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“Nicci French is a specialist in the kind of evil that burrows from within.” (New York Times Book Review)

In this new heart-pounding stand-alone from the internationally best-selling author that People calls “razor sharp", a single mother suspects her young daughter has witnessed a horrible crime when the girl draws a disturbing picture - but the deadly path to unravel the truth could cost her everything. 

Maybe Tess is overprotective, but passing her daughter off to her ex and his new young wife fills her with a sense of dread. It’s not that Jason is a bad father - it just hurts to see him enjoying married life with someone else. Still, she owes it to her daughter, Poppy, to make this arrangement work.

But Poppy returns from the weekend tired and withdrawn. And when she shows Tess a crayon drawing - an image so simple and violent that Tess can hardly make sense of it - Poppy can only explain with the words “He did kill her”.

Something is horribly wrong. Tess is certain Poppy saw something - or something happened to her - that she’s too young to understand. Jason insists the weekend went off without a hitch. Doctors advise that Poppy may be reacting to her parents’ separation. And as the days go on, even Poppy’s disturbing memory seems to fade. But a mother knows her daughter, and Tess is determined to discover the truth. Her search will set off an explosive tempest of dark secrets and buried crimes - and more than one life may be at stake.

©2021 Nicci French (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Engaging and Suspenseful

I really liked The Unheard and thought it was a fun, suspenseful read. I was pretty much hooked after the first few chapters and the story definitely kept my attention. I am a fan of Nicci French and this book did not disappoint. I thought the plot was innovative and the characters interesting. The narration was excellent. Overall, a great read, and I would highly recommend!

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Exactly what I wanted from an audiobook

Loved the narrator, loved the plot and found myself theorizing and hypothesizing about the ending even when I wasn’t listening.

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I love Nicci French but this one is “meh”

The characters were unlikeable and I didn’t feel engaged with them at all. The little kid was super-annoying, always “demanding” this or that, and inexplicably putting “did” before every verb. The premise of what she witnessed and the aftermath made no sense at all, nor did the end of the book. Normally I always enjoy their novels tremendously, relishing every twist, but this one felt dull, implausible, and plodding. Oh well—no one can hit it out of the park every time.
The narrator, on the other hand, did an excellent job.

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The ending was disappointing.

The book is well performed but by the second half of the book I disliked the main character. It was hard to enjoy the ending due to her whining and belief that every man was out to do “anything” to be with her. Story line didn’t ring true and lacked important details.

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Fine but with flaws...

I listened to this book all the way through so it DID keep my attention and I DID want to know what happened. There’s a big BUT though...the protagonist is an idiot. She makes insensible choices all the way through the story. Her idiocy is absolutely maddening. She’s the most frustrating character and because of that, it takes away from the story. I wanted to stop listening so many times because she was so entitled and ridiculous!