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What do you do when your perfect life spins out of control? 

A gripping psychological thriller that combines the emotional warmth of Man and Boy with the excitement of The Murder Bag.

Tara Carver seems to have the perfect life. A loving mother and wife and a business woman who runs her own company, she's the sort of person you'd want to live next door to, who might even become your best friend.

But what sort of person is she really? 

Because in one night of madness, on a work trip far from home, she puts all this at risk. And suddenly her dream life becomes a living nightmare when the married man she spent one night with tells her he wants a serious relationship with her. And that he won't leave her or her precious family alone until she agrees.

There seems to be only one way out. And it involves murder....

©2021 Tony Parsons (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"Emotionally powerful, beautifully written and observed, this is one to savour." (Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home and All the Rage)

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Brilliant Thriller

Such a departure for Tony Parsons but what a wonderfully crafted intricate story.
Listened in one day .... including through the night. Reminded me a little of Appletree Yard.
Loved the narration also. Great book. 5/5

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Zzzzzzz

Had to give up on this audiobook eventually. Much as the story intrigued me, the female narrator started off in a very slow, depressing drawl and gradually became slower until it felt like she was one step away from ending it all. (The male narrator wasn’t far behind . ) wish I’d just read it as a kindle but ruined for me now.

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Disappointing

I found this very one-dimensional. It really is just a book about having an affair. I feel like Tony Parson is a good writer but I just didn't enjoy what he chose to write about. It's a depressing fable that you might give someone to read if you were teaching them morals about having an affair.
There were a lot of nonsensical story developments and I even think the title is trying to be clever but a mistake. However, the narration is excellent. I wouldn't have made it to the end without that, even though my mind kept wandering during the denouement. I probably will try another Tony Parson book in the future but sadly this one wasn't for me.

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Parsons shows his versatility

Anyone thinking of an extramarital one night stand (PS: I’m not!!!) would think after reading Your Neighbour’s Wife. If you’re looking for laughs this isn’t the book for you but it’s certainty a gripping listen and one that I would recommend. Having two narrators worked

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Not really

Having enjoyed Tony Parsons' Max Wolfe books, I had hoped this one would be equally as good. I was so disappointed. I managed to listen to the whole 10 hours and 22 mins of it, because I wanted to know who did the deed, but no, not really, I needn't have.

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Too many little storylines distracting from the main one. I found it rather dreary for one of his books that I normally enjoy. Definitely not his best work.

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Loved it

Loved it want more! Just really enjoyed the story now looking at more books by this author

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I enjoyed this but struggled at times.

Good narration but I struggled at times with the plot. Tony Parsons is a favourite.

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Not as I expected

Was a bit of a slow starter for me, but then boom! I was hooked, love the author and this is another one of his books I love. Not very predictable either which I love!

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Despite good bits, flawed from the start

There's some good stuff in this story: the irreplaceable preciousness of love; the dangers and destruction involved in straying within a marriage; the psychological loss of purpose in the job market as industries etc change or die (here work in the music press); the terrible rippling costs of selfishness ... It's also well constructed with Tara and her husband Christian relating the story alternately - and it's crisply written. BUT at the end I feel I've been on this carefully designed roller coaster of psychological teasing which is ultimately a cheat. The premise on which the whole is built from the start is flawed and the highly complex plot during which five or even more suspects for the murder are thrown up becomes more and more ridiculous. There must be a solid base in reality for a psychological thriller to work.
Tara (loving mother of her adored little boy, deeply in love with her husband) has a one-night stand in Tokyo on a business promotion trip in Tokyo (she runs her own dating agency). On their return to UK, the man re-appears to stalk and threaten Tara in increasingly frightening ways. So far so credible. Tara's life spins out of control (as it would) as she determines to silence the man once and for all her way: not by reporting him to the police (in which case Tony Parsons would have no novel), but in a way which can end only in murder.
Without spoiling it for listeners, the two main problems for me were the ridiculous scenarios and the unlikeable characters, It would make a good television drama series - the sort that keep you tense all the way through but finally cheated.

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Parsons at his finest

A bitter sweet journey of one relationship, told in prose that brings tears to your eyes, and ends giving you just the faintest hope that it might all work out…not just for the characters in the book, but maybe for all of us.