts of this were so close to home I wanted to scream. It honestly felt super cathartic to listen to. I loved how all the details wove together, and I think I enjoyed it more having listened to so many of Edwards books because I knew to pay close attention to all the details he writes as they are not just for descriptions but to weave the story. So many events in this book kept it very intriguing. The performance was perfect, the length was perfect. I wish I could write like this. I hope it is optioned for a movie or a series!

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  • Tricia Mollen
  • 07-09-19

Stay for the end

I was so looking forward to this book! it was still decent, but predictable and a tad annoying... until the last couple chapters. I still love Mark Edwards but not as good as his previous books. Great premise and ending, the middle was just lacking.

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  • Taryn
  • 08-05-20

Have to return

The narrators voice was just so boring and the story did not grab me. 30min in and I was done. Cannot recommend.

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  • T. Vrba
  • 03-02-20

Great book, relatable for lots of people I think

I loved this book! It was a story that starts out with an ideal scenario, then the in-laws come and are the stuff of nightmares. I found myself thinking that I could see how this whole thing could actually happen. I was gripped until the very end!

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