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Summary

"Take my hand, little one."

Fran finds her standing by the swings. A little girl, Esther, no older than seven years old, by herself in the dead of night, her pretty but old-fashioned yellow dress covered in grass stains and her hair dishevelled. She says she's waiting for Father, and that strikes Fran as particularly odd. 

After Esther is reunited with her family, Fran can't stop thinking about this pious child whose imaginary friend is God. Fran's instincts tell her something is very wrong. Why does Esther keep running away from home, and how did she get that bruise on her leg? 

Fran's husband warns her not to get too close, but one morning, Esther and her family disappear. Where did they go? Why did they leave their furniture behind? 

Fran knows in her gut that something terrible is going to happen to that child, and she can't stand by while it happens. No matter the cost. 

After all, she found her. But can she save her? 

©2021 Sarah Denzil (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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Absolutely phenomenal

Probably the best book I’ve read/listened to in years. A fantastic piece of quick paced writing that you won’t want to put down. The story had me hooked from the get go and although at times I thought I knew what was going to happen the twists and turns proved me wrong. The narrators voice was lovely to listen to and overall the performance was brilliant. 100% recommend.

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Great story, well told.

Amazing! I thoroughly recommend this book. The plot has so many twists and turns and the characters are believable. The narrator is easy to listen to.

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Brilliant

First one of this author I’ve read . Was so good already searched for others from Sarah Denzil to listen to .
Would make a great film

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Couldn't stop listening!

Hooked from beginning to end.
The twist and turns along the way were fabulous. One of my new favourites.

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Not exactly what I was expecting ... better!!

What a great story full of intrigue, twists & turns.
Well researched and a ‘good’/believable ending.
Most enjoyable read/listen

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Great story with lots of action

Really enjoyed this and liked the fact that the main characters actions were believable. Often in books you think - they’d ignore this or that - well Fran didn’t so I liked her! Didn’t see the twist either. Great narration too!

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Brilliants written ,

Compulsive listening ,hard to pu down. But also makes for difficult listening sometimes. I remember the Whacko? Killing. Hard to believe people can be so indoctrinated.

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Wow!

At first I thought it was quite twee and gentle and not much to hold my interest but it soon picked up pace and I couldn't stop listening. Really enjoyed this book. The narration was excellent.

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Not very interesting at all

The principal characters didn’t stir emotion in me one or the other apart from the one who’s left out at the end - avoiding spoilers.
Slow and a bit whiny with 1 extra star for the final twist which was entirely unexpected.
All in all I could have lived perfectly well without ever finding this book

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Beautifully read & written. I enjoyed the journey.

Beautifully read & written. I enjoyed the journey although plot twist a little too predictable (for me anyway).

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  • Wendi
  • 30-04-21

Fizzled 3/4 of way in

This book started out very well. I liked the characters, and was enjoying the story. However, after the first half of the book, the story started to fizzle out. It became a chore to listen to it.

In merry old England we have the inhabitants of a small town where everyone knows everyone. Out of the blue, a young couple move in the neighbourhood. They have a little girl. The talk of the town of course focuses on 'Who are they, and what are they doing here?' When it's discovered that they are (GASP) Americans, one of their new neighbours becomes obsessed in finding out more.

Just to insert this quickly- the narrator tried her best at an American accent but truly failed miserably. My goodness. It was bad.

The young couple and their daughter live a very simple lifestyle and it's assumed they are Mennonite or Amish. However, when they disappear in the middle of the night, one nosey neighbour goes on a quest to find out where they've gone and why they've left.

This is the point where the story gets.. well... just stupid.

Disappointing..

-Wendi

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  • Tammi Damm
  • 04-02-21

OMG! What a story

I absolutely loved this book. could not stop. I was so shocked at the revelation in the latter part of the story! Highly recommend this book!

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  • Vanessa thomas
  • 26-01-21

wtf did I just read?!

This is a very strange book and not well written. A woman gets on a plane to chase after neighbors that left without warning and leaves the country to find out why and ends up in a cult?! just weird. I've been impressed with this author in the past but not this time.

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  • Rita
  • 17-01-21

RitaRN

Could not quit listening. Sarah, has done it again. Magnificent story with secrets. You will be shocked and love it.

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  • Joan Graves
  • 11-05-21

Interesting

The book begins well enough. The ending is surprising & phenomenal. It's the in between. I almost didn't finish it. I reached a point where I didn't care about the characters. After awhile Fran's reason for hunting the Whitakers grows tiresome & isn't strong enough to go around the world traipsing after them.

I understand the surprise the author wanted to bring but I think she should've put some of the ending at the beginning to keep us reading. Or cut out a lot of the middle. The suicide of Noah does nothing for the story. It has no bearing what so ever & all that drama should've been edited out. You skip right through all that & never miss a thing in the story.

Because it's so bogged down in the middle I'd hesitate to get another book from this author. 13 hours is a lot of time to invest in what is about an 8 hour story. However, the surprise ending almost makes it worth it. She does an excellent job of concealing it. That is the reason I'm giving it 3 stars instead of 2. The ending is masterfully done.

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  • Donna Guider
  • 23-01-21

Sarah Denzil does it again!!!

Really liked how it ended. Realistic to a traumatic story and outcome. I need to read more books by this author.

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  • Tracy Riggs
  • 26-07-21

Good Story-The TWIST=EHHHH!

Overall the story kept my interest. I loved the reader's British Accent, however her Southern Twang was comical, to say the least! There was a very unexpected twist towards the end that made me rewind to be sure I heard, correctly! I even thought Fran was having a bad dream. But, NOPE! This particular twist was a little too far fetch and silly! I would recommend this book, if you have 9 hours to kill. I mean, it does keep your interest!!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-21

WOW!

This book was like finding a recipe for a rare, delicious dish!
All of the ingredients...from beginning to end were added precisely as needed!!!

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  • Mary
  • 09-07-21

Great until the end.

I have been a fan of Sarah Denzil's for a while, and I feel a bit let down by this book. The book grabbed and held my attention from the start. I was interested in all the characters, likeable and not so likeable. The pace seemed to slow at times, but it still worked for the storyy. I found the suspense build chapter after chapter. I did question some of "Fran's" actions - they seemed a bit unbelievable. With good suspense, a variety of well-developed characters, I was prepared to go with 4.5 stars - then Fran went to Tucson and her actions stretched my buy-in. So - okay a 3.75-4. Nope - I can't accept Adrian as cult founder - no real foundation for that in his character to date. Then - Fran, Mary and Esther become a family for "happily ever after"? That dropped my rating to a 2*. I went with 3* because the first half or better was really good. So, let the reader beware. I should mention that I listened to the audiobook and thought it was well performed except for the narrator's "Arizona" accent which came across as backwoods Arkansas.

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  • Roseann
  • 30-06-21

It was good till it wasn’t

The narrator was alright although she miss pronounced a few words. I got all into the story and was was really hooked… then the story started to sound familiar. By the end I was so very disappointed. It was basically a retelling of a story that has been told over and over again both through fiction and in real life. BOOO!!!!