The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
Jack has looks and wealth; Grace has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because Jack and Grace are never apart.
Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.
Sometimes the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.
©2016 Bernadette MacDougall (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
"This book just has to be huge.... I flew through it in two breathless sittings. Quite simply: astounding." (S. J. I. Holliday, author of Black Wood)
The idea of the story line appealed to me but oh dear the main character, Grace, is such a hopeless twit. There are no shocks, no suspense but plenty of frustration and boredom. I cannot recommend this book unless you like slow, frustrating stories. Millie was the only character I warmed to and to her I would say, "I don't like George Clooney either."
I Love listening to audiobooks when doing the monotonous housework...
I struggled to stay with this. kept on going but it was boring. like another reviewer grace mentioned, grace really is gutless. disappointed. the narrator was good, but couldn't save the book for me. could not finish it. waste of money
I found the story a very dark and unnerving plot, the narrator does an excellent job and I was hooked straight away. I finished it in a few days but I couldn't help thinking as the story went on "I wish I didn't start this"
Excellent for those who love a thriller a bit dark for me thou.
"Well worth the read/listen"
Brilliant, gripping!!!! Very well read.
Worth the read/listen not a book I would usually read but this one had me hooked all the way through
"Frighteningly , sad"
Frighteningly, sad story that kept me riveted until the end . I can't say I enjoyed it , but I would recommend it as a book worth listening to
I would definitely recommend this book ! It was gripping from the start and I couldn't put it down ! I finally finished it at 2 in the morning and then wished I'd taken it slower ! I cant wait for her next book
It brought to mind Apple tree yard , where being brought down so low brought out the determination for revenge
The feeling of complete and utter helplessness and being totally at someone else's mercy
Millie made me laugh at times , what a clever girl ! At times it made me fearful for Grace I wanted to shout' don't he'll punish you !
It would make a great movie
"gripping from start to finish "
this story is so moving you won't put it down, just shows what really can happen in the walls of a seemingly loving home!!
This was such a well crafted story I felt I was there with the narrator. I want to listen to it again immediately;
"hooked from the start"
narrator was brilliant, perfect for the story. ending was perfect. hooked from the very start
"Drags on....and on....and on!"
An unlikely scenario is proposed in the early stages of the book which is never adequately explained. Instead the reader is treated to the same plot devices over and over like a stuck record. There is a tiny twist at the end but it is such a tiny twist that many readers, their eyes heavy with sleep, their brains exhausted by repetition, may miss it altogether.
I suspect that the writer enjoys Victorian novels as the language used seems to belong to a melodrama of that era. But the author needs to study what actually happens in 21st century Britain. People are no longer dumped in "asylums" because their family doesn't want them!
It was fine - she did what she could with the material.
"Dire, Unconvincing Melodrama"
People who inhabit an alternative reality where email and mobile telephones don't exist.
Possibly. The writing was not terrible, but the plot was wholly implausible.
Better material would have helped. The narrator is playing an implausibly helpless woman - and that can't be easy.
"moving and scary"
this is a great book. i really enjoyed the story even though sometimes i felt I was going to cry as things go from bad to worse. will recommend this to others. the performance of the reader is great and really puts across the feeling of the protagonist. loved it
"Just didnt empathise with main character"
Best - I'm struggling to be truthful. Least - I just didnt empathise with the main character, she was just too 'wonderful' and 'goody goody' and fabulously clever / thoughtful/ well-off..... and... boring. Thankfully it felt like the author got bored of writing at some point and speedily wrapped it up.
Based on this it is unlikley
Not for me
Sorry, it wasn't the worst, but I did find my self continually checking on how long was left and being a bit exasperated that there was still a chunk of time to go
The strengths and weakness of people.
The development of strength that comes from despartation.
The feelings put into the words.
It was hard to put down, I just wanted to know how this situation could develop let alone end. Well work the credit.
Started off promising but turned out to be very disappointing. Whole story lacked substance making it very unbelievable & a bit silly.
Grace came across as weak & stupid rather than someone who was abused & controlled. All of the characters lacked depth.
It was poorly written & I don't think the narrator helped. I listened until the end as wanted to know what would happen so I guess that is one positive however the ending was disappointing too. In fact the whole thing was just silly rather than a thriller!
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