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Sam Hayes
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Book Description

18 Mar 2010

The chilling new international bestseller from Sam Hayes is a story of three women bound together by a shocking secret...

A woman stands on a bridge, the water rushing below. In a few seconds she will jump, plunging more than two hundred feet to her death. Who is she? And why is she desperate to take her own life? Nina Kennedy, a wife and mother, is afraid. A man is following her, threatening her family, toying with her sanity. What does he want? And how long will it be before he strikes? Eight-year-old Ava sits waiting for her daddy. But, like the others in the children's home, she knows her father will never come. The home is a place of whispers and shadows. But no one dare tell the truth. Until now...


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (18 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755349865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755349869
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samantha Hayes grew up in the West Midlands, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from being a private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.

Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on 'real life fiction'. She focuses on current issues, and when she writes, she sets out to make her reader ask, 'What if this happened to me or my family?' With three children of her own, Samantha is well-versed to talk about how the aftershocks of crime impact upon families and communities.

To find out more, visit her website www.samhayes.co.uk

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Book Description

Sam Hayes' harrowing emotional thrillers about the secrets within ordinary families are making her a name to watch.

About the Author

Sam Hayes grew up in the Midlands but has also lived in Australia and America. She now lives in Warwickshire with her husband and three children. She is a full-time writer.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly brilliant! 31 Mar 2010
By M&M
Format:Paperback
I have loved all three of Sam Hayes' novels, but this one took my breath away! Very cleverly written and compelling story with twists right to the end. One of those stories that leaves you thinking about it for days after, and a bit sad that it's finished!

Like the other reviewers have said, it's difficult to say too much for risk of giving things away, but if you haven't read a Sam Hayes novel before take a chance on this one and I promise you won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and chilling thriller 18 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read this book in record time as it was so engrossing. I would have given it five stars but for the fact that I was a bit disappointed with the action-film -type near-ending which just struck me as rather exaggerated. I would have preferred a more subtle leading up to the chilling conclusion. But all in all a very good, rewarding read.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another page turning thriller... 29 Nov 2009
By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
It's very difficult to discuss the plot of this book, without giving too much away - something I hate seeing in a review. The only thing to say is that it takes the three strands mentioned above, and blends them together, gradually bringing all the connections together.

If you've read Sam's previous books, Blood Ties and Unspoken, you'll have an idea of what to expect, both in style, and pace. Everything that I've enjoyed with those previous books carries on in this one, there was no disappointment.

Sam's books are all thrillers - they are fast paced, and very difficult to put down. However, they don't rely on being plot driven books - the characters within are always interesting and believable. As well as wanting to know where the story in general is going, I also find myself wanting to know what's going to happen to the characters too.

If you have already enjoyed Sam's previous books, I would strongly advise this one. If you haven't, and you enjoy emotional thrillers, I would strongly advise that you give one a try!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 3rd thriller from Sam Hayes 29 Mar 2010
By Nikki VINE VOICE
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Having read Sam Hayes' excellent debut novel Blood Ties and then her equally good second book Unspoken, I eagerly awaited the publication of her 3rd book Tell-tale. Well I have just finished reading it and I can tell you it was definitely worth the wait!

Its a very cleverly written thriller, with 3 seperate sub-plots which are seemingly totally unconnected to each other. Firstly a woman jumps to her death from a bridge, who is she and why does she want to die? Secondly, there is Nina Kennedy, wife to Mick and mother to Josie, but there is something she is very afraid of and it seems someone is following her and threatening her family. Lastly, there is Ava - an eight year old girl who after losing her mother is put into a children's home by her father. She thought being put into a children's home and left was the worst thing that could happen to her but her nightmare has only just begun!

To elaborate any further on the plot will give too much away but I found this to be a clever and well thought out thriller, gripping and fast paced throughout with lots of clever twists and turns along the way. I got through the book very quickly and after racing through to the nail biting climax, I was quite sad to have finished it! I would highly recommend Tell-tale and if you haven't tried Sam Hayes, definitely give her books a go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tell-Tale 10 Mar 2014
By Badere
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This was an intriguing story and very cleverley written. I really didn't see the end coming. A very good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 10 Feb 2014
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A very good read, with an unexpected twist at the end, which i didn't see coming.......i have to say I'm loving this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner 4 Jan 2014
By S
Format:Kindle Edition
I've never left a review before but this book reserves it! By the time I was half way through I was planning my day around when I could next read some more. Some really terrible subject matter but a fantastic read- kept me out of breath till the end! Think I will re-read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Men Bad Men, the stuff of nightmares 29 Nov 2013
By Mrs. Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Until half way through it's hard to keep track of the various people we are introduced to. The prologue launches the reader into a taste of tantalising terror and then leaves you floundering on the bank. There's a lot to take in. It felt a bit chaotic and tricky to get to grips with. Lots of seeing things from other sides, other times. Sam Hayes loves to tease.

I spent an uncomfortable half hour in the dentist's chair with just the thoughts of this story to distract me. I kept worrying away at the plot trying to second guess who was who and why. It certainly passed the time!

This is a story that draws you back to it, eager to read some more and find out what's what. There are clues and it takes a bright eye to spot them, however a feeling of satisfaction when you are proved right. There's stuff to learn about, stuff to be upset about and stuff that does happen and really you don't want to know about.

This is not a book club discussion, it's a review, so no spoilers. I would just that say if you like excitement and don't get too irritated by unlikely co incidences, are open to the wildest of scenarios, well then, yes it's a thumping good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
I have just read this in one day. The best book i have ever read. I was hooked from start to finish. Incredible.
Published 3 months ago by shelley long
5.0 out of 5 stars Tell Tale Sam Hayes
I really enjoyed the the triple perspective in which the story unfolds. Then twists in the story make it very difficult to put the book down.
Published 3 months ago by Annamarie Crehan
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Gripping book, I did guess that Ava, Frankie and Nina were one and the same person by the middle of the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pam Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
This book has you enthralled. Its twists and turns keep you wanting to read more and more until before you know it's 2.00am! would certainly recommend.
Published 4 months ago by Donna Corbett
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
I was quite disappointed by this book. It didn't flow well, the characters weren't particularly likeable. I was just so so.
Published 7 months ago by lena
3.0 out of 5 stars Enthraling
A good read..lots of threads, ending a little hurried. I do find this with the Sam Hayes books I have read so far.
Published 8 months ago by J9
4.0 out of 5 stars Top read
Didn't want to put it down very good read
Wanted it to go on and on but also wanted to know the ending
Published 8 months ago by rex marchant
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!
Painful to read at times but such a fab story with a few twists at the end! Kept me gripped all the way through! Sam Hayes is better than Jodi picoult (my opinion) well done Sam!!
Published 9 months ago by DMERL
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
It started off well but it all got a bit silly, how can anyone get employment at a school with a false name, no training, what about the CRB check? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kimmy
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