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Summary

Some people die alone and someone has to clean what's left behind - houses, bodies, memories and old, dark secrets.

Grace McGill is an insular, friendless woman, living in Glasgow in her 30s. She has her beloved cat, and she has her own business - deep cleaning the houses of Undiscovereds. People who die alone and stay that way until they are found weeks, sometimes months, later. 

While working in the home of a man named Tommy Agnew, her suspicions are aroused by a hidden photograph and a stack of newspapers, all from the same date over many, many years. 

Grace can't get the mysterious life and sad death of Tommy Agnew out of her head, and she soon begins an investigation that could cost her her life. The past has stayed buried for many years already, but Grace has never been one to brush things under the carpet.... 

A stand-out novel with a unique narrative voice and an unguessable mystery. You are guaranteed to remember Grace McGill.

©2022 C.S. Robertson (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"A dark, disturbing and highly original thriller. You'll love Grace McGill." (Mark Billingham)

"Dark, twisted and compelling, you won't want Grace to clean your house...." (C.L. Taylor)

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Great Read

This book had me hooked from the very beginning. The storyline had a lot of different elements to it and it was fantastically executed by the narrator. One of the best books I’ve listen too so far this year.

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Clever and thought provoking

Really unusual story, cleverly done and beautifully voiced. Makes you think about those people who have fallen through the cracks. I highly recommend this book

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Brilliant

Give this book a chance at the start. Beginning bit dreary and you might presume too much.. Twisty turny story that leaves us yet again reminded that all in life is not always what it seems to be.
Really enjoyed this book. Give it a go I don't think you will regret it

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Beautiful

Didn't know what to expect but it was excellent. Kept me guessing in parts but just a beautiful, sad story.

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I really wanted to like this

I loved the premise and eagerly downloaded this one. It started really well and built an intriguing mystery… and then took a huge turn that I felt didn’t work. I didn’t enjoy it at all from then on and I really hated the ending.

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A most unusual crime

Set in Glasgow with very realistic descriptions, this most unusual character certainly attracted my attention.
As her life story developed, I was hooked. The characters she met appeared very true to life. The author's own narration helped in this.
After mid way, however I felt less involved and slightly irritated with the slower pace. So glad that I continued as this book finishes really well - I certainly had not predicted the closing chapters. Thank you audible!

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Bad narrator, cats and grossness

Rarely is there a narrator that makes a book almost unbearable, this one does. It's almost completely monotone. Hard to differentiate between characters and almost put me to sleep.

Then, way too much about the cat. It's borderline creepy in some parts.

I have a weak stomach, doesn't go well with how in depth they go into death smells and rotting bodies, maggots and biologist beings. More than a little much. I realized that would be a part of it. Didn't think it would be that much. She has no friends or social life. So it's the nasty death goo, the cat and the alcoholic father she cleans for every day for some reason.

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  • Kimberley Brown
  • 21-01-22

Very Original, Unique and Clever

This book is so original and refreshing! It is in a category of its own and well researched in the forensic science area. The main character is a compassionate female ’cleaner’ of homes in which a person has died alone, usually elderly, and their demise is not discovered for weeks or months. She is meticulous and thoughtful. She forms a connection to the departed imagining their lives through objects or photographs left behind. The work is intense physically and emotionally so as a catharsis she recreates little dioramas of the rooms where their lives came to an end. The narrator is excellent! The young girl who disappeared years ago still remains a mystery but information begins to emerge….

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