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Publisher's Summary

Three sisters. One truth to save them all.

Savvy computer engineer Maggie is tormented by a menacing prowler at her remote cabin in the woods. 

But her husband and young son have never seen him. Is her family in real danger or is the solitude messing with her mind? 

Newlywed Rose faces pressure to start a family with her handsome pediatric surgeon, Nathan Winter. 

But when a dashing psychologist with his own agenda sows seeds of doubt in her mind about her marriage, who should she trust - or believe?

Meanwhile, the two siblings face a bitter fight to save their sister’s life. With doctors planning to remove Daisy's life support, time has run out for Maggie and Rose.

To stop the unthinkable, they must face up to the tragedy that put Daisy in a coma.

Can the truth save them all?

With outstanding performances from star of Downton Abbey and narrator of Silent Child, Joanne Froggatt, and star of Sherlock and narrator of The Silent Patient, Louise Brealey.

©2021 Little Robin Press (P)2021 Little Robin Press

Critic Reviews

"Just what the psychological thriller market needs to shake things up a bit. And, of course, I’m a little in love with Saeed as I suspect everyone will be." (Sunday Times best-selling author Elizabeth Haynes)

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Just wow!

I loved every second of the book. The narration was fantastic, the story was thrilling and I didn’t want it to end.

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Didn’t see it coming

I love stories that turn you upside down. This clever story is not only told with great talent but hits home with facts we all know but don’t talk about much.

I highly recommend time to listen. It’s worth it.

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Excellent book!

I was riveted from the beginning. I couldn’t stop thinking about when I could get back to this book it had me spellbound. I absolutely love Joanne Froggatt…she is the best actress and her outstanding performances on screen also carry over to her book narrations.
I would not hesitate for one second to recommend this book. I have not heard of the author but I will definitely look for other titles she has.
Just praises all round for this audible book.

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Hard to rate

This is a tough one to rate. On an enjoyability scale, I'd give it a four. It's quick paced and kept me wanting to know what would happen next. I also really enjoyed the quaintness of her descriptions and all the British details - it felt cozy. Not to mention the Audible narrators were perfect!

But here's where I struggled. The two narrator perspectives (the characters, not audio narrators) felt very disjointed and the connection between them didn't make any sense until the very end. There were also numerous details throughout the book that I could tell were emphasized for some reason, but felt arbitrary and confusing at the initial mention until the ending brought things together. (No spoilers) the end was twisty and creative, so I enjoyed that, but it was also hard to follow at times.

On top of that, a lot of things were a stretch and were just distractingly unbelievable. And one of the characters was extremely frustrating. She could supposedly notice subtle things like a "shadow crossing someone's face", yet she doesn't notice any of the massive red flags in her relationship. And she's had a previous relationship full of these same red flags, which ended horribly, so she'd definitely be on the lookout to avoid repeating the past.

All in all, I'd give it a 3 and I'll still check out some of her other books.

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Beautifully Written - will stick with you ...

As I said above, this is a beautifully written story -- the characters feel so real. Most you want to root for, but one you just want to pull into a back alley and beat the crap out of. Naturally, he was written that way, but still ... The story slowly builds to a twist that many won't see coming. This book had all the feels and will stick with me for a while.

The narration is top-notch as well --

All in all, well worth the time to listen to.

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Kept me riveted!

I loved this audio book. The story was fast-paced and exciting, the characters were fully believable and the twist blew my mind. Also, really enjoyed the voice actors who read the story. Highly recommend!

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Like a PSA

The first half wasn’t great but it kept my interest. The second half was just silly. With the over the top definitions of abusive relationships I felt like I was watching an after school special. What is the phrase I’ve heard? Show the reader don’t tell the reader? The performances were fantastic however and made it almost bearable. I would not recommend this book … but isn’t the title great?

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Infuriating listen

I always like start with something positive. The narrator’s are perfect and are really what compelled me to listen to the entire book. That being said, I found this book infuriating to listen to. It’s two stories in one that don’t make any sense side by side. I only finished it because I thought there had to be more of an explanation at the end.I’m still scratching my head.Don’t waste your time, it will disappoint you

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  • 08-24-21

So powerful that the author has me crying in Tesco

This is one of those books that once finished, leave you reeling. I inhaled the entirety of the audio book as soon as I could, and since then have been trying to process every nuance and twist that unfolded.

