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Rory is waiting at the door of the preschool - a painted picture of his mother, Susan, in his small hand. But Susan isn’t going to see the picture, because she has vanished.

Susan Wheeler is a devoted mother. She would do anything for her three children. She drops them off and picks them up every single day. Until one day when Susan kisses them goodbye and then never comes to pick them up.

Susan’s mother, Mary, is worried. Susan is recently divorced and has been finding things hard recently, but she loves her kids - she’d never leave them.

Susan’s sister, Clare, is furious. It’s just like her to go missing. It’s not the first time, either. Susan has always been a troublemaker. Always seeking attention. She knows Susan has been lying to the family for years. And she knows that Susan has been sneaking out of her family home for weeks....

As the hours turn into days, even Clare becomes fearful for Susan. And, when Mary discovers Susan’s diary, she begins to uncover a dark secret from her childhood. Something no one in the family knew. When the final diary entry leads the police to a man who is discovered dead in a local park, they’re left wondering whether Susan has vanished because she is a victim. Or because she is a suspect....

An explosively compelling crime thriller from best-selling author Carla Kovach - if you love Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza, or Clare Mackintosh, you’ll love Her Dark Heart.

©2019 Carla Kovach (P)2019 Bookouture

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Poor choice.

Well, this was a waste of my listening time and my money. I'm returning it forthwith. Messy, confusing writing and as for the narration, well least said about that except for the characterisations, which were simply awful. Especially DC Kapoor, If I was the murderer, she'd be first.
In short, I have not enjoyed what I've heard so far so sending it back.

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Another riveting story!

This was another good book from this author, and the ending felt more complete than, say, the first book; readers become invested in the characters and I for one appreciate the extra detail provided :)

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Bloody Brilliant!

I love this series so was excited to read this book. It didn't disappoint, it was fantastic, a really well written story full of tension, anger, darkness and twists that kept me guessing. I really liked the narrator too, her voice really lent itself to this really emotional and at times distressing story. Thoroughly enjoyed it and I can't wait for the next book in the series. This book totally deserves 5 stars it was excellent.

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  • erin
  • 16-12-2019

Changed narrator

After 4 books with the same narrator they changed it for this book and it pretty much ruined it for me. The voice is everything in an audio book.

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  • Amanda Gerber
  • 27-12-2019

good book

A woman with a dark past a husband who is border line abusive a grandmother who favors her missing daughter who husband is dead and she remarried a wonderful caring husband she thought very good book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-2019

Good suspense

This one has the basic story line she used in all 5 books. They were all great to listen and was glad she finally dealt with her own grief. It was getting redundant. I would recommend all the books in the correct order. I will listen again in the future.

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  • Stacy Williams
  • 12-01-2022

can't stop listening!

I am loving this series. one book after another. Gina has me hooked!
love the new narrator! when i saw it was going to be someone different from the first 5 books, i thought it might be to drastic a change but it was a seemless transition from the first narrator. and I'm loving the new one more!

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  • Milica
  • 25-11-2021

Love this series!

I really love this author. I have listened to all the books in the series I could find and thoroughly enjoyed them all. if you love thrillers, varying points of view, and solving crimes while continuing with the story of the main characters throughout, this is for you!

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  • Erica
  • 06-03-2021

New narrator

I love the book as I do all the Gina Harte books, but I do NOT like the new narrator.

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  • Melissa
  • 22-12-2020

Wow. Sucked into the story right away and hard to put down!!

I have loved this series so much. This next book in the series didn’t disappoint. The characters are relatable. And Alison Campbell is and amazing narrator, who brought them to life. I’m so glad there are other books left to the series and I can’t wait to see how they progress.

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  • Arlene Susan Seddon
  • 12-04-2020

Did not like change in narrator from the first 3 books

Why did you change narrators? Did not like change. Otherwise book was okay for me.

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  • Kirsten S.
  • 04-03-2020

Different narrator

I hate that they switched narrators. I love both narrators, but it’s not the same when you’ve heard one narrator for several books in the same series, and suddenly everyone sounds different and the intonation is different.

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  • Mcamp
  • 12-01-2020

repeated over and over and ove "and she shivered "

struggled to finish. . to much " and she shivered "...............

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  • Ellie S.
  • 21-03-2020

Disappointing

For me I found the constant harping back to Gina’s mother irritating. It wasn’t the best- but each to their own.

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  • Kerri H
  • 02-12-2021

Great dark tale

A sad and sorry case this one! Feel sorry for the victims and end a little frustrating. Gina getting it together a little now but it’s odd that she’s not mentioned her late mother much until now - where it’s hugely significant.
I am enjoying the series.

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  • Victoria Surgenor
  • 04-09-2021

Great series of books!

I love this series of books, but I felt this storyline was a little harder to follow as there were so many characters. Overall, still very good!

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  • Caroline Munday
  • 02-07-2021

Loved it, bring on the next

I have listened to all of the Gina stories and love them. I was nearly put off this book when one of the reviews said about her keep referring to her Mom but I'm so very glad I listened as I found it very relevant and emotional. Grief takes many forms and sometimes triggers can make you look back and think of things you could have done differently. I can't wait to see how her relationship develops too. Next book here I come! x

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-07-2021

Oh Dear.

I've loved all the other books in this series, but I was very disappointed with this one.
First of all I want to say, how let down I was by the narrator, she made Wire sound like a wailing banshee on helium, and the over the top Birmingham accent was grating. Please can we have the original narrator back.
Now, the story I found a little boring. I wasn't keen on all this harping back to her mother , and her husband's death.
Her and her non-affair with Briggs, is getting a little irritating to the point I don't care anymore.
Very disappointing. I've just looked, and the same narrator is being used on the next audio book, to put up with this narrator again, all I can say is the story line had better be a lot better than the previous one.

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  • MS BERNICE WELLS
  • 19-06-2021

You need a spare day to read each of these books

Once started cannot stop till it's finished, so cannot start one on a working day

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  • Grace Smyth
  • 15-12-2020

Absolutely loved it, totally gripping

Loved it, Detective Gina Harte at her best. beautifully written and narrated. Carla Kovich is amazing

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  • S
  • 25-10-2020

another excellent read from Carla

loved the story clever complicated (but not comfusing) plot .
I am so so glad that DI Hart has stopped the intense self flaggilation .it was driving me nuts and spoiling the story to the point I wasn't going to read any more .
personally that bloody Sadistic bastard Terry needed pushing down the stairs ..sooner than he was .All praise to Gina !
look forward to next story ...minus Terry and Gina's guilt .

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  • VioletStorm
  • 06-10-2020

Nothing gripping about this story

After the first couple of chapters I found the story uninteresting and long drawn out, eventually skipping much of it to its anticlimactic ending.

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  • Alison K
  • 04-09-2020

Too Many maudlin recriminations!

I have enjoyed Carla’s previous books, but found this one very annoying, am over halfway through and not sure if I want to prolong the agony! Gina is constantly, as she has in previous books, referring back to memories of her dead husband and mother even drawing parallels between the mother of the missing woman and her own mother, so much so that she is constantly distracted from the case. I found all these reflections extremely irritating and just seemed to be unnecessarily padding out the story. I have now been fast forwarding through chapters to get through the boring bits. Don’t like the narration either.

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