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Publisher's Summary

Seven-year-old Hanna has never spoken a word. 

She is a sweet but silent angel in the eyes of her adoring father, but with Mummy, things are different. Suzette loves her daughter, but difficulties with babysitters and teachers over the years have put a strain on their relationship and her sanity. 

Then Hanna speaks for the first time, to Suzette alone, and what she says is chilling.

Suzette wants to write it off as a scary joke, but she’s becoming increasingly frightened by Hanna's little games. Could she be in danger from her own child? And when it's her word against her daughter's, can she make her husband believe her?

Bad Apple is a blazing debut novel about a perfect-looking family - where sweetness can be deceptive.

©2018 Zoje Stage (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Gone Girl meets The Omen...a twisty delicious read." (Entertainment Weekly)

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  • Jane Smith
  • 09-12-18

Superb

Loved this book from the very beginning. Stayed up until 3am listening. Best thing I’ve read for ages!

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  • Amy Hegarty
  • 11-17-18

Good story, slow ending

really enjoyed the story and the narration. slightly disappointed with the ending but still a great listen.

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  • MissD67
  • 04-01-20

Not sure...

I can’t decide about this book. The characters are so annoying - the mother is pathetic and the father wants a slap. I mean, why not just install hidden cameras? Another annoying factor is the Swedish accent. I listened until the end but it felt like a strain to do so.

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  • Jean Mc
  • 09-09-21

Utterly, tediously unbelievable

I am astonished at the reviews for this book the story is full of holes and all the pointless details about the mother's bowels are nauseating. Her anguish at the child speaking to only her and destroying hurtful items with no one believing her could have been sorted by recording her and photographing items. Don't waste your time I read on waiting for it to improve - it didn't.

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  • Mr & Mrs Welch
  • 04-03-21

Yikes

Once again Zoje Stage does not disappoint in terms of digging into the meat of everyday horror. This reads like a parent's worst nightmare scenario for a 'bad seed'. This is a beautifully crafted, but tense work, full of anguish and frustration. You're never really sure of what will happen next, and that's what's required to identify with the main protagonist. The narration is good and supports the flow of the work very well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-23-20

captivating read

loved this book. addictive read. very different to my usual type but wonderful. I reccomend

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  • Rachel Conkey
  • 04-19-19

excellent!! kept me hooked till the last moment!

I adored this book! Listened to it in 24 hours!! so creepy, yet realistic! Get this book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-19

Twisted and addictive

Sooooo damn good.... the story of a 'demonic' 7 year old girl who is determined to get rid of her 'mommy' so she can have Daddy all to herself ...very dark in parts and it gets you thinking that maybe your own kids aren't so bad after all lol;) Narrator is sensational and this is a story that will stay with me for a long time.

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  • Ally
  • 01-14-19

Brilliant!!

Absolutely one of the best audio books I’ve listened too
Couldn’t stop listening ! Five star ⭐️

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  • Genevieve Lilith Pandora Moon
  • 01-02-19

Want a sequel

Hope there is a sequel coming as without it, the ending is incomplete. It was very good but left me wanting more.