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Unspoken [Kindle Edition]

Sam Hayes
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A secret is about to destroy a family in Sam Hayes' breathtaking follow-up to BLOOD TIES...

Mary Marshall would do anything for her daughter Julia. A devoted grandmother to Julia’s children, she’s always been the rock her family can rely on. Until now. Mary has a past Julia knows nothing about, and it’s come back to haunt her. Julia's husband Murray French is walking a tightrope. A solicitor struggling with an alcohol problem, he’s about to lose his wife and his children to another man: someone successful, someone they deserve. Someone who’s everything he’s not. Can he ever get his family back? Just when Julia thinks life is starting to turn around, she stumbles upon the brutalised body of a girl she teaches. And as the terrible present starts to shed light on her mother’s past, Julia realises her family’s nightmare is only just beginning...

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Book Description

A devastating emotional thriller, UNSPOKEN is a roller-coaster ride of trauma and suspense

About the Author

Sam Hayes grew up in the Midlands, and has lived in Australia and America. She now lives in Warwickshire with her husband and three children. Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. Her highly acclaimed novels, BLOOD TIES and UNSPOKEN, are available from Headline. For more information about Sam Hayes, visit her website

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 768 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WJR5SQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,502 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing..... 31 May 2009
By kermit 333 VINE VOICE
Having read "Blood Ties" I was eager to read Ms Hayes second novel. But it was not as good as her first one. It was clear halfway through the novel as to who was the baddie so it was rather tedious to read through to the end to find out the whys and wherefores. There was a small surprise regarding the schoolgirl's death which I hadn't seen coming but Julia had a total change of heart by the end of the novel which I found totally implausible - it felt like the novelist was tying up loose ends for the sake of it. Ms Hayes has written a third novel (not published yet) so will reserve judgment about her talents when I've read that one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 1 May 2011
At the end of the day, a book review is about somebody's personal opinion and everyone is different. I was surprised at the selection of bad reviews for this book because personally, I absolutely LOVED it. It's a long book and I read it in three days, despite many other commitments to deal with in between!

Whilst it was fairly obvious who the 'baddie' was quite early on, there were many other questions that needed answers and the loose ends were all tied up in the end; something that I insist upon when reading a book! There was also a twist at the end that I didn't see coming, which is always a delight as a reader.

I thought the characters were very believable, and I even felt a small amount of sympathy towards somebody I wasn't expecting to. I didn't see the point of Brenna and Gradin though; the story would have been no better or worse without them. They were a bit pointless really.

I also liked the fact that the chapters were from the different points of view of the main characters; very clever writing.

If you want to read a good thriller from the perspective of the people involved (rather than the Police), get this book. I'd be very surprised if you regretted it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unspoken 20 Oct. 2009
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I am now a big fan of Sam Hayes and can't wait for her next book! Absolutely loved Blood Ties and have just finished Unspoken which was another brilliant read. Very original books and if you like Sophie Hannah or Claire Seeber, you will enjoy Sam Hayes books. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing secrets from the past 31 Oct. 2010
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I enjoyed this book written from the viewpoint of a couple, Murray and Julia, on the verge of divorcing and Mary Julia's mother.

Mary is found mute by her daughter who visits for Christmas Day and the story revolves around what happened to cause this. Running parrallel is about a local girl who Julia finds badly hurt nearby. The local GP David steps into help with Mary and Julia falls hard for him.

I'm not going to ruin the story because although a lot of it is fairly obvious I found myself eager to find out exactly what happened to all concerned. Some parts of the story are not convincing at all but still well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gripper 19 Dec. 2011
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Sam Hayes has written another gripping novel full of deep understanding of human behaviour and emotions. A book to read in one sitting - if you can
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written 29 April 2013
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Another author I have recently discovered to add to my favourites list. A book which keeps the interest all the way through.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing non-mystery 4 Dec. 2010
Don't waste your time reading this utterly nonsensical, illogical novel, at almost 500 pages,I really wish I hadn't! Unconvincing characters who behave completely irrationally; the 'mystery' revealed early in the story; authority figures - the social worker, the cop, the psychologist - all prepared to divulge confidential information at the drop of a hat in order to propel the tortuous plot along its weary path . . . I could go on and on but unlike this awful book, I won't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 13 May 2014
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All is not entirely what it seems in this read, I did enjoy it throughout and it was a quick starter, I didn't have to wait long until it caught my interest. I will read more of Sam Haye's books now.
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