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Summary

Secrets can kill, and Danni Brooks knows that better than anyone.

When her husband and two of her three children perish in a devastating house fire, Danni is sure it is arson. She’s even more sure that her and her eldest daughter, Mia, were meant to die in the fire, too. But they are just a normal family. Who would want them dead?

Mia doesn’t talk. She can’t. She is locked in her own world where no one, not even her mother, can reach her.

Desperate for answers and convinced the truth might help her to reach her daughter, Danni tries to piece together the events leading up to that murderous night and uncover the arsonist. But with so many lies to untangle, what is the truth?

Prepare to have your breath taken away by an unforgettable twist that will leave you reeling.... Kirsty Ferguson is back with a heart-stopping and utterly gripping novel, perfect for all fans of B. A. Paris and Adele Parks.

©2020 Kirsty Ferguson (P)2020 Boldwood Books

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No!

Sorry, I’m nearly an hour in and the way it’s written and narrated it’s jarring against the actual story and distracting me from the story.

“She repeatedly called their names, again and again “! Tautology, we’ve all done it in normal speak but it irks me when written.

“D.Warf”, that made me smile though as it was how I taught my children to spell Snow White and the seven dwarfs.

From the setting of the house at the start of the book and the accent of the narrator I imagined it was set in some remote area in Britain. But then, she lived in a caravan (British)park but she was “trailer trash” ( Americanism). They were on welfare (Americanism), but later, benefits (British). Then when one of the characters seemed to adopt an Australian accent I thought maybe all those terms are used in Australia.

The point is, I was so involved in trying to place the environment, a huge part of listening to or reading a book, that I wasn’t actually following the story so I’m afraid I’ve given up. It may have been a fantastic book if I’d been able to get beyond the distractions.

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You won't guess where this is going

Not many books where the only person that knows the ending is the author .Clever and different even though the content of the storyline is a bit disturbing .well narrated and interpreted.Have given kirsty Ferguson 5 * as she deserves it .will read another of her books but space them out with something less disturbing.

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OMG!!

Never have I hated so many characters in one book!! Persevered til the end...which was the best part of the book!! Really I wouldn't bother...they all really annoyed me..not a pleasent listen...luckily it was free!!!

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Brilliant

I binged this in one day, a very different narrative for the Genre, refreshingly so.

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Probably the most depressing book I’ve ever tried to listen to.

Wouldn’t bother unless you have the Samaritans on speed dial. And if you do then you really really don’t want to come anywhere near this.

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depressing read

Awful book. If the author's intent was to torture the characters and suck all of the joy out of reading, it worked. I don't know how I finished this book and I wish I hadn't.

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disappointed

I found every character so horrid I was not routing for anyone and some of it didn't tie up like why did the teacher end his life? I assume because Mia died? How when Danni was behaving like Joanne wasn't she recognised by people as Danni ? Almost every character was unkind. A lot of it made zero sense particularly the ending. It was just too obscure and I read thrillers

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Dont waste your time

This was the most ridiculous book
The story line was totally unbelievable and it’s taken time I won’t get back

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Absolutely dreadful

Do not waste your time! So many parts of this are so unrealistic and unfathomable. The main character is so unlikeable and the story overall has too many plot holes. I’m glad this did not require audible credits, but I now understand why!

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catastrophic

it started out quite interestingly with a girl's unfortunate family life and school bullies. Weaving back and forth in time it describes useless parents, sleazy boys/men, and sex obsessed, boy mad girls. It was a ridiculous concoction of thrown in sex scenes, (assuming all males were brainless, potential rapists completely ruled by their d***s) and brash and trashy characters added in an attempt to add spice. A complete car crash just thrown together. The ending was a cop out that lacked any subtlety at all.

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  • 29-12-21

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I was enjoying this book until I read one of the reviews. The person revealed the total ending of the book. Why would anybody do that. I was hoping that the person I thought did it, really didn’t.Oh well, anybody reading that review will certainly know the ending now.

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  • 25-11-21

Hardly a mystery or a thriller

The descriptive writing was fine and the narration was fine, it was the story that was so ridiculous. It was predictable and implausible. The question of why a woman who is betrayed by her husband and sister would murder her three children is beyond me. And some of the details are just silly, for instance, if you lose everything in a house fire, does your bank account disappear? your credit cards? What about the land the house sat upon? and the cars? and your job? all of it vanishes in the fire? Very silly and not worth 9 hours and 19 minutes.

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  • Jeri H. Martin
  • 23-11-21

Didn't see that coming.

When I read interesting books, somehow I am gripped to every word so there is no need to read them again. This one, however, needs to be read twice, I think. I figured it out about the fire but was convinced Mia was the one who did it. I absolutely did not see that ending coming and now I have to go back to tie it all in. You won't want to put this book down until you reach the end, that's for sure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-21

It was gripping!

This story was a definite thriller! Keeps u listening til you can't anymore!! Recommend it to most!

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  • 27-11-21

WOW!

You're in for a surprise! This was a very good listen as I could not shut it off.

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  • Scott J Smith
  • 21-11-21

Both easy and hard to get through

The narrator does a good job with the characters and moving through the plot in a way that just makes the story go by. However, there are many triggers in this book (physical abuse, familial abuse, sexual assault) that there are some scenes that make you want to fast forward it’s so tough to hear. Overall, I listened to it in one day while doing yard work which was fine but I don’t think I could have listened while doing nothing else.

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  • Allie R.
  • 12-10-21

Not a believable story

This book is based on the idea that the police would rule a fire in which 4 people died as arson then not open an investigation into it at all. They literally are like “yup, murder. No further questions.” And as an avid true crime fan I was unable to suspend disbelief enough to enjoy it at all. Also, spoiler-

Multiple personality disorder is such a cop out story line. Not a well written book. Skip it.

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  • Natasha Akers
  • 24-12-21

Not bad

The story was pretty good. It was kind of hard to follow though. Definitely not something to listen to unless you can focus in it.

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  • Samantha
  • 19-07-22

Wow

So the story was good but the ending. Holy smoke. I definitely recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-22

Completely unrealistic

The list of unrealistic, unbelievable and things that make no sense at all are endless in this book. I would laundry list it but don’t want to spoil it for anyone. The “twists” were also very predictable. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers, don’t read this book as you will be sorely disappointed

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