A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she?
In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.
Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating....
©2014 Clare Mackintosh (P)2015 Isis Audiobooks
"A hugely assured and gripping debut and a twist that made me green with envy." (Mark Billingham)
"Absolutely brilliant - I ripped through it." (Jenny Colgan)
"A superb debut, Clare Mackintosh writes eloquently about grief, guilt and fear and delivers some shocking twists." (Cath Staincliffe)
"A terrific, compelling read with an astonishing twist that floored me. I loved it and did not want it to end." (Peter James)
I really enjoyed this book, from the 1st chapter you already know what this book is about, but the story unfolds like a flower with layers upon layers, the characters are interesting and the narration was very good and I got to the stage where I couldn't put this book down and a few days later I was still digesting the story line. I am looking forward to read more of Clare's books
A couple of unexpected twists keeps you interested. A bit dark at times (grim, another reviewer said, and it is the perfect word) but these are dark subjects. Won't win any literary prizes but the story and characters are solid and the performances, especially by David, are really good. I guess it is just not my usual genre and I was a little non-plussed at the end, not quite sure how to feel about it. Some books stay with you forever, some you can't stop reading but leave you almost immediately. I suspect this is one of the latter. But that's ok - we're not always after forever, right?
A well written story about domestic violence. Gives sensitive insights & the story comes together in a satisfying ending. Some surprises but also becomes predictable at times.
A thrilling listen, very hard to stay away from. Clare Mackintosh has created a real masterpiece with twists and turns and real depth of subject matter. Both narrators are also excellent. Treat yourself to a book that will carry you away and allow you to experience the whole gamut of emotions...
"What a bastard!"
The story kept making me uncomfortable while I was lstening. Not because of the story.
"Felt I'd read it before"
Exciting but predictable,
I thought they both did a tremendous job of reading, but their inconsistent Welsh accents and pronunciation were a bit hit and miss, sorry.
The reunion with her sister
One of the best.
Yes, I found it difficult to put it down.
I am very much looking forward to more from this author. This book was highly compelling. Intelligently written, with great characters and rich context that gave me a real sense of being there with Jenna. Despite being brutal in its content, it was penned with a light touch. Highly recommended.
"Slow start but good twists"
I was struggling with the first part of this book, it seemed quite slow and a bit pointless, then I found out why and I settled in and enjoyed it. So my advice is stick with the scene setting and hold on for the surprises!
WOW! One of the best psychological thrillers I have listened to in ages. I can't actually believe this is a debut novel. The twists and surprises were jaw dropping. My emotions were all over the place with this one. I am not even going to go into any description of what the story is about for fear of spoiling it. Very cleverly written, the characters were all really excellent.
David Thorpe and Julie Barrie were both fantastic. Julie Barrie had me close to tears several times, while David Thorpe's sinister, evil voice felt truly threatening.
Loved it! I would give it more than 5 stars if I could.
"Stilted reader but enjoyable story"
Unfortunately I found the male narrator rather stilted in his reading style, which spoiled this side of the story for me. His flat and final "he said"s reminded me of a child reading from a script at a school performance. Overall, despite the dark subject matter, this book felt more like "chick lit" with its predictable ending, but was nonetheless an enjoyable listen.
Very good, couldn't stop listening to it, got all of my housework done from top to bottom while listening to it !
"A gripping debut"
I have recommended this book to everyone I know. It is an amazing debut that I listened to at every available moment. My previous book of this year was 'Girl on the Train' but this was even better. I loved the Bristol/Wales settings and really felt that I was there in the middle of the story. The characterisation was excellent and believable and the twists were completely unexpected.
One of the twists which I really did not see coming.
Both readers were excellent. I love listening to audiobooks with multiple narrators.
There were many shocking moments but they were done with empathy and not to shock gratuitously. I felt completely caught up in Jenna's story.
Good story line, quite thought provoking on domestic violence issues, that aren't often covered.
Feel good book as I love a happy ending
I wasn't over keen on the male narrators voice, felt a bit of a dreary at points
"Kept me gripped the whole way through!"
Just my cup of tea! Such a gripping story with unpredictable twists and turns!! Right to the very end!
Come on Clare Mackintosh we need your next book asap!!
"Dark and beautiful"
In the beginning I thought the parts about Jenna were boring until more and more was revealed about her. Ray's story was enjoyable all the way through. I started getting truly addicted to the book as a whole from part 2 when it got a Gone girl feel. The book gives a good insight into someone with how someone with a personality disorder thinks. It's not a reality escape book, but a good read if you can handle at times dark realism.
"Slow burn but worth sticking it out"
I found the first half a bit dull, however around halfway through the story really started to hold my attention.
I do think that we should have found out about the coppers son at the end!!
I found the male speaker a bit over the top with the dramatic pauses and pronunciation. However I learnt to ignore this.
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