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Publisher's Summary

A missing child. A desperate mother. And a house full of secrets.

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found - and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive.

Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

When Lucas’s investigation leads him and Julia into the woods, they discover a dark secret - a secret that someone will do anything to protect...

What really happened that day by the river? Why was Lily never found? And who, or what, is haunting the retreat?

From the best-selling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies comes his most terrifying novel yet.

©2018 Mark Edwards (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Best narrator

This was by far the most enjoyable narration I’ve experienced so far. The story kept me intrigued and Simon’s voice and portrayal of the various accents, made listening for extended periods, delightful and exciting. Lots of twists and turns to this one and didn’t see the ending coming.

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  • 2018-10-06

sum is greater than its parts.

I loved this story and it's perfect with Halloween approaching. It was fun/scary not scary/scary. There are some real gems in Mr Edward's writing, little snippets that grab me. My favorite was (and this is from my poor memory banks) 'the tension was thick between them, like 2 scissors fighting'

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  • K. Bliss
  • 2018-05-15

Great mystery

Love how this book made you constantly wonder if the old town folklore was true and there was a horrible witch or if there could be a realistic and yet equally horrible explanation for tragedy in a small town. I loved the characters and the entire storyline. I have read all of Mark Edward books. Magpies is my favorite but this is a fantastic book as well.

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  • Jean Marie
  • 2018-05-29

Amazing book !!!

Best story and narration in a long while. If you like mystery with a bit of haunted house spookyness here it is!!! Simply fantastic!!!!!

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  • 2018-09-18

fantastic classic mystery

This was my first Mark Edwards book, and it was fantastic. The narrator was top notch, and really brought so much depth to the characters. He also did a good job with the female voices, which can be tricky. The story was a wonderful mystery that kept me wondering until the end. I highly recommend this book!

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  • E. Marisol
  • 2018-08-29

Entertaining, engaging....

This book was entertaining and kept my attention. The Narrator is excellent and it had an unpredictable plot. As an avid reader, that's all I ask. Surprised me!

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  • CHERYL M Clarke
  • 2018-06-10

Mark Edwards does it again!

I try to make my audible books last, but when the suspense builds, I must keep reading. This was a most enjoyable listen. The idea of a retreat in the woods, an old urban legend and missing children are a recipe for great entertainment. I'm excited to note the next book will be out in October. I can't wait to order it.

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  • Lizzystick
  • 2018-09-17

Even though its implausible , I liked it

Entertaining mystery set in Wales, the story is implausible but fairly satisfying. Was entertained till the end and the narration was really good.

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  • Debra R. Bianchi
  • 2018-11-07

Entertaining, but predictable.

Very Agatha Christie, which is always a great story but I found it predictable. Similar settings, more modern of course, but a very traditional whodunnit. The character descriptions and build up were well done.

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  • 2018-05-23

couldn't stop listening finished this in 2 days !!

loved it couldn't stop listening, i was on the edge of my seat too know will happen next!!! 😁😁

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  • Katherine Herrmann
  • 2018-09-05

Enjoyable, Unique Story

I found the overall believability of the protagonist's thoughts and actions in this book to be refreshing. While I see the value in a story told through the eyes of an unreliable narrator, the twists and turns in this story felt more impactful and well deserved and the characters more relatable than those I have seen in many books in this genre lately. I really enjoyed this book, and listened to the entire thing in a span of time far too short for me to admit.

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