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Publisher's Summary

In this new novella from the number one internationally best-selling author of The Sisters and The Murder Rule, Dervla McTiernan, a mother and son fighting to prove her innocence are reunited with an estranged friend—a detective who may hold the key to her freedom—as they’re forced to put their differences aside to uncover the shocking truth behind the crime. 

When Clara Coleman is taken into custody, her teenage son, Sebastien, wastes no time before calling Simon Miller: an estranged family friend and detective in their old hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. Clara’s been arrested for the murder of Rachel Stapleton, a wealthy housewife and prominent figure in Lavender Valley, their well-to-do New Jersey suburb. But she swears she did not commit the crime. 

Simon knows that Clara is not capable of murder and will do anything he can to prove her innocence—he’s felt indebted to the Coleman family since her husband, Will, Simon’s best friend, passed away years before. He arrives in Lavender Valley and hits the ground running on the case. With time, details surrounding the crime as well as the Colemans’ family history are revealed, unravelling the complex web of cause and effect that will finally bring the truth to light. 

Please note: this audio contains strong language, distressing situations and descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting. Discretion is advised. 

©2022 Dervla McTiernan (P)2022 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.
Dervla McTiernan

About the Creator

Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel, The Rúin, was a critically acclaimed international bestseller published around the world. The Rúin won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, the Davitt Award for Best Adult Fiction and the Barry Award for Best Original Paperback; and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. It was on the Amazon US Best Book of the Year list in 2018 and screen rights were snapped up by Hopscotch Features. Dervla’s second book, The Scholar, debuted into the Nielsen Bookscan Top 5 on release in 2019, and her third, The Good Turn, went straight to number 1, confirming her place as one of Australia’s best crime writers.
Born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven, Dervla practiced as a corporate lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis, she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children. An avid fan of crime and detective novels from childhood, Dervla now writes full time.
Photographed by Julia Dunin

About the Performer

Neil Hellegers is an actor, Audie-nominated narrator, and educator who lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and mutt. On camera, Neil has appeared in film and on television, as seen on Blindspot, House of Cards, Madam Secretary, and others. His voice work can be heard in numerous commercials, video games (including Red Dead Redemption 2), and numerous audiobooks, including Dawn of the Exile by Mitchell Hogan, A Tangled Road to Justice by Olan Thorensen, Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone, and 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda for Audible Studios. On stage, he has performed Shakespeare with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Aquila Theatre Company, and others, both nationally and internationally. He also directs experimental Shakespeare-based devisings for the Hear Now Festival.

About the Performer

Michael Crouch is a New York City-based actor specializing in voiceover. His audiobook narration has earned Audie Awards, multiple Earphones Awards, YALSA and ALSC honors, and Best of the Year listings from Audible, Booklist, Slate, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and AudioFile. He can also be heard on national commercials, cartoons, video games, industrials, and the animé series Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon.

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Wow!

I’ve started this review almost 10 times now, but I’m having trouble finding the right words to describe this story! It was fun to listen to, but not funny. Rather, it is very suspenseful and had several tight twisty-turny moves that really surprised me. Just long enough to tell the story well, but only a few hours long, this novella should be on everyone’s reading list! I read my first Dervla McTiernan book just a bit over a week ago, and now I’m reading everything by her that I can find. She does an excellent job with developing characters, and her writing is so clear, it flows so well, that following the story effortless and massively entertaining. My new favorite author.

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Surprising, loved it!

All I can say is Wow! Ms. McTiernan does not disappoint that's for sure. totally unexpected!

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Terrible

I usually love this author, but not this time. Unbelievable story and ending. The cadence of the narration was so weird, made it hard to listen to. Glad it was included!

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Huge Plot Holes

Part way through, I gave up and skipped to the end quarter. ???? Really sad exploration of the unreliable narrator. Legally ridiculous. Could not suspend my disbelief long enough to care. Female character is a cypher. However, maybe that's just the POV. The ghost story stuff reminded me of Stephen King at his most arbitrary, insisting on sticking the otherworldly very awkwardly into a very worldly story.
The narration seemed adequate. what was lacking was a believable or compelling narrative. Not worth the time.

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Subtle clues

Dervish McTiernan hit a home run with a slow ball!
This short story was woven with skill with gaps so small U may miss a clue. Beware listener.

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Intriguing

This book Kept me on the edge of my seat. I Love the unexpected plot twists

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suprizing small novella

A well written short story with nice twists and turns that kept it interesting.

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I feel a little cheated

There will be spoilers in this review, so don’t read on if you haven’t read it yet, or if you don’t want to read spoilers.
I think I would have enjoyed this book if it wasn’t written from the killer’s perspective, pretending to investigate the whole thing. We were in his damn head, and not once did we get a suspicion that it was him? It felt as if the guy in the end was a completely different character. That just makes me feel cheated. A good ‘whodunnit’ has a fair amount of ‘hiding the gun’ and this just let me down. The whole haunted house part also felt incredibly forced. The writer had a great idea, but in the end the story was just very disappointing.

