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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of the DI Amy Winter series comes a thriller about a shocking disappearance—and the village that has conspired to keep the truth buried.

Ten years ago, the Harper family disappeared. Their deserted cottage was left with the water running, the television playing cartoons, the oven ready for baking. The doors were locked from the inside.

Overnight, the sleepy village of Nighbrook became notorious as the scene of the unsolved mystery of the decade, an epicentre for ghoulish media speculation.

For crime journalist Naomi, solving the case has turned into an obsession. So now, with Ivy Cottage finally listed for sale, it’s her chance to mount an investigation like no other. And her husband and stepdaughter don’t really need to know what happened in their new home... do they?

But Nighbrook isn’t quite the village she expected. No one wants to talk to her. No one will answer her questions. And as she becomes increasingly uneasy, it’s clear that the villagers are hiding something—that there is something very dark at the heart of this rural idyll. And the deeper she digs, the more it seems her investigation could be more dangerous than she ever imagined... In raking up the secrets of the past, has she made her own family the next target?

©2022 Caroline Mitchell (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Listeners are privy to some of the inner thoughts of characters, which is unsettling, and narrator Elizabeth Knowelden does a great job of portraying them in a chilling way.”Library Journal

“Be warned: Mitchell keeps digging deeper even after the main mystery is solved for more and more nasty revelations.”Kirkus Reviews 

“A creepy read that ramps up the chill factor all the way to the end.”—Tariq Ashkanani, author of Welcome to Cooper 

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A really great listen…

I have actually never, not once, said that a book is too short but this one was so well written, so engrossing that I felt like it needed at least five or six more chapters.
I highly recommend this book as you will find a fascinating story with a great cast of characters.
However, I did find it lacking in a couple of ways.
For a spooky, “cursed” village there should have been much more detail and a lot more attention to the setting of the scene.
There is a great deficit of this type of descriptive language, I want to hear the author describe the details, the weather, the feeling, the smells of a place.
This was also true when it came to the multitude of characters… aside from berry basic information about say their physical appearances, there is not much depth when it came to exploring who these characters are, how they are or feel from a human perspective.
It’s a lot of surface stuff, like so and so had dark black hair, like there is never an in-depth internal and external description of a single character in the book.
Also, for such a scary setting, this book could’ve been very, very spooky, and it really wasn’t.
An interesting mystery, yes! But it could have been done with more attention to detail, more of a small town paranoia could have been developed slowly and gradually brought up as the story progressed.
I still loved it. I just wanted to know these people and the place better.
Caroline Mitchell never disappoints, she’s a fantastic mystery writer.
I just wish we could’ve gotten a little more.
Like that Ouija board scene could have been terrifying or at least extremely spooky, and, much like the rest of the book, it just left me wanting. I wanted it to be longer and I wanted to know this family better.
There were also a couple of small details that weren’t really wrapped up.
I will still read it again.
And I will still recommend this book.
The narration is always phenomenal with Elizabeth Knoweldon.
Zero complaints there.
Overall it’s a yes. It just should’ve been longer and more descriptive.
A great little mystery though…

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The story that wouldn't end . . .

Felt as if I were reading a college paper with a word count. Could've been done in 5 hours or less.

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boring

this book is not grasping my attention and it is pouring me to sleep for sure

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I love Caroline but....

I love Caroline Mitchell and have read every book. This one though...I skipped over chapters just to get to the end. I was bored to tears and it took me over a week to get through it. This is the first book of hers that I will return. I just didn't get this book at all.

There was so much back and forth to past/present without any clear indications in which time we were at any given time until a name pops up to tell you what time you're in. The typical step-mom/step-daughter hate relationship plays out but, in the end, you know exactly how it ends. That relationship got old very quickly and too much emphasis was put on it. Unfortunately, the only good thing I can say about this is the narrator. I'm used to her and she's always done a good job. Sorry Caroline, not one of your good ones!

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A Story That Will Having You Gasping

A village full of dark secrets, fear and deceit. A village so tight knit that outsiders are met coldness and disdain. When a new family moves into the village, the residents work together to make them go for fear theirs secrets will come to light and their world torn apart.

This story by Caroline Mitchell will have you sitting on the edge of your seat right up to the shocking and unexpected ending. I couldn't put it down.

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didn't disappoint

another brilliant book with great characters and plenty of twisted turns to keep interested... I'm just sad that I listen to all her books and looking forward to another

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What a plot twist…or 5!!

First I want to start by saying that Elizabeth Knowelden has an excellent voice, she has perfect pitch when it comes to the dramatic parts of the story, and her subtle intonation make it easy to decipher between the characters. This book was really just full of plot twists. I loved how the narrative started out, the character build up was excellent, and the eventual dénouement was phenomenal. Caroline Mitchell wrote an excellent story, and my daughter and I couldn’t wait to drive to and from school so we could listen to the next chapter. We finally binged and finished it last night because we couldn’t wait. This is a super book for adults for sure, but also a 15-year-old. Super enjoyable, fun read, and this will be perfect for someone who is spending the summer at the beach. Can’t wait to try another Caroline Mitchell story.

