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Summary

One evening as the sun is setting, Amelia Madison’s car slides into the sea off Mason’s Pier. Her body is never found.

Two years later, Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison. She is grieving the loss of her mother, he is grieving for his wife. Together, they can help each other.

Now, Elena is living with Nicholas. But Elena doesn’t really know him. She doesn’t know what he is capable of. And she doesn’t know what really happened to Amelia.

Until the day she discovers the torn page of a letter and the words she reads chill her to the bone. 

Elena must find the person who wrote these letters if she is to save herself.

A totally breathtaking pause-resister about the darker side of love and what really goes on behind closed doors. This audiobook will have you gripped from the very first moment until the dramatic final twist.

©2018 Laura Elliot (P)2018 Bookouture

Critic reviews

"Entertaining and highly thought-provoking." (Closer Magazine)

"This page-turner is gripping, all the more because it presents the dilemmas of betrayal with brutal honesty." (Irish Independent)

"This well-crafted and compelling story traces the deceits which begin unnoticed but end in the destruction of friendships and lives." (The Irish Times)

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WOEFUL! FELL ASLEEP LISTENING TO THIS DISMAL TALE

I usually do not write reviews for books I do not like and instead simply return them but as this has been likened to my favourite book of all time REBECCA by the amazing Daphne du Maurier. I feel I have to say something to save others from being so very disappointed. Admittedly I have not finished this book as I fell asleep shortly after the story established and switched off quickly after I awoke as could not bear to hear any more. I would say this book is much more like the film Sleeping with the Enemy except that was glamorous, thrilling and exciting despite its gritty topic - whereas this seems to be a drab domestic story with a lot about mourning dead mothers/missing wives, coping with bereavement, having babies, breast feeding and miscarriages featuring unlikable drippy people.
I did not enjoy the narration as it too seemed whittery and wimpy. This could have been the content and the maudlin, annoying characters rather than the actor who did give a good performance of a tiresome tale. I have no desire to waste any more time being depressed by this so I do not know if I am correct about the so called "twisting, turning" plot but strikes me more like drudgery from a same again soap storyline than a thriller. So if you are looking for mystery, intrigue and attractive fascinating characters as in Rebecca or even brave and courageous actions and thrilling twists and turns as in Sleeping with the Enemy then this is probably not the book for you.

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thriller with close to the bone storyline

One of the best psychological thrillers I've read in a long time - kept me on the edge of my seat.

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gripping and twisting with each chapter

I love this book I couldn't put it down I love the fact that I have so many terms and compelling chapters it kept you guessing

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Beautiful, haunting, terrifying

A grieving young woman meets an attractive and charming man at her mother’s funeral. Slowly he helps to to come to terms with her loss and in doing so, takes over her life. His wife disappeared several years before, so they make vows: ‘until death us do part’. Despite some strange behaviour from him which perhaps should have warned her, she moves in to his cottage in the country, filled with memories and photographs of his beautiful wife, including the locked master bedroom. Can she ever live up to the memory of her glittering predecessor? Lulled into believing that this is an excellent and believable modern re-write of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, it is a surprise when it becomes more sinister, more frightening and more ethereal, a story of friendship, love and madness, centred on the very real issue of domestic abuse and coercive control. Twists and turns that would be difficult to guess, this is a story that bears a re-read. Beautifully and compellingly read by the narrator.

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fab

absolutely brilliant caught up in the story line from start to finish.. looking forward to the next one👌 can't wait!!

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  • 29-08-18

Superb

Beautifully written. Poignantly heartbreaking at times. Totally gripping! Felt authentic and that made it all the more terrifying! Highly recommend!

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good story

...but the narrator really needs to change her voice for all the different characters - the women all sound too similar so gets a little confusing.

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You got that coming

Controlling, manipulating, abusive , jealously, insecurity to a level where it is unhealthy. Didn't see that coming. What an ending. Fantastic! the suspense!

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  • JK907
  • 29-08-18

Unfortunately, it’s not a winner...

The story starts off like a typical domestic abuse situation but crucial character development is extremely lacking — I mean substantially. There wasn’t even any build up or much background provided and all the significant events happen so soon and then there’s nothing to look forward to aside from what’s already divulged in the summary. So all that happens between events are just filled with much sulking and actions with little to no reason behind it. Typically one of the best parts about domestic noir is seeing how things escalate or how the abuse is covered by either party, but it doesn’t happen. I had to start over many times to get in to it and ended up skipping around, and not missing much.

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  • Elaine Edwards
  • 28-08-18

Just leave it alone

In a nutshell… Woman is beaten and abused every day by a husband she refuses to leave. When she’s not being beaten they are fighting. Add a controlling mother in law and you have this depressing pointless book.

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  • Andrea
  • 19-09-18

Heart stopping

This was a great book to listen to. It was hard to turn it off and get other things done.

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  • CILLY STURMBERG
  • 12-10-18

SOPPY ROMANCE

THIS BOOK IS BILLED AS A GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER.I CAN SAY THAT THE FIRST EIGHTY MINUTES DO NOT FULFIL THIS PROMISE.INSTEAD,I HAVE SUFFERED THROUGH ONE HOUR AND TWENYTY MINUTES OF WHAT IN MY VIEW IS A RATHER SOPPY AND TRIVIAL ROMANCE.I WILL SPARE MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF THE BOOK AND WILL AVAIL MYSELF OF AUDIBLE'S RETURN PROGRAMME.

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  • Raincloud982
  • 09-10-18

Slow start but stick with it

At first I didn’t think I was going to make it through this book. I even fell asleep a few times but I rewound and started again. I’m so glad I did.

I enjoy how Laura Elliot changes the parts for the characters and the depth of their emotions being expressed. The ending topped it off for me.

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  • Luyu
  • 06-10-18

Held Me

This story really held my attention. I need stories to hold my attention, with the type of work i do. It is tedious an repetitive. I love listening to audibles during this time. It's enjoyable an allows for time to pass quickly. This particular book I found very interesting and informative, even though it is fiction. It will keep you turning pages and it is also is very well done in the art of surprise. Thank you to the author Laura Elliot. I enjoyed this read.

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  • RoseMary
  • 30-09-18

Rsemry

wow! great book! i could not put it down! i’ll be looking for some more books by Laura Elliot!,

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  • susan
  • 27-09-18

beautifully written and narrated

this book was mesmerizing to me. the author and narrator did a fantastic job. my imagination soared and was so taken away easily into the story like I was each character. I often find too many characters difficult to keep track of but not this time. What a horrible subject but so much depth of caring and respect for the abused. This kind of truth has to be told over and over for the women out there still trapped in abuse. Thank you for reminding us all it is still out there.

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  • Lisa K
  • 22-09-18

One of the best stories I have ever read!

This story of love and contrite retribution is a power of it's own. Why decisions have to be muddled by love and hate are a true mystery. I am glad this story is told in such a loving way. There are no victors. Just survival. What happens to people who try to live but are stuck in a tumultuous way of survival is sad. Survivors must move forward and regain the sole that sunk from sight.

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  • Ginny candow
  • 20-09-18

Gripping psychological novel

Beautifully written, intriguing suspenseful and thought provoking. I am looking for more Laura Elliot’’s books