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Publisher's Summary

When Tessa arrives at the little house by the lake with her two children, it is an escape. The rental house may be a bit small – but it’s theirs for the summer. A place to hide…

However, their isolation is disrupted by the family from the big house next door. Three children and their glamorous mother Rebecca – who seems determined to invite Tessa into their lives.

Rebecca, however, is harboring a dark secret. And when it becomes too much for her to bear, Tessa seems to be the only person she can turn to.

But as powerful bonds form between the two families, choices will be made that can never be undone. And as the summer comes to an end, nothing can keep everyone safe. And one family will pay the ultimate price…

A gripping, powerful emotional page turner with a heartbreaking twist, for fans of Jodi Picoult, Emily Bleeker and Diane Chamberlain.

©2018 Kate Hewitt (P)2018 Bookouture

Critic Reviews

"Heart-wrenching and captivating…as good as anything Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain have ever written." (Bookish Jottings)

"A highly recommended read, just keep your tissues close by – you’re going to need them!" (Stardust Book Reviews)

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Such droning on of whiny drama.

If you want to hear two women complaining for hours on end this would be the book for you. It was awful.

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Disappointing

The story was line was headed in a good direction, but when the Zoe and Catherine went to the hospital it felt like the situation was rushed and unrealistic. It was not the outcome I expected, which is good in a way, but the way it got there and the final resolution was not realistic at all. Very sad ending!

Also on chapter 35 when Rebecca asks Tessa how Catherine was doing while in the hospital, we learn about her lungs condition, which was precipitated by the author being that Tessa had not actually learned about that. (This was a mistake on the book)

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couldn't put it down.

the narrator was phenomenal. It wasn't a voice that you got tired of listening to. The emotion included was spot-on.

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Awful. Boring. Made pandemic isolating so much worse!

I don’t normally do reviews & never negatively,but this was long and never attempts to be anything more than mundane rambling followed by a needless tragedy I suppose to have something to say. It’s just plain awful. Waste of money. So very sorry I purchased it.

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dry

Story moves so slow. Hard to continue listening, not very interesting to me. Will not seek this author out again.

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didn't want to stop this book even to sleep

kept me interested with every chapter. ending wasn't what I expected. I like that in a story.

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Unpredictable!

This book was full of turns that kept me listening! I was looking for something outside of what I normally pick and decided to try this based on the reviews and WOW! It was far more than I expected it to be. The author did a great job at leading me down what I assumed was going to happen, only to be completely wrong each time. Definitely worth the time and now I am looking for another book from her!

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Sad Yet Very Realistic

The narrator did a fantastic job. The plot developed much too slowly. Had it not been a book club read I might not have finished it. I'm glad indie though as it was worth the wait. it started to really to pick up mod way the book. such a tragic ending in some ways, but redemption, renewed strength of character and misplaced values regained at the end. Life lessons that everyone can reflect and learn from.

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Don't waste your time.

Two self absorbed women meet on summer vacation. They unfortunately have children. One of the women has a problem with cutting. Her child learns that from the mother. The other women's daughter learns it from that kid and ends up dying.
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Pretty terrible

I kept wanting this book to get get better and I do wonder if it weren’t for the whiney voice of I’d be better. It probably would be but still not enough. I endured 17 chapters not wanting to give up but realized it just wasn’t worth the time. I’m sorry I didn’t shout it down sooner.

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  • 12-06-21

Emotional engaging story

Very much enjoyed this emotional drama, however at times found the narrator’s character voices “whiny”.

At times story characters a little bit too much “poor me”, but otherwise recommend to those who enjoy emotional stories.

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  • 02-25-20

Heart breaking

This book not only broke my heart .. but yep it broke my heart - maybe a little too close for comfort?!?! Absolutely engaging

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  • 12-19-19

Not my sort of book

A long saga about two very screwed up wives. Not realistic to me. I won’t be reading another Kate Hewitt I’m afraid.