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Summary

Jenny Blackhurst's debut psychological thriller and number one Kindle best seller How I Lost You was described by Clare Mackintosh as 'utterly gripping'. If you love Louise Jensen's The Sister or Tracy Buchanan's No Turning Back you will love this. 

My name is Emma Cartwright. Three years ago I was Susan Webster, and I murdered my 12-week-old son Dylan. 

I have no memory of what happened but you believe what your loved ones, your doctor and the police are telling you, don't you?

But if you can't remember what happened, how can you be sure that they are telling the truth? 

And if there was the smallest chance your son was alive, wouldn't you do anything to get him back?

A fantastic debut from an outstanding talent. 

©2014 Jenny Blackhurst (P)2014 Headline Digital

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brilliant but quite dark

I really enjoyed this book although it was a bit dark. I liked the narrator too.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Excellent story, totally gripping.

Great storytelling, fantastic characters. Particularly liked Cassie and Susan's friendship which was v well observed. Gripped to the end and totally on the edge of my seat. Switched between audio and reading on phone effortlessly.

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A bit slow but does pick up.

Started off ok but slowed a bit in the middle and I got a bit bored.It did pick up and it kept me listening.

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Gripping

What did you like most about How I Lost You?

It kept you guessing until the very end - it was a gripping and capturing story

What did you like best about this story?

The twists and turns and how you never knew what was round the corner

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

She brings life to the characters in the voices that she uses - she makes you believe them more than what you probably would if reading

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • MR
  • 12-09-15

intriguing!!!

Was hooked from the start! characters were brilliant, story intriguing, narration easy listening. If you like a story with a beginning, middle, end and loose ends tied, then this is for you.
fabulous.

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Listened to in one sitting...

Not well today so had a day in bed, this fast pace thriller made a boring day exciting! The narrator is very good she made me believe every word.

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Far fetched

Would you try another book written by Jenny Blackhurst or narrated by Jennifer Ness?

No, I'm afraid not. It just wasn't believable although I bought it because I felt the storyline had great potential. Unfortunately it did not fulfil expectations. The narrator was ok but didn't do men's voices very well. Personally I think narrators should just read the story without attempting all the different voices.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jenny Blackhurst? Why or why not?

No. As already stated I found the story unbelievable and felt no empathy with the characters. This is essential for an enjoyable listen.

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

Not sure really. She was perfectly adequate in her narration and I always enjoy being "read" to rather than read a book myself. It was just unfortunate she had a rather silly story to narrate.

Was How I Lost You worth the listening time?

Not really. It wasn't bad enough that I gave up on it as can happen occasionally. But I can't honestly recommend it very highly , but if you really had nothing better to do then it passes a few hours.

Any additional comments?

I didn't hate this book. However I like realism and a "sensible" story. But many people may really enjoy this rather sensational tale. It's a question of taste which is always individual.

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far fetched

started very well and I was gripped, but around a third of the way through I started to feel as though another author had taken over! constantly explaining the plot to the reader, and allowing the characters to say and do really quite unbelievable things.

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  • Hannah
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  • 14-03-17

Started well but...

I enjoyed the first third of this book but after that it became more and more ridiculous and less and less believable. I found myself rolling my eyes constantly. Really disappointing. I wish I hadn't persisted.

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The story was very thought provoking. It seems to

The story is a great deal of thought and the reading this book is great

1 of 1 people found this review helpful