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Summary

"I tried to talk to you today but you snubbed me and walked away. It wasn’t wise to give me the brush-off, Gemma. I can be a truly good friend but I also make the perfect enemy."

Sasha’s 18-year-old daughter Gemma was all she had in the world. Sasha fell pregnant with Gemma when she was still at school, and the two are as close as sisters. So when Gemma’s burned and broken body is found, Sasha’s world ends. What kind of person would want her beautiful daughter dead? 

Leading the case is Detective Natalie Ward, scarred by her own recent tragedy. When she finds a note in Gemma’s diary from "a secret admirer", she moves quickly, determined to unmask them. But interviews with Gemma’s devastated ex-boyfriend, and her charismatic teacher, who has been seen embracing his student far away from the classroom, don’t give Natalie the answers she’d hoped for....

And then the case takes a devastating, personal twist. CCTV footage reveals Natalie’s estranged husband David followed Gemma home every evening the week before she died. 

Natalie is forced to put personal feelings aside and follow procedure, even though she can’t believe David could be guilty. But when Gemma’s housemate is found murdered, Natalie thinks the killer could still be at large. Is she right to trust her instincts about David and can she discover the truth before another precious life is taken? 

Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, and Karin Slaughter.

©2020 Carol Wyer (P)2020 Bookouture

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Brilliant

Absolutely brilliantly read thank you Diana Croft , looking forward to book seven, I really hope book seven has narration read by you please 10/10 and 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Enthralling

Once again i have been mesmerised by this series, the plot with its twists and turns entwined with the back story of the main characters equally as enthralling, superb listen

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Brilliant

This series gets better with every new book as it goes on, looking forward to next

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At time of listening, last in series

I’ve largely enjoyed this series. It’s interesting, entertaining and not too taxing if you’re multitasking!

While the characters have developed well and the narrator is mostly pleasing to listen to, some of the characters alter the way they are portrayed in the writing, especially Mike, that I find jarring as I think it makes him one dimensional.

I really don’t like David and it hasn’t taken me up to this book to realise that. I wasn’t really keen on Natalie either to be honest but I think in this book she’s much more human and relatable.

I don’t understand their relationship, I cannot see why they were ever together. Maybe it was spelt out in the first book and I’ve forgotten it but from the second book on they claim to love each other but they don’t appear to like or respect each other. So that too is a little distracting. Enjoyable though.

I do like the fact that the each book is set soon after the previous one.

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doesn't need one

soooooo good thanks enough said you can ruin it by saying too much good bye

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  • Cynthia Hawk-McDowell
  • 11-03-21

Voices

With such a wonderful winding tale, with so many specific voices telling it, I wish the author had had a better reader, or had several readers. accents were horrible, voices interchanged so i wasn't sure which character was speaking, or even what they were saying at times. the worst was a college male who's accent was undefinable and as such should not have been attempted. Either get more performers or stop trying accents.

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  • Sophie
  • 17-06-20

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I loved the premise of thus book buf after a while it was difficult to continue listening. The story drag and the characters weren't developed took me several days to finished.

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  • Erica Shops
  • 02-05-20

Another awesome read!

Thank you for giving us your talents!!!
I always listen almost non stop, so hard to put down!

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 29-04-20

This series always provides a good listen

Oh, Natalie. As she decides to go back to work after bereavement leave, she’s assigned to head a team (her old team) investigating the murder of a young university student. And again, as in her previous stories, she has to deal with a marriage that’s breaking up. The crimes (yes, more than one) bring Natalie’s estranged husband to the station and there’s a lot going on.

Very interesting investigation and I didn’t figure it out until the end.

The narration by Diana Croft adds positively to the story.

Now the wait for the next book starts.

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  • Ann E Osborn
  • 26-04-20

Edge of my Seat

It is not often that a story keeps me in suspense as long as this one did! I honestly didn’t figure it out until very close to the end! Excellent, excellent! So happy too that Natalie appears to be finding some happiness and closure, can’t wait for the next one.