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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (14 July 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447278135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447278139
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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A terrific new talent. She paints with words and takes a scalpel to emotions (Peter James)

Full of twists and surprises, you'll be gripped until the end (Essentials Magazine)

Kept me guessing (Woman & Home)

A haunting new thriller (Good Housekeeping)

Debbie Howells, bestselling author of The Bones of You, showcases the superb control she has in her writing . . . weaving together a tale of both past and present in a single narrative, Howells' skills as a writer are at the forefront of this novel, making it a fantastic read (Dead Good Books)

Intense and gorgeous . . . gloriously plotted and absolutely beautifully written, one of those novels where small parts of the prose make you shiver and give a real emotional pull (Liz Loves Books)

The characterisation here is exceptional . . . This book is quite beautifully constructed, with perfect pace - and has real emotional depth as the harrowing story of treachery and betrayal unfolds. The different threads are quite perfectly handled - this author really is a quite excellent storyteller, who handles the complicated structure with total ease, never dropping a stitch (Being Anne Reading)

Spectacularly written and plotted, Howells is a masterful thriller writer, so if you're a fan of the genre, you must, must put her on your list . . . Howells' whole writing style is a beautiful balancing act. It's not the beauty of the end, it's the beauty of the book in its entirety. This story is a little cracker. It explores the dark side of privilege and human nature and also how it's dangerous to cast too rosy a glow on people or memories (The Book Bag)

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Debbie Howell's second novel is a thrilling tale of first love, secrets, and shocking revelations . . .

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By Mrs. C. Swarfield TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2016
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I thought I would just read the first page, that was fatal. This book grabbed me from the start. An old 'friend' telephones Noah Calaway and tells him that his ex-love is in hospital after attempting suicide and is accused of murder. Reeling Noah is torn between wanting to help her as a former attorney turned author, should he take on April's case if she survives to go to trial.

Noah was obsessed with April from childhood and so the pull is to strong for him to resist. All his thoughts and memories of the past come hurtling back and he realises that he has always had rose coloured spectacles on when it comes to April. As the wool falls from his eyes he begins to realise that April,is not all he thought she was, but murder?

Noah has to delve deeply into April's life before the murder that she is accused of and as he does so all his hidden memories from the past come flooding back and he begins to put two and two together for the first time. Noah begins to find out one dreadful manipulation after another with sickening dread, and shocked to the core is determined to help April and get justice for her.

This is a brilliant psychological thriller which I loved from a fantastic author and a superb second novel from her, I loved her debut novel THe Bones Of You and this is a worthy successor, I cannot wait for the next one. Ten out of ten.
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I've said it before, and I'll do so again - it's really difficult to stand out in this crowded market for psychological thrillers and "grip-lit": but Debbie Howells really has managed it with this one. And the way she's done it is by making the focus of this book something quite other - it's almost less about the immediate story, but far more about the key characters and their complex relationships.

The characterisation here is exceptional - Noah wrestling with his demons, the complications of April's life, the enigmas that are Bea and Will, the threatening presence of Ryder - as the story weaves its way through past and present with consummate ease. And counterpointing it, the story of Ella - a clear, young and endearing voice as she tells her apparently unrelated story. This book is quite beautifully constructed, with perfect pace - and has real emotional depth as the harrowing story of treachery and betrayal unfolds. The different threads are quite perfectly handled - this author really is a quite excellent storyteller, who handles the complicated structure with total ease, never dropping a stitch.

And, as if that wasn't enough, the main story and its resolution is a real page-turner - I read this book in a single glorious sitting - with shocks and surprises enough for any reader who might usually prefer their stories a little more simply told, as "the truth" is slowly revealed. The title is a master stroke - but to understand why, you'll really need to read it. I may not have read anything by Debbie Howells before - I never caught up with The Bones Of You - but I'll most definitely be at the head of the queue for anything she writes in future, this was superb.
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By Marablaise TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Sept. 2016
Format: Paperback
I read the first chapter of this book a couple of months ago and found it interesting; Noah Calaway gets a call from an old friend that he hasn't heard from in a long time. Apparently, Noah's old girlfriend April has killed a man and then tried to kill herself. He believes that she is innocent and travels to where she lives to find out the truth.

I can say that the idea of the book sounded interesting, unfortunately, the idea did not live up to my expectations. I felt that I got a bit of a wrong start with the book, the different timelines, we have the present one and the one where Noah was a teenager. And, suddenly Ella showed up in the story. Bear in mind, I started to read this book without reading the blurb, so I was a bit confused about it and that is totally my fault. That's the problem with ebook, you don't have a backside to read and if you don't look up the book can things like this happens. Anyway, I read the blurb and that cleared things up.

Still, the story just didn't thrill me, it never felt suspenseful in any way and the twists never gave me a wow feeling. The story never got my pulse racing. Well, it did when I was annoyed with stuff, like when police officer Ryder started to suspect Noah. And, I got the feeling that they did it right from the start, despite the fact that Noah hadn't seen April for fifteen years, and he has had no contact with her if you don't count the calls she made to him the murder day that he never got and there is absolutely no evidence at the murder scene to tie him to it. That bothered me, I mean if they had found his fingerprint or blood on the scene would I have bought the fact that they suspected him, but now some far-fetched motive that he felt the need for revenge and kill someone fifteen years later? Come one!
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Format: Hardcover
Little dull.I think the male protagonist spoiled it for me as did all the school romance stuff early on.
Not interested in the characters and the plot was weak.The "Ella" chapters were so boring and lyrical.
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The book is described as a "grip lit" which made me smile. Good enough reason for me to try the novel and it sounds like my sort of book. I didn't read this author's previous novel but I know it was well reviewed. The book itself has fairly short chapters and a plot which moves back and forwards in time.
The story starts in May 2016 which seems very curious as it is July 2016 when I am reading it (very clever author!!).
Overall I enjoyed it well enough to keep me reading but I found the flipping back and forwards distracting - I wanted more time to get settled but found that I was being pushed into a different time before I was ready.
I also found that the pace of the plot was a bit lacking. I don't always read fast paced thrillers but sometimes a bit of speed is needed to keep the plot alive and I think it would have helped.
I liked the idea of the story and it was alright to read but I won't be recommending this to any friends.
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