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  • All the Little Things

  • A Tense and Gripping Thriller with an Unforgettable Ending
  • By: Sarah Lawton
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Summary

Never trust anyone. Never trust yourself.

Rachel has made poor decisions in the past, but she has always tried her best for her daughter. When Vivian needed a fresh start, Rachel didn't hesitate to move them far from London. She just wishes she could shake the nagging doubt that Vivian is hiding something.

Vivian isn't like other teenagers. On the surface she seems the same as her friends, but she knows she is different. When enigmatic Alex takes an interest in her, Vivian's cool demeanour hides an intensity of feeling she has never known before. His touch sets her skin on fire.

Mother and daughter are both keeping secrets. But just how dangerous are they? As lust and anger give way to violence Rachel will have to decide: is she prepared to give up everything for her child? Even her own life?

A taut and gripping psychological thriller about toxic families, secrets and life-or-death decisions. Don't miss this if you're a fan of He Said/She Said, Good Me, Bad Me and The Girlfriend

©2021 Sarah Lawton (P)2021 Sarah Lawton

Critic reviews

Pacy, compelling, and super dark with a very tense ending
-- C D Major, author of The Other Girl

Highly recommended... kept me reading FAR too late into the night
-- Tammy Cohen, author of The Wedding Party

I could not put this down - a riveting, psychological page-turner from a major new talent.
-- Cathi Unsworth, author of Bad Penny Blues

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Not Convinced

At a basic level this novel met my the requirements of domestic thriller. There are deaths, twists, a police presence and one or two nefarious characters who deserve some comeuppance. Yet the basic ingredients of the genre failed to materialise. For a start, there was a lack of tension. The presence of a child psychopath is usually a helpful trope for delivering the tension one comes to expect from the genre, however there has to be something about a character that attracts empathy. Take ‘Kevin in We Need to Talk about Kevin’ (Lionel Shriver). Kevin is hateful but his mum’s failings make us empathise somewhat and understand. Vivian had a violent dad and, as a result, an emotionally distant mum. But these contexts weren’t explored enough in the book to make Vivian convincing. Good performance, though. Because of the actresses range of intonations it was easy to differentiate between characters and I didn’t get lost.

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Don't look for an easy listen

Not sure just how to review this novel because much of it is unpleasant listening. Mother and daughter relationships can be difficult but this one is toxic. Something dreadful happened in the early years and they now live in a quiet village where mother draws illustrations (successfully) whilst her daughter succumbs to the darkest thoughts of a tortured mind. How the mother blinds herself to this takes some believing but in real life, this happens to many. Mental instability is never pleasant and the daughters descent into a hell of her own making is brilliantly described, so much so that, despite reservations, I had to see it through to the harrowing finale. Doubt that I have the stomach to read again so will return but not because it is a bad book - it isn't- but because it will possibly stay with me a while longer than most.

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Too much left unexplained, and a bit silly.

I enjoyed parts of this, and the narration was good. But the main premise was just rather silly by the end. And too much daft teenage angst for me. Also, one of the central things in the past that we were often teased about turned out to be never explained. Disappointing for me. And as for the shocking ending twist - it wasn't.

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Beautifully written and gripping

I’d probably give 4.5 stars if I could- half a star off just as I found some parts of the story weren’t explained at the end (why did Alex feel the need (and seem to very much enjoy) to sleep with both of them for example..
kept me listening though so was gripping and I adore the writers style so will try some other of her books :)

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Really enjoyed this book. Found the main character Vivian quite funny at times, although I sort of guessed how it was going to pan out.

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A tale with a sting.

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  • rlph
  • 14-08-22

Disappointed

Struggled to finish. Kept hoping it would redeem itself. Too much gratuitous sex... bummer.

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  • Daisey
  • 10-08-22

Very dark

15 year-olds with terrible language and sexual. Cannot read this. It's quite weird and I'm only at the beginning. Returning.

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  • james Hamm
  • 23-06-22

I Felt Like I'd Seen the Movie

This book is a follows a pretty common theme explored in many novels and movies, and unfortunately, I felt nothing really set it apart from those that have come before. While I think the narrator is quite talented, by the end of the book I was feeling like stomping my ear-pods because of the whiney sullen voice given to the daughter character of Vivian, This may have been a spot on interpretation of the character's tone and delivery but I simply got sick of hearing her talk. Early in, I was hoping the drama of the story would eventually revolve around Vivian's horrific death under the wheels of a large runaway trolley.

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  • T. West
  • 04-01-22

Definitely a great read!

I found this book by searching up Katie Villa as the narrator. She does and INCREDIBLE job narrating. And she doesn't disappoint with this book! Although I could predict some things that were going to happen, there were other things that still surprised me. I enjoyed the back and forth perspectives between mother, daughter and granddaughter. This story had me riveted right from the beginning to the very end. I literally gasped on the last sentence! I would say this author is comparable to K.L. Slater, Lucy Dawson and Mary Kubica. I hope she comes out with more!!!

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  • Debra
  • 03-04-22

Could not stop listening

Suspense from the start to finish. Love this audio book. Looking for more from Arthur

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  • Artsybiker
  • 26-03-22

Don’t miss this one!

Great story and lovely narration… she really captures the emotion of each character. Super twisty to the end.

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  • ROBIN
  • 25-02-22

FIFTEEN ??? Holy $h*t !!!

I am giving this story 4 stars, because it definitely held my attention. I wanted to give it 5, but the age of the girls in this story being 15 almost ruined it for me ! I almost gave it 3 stars instead of 4 for that reason alone. No spoilers, but... 15 ??? Ugh!
Also, although it held my interest, I wasn't at all surprised by the ending as so many other reviewers stated. Dark story, but quite predictable.

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  • Megan Langus
  • 26-01-22

Great book

I finished this book in 2 days. Great narrator and story. It’s definitely dark and twisted!

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  • Vikki
  • 14-09-22

No. Just no.

Well, unless you like a juvenile style story full of chapter- hogging teen sex scenes. Don’t waste your credit

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  • Laura Johnston
  • 31-08-22

Wow! Everyone Must Listen to this Book!

Absolutely loved the story! It really had me listening intently and kept me very engaged throughout the entire book. But just as important as the writing, the narration was beyond fabulous! Katie Villa should win an award for her portrayal of Vivian.