• The Baby Shower

  • By: S.E. Lynes
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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The Baby Shower

By: S.E. Lynes
Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
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Publisher's Summary

She doesn’t know I’m there, watching her in the mirror. She slides her hand under her blouse. And then I see something impossible. She isn’t pregnant....

She bursts into my life like a storm, and nothing is the same again. She seems so perfect, with her lilting laugh and her beautiful face. One by one, I watch as my friends fall under her spell.

Only I seem to suspect something. Only I see that her smiles don’t reach her cold, furious eyes. And when I’m accused of things I didn’t do, when my home is vandalized, I know she’s behind it. But she only lets her mask slip when no one is looking, so if I say anything, I’ll look crazy.

So when the baby shower comes around, I’m there, sitting on a velvet sofa in a posh hotel room, surrounded by balloons. We share gifts, we pour small glasses of champagne, and she beams, her bump just visible under her bright red shirt.

But that afternoon, I finally learn the unbelievable truth.

There is no baby....

A stunningly twisty story of toxic female friendships, guilt, and lies from S.E. Lynes, author of the number one best seller The Housewarming. If you like Lisa Jewell, Gillian Flynn, and Paula Hawkins, you’ll be glued to The Baby Shower.

©2022 S.E. Lynes (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Psychological page-turner

The first 2/3 of this book were as engaging and suspenseful as any I've listened to on Audible. I loved the main character and could feel her pain from being rejected by her best friend. The "thrilling" conclusion was not quite as good as the build-up. Overall, however, this book was so much better in terms of plot and character development than most of the psychological thrillers in my Audible library.

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Toxic friends and other enemies..

I liked this book, which basically deals with toxic friendships and long-term grudges. I did find parts frustrating - because I hope that, in the same situations as the main character, I would be more assertive and less likely to take the crap that was heaped on the protagonist by a new member of her friendship circle. I had most of it figured out somehow, and I was happy that nothing happened to the dog! The one thing that bothered me was (spoiler alert) the revelation of the pregnancy. I was really hoping the author wouldn't go there, because, as an infertile woman myself, I know it just wasn't realistic due to her medical issues. The narration was quite good. Worth the credit!

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Lies breed lies breed lies …

As always S.E. Lynes pens another suspenseful thriller. I was audicted from the very first, finding it almost impossible to take a break. Adding to its success are the narrative skills of Tamsin Kennard, a fave of mine. I’ve got a full selection of books by these two brilliantly and talented women.(Might we have more?)“The Baby Shower” introduces its listeners to quirky, devious and conniving characters. Secrets, lies and puzzling surprises await. Lynes interweaves riveting subplots to make this a highly recommended listen. Worth a treasured credit, I can’t stress it enough: Add this engaging offering to your Audible library. And yes, here I go again, shouting from the rooftop, “Epic, I say! EPIC! EPIC! EPIC!”

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same old tired thriller

at least 2 hours too long. the story dragged and I figured it out right away. no real depth or interest

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Terrific pairing of Author & Narrator

The problem with S E Lynes books narrated by Tamsin Kennard is I can’t stop listening and finish them too fast.

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Great writing and narration

Lynes is an excellent writer. Well written characters. Excellent storytelling. As someone who experienced almost 10 years of infertility I can say she writes the experience perfectly and insightfully. She gets it. This story delves into female friendships well, and describes a loving marriage well too. Narration is perfect. Couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end.

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Great read!

I have to admit that I figured out the entire plot within the first few chapters. But, the way it unfolds, the ways each character handles what is thrown at them, makes it well worth the listen!

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Couldn’t put it down

I love this author of modern, scandalous mysteries. :) Even when I know where the plot is going and have figured out the twists, I still can’t wait to see how things unfold. The writing, to me, is just that gripping.

Also, let’s not forget about our phenomenal narrator, Tamsin Kennard. She is easily one of my favorite voices on Audible! Having done voice work myself, I am in awe. If I can become 10% as talented as her, I will be thrilled.

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still a little too long to get where its going

I was with them up to about the last 4 hours I just didn't feel anything for these characters

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  • 06-09-22

Love all the twists and turns

Oh my goodness, this was one of the best books I listened too in a long time! Wow the narrator was awesome, loved all the different voices she was able to do, and the sound effects, like sniffing, crying, etc.,

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  • I'm all ears
  • 03-17-22

Predictable

Was an OK listen, but the typical storyline when the good person knows something about someone and tries to tell everyone but no one believes them, and they end up being the villan, until it comes to light that the villan is the person the good one was warning everyone about

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  • Rae Radford
  • 05-08-22

Easy listening, poor plot.

An unbelievable plot line that starts off captivating and ends up laughable.
Perfect trash for a holiday read. If you’re easily pleased.

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  • Kerri H
  • 03-29-22

Page turner

I really enjoyed this. Maybe predictable in terms of wider story but still a really good listen where I was rooting for Jane to stand up for herself!

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  • lynnect
  • 03-21-22

The most predictable book I’ve ever listen to

I don’t understand why the whole plot was made so predictable. I nearly gave up, but was sure there had to be a twist, but I was wrong. No twist just obvious.

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  • 03-17-22

Binged it!

Loved it. I was shouting at Jane to stand up for herself then cheering her when she did! Very believable story. Most probably has happened in real life. Another cracking book by SE Lynes and I love Tamsin as the narrator. Excellent.

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  • Julie Shotton2
  • 03-15-22

Predictable

Saw the ending as soon as the book began! Repetitive … only good thing was the narrator…..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-22

Started so well.

I really enjoyed this book , and was hoping Jane would stand up for herself and verbally throw abuse at Lexi. But it would be game over then. What annoyed me was the nasty spiteful games that were played out , and it kept me listening , shocked at the bitchiness. . Sadly though, it was a bit too dramatic towards the end , like a TV soap ..... ?? It got into the realms of fantasy, as Captain Mannering would say. Narrator was excellent though, and book well worth a listen.

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  • Mollynewns
  • 10-25-22

A must read

I was immediately hooked on this book within the first couple of chapters. The story was very gripping and I finished the book within 2 days.
Looking forward to reading more books by S.E Lynes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-22

So bad, so predictable 🤣

Somehow the silly far fetched storyline is completely predictable and the accents are just bad and confusing.

The main character is irritating and claims to be a feminist purely because she has a short haircut and doesn’t wear designer clothes.

Gems such as ‘She wasn’t tall at all, she had always been wearing heels’

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  • Bridget Jones
  • 09-02-22

Loved it!

What a superb read. Loved every minute of it. Well done to the author as always and of course not forgetting the brilliant narrator!

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  • 06-08-22

Predictable but kept me listening

From about half way through I knew the ending but it kept me listening. Not a bad story

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  • Claire D
  • 03-25-22

Predicable outcome

The narrator was good but the story was unfortunately rather underwhelming. The ‘twist’ was so terribly boring and predictable you simply couldn’t call it a ‘twist’. I kept waiting for the ‘good bit’, but sadly, it nevertheless arrived.