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When She Returned

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Summary

One woman’s reappearance throws her family into turmoil, exposing dark secrets and the hidden, often devastating truth of family relationships.

Kate Bennett vanished from a parking lot eleven years ago, leaving behind her husband and young daughter. When she shows up at a Montana gas station, clutching an infant and screaming for help, investigators believe she may have been abducted by a cult.

Kate’s return flips her family’s world upside down - her husband is remarried, and her daughter barely remembers her. Kate herself doesn’t look or act like she did before.

While the family tries to help Kate reintegrate into society, they discover truths they’ve been hiding from each other about their own relationships. But they aren’t the only ones with secrets. As the family unravels what happened to Kate, a series of shocking revelations shows that Kate’s return is more sinister than any of them could have imagined.

©2019 Heather Berry (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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very good

really liked this book well written found it hard to put down. The characters were very good I would highly recommend this book

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Slow but gripping

It felt like the story could have been half of what it was, but it kept me hooked all the way to the end. Narration was good except, when they narrated as the dad.

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A Good Listen

I enjoyed this story and it was read well. The subject gave for interesting thinking. I immediately purchased another book by the writer and will keep a close eye for her books now.

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Boring and Predictable

The narration was so poor! The voices were crap and the volume changed by chapter, startling moe many times!
As regards to the plot, there was non. I give this a 0

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struggled

struggled to finish the book, mind kept wandering, story didnt hold me. didnt really like voice of reader.

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Predictable

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-11-19

Beware.... terrible ending.

If you are tired of listening to a good book only to be backhanded at the end... than bypass this book all together. I don’t know what happened with this author and the ending. I really liked this book and listened to it nonstop as I always do at work and then this floppy ending. Blah. Wish I hadn’t wasted my time.

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  • MA Reviewer
  • 21-10-19

A 5-Star Surprise!

Be prepared to be instantly hooked and very, very disturbed. TRUE CONFESSION: Once I started the book, I could not stop listening.

Let the record show that I have zero interest in cults and, quite frankly, this almost stopped me from requesting this title. The book's character development, plot, and narration were all over-the-top.....and after I finished the book, all I could say was WOW!

WARNING: Some of the content in the book was very disturbing but all of these details were necessary to make the book's compelling storyline work.

One of my favorite things about this book was how the story unfolded from three different voices: from the perspectives of the daughter, the first wife, and the second wife.

I have listened to soooo many duds lately and even though this book was disturbing, it was also a breath of fresh air.

I highly recommend this title.

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  • Tawny Hurst
  • 28-10-19

Interesting & Compelling, but Fell Short

Kate’s Voice: I just can’t with that narrator. Cult plot: I can see how of much of this may be true to life, and how people are programmed and brainwashed. But there were so many loose ends. Why did they target her to begin with? That is never really answered. Why would she have believed they would contact her family once she was down in that cellar? Why would she have taken his word for it before she was truly “programmed”? Why would Scott not be concerned about who Kate was calling, and why would he have even considered letting Abby go with her? It’s just too over-the-top. I think there was a lot of potential here, but it was just very depressing and pretty unbelievable.

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  • J. May
  • 15-12-19

Big disappointment!

If this had been a lot shorter it would have been better but it got very boring and is certainly not a thriller. Also, I could not stand listening to Kate. I will never listen to a book narrated by her again.

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  • Rachel 9
  • 17-10-19

Good but annoying

Cults make me uneasy so it’s not my favorite subject and I found the weak will of a few of the characters super annoying. As for the story it was very entertaining. I understand they had to be weak for the story to work, it’s just a pet peeve of mine.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-10-19

oh come on Lucinda!!

Lycindas books are pretty good, Ive listened to a few. This one was getting pretty interesting and I was wondering what was going to happen neext.
And heres what did happen next:
The End

Say whhaattttt?!?

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  • JT
  • 19-10-19

This is an incredible story

I loved this book. The story line is different than what I generally read. I experienced this novel through the Kindle Unlimited Read and Listen option. I generally switch back and forth frequently but with this novel the audio narration was so good that the majority of it I listened to.The fact that there are multiple narrators is wonderful and engrossing. The characters are well developed and the story is suspenseful, intense, and full of emotional out pouring. There are twists and turn galore. I like the way it is written in different characters POV and in different timelines. It all flows so well. I will read more by Lucinda Berry.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-01-20

Voices don't sound real.

The story itself was well crafted. The voices at times were often way over played.

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  • shelley
  • 17-10-19

Five Star Psychological Thriller...

This is the second Lucinda Berry book on Audible. Her first is The Perfect Child which I thoroughly enjoyed. This too is a really good psychological thriller. Very different but just as good. Berry’s writing kept me interested and thinking about the story long after I finished the book.
The story is told from three points of view by the three main characters. A mother, daughter and stepmother each have a piece to contribute and do so through three excellent narrators.
But things are not as they first appear and it doesn’t take long before what you are lead to believe unravels.
I don’t want to add to the publisher’s summary and spoil anything. Instead I will comment on the writing style. This book is a roller coaster of emotions. I felt like I could empathize with the family of the missing woman. The longer she stays with the family you learn how she deceived them and that they had been missing and mourning someone that never was.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is FREE to borrow with the kindle edition.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • TheCraftySnob
  • 23-02-20

I want my credit back...

Typically, I don't write reviews UNLESS the book is FANTASTIC or DREADFUL. This one was a mixture of the two. It was interesting for about 11 chapters, then it became a "... keep reading to see how it ends" kinda book. Not sure what happened to the writer towards the end of the book, but she must've had a family emergency or won a sweepstakes because the ending was: T.E.R.R.I.B.L.E. and painfully abrupt. I'm so disappointed that I wasted an entire weekend reading this attempt at "suspense". I could've had a V8, watched Netflix all day and eaten a tub of icecream with more zeal than her sad/uninspiring ending. Who were her editors? No one told her the ending was REALLY bad??? I took English 101 in college and even I could write a better ending with more dramatic closure for the characters AND the readers! Save your credit...the ending will just tick you off. You have been warned...

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