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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (859 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gordon Reece Narrator: Polly Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An electrifying psychological thriller about a mother and daughter pushed to their limits

Shelley and her mom have been menaced long enough. Excused from high school where a trio of bullies nearly killed her, and still reeling from her parents’ humiliating divorce, Shelley has retreated with her mother to the quiet of Honeysuckle Cottage in the countryside. Thinking their troubles are over, they revel in their cozy, secure life of gardening and books, hot chocolate and Brahms by the fire. But on the eve of Shelley’s sixteenth birthday, an unwelcome guest disturbs their peace and something inside Shelley snaps. What happens next will shatter all their certainties—about their safety, their moral convictions, the limits of what they are willing to accept, and what they’re capable of.

Debut novelist Gordon Reece has written a taut tale of gripping suspense, packed with action both comic and terrifying. Shelley is a spellbinding narrator, and her delectable mix of wit, irony, and innocence transforms the major current issue of bullying into an edge-of-your-seat story of fear, violence, family loyalty, and the outer reaches of right and wrong.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kaye | 2/17/2014

    " After being a victim of serious bullying, Shelly and her mother go to live in the country. After a hopped up burglar invades their sanctuary, the tables are finally turned. The book started out exciting, but the immense amount of description in the last half grew tedious, and I started skipping pages just to get to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sara | 2/6/2014

    " sometimes it's boring, but, is a good book for people that works with children! from what had told the seller, I was expecting something else, because he said that he had read in 2 hours, I really do hard work, Reece is very meticulous in descriptions. In fact, allows you to live the story as if you were a "piece of furniture in the house ", a passive observer of the scene. I think it can be an interesting movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/2/2014

    " Blah. Nothing special. Not worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mandy Fernandez | 1/25/2014

    " I randomly picked up this book, an advanced readers copy, for a dollar at a local book store. I wasn't sure I'd ever even read it but figured for a buck, why not get it? Wow! I was really enthralled with this book which is crazy (and so unlike me) because it's mostly a horrible story of bullying, of torment, of victims and crime. Perhaps my intrigue is because it happened to two unlikely people - a mother and daughter who always played by the rules and showed their weaknesses. Maybe it was because the story unfolded from the eyes of the teenage girl struggling with life. To watch her morality and thoughts on good and evil change and evolve as they did was just fascinating. Reading about the love between the mother and daughter was beautiful even despite the horrific events that brought out their love and protection for one another. Whatever the case, this debut novel by Gordon Reece just really kept my attention. I found myself peeking ahead because I could hardly wait to read more. I was so into the passages that were suspenseful that the telephone rang and I jumped or the slightest noise shook me. If you like suspense and don't mind reading a few gory details about crime and murder and the actions behind them, then I think you'd enjoy this fictional book. I thought it was very well written and showed an interesting side to committing acts of violence. "

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