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Publisher's Summary

She doesn’t know I’m there, watching her in the mirror. She slides her hand under her blouse. And then I see something impossible. She isn’t pregnant....

She bursts into my life like a storm, and nothing is the same again. She seems so perfect, with her lilting laugh and her beautiful face. One by one, I watch as my friends fall under her spell.

Only I seem to suspect something. Only I see that her smiles don’t reach her cold, furious eyes. And when I’m accused of things I didn’t do, when my home is vandalized, I know she’s behind it. But she only lets her mask slip when no one is looking, so if I say anything, I’ll look crazy.

So when the baby shower comes around, I’m there, sitting on a velvet sofa in a posh hotel room, surrounded by balloons. We share gifts, we pour small glasses of champagne, and she beams, her bump just visible under her bright red shirt.

But that afternoon, I finally learn the unbelievable truth.

There is no baby....

A stunningly twisty story of toxic female friendships, guilt, and lies from S.E. Lynes, author of the number one best seller The Housewarming. If you like Lisa Jewell, Gillian Flynn, and Paula Hawkins, you’ll be glued to The Baby Shower.

©2022 S.E. Lynes (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Predictable but kept me listening

From about half way through I knew the ending but it kept me listening. Not a bad story

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Predicable outcome

The narrator was good but the story was unfortunately rather underwhelming. The ‘twist’ was so terribly boring and predictable you simply couldn’t call it a ‘twist’. I kept waiting for the ‘good bit’, but sadly, it nevertheless arrived.

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  • Sheila S
  • 04-04-2022

Psychological page-turner

The first 2/3 of this book were as engaging and suspenseful as any I've listened to on Audible. I loved the main character and could feel her pain from being rejected by her best friend. The "thrilling" conclusion was not quite as good as the build-up. Overall, however, this book was so much better in terms of plot and character development than most of the psychological thrillers in my Audible library.

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  • Feviegirl
  • 07-05-2022

Toxic friends and other enemies..

I liked this book, which basically deals with toxic friendships and long-term grudges. I did find parts frustrating - because I hope that, in the same situations as the main character, I would be more assertive and less likely to take the crap that was heaped on the protagonist by a new member of her friendship circle. I had most of it figured out somehow, and I was happy that nothing happened to the dog! The one thing that bothered me was (spoiler alert) the revelation of the pregnancy. I was really hoping the author wouldn't go there, because, as an infertile woman myself, I know it just wasn't realistic due to her medical issues. The narration was quite good. Worth the credit!

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  • Karenique
  • 08-04-2022

Lies breed lies breed lies …

As always S.E. Lynes pens another suspenseful thriller. I was audicted from the very first, finding it almost impossible to take a break. Adding to its success are the narrative skills of Tamsin Kennard, a fave of mine. I’ve got a full selection of books by these two brilliantly and talented women.(Might we have more?)“The Baby Shower” introduces its listeners to quirky, devious and conniving characters. Secrets, lies and puzzling surprises await. Lynes interweaves riveting subplots to make this a highly recommended listen. Worth a treasured credit, I can’t stress it enough: Add this engaging offering to your Audible library. And yes, here I go again, shouting from the rooftop, “Epic, I say! EPIC! EPIC! EPIC!”

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  • Blue sky
  • 09-03-2022

same old tired thriller

at least 2 hours too long. the story dragged and I figured it out right away. no real depth or interest

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  • M
  • 09-06-2022

Love all the twists and turns

Oh my goodness, this was one of the best books I listened too in a long time! Wow the narrator was awesome, loved all the different voices she was able to do, and the sound effects, like sniffing, crying, etc.,

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  • amelia
  • 09-06-2022

Very good!!!

I listen to ton of audible audiobooks, and I never write reviews only when the book really keeps me interested in wanting to know what happens next every moment. I was right owns the variance. Only thing I would say that’s not a wonderful addition would be that I figured out a big part of it pretty early on, but it still keep together very nicely and they were so many smaller stories that tied together very well so it wasn’tThat much of a letdown like it is so often when you have figured it out so soon.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-2022

Highly recommend!!!

I loved this story. It kept my attention the whole way, and had me tuned in for the ending!!! I hate the long winded reviews that analyze the story. Suffice it to say I highly recommend.

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  • Debbie
  • 14-05-2022

loved it!!

Another really good book. Don't hesitate to get this one if you like domestic dramas. I enjoyed it beginning to end!

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  • Daisey
  • 10-05-2022

Very Talented

Very talented writing and character development. But the ending was just okay. But really did enjoy this book. Both writer and narrator are very talented.

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  • lisa
  • 29-03-2022

great book!

I absolutely loved the characters in this book. They were so well written. The book is interesting and does not get boring. Definitely recommend!

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  • I'm all ears
  • 17-03-2022

Predictable

Was an OK listen, but the typical storyline when the good person knows something about someone and tries to tell everyone but no one believes them, and they end up being the villan, until it comes to light that the villan is the person the good one was warning everyone about

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  • Kerri H
  • 29-03-2022

Page turner

I really enjoyed this. Maybe predictable in terms of wider story but still a really good listen where I was rooting for Jane to stand up for herself!

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  • lynnect
  • 21-03-2022

The most predictable book I’ve ever listen to

I don’t understand why the whole plot was made so predictable. I nearly gave up, but was sure there had to be a twist, but I was wrong. No twist just obvious.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-03-2022

Binged it!

Loved it. I was shouting at Jane to stand up for herself then cheering her when she did! Very believable story. Most probably has happened in real life. Another cracking book by SE Lynes and I love Tamsin as the narrator. Excellent.

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  • Julie Shotton2
  • 15-03-2022

Predictable

Saw the ending as soon as the book began! Repetitive … only good thing was the narrator…..

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  • Kathy E.
  • 24-06-2022

Loved it

Loved it. Have been unlucky enough to meet a few Lexi and Sophie types and not just in Surrey (well, a bit like them anyway :-) !!!) Loved the narrator.

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  • Sarah & Jay
  • 21-06-2022

Brilliant

I was unsure after reading reviews but it was brilliantly written and kept me captivated and interested in seeing how it would unfold.

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  • kate
  • 30-05-2022

A nice read

I lovely easy to listen to book. Although I guess the twist halfway through I didn’t take away from the pleasure of listening. And actually there was a twist at the end I didn’t see coming!

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  • Miss BJH
  • 22-05-2022

binged

oh this was fun. predictable, yes, but I don't think the story was trying to be too clever. that for me was the whole delight, waiting for everything to shake out and the wonderfully evil Lexi to implode and get what for. I was releaved Jane had a backbone and never played the whiny victim. I liked her and the pragmatic way she dealt with her nightmare throughout.
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  • laura
  • 21-05-2022

It stopped working!

It stopped working just as I was gripped!! Very disappointed as I was enjoying it.

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