The Stopped Heart

  • by Julie Myerson
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden, Lucinda Clare
  • 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Internationally best-selling author Julie Myerson's beautifully written yet deeply chilling novel of psychological suspense explores the tragedies - past and present - haunting a picturesque country cottage.
Mary Coles and her husband, Graham, have just moved to a cottage on the edge of a small village. The house hasn't been lived in for years, but they are drawn to its original features and surprisingly large garden, which stretches down into a beautiful apple orchard. It's idyllic, remote, picturesque: exactly what they need to put the horror of the past behind them.
One hundred and fifty years earlier, a huge oak tree was felled in front of the cottage during a raging storm. Beneath it lies a young man with a shock of red hair, presumed dead - surely no one could survive such an accident. But the red-haired man is alive and, after a brief convalescence, is taken in by the family living in the cottage and put to work in the fields. The children all love him, but the eldest daughter, Eliza, has her reservations. There's something about the red-haired man that sits ill with her. A presence. An evil.
Back in the present, weeks after moving to the cottage and still drowning beneath the weight of insurmountable grief, Mary Coles starts to sense there's something in the house. Children's whispers, footsteps from above, half-caught glimpses of figures in the garden. A young man with a shock of red hair wandering through the orchard.
Has Mary's grief turned to madness? Or have the events that took place so long ago finally come back to haunt her?


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not What I expected.

The story was OK, kind of slow and windy. Narrators were fine except the men's voice all sound the same. Thought it would be more haunting then it was and less sex. Hard to hear a teen having sex, but that's just me. Moving on to a faster more exciting listen.
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- Heather

Kept me interested but wished for more paranormal.

It didn't make total sense to go Back and forth in time- until the end, when s the reason for Mary's abilities to see ghosts was
hinted at. Unfortunately this wasn't explored enough. It made me knock off a star for the story. Why didn't the author have Mary explore her childhood when she had psychic abilities? It would have made the story complete.
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- Linda Likes to Learn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio