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She’s been waiting her whole life to meet a man like Alex. But he’s been waiting, too. And once he has her, he’ll never let her go.... 

Hannah has done everything to make sure her life is safe and secure. A long way from her unstable childhood growing up in foster care, she’s content with her sweet, little, messy apartment and her satisfying job as a social worker. She quietly worries that, aged 36, she might never fall in love. But otherwise her life is where she wants it to be.  

Until, encouraged by her best friend to join a dating app, she meets Alex. He’s irresistibly handsome. He loves the same music as her. The same food as well. They both dream of travelling the world but agree they’d be equally happy escaping to a cottage by the beach in Devon. Both of them would love to own a Labrador one day. It’s like he’s made for her. It’s like he’s too good to be true. 

Hannah’s friends aren’t so sure about him. But Hannah thinks he’s perfect. 

Which is good. Because Alex knows she’s perfect for him, too. In fact, she’s exactly the girl he’s been looking for....

And nothing Hannah’s done to make her life safe will ever be enough.  

A gripping and suspenseful psychological thriller about dark obsession and internet dating. Fans of The Wife Between Us, Friend Request, and Gone Girl will adore this twisted love story. 

Praise for Sue Watson: 

"Tense, atmospheric psychological thriller with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. Impeccably written and a big fat 5***** from me. Awesome!" (Number one best-selling author Angela Marsons)

©2020 Sue Watson (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 20-10-20

What a Dumb Chick!

NO SPOILERS! This book is about domestic abuse and it was just so typical. The main character was the most gullible woman in the world and I found myself yelling at her for being so stupid. By the end I wanted her to die for all her dumb choices. The book could have been good if the author allowed her characters to do anything beyond the cliche.

I was left feeling very unfulfilled with this one.

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  • Pisces
  • 24-11-20

This woman is a fool

Who in their right mind would be this foolish in this day and age. The main character is unbelievably stupid. It was hard to get through this book. The narrator was great.

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  • Tiffany
  • 23-11-20

nobody is this stupid

the narrator did what she could but my GOD the main character is so dumb. people don't reason this way. people don't act this way. it's hard to read because it's so preposterous.

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  • M. Benjamin
  • 27-10-20

Amazing. the twist and turns

this book was amazing. all of the okit twist had me yearning for more. this is a must listen to book. i doubted it at first but so glad i continued to listen. well put together. highly recommend 👌

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  • Elizabeth A Arthofer
  • 21-11-20

Couldn't Even Finish

The stupidity of the main character is beyond belief. Ridiculous. I bought the book because Tamsin Kennard is my favorite narrator (and, as usual, her performance is A+) but I couldn't even finish it.

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  • Thedrakes
  • 19-11-20

Not my favorite

Not my favorite book by this author, It kept my interest but its hard to do a bad guy book when the main character is dumb. The story flowed well and the characters were developed well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-11-20

Wooooowwww!!!

I’m pretty sure people thought I was a crazy person as I listened to this book just because every time there was a twist I’d yell “NO!” Or just gasp loudly. This book is amazing and one of the best I’ve listened too and was perfectly narrated. I saw some people write a review saying how dumb the main character was but that’s just it the author did an amazing job capturing her absolute naivety. This is a great one!

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  • bnitaq
  • 10-11-20

What a wonderful experience

This audible had me guessing the whole time. All the way to the end! I love the fact that nothing is what it seems. Just wonderful. Thank you for a wonderful audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-20

Good but frustrating

I was so frustrated with the main character! I’m not even finished and if I wasn’t enjoying the overall story, I wouldn’t finish! This woman is so gullible and so easily deceived. Just when I start to like her then bam she turns into a woman willing to ignore the blatantly creepy signs!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-20

Stupid, beyond belief!!

Not a beat seller by far! If you can believe a woman in modern times refuses to acknowledge ghost lighting and who is also a social worker, then this one is for you.

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  • san2har
  • 17-10-20

Awful rubbish

I can’t believe I finished this truly dreadful book with the silliest main female character ever. She had so many signals that her new ‘love’ was controlling but she carried on regardless. I fast forwarded to the end and laughed as I couldn’t believe how ridiculous it was.

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  • Nicks
  • 26-10-20

Far from her best

I do like some of Sue Watson's previous books, but found this one a real effort. So many repeated sentences and descriptions word-for-word, and it just went on and on. You can actually listen to the first 5 chapters and the last 5 chapters and you wouldn't have missed anything, except for more whining of the pathetic female lead and her stalker boyfriend. Maybe the last chapter could have been woven into the book sooner, to make the 10hours more interesting. Great narration though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-01-21

Truly terrible

It’s rare that I find a book so poor that I feel compelled to write a review, but if I can spare another person from having to endure this book then here goes!
The story is weak, predictable and takes about 8 hours to finally get going. The protagonist is incredibly annoying and I think is actually a disservice to women worldwide. The “twist” at the end is so obvious it’s embarrassing. To say I would not recommend this book is an understatement.

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  • Julie Shotton2
  • 07-01-21

Oh dear

I still can’t believe I listened to this awful rubbish to the end but had a long journey!!
The dullest, most repetitive, mind numbingly boring book ever...breathed a sigh of relief when it was over. The theme of the book was sooooo glaringly obvious and how the main protagonist could be so thick defies belief. Absolutely dreadful

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  • Elizabeth Henry
  • 04-01-21

Omg what a waste

This book- it was annoying from start to finish and any twist or turn you completely saw from a mile away. The characters are cloying and insecure. The plot is boring. Do not spend time on this

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  • Erika Salzeck
  • 17-10-20

Empty plot

This promised so much but delivered very little. Improbable plot line and dull prose. A waste of a credit.

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  • chucks
  • 25-10-20

First Date

OMG does Sue's books get any better. Hannah goes on a date full of deceit and lies from beginging to end. Absolutely gripping throughout. with a brilliant twist at the end.. Fantastic listening narrator excellent .

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  • Jen
  • 23-03-21

Literally nothing happens until the last 2 chapter

I feel like I spent all those hours listening, waiting for something to happen. Then when something finally did, it seemed that the whole book was written for the point of those two chapters at the end which to me is pointless.
I mean, it was OK. Just a bit predictable

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  • karen
  • 21-02-21

Weird one

It could have gone so many ways but it seemed like it hit a point where the author just needed to finish so the main story ended then up popped a summary from another characters point of view which then changed the story. It was kind of good but just all get a bit rushed. It could have been done much better I think. Felt a bit meh at the end.

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  • MRS A T GREEN
  • 15-02-21

Pretty dreadful

Couldnt have cared less about these 2 dimensional characters. How someone brought up in care and becoming a social worker could be so naive.

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  • Janet
  • 20-10-20

Last chapter was worth reading

A very soppy long winded love story. I
really struggled to finish the book actually.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-05-21

Slow burn with no exciting end.

Unfortunately it was a bit anticlimactic for me. The end is very abrupt and had zero excitement. I believed that it was leading somewhere but it was a very mediocre / boring end.

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  • Erin
  • 24-04-21

The most irritating protagonist of all time??

I spent so much of this book yelling at the main character as I listened in my car. She has to be the most naive character in the history of literature. I felt like quitting throughout but had to know what happened. The ending redeemed things ever so slightly.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-21

Slow & Obvious

This book made me feel frustrated, The main character Hannah was not likeable, the twist at the end felt predictable but also a bit disjointed, like a last minute add on.

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  • Karla
  • 15-04-21

Twist at end

The story was seemingly predictable until the epilogue. I was a bit put off by the narrator’s drawl but on the whole enjoyed the book

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  • Nls8635
  • 01-04-21

Enjoyable

Enjoyable storyline and great twist. Only problem is the lead character and her ridiculous level of naivety which I found unbelievable and downright irritating at times. However aside from this I found it enjoyable over all and I recommend. In my opinion I give it 3.5/5 stars overall!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-03-21

Read well but

Starts out strong but drags on. Doesn't really make sense, feels like the twist was added as an after thought.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-21

Excellent read

Great Sturt good twists well narrated. Kept me interested from the very first word until the end. Would recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-02-21

Loved it!

5 Stars!!! Wow, just wow! I couldn’t wait to finish it & now I’m sad that it’s over. What an ending! Can’t wait to read her other books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-21

Suffocating

Clingy naive characters take you on a LONG journey of suffocating "love" where she doesn't follow her instincts. She should know better but "love" is blind. Predictable at times but painfully so. Sister in Law was much better. Give this one a miss.