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Summary

It is 1942, and after a childhood of suffering in Birmingham, Maryann Bartholomew has built a life of happiness and safety with her husband, Joel, and their children, working the canals on his narrowboat, the Esther Jane. But the backbreaking work and constant childbearing take their toll on Maryann, and the tragic loss of her old friend, Nancy, followed by a further pregnancy lead her to a desperate act which nearly costs her her life.

The walls of her security are broken down when Joel suffers an accident, and to keep the boats working, Maryann is forced to allow Sylvia and Dot, two wartime volunteers, into the privacy of their life. And when she discovers that someone keeps calling for her at Birmingham's Tyseley Wharf, the dark memories of her past begin to overwhelm her life. For that someone, who seems to be watching her every move, is becoming more dangerous than even she could imagine....

©2015 Isis Publishing (P)2015 Isis Publishing

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Such a gripping story. Told by a brilliant narrator. Had me enthralled all the way through. One of the best books I've listened to by far for a long time.

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Essentially about child abuse, which I found depressing, and the hard dirty way of life they live, A decent story, though not very pleasant for the most part.

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the best book i have listened to in an long while

i really enjoy it glad i brought looking forward to listen to more books by the annie murray

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I loved this book narrater was good all anni Murray books do not dissapoint ti was hard to put down .