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Publisher's Summary

She would die for her daughter. But could she kill for her?

Just like the garden, the fuse box, the bills, bin night and blown light bulbs, this was just something else she'd now have to take care of herself.

Recently widowed, Miriam Duffy is a respectable North Shore real estate agent and devoted mother and grandmother. She was thrilled when her younger daughter, Ally, married her true love, but as time goes by, Miriam wonders whether all is well with Ally, as she moves to the country and gradually withdraws, finding excuses every time Miriam offers to visit. Their relationship has always had its ups and downs, and Miriam tries to give her daughter the distance she so clearly wants. But is all as it seems?

When the truth of her daughter’s situation is revealed, Miriam watches in disbelief as Ally and her children find themselves increasingly vulnerable and cut off from the world. As the situation escalates and the law proves incapable of protecting them, Miriam is faced with an unthinkable decision. But she will do anything for the people she loves most in the world. Wouldn’t you?

©2022 Jane Caro (P)2022 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The vivid and gripping tale of a young family in danger and the mother who will do anything to save them. Passionate, vivid and unsettling, this heart-stopping tale had me transfixed." (Suzanne Leal, author of The Teacher’s Secret)

"Chillingly authentic, dark and exhilarating." (Juanita Phillips)

"Devastating...heartbreaking...compassionate and empowering." (Karen Viggers)

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Thoroughly enjoyable

I loved this book, I didn’t want it to end. The narration was excellent as well. The storyline was realistic and believable. It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed a book this much.

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Loved it

What a wonderful surprise this book really struck some chords in me. More please Jane.

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Suspenseful to the End!

Enjoyed the suspense and twists and turns, well written especially the final few chapters delving into the Characters deep personality.

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Great book and relevant

This was a great listen and so much truth (sadly) wrapped into it. The characters were relatable and the narration was excellent.

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Best book of 2022

This book was fabulous - didn’t want it to end. Haven’t cried while listening to an audio book before - what a clever author. Instantly loved and “knew” the characters. Hooked from the first page. A must read!

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Great story line

I love everything about this book. It just show the lengths a mother can go

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Beautiful immersing story

Thank you Jane Carol for not only sharing this story but for also raising the profile of coercive control in such a clear way. A beautiful ‘read’

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Engaging and relevant

A engaging and thrilling story around DV and the painfully inadequate system currently in place to ‘protect’ victims.

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Important topic and generally well written

Initially I found Mim’s repetitive inner monologue about walking on eggshells with her daughter incredibly frustrating to listen to. I get that it was setting the scene and creating context but the length was maddening. I think this is a really important topic and hope the book sheds a light on coercive DV as it’s impacted many women in my life and I’ve seen how terrifying it can be and certainly had similar thoughts to Mim about removing the perpetrator from the situation but not sure I’d have done what she did.

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I loved this!

From start to end i could not put this down! Absolutely loved it. Fabulous story!

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