After reading When He's Not Here (currently delving into Sly Trap For A Fox!), I didn't think I could love Carrie's work more - turns out, I've actually found my new favourite author and I cannot put any of her books down 😭 Dr Saeed Sharif has developed into my comfort character 100%

I came for Emilia Fox's narration in the first book, and am SO glad I stuck around to bear witness to Joanne Froggatt's and Louise Brealey's respective takes on these new characters!

Cannot rave about this book and its talents enough - Here lies 10 hours and 50 minutes of lives I now feel deeply connected to, and will have to keep revisiting in order to try and recapture the memory.

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  • AJM
  • 10-04-21

Even better than her brilliant debut!

Having read and loved Magillen’s debut thriller, When He’s Not Here, I had high expectations Stone the Dead Crows, and I am happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed.

Narrators Joanne Froggatt and Louise Brealey did an outstanding job of bringing Magillen’s carefully-crafted cast of characters to life.

The book follows the lives of three sisters: Rose, Maggie and Daisy. Rose is newly-married to Nathan, a handsome doctor who swept her off her feet in a whirlwind romance. Maggie is on a sabbatical in a cabin in the woods with her husband Luc and their young son Alfie. And Daisy has spent the last three years in a coma in the very hospital where Nathan works.

Rose and Maggie’s lives are – on paper at least – picture-perfect. But Rose’s new husband is growing increasingly jealous and controlling, and Maggie is becoming fixated by a sinister hooded man in the woods who she is convinced is a threat to her little family.

At first, Rose and Maggie are following very different paths, and it’s hard to see how their stories will intertwine. Daisy is the common denominator, the link in the Venn diagram of their lives. So, when Daisy’s doctor announces that her condition is worsening and they must consider turning off her life support, the two sisters must come together if they are to save her.

Magillen weaves the threads of Rose and Maggie’s stories together so skilfully that you don’t even realise she’s doing it until she reveals the final, stunning twist.

I did begin to guess which way the story was heading, but only when I was about three-quarters of the way through the book, and only because I was listening very closely for clues because I knew from her first book that Magillen is the queen of great twists and I had challenged myself to see if I could spot the revelations before she revealed them to me.

Even so, the sheer cleverness of the plot took my breath away.

Once again, Magillen does not shy away from some extremely emotive subjects, but she handles them all with compassion and empathy. And once again, the book is extremely well researched.

I was hooked from the first few pages to the very satisfying conclusion, and can say without hesitation that Stone the Dead Crows is even better than When He’s Not Here.

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  • A J BRIDGEMAN
  • 09-12-21

one of the best I've listened too

Great , story, great narrator's ,will certainly get more books from this author and narrator's

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  • karen pleva
  • 09-11-21

Intriguing and beautifully narrated

An eerie, intriguing story that kept me on the hook throughout….lovely narration ..highly recommend

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  • Gill Brain
  • 08-27-21

Fantastic!

Couldn't stop listening to my kindle! Will now search out author immediately. Well done Audible!

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  • Hollybear
  • 08-16-21

Read it, you won’t regret it

I was gripped by this book from the start, listened on audible. The narrators really bring the characters to life and I really bought into the characters Maggie, Rose & Daisy, Sayeed & Nathan, Luke & Alfie.

The twists are great and the relationships between the characters make you want to listen find out what happen next.

I laughed out loud at some points and wiped away tears at others.

Loved this book and would throughly recommend.

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  • LadyBlimpey
  • 08-02-21

Sparkling prose, dark drama

When I stumbled across ‘When He’s Not Here’ a few months back I knew I’d found an author I was going to love. While the other story was very physical – maybe even a bit too much for me at times, this one is much more cerebral with a super clever plot construction that really grabbed me.

Splitting the narration between two famous voices was a great touch too – like two friends telling me their side of a family drama – I felt invested in their fear and was rooting for them.

It’s a rare book that can bring a tear to my eye for the sheer elegant craft of it and I reckon, for a new-comer, this author is right up there with the big-hitters.

Way more thrilling than ‘Before I go to Sleep’ and 100 times smarter than ‘Behind her Eyes’, this book puts the psych into psychological thriller.

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  • Darren Hassall
  • 07-16-21

Had me hooked from the start! Relentless.

Amazing novel and ‘read’ it in 2 sittings. Another fabulous psychological thriller from Magillen. Outstanding performances from Froggatt & Brealey also and what a great twist. I thought I knew where the story was going. I was wrong. Highly recommended.

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  • Melanie
  • 07-26-21

Carrie's writing just keeps getting better

in-depth writing on human behaviour and relationships, great turns along the way. A must read.