Publisher's Summary

In this novel from a New York Times bestselling author, the search for truth is defined by secrets and lies.
Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets.
Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who came to the house one night and never left.
As Elle’s past unfolds, so does the truth - if she can believe it. She must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they are, Elle must listen...before her grandfather’s death buries the family’s secrets forever.
©2018 Steena Holmes (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Shakya on 03-11-2018

Would not listen again

I judge a book by whether I would read it again, recommend it to others and did I gain anything from reading/listening to this story. I would not listen gain, I would not recommend it and all I gained was frustration.
I am so over weak women characters, especially ones that claim to be strong and independent.
The time it took characters to work out what had happened and their reactions to situations was unrealistic and sometimes just stupid. There are wholes in the plot and things that don't add up. Unfortunately I was travelling while listening so had no opportunity to get another book or I would not have persevered.
I will be returning this book, but they do not let you leave a review once you have returned it, which is wrong as you don't get an honest overview of reviews. What I would like to see is how many people returned a book before I buy it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Wendi on 04-05-2018

Amazing Story of Past Family Secrets

An old man lays dying in a hospital bed, and his only solace is his attentive and kind nurse. He is certain he will burn in hell when he dies, so as the cancer eats his body he savours the pain because he knows he's still alive.

Miraculously, his estranged granddaughter works at the hospital in which he is dying and he asks for a final last wish- which is to talk to her and tell her the story of her mother and grandmother. There is a strong and horrific history of depression in the family, but this particular old man, William, was in love with his wife no matter her state of mind.

As events unfold and the truth comes to light, a family heals and makes amends.

The story telling by the dying old man is done so very well. It personifies his characters and evokes empathy from the listener. I relished this book and although the subject matter wasn't always pleasant, and to be honest it was downright shocking at times, everything done in the past was done out of love and protection for family.

Excellent story telling by Steena Holmes!

5 solid stars


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5 out of 5 stars
By Cathy L. Hart on 17-05-2018

Awesome narrator

This was the best male narration i have ever listened too, The voice of Elle was also good but wow the voice of David was the best!!

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