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Summary

He'll make sure she never wants to leave.... 

Holly never thought she'd move back to her hometown, but then something terrible happened. She doesn't know if she can recover. But she knows she can never tell another soul. 

People say her neighbour, David, is 'different'. He doesn't go out much, and never after dark. But in David, Holly finds just what she needs: a friend. Someone who's always there. 

No-one knows Holly's secret or where she lives. She has left the past behind. She is sure of it. So why does she feel as though she's in terrible danger? 

©2018 K. L. Slater (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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A Drama That Doesn't Quite Deliver

The thriller genre is a fairly broad church containing everything from Jack Reacher's famously high body counts to the kind of books that K L Slater writes. These Slater books are more well-written dramas than outright thrillers and this one more than most. I found it engaging and enjoyable even though it is an extremely patient and low key setup. It is of course extremely well read by Lucy Price-Lewis who is one of the best narrators in the business for these kinds of books. There is a lot to like here.

Unfortunately, after the slow patient build up the last hour or so of the book suddenly goes a bit crazy. Although several of the key characters are built up for potentially odd behaviour it all just loses cohesion in a frantic final denouement that just didn't feel fitting. There were just too many convenient examples of characters dialling up the unexpected.

I will stick with this author, she has a quality of writing about her and an eye for making relatively mundane situations genuinely engaging but I felt oddly dissatisfied at the end of it all. She just didn't convince me like she has in the past.

48 of 49 people found this review helpful

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Gripping Psychological thriller

very well read by the narrator and never expected the ending. I have enjoyed all of K.L. Slaters books and can't wait to read any future books.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Excellent thriller

This book keeps you second guessing all the way through with a nice twisty ending

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The Visitor

This was OK crime thriller, but rather unbelievable and far fetched at times. The character of David was written as though he was autistic, but it was never explicitly stated.

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another wjnner

loved it as i do all her books. the character's the twists and the never saw that coming ending. keep them coming k l slater.

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Brilliant!

Really enjoyed this. Great author. Held my attention all the way through and provided a great ending.

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An okay listen

I have listened to a few other KL Slater books and really loved them so was looking forward to this one, however to be honest it was a bit disappointing. Not as many twists and turns as her other stories and quite predictable

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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disappointing end

to a otherwise brilliant story up to chapter 69to a otherwise brilliant story up to chapter 69

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Mostly slow

This story never gets going, it is disjointed and difficult to follow at times. Constantly hoping between times and locations is annoying. Most of characters are somewhat unbelievable.

The last hour is without a doubt the interesting bit.
The final twists and turns will blind side you, but the plot could oh so easily have been developed earlier.

The narrator does a decent job and is the only reason I gave three stars overall.

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Intriguing plot hampered by unrealistic characters and a rushed ending

This book came as an Amazon daily deal so I thought I would give it a go. I’m happy for the price, but I would have been disappointed if I had paid in full.

The story is intriguing and keeps you guessing throughout as the story slowly unfolds to the somewhat tense, but also obvious revelations in the final third. Unfortunately, all of the characters are unlikeable: I didn’t find a single one that I resonated with or found relatable. Perhaps this was due to a single narrator playing all parts, or because the characters just felt under developed. Some characters don’t act the way you would expect: they are often clumsy, overly idiotic, naive, or nasty. Two dimensional characters are common place, and they use constant cliches such as ‘I’m here to make money, not friends’. Their interactions aren’t realistic. Some characters are overly tolerant one minute, then completely abrupt and erratic the next.

The plight of the pivotal character is heartfelt mostly, as we try to work out what happened to her. However, unlike in many good novels, the trauma of the main character felt somewhat self inflicted and my sympathy for her was completely lost by too many moves of stupidity as the plot moved along.

The ending was rushed and overly exposed as characters start to narrate everything that happened. Actions speak louder than words and the constant inner monologue became a bit of a deus ex machina for the senses. The ending was also rushed and filled with dread. Nothing felt properly resolved.

Overall, an average read with some interesting but under developed ideas and characters. With another draft and a real ‘kill your darlings’ exercise, especially with the character Marcus, this would have probably been an excellent read.

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  • Mystical Lady
  • 17-05-18

Beginning was slow but picked up

At first I thought it would be a dud. Glad I didn't stop listening. The twists and turns really threw me and the ending was awesome. A good book all around. I'm glad I bought it. 😀😀

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-18

Great book

Great book with a great twist but it wasn’t the best from K L Slater

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  • Brian A
  • 18-05-18

Good not great

I've read all of K L Slaters books. While not on the level of some of her past books it's still not bad. Took me awhile to get into this one but it picks up about halfway in. Not bad but she has better ones.

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  • Feviegirl
  • 24-05-18

Dull - and then ridiculous

I've read all of Slater's books, and, while none are what could be called "substantial", this one hits a new low. It's an average, albeit boring, story for three-quarters of the book, and then BOOM: it becomes completely ludicrous and laughable. Even Lucy Price-Lewis can't save this drivel. I think this will be my last Slater book.

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  • DinAls
  • 02-09-18

Keep reading, a slow start but well worth the time.

I rather enjoyed this story, though a bit slow to start, K. L. Slater is a sneaky😀 one, and just when you begin to wonder if you should invest your precious time BAM! The real intrigue begins and so does the rollercoaster ride.
Listen, read or both BUT don’t miss out on this story.

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  • A&S
  • 22-08-18

Suspenseful

Great Narrating. Story very captivating and suspenseful. It held my attention and had a very unexpected ending.

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  • lisa
  • 13-08-18

loved it

easy on the ears to listen too, kept my attention thru the entire story. was very surprised at the ending didn't see that coming.

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  • Tony Damiani
  • 02-07-18

Misses the mark

I'm a big KL Slater fan. She simply missed the mark with this one. It took soooo long to develop Holly's backstory that the reader was much less invested in her. Without spoiling the plot, I must say it would have been so much better to drop at least some of her motivation much earlier in the book. The twist at the end was well thought out but by then you just didn't care enough about the characters. This had some of the makings of a really great psychological thriller but missed the mark completely.

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  • Deanna K.
  • 18-06-18

Can't Even Finish

Debating to ask for my money back on this one. At this point I don't think I'll even finish the book

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  • Theresa P.
  • 13-06-18

OK

I had a hard time keeping focused. I like my books to move more swiftly.