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Publisher's Summary

Ever have the feeling you're being watched? A smart, unsettling, unputdownable literary thriller from the award-winning, critically acclaimed writer.

Lina and Cain are doing their best to stay afloat. Money has been tight since Cain returned from active duty, and starting a family is proving harder than they thought. 

Putting Lina's inherited lake house up for rent at weekends seems like the solution to at least one of their problems. The secluded house is more of a burden than a retreat, anyway, and fixing up the old place makes Cain feel useful for once.

But letting strangers stay in their house might not be the best idea. Someone is watching - their most mundane tasks, their most intimate moments - and all the things Lina and Cain want to keep hidden will be exposed.

A darkly riveting psychological thriller from the best-selling author of Call Me Evie, In the Clearing and Tell Me Lies.

©2021 J.P. Pomare (P)2021 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Chilling.... Should keep readers up at night. Pomare knows how to keep the pages turning." (Publishers Weekly)

"There's no doubt about it: Pomare is a master of the carefully constructed, impeccably paced psycho-thriller." (The Australian

"Reading J.P. Pomare is like watching a magic trick. While you focus on his hands, you fail to see what's really happening right in front of your eyes, or behind you, or outside your window." (Michael Robotham) 

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I'm never staying in an Airbnb again...

Wow this is a wild ride and so so compulsive, I couldn't stop listening. When this lockdown ends I doubt I'll be in a hurry to book any nice lake houses on Airbnb that's for sure...

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Another cracker from J. P. Pomare

I was so looking forward to listening to this after loving this authors previous novels (especially Tell Me Lies) and I was not disappointed. I got through it in a day, it's so tense and suspenseful even more so than Tell Me Lies and with such a scary and realistic premise: cameras in properties listed on WeStay (like Airbnb.) I just loved the layers to this story, J. P, Pomare really knows how to build up the atmosphere

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Great atmosphere and dialogue, but denouement disappoints

I have to say hats off to Pomare for a first chapter which sets up an intriguing premise around hidden surveillance. From there tension builds up until some major action occurs halfway through the book. So far so very good, and I just had to keep listening virtually without breaks until the conclusion. Ah, yes, the conclusion. Unfortunately for me, this fell in the category of “And the objective of this complicated scheme was to achieve THIS?” Both the objective and the means of achieving it seem impossibly unlikely.
As for the reading, McCaffery does a great job on the narration and voices. I especially liked her voicing of Cain and the smarmy detectives and HR lady.

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Really enjoyable and captivating story

Twists galore and a story that will suck you in until the last word. Great characters and dark undertones left me under my covers doing the luge wanting to know what happens next. Highly recommend.

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DFN - Bored and fell asleep

DNF - Read until chapter 21 and realised I just didn't care. I found this book boring, despite the interesting premise, and even fell asleep because the narrator's voice is so sleep inducing. Her constant soft spoken almost whispering voice was really annoying, I did not find her hushed tone suited the protagonist at all. Nothing really interesting happens in the first 15 chapters and I thought to myself OMG woman just get on with it. I will most definitely not choose this narrator again. Maybe the kindle version is better.

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Interesting story with a twist

Interesting theme set in nice locations with a great twist that had me guessing unti the end. One of the better narrations I have heard

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Amazing but creepy

This is an amazing twisty thriller but it's also very creepy. I found it uncomfortable at times, because it seems so realistic that these people could do this. I had to stop and listen to something else before sleep so I didn't think about it too much at night!

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Good pillars, but weak building blocks

The book did not give ne the depth and development of characters I like in a story. It started with promise but fizzled out without piquing my interest.
I could not engage with any of the characters.
The scene description was nice...and the house on the lake seemed lovely.

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Narration so awful I gave up and bought the book.

The story might be good but I won't know until I finish reading it the old fashioned way, on paper.
The narration of this book is unlistenable for a New Zealander. The exaggerated 'Koiwoy' accent and mispronunciations of Maori were excruciating. I don't know whether the narrator is an Australian or a New Zealander who has lived in Australia too long, but unless you enjoy your thrillers served with a 'beached az' accent, give this a miss.

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