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Summary

In this novel from a New York Times bestselling author, the search for truth is defined by secrets and lies.

Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets.

Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who came to the house one night and never left.

As Elle’s past unfolds, so does the truth - if she can believe it. She must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they are, Elle must listen...before her grandfather’s death buries the family’s secrets forever.

©2018 Steena Holmes (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Wendi
  • 04-05-18

Amazing Story of Past Family Secrets

An old man lays dying in a hospital bed, and his only solace is his attentive and kind nurse. He is certain he will burn in hell when he dies, so as the cancer eats his body he savours the pain because he knows he's still alive.

Miraculously, his estranged granddaughter works at the hospital in which he is dying and he asks for a final last wish- which is to talk to her and tell her the story of her mother and grandmother. There is a strong and horrific history of depression in the family, but this particular old man, William, was in love with his wife no matter her state of mind.

As events unfold and the truth comes to light, a family heals and makes amends.

The story telling by the dying old man is done so very well. It personifies his characters and evokes empathy from the listener. I relished this book and although the subject matter wasn't always pleasant, and to be honest it was downright shocking at times, everything done in the past was done out of love and protection for family.

Excellent story telling by Steena Holmes!

5 solid stars

-Wendi

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  • Cathy L. Hart
  • 17-05-18

Awesome narrator

This was the best male narration i have ever listened too, The voice of Elle was also good but wow the voice of David was the best!!

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  • Tracy
  • 15-06-18

LOVE the narration. The story had potential

This story has great potential, but it became arduous as it unfolded for one reason: it kept unfolding and unfolding at the speed of smell. The author spent way too much time over-describing unnecessary details, going on and on and on to the point that I took to clicking the forward :30 button... and I did not miss a thing. Hey... I love suspense, but suspense is like anything - there can be too much of it. This story was one long hook after another after another.... and while it has an ending, it was one of those stories I was glad to finish up. I'd prefer to be left wishing a book would go on... but this one needed to just stop.

I chose this book for two reasons. 1. The description of the story intrigued me. 2. I've heard this narrator, Angela Dawe before and she blew my socks off. This was my first experience listening to Arthur Morey, and I loved him, too. They could both read an owner's manual for a microwave and it'd be amazing.

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  • M. Ryder
  • 03-07-18

Touching and Heartbreaking!

I seldom gush over a book, but it’s different this time!!! I love both the story and narration! It’s so well told, and pulls at your heart strings for sure. The story is complicated, with the focus on mental illness within a family, and how trying to protect and keep secrets can end up hurting everyone. As for the performances, each of them is terrific, but the male narrator really blew me away!!! He definitely sounded like an elderly man on his death bed, wanting to finally speak his truth before passing. I needed to grab for the Kleenex at least a few times.. Please make sure to listen. It will pleasantly surprise you!😊👍🏼👍🏼f

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  • Melissa Saunders
  • 15-06-18

Unexpected to the End

This book was so great. It kept you guessing until the very end. Definitely a worth while read!

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  • cindy
  • 03-05-18

I believed all the good reviews

I thoroughly disliked this book, enough so that I am giving it a bad rating
I almost never review books and I listen to a lot of them
I very much disliked the extremely weak and vapid characters, in particular the grandfather
I kept waiting to feel some empathy for the people involved and instead just felt disgust at their stupidity
Don’t waste money or credit

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  • Roberta D
  • 03-05-18

WOW!! This book had me from the first page!!

This book had me from the first page and every time I thought I had it figured out, another curve ball and off track i would go and then just when I got my footing again and this goes on until the end! I could not put this down and read it all in o e day!!

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  • denise
  • 14-04-18

Not what I expected but BETTER

This book was not as expected. I suppose I expected a Sob story and that's not what I got. I loved it and the narrators!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-18

wow!

Had a hard time for the first 2 chapters. Then, wow. super crazy. Great book!

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  • Jose Ozaeta
  • 07-08-18

Horrible

The story itself was not good, to make things worse it drags on and on and on yet never tells anything of interest...I thought it would never end, I willed myself to finish it. Believe all the negative reviews