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Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One perfect crime.

When Amelia is invited to an all-expenses-paid retreat on a private island, the mysterious offer is too good to refuse. Along with six other strangers, she’s told they’re here to test a brand-new product for Timeo Technologies. But the guests’ excitement soon turns to terror when the real reason for their summons becomes clear. 

Each guest has a guilty secret. And when they’re all forced to wear a memory-tracking device that reveals their dark and shameful deeds to their fellow guests, there’s no hiding from the past. This is no luxury retreat - it’s a trap they can’t get out of. 

As the clock counts down to the lavish end-of-day party they’ve been promised, injuries and in-fighting split the group. But with no escape from the island - or the other guests’ most shocking secrets - Amelia begins to suspect that her only hope for survival is to be the last one standing. Can she confront her own dark past to uncover the truth - before it’s too late to get out?

©2020 by Susi Holliday. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Okay.....

Had an interesting premises & reminiscent of 'And then there were none' by Agatha Christie but for the modern day. It started ok but then got a little bit unbelievable & ending was weak. Understand what the author was trying to do, but motivation didn't come across strong enough.

Found narrator to slow & speed right up to get through.

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So bloody evil

This Is the very type of story I enjoy. It’s surprising, interesting characters and a bloody ending. Well worth a read.

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  • Shots RN
  • 06-12-2020

Well done Updated version of a story

No spoilers! Hate them! The idea of a group of people going away and something has been done . This author has done a great job reimagining it in today's high tech world. Not too high tech to bog you down in terms just action , which makes it appealing to an older crowd as well as younger. No Gore but always something going on. I am hard to please and couldn't stop listening. I figured it out but still had interesting twist. The narrator ; Ms.Church, perfection as usual. I am hoping her next book, which I am going to get as soon as I finish writing this is as good as this one is. Well done , Susi Holliday and thank you for a great hard to come by listen🤗

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  • Anthony J.
  • 27-01-2021

delusional

this book had me intrigued because I wanted to know why they were on the island and how the main character and her incident factored into the story, but I was disappointed after the who and why is revealed. the person a who planned all of this didn't have ANY good enough reason to do so, or to have this imagined connection with Amelia. (spoiler ahead) they met once during childhood, she was literally Amelia's childhood vacation friend, you know that person you meet while on vacation with family as a kid? yeah, well imagine them coming to find you 20 years later to kill you because you never called her again. so ridiculous that ist is hard for me to believe even a crazy person would be able to convince themselves that Amelia owed them some sort of relationship.

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  • TYLER
  • 30-12-2020

Lots of nothing

10 minutes in and I have bothing interesting, compelling or to keep me investing or listening. Mostly wasted words and annoying characters.

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  • Zoe
  • 14-12-2020

not for me, chile

my immediate thoughts upon completing this tale: *SPOILERS AHEAD* - - -

1. the motivation behind this entire operation was unconvincing. i understand the villain’s obsession, but the way they went about acting on that obsession didn’t make sense to me.

2. in fact, all of the characters were unconvincing.

3. i love fiction about incredible technological inventions. i’m good at suspending disbelief and i like the creative concepts authors drum up. the technology here was actually quite intriguing.

but i didn’t believe the mind behind the inventions in this book at all. i can’t really articulate why, but it has something to do with the fact that the one person who is connected to the main xter just happens to grow up and be the world’s greatest inventor...and again, said inventor’s motivations behind creating such absurdly incredible technology.. it just didn’t convince me.

4. why didn’t the tech work on main character again?? i understand why as a plot device, but i didn’t catch why the ear device wouldn’t work on her.

5. the main character is a white savior. it’s 2020, let’s stop that please.

6. i love imogen church but sometimes she does the most. and her american accent makes me wants to impale my ear with an icicle.

7. free my girl tiggy from any & all judgment, she did nothing wrong. lol.

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  • HP
  • 30-03-2021

Can't do it

This is the worst book. I can't stand the narrator and her awful voice changes. I'm about 10 chapters in and I'm giving up.

