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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,248 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joy Fielding Narrator: Laura Hicks Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2003 ISBN: 9781482975482
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Forty-year-old nurse Terry Painter enjoys a solitary existence. Her tranquil life takes a turn, however, when young, vibrant Alison Simms rents the cottage behind her, bringing friendship and excitement. But after the initial euphoric wave, Terry soon finds that the friendship that once brightened her life has crashed down upon her, leaving her trapped in Alison’s mysterious world and the whispers and lies that fuel it. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An ending worthy of Hitchcock ”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fielding delivers another page-turner…a suspense novel with a shocking twist.”

    Booklist

  • “It’s hard to sit down and read a few pages of one of [Fielding’s] novels and not want to read the rest. Right now.” 

    Knoxville News-Sentinel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy T | 2/6/2014

    " I enjoyed this mystery book and give this book 4.5 stars. I was surprised by the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 1/28/2014

    " A slightly odd book, I wasn't exactly sure where it was going at first. There appeared to be a mystery running in the background, and the focus of the book was generally thoughts from the main character, some humorous. Suspicions abound about a few of the characters, but just when you begin to get a feel for what is going on, the book takes a full 180 degree turn. Definitely a surprise at this point! The remainder of the book does not hit quite as high as the middle, but it kept my full attention from that point on. I would call this suspense rather than mystery. I haven't read any of Joy Fielding's books before, so I don't know if this is her usual writing form. Regardless, it ends with a grande finale! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/23/2014

    " A good beach book. Nothing special, but entertaining enough for what it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/11/2014

    " Surprise ending. Excellent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carey | 1/8/2014

    " The first & last i'll read of Joy Fielding. If you're ill & you've nothing else to read it will keep you going. Put whilst it's a twist at the end & will keep you going it's poorly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catlovr3 | 1/2/2014

    " Great book with a shocking ending!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Necole Salvesen | 12/23/2013

    " Didn't really care for this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 12/22/2013

    " Reminded me of an Alfred Hitchcock flick. It was a page turner from beginning to the surprise ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheri | 12/18/2013

    " My least favorite Fielding book. The foreshadowing began very early, but the payoff was not worth reading through the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 12/4/2013

    " A very different book than the others she's written. Terry is a 40-year-old, never-married nurse. When she rents her cottage to Alison, she immediately begins to suspect that things are not what they seem. Boy, is she right! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elahe asiaee | 11/29/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading the book. it was great "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 11/29/2013

    " Meh, JF is a writer that I have found that people love or they don't. I have found that I can take or leave her books. I have read several now and although they get 3 stars from me..they don't *pop*, so I consider her writing to be nice filler stuff when I need a really light, fluffy book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 11/28/2013

    " The storyline sucked me right in and, as usual, you felt as if you knew the characters Fielding was writing about. The twist at the end I didn't see coming and went back and read the book a second time to see if I missed something...I didn't! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ♥ Marlene♥ | 9/22/2013

    " Wow. What a great ending. Did not expect that at all. Didn't see that one coming. Must go to the library to see if they have more Joy Fielding's books. I loved her fictional books too. Grand Avenue comes to mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Allain | 3/23/2013

    " Surely one of my top books I've read... could've never guessed the ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 3/21/2013

    " Very creepy and readable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 The | 1/13/2013

    " No...I didn't like the turn at the end! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arlene | 12/17/2012

    " Except for a surprising ending, not much to recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Wolf | 12/6/2012

    " Suspense. Easy read. Kept my attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Campbell | 9/30/2012

    " As usual, Joy had one of those endings that blows you away - EXCELLENT "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 1/25/2012

    " I enjoyed reading this book until I got to the end. I didn't like who the villian turned out to be and it just ruined the book for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tineke | 1/12/2012

    " Easy read. Felt a little uneasy at the end. Did not expect that. Okay read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/8/2011

    " It was a great story the ending was a twist but a bit weird in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 8/12/2011

    " What a bizarre book! I don't understand the purpose of a few of the characters, but I really liked the VERY surprising twist at the end! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shadoh | 5/21/2011

    " monotonous and predictable so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 3/9/2011

    " Interesting read with a very unexpected ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kmaxham | 2/11/2011

    " Joy Fielding suspense novels: captivating escapism (and more satisfying than television and junk food)! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheri | 9/10/2010

    " My least favorite Fielding book. The foreshadowing began very early, but the payoff was not worth reading through the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 8/18/2010

    " This author tends to ramble about insignificant things but overall, the book was entertaining. I doubt I will remember what it was about in a year, though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dee | 7/8/2010

    " The main character was a "sick" person.
    I felt like my time was wasted reading about her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 6/10/2010

    " Meh, JF is a writer that I have found that people love or they don't. I have found that I can take or leave her books. I have read several now and although they get 3 stars from me..they don't *pop*, so I consider her writing to be nice filler stuff when I need a really light, fluffy book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 5/23/2010

    " This book has some sick stuff in it. Very good. I liked it a lot. The ending is definitely not what I thought it would be. Awesome twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 1/5/2010

    " It was a great story the ending was a twist but a bit weird in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Westy | 12/14/2009

    " Nice out of left field ending. Haven't read a book that shocked me like that in awhile~very short, easy read but good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 11/23/2009

    " Creepy creepy creepy. I loved the psychological suspense. Great twists. Dynamite writing, dialogue, interior life of protagonist. Highly recommend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shannon | 9/18/2009

    " not a writing style I enjoy, and just really nothing about it that I liked, especially the fact that I kept reading just to find out how it finally ended, then thought the ending was really stupid. Sigh! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandra | 8/15/2009

    " This is one of the few books that I have stopped reading half way through. It was just too upsetting to continue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelby | 8/14/2009

    " This book is intense. It zips along like a roller coaster ride. Never saw that ending coming though! "

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About the Author

Joy Fielding is the New York Times bestselling author of Heartstopper, Mad River Road, Whispers and Lies, Grand Avenue, The First Time, See Jane Run, and other acclaimed novels. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida.

About the Narrator

Laura Hicks is an Obie Award–winning actress who has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theater, film, and television. A native New Yorker and a Juilliard graduate, she has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, Austria, Italy, and Ireland.