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Summary

A mysterious figure. A whispering community. A deadly secret....

When Stina and Jack move to an old rural cottage, they’re hoping for a fresh start. Their new home is run-down compared to their neighbour’s, but generous Mrs Barley quickly becomes a friend.

Until Stina sees a mysterious figure in the widow’s garden and her happy new life begins to unravel. And when she hears strange noises in the night, she is forced to question if Mrs Barley is what she seems. 

Why do the other villagers whisper about her? Why is she so eager to help the couple? And what is she hiding in her picture-perfect home? 

A haunting, twisty story about the power of secrets and rumours, perfect for fans of Ruth Ware’s The Turn of the Key and Lucy Atkins’ Magpie Lane.

©2021 Anne Wyn Clarke (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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suspense builds up...

At first this book seemed a bit slow, but the story and build up of the suspense and mystery was really wonderful.

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A book of nothing

Long drawn out story then it ends, most boring book of all time it’s like listening to gossip with nothing in it

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OMG WHAT A BOOK!😱👏🏽OMG Lauren Moakes is OUTSTANDING!💯👏🏽

Do not listen to ANY reviews about this being boring, im really really fussy and this book was absolutely BRILLIANT! Loved every single second of it, not a minute of it bored me!💯 The narrator Lauren has such an AMAZING talent for reading and she glides you through the story brilliantly! A HUGE well done to her😊👏🏽👏🏽 and I can’t believe there are no more books by this author ( I’ve already looked)😩 this is one of the beat books I’ve listened too for sure! 10/10 from me! Ignore any negative reviews, it’s BRILLIANT! Twists and turns I never even saw coming 😂👏🏽 thank you so much Ann Clark, thank you so much Lauren Moakes, and thank you audible for another WONDERFUL book!!! Awww im gutted it’s finished!😩😂👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽♥️♥️♥️xxx

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Good read

I liked this book, lots of twists but the some ends untied. No explanation to one death and various other things

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We are constantly led up and down the garden path…

The narrator is absolutely ideal for this wide ranging, deep and many layered story. She has a perfect style of reading especially as she doesn’t try to speak as a man, just tells the tale. Her young voice is a breath of fresh air and she carries off the excellent dialogue and prose which is almost Jane Austen like at times, quaintly old fashioned, which fits with a child brought up by an elderly aunt; always coping marvellously with the fluent, wide vocabulary.

The story is one long about turn with suppositions up ended and a sea of red herrings. At times heavy in domestic detail, l but never without good reason. I loved it once I was reeled in and amazed by the truths that eventually emerged. One to be absorbed in and will live with you for a while after. Only a single query why was the cottage sometimes Whisper Cottage and other times Wisteria Cottage?

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Brilliant, Haunting, Unique

I loved every aspect of this story.
1) a rural village with secrets
2) a seemingly creepy neighbor with her own secrets
3) the paranoia and isolation that comes with a) being pregnant and alone most of the time and b) the whispers of people our protagonist gets to know in this village and the sussing out of what’s true and what’s just folklore and an old woman getting a bad rap as a witch of some kind.
I found the entire premise fascinating and I also completely related to Stina, the pregnant and isolated protagonist who is on a mission to find out why the village folk have such disdain for her neighbor who shares the cottage next door.
Odd sounds coming from next door in the dead of night that Stina’s husband never seems to hear and odd sightings of a man crossing through garden behind the older woman’s cottage.
A Raven with a bold stripe, all of these details made for a scintillating read.
I couldn’t put it down.
My only regret is that, after finishing this book I realized there were no other titles available from this author, as I would’ve bought them all.
Simply based on this one read.
The narration is fantastic and the story is cleverly told.
I look forward to many more titles by Anne Wyn Clark.
Very, very well done.