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Summary

Olivia and Julian are enjoying lazy days in their Spanish villa, a well-deserved break from their busy lives. Especially for Julian, who after a lifetime as a carer was thrust into the public eye following the tragic murder of his first wife.

The languid heat and peace of the villa is broken only by clifftop walks, sun-drenched lunches and cooling swims. Until a chance encounter with Gabriel—an attractive man, many years their junior—changes everything. Soon their idyllic break turns into a dangerous, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse. Will any of them get out alive?

Perfect for fans of T.M. Logan's The Catch and The Couple at No. 9 by Claire Douglas.

©2022 T. J. Emerson (P)2022 Boldwood Books

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"This taut, elegant thriller thrums with dark menace and dread. I couldn’t look away." (Kate Riordan, best-selling author of The Heatwave)

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Addictive!!

Couldn’t wait to finish this and find out the ending, I loved the suspense in it. Slightly slow to get into but it’s brilliant once it gets going.

Narrator is fantastic too and is talented at doing accents.

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Sexy sunkissed thriller

When I read the blurb and reviews, I wasn't sure whether to bother with this one. I'm so glad I did - I loved it. The whole storyline was a complete surprise to me. It was sexy, gripping, and exciting, and I couldn't stop listening. I'd hoped for a more dramatic ending with more clarification as to what became of all the characters, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment as a whole. I'm sad that I've finished listening to this because I was enjoying it so much.

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Mixed feelings!

This kept me listening but wasn’t what I expected…I felt there was a distinct distaste towards women in this story that really put me off…they were either young & totally under-developed in terms of character or old and portrayed as mildly repulsive. It’s a small thing in terms of the plot etc but it really grated. The main character I found irritating and weak, which I think is the intention, but it didn’t make for pleasant listening to be in his company.

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Couldn’t stop listening

Brilliantly narrated by the wonderful Simon Mattacks, I binge listened to this. I listen to lots of books, and this is definitely one of the best. Excellent twist at the end which I didn’t see coming.

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Brilliant!💯👏🏽was SO happy to see Simon Mattacks was the narrator🙌🏽👏🏽

Was hooked to this for past 2 days! Without giving anything away, it wasn’t my kind of thing that I usually would read, but it was done SO well that it was amazing! It has you constantly needing to know more, and has you that you can’t stop listening🤗 i love that!! BRILLIANT story, so descriptive about the holiday side of it, which was lovely 😊 Simon Mattacks was OUTSTANDING as ALWAYS! Thank you T.J Emerson for a wonderful 2 days, thoroughly enjoyed your book💯👏🏽👏🏽!! Thank you Simon Mattacks you were absolutely BRILLIANT!💯👏🏽👏🏽Thank you audible for another WONDERFUL book! Sad that it has finished!!😩😊♥️xxx

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The Imperfect Holiday

This book is rubbish. The synopsis doesn't accurately reflect the story. It should be in the LGBT category. It is one awkward male on male romp after another, with gross and unflattering descriptions of middle aged female body parts mixed in here and there. This is not a psychological thriller or suspenseful, it is just gross and boring. The "secrets" are revealed early on, so the listener is just waiting for things to play out. The best thing about the book is that it ended.

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