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"She’s nowhere," Mel cries frantically down the line. "She’s completely disappeared." Mel can hardly breathe her chest is so tight. She lets out the sob she’s been holding in. "And it’s all my fault...."

I nearly threw the letter about the inheritance away with the recycling. Late for work, worrying about how I would afford new school shoes for Kate, I just assumed it was a mistake. But perhaps moving to a new home in a quiet seaside town would be the fresh start we both need. Away from the school bullies making Kate’s life a misery, and out of the clutches of my dangerous ex. 

But in this new place where nobody knows our names, why do I hear locals whispering behind my back and have the uneasy feeling that my daughter is hiding something from me? Am I reading too much into the threatening messages left around our new home? Are the glimpses of my ex’s battered red truck real, or imagined?   

I will do anything to protect my daughter. She’s all I’ve ever wanted and all I really have, but the moment I opened that letter and accepted the gift, I walked us right into a dangerous trap. I need to get Kate to open up about the secret she’s keeping, but she’s not spoken a word since she found that little pile of bones buried in the garden.   

Days later, she goes missing.... 

A jaw-dropping, addictive, and totally twisty psychological thriller that will have you sleeping with the light on! Perfect for anyone who loved The Girl on the Train, Friend Request, or The Wife Between Us. 

Listeners love Samantha Hayes: 

"Oh my life! This book had me captivated from the very first page!... I loved this book! There are some huge shocks and twists which will have you gasping!... Clever, captivating, devious, exciting and non-stop. I highly recommend this book!" (The Book Reviewing Mum Blog, five stars)  

"OMG!... Hits you between the eyes with the most perfectly placed plot twist that had never even crossed your mind! You certainly won’t see where this one is going so just buckle up and enjoy the ride.... A brilliant page-turner! It has an incredibly satisfying ending that sent shivers down my spine and an exquisite twist that made my heart sing! Loved, loved, loved it!" (My Chestnut Reading Tree, five stars)

©2021 Samantha Hayes (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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  • Fde
  • 2021-02-23

Best Story Yet!

I've read a few of her books and this one was one of my favorite! She did a great job with all the characters and the story was so unique and exciting. Definitely worth the read.

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loved it!

great story. I loved the characters and plot twists. Looking forward to my next read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-02-01

Good Read

Original storyline, not the same old, same old over and over again. Looked forward to having time to listen, didn't want it to end. Good narrator.

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  • Laura
  • 2021-02-08

Another publication that needs more editing

With a one hour and three minutes left in the book, one sentence is said twice, “well a package of digestive do, I haven’t forgotten the cake“. This is been so many books lately that the publisher has failed to edit properly. Sometimes the narrator says things twice and different inflections used, and this case it sounds like the same phrase but said twice. Very frustrating. Aunties publisher supposed to be a professional?

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  • jewelia
  • 2021-02-03

Soap opera

The story rambles with poor transitions through events. The main character is a poorly developed mass of emotional drama. Couldn’t wait to finish it.

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  • B. Petri
  • 2021-01-21

I love the ending of the book

Great book! Easy to follow. And a great twisty ending. My favorite book of all time is her other book Liar’s Wife.

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  • Vanessa thomas
  • 2021-04-08

pretty good story

Not sure why it was called single mother. I mean she was a single mother but that had nothing to do with the story line. I would have called it the inheritance. But whatever. It was a good story.

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  • Hillary
  • 2021-04-01

You won’t want to stop!

I loved every part of this book!!
I loved how it’s not easy to get confused with so many characters like most books. I love how each title ends with you wanting to just hear a piece more because you just have to know what’s going on. I always feel like I can pretty well guess the problem, but this book through me and I actually enjoyed that far more! Usually when that happened it doesn’t make since and is quiet annoying but not this book! Every part of this book was perfect!! Want more like it!