Ten years ago she disappeared without a trace...now she's back.
On 31st December 1999, ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart. On the 10th anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone, still struggling with the enormity of her grief and the horror of not knowing the fate of her only child. But the fear and confusion have only just begun, and Beth's world is turned upside down when a stranger knocks on her door, claiming to know what happened to Amy.
Beth is introduced to a little girl who is the uncanny double of her missing daughter, who knows things that only Amy would remember: The name of her favourite toy, the place where she scratched her initials, what Beth likes for breakfast. But this can't be Amy, she hasn't aged a day...
Now Beth is forced to question everything she has ever believed in, and push her faith and her sanity to the limits, if she is to find out the truth about what happened to Amy.
©2013 R.S. Pateman (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group
It just felt like it didn't end. I feel like the story changed half way through and just got worse and worse the farther I got past the half way point
great performance; clare corbett is a brilliant narrator; story a bit disappointing and expected a but more from the ending as the plot was well developed but seemed to end prematurely!
book was too long. I had zero empathy for the morher or father. weird story. plenty of better authors out there to enjoy without wasting 12 hours listening to this fairytale.
Easy to follow storyline, great characters and good narator. I usually hate those ending where you have so many questions but this one makes you question everything in a good way! definitely worth a listen.
loved it! most memorable moment was the ending. I felt so in touch with narrator.
This book was so enjoyable. I love the story, but Clare Corbett made it even better with her amazing narration. She makes it so interesting & clear. Never boring like other narrators can be. I will be choosing other books narrated by Clare because of this. Loved it!
"An outstanding debut"
What an amazing, unexpected listen. This is an original, gripping and compelling book that kept me guessing throughout. If like me you are a fan of Lottie Moggach or SJ Watson I would highly recommend this outstanding debut novel which is beautifully narrated by Clare Corbett.
"Interesting but unsatisfying"
People who never learnt that a book needs a beginning, a middle and an end.
I would not be willing to read another book by this author, the premise of the story was interesting but the book overall was a massive disappointment. There was no conclusion, there was quite a lot of repetition and I was left with a feeling of "what, is that it?"
I have not listened to any other of Corbett's performances but I would, she was an excellent narrator.
Frustration and disappointment. Of course there were moments of sadness because of the subject matter of the book and it did make you think but I expected more.
I genuinely can't understand why people have given this listen such rave reviews.
"A very belivable story"
I did not think I would like this book due to its re-incarnation content - but was pleasantly surprised and intrigued - It had me gripped so much that I did not want it to finish.
"Astonishly brilliant story telling"
I just couldn't put this book down 'so to speak😀). Utterly brilliant story telling and read wonderfully as always by Clare Corbett. I would recommend this to anyone and am actually envious of those just about to listen to it as you have hours of story to enjoy ahead of you. I just wish there were more by this author. Can't wait for the next........
The story, the few characters that populate it and the narator was excellent.
I wasnt sure what I was expecting with this book but it immediately caught my imagination. It was a bit different from the run of he mill fantasy stuff which I am not always a big fan of. Its the story of a mother trying to cope ith the dissapearance of her daughter 10 years before. Its a mystery story of the very best kind. I actually gasped in shock a few times.
I believed in the characters. Each one had a distinctive voice and it was almost like listening to a radio drama. She was excellent
Yes. The book hints at the possibilities and reasons for various events happening and I certainly didnt see the ending coming. But I also wanted to savour how good it was and felt quite gutted at the end because of the ending and also because it was finally over
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to listen to a good story and something a little bit different. Its certainly the best book I have listened to for a very long time and only the second, from the hundreds I have listened to, that I have ever commented on.
"This kept me guessing"
Really good listen with amazing narration. Frankly i can't imagine anyone else do such a great job at a variety of voices - male/female/young/old. Good supernatural thriller with endless twists. Would buy other books by this author and this narrator.
"Something a bit different, thought provoking..."
This is a very interesting story - along with the main character, you don't know from one moment to the next what is true - is this supernatural or a con? I did really like that the book never gives too much away too soon, so you are keen to keep listening to find out what exactly is going on... is Esme a reincarnated Amy? Is it all a hoax? And an ending that leaves you mulling the book over for days after. Narration is generally good, while the male voices are a little irritating, this is more than excused by Esme's brilliant Mancunian accent. A good book.
"Disturbingly convincing! Beautifully narrated."
First of all - the narrator was superb. She did all the accents excellently and she did fear frighteningly. I kept thinking I knew everything on at least 5 different occasions. I was usually wrong. I am not sure why I couldn't give the story more stars. It is possible that I found it so disturbing that I am not sure I could say I "enjoyed" it. Very well written though and I will be looking for more from both the narrator and the author.
I enjoyed the idea that the book was based on, I found that it did go one a bit in the middle and I became a bored.
I really like Clare Corbett so enjoyed hearing her read,
errrrr yes i would
Good idea poorly executed. Started well but became circuitous and never answered its own central question - not in a deliberate way, in a way that suggests the author wrote themselves into a corner. By the end, I couldn't stand the main character, who had become too bitter even for someone with her backstory, and skipped through chunks of it. A shame because the actual writing and idea were good, the story just needed more planning!
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