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Summary

You thought you were safe. Until he moved in next door....

I haven’t lived here long. The house is small and a little run-down, but each piece of faded floral wallpaper I peel away feels like unwrapping the second chance I never thought I’d get. I’m finally free to wear what I want, and I don’t flinch when I accidently burn dinner. My new home is warm, and the kids are safe inside. Anywhere would feel idyllic after the nightmare marriage I’ve just escaped.

But then I see my ex-husband Craig stroll past my window and let himself into the house next door. Fear chokes me. How did he find me? Does he want me back or to destroy me for good?

As the removals van pulls away, Craig tells me it’s just a coincidence, that we can all get along and be good neighbors. But at night I lie awake listening to the sound of laughter and lovemaking through the thin wall that separates us, wondering if his new girlfriend is safe. And in the morning, I rifle through his trash, trying to guess his next move. I know how crazy I look, but I’d do anything to protect my children.

Weeks later, when the night air fills with smoke and this quiet street dances with blue and red flashing police lights, all the secrets behind our two closed doors will be revealed. But after everything that’s happened, will anyone believe I’m innocent?

Fans of The Wife Between Us, The Family Upstairs, and The Girl on the Train will be totally hooked!

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"Jaw-dropping… I did literally gasp and say, 'No way!' out loud… And at the end, I just sat there thinking, 'What the hell did I just read?'...freaking awesome.... The twists do not stop until the very last page." (Fireflies & Free Kicks, 5 stars)

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©2022 Samantha Hayes (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Dreadful acting

Oh dear. The acting in this is dreadful. I cringed each time the narrator acted out “nooooooo!” Or anything equally as cringeworthy. The only person I could bear being narrated was Gabe. It didn’t help that the character of Leah was completely one dimensional, but the hammy acting was the cherry on top of a really awful cake. And I can’t even bring myself to describe how awful the narrator acted as Craig. She somehow made a handsome middle aged man sound like a 70 year old crawling back to the sheltered living accommodation after a night on the booze and fags at the local.

The premise was good but the characters needed more to bring them to life - not just on audible but kindle too as I read when I couldn’t put myself through any further listening.

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OK

I would not have thought this was a Samantha Hayes book, quite different from her other books - and not as good.

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  • 23-07-22

Pathetic and irrational women!!!!!

I can't believe that in this day and age, women are still made out to be so stupid, emotional, and unable to deal with any kind of issue without becoming emotional and irrational. So sad that this book couldn't have made the woman smarter than they did. It would have been a much better book.

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