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A Good One

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Short and direct. Yet, still took the time to build a good climactic plot.
I will be loading more from this author.

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Very enjoyable and suspenseful story!

I really enjoyed listening to this story. The narration of the characters had me paying close attention for any signs of deception. The story was thrilling and had me in suspense to the very end. Well done!

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  • Eddie K.
  • 08-07-22

Excellent book!

I really enjoyed this short story. It’s perfect when you don’t want to embark on a long session.

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  • Carl S
  • 07-22-22

Unexpected deviation from Dervla McTiernan

I have listedned to a number of books from the Cormac Reilly series and really like them. So i was intrigued to try something new and different from the author. It's a good story and the narration is engaging, I just felt I didn't quite care enough about the characters to be able to give this a full 5 stars, but close and keen to read/listen to more in the future.

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  • JoP
  • 06-11-22

Disappointed

Dervla McTiernan is one of my favourite crime authors, but sadly I was not convinced by this story. I don't want to give anything away, but perhaps this was because it was too complex a plot for the novella format and so I never felt that I got to know the characters. There also seemed to be too many loose threads at the end. In comparison, I feel that 'The Roommate' was a masterclass in the short crime novella format.

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  • Nicole
  • 06-10-22

Disappointing

The story is not up to the author’s usual high standard and feels undeveloped and improbable. Maybe that’s why it was set in the US: more believable there? But what really bothered me was the narration, especially of the main character. It was jerky and didn’t flow. A good (or bad) narration makes all the difference to a book’s ability to charm and this one isn’t it.

Looking forward to a return to form for this great writer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-22

Don’t go there

It’s not that I did not like the story it wasn’t a bad plot. It’s not that I minded the supernatural on the contrary there are some good cross over stories. I didn’t even mind the narrators they were not bad considering the disjointed plot. But I don’t get it at all why the author went there. Most if they want to dabble in a different genre go there full blast not really mixing them and some can get it done very well. And in Ireland and other Celtic countries the stories are never far and quite often the supernatural is on the back of the mind of many people whatever stories are told. But this didn’t really fit not for me anyway. And still what bothered me most was that it could have been a good sidestep if it was meant to be. A lost and missed opportunity.

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  • 05-29-22

decent plot, clunky end.

Sound premise, interesting dual narrative but either needs some editing to the first 2/3 of the story or greater detail in the last 1/3. Still enjoyable though.

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  • Nicola
  • 05-21-22

Not her best

The ending of this was so very rushed and predictable - exemplifies the bad things about short stories.

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  • Joy Mc Keon
  • 05-04-22

different style

Not loving the narration overall.
It's not like her other books but it was a interesting change in style

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  • ptipper
  • 04-27-22

Disappointing

Very disappointing - way below McTiernan's usual standard, with a confusing, implausible storyline. Very much hope she recovers her form in her forthcoming new book.

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  • Suzanne G.
  • 04-27-22

Could have been good, but for supernatural stuff

The premise of the story held promise, but it really didn't deliver. The "twist" was so loudly trailed as to be hardly surprising when it was revealed. But what ruined it for me was the (unnecessary in my opinion) addition of some sort of supernatural intervention in the resolution. The story could have plausibly stood on its own without that miraculous last minute intercession.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-22

Loved it

Guessable, but good listen.
Good narration esp Seb. Nice touch that the house was a character

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  • Dermot
  • 04-11-22

great story

really enjoyed this novella. the characters felt realistic and it wasn't obvious right at the start like some other mystery stories. it was well read too.

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  • Noelle N.
  • 04-05-22

Didn’t see that coming

I have read all of her books and this didn’t disappoint shirt but sweet excellent

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-22

Excellent

This was an enjoyable short story. Didn't see the twist coming right till the end. Excellent writing by the author with good narration. . Worth a listen.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 04-04-22

Dervla is marvellous …..a super writer

I’ve been waiting for a new Dervla McTiernan book for a year to me she is my favourite author. As you listen your feelings constantly change. Most books are obvious but not with Dervla McTiernan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-22

Spoiler and trigger warning!

What in the hell was that! Crazy cops and a magic house?
The 2 separate narrators doing the same character voices differently was bad enough. But the story was pretty bad. I kept thinking to myself that if the house had killed the people I was going to be angry. Then when the twist happened I was kind of releived that it was a simple crazy/love/jealousy thing. Then the house was magic and I was instantly infuriated. Why ruin a good thriller with a magic house?

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  • Jayne
  • 08-06-22

Sorry Dervla

This is my first negative review for this author. Narration felt monotone and boring. It was an effort to finish.

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  • skye
  • 08-03-22

nooooooo

Why stop using Aoife McMahon for McTiernans books? She was perfect. I can't listen to it with this voice, will read it instead.

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  • Magdalen
  • 08-01-22

great story but disappointing narration

I really like Dervla McTiernan's writing, and felt this novella was an interesting and compelling story but I felt the narration was artificial, stilted, and unnatural, especially for the main adult characters. The second narrator, for the son, sounded more authentic.

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  • Beverly
  • 07-30-22

weird

too too weird love her stories but not this one glad it was only a short story