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Summary

Nine years ago her daughter was taken. And now she’s back.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Holly is playing happily in a pink, plastic playhouse, while her mother Rachel sips coffee and chats with a friend nearby. It should be an ordinary day for all of them. But, in the blink of an eye, it turns into every family’s worst nightmare.

Holly is taken by a stranger and never found.

Nine years later, Rachel is living a quiet life in Dorset. She’s tried to keep things together since the traumatic day when she lost her eldest daughter. She has a new family, a loving partner, and her secrets are locked away in her painful past...until one afternoon when Rachel meets a new school parent Kate and her teenage daughter Bella. 

Rachel’s world is instantly turned upside down - she’s seen Bella before. She’d recognize that face anywhere - it’s her missing child. And she will stop at nothing to get her back...

From the million-copy best-selling author of The Secret Mother and The Perfect Family. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and The Sister this book is for you.

©2019 Shalini Boland (P)2019 Bookouture

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Excellent, riveting story with a huge twist!

I have read a few Shalini Boland books now and this is up there with the best.
There are lots and lots of books out there about missing children (detective novels most of them). This one appears similar to a lot of them in many ways, but in true Shalini style, it has a really novel twist at the end, and ends up turning everything you thought you believed about the book on its head. Suddenly your loyalties, which had all been with the central character, are turned upside down and you end up being sympathetic to a totally different person... Because she turns out to be the perp instead of the victim after all. Can't say any more without spoiling it, but it is very cleverly written.

I only have one issue with Shalini Boland. She's a great writer and I love her exotic name. But when they tell you it's the end of the book and they say "if you enjoyed this book by Shalini Boland..." they always pronounce her name "Shallony" with the emphasis on "shall". Surely this can't be right?! If her parents wanted to call her Shalini then how can it be pronounced Shallony? if her name is Shalini it should be surely pronounced Shal-ee-nee???? It's just basic grammar surely?! Sorry, but I always find it incredibly distracting when reading her books, thinking about this anomaly with her name . I find it so irritating when people spell their names one way and expect everyone to pronounce it a totally different way. Call me pedantic but there you are. It just gets on my tits.

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Brilliant!

Another cracker from Shalini Boland and fantastically narrated by Katie Villa. Hope that Shalini is already working on her next novel!

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I never saw it coming!

A great book with a fantastic twist that I didn't see coming, highly recommended with brilliant narration.
hope you enjoy as much as I did!

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Absolutely fantastic Again.

I have loved every Book Shalini has written unbelievable yet again, now again I cannot wait for her next book. If you have never read any of Shalini Boland books, they are absolutely fantastic. Edge of my seat all the way through yet again

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twice

I loved this book, I listened to it twice, was just a good the 2nd time round knowing the ending.
what an amazing twist, if have never guessed the ending.
a must read.

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Magnificent read

Brilliant story from beginning to end . I couldn't stop listening. I didn't want it to end.

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Loved it!

Really enjoyed listening to this. Easy to listen to and made me want to hear the next chapter.

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Gripping with a great twist

This is my first Shalini Bowland Audio book and it won't be my last. I listened to this in one session whilst painting my garden fencing! I was gripped from start to end. The characters were believable and the story was well plotted and executed. The twist at the end was fanominsl. The narration was superb too although I do listen at a higher speed as a personal preference but the narrator brought the characters to life and expressed their emotions well. A 5🌟 listen. Would recommend.

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I loved the narration and the twist completely threw me. I would highly recommend 👌

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Loved it

Kept me immersed throughout and the ending genuinely surprised me so cant fault it! Will read more by this author!

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  • Lisa Willett
  • 20-10-19

TWIST I NEVER SAW COMING

THIS BOOK WAS GREAT!!!! I LOVE SHALINI AND THIS ONE IS GREAT THE TWIST AT THE END I NEVER SAW COMING!!! WORTH THE CREDIT FOR SURE!!!

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  • AnAmazonShopr
  • 10-12-19

WoW!!

Love love love this book! Kept me intrested throughout the whole story... loved all the twists,; just when I thought I knew what was going on bam! You will love this book!

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  • Sheere
  • 14-11-19

Best novel yet

Loved all her novels, this is the best one yet. Could not stop listening!! Edge of my seat and wanting a good ending for all

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  • Mike Thompson
  • 12-12-19

Gripping!

Clear your calendar! This one will keep her guessing and wanting more! The character development is phenomenal!

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  • Book.Lover 1350
  • 19-03-20

Plain awful

Couldn’t finish it page after page of repetitive whining, endless of bunch of nothing. I liked her other books but this one is going back. I don’t care if the end might be redeeming, I would not invest 7 hours for 15 min of a “ shocking twist”. Skip this one

Returning it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-01-20

Didn’t care for the ending

This book kept me spellbound until the end. I really didn’t care for the ending.. overall it is a good read.

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  • DJG
  • 04-01-20

Predictable

Started out extremely well and caught my interest. After a few chapters it seemed to drag on a bit. After that the plot became predictable and, although I didn’t, I wanted to skip to the end to find out how it turned out.
It’s not a bad read but not this author’s best book.

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  • Tinklabelle
  • 31-12-19

Hard to follow

I have read several of Shalini Bolands books and typically I really like them. All of her books kinda jump around past/present however this one made it vrry hard to follow. I don't typically have an issue with this writing style but this one was very hard to follow

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  • Kyoto 2025
  • 18-10-20

Complete waste of time

This had to be the most boring story I had ever listen to I ended up falling asleep several times through it only to not actually find that I had lost any of the information I can skip several chapters and keep the story right on going the ending was absolutely no surprise or mystery whatsoever and they actually knew the ending about halfway through the third chapter

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  • Cindy
  • 20-08-20

Wow! What a Great Story

Wow! I have read some amazing plot twists, but this one blew me away! For someone who usually guesses most plots before the end, this one had me blind sided in a fun way. When reading a mystery it is nice to be proven wrong.

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