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Publisher's Summary

A family tragedy.

Amy's always felt like something's been missing in her life. When a tragedy forces the family she works for as a nanny to retreat to a small lakeside cottage, she realises she cannot leave them now.

A sister's secret.

But Amy finds something unsettling about the cottage by the lake. This is where the children's mother spent her childhood - and the place where her sister disappeared mysteriously at just 17.

A web of lies.

Soon Amy becomes tangled in the missing sister's story as dark truths begin rising to the surface. But can Amy unlock the secrets of the past before they repeat themselves?

©2015 Louise Douglas (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

Critic Reviews

"Crackles with repressed longing...the explosive ending took my breath away." (C. L. Taylor, author of The Accident and The Lie)

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  • Sue Jackson
  • 04-11-16

Compelling!!!

It's hard to write a review without giving spoilers so just to say would recommend this as a compelling story with heartbreaking layer upon layer of secrets!! Will stay long with anyone who reads!

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  • S. Christie
  • 04-17-18

Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed this book. It compulsive listening and I completed it in one day. The narrator was good. Very easy to listen to and enthusiastic in her performance. The story took a while to unfold but when it got going it was excellent. A complete page turner. I liked the way the author tied up all the loose ends in the books conclusion. This is the first book I have bought by this author, but will definitely listen to more. A good use of a credit.

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  • Amanda
  • 03-25-16

Great story - unexpected ending

I really enjoyed this one and was caught up in the story right from the beginning but I wasn't expecting what came out at the end. Call my naive! Amy is a young girl who has been working as a nanny/housekeeper for a family in France when tragedy happens and the family have to return to Somerset to a small, cold cottage. Strange things happen in the cottage and Amy is determined to get to the bottom of it while protecting her charges. She falls in love and I really wanted it to turn out well for all.

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  • winnie
  • 06-06-22

Gripping

An enjoyable listen, with some great twists and a few hair raising moments at time’s

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  • Alexandra
  • 12-20-16

really enjoyed it. didn't expect the twist!

I really enjoyed the book and the twist at the end. Great listen would recommend

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  • ejenna
  • 01-25-22

Disappointed

I was very upset by the graphic description of the paedophilic behaviour towards the end of the book. There should be a warning or only available for over 18s. Although I purchased it, I will be deleting it from my Library

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-16-22

Super plot. Narrator not for me

A great story line, keeps you interested till the end. The narrator didn’t suit me, a bit over expressive, and therefore sounded disingenuous. Better when speeded up!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-29-20

house by the lake

Very disappointing after reading the "house by the sea" too drawn out and too long

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  • H. Edwards
  • 03-01-16

1960s story with a twist

This story although set in the 1960s has a modern theme and a twist.

The plotline develops well throughout the story. I liked the spookiness of the story - present but not overwhelming. At times I found it difficult to believe it was set in the 60s as some of the themes were quite modern. But overall a good listen.

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  • Scarlett Massel
  • 03-25-16

A bit preachy

Not a bad story line but wordy, when perhaps less is more.
Confusing morals, background education insufficient for suppositions if story teller.

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  • Sue
  • 01-04-22

Was surprisingly good - if not a bit detached

There is something about the main character - she just kind of gives and gives without a lot coming back to her