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You Let Me In

Narrated by: Laura Kirman
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
4 out of 5 stars (214 ratings)

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Summary

Nothing has felt right since Elle rented out her house....

I'm in your house.

There's a new coldness. A shift in the atmosphere. The prickling feeling that someone is watching her every move from the shadows.

I'm in your head.

Maybe it's all in Elle's mind? She's a writer – her imagination, after all, is her strength. And yet every threat seems personal. As if someone has discovered the secrets that keep her awake at night.

And now I know your secret.

As fear and paranoia close in, Elle's own home becomes a prison. Someone is unlocking her past – and she's given them the key....

Spine-tingling, chilling, and utterly compulsive, You Let Me In is the stunning new novel from Richard & Judy Book Club author Lucy Clarke.

©2018 Lucy Clarke (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Wonderfully atmospheric with a brilliantly creepy setting and deliciously shifty characters. I gulped it in." (Sabine Durrant)

"Clever, tense, twisty and unpredictable, You Let Me In is Lucy Clarke's best book yet! Brilliant." (C.L. Taylor)

"Utterly compulsive! Twisty, atmospheric, and beautifully written. I couldn’t put it down." (Claire Douglas)

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Well written but wishy washy with too many themes

I loved every minute of "The Blue", found "Last Seen" fell flat and could never get into "The Sea Sisters" ....... but this latest offering from Lucy Clarke seemed so very promising and a return to form as far as I was concerned.
The premise was exciting and fresh with AirB&B being so current.
I also liked the way it was set on a clifftop in Cornwall and described the lifestyle of a successful writer.
Insomnia brought an extra frisson of potential brooding atmosphere as did the ticking clock of an overdue manuscript
So far so good.
But then the suspense and tension just failed to ramp up - partly due to fairly grim narration which was so drawn out it needed to be played at a faster speed to be bearable. It was basically half speed of the regular narration which made chopping and changing a real chore. Main narration was fine apart from a few gaffs like the pronunciation of Nobel (Prize Winning) as Noble.
Looking back I should have guessed any book featuring a newly built house which was supported by metal struts jutting from the cliffs it perched on was unlikely ... implausible and unbelievable and that just about sums up the whole book which for me was devoid of thrills - unless you count the metal struts which could have given way at any time.
Too many themes of past misdeeds over many years being offered as the cause of the mysterious events which were not really very dramatic like thinking there was someone on a beach looking at your house on the cliffs or thinking there was someone coming to the door who had not come by car.
All the things that people could be coming back to avenge were all quite tepid like the mysterious events.
However my main beef is that the thing the protagonist was accused of being was just inaccurate - this was just so we could not rule out any of the past misdeeds and just sloppy and could have been handled much better by perhaps some broader insult being levelled at her instead of something which was not really the reason the person was angry with her.
Things then got as ridiculous and contrived as the metal spikes supporting the cliff house.
I left the book running as I popped in and out before I just switched off as had had enough and I was just amazed at all the snippets of forced coincidences, random non related events.
I was amazed at who the mysterious hater was but only really as it was so unbelievable.
Luke warm scares, tedious revelations, things which seemed threatening but weren't.
People who are scared but leave their phones out of reach and make sure they have no way to call for help only really have themselves to blame and it was then I just lost all interest in author Elle,
In fact she did seem so dull, that being menaced in a quiet "maybe it happened maybe it didn't " way was probably a blessing lifting the daily tedious grind.
What a shame it all started so well and this is a talented story teller and skilled writer but it all just fell flat - then tried to save itself with far fetched shenanigans which went as far as to defy the laws of nature let alone human nature
Much ado about nothing really and more of a damp squib than thriller.
At least it won't not keep you up at night ....

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Great story Great Narrator

This is what happens when you let your house on Air-B&B (or is it)

This is what happens when you live a lot of your life on Social Media (even if it is a sham)

This is what happens when you lie to your husband
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This is what happens when you live a lie for so many years.

Sisters Elle and Fiona live in Cornwall. Fiona has lived there foe a while and Elle a very successful 1st time author moves there and promptly demolishes an old farm house on the cliff (much to the disapproval of neighbours) and builds a mansion - something her husband is not too keen on.

Elle goes to France on a writers retreat -as she needs the money- as the new house is a bit of a money pit AND her husband has left so she is living off the advance for her second novel. BUT she has writer's block and a looming deadline.

She has rented out her house for the two weeks she is away through Air B&B, however, when she gets home things aren't quite right. It is from this point things start to go wrong for Elle. Someone has been in her house (and not just the Air B&B family). Things have disappeared, things have been broken. Mysterious writing on the windows, a flood in the house caused by an overflowing sink. Things aren't going Elle's way and no-one believes her, not even her sister.
Not only is she having trouble on the homefront and the work front, we find out she was probably molested by a teacher whilst at Uni- this also seems to be coming back to bite her.
Throughout the book we are given lots of characters who many be the source of her problems, but as soon as you think "It's him/her" it all changes and another protagonist is brought to the forefront.
I didn't see the ending coming until just before it happens- which is a good sign for me that this book is truly a thriller.
Excellent narrator in Laura Kirman, and will be keeping an eye (or ear) out for her.

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You let me in

This book needed editing. The reader pronounced gauche as gorch and timbre as timber. i think writing about a writer or say painter as the main character is always tricky. The story is rather tedious. There are no poplar trees in Cornwall. I am not sure if i will finish listening to it.

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not her finest but good twists at the end.

bit slow with a frustrating number of times you want to shake the narrator to see what is obviously happening but good ending.

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Outstanding!!

To be honest I had seen this book on audible and it had never appealed to me, not sure why, then I started to struggle to find any books I wanted to listen to so thought I would give this a go! I am so glad I did, it was brilliant from start to finish! loads of twists and turns and kept me guessing! I couldn't put it down finished it in about 2 days, listened to it everywhere I went and didn't want it to end! narration great, characters great and story great! Have since listened to another one of this authors, finished that and am now on a third

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Interesting but also dull

Lengthy periods with little to nothing actually happening. Ending was good but large parts of the middle thoroughly underwhelming

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Average story no real surprises

I thought this book was generally average. It started slow improved in the middle and had a predictable end. Unfortunately I guessed at the halfway point what the twist was and it rather spoilt the rest for me. It was also very hard to like any of the characters apart from Flynn, both the female leads were very un pleasant and I could not warm to them or empathise with their motivation. The narration was actually good.

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Worth a listen, but drags a little

Interesting premise and great narration but felt unnecessarily long in the middle. Last few hours were definitely the best, and the buildup of tension was fantastic! Overall would definitely recommend.

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Wow- amazing story!!

Best book I've listened to in a while!! I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a gripping psychological thriller! I could not stop listening to it as the story was so intense and well written.

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A thrilling, nerve jangling story...

A roller coaster of a story brilliantly narrated. The characters all well defined and credible. The narration kept up the tension obviously intended by the author, leading the listener further and further into the dark corners of Elle’s nightmare. Thoroughly recommend.

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