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On a hike during a white-hot summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, Naomi and Samantha make a startling discovery: a man named Faoud, sleeping heavily, exposed to the elements, but still alive. Naomi, the daughter of a wealthy British art collector who has owned a villa in the exclusive hills for decades, convinces Sam, a younger American girl on vacation with her family, to help this stranger. As the two women learn more about the man, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean Sea, their own burgeoning friendship intensifies. But when their seemingly simple plan to help Faoud unravels, all must face the horrific consequences they have set in motion.
In this brilliant psychological study of manipulation and greed, Lawrence Osborne explores the dark heart of friendship and shows just how often the road to hell is paved with the best of intentions.
©2017 Lawrence Osborne (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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By S. Liskey on 07-20-17

please offer more of this author's books

I read this because I caught an NPR review of it. It's been a while since I have listened to a book so well written and well-narrated. I thought of Paul Bowles crossed with Patricia Highsmith. The narrator was superb. I would like to hear all of this author read by this narrator.

The only reason I did not give it a 5 is that the story itself was not as powerful as I felt it might be - but getting there was very engaging. To me, an ideal summer read - a compelling story with actual characters. This story is dark - but not near the pitch black of Paul Bowles. I enjoy this author's comfort with portraying the point of view of locals and the visitors/intruders from outside this island, as well as a refugee.

This one captured me.

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By Amazon Customer on 07-30-17

Not very intriguing

I, too, heard about this on NPR, and thought it could be a pretty good read. I found the story boring, the characters one-dimensional, and descriptions average. I had to force myself to listen to the entire book in hopes that something even remotely intriguing would happen. Zzzzzzzz......what a letdown. Looking forward to returning this tiresome story and getting something worthwhile.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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