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Summary

‘My book of the year so far…’ —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

In this chilling thriller from the bestselling authors of Spare Room, one woman just wants the truth about who she really is. But she’s not the only one looking…

It’s twenty years since Eva, a biracial woman, was adopted as an eight-year-old, and Cherry and Carlton ‘Sugar’ McNeil have always been the only parents she’s wanted or needed. But when she’s dealt the double blow of Cherry’s death and her own suspension from work, Eva decides it’s time to discover who she was before she was theirs.

Against Sugar’s advice, Eva joins a DNA database, desperate for a match that will unlock her identity. And when a positive hit comes, she’s excited to learn there are relations out there who might hold the key. But the closer Eva gets to uncovering her past, the more it appears someone is trying to stop her finally finding the truth…

As she continues to dig, Eva is drawn into a dark and merciless underside to society, where black women disappear without a word. Names erased from history, no search parties, no desperate pleas for their return. Once, someone tried to save Eva from all this. Someone wanted a better life for her. But now that she’s torn down the facade of her life, has she come too far to be spared again?

©2022 Mitchell and Joseph Ltd. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“British actress Andoh (recently seen as Lady Danbury on Netflix’s Bridgerton) breathlessly navigates listeners through the tumultuous twists and turns of Eva’s investigation by modulating the speed and tone of her narration to ratchet up the suspense. Her dynamic performance as Eva and her expert juggling of other character accents make for a compelling and fast-paced listen.”Booklist

“Narrator Adjoa Andoh showcases her acting talents in portraying Eva, a woman in desperate search of her birth mother, and the women and men who are part of Eva's life. With appropriate pacing and intense emotion, Andoh expresses the tension and pain felt by the women she voices. Some of the most heartbreaking moments come in Andoh's masterful performance of young Eva's experiences in an orphanage.… This is a disturbing, slow-burn psychological thriller that keeps listeners engaged to the end.”AudioFile Magazine 

“A heartfelt and eloquent exploration of the iniquities of racial bias.”The Guardian 

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Never forget

From the naming of names, sweeping through the heart wrenching grief of the dead and the missing and adding the thrill of mystery, I was transported and engrossed until the potent saying of names!!!

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Beautifully narrated

I enjoyed this book, great story and home truths. There was some twists but the ending was expected. Do recommend it.

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Hooray: beyond crime, way beyond crime

And into social justice into the way people want and need to feel, be treated in their neighbourhoods. It’s a new genre: neighbourhood social justice that reaches back into the oldest inter generational traumas of slavery, racism and how they impact contemporary life: children, teenagers, adults without inclusion and rights under privileged eyes
that are just as damaged. Brilliant!


Gripping, flowing, scary and detailed: the story of children, women and their journeys through a world set up to injure, harm and negate them cuts across time, age, class, ethnicity and gender. Here is the news and the news is art!
Well done Dreda and Ryan what an achievement.

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really enjoyed

wasn't sure at first but got into it very quickly and finished in 2 days , sad but unfortunately true to life.

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  • 30-04-22

Factual

This reading was taking from the present events of today about the missing brown skin women that have yet to he found or thier disappearance investigated.

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  • 21-04-22

Thoughtful, original, moving, telling.

Thoughtful, original, moving, telling. Could not put this book down till the very last word. Great read.

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  • Ann Rausch
  • 04-04-22

See Her: Say Her Name

This story is so touching and told absolutely perfectly. It is also a story that is very appropriate for the times we find ourselves in now.

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  • Sharron Black
  • 27-05-22

Hard for me to put down

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Good plot, engaging characters and a good mystery all wrapped up in a timely current events topic.

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  • Angella K.
  • 23-05-22

Pretty good!

very ominous. great listen. thank you all for performing and writing. I enjoyed this book.

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  • judy hudson
  • 21-05-22

Strong

this story is so real for today's world... I was in tears of pain and joy

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  • russell g smith
  • 04-05-22

Great book

Wonderful and timely story. Best book I’ve read/listened to in years. Good enough that it’s the first one I’ve ever rated or reviewed.

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  • miss esther f wainwright
  • 27-04-22

gripping

it was an enjoyable mystery and very well sequenced storyline that keeps you engaged.

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  • Claudia Graham
  • 21-06-22

What a Story!

This was totally engaging. Imagine the distance one will go to gain power over the poor and innocent.

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  • jeanndre
  • 19-06-22

Gripping

A gripping story full of suspense, sadness and reality. Touched me in deeply as this is an ongoing reality.