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Publisher's Summary

"Take my hand, little one."

Fran finds her standing by the swings. A little girl, Esther, no older than seven years old, by herself in the dead of night, her pretty but old-fashioned yellow dress covered in grass stains and her hair dishevelled. She says she's waiting for Father, and that strikes Fran as particularly odd. 

After Esther is reunited with her family, Fran can't stop thinking about this pious child whose imaginary friend is God. Fran's instincts tell her something is very wrong. Why does Esther keep running away from home, and how did she get that bruise on her leg? 

Fran's husband warns her not to get too close, but one morning, Esther and her family disappear. Where did they go? Why did they leave their furniture behind? 

Fran knows in her gut that something terrible is going to happen to that child, and she can't stand by while it happens. No matter the cost. 

After all, she found her. But can she save her? 

©2021 Sarah Denzil (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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Best Book Ever!!

This story is not for the faint of heart. It will grip you, have you clamoring for the next chapter and affect you long after you have listened to it. I absolutely loved it!!

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Picks up more towards the end

The beginning is a tad slow in my opinion, but closer to the middle it’s a good story, that slowly takes you to where its trying to go. With what at first seems like a cliche explanation of the story’s mysteriousness …. It later takes a interesting turn, with a surprise twist, and wraps it all up nicely at the end. It’s a good listen.

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whatt

dissapointed by the ending. narrator also did a terrible american accent. built up to a let down.

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didn't like it

Book started off very slowly and was very boring.. struggle to listen finally gave up will not look at another. ok from this author

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What will happen to little one

I sure did love the twist on this story. I was shocked. Very entertaining.

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  • JJM
  • 2021-05-15

DISAPPOINTING

This book was more of a memoir than a mystery. An apt title could have been "Fran's Obsession". From the begining I couldn't understand her motives, however, the end of the book explained it. All in all the whole book was too far fetched for me to believe the plot, more like a bad dream Fran was having.

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  • Jan
  • 2021-03-29

Somewhat implausible

Esther as a 7 year old would not have had the maturity to behave as portrayed and it is totally unbelievable that a woman would arbitrarily uproot herself and travel to the wilds of Arizona to search for this adult woman and child I found this ultimately far fetched but will say that the narrator did an excellent job.

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  • Rita
  • 2021-01-17

RitaRN

Could not quit listening. Sarah, has done it again. Magnificent story with secrets. You will be shocked and love it.

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  • Wendi
  • 2021-04-30

Fizzled 3/4 of way in

This book started out very well. I liked the characters, and was enjoying the story. However, after the first half of the book, the story started to fizzle out. It became a chore to listen to it.

In merry old England we have the inhabitants of a small town where everyone knows everyone. Out of the blue, a young couple move in the neighbourhood. They have a little girl. The talk of the town of course focuses on 'Who are they, and what are they doing here?' When it's discovered that they are (GASP) Americans, one of their new neighbours becomes obsessed in finding out more.

Just to insert this quickly- the narrator tried her best at an American accent but truly failed miserably. My goodness. It was bad.

The young couple and their daughter live a very simple lifestyle and it's assumed they are Mennonite or Amish. However, when they disappear in the middle of the night, one nosey neighbour goes on a quest to find out where they've gone and why they've left.

This is the point where the story gets.. well... just stupid.

Disappointing..

-Wendi

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  • Tammi Damm
  • 2021-02-04

OMG! What a story

I absolutely loved this book. could not stop. I was so shocked at the revelation in the latter part of the story! Highly recommend this book!

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  • Amanda L.
  • 2021-11-11

Beware -Very Triggering

Fran is a thoroughly enjoyable character, you really feel for her. This book has the ability to evoke very painful emotions. If you’ve ever struggled with infertility, pregnancy loss, or infant loss, beware this will be very triggering. Otherwise I enjoyed the mystery and it was a great performance and a great story.

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  • Tracy Riggs
  • 2021-07-26

Good Story-The TWIST=EHHHH!

Overall the story kept my interest. I loved the reader's British Accent, however her Southern Twang was comical, to say the least! There was a very unexpected twist towards the end that made me rewind to be sure I heard, correctly! I even thought Fran was having a bad dream. But, NOPE! This particular twist was a little too far fetch and silly! I would recommend this book, if you have 9 hours to kill. I mean, it does keep your interest!!!!!

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  • Ado
  • 2021-07-11

WOW!

This book was like finding a recipe for a rare, delicious dish!
All of the ingredients...from beginning to end were added precisely as needed!!!

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  • Martha Sommers
  • 2021-04-23

Good read

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The twist towards the end was good. I didn’t see it coming.

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  • Vanessa thomas
  • 2021-01-26

wtf did I just read?!

This is a very strange book and not well written. A woman gets on a plane to chase after neighbors that left without warning and leaves the country to find out why and ends up in a cult?! just weird. I've been impressed with this author in the past but not this time.

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  • Donna Guider
  • 2021-01-23

Sarah Denzil does it again!!!

Really liked how it ended. Realistic to a traumatic story and outcome. I need to read more books by this author.

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  • Ariane M.
  • 2021-09-27

Good not great

While the performance by the narrator was nothing short of amazing the story is okay. She did so well with the American accents. The plot was interesting but I wouldn’t say this has been my favorite story by the author. There just wasn’t enough suspense for me and wasn’t much of a thriller but I enjoyed while it lasted. Toward the mid end I just wanted to get it over with and move on to the next book. I’m short , it was just okay.

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