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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Holly Brown Narrator: Khristine Hvam, James Patrick Cronin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9780062395573
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How far would you go to get what you wanted? The author of Don’t Try to Find Me returns with a taut, riveting novel of psychological suspense—a domestic drama full of secrets and twists—about a woman determined to have a child, her ambivalent husband, and a pregnant teenager with a secret agenda of her own

I know now that there was no other way things could have turned out. Tragedies are inevitable, just like the great love stories, like us.

Thirty-nine-year-old Adrienne is desperate to be a mother. And this time nothing is going to get in her way.

Sure, her husband, Gabe, is ambivalent about fatherhood. But she knows that once he holds their baby, he’ll come around. He’s just feeling a little threatened, that’s all. Because once upon a time, it was Gabe that Adrienne wanted more than anything; she was willing to do anything … but that was half a lifetime ago. She’s a different person now, and so is Gabe. There are lines she wouldn’t cross, not without extreme provocation.

And sure, she was bitten once before by another birth mother—clear to the bone—and for most people, it’s once bitten, twice shy. But Adrienne isn’t exactly the retiring type.

At nineteen, Leah bears a remarkable resemblance to the young woman Adrienne once was, which is why Adrienne knows the baby Leah is carrying is meant to be hers. But Leah’s got ideas of her own: her baby’s going to get a life in California; why shouldn’t she? All she wants is to live in Adrienne’s house for a year after the baby is born and get a fresh start.

It seems like a small price for Adrienne to pay to get their baby. And with Gabe suddenly on board, what could possibly go wrong?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Holly Brown’s novels are irresistibly readable and infused with a profound understanding of human frailty.”

    Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of Woman with a Secret

  • “After her acclaimed debut, Don’t Try to Find Me, Brown follows up with another thriller that will give fans of domestic noir the perfect summer escape.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

Holly Brown is a practicing marriage and family therapist and the author of Don’t Try to Find Me and A Necessary End. Her blog, Bonding Time, is featured on PsychCentral.com. She lives with her husband and daughter in Oakland, California.

About the Narrators

Khristine Hvam has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards, placed three times as a finalist for the prestigous Audie Award, and won the Audie for best narration in 2012 and 2013. She studied acting for the theater and film, and her voice can be heard in Pokémon, World of Warcraft, and in various television and radio commercials.

James Patrick Cronin began his audiobook career at twelve years of age opposite Christopher Lloyd in The Pagemaster. An Earphones Award–winning narrator, he has recorded over one hundred audiobooks across an extensive range of genres. A classically trained stage actor with an MFA from the University of Louisville and a degree in philosophy, he has spent his years since college performing as an actor and a comedian on stages all over the world. He has performed everything from the classics to original material in Ireland, Scotland, Serbia, and Israel, as well as all across the United States.