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A dark and brilliant new stand-alone thriller from a rising star in the crime genre.

He is her husband. She is his captive.

Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name.

She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen.

Her husband records her every movement during the day. If he doesn't like what he sees, she is punished.

For a long time, escape seemed impossible. But now, something has changed. She has a reason to live and a reason to fight. 

Now, she is watching him and waiting....

©2021 Will R. Dean (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Dark, disturbing, powerful and unputdownable!

OMG what a brilliant book! It may be only the middle of January but this book is definitely a contender for my favourite book of 2021! It is a book which will stay with me for a long, long time.

It is an incredibly powerful tale of human trafficking. Jane (not her real name) lives with her husband, Len (not really her husband) in a ramshackle old farmhouse on the Fens. Cameras watch her all day long. She isn't allowed to close a door, even when she goes to the toilet. If she breaks any of Len's rules she is punished.

This was not an easy listen, but it was impossible to stop listening. It is harrowing and Will Dean does not spare his readers from the horror of Jane's existence. The writing is brilliant and the tension builds up until the last 25% of the book when it just hurtles along to the conclusion. I found myself holding my breath several times. Mr Dean's vivid descriptions of the flat, desolate fenland landscape adds to the bleakness.

The narration by Sarah Lam was incredible. When she was narrating the part of Len it made my skin crawl.

This is my first book by Will Dean but I will now be listening to anything else he has ever written!

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Five stars all round

I listened to this in two days. It's totally gripping. You will hold your breath in places, it's so tense. Highly recommended!

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Cruel and depressing

This is a powerful novel, and maybe a story that needs to be told. However, definitely not a good listen during lockdown. It is a very harsh and affecting story, and I am sure the writer's heart is absolutely in the right place. However, not for the sensitive or faint hearted. and should come with a warning to that effect.
Yes, I had to keep reading to the end, but at moments could only bear to listen for a limited time
Some of the descriptions of violence and the consequent injuries and pain seemed sadistic - almost gratuiistically so.
Will Dean is a gifted writer, but I'm afraid I shall avoid his books in future. .

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Brilliant!

I couldn’t stop listening...I’ve read all Will Dean’s books & this is the best! The best I have listened to so far this year...

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Highly recommended

I am sure this is a great novel to read, but I suspect it’s the fantastic narration from Sarah Lam that makes this incredible, tense, claustrophobic story into an excellent audiobook. I started looking at the clock, thinking of ways to move my commitments around so I could keep listening and find out what happens to the protagonist. It’s a first person narrative, that really keeps you on tenterhooks.

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Jaw dropping!

This was an incredible story. My jaw hit the floor a few times. I'm at a loss for words but it was just excellent. Sarah Lam done a awesome job with the narration too. She pitched it perfectly.

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Excellent listen

Throughly enjoyed this book, definitely recommend it, massive thumbs up from me 👍😊,excellent stuff, very intriguing.

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A great read

A great read, cleverly narrated and some seriously tense and claustrophobic moments. Will be recommending!

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Gripping!

Couldn’t stop listening and desperate to hear what would happen next. Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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Rediculous storyline

The 'captive' had many chances to escape but didn't take them. The narrator used a whining voice all the way through - really depressing 🥴 I like to read\listen to quality, believe books. This was NOT one of them unfortunately

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