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Summary

It wasn't just that I didn't like her. I didn't trust her. 

Charlotte is a people pleaser - she can't help but go the extra mile. So when she stumbles upon an unconscious man one night, it's only natural that she wants to help.

Brought into the arms of the victim's loving family, she sees at once how much they need her. But while his parents happily welcome her into the fold, his sister is another story. It's not just that Rebecca doesn't like Charlotte, she clearly doesn't trust her either.

But the more time Charlotte spends in Rebecca's company, the more she suspects she's the one with something to hide. And if Charlotte is to protect this family - and herself - she'll need to do whatever she can to find out what that is.... 

A twisty story of lies, obsession and revenge that will have you wondering who to believe until the last page. Perfect for fans of Clare Mackintosh and Laura Marshall.

©2018 Jessica Vallance (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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A good, engaging read

The central premise is perhaps a bit far fetched, and I felt there were lots of flaws in the story as it unfolded, but despite this I did find it an enjoyable read. It was engaging and just kept listening through the various twists right to the end.

The narrators assigned to the two main characters were well cast. Charlotte, young, naive, limited social skills, wanting to be liked, and Rebecca, a darker character who knows what she wants and is set to make sure she gets it.

I loved Rebecca. I loved her indignant tone each time she felt that she was being wronged. Quite amusing if you allow yourself not to take the story too seriously.

For much of the story, Rebecca and Charlotte were suspicious of each others past and we follow their furtive investigations into each others history. (No more spoilers from me!)

This isn't the very best literature that will endure for years to come, but it is a very enjoyable read that doesn't take too much concentration. No complex jumping between time periods, it is a straightforward story that flows from beginning to end. I'll be looking out for more books by Jessica Vallance.

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Brilliantly written, gripping story.

I really enjoyed this book, normally I get all the twists in a thriller before they’re revealed, but this one kept me guessing. I thought it was really cleverly written.

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Enjoyable, Unusual, Entertaining, Intriguing ...

I very much enjoyed this unusual thriller which made very pleasant reading and ideal for those who enjoy a mystery without a lot of grisly details and more an intriguing psychological puzzle than dark fast moving action packed rollercoaster.
I loved the way the characters unfolded and were likable despite their flaws and their motivation was explored which made them have a lot more depth.
There were twists and turns, nothing and nobody was quite as they seemed at first, The different point of views gave insight and were humorous at times and it certainly never boring as unfolding and changing all the time.
I am proud to say I did guess the final twist but not until close to the reveal and it was a very strong ending instead of fizzling out like so many thrillers or becoming too implausible.
I loved the narration of Rebecca especially but Charlotte was also well voiced and there was plenty of contrast between the two voices which made it easy to follow.
I would recommend this book as a really well written and well put together and a very enjoyable and a lovely fresh idea with plenty of twists and turns.

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.... Inbetween ....

I guess I rather enjoyed it but there were niggles... the main character, Charlotte, she did things and acted in ways that 'normal' people just don't. I was wondering, from the very beginning, "What are you doing?!" It becomes apparent but nevertheless, it bugged me. Also, in my opinion, she would never talk with such grace and with an upper class accent. Then Rebecca, who is a strong character, turns weak and this annoyed me too. I won't give things away and it is worth a listen even if it does make you feel niggled!

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I didn't see it coming

Beautiful narration from both acts in a what initially seems to be a rather common story... However, having said that I have to admit that the final twist ...well, let's say that I didn't see it coming...

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Excellent

Loved this book, and actually binge listened! I couldn’t get enough. Some inaccuracies with continuity but it didn’t matter the plot was great and original.

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Good story

The story was interesting enough to keep me hooked - but was a little predictable and the ‘Scottish/jamaican' accent was a little ropey! But all in all a decent listen.

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  • 25-11-18

Felt a bit let down at the end

I was into the story for the most part. Thank goodness for Stephanie Racine. She truly saved the book for me with her performance. But overall, this was not a well developed story. There were so many parts that could've been done better. And all of the reveals and "big moments" made me roll my eyes. It's good for a rainy afternoon listen (when you've got nothing better to do and no other credits to use) but I doubt it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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  • Julie
  • 29-12-18

Left me feeling sick

This book left me feeling sick. The characters are one dimensional, disturbing & preposterous. Don’t bother.

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  • Debbie De
  • 09-12-18

Online Not Thriller

This Audiobook made me anger I kept looking for it to make some kind of sence....

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-18

Ridiculous plot

The idea that someone would pretend to be the girlfriend of someone they’ve found injured all because they couldn’t tell a nurse they weren’t in anyway affiliated with the person other than a brief encounter on a dating app is just ridiculous.

I waited and waited for some logic to come to this shamble of a basis for the novel but found no redemption.

Honestly the plot points just seemed so far fetched and the writing style was so underdeveloped I can’t recommend this to anyone unless they’re looking for something to anger them.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful