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Summary

In a normal family, in a normal house, on a normal street, everything is about to go horribly wrong....

You’d never know what secrets the house on Hogarth Street holds - what’s happening, right this second, behind closed doors.

An emerald-green front lawn. Perfectly trimmed hedging. An ivy-covered front gate and the scent of honeysuckle in the air. In the yard, two scooters lie on the grass. One blue, one pink, belonging to five-year-old twins.

But if you look closely, you’ll see the windows closed on the hottest day of the year.

If you listen carefully, you’ll hear the sound of a mother reassuring her precious children, the son and daughter she’d do anything for, as she holds their little hands. It’s okay, Mama’s here.

If you manage to get past the locked doors, you’d find her blaming herself. For the mistakes she has made. The choices that have to led to this moment. Her regrets about trusting the wrong people.

Inside the beautiful house on a quiet street is a mother making a desperate decision. Because somebody is threatening the life she has built and the children she worships. It’s down to her to protect her family. How far she is willing to go? 

©2021 Nicole Trope (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

Critic reviews

"Incredible.... It's going on my list of favourite reads of the year. I had tears streaming down my cheeks.... I was blown away.... I really can’t say enough great things about this book. It is a must-read." (Jaynie’s Book Reviews)

"OMG!!!!! An absolute meteor-shower of stars for this one! Fantabulous! Jaw-dropping. Twisty.... So, so wonderful.... If I could rate a book 100 stars, I would.... An outstanding read." (Sandy’s Book a Day Blog) 

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THIS BOOK MUST BE TURNED INTO A FILM

Well I never saw the twist until I went HUH! I identified with all the well rounded characters so brilliantly narrated! I wanted to hurry to the end, but also didn’t want to come to the end of the book,
Best thriller I’ve heard in 2021. Utterly absorbing and gripping. A truly brilliantly written book.
EVERY ONE MUST READ THIS BOOK

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brilliant

I couldn't stop listening,wanting to find out what wad going to happen next.
A great twist,never thought I could get so engrossed in an audio book.
I'm completely hooked.

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Wow, so so good.

This was a brilliant book. Such an amazing story, I felt like I had just watched a superb film in my mind. It was like a jigsaw completed. I felt uplifted that humans can be kind & caring. Read superbly too. Thank you.

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Great plot.

Well written, well narrated. A definite listen, keeps you interested and wanting to “just hear one more” chapter. Will look for more of her books and also more from the narrator, who has a very soothing voice.

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Good but predictable

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Glad this was free, never finished as I couldn't stand the readers voice, quite grating.

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What a tedious story

Struggled through 4 hours and then gave up, bored to tears. I have no idea how it is rated so highly. Sorry.

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  • 10-09-21

Young children hurt and terrorized.

The book does have a good plot with good character development and interesting interrelationships. However, I did not enjoy it because in general I don’t like stories about hostage situations. But the main reason I didn’t enjoy it was because of the physical pain and psychological terror inflicted on 5-year old twins and the lifelong damage done to them. The book also includes suicide. The book is for people who are not bothered by these themes.

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  • lpinnc
  • 29-08-21

Keeps you guessing till the end!

The tension begins with the very first chapter. Love the technique of switching the character prospective from one chapter to the next. Just when you think the questions are going to be answered, the action switches to another character & the part they play in the story. Will definitely try another book from this author

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  • Gabby
  • 30-08-21

Great book

Great storyline. Fast moving. Just remember Karma knows your address.
Who really know what goes on at your neighbors house

Thanks Nicole Trope

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  • Ruth Barroga
  • 26-08-21

don't waste your time or money

I hated this story. the audio took 12vhours to go over a 4 hour period of uninteresting characters and the author trying to mislead the listener. I'm sorry I wasted my time and money on a book where you just listen to the dribble of thoughts from the characters with so little action.

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  • Lulu Dx
  • 01-10-21

Good Story & Twists but slow pace.

I really did like the story and the character development was done well. The problem was with pacing. It was slow. Even though the story was intriguing when the twist came which was great I wasn’t blown away which is unfortunate because it’s a great twist.

Narration was not good at times which took away from the story. I feel like when narrators try to change their voices for characters it can backfire. This was the case here.

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  • Taby
  • 01-09-21

When you think you’ve figured it out…another twist appears

I absolutely loved this book. The way the point of views from each character were shared throughout the book made me feel a range of emotions.

Anyone who likes a good suspense should read this! It will keep you at the edge of your seat until the very last page.

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  • Arta B
  • 01-09-21

Well read, but not worth it

The narrator did an excellent job reading this rather mundane story. Waste of time

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  • Debra J Miller
  • 03-10-21

Great.

Loved it. Was taken by surprise by ending. Narrator was very good, clear calming voice.

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  • lisa
  • 21-09-21

great characters

Very well written. Great in depth characters, with a solid story line. Narration took a bit to get use to but after a bit she was perfect!

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  • Frannie Carr
  • 15-12-21

Horrible

What a waste of my audible credit… this story litterally went no where!!! So far fetched!

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