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3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cynthia Thayer Narrator: Melissa Edris, Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9781415925836
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Jessie and Carl have made a terrible mistake. They should have been more careful. When Jonah came to their cabin in the Maine woods, asking to use the phone, they should never have let him in. But he told them his campsite had been robbed and he was stranded with no money and no gear. Jessie took pity on him. She was thinking about her own missing daughter, Sylvie, and hoping she was receiving the same kindness—wherever she was.

So, they invite him in, share their dinner with him, offer him a bed for the night. And they discover that this stranger at their table knows all about them. About Sylvie, their troubled daughter; about the secrets they haven’t revealed to each other during forty years of marriage. By morning, they realize the young man has no intention of leaving. 

Jessie and Carl are now captives in their own home.

The reader, too, is held captive by this novel that seems to unfold in real time. Over the next twenty-four hours, as Jonah’s threats escalate, the couple struggle to outwit him and stay alive. Their attempts to escape force them to change roles, one discovering hidden strength, the other giving in to long-concealed weakness. Exposed, brutalized, and lost, each fights to hold on to sanity at a time when the edge of madness has never seemed so near. 

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 12/24/2013

    " I loved the characters and the flow of the book. It hooked me quickly and never let go to the last page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rowan MacBean | 11/5/2013

    " In the wee hours of the morning, I picked up this book, planning to read myself to sleep. Well, now I'm done with it, and I haven't slept. It kept my attention so well I didn't even notice when the sun came up or when my stomach started growling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lms7214 | 7/23/2013

    " psychological thriller about couple held captive in their home by a disturbed young man who knows their mentally unstable daughter....good...many layers "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 5/12/2013

    " All I could think was, has this woman been watching Funny Games? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 4/19/2013

    " Much scarier than I thought it would be. Ending felt abrupt though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 11/12/2012

    " This book was fascinating. It explored many interesting elements including mental illness and World War II Nazi Germany. It was so compelling I completed it in one day. Also by Thayer: "A Certain Slant of Light" and "Strong for Potatoes." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 6/18/2012

    " I couldn't finish this book I did not enjoy it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 6/6/2012

    " I read this book in a day... It was super easy to read and kept my interest, but nothing special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 5/24/2012

    " A very different Cynthia Thayer book. But, well written and interesting characters as usual. Disturbing plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leeann | 8/14/2011

    " A surprising, really quick & well-written read! Enjoyed it thoroughly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 6/3/2011

    " All I could think was, has this woman been watching Funny Games? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 10/5/2010

    " Chilling and well-paced. Got to a point where I really could not put it down until I finished. Some
    disturbing scenes may haunt me forever, however. This speaks to Thayer's writing but isn't entirely pleasant ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 4/8/2010

    " This book caught me right away. A wonderful insight
    into relationships and the secrets all of us have even from
    loved ones.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 11/16/2009

    " This book was fascinating. It explored many interesting elements including mental illness and World War II Nazi Germany. It was so compelling I completed it in one day. Also by Thayer: "A Certain Slant of Light" and "Strong for Potatoes." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leeann | 8/1/2009

    " A surprising, really quick & well-written read! Enjoyed it thoroughly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 6/21/2009

    " A very different Cynthia Thayer book. But, well written and interesting characters as usual. Disturbing plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 3/3/2009

    " I read this book in a day... It was super easy to read and kept my interest, but nothing special. "

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About the Narrators

Melissa Edris has been in the voice-over business for over ten years. Her voice can be heard on numerous television and radio commercials as well as narration projects, promos, and audiobooks.

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.