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Publisher's Summary

A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret.
Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village. Nothing can shake her happiness - until the day that Beth goes missing, and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home. Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter's attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won't they talk?
As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harboring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie's life in terrible danger.
A completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming. Fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister and Before I Let You In will be captivated.
©2017 Barbara Copperthwaite (P)2017 Bookouture
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3 out of 5 stars
By Cassandra on 12-03-17

Slow paced, weird POVs, insipid characters

This story did not resonate with me because I didn’t like the writing style and because I couldn’t develop a strong interest in any of the characters, and the story just didn’t hold my interest.
The author employs a clunky multiple point-of-view style to tell the story using one of my very least favorite POV styles as the main one: a sort of first and second person mix where the second person is not YOU the reader but YOU, another character. So mom is saying, ‘Beth, we looked for you but you were gone, weren’t you, Beth?’ (Interspersed are tiny parts told from the bad guy’s POV and then Beth’s own story). This is probably a personal preference but it really bugged me.
In addition, I found the characters insipid and too many aspects of the plot were just pushed past the point of fictional unbelievability. The parents came across as too naive and so did Beth, even for small town residents. When characters are pushed too far past the mark, it makes me disconnect from the story. The narration was good, but it could not save the book for me.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Janie on 06-10-17

super psychological drama

If you can get past the narrator for the first hour os so she actually improves and by the end of the book you might actually reckon she was reasonable.....well, anyway, this was the effect that she/the book had on me. She tended to over articulate everything and sounded like she was reading to a class of kindy kiddies and sometimes her intonations were not correct in a sentence or two, or three - if you get my meaning. However, once you overcome the narrator - if you can - the book was excellent. All written in the first person I found it riveting right to the excellent ending which I must admit, I did not see coming. Well done, Barbara Copperthwaite, I'll certainly be on the lookout for more of yours.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JayT on 08-17-17

Wow.. Thrilled and Chilled in equal measures

Well, what can I say? This is the first book by Barbara Copperthwaite I have read and I can say it was incredible.
The storyline is flawless, told from a Mothers point of view, a Mother who is desperate yet unfailing in her quest to uncover the truth behind a horrific attack on her teenage daughter Beth.
As the chillingly realistic tale unfolds the reader is only left to gasp out loud.
The ending, oh my days, the ending, as terrifying as it is, made me want to punch the air in triumph.
I absolutely LOVED this book and cannot recommend it highly enough.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mandy Dockery on 05-27-17


Could not put this book down. Incredible twists and turns! Would thoroughly recommend this book to all that love a dark tale.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Keri on 01-22-18

Tedious and predictable.

Would you try another book written by Barbara Copperthwaite or narrated by Alison Campbell?

No re the author and possibly re the narrator.

What will your next listen be?

Not sure

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Alison Campbell?

Not sure. I don't think anything could have enlivened such a tedious book.

What character would you cut from The Darkest Lies?

All of them!

Any additional comments?

I listened to the end waiting for the promised amazing twist. When I realised there wasn't one, I skipped several chapters just to get to the end.

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