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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judy Finnigan Narrator: Anna Bentinck Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781478979401
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“She was a daughter, a wife, a mother. She was my friend. But what secrets did Eloise take to her grave?”

After her best friend Eloise dies from breast cancer, Cathy is devastated. But then Cathy begins to have disturbing dreams that imply Eloise’s death was not all it seems. With a history of depression, Cathy is only just recovering from a nervous breakdown and her husband Chris, a psychiatrist, is acutely aware of his wife’s mental frailty. When Cathy tells Chris of her suspicions about Eloise’s death, as well as her ability to sense Eloise’s spirit, Chris thinks she is losing her grip on reality once again. Stung by her husband’s skepticism, Cathy decides to explores Eloise’s mysterious past, putting herself in danger as she finds herself drawn ever deeper into her friend’s great—and tragic—secret.

Compulsively readable and incredibly haunting, this is the Sunday Times debut novel from broadcaster, journalist and Book Club champion, Judy Finnigan.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A moving meditation on grief, family bonds, motherhood, and female friendship.”

    Sunday Express (London)

  • “A haunting, pacy page-turner, with a real ghostly feel—a must read.”

    Fabulous (London)

  • “Exudes a deep and soulful sense of place. Romantic and rain-lashed, [Daphne] du Maurier’s Cornwall haunts the pages of Eloise as powerfully as the spirit of the elusive heroine herself. A stirring and intriguing read.”

    Louise Candlish, author of Since I Don’t Have You

  • “Highly readable, incredibly moving in parts, and with wonderful echoes of Daphne Du Maurier, Eloise had me turning pages late into the night.”

    Dorothy Koomson, author of My Best Friend’s Girl

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jojo Ripley | 2/14/2014

    " Not bad for a first novel, characters weak at times but storyline good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Farmer-wright | 2/14/2014

    " Absolutely dreadful! Weak storyline badly written - sorry folks, sorry Judy Finnegan - stick to the day job! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandra Clarke | 2/13/2014

    " Was not impressed. Thouht the idea of the story was good but did not think it was well written. Felt like I was reading a school essay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Miller | 2/9/2014

    " Wasn't sure what to expect and only read it out of curiosity as it was by Judy but ended up really enjoying it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby Shaw | 2/8/2014

    " Set in Cornwall and influenced by the part of Cornwall that she loves, Judy's first book is a great read, a true page-turner. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynda | 1/28/2014

    " Awful! Boring, repetitive, self-indulgent style with unrealistic, unpleasant, stereotypical characters. Didn't work as a ghost story either - not scary! Perhps more detail on the main storyline rather than the minutiae of daily life would have helped. Nice cover art though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue1958 | 1/20/2014

    " After all the hype of this book I wasn't sure if it was going to be a good read or not. I was most pleasantly surprised. Its had depth, meaning and the suspense kept me hooked. I really enjoyed it, I hope this is the first of many "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 1/16/2014

    " That's it I can't read anymore. She is now chatting to a ghost like its the most normal thing in the world. Really wanted to like this book but sorry Judy don't write anymore. Very flimsy storyline with weak characters "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charis Poynton | 1/4/2014

    " I've only read the first four chapters and I can't grasp where this book is going. It doesn't grab you and make you keep turning the pages...it's slow and not particularly well written! Must try harder next time Ms. Finnigan!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philomena Callan | 12/13/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book :) didn't expect the twist towards the end !!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia Cronin | 10/4/2013

    " I had high expectations for this book but was really disappointed. It wasn't particularly well written, using repetitive descriptive language and I didn't get to know the characters that well. I really didn't find it spooky either. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Murray | 9/14/2013

    " A great novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna Irwin | 9/13/2013

    " Judy Finnigan is certainly no Daphne du Maurier, suggest her editor needs a re-think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Riddleston | 9/6/2013

    " Much better than I was expecting, a good story with a good twist at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorraine | 7/31/2013

    " Well , basically the bones of a great story , just needed more content , didn't hate it but wouldn't say loved it either very very predictable , would have loved a bit of a twist but none came sorry boring book . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juliet Murray | 7/22/2013

    " A bit disappointing rather predictable and mills & boons ish "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 6/5/2013

    " Enjoyable read. Few twists in it to keep you turning the page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 5/9/2013

    " Interesting setting for the book, full of memories and scenes of Cornwall, similar to books by Daphne Du Maurier. At times atmospheric but also obviously full of favourite haunts of the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire Taylor | 4/10/2013

    " Quite atmospheric regards Cornwall. Slightly gauling unless you are one of the privaleged few to own a second home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicola Townend | 4/9/2013

    " I was pleasantly surprised by this one and really enjoyed it. Thought the writing style was a little formulaic at the beginning but once I got into the story I couldn't put it down and stayed up late to finish it - very unlike me as I normally fall asleep by 9.30pm! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 11/20/2012

    " this was a great book.I was surprised as i find that some celebs when they try to write really dont manage to grip me the way this book has done.I really hope that judy decides to write another book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Bergin | 10/26/2012

    " I really wanted to love this book, but I found in parts it was sort of forced. Not a bad book, but not as good as I hoped it would be. Judy Finnigan does describe Cornwall really well, but the constant book titles dropped into the storyline I found a bit annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 10/18/2012

    " An easy beach read. Nothing spectacular in the literary stakes but it's readable and I wanted to get to the end to see what happened. "

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About the Author
Judy Finnigan is an author, television presenter and columnist. In 2004, Judy's name became synonymous with discovering and sharing great fiction, through the Richard and Judy Book Club, where authors including Kate Mosse, Rosamund Lupton and Victoria Hislop were championed and brought to the attention of millions of readers. Eloise was her first novel.
About the Narrator

Anna Bentinck is a British actress who trained at Arts Educational Schools and has worked extensively for BBC Radio. Winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has provided voices for many audiobooks and such animated series as 64 Zoo Lane. Her film credits include Alice in Wonderland and To the Devil a Daughter.