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Summary

You live with her. You trust her. But you don’t know her....

Wanted: full-time, live-in help for expectant mother. Must be organized, friendly, and willing to do anything.

Rachel is determined to be the perfect mother. She has a birth plan, with a playlist and a bag ready by the door. She’s chosen a lovely light cream paint for the nursery, and in wide-eyed, innocent Abbie she’s found the perfect person to help her with her baby.

Because every mother needs a bit of help, don’t they?

But Rachel needs a little more than most.

She still makes sure her bedroom door is locked before she goes to sleep. She still checks the cameras that are dotted throughout the house.

Rachel trusts Abbie.

She just knows better than to trust herself....

From the best-selling author of Her Husband’s Lover, this is a truly gripping story about how far people will go to find a family. Filled with tension and twists, it is perfect for fans of Ruth Ware, Shari LaPena, and The Girl on the Train.

©2021 Julia Crouch (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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gripping

Brilliantly written and read. Couldn't stop listening. Best audio I've had for a while. Lots of twists and turns.

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A rollicking good listen

A rollicking good listen on Audible, with a touch of ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’ for me (and that is high praise indeed). The New Mother was deliciously OTT and melodramatic, and just what I needed to take myself out of the gloom that is the run up to another Covid Christmas. The narrator ladles on the warped behaviours of the protagonists (she has a slightly weird way of emphasising every fifth word or so, just to ensure we listeners miss no nuance) but in the end I decided I rather enjoyed her method, as it suited the maniacal rivalry at the heart of the novel. The story builds and grows more sinister, and the end I was tempted to cancel all my social media accounts as they seemed destined to result in my mouth being gaffer taped shut, but then I decided that along with cancelling all parties and family gatherings, that would be a step too far. Keep up the good work Julia, you’re a great storyteller.

Highly recommended.

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Gripping. Immersive read.

I love a page turner that’s current. This book does social media well and explores the dangers of insta v reality and the impact that has on everyone involved.
Fast moving and a winding story.
Enjoyed it.

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The story is not gripping. Not really sure which character is the protagonist, lots of boring twitter/Instagram vegan references. Tried to persevere but couldnt

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Far too much social media , hashtag etc etc. I struggled along for an hour then gave up!..