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Summary

She made her bed. You’ll lie in it.

Rebecca only wanted to help out - to be kind. Richard seemed so alone after his wife, Nicole, died, and Rebecca wanted to make sure he knew he had someone on whom to rely.

But now, she’s in Nicole’s immaculate house. Drinking from her favourite crystal wine glass. Keeping shoes in her orderly closet. Comforting her sweet and grieving stepdaughter. It feels like Rebecca is living another woman’s life.

And as she gets to know the neighbours, Rebecca hears stories that make her wonder: Was free-spirited Nicole happy in this perfect life, or did she feel trapped? Did she feel, as Rebecca is beginning to, that something wasn’t quite right?

The story everyone’s talking about! If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and The Girl Before, you’ll be totally gripped and unable to put down this twisty pause-resisting psychological thriller.

©2019 Sheryl Browne (P)2019 Bookouture

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Brilliant

I absolutely loved this book, the story is excellent, although I had just worked out what was going on just before it was revealed. The narrator is excellent, something I think is very important to an audible book. It can definitely make or break for me

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Title totally lives up to its name.

Very impressed, I was convinced I had it sussed but then another twist and more . . Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, if you only have time to read one book, choose this one. 5 stars

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How to get through this book:

Listen whilst telling yourself this far fetched plot could happen in a world without Police or media.

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If you read any book this year.. Make it this one!

This book is absolutely brilliant!! Couldn't stop listening. Although I thought I'd guessed some of the premis, I. Was happily mistaken. The narrator had an excellent array of voices and the story was superb. Not one to miss!!!

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Good thriller

I enjoyed this book and it was easy to listen to. Kept me wanting to hear more. A good narrator.

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Twists nicely

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Good but...

An interesting story but the dialogue is so repetitive. Main character Richard runs his fingers through his hair every 10 seconds, each character breathes “in sharply” deeply” and has heart stropping moments, heart racing or heart pounding moments on a regular basis and no one gets hugged- they all get “circled around the waist” . It becomes tedious after a while to hear all these phrases repeated so often.

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Where do I begin?

Initially, I though was the narrator’s posh accent which put me off. But no. Here are a few reasons why I did not enjoy this book:
- Richard leaps from wife to wife more enthusiastically than Henry VIII on a potent aphrodisiac
- Number of times Richard(embodied by the narrator putting on a husky smoker’s voice) says ‘Nicole’: 38.964
- Number or times Nicole says ‘Richaaaaard’ in a pleading whining voice: 26.539
- Perhaps an author could think of other ways to describe their main male character than ‘quite the catch’ x28 or the proud owner of a desirable ‘hard’ body (cue eye roll)
- The sex scenes are quite simply cringeworthy
- The story manages a unique blend of unimaginative and predicable platitudes and improbable developments.
I will stop here, as I do not enjoy panning someone’s work. But honestly, this was not good. It is hard to suspend one’s disbelief when the story is both far-fetched *and* poorly written.

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A predictable story, lacking in any twists or turn

A predictable story. The narrators style irritated me, it was very off putting, very like Frank Spencer so took away the drama from the story.

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  • 05-02-19

Not the best.,.

I don’t know if I’m just a genius that has lived all these years unaware of my brilliance or I’ve “read” too many psychological thrillers or maybe I just got lucky but, I figured out the plot and who-done-it, somewhere in the first third of the book.

I kept listening in the hopes that I was wrong... but I wasn’t. The “shocking twist” was disappointing for me.

“Shocking” twist aside, the over all story pace was slow and the end wasn’t terribly satisfying.

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  • M. Boyte
  • 15-02-19

Blah

Present Day-Past Day, if they were to say this one more time, I wanted to slit my own wrist. I like psychological dramas, this is more of a lifetime movie. I would save my credit.

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  • Susan
  • 06-02-19

The Second Wife—Wow, I couldn’t put it down!

This was an outstanding book with many twists and surprises. Mystery readers will love it. I recommend it highly!

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  • Suzan Zehner
  • 02-04-19

marvelous!

Awesome thriller to the end! highly recommended! entire story was a never-ending puzzle...quite well done!

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  • Loriann Natsyn
  • 24-03-19

this author continuously repeats herself.

it was stupid. the author continuously repeats herself. some of the dialogue is confusing. glad I got it for free.

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  • Emily Anderson
  • 19-03-19

Obvious & Contrived

I pretty much figured this out after the first couple chapters. Not very entertaining at all

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  • Carrie
  • 15-03-19

Obvious Plot and 2nd Wife

Obvious plot and the 2nd Wife's gullibility was unrealistically put on display. I wish the author would of gave her a backbone. Half of the listen involved me shaking my head.

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  • Mamacat
  • 31-01-22

Huh?

I was disappointed every step of the way. Too many obvious legal issues. I kept thinking maybe the big twist was how all the loose ends would get tied up. The story could have been interesting if the author had spent a little time figuring out how quickly the law would catch up with the "bad guy" and worked around it, but it was just completely unbelievable. Liked the idea, wanted to like the book...boo. Plus, there was just no reason behind anything...
Side note, the graphic sex was unbearable, I have read hundreds of thrillers, this was totally unnecessary, it was like porn disguised as a mystery....
Wasted credit.

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  • Jules
  • 23-08-19

long

it was very long and could have had a bit more pace! No big surprises !

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  • Matt
  • 20-05-19

Too easy to figure out plot

I figured the plot very quickly, therefore making the story too long & unpredictable. If I had not, maybe I would have enjoyed the book.