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Summary

Don’t miss the gripping new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author!

A loving marriage...

Golden couple Annie and David Crayce have it all. A perfect marriage, three beautiful children and a thriving family business. Life couldn’t be better. Until the unthinkable happens....   

A long-buried crime...

Suddenly, David is the prime suspect of a murder committed 20 years ago. As the police investigate the cold case, so does Annie. But it all comes down to a few lost hours she can’t solve.

Now Annie must prove the man she loves is innocent.

The clock is ticking....

©2021 Susan Lewis (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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I’m beginning to despair of crime novels.

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT

As an avid fan I’m starting to feel like Victor Meldrew, but unless you go to the top of the genre (Tana French et al) the standard of writing seems to be falling.

In this book, premise of a cold case brought to life by current events was appealing but handled so poorly.
The best crime novels lead the reader through a roadmap with signs along the way that they may or may not notice, only for have it all to knit together in the end with an element of revelation and “how did I miss that!”
This nonsense was 14 hours of family relationships written as if the author who was clearly obsessed with the Downton Abbey type of family drama in a modern setting.
It was then ‘resolved’ in an overlong final section by little more than an instant confession when the killer was confronted.
Luckily this confession was supported by a diary and mobile phone kept by the killer for 20year - for no good reason whatsoever!
Add to that ridiculous elements where you have to suspend belief (the police inviting members of the public to sit in on an interview at the request of the accused), totally disregard (a witness totally inexplicably naming another character as being at the scene) and you get the picture. I could go on but I won’t.

(As an aside, why did the narrator make Julia sound like The Queen’s Spitting Image puppet? )

Seriously. Don’t waste your credit.

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Good story

I have listened to a lot of Susan Lewis books and like the characters especially Andi Lawrence - for some reason in this book she had developed an American accent not sure why but found it a bit off putting

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Oh dear...

What a load of twaddle. I kept listening to the end as I was sure that it would improve but sadly it didn’t.

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Another great read by Susan Lewis

I enjoyed this but I wished they'd stuck to the narrator used for the previous books at in this area. I just didn't relate to the characters in the same way because of it. In particular the voice used for Andee swung between American and the local accent.

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Intriguing crime but

Good crime plot and great suspense through the novel that kept me listening, but REVOLTING depiction of class relations, with the lower classes practically thanking wealthy older man for sleeping with their vulnerable teenage daughter - also gender roles and relations all a bit 1950s, though it is set now; felt a bit sickened and depressed by it at the end, and wish I hadn’t allowed myself to be hooked by the plot.

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Just ok

I was going to return this book after a few chapters but I persisted with it. Far too saccharine for me in places. It could have been so much better as the story was quite good.