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What if you left your child alone and something terrible happened?

Anna James is an anxious mother. So when she has to leave 11-year-old Harrie home alone one evening, she can't stop worrying about her daughter. But nothing bad ever happens in the sleepy village of Barton St Martin.

Except something goes wrong that night, and Anna returns to find Harrie with bruises she won't explain. The next morning, a local businessman is reported missing and the village is sparking with gossip.

Anna is convinced there's a connection and that Harrie is in trouble. But how can she protect her daughter if she doesn't know where the danger is coming from?

©2021 Lauren North (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"A wonderfully dark, addictive, intriguing and twisty read." (Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend)

"A deliciously gripping thriller; the twists blew my mind!" (Emma Curtis, author of Keep Her Quiet)

"Razor-sharp and shocking - a breathless thriller that never lets up the pace." (Charlotte Duckworth, author of The Perfect Father)

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I enjoyed the performance. But that's about it.

The story started out strong but it's as if the author took a wrong turn and got lost.

Our main character was so annoying. She just came off very weak and feeble. She had no business raising three kids at all.

The book was also repetitive. How many times did Anna need to explain that something was wrong when Harry and then ask her? We get it. The child is traumatized. Can we know why now?

All the characters were very passive and underdeveloped. None of them made strong choices or any choices at all. Especially Anna. I found her inability to be an affective mother or a whole human being especially infuriating. The only interesting part was the secret chat group.

I would have liked to see more character in the village they lived in. There was a missed opportunity to bring us into this world but I felt completely left out and I just couldn't care about anything. The fact that the characters had to repeatedly insist that the community was so close shows how little time the author had spent on developing it and the story itself.

The big secret was so underwhelming. Hardly anything to care about. The story dragged on and then took us nowhere. I'm surprised I made it to the end.

The very last sentence of the book made me laugh out loud. And not in a good way.