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  • Pawnwife
  • 25-02-2021

Narrator is wonderful, otherwise, skip this

I don't like to leave bad reviews and I can't stop a book once I start. And I so wanted to just stop listening. It was ridiculous and pointless. but I borrowed this book, mainly for the narrator Imogen Church. I just love her narration. But there was nothing even she could do for this book

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  • Brooke Bradley
  • 19-01-2021

Very intriguing!

Fast paced and very vivid. No detail spared! Fans of black mirror will not be disappointed.

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  • Billy
  • 09-12-2020

Narration spoils a good book

It's a good book, but I had to give up listening because of the narration. I avoid Imogen Church and could never pin point why, but I worked out that it's because I can't stand her sucking the air through her teeth. It seems she does it every time she reaches a comma in a sentence. She seems to 'chew' on words and hissing air and over exaggerates every word. I've started to avoid books narrated by her but I've been looking forward to this book - its a shame because she has a very nice voice, she does accents very well, she reads the story well and is very expressive, but these teeth sucking and exaggeration and the way she reads male voices make it impossible to listen to. Once you pick up on it, you can't stop hearing it. Its also a shame because she gets to read the books I like to listen to - these things are just habits and hopefully she will stop. I've returned 2 audiobooks and bought the hard copies instead because of this issue.

Sorry if it sounds unkind but if these habits put people off it's a shame that people will miss out on a really good book.

The story is good, it has good pacing and the characters are interesting but I cringed every time I heard her reading a male voice, especially the American male.

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  • Nicks
  • 03-01-2021

Warning: don't start the book unless you have time

...to finish it! Very hard to stop listening - its a great thriller! Narration is excellent.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 14-12-2020

WOW what a story

This is one hell of a story, weird and bizarre and yes, oh my goodness, as beyond belief as they get, I just love these ones, the deviousness of authors knows no bounds and not all devious minds write, they are the ones about which the authors DO write, and I enjoy them so very much, this is no exception.

Absolutely brilliant, totally entertaining all the way through, and Imogen Church is brilliant as the narrator, she was a perfect choice for this book.

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  • Radka
  • 09-12-2020

Brilliant!

What a story! Loved it! Very modern, clever, mysterious, keeping you thinking of it all plus your own life! Brilliantly written, also can not forget to mention my favourite narrator Imogen Church. All the characters with specific intonation, accents...... 5 🌟!

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  • Maria Lund
  • 11-04-2021

Captivating

The whole book kept me utterly captivated by the mystery and wanting to figure out what the characters had to do with each other... Which is why the ending was very weak compared to the rest of the book. I had hoped for something more conspiratorial around all the characters, not just Amelia. But the first 90% of the book was wonderful.

Amazingly brilliant job by voice actor Imogen Church!

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  • S. Christie
  • 11-04-2021

Utterly Ridiculous

What did I like about this.... absolutely nothing. Struggled to the end even though I found the whole book painful listening. An absolutely stupid storyline which was utterly unbelievable and frankly ridiculous. Did not enjoy and would not read anything else by this author.

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  • Dave
  • 03-04-2021

An entertaining listen

Enjoyed it, nicely dislikable characters, intriguing idea for a story & enjoyed listening to it play out. Yes the ending is far-fetched, but it’s fiction! Suspend your disbelief and enjoy!

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  • Emma Courtney
  • 13-01-2021

Unique story but ending too far fetched

This book reminded me of Nine Perfect Strangers with the gathering of people from different walks of life all attending a retreat of sorts. The difference however was this story really tests your limits of believability.
I really enjoyed the characters meeting and learning their personality but that was about it. the actual concept of the story left me cold. In fact, once I reached the concluding chapters it took me weeks to finish because it was so far fetched I just didn't care what happened.
As a previous reviewer said, this is very Black Mirror and I'm not the biggest fan of that genre.

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  • Gadgeteria
  • 09-01-2021

Promising

The plot idea and tech undercurrent theme was promising but it became cluttered by weighty conversation of those on the island, making the flow of the book a little long-winded. Even the narrator, who is one of my favourites couldn’t rescue it enough for me. The end? Slightly disappointing. Overall promising but didn’t quite deliver...

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