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Publisher's Summary

A dark secret and a deadly score to settle.

In 1997 teenager Sophie White and her three girlfriends decide they want to lose their virginity before summer is over.

Roping in her childhood buddy Gareth and his mates, Sophie holds a party to get the deed over and done with, but the night doesn’t end as planned. 

Twenty years later, the group are brought back together when Gareth is killed in a car accident and Sophie begins receiving threatening messages. It seems the party wasn’t as innocent as everyone thought, and now someone wants payback.

A gripping, highly addictive game of cat and mouse where the past comes back with vengeance. Perfect for the fans of Kimberley Chambers, Emma Tallon and Jessie Keane.

©2020 Gemma Rogers (P)2020 Boldwood Books

Critic Reviews

"A brilliant thriller from an exciting new voice. Stalker had me on the edge of my seat." (Kerry Barnes) 

"An atmospheric, taut thriller which keeps you hooked from the first page. An exceptional debut." (Jacqui Rose)

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Finished in 2 days!

I Literally couldn’t put this down. Excellent story with lots of suspense. Narrator was fantastic.

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Brilliant

Kept me on the edge of my seat and constantly wondering what would be next. Author Gemma Rogers is definitely talented and I also love the narrator, Georgia! She pulls the story together. I couldn't believe the ending of this book!! Wow

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Not bad

It was slow in the beginning but picked up after a few chapters. I figured out who it was half way but still enjoyed the book.

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A little predictable

I still enjoyed the story but I knew what had happened by the middle of the book.

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Good listen

I enjoyed the book but I don't like figuring it out on my own long before the book ends. I thought I knew who the "villian" of the story was but then I realized I was wrong & quickly realized who it really was. But I love listening to Georgia Maguire narrator, that made it a really nice book also. It is worth the listen but if you're a mystery buff you might figure it out too.

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It wasn't awful...

The narration was very good. The story held my attention and had really good character development, but what a WEIRD concept!
I didn't dislike it, but can't really recommend it either, and I'm glad it was included/free with my membership

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This wasnt for me

Very very very long. Wish I hadnt wasted a credit on this. This was 10 hours of waiting for the punch line or suspense - I'm not sure. It received great reviews thats why I chose it. This wasnt for me.

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Predictable plot

It is so easy to figure out the storyline. The events are interesting, but the storyline is predictable.

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Good read

Reading makes books better. I fine that speeding the reading up to 1.3 to 1.4 x helps. More like having a normal conversation.

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Original storyline, somewhat predictable.

I really enjoyed the novel, though it was predictable at times. The author did drop subtle hints throughout in an attempt to mislead the reader, and there was definitly a 50/50 about the main 'villain' in the end. I really liked the back and forth between past and present in a controlled way, chapter to chapter, versus just randomly flipping between them. Lastly, while I really enjoy different accents of the world, I, living in the Southern US, found the narrators accent almost mesmerizing. At times I would get hung up on words and get lost in the narration, versus listening like I should. Might be a personal issue, but not sure that I've run into that before. Absolutely nothing personal against Georgia Maguire, she was terrific! In the end, good read, good narration, would recommend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-23-20

Brilliant

Read by one of my favourite narrator's 10/10 for Georgia Maguire as always read brilliantly 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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  • Cherry
  • 02-05-20

Gripping, very very addictive!!

Firstly, I finished this book in 48 hours so prepare to be addicted! The story unfolds and very cleverly twists and turns and just as you think you know how it will play out, it changes and you’re sent off on another thought!

I found myself thinking back to certain characters and their entrances into the story to determine if I thought they were responsible! Ha ha I felt like Jessica Fletcher!

I love Gemma’s no-nonsense style and lack of flowery-ness. She gets to the point but in a very descriptive way so that you get a great vision in your head- and Georgia Maguire narrated the book perfectly. She has a voice that splits into characters so effortlessly.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I would highly recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a book to enthral and captivate you!!

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  • Sally B
  • 10-27-21

A book for older teenagers

Not really a ‘who done it’ as it was pretty obvious! I feel that the writing and the story were more suitable for young people. I got frustrated about the main character’s lack of perception and common sense.

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  • Jayniepops
  • 09-27-21

Very slow start but stick with it. Get past chapte

Get past chapter 6947 and it's well worth sticking with final twist was worth waiting for

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  • Catherine
  • 09-25-21

Predictable

Guessed whodunnit about a quarter of the way through. Persevered in the hope I was wrong.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-18-20

excellent audio book

this is my first read from this author, and I can say I will be reading all of her books. the narrator is good too. it is well written and was a word of mouth recommendation. x

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  • mrs julie griffiths
  • 07-30-20

Boring

Very predictable, sussed the plot after a few chapters finished listening just to prove myself right

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  • Alison K
  • 10-31-21

Exciting thriller

I found this unputdownable! Even though I did guess the plot halfway through I found this easy listening and exciting, also interesting to hear the author talking at the end.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-30-21

great book!

Really enjoyed this book. Great twist, too. Don't turn off straight after as there is a chat between author and narrator, which was such a nice touch.

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  • Debbie Wilson
  • 09-20-21

amazing

First time I have listened to the author was not disappointed . the narrator made all the characters come to life will look for more books narrated by her .

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  • Blossominoz
  • 02-07-22

Interesting concept of a virginity party

Not something I would have conceived of but may just happen. The setting of the RE office was a strange choice as well, but the story was woven effectively. I knew the killer by chapter 24. An interesting read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-30-21

Payback

Really enjoyed this story, a lot of twists in this to keep the reader interested. Good narration as well.