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Won’t believe the ending

One of the best suspense books I’ve read in a long time. It keeps the reader guessing, the storyline is engaging and doesn’t include profanity. Fast paced, interesting characters and great to the last page.

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Believable!

Loved it. I couldn't stop listening! I wanted the story to continue. So enjoyable and the suspense was not drawn out

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Hokey unbelievable resolution

Narrator not good at projecting a man's voice, so the dialogue becomes confusing. And the storyline was good until it took a hokey turn, which to me was sloppy and not well thought through.

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  • Murder Mystery Thriller Fan
  • 07-07-22

Do editors even still exist as this book needed 1

I am returning this book as just so sloppily written and no visible sign of a badly needed editor.
Hmmm where to begin.
No spoilers but there is a character who is eager to get to sleep as although a Goth, still an early bird ... later on that character says she knows her stepmother will not disturb her until the afternoon as "knows she is a night owl".
Jeepers ... I mean I was so not into this book and I even spotted that glaring error - how come the author couldn't and no editor bothered to pick her up on it.
Yes I know a small and trifling matter which probably did not affect the plot - I did not bother to finish so in fairness I do not know but if it did ... even worse.
The premise was good of course as that is what made me choose it.
The old trope of the Mary Celeste style abandoned boat/house etc kettle on the boil, telly on and inhabitants missing.
Of course this is a fascinating proposition.
Then the trope of new stepmother versus resentful teenage step daughter
Less excited about this one and wow did it have a heavy handed pantomime treatment here,
Next the trope of marrying a glamorous millionaire, this time a Scottish Film Director or was it Producer - he seemed such a shadowy, undeveloped character he did not leave a big enough impression to recall that or indeed anything about him really, even what he looked like - but then I did not bother to listen to much of this old pot boiler.
I left the audiobook running and missed a large chunk and when I picked up again we were in flashback and meeting the missing family.
Well that was the final straw - absolutely so far fetched and unappealing I stopped right there.
I would warn anyone who has issues about mental illness or finds it triggering, this is not the book for them.
Neither is it a book for anyone who does not want to simply suspend disbelief but throw it completely like caution, to the four winds.
Wow .......... if you can imagine lace gloves could protect anyone from anything then perhaps this is the book for you, otherwise you will be wasting your time.
I did not want to know anymore or hear another word.
I am sure I have listened to another Caroline Mitchell audiobook and while it obviously must not have made a huge impression on me as I have no memory of it, it simply could not have been as dire as this one.
There are so many, many, many better mystery books than this one where at least the author or editor has made it seem like they actually give a hoot and are making an effort.
Keep scrolling it is not hard to find a better written book with less tired tropes and a less preposterous story line.
How this book got such rave reviews is more of a mystery than anything in it.
Just so annoyed I have to return another disappointing book.

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  • Emma
  • 05-11-22

Didn't want it to end

I've only read a couple of Caroline Mitchells books but after this one I will be reading more.

Fabulous storyline, characters and the twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat.

Loved it!!!

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  • Mrs C
  • 04-24-22

LOVED THE TWISTS AND TURNS AT THE END 👌

I'm a huge Caroline Mitchell fan, both of her books and her true crime YouTube channel and I just find that her books never disappoint. I love how Caroline truly writes from the heart about things she knows about, drawing on her experience as a policewoman and detective and all of the different people and walks of life she has encountered.
This book is absolutely fantastic. A solid story that twists and unfolds several times, believable characters, a good pace...what more could you ask for?
A brilliant stand alone thriller and a big thumbs up for excellent narration too 👍

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  • catluvva
  • 03-29-22

brilliant !

storyline great, imagery perfect.

loved the twists

when's the next novel? please tell me soon. please?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-24-22

worth a credit

enjoyed this. maybe a little predictable at times but still good. one thing that niggled me... how come Susan had an Irish accent considering her story line. Great narration

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  • Mrs P J Cook
  • 02-22-22

Excellent

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Great writing and narration. Well done Caroline can’t wait for next book

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  • E Werner
  • 08-15-22

Poor narration distracted from story

A decent story, albeit the convolutions were somewhat dragged out. However I found the annoying style of narration distracted me from enjoyment of the book. Odd inflection, random pauses and mispronunciations, even confusing character’s names at one point. I’m afraid I found her far too irritating

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  • Angela Bull
  • 07-10-22

Great twists and suspense

I enjoyed the story and suspense, and there were quite a few twists to keep me guessing. The narrator was very good too. It made a boring car trip enjoyable.

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  • Annrina
  • 05-22-22

Great story, lots of twists

Enjoyed the twists and turns in this book, finish wasn't what I expected, kept me engrossed

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  • Sonia
  • 05-19-22

Great read

Great story and narrator. So many twists and turns that you just don’t see coming.

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  • joy keating
  • 04-12-22

Great listen

You think you know what’s going on but there’s twists and surprises right till the end.