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The Engagement

By: Samantha Hayes
Narrated by: Sarah Durham
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Summary

You thought you had escaped him. Until he proposed to your daughter.

"There’s someone I want you to meet," Belle says, as a man draws up to her side. He’s tall with dark hair and stubble on his square jaw. He’s not exactly smiling, but the corner of his mouth curls upwards as he slides his hand around my daughter’s waist.

I grab my husband’s arm to steady myself, as the room spins around me.

I stare into the man’s eyes–jet black. Nothing and everything hidden behind them.

Fear prickles my skin as I remember what he did.

How I only just escaped.

All the lies I’ve had to tell since.

"I want you to meet Jack," Belle says, brimming with excitement. "He’s my fiancé." She rests her head on his shoulder. "Isn’t it exciting? We’re engaged!"

Fear hammers in my chest. I have to stop this.

My daughter’s life is in danger, and it’s all because of me.…
A totally gripping psychological thriller from an Amazon No. 1 best seller that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and have you gasping at the twists.

©2023 Samantha Hayes (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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It was okay

I guessed the 'twist' without even realising it was a twist because it was so obvious so unfortunately I was disappointed when a twist didn't occur.

Great narrator though and was an easy listen.

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Not sure if I recommend this book

The story is a bit dragged out and the plot twist was actually predictable
I regretted spending my credit on it

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Well read and interesting to a point ......

.......beyond which I just could not take it any longer. We all make mistakes in our younger years and we may all keep a few secrets, but this heroine succeeds in making a real meal of her mistake. She is far from unintelligent and married to a good man and I saw little reason for not coming clean when her past rears up and threatens her beloved daughter. But she doesn't and everything escalates into melodrama and absolute nonsense. 11 plus hours that could have been condensed into 5 and would have proved a much better novel. Stop with the padding, get to the point, stick to it and hold the interest of the listener 'cos this one skipped almost half of the book and was relieved to get to the end ......and I guessed that too. Most unsatisfactory and will be returned forthwith.

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Huge twist!!!

Don’t hesitate! This story is fab and I really didn’t see the huge twist at the end coming!
Clever writing. Thoroughly enjoyed. Go for it! 😍

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Brilliant with a fab twist

This is the first Samantha Hayes book I have listened to but certainly won’t be the last.
Excellent narration by Sarah Durham.
Really gripping story and is a bit dark in places but worth it.
I just wasn’t expecting the twist!

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Really enjoyed

I really enjoyed the story; it kept me interested all the way through and now the narrator had me intrigued and the plot kept twisting.

was a bit slow but I didn't mind that.

I do recommend.

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loved every minute

couldn't switch it off, I was hooked. the narrator was great, using different voices for each person, which was great for me so I didn't get list with who was who.

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Not an easy listen, very dark

The subject matter consists of every character telling lies, misrepresenting themselves, living with unbearable guilt while keeping terrible secrets. None of them appear to be straightforward and there are some most uncomfortable moments of exciting, I suppose, scenes of violence, prostitution, childbirth and death. There is a complex plot and that is satisfactorily unravelled. It depends on what you enjoy, for me it was all to worrying!

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Very good, though a slightly tricky ending.......

Really enjoyed the pace and vibe of this one, and read superbly as ever by the incomparable Sarah Durham. As a super fan of this genre, I did see some of he twists coming, and the ending felt a little far fetched and complex for my liking, but generally a very good book

More please Ms Hayes!

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Absolutely fabulous

Fantastic story, gripping right to the end.
As always superb narration by Sarah Durham. I devoured this book

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  • 14-01-23

Incredible!

Fantastic story, convincingly strong narration and an extremely entertaining ending!! Everything you could want in a good listen. If you’re on the fence, just get it! Well worth the credit!!!

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  • 23-01-23

Not for me

This story was too long, drawn out, and predictable. I couldn’t stand the main character. She was more worried about her own reputation than her daughter being trafficked.

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  • ROBIN
  • 23-01-23

Original and very graphic !!

I don't really know how to review this book, because I've never read or heard anything like it.
It was a wild and sometimes frustrating ride, and it was SO graphic in several ways... sometimes it made me feel like I was right there, and sometimes it just made me cringe.
I'm not sorry I listened to it, but I'm also not sad that it's over.
So many secrets

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  • 6catz
  • 27-02-23

Another hysterical Mom

On the plus side: did get me interested right away, and the last twist was nice. On the minus side: features the most clueless, dumbest 18 year old on earth. I mean I was dumb at 18 but even I knew better than this kid. Second: does ANY mystery writer in the world have a plot idea that doesn’t involve hysterical women and lost children????? I mean it’s been done and done and done to death, in books and Lifetime movies and all with the schmaltzy sappy ending. Even when nicely written it’s gotten cringey. Looking for something more original than super macho Harry Bosch types or Mommy plots. Not enough out there for this reader.

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  • 02-02-23

Twisty

This audiobook was very interesting and kept me interested all the way through. Good read.

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  • Canday Jones
  • 02-02-23

Whoa 😮

The ending...I love that. That was chilling. Samantha Hayes did it up with this one....yes keep doing these

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-01-23

Great listen

Such a great story with a shocking twist at the end that I didn’t see coming!!! I enjoyed it very much and found myself not wanting to turn it off because I was so sucked in to it!! 10/10 would recommend

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  • SparklyGlitter
  • 29-01-23

Good,but could have been shorter

I did enjoy the book. I wish I could have given it a 3&1/2 star rating. I liked the story but I felt like there was a lot of unnecessary fluff. It seemed that information was repetitive or implied in places & didn’t need restating.I did enjoy the twist at the end,it just seemed a long time in getting there. I was a little disappointed in the narration. This narrator sounded completely unbelievable as the male character(voicing Belle’s fiancé). And as the main character, her voice was a bit raspy to be voicing a character in her late 30’s.

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  • shannen
  • 24-01-23

Twisty!

Well written characters and subtle, intriguing hints to unpredictable plot twists. Great narration. Well played.