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Publisher's Summary

We all see what we want to see....

1990: Holly is a fresher student at Oxford University. Out of her depth and nervous about her surroundings, she falls into an uneasy friendship with a group of older students from the upper echelons of society and begins to develop feelings for one in particular. He’s confident, quiet, attractive and seems to like her, too. But as the year progresses, her friends’ behaviour grows steadily more disconcerting, and Holly begins to realise she might just be a disposable pawn in a very sinister game.

A devastating secret has simmered beneath the surface for over 25 years. Now it’s time to discover the truth. But what if you’re afraid of what you might find?

©2019 B P Walter (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Devilishly well-plotted, crisply written - and a hell of a lot of fun. What a smashing debut!" (A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window)

"Beguiling, surprising and sometimes shocking. Cleverly crafted with characters who stay with you. Highly-polished debut." (Jane Corry, author of The Dead Ex

"Walter's debut is an assured piece of world-building, with characters both flawed and real, and a crescendo that sweeps you up then crashes you down. Unpredictable, clever & subtly twisted. Loved it." (Helen Fields, author of Perfect Silence

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Boy what a story

Such awful people. Distresses me to think there are people with such little kindness. Even so It’s a great read.

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  • 16-06-2021

uncomfortable but worthwhile

I did not expect or want such explicit sex. however I take my hat off to a writer who was able to make it utterly non-erotic. A most important exposure of evil and the 'debate' about women's culpability.

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  • Effit
  • 03-04-2021

Superb.

Definite echos of Sarah vaughns Anatomy of a Scandal... The badly behaved Estonians running riot at uni, however the Julieann section of the book gives you a ringside seat, to a wife's realization her husband has never been the man she thought he was, she's part detective and part woman on verge of a breakdown, both played out without soap opera style over kill

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-2019

Totally gripping!

I was absolutely addicted to this story, every possible moment was spent listening to it. It grabbed me in the prologue. The dual narrative gives you two perspectives of the same story, set in two different timelines. I was totally championing for Holly to get the truth she deserved. Very well written and structured.

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  • art126
  • 07-08-2021

Vulgar!

This books does not have much more as vulgarity without any further interest to compensate

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  • 16-02-2019

Sexist, poorly plotted and mind numbingly slow...

After a vaguely intriguing start the novel slides into autopilot and never recovers. The sex scenes are toe curling, the characters thinly veiled stereotypes and the plot practically non existent. I was a third of the way through and the wildly ineffectual lead was still whingeing about her husband’s bloody misplaced computer files. What’s thrilling about that?!

As for the descriptions of the working class family, I can only assume the writer has never met anyone of that particular class but has watched an episode of ‘Benidorm’ for research purposes.

Perhaps most worryingly of all is that a novel like this can still get published in the post MeToo era. Every single sex scene read like the incoherent ramblings of a sweaty, white, middle aged man, middle class man.

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