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
Captivated, I listened endlessly on long drives, as the story twisted through the chillingly spoken & unfamiliar mindset of one character, to the heart warming delightful kindness of others. The Welsh cliffs, beach footpaths and cottage, brought to life so vividly with the welsh voices, made me wonder if the Cottage was not one I was familiar with from my student days in Swansea! As disturbing as it was charming, I loved the narrators, transfixed by the characters, held on the edge of my seat by the twisting plot, and at times emotional wrought by the story. Buying author's next book with my next credit!
This was a most enjoyable story. The narrators were both excellent and the story has very interesting and unexpected twists and turns that keep you listening for more. An "unputdownable" book to listen to. Highly recommended for those who like great character development from a psychological perspective. Clare Mackintosh captures the nuances of human nature so well, warts and all. Loved it.
It will be hard to write a review without giving any of the story away so don't expect too much from me on this one! I found it hard to listen to for multiple reasons; I didn't warm to any of the characters, the pace was slow, I felt a bit cheated about the big twist in the middle and the ending was just not credible. After reading other reviews, I am outnumbered as most people seem to have enjoyed it far more than me. I hope you are one of them too!
After reading and loving Clare Mackintosh's 2nd novel, I See You, I knew I had to give this one a go - and it didn't disappoint! Whilst I found the first half a bit slow going at times, the second half of the story more than made up for it, and it really packed a punch! With lots of red herrings and a huge twist I did not see coming, it had me emotionally tied in knots and unable to tear myself away until I had found out what really happened that fateful day. Very much recommended, I can't wait for the author's next book.
"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.
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.
"Didn't capture me"
I didn't enjoy this book. I found parts tedious, particularly the first half of the book.
I didn't like the characters. I wasn't interested in the police characters or storyline.
The main story didn't grip me and found it a struggle to complete the book.
I did not like the male narrator. His voice was harsh and a bit forced. His character voices grated and over acted.
Obviously many loved this book. It just wasn't for me.
"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!!
"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!
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
"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.
"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.
"Stunning certainly one of the best books of its Type I have ever read"
Don't miss this to say more would spoil the book. Sensitive treatment
Of a harrowing fact of life
Very good, couldn't stop listening to it, got all of my housework done from top to bottom while listening to it !
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