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Be careful what you wish for. On the surface, Callie Harwell has it all. Newly married to James, she finally gets the family she has longed for and becomes a mother to his two sons. So why is she arrested for murder?
Things are not as Callie hoped they would be and she struggles to be accepted as part of James' family, and to keep hidden the secrets that could destroy her future.
As her life spirals out of control, setting in motion a chain of events with devastating consequences, Callie is forced to question how well we ever really know ourselves.
©2014 Kathryn Croft (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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By Amazon Customer on 09-30-16


I have to say I could only put this book down to take care of housework ect. But I also have to say the ending was a HUGE disapointment. For heavens sake, after I stuck with this story and loved it so much to have it just end was terrible. There was so much more to be done to finish it. I don't want to discourage others from reading it , because there were so many good things in this listen. Suspense was incredible, and I so wanted this to turn out much different. I can't say much because I don't want to spoil it for others, but after Callie went through so much with this dispicable, messed up family, I wanted more for her in the end. So many times I wanted her to just walk out on the whole bunch of them. James the father was an oblivious idiot who should have stayed around more to see what was going on in his own family. He didn't need a wife , he needed a shrink. And the boys needed serious attention. The story kept me tied in knots, and even after all my rants, I still consider this a listen to recommend. While I was listening to the story, I was thinking I want to read more of her books, but now I'm afraid I'll go all the way with another and find the ending just as diapointing. Write an epilogue or more of the story next time and don't leave the reader going WHAT, ARE YOU KIDDING.

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By Dana on 12-20-16

Drama Queen with a capital D

Would you try another book from Kathryn Croft and/or Lisa Coleman?

I read Behind Closed Doors and it was much better than this book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have made Callie not so self-centered. It got old and made me feel very sorry for anyone in her life who had to deal with her!

Which character – as performed by Lisa Coleman – was your favorite?

The narrator was great, she did a good job with making Callie sound the way she is portrayed in the book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe it would make a better movie than a book. With books you get to hear everything inside Callie's head and it was the same thing over and over. I never heard anyone so paranoid, delusional and so much a drama queen about every little thing. At least in a movie you won't get bored with her "poor me" mantra about every aspect of her life.

Any additional comments?

I finished the book reluctantly - several times I wanted to give up from being sick of the main character feel sorry for herself and make a big huge deal about every mundane thing. The ending was just OK. I didn't try to figure it out because I didn't care enough to want to.

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61 of 64 people found this review helpful

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By Astral Surfer on 03-01-17

Flat narration spoil us a great story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, I'd recommend the book, not the audio as narrated.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stranger Within?

A few twists along the way and I missed a couple, so it's constantly exciting.

What didn’t you like about Lisa Coleman’s performance?

I found the voice flat and bordering on boring. The story kept my interest, but not the telling.

Any additional comments?

The story, at first, seemed a bit trite, but I became more involved as a few different threads emerged. It's well plotted and more complex than I first imagined, so worth sticking with overall. Some thought provoking themes throughout.

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By Corrinne on 02-12-17

Conclusion, not at all believable

No one is that selfless. No one! This is a novel to torment, bring you down and be glad when it's over. Depressing, unbelievable and the characters are one dimensional.

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14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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By Amazon Customer on 01-22-17

Four stars

It was hard to empathise with the main character at times. She makes a lot of cringe worthy decisions. Four stars for the plot twist ending you won't see coming.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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