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The Girl Next Door

Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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Summary

One little lie just became deadly.... 

Perfect mother. Perfect wife. Jane Goodall has spent years building her picture-perfect life in the quiet village of Ashdon. 

So when 16-year-old Clare Edwards is found brutally murdered in Sorrow’s Meadow, Jane knows she must first protect her family. 

Every marriage has a few white lies, and hers is no exception. Jane’s worked hard to cover up her dark secret from all those years ago - and she’ll do anything to keep it hidden....

©2019 Phoebe Morgan (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Skilfully plotted and with a twist I never saw coming...." (Cass Green, best-selling author of In a Cottage in a Wood)

"Tense, suspenseful and unsettling!" (Lisa Hall, best-selling author of Between You and Me)

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Intriguing

This book was super hard to follow - very dark at times which I struggled with but didn't see the ending that came out of it at all... A lot of twists and turns

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what a mission this is to finish

I really struggled to finish this, deciding to keep giving it a go even though it neither inspired me to read on or buy into the storyline and annoying main character. I simply couldnt justify wasting several hours already spent on it to give in.
the twist is not a twist I saw it coming a few hours into the story.
Sorry, not for me!

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A stunning twist !

a dark twisty tale which shows you can never be sure of how things may look on the outside.
A real shocker !

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Hated the Ending - NO SPOILERS

Performance was excellent.

The story was quite interesting but the ending seemed to have some plot holes that were irritating and added to my disappointment in the final outcome which spoilt the book for me.

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Dull, shallow and predictable ending!

There isn't much depth to the story, storyline is dragging into little insignificant details. Slow plot.
The narator is great though.