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The Women: A gripping psychological thriller

Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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The night she moves in with Peter, she’s so happy, so exhilarated, so in love. Later, she will remember a much smaller feeling, a tiny 1 percent in her gut. And she will remember pushing that feeling aside....

Samantha Frayn doesn’t know why Peter Bridges picks her - a nobody with bitten fingernails and a troubled childhood behind her - but she falls quickly. He’s older, charming, likes fine wine and French films, and his beautiful home has real art on its walls. 

Peter transforms Samantha’s life in an instant. He sees the better version of herself - the one she’s always wanted to be. It’s only normal that there’s a little friction, when she moves in, over domestic matters like where things are kept, or the proper times to eat, sleep, and shower. She’s lucky to be with someone who can help her find a new job, move on from childish friends, and speak with greater sophistication.

But as Samantha notices, more and more, Peter’s temper, she starts to wonder if there might be consequences to breaking the rules of the world he has so quickly built around her.

And then she receives an anonymous note that makes her ask: Is she the first woman to feel trapped by Peter? Is she being paranoid, manipulated, or could she be in danger?

You can tell the truth about your life, but someone needs to be listening. Someone needs to trust you. And someone needs to save you from the man you thought you loved.

Reviewers love The Women!

"Had me reading this in one sitting, as there was no way I was going to stop until I had finished it. That to me is what makes a book great! I really loved this book." (Once Upon a Time Book Reviews, 5 stars)

"I wait patiently for every single release by this writer, the anticipation makes me tingle and every single time I'm on tenterhooks as I open up the first page. And every single time S.E. Lynes has blown me away!... I've said it before and I will say it again, S.E. Lynes is a genius." (Chapter in My Life, 5 stars)

"A wonderful build-up of suspense which had my heart beat that little bit faster...an enthralling story to get yourself lost into. The pacing and tension throughout the novel was perfect for this genre of book." (By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars)

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  • Rebekah Tucker
  • 02-07-2019

Maybe it gets better?

I've gotten about halfway through and decided to return this book; I don't know - maybe it gets better, but the pace is extraordinarily slow and so far anything that HAS happened is pretty predictable. I just couldn't keep slogging on with it.

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  • karen ainsworth
  • 25-06-2019

The main character was so unlikable

I don't know if I've ever disliked the main character in a book so much before! To me it was an insult to women who really are treated badly in their marriage! She made terrible choices and felt sorry for herself! And don't get me started on how the author makes 40 and 50 seem like you have one foot in the grave! You would have thought Sam married a 90 year old! SMH!! I had to google the author to see her age and was surprised she wasn't a 20 year old! I really cannot understand the high reviews for this book!

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  • Tawny Hurst
  • 21-06-2019

Little Far Fetched, But Kept my Attention

Narration was good and definitely gives insight into abusive relationships and the perpetrator’s ability to manipulate & “ease into” abusive patterns. Toward the end it felt a little scattered and far fetched, but overall I enjoyed it.

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  • Kelly
  • 22-05-2019

Wow..

It's that one in every so many books that you say now this is writing! The difference is glaring. I've read all of Ms. Lynes books, she is the real deal.

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  • Allie
  • 16-06-2019

Loved it!!

Great book! Loved how everything unfolded! Left me only wishing It wasn’t over or that I had another great psychological thriller to listen to.

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  • Dr. Sara McCoy
  • 09-07-2019

BORING AS HELL!

Ok, I usually don’t give really bad ratings, but this book was a total waste of time. It’s not a psychological thriller at all. The main character is dumb as hell and gets knocked up by a cheating, ecstasy taking, narcissistic older man (professor). It’s all about his screwed up cheating ways and manipulative tactics preying on young girls/women. No climax. No build up. The book could have been a lot shorter. This has to be the worst audible book and waste of my time. Save your money! Save your time! Save your frustration!

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  • Megan J Quigley
  • 08-07-2019

Too predictable

Spoiler Alert!!!!
Not a horrible listen & I kept listening thinking / hoping there would be a twist at the end but alas no... it was just too predictable for me so fell flat :(

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  • Jenn
  • 15-06-2019

If the “First Wives Club” all married the same man

Hm, this book was entertaining and had a few twists thrown in here and there to keep it interesting, but with more scrutiny, the events and timing were rushed and made it a little unrealistic. It’s about a college senior who falls in love with a professor at her university and they begin a whirlwind relationship, so there is a huge gap in their age. Typically, it starts off all romantic and the guy is seemingly perfect and gradually he turns into, or should I say, reveals himself to be an awful partner and person. The story snowballs from there as their lives unfold. I appreciate stories that are complete and we are provided with total resolution about how the characters are left at the end and this book did just that.

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  • Carla
  • 21-06-2019

kept waiting for the OMG

it just never went anywhere. it had a basic storyline with possibilities that never go anywhere. the only great part in this book I heard in the preview.

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  • M. Ryder
  • 04-08-2019

Surprisingly Good!

This was my first book by the author. I enjoyed hearing the sample, so I purchased it right away. The story kept me hooked, staying up all night to finish it, and to see how it ended. No real surprises, but still worth the listen.

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  • helen claire smith
  • 08-08-2019

Disappointing.

I found this a difficult listen, I tried multiple times to get into it, and found both of the narrator and the written 'voice' of the lead character so annoying I kept switching it off. The narrative was heavy handed and I was irritated throughout by the obviousness of the 'hints' about key plot twists.
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  • Rachel
  • 30-07-2019

Didn’t really see the point of this book

First of all I hate books that begin with the ending, start at the beginning don’t give the ending away within the first few pages.... I knew how this book was going to end very quickly and I got bored…

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-07-2019

Let down by the ending

Putting the ending of a book at the beginning is a bold move, and one that really requires careful planning and major twists. This had none, and thus was sadly predictable from start to finish. Unrealistic character insights and female relationships. Altogether disappointing.

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  • Cory Chant
  • 02-07-2019

Amazing as always!!

I am a huge fan of this author and this book is another incredible read!

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  • Janet biglari
  • 02-07-2019

Excellent story well narrated

I thoroughly enjoyed this book it was different from the usual psychological thriller. The story was unusual a highly unlikeable philanderer and his appalling attitude to women and what happens when his worlds collide? I liked the narrator and felt she made the main female character likable. I would certainly read more by this author.

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  • Primsale
  • 01-07-2019

A gripping story

It was a great read, the narrator was absolutely fabulous - she made it more real and interesting. I loved the ending it was apt

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-06-2019

Not gripped

The only reason I kept reading this book was because of the many rave reviews. I was so close to giving up about 1/4 through but kept going because so many had said it was so ‘gripping’. But no. Some bits were just plain boring. Some parts seemed totally irrelevant to the story. It was frustrating to have listened all the way through to find the ending didn’t make up for the time spent. The narration was pretty good. Wouldn’t recommend this book.

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  • rohini
  • 13-10-2019

Such a rubbish book

Misplaced efforts. I’m sure the author has capabilities but this is just total rubbish. The story is tenable bit the weaving is not.
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  • Mrs Zamore
  • 10-09-2019

great story

great story really gripping. only gripe is the overuse of the phrase wpc which people don't use anymore but I am being really pedantic. great performance and story

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  • Gemma Bartholomew
  • 30-08-2019

not bad

Enjoyable enough but pretty predictable for the main part. was waiting for it to get going and never really did.