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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. 

The new unstoppable thriller from the multi-million-copy best-selling author of The Couple Next Door.

In this family, everyone is keeping secrets - even the dead.

In the quiet, wealthy enclave of Brecken Hill, an older couple is brutally murdered hours after a tense Easter dinner with their three adult children. Who, of course, are devastated.

Or are they? They each stand to inherit millions. They were never a happy family, thanks to their vindictive father and neglectful mother, but perhaps one of them is more disturbed than anyone knew. Did someone snap after that dreadful evening? Or did another person appear later that night with the worst of intentions? That must be what happened. After all, if one of the family were capable of something as gruesome as this, you'd know.

Wouldn't you?

©2021 Shari Lapena (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"Shari Lapena just gets better and better." (Cara Hunter)

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She does it again!

I absolutely love Shari Lapena's book and had been waiting so long for this book to be released! This kept me riveted from beginning to end. Please write a lot more, cannot wait for the next book!

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  • stephen paul mallia
  • 09-08-2021

I wish I listened to the simple first.

did not like the narrator I wish i listened to the simple first.. .

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  • 30-07-2021

Amazing as always

I'm a big fan of Shari Lapena's work. Every book is a page turner.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-2021

very mechanical reader

Great story, too bad some of the enjoyment was taken away by an extremely mechanical reader. At times it sounded like siri was reading the book, a pity.

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  • Karen Anderson
  • 13-09-2021

Okay but thank goodness it was free

I'm glad I didn't purchase this book. It was okay for a free read but I quickly became irritated by the style of writing, he said, she said. The writer seemed to add things willy nilly almost like she had written something and thought, "oh no. I should have said xyz to back up what I've just said." it didn't really flow and as for the character's guilty secrets, it didn't wash.

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  • Laura Doyle
  • 28-08-2021

Couldn't stop listening!

Brilliant story line! It had me hooked right from the start. Highly recommend, great read!

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  • SandraL
  • 27-08-2021

A very unhappy family indeed!

This was my first listen/read by this author and won't be my last. The Mercers are certainly not a happy family, but they are rich, and when the parents are brutally killed their grown up children, amongst other, are all suspects.

This is definitely one of those books that you can't stop listening to. I loved the short, snappy chapters that left you wanting more. The author drops tasty little morsels throughout the book to get you thinking and wondering. Most of the characters are extremely unlikeable, but well drawn and I suspected all of them at some point! This was a quick listen that kept me engaged and I'll be listening to more by this author.

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  • 12-08-2021

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loved this great tension multiple twists no clue as to who the guilty party is

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  • mama
  • 08-08-2021

Really enjoyed this

Good story...excellent narration....totally enjoyed this book and this authors writing.


look forward to her next book

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