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Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl's face appears above the students' desks - a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been. Terror rushes through Nora's body - the kind of raw terror you feel when there's no way out, when every cell in your body, your entire body, is on fire - when you think you might die. 

Twenty-four hours later, while on Thanksgiving vacation, the face appears again. Shaken and unsteady, Nora meets with neurologists and eventually a psychiatrist. As the story progresses, a terrible secret is discovered - a secret that pushes Nora toward an even deeper psychological breakdown. 

This breathtaking debut novel examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Exquisitely nuanced and profoundly intimate, The Night Child is a story of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds. An Elite Daily Pick for 2018 book releases that'll make listening more your New Year's resolution. 

©2018 Anna Quinn (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Awful story and narrator :(

Sadly this is one of the worst stories I have every listened to - and the voice of the narrator was awful :(
Her imitation of a child’s voice and the Margaret character were totally unreal and made it painful to listen. The story I can only describe as weird, and I really had to make an effort to listen to the end. I wish I had not- the ending was very strange and this is an author and narrator I will avoid buying again. Very disappointing.

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  • Laurie L. Gilmore
  • 02-06-20

Disturbing!

Do not read this if child abuse disturbs you. I kept thinking there would be a good twist to this book and am upset with myself for wasting 6 hours and 51 minutes of my time. There are no surprises here and it just drags on and on. Very predictable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-19

More than I expected

It's about rape and molestation and incest. It was a lot to hear and unexpected.

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  • B. Caesar
  • 30-01-21

I wish there had been a trigger warning

I am not finished with this book and I don’t know if I can finish it. It is well written and beautifully performed but I would have never started reading this if I had known what it was really about- proceed with cation

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  • Laurie Kirk
  • 23-06-19

good book for anyone dealing with abuse.

offers a lot of views and coping skills for women annd children who have gone rhrough sexual abuse.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-07-18

WOW not what I was expecting!!! Glad I read it!

WOW Not but I was expecting!! Absolutely gut-wrenching!! the ending left me hanging. It felt incomplete and abrupt. maybe that's what the author intended

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  • Gabriela Swift
  • 27-04-18

Interesting

I liked the overall story. It was a bit slow and I thought the story plot would pick up. But it stayed the same throughout and then just ended. I would totally listen to it again though.

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  • Tracy Bradbury
  • 10-09-20

Healing ending?

Very relatable and real possibility of this story line ringing true for someone. I loved the ending too!

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  • it's an ascot
  • 17-06-21

oof

if you want to listen to a story about incest and a woman losing her mind, check this one out.

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  • M Moore
  • 13-06-21

Slow and Laborious

Was ready to put it down by diaper 11, but I hung in until the end. Wish I hadn't wasted my time. The ending was disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-21

Felt a little incomplete

The story told a tale, but didn’t have the element of surprise or any type of twist. It really was just a sorry about a woman’s journey to heal. It was ok but not in the correct category.