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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Legacy comes an unforgettable novel exploring guilt, love and confronting the truth. 

April, 1942. Amid the chaos of a night of bombing in Bath, six-year-old Davy Noyle goes missing. Frances Parry, looking after him at the time, is tortured by guilt and refuses to believe that he's dead.

As quiet falls and the dust begins to settle on the damaged city, a body is found. But it's the body of a little girl, Frances' best friend, Wyn, who has been missing for over 20 years. 

As Frances continues her search for Davy, this new discovery leads her back to her childhood and forces her to revisit a crime that has cast a shadow over her life. This time she vows to uncover the truth, however dark it might be. 

©2018 Katherine Webb (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"An enormously talented writer." (Santa Montefiore)

"I've loved all of Katherine Webb's books." (Kate Riordan)

"Katherine Webb's writing is beautiful." (Elizabeth Fremantle)

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  • angela munro
  • 06-12-20

over all, very good.

sound was a little quiet on this one, and the Austrian accent was awful. otherwise good story, good ending.

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  • Rachel Conkey
  • 05-17-20

Excellent narration, but not a top notch Webb book

I've read and loved all of Katherine Webb's books. this one is definitely my leady favourite. the characters were fine, but no one really held my attention. I found the story a little dragged out and the plot was not as exciting as I expected from the book's blurb.

I gave this 3 stars instead of 2 because of the heart wrenching "what if", that all Webb books are characterised by.

Excellent narration. I think I would have like this story a lot less if I had have read it, rather than listened to it.

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  • Ginigs
  • 10-08-19

Absorbing story with great characters

I started reading on my kindle but transferred to audible when I could not read enough as I wanted to. Anna Bentninck is so easy to listen to and brought Katherine’s book to life.
The story is captivating. Frances is a lovable character with believable and understandable flaws. She is every person, neither superhuman nor perfect, she is just quietly flawed and presents a good ground for the tougher characters in the book. Well done Katherine Webb

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  • Christineb
  • 09-22-19

Beautifully narrated

A gentle moving story but beautifully narrated by Anna Bentinck who I'm starting to look for ..a safe pair of hands her narrative always consistently good

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  • Lisa
  • 09-03-19

Great listen

I have really enjoyed all of Katherine Webb’s previous books and this one didn’t disappoint.

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  • 07-23-19

One of the best books I've listened too

This book had plot twists and kept me gripped until the end. Beautiful story telling.

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  • Jobbins
  • 07-05-19

Not her best

I have loved all of Katherine Webb’s books, however I don’t feel that this was her best. The main character got on my nerves and it dragged on for so long that by the end I had already figured out the twist and couldn’t find any satisfaction in it.....overall something missing.