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Publisher's Summary

How far can you push an obsession before paying the ultimate price?

Sometimes what you don’t know can hurt you. In Riley Harper’s case, it’s what she says she can’t remember. Nearly a decade ago, Riley was the suspect in a murder investigation that destroyed her life and drove her into a psychiatric facility. Locked away for years, she was always guilty in the eyes of an unforgiving public.

Now, after being released, all she wants is a fresh start, but the effort stalls when she becomes fixated on her new neighbor’s extravagant life. She can’t stop watching Samantha Light. And it’s curiously satisfying.

For now, at least.

Because there’s one more thing Riley doesn’t know. And this time it may not just hurt her - it could kill her.

In this intense psychological thriller from Andrew E. Kaufman, author of Twisted, a woman besieged by her past spins deeper into turmoil and down a slope that may lead her to madness.

©2018 Andrew E. Kaufman (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Not exciting.

this book was boring and on top of it the narration was monotone and not exciting at all.

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  • Jenn
  • 2018-04-10

Definitely a psychological thriller...but

This was a definite psychological thriller but it got a little confusing at times. Some confusion was in a sense intentional and eventually became relevant, but I found it hard to figure out what to focus on. There were essentially only 3 main/active characters the whole time and every single additional character was poorly integrated. I am still not 100% sure on what became of these people and their significance toward the story because they were very remarkable: a detective from the past with a vendetta, and an agoraphobic neighbor that overcomes her fears and ends up being “best friends” with the main character. They just kind of come and go. The narrator was a little over the top with melodramatics; at first she really embodied the emotions, then it got a bit much for me — quite a bit of actual screaming and shrieking. But all things considered she was just expressing what the author wrote. As a whole I stayed fairly interested and entertained but it wasn’t cohesive enough for me and left a lot unfinished and unclear. I don’t know if this last sentence I’m about to write is considered a “spoiler”, so read on accordingly....but I found the ending utterly depressing and it’s always a bummer when not only does no one win, but everyone completely loses.

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  • Melissa Saunders
  • 2018-06-05

Totally Unexpected

This is the second book by Andrew Kaufman that I have read and BOTH are so good! He definitely has a way of making you feel a certain way about the characters, then boom, there's a twist. One of the best writers with a knack for throwing in a complete curveball. I highly recommend both of his books!

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  • Adrienne F Ryans
  • 2018-07-04

Awesome

It has to be devastating when your child is murdered and everyone thinks you killed her. It is even worse when even your family thinks your guilty.
What if you knew who the killer was,but could not prove. How far would you go for revenge.
He beliefs lead ultimately to her undoing.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read a gooood thriller.

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  • AEZ
  • 2018-06-06

WARNING: Incredibly Emotional!

I'm a HUGE fan of the mystery/thriller genre, so I thought this would be a great pic...and it was...however, it was INCREDIBLY emotionally draining. There was just too much sadness! There are so many depressing aspects to the story - it's a constant sob fest. I don't care to read/listen to nonstop crying. If that part was curbed, I definitely would have given 5 stars. It was just too depressing for my taste. The main part of the story plot was great - very different and creative - super creepy and you kind of don't really know who to believe. Which person is sane?? What's really going on?

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  • Gothic_Potato
  • 2019-05-22

Unsettling, curious, and interesting

This book is basically about a women that is released from a sanatorium after the murder of her daughter. There are those that believe she killed her, yet she maintains her innocence. Did she do it? Does she attract crazies? She meets a woman that seems off - if your red flags don't go up after a few comments this new friend makes, ask your friends before you date someone. What does this mom remember from that horrible night? Who is tormenting her? The narration was excellent and the book pulled it all together...and not necessarily in the nice, neat package you may want.

It is horrific and compelling.

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  • mommermom
  • 2019-05-16

Really?

This book got more and more far fetched as it went along. It had several turns and I did not see the ending coming... but really? Different and not all together bad but not great either. The narrator certainly put her all into the reading which helped some .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-03

Midnight oil burner

This is one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. I was kept up for hours on end not able to put it down! Just when you think you have things figured out-you realize you don't!

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  • Lisa Taylor
  • 2019-04-27

sorry, but,,,,ygh. cant get those hours back

the author wants you to be engaged and interested, pretty hatd to do when it feels like I started reading and missed the 1st 10 chapters. characters were WAY undeveloped. He wants you to believe that this grieving mother meets a nut job, and becomes bf with her in 2 weeks. She is scared of own shadow, but befriends this whacko.
Every character skimmed the surface. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-25

Narration was tough

The narration was so affected I found it hard to get through, particularly towards the end. Lots of screaming / yelling that is borderline unpleasant to listen to. I ended up speeding it x1.5, which I would recommend doing from the start.

The story is fine, if somewhat predictable, but I think my experience was marred somewhat by the narration. As others have said (which I regrettably initially ignored) this is definitely one to read on a tablet or the old fashioned way

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  • MarioCam
  • 2019-04-19

Well written. Horribly predictable characters.

Author clearly has strong writing skills.
Unfortunately it was wasted on miserable characters and a lousy story. Almost didn't finish it and wish that I stopped because the ending was terribly manipulative. Setting up the reader, with a stupid switch, then "she was crazy after all" ending.
Even though it was a free book, it makes me lose interest in fiction writers. Too many cliche phrases and bogus stereotypes.
Folks, wait for the author's next effort.