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Summary

When Glasgow journalist Shona McGilvery moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness. But with Mikey working offshore, the frightening isolation of the Aberdeenshire countryside begins to drive her insane....

That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina. She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend - or does she? As her fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood becomes the least of her fears....

©2016 S. E. Lynes (P)2018 Tantor

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Completely gripping

Trying to second guess a plot of an SE Lynes book is futile! Every twist and turn leaves you aghast. I think I’ve now read or listened to every title by this author and I can’t wait for more.

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Wow!! No words. Brilliant!!

This was my first Susie Lynes book and wow, so very cleverly constructed and written.

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I wanted to like this but ...

Having previously read Mother by this author I was really looking forward to this and I really wanted to love it, but I didn't. The story was quite slow in places, and Part 2 was just Part 1 from a different persons perspective and the ending seemed rushed.

As for the characters, I didn't really like any of them! Shona was supposed to be a journalist but seemed to question nothing. Ok she was a new mum and sleep deprived, but still! Mikey was just horrible. Even when he was being nice there was always something dodgy in the background. Valentina was just irritating!

I listened to the audio version of this and at first I found the Scottish accent difficult to understand but as the book went on I got used to it. The narrator did a good job with the Scottish, Aussie and English accents.

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  • Getshotzi
  • 03-09-18

Well written and entertaining.

I thought the writing was outstanding. The plot is going to require a significant leap of faith, however... Not that I can't get there. If an author entertains me, I follow her off the bridge. An epilogue would've been a nice way to end the book because it just sort of ends right after the climax. I needed an after dinner mint.

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  • Corinna
  • 17-04-18

A tale of trust and betrayal

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Anyone who has had a brush with a covert narcissist or been exploited romantically to see how a trusting nature can blind you entirely.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shona, because she had a true heart and an honest reaction.

What about Ruth Urquhart’s performance did you like?

I found the voice of Shona difficult at first, she talked quite fast, but I got used to it and the story went well. The voice of Valentina in her real voice would sometimes drift into her fake one with the occasional phrase or words.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The mental processes of Shona because I've just come through a 3 decade charade with a covert narcissist who unmasked with a double life.

Any additional comments?

It felt like it ended abruptly.

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  • Michael
  • 10-10-18

Bravo!

The narrator is amazing -- doing Scottish, British and Australian accents superbly! She deserves 10 stars! The story had me rapt. I applaud SE for giving a very twisty story and Shona for giving us a very satisfying ending.

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  • ncube79
  • 24-09-18

I enjoyed this one

This story was a fun ride. A little crazy with the premise, but definitely entertaining. I loved the narration, and all the accents were very well-done and added a lot of flavor to the characters. For the first little while, I wasn't really sure anything was happening in the book...it was just a lot of witty banter from the main character's point of view. But, after some character development, the plot started taking some interesting turns. All in all, a really enjoyable listen.

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