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The Argument

A Gripping Psychological Thriller with an Incredible Twist
Narrated by: Alison Campbell
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
3.7 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It happens to every mother. One day, the daughter whose whole world you once were, becomes someone you barely know. And you don’t know the secrets she’s hiding....

One hot summer night, 15-year-old Olivia comes home late from a party she was strictly forbidden from going to, and she and her mother, Hannah, start arguing. Soon Olivia speaks the words that every parent has heard from their teenage child:

"I hate you. You’ve ruined my life. And I’m never speaking to you again."

Olivia has never been an easy child, a sharp contrast to her easy-going, happy-go-lucky little sister. But Hannah thinks Olivia’s outburst is the end of a normal family argument. In fact, it’s only the beginning of a nightmare....

After one day of silence, Hannah thinks Olivia is taking a teenage sulk too far. After two days, she starts to feel anxious that something more serious could be going on. After a week, when her daughter still hasn’t spoken, Hannah knows that Olivia is hiding a bigger darkness - something that could threaten to tear their precious family apart....

The Argument is a psychological thriller that asks how far we can push our families before they finally break. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, The Woman in the Window, and The Silent Patient.

©2019 Victoria Jenkins (P)2019 Bookouture

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Hard going

I really struggled with this book. The first half I just felt was too drawn out that I was frustrated with the storyline - it felt repetitive and vague and I just wanted the book to get on with it! From around half way through once more of the story did become clear I then just found the whole story obvious! Like I could have almost told you most of what would happen without actually finishing it. A real shame

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It wasn't terrible but...

I guessed all but one twist. The ending was anti climactic. Overall it was ok.

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  • 匿名
  • 10-01-2020

mmmmmkay

I wanted to like this book. I’m starting to notice a trend with the “mystery” genre. There’s either mild or dramatic character development and you think something crazy is gonna happen or a wild twist is coming but then it ends. Hey. Don’t do that. Don’t begin to tell me a story then basically end it with “well anyways, that’s what happened “

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  • Kelly
  • 16-01-2020

Nothing - It was Nothing

I can't give away any spoilers because there weren't really any to give away. It could have been a good story - the idea was there for a good story, but it just didn't try. It was odd and not in a good way. I felt sorry for the story because it really had the chance to be great, but it gave up on it'self.

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  • lisa
  • 27-12-2019

really different!

I didn't know what to expect with this book but it far exceeded my expectations! Not your typical physco thriller. Great character development and the ending tied up things nicely.

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  • Catina
  • 31-12-2019

Whoa, that ending!

Love Allison Campbell- great narrator!! The story drags on a bit at first. The ending was shocking and not predictive! Great book!!

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  • Pat
  • 31-01-2020

Don't waste your time

Poor story- been done many times before much better. The narrator did as well as she could with the material. A lot of build-up, then nothing.

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  • Kim
  • 29-01-2020

Story was good......but....

Story was good......but I saw every twist coming, a mile away. it was fine. but not as inventive as I'd hoped. solid narration though. easy listen!

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  • John
  • 24-03-2020

Wish I Had Never Bought This Book

I wish I had not heard the words in this book ,.. very disturbing,.. and unnecessary misery.

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  • kellie york
  • 27-02-2020

That's it?

I feel like Half of the book was missing...I kept waiting for something happen. Adequate at best

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  • Led
  • 25-05-2020

Slow to reach climax!

This book was chosen for my Book Club. That's the only reason I finished it. Out of 28 chapters, the author drags on a boring tale thru Chapter 22, of a typical mother versus teenager conflicting relationship. Each chapter alternates between these two as narrators. The story is slow, unsuspenseful, and presented through more of the narrator's minds with so much detail and repetition rather than actual events, I struggled to not quit reading. However, I wanted to fully participate in the Book Club discussion, so I committed to finishing. It wasn't until Chapter 22 or 23 that the pace of the story began to pick up. That is way too long for an author to reach a climax, especially if there was no suspense prior. If V. Jenkin's other books are written in this same pace, I won't be reading any more of them.

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  • Yetunde
  • 30-03-2020

Twisted Thriller!

If you enjoy domestic thrillers with an extra twisted twist, The Argument is for you! I could not tear myself away from this thriller. I might just reread for the fun of it.

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  • Emma Milburn
  • 06-01-2020

very very slow

Was so disappointed with this story. Yes the twist was massive but I think should have been brought out earlier in the story with more detail on the consequences.

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  • MissyG
  • 16-01-2020

Awful

I bought this as a recommended for you , in a hurry to listen to on a long drive . It was very dangerous for all the wrong reasons I really tried but by chapter 17 I wanted to throw myself out of the car and just wished for another character to come in and kill em all including the narrator whose voice droned on and on and on . Awful story badly put together I want my credit back 😩

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  • Patsy
  • 10-01-2020

slow paced

struggled with the pace of this book and found the ending a bit disappointing unfortunately

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  • jayne lewis
  • 27-12-2019

Good twist but slow to start

I loved the twist but I spend the first fours hours of listening waiting for something to happen. It took far too long to get going but the last few hours were very good.

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  • Jye
  • 25-12-2019

Boring!

I persevered until chapter 5 but decided I had better things to do than listen to this book! Dull story,very slow and narrator did not help! Returned .

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  • anonymous
  • 10-07-2020

Could not listen to book

Think it’s me but the voice was difficult to match with the story so could not listen to it

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  • becky king
  • 02-07-2020

shocked by the ending

I thought I had worked out the twist but the ending flawed me. My first ever audio book and I loved it xx

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  • Extraego
  • 09-06-2020

Just ok

This book has a pretty interesting twist. It’s dark and interesting. But I’m not sure I would read anything by this author again. It just didn’t flow right for me.

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  • Mrs. J. F. Scott
  • 15-05-2020

One of my favourite audio books so far.

I really enjoyed the story, the characters and the narrator. The book kept me gripped all the way through with the narrator making everything so vivid and easy to picture. Great twist and turns throughout keeping me enthralled.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-2020

Wow. What a lot of twists and turns.

I loved this book. it was a slow start as the story unfolds but so clever as the pace quickened. Such a clbrilliant story.