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A Sunday Times and Observer Thriller of the Month, from the best-selling author of The Kind Worth Killing and All the Beautiful Lies

'They had a secret, the two of them, and there was no better way to start a friendship than with a secret.'

When Hen and Lloyd move into their new house in West Dartford, Mass., they're relieved to meet, at their first block party, the only other seemingly childless couple in their neighbourhood, Matthew and Mira Dolamore. Turns out they live in the Dutch Colonial immediately next door. 

When they're invited over for dinner, however, things take a sinister turn when Hen thinks she sees something suspicious in Matthew's study. Could this charming, mild-mannered college professor really be hiding a dark secret, one that only Hen, whose been battling her own problems with depression and medication, could know about? Lloyd certainly doesn't seem to believe her, and so, forced together, Hen and Matthew start to form an unlikely bond. But who, if anyone, is really in danger?

From its deeply unsettling opening, Peter Swanson, the master of contemporary domestic thrillers, fashions a novel as brilliant, dark, coruscating and surprising as Patricia Highsmith and Ira Levin at their very best.

©2019 Peter Swanson (P)2019 Faber Audio

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  • Noha
  • 26-04-21

I WAS SCARED. LITERALLY SCARED!!!

Love peter swanson. I really needed this to be longer. I need to see more Mathew, what's.next for Mathew? I needed to see more of MIRA. I felt there is alot more to her than the author let us into. And I needed to know more of the aftermath for Hen too!

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  • Pavarotta
  • 17-05-20

Lifeless narration

Having just finished another Peter Swanson, I thought I would enjoy this too, but I couldn't get through it. The expressionless, rhythmless narration made it difficult to enjoy. I will try the paper version of this one instead!

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  • sebbie31
  • 30-04-20

Excellent

This book is a very good listen- it had the characters scripted perfectly - worth the listen just for the twist at the end

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  • Crafter
  • 08-11-19

Peter Swanson never disappoints

always creepy, subtle, and super satisfying. going for the whole catalogue. much appreciated...one two tree

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  • Lesley Nugent
  • 29-07-19

truly a waste of time

so many unnecessary details in an incredibly boring and far fetched heap of absolute nonsense

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-20

Peter Swanson you Savage!

So much happens early on in this story, that I doubted Swanson could fill the rest of the pages. How wrong was I. In Peter Swanson We Trust. Epic.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 21-07-19

Loved it

What a jolly good yarn. Well read and terrific characters. At least a book that doesn’t have weak women being victimised by horrid men. A great murder mystery.
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