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About the Author
Susie Berneis is a versatile voiceover artist with numerous narration credits to her name. She has an ear for dialect and a love for the process of developing characters, which has been cultivated through her twenty-plus years of experience as a community and regional stage actress. Based in Ann Arbor (home of the University of Michigan, where she received her BA in English and theatre), she now takes great joy in playing all the characters she encounters in her narration. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07ZV1BCC4
- Publisher : Furphies Press (October 31, 2019)
- Publication date : October 31, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1159 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,994 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As she's walking past an exclusive hair salon in the Upper East Side, she spots HER. What's SHE doing in New York? Claire follows HER to one of the nicest brick brownstone on East 63rd Street. It's one of the most expensive properties in Manhattan. Claire stays up half the night looking for Hannah Wilson on social media. Nothing on Facebook or Twitter. Nothing recent on Instagram. That's because she's married now & wearing a diamond ring with a stone the size of a small planet. Hannah is now Mrs. Carter living a charmed life. It's the life Claire used to have, before Hannah came along.
Over the next 10 days, Claire stalks Hannah. And, when Hannah fires her housekeeper, Claire fills the vacancy. She cuts her hair short, colors it & calls herself Louise Martin. It may have been 10 years ago, but it was a big case at the time. Wilson vs. Petersen. Claire's parents were being sued in civil court for sexual assault. Claire has held a grudge against Hannah for the past 10 years. With revenge on her mind, Claire tracked her down & inserted herself into her house under false pretenses. She has had to come up with all sorts of ways to hide her duplicity.
Claire (Louise) finds a diary in a hiding place in Hannah's walk-in closet around the same time Hannah tells Claire (Louise) that there's an issue with her W-4 form; the Social Security number doesn't match. Uh, oh! All she can think about is getting back to that diary. The entries are lies about Claire (Louise), inventing events that never happened, twisting the truth. She's being played but she doesn't know why & it's scaring her. It's a setup. All this time she thought she was the cat; turns out she's the mouse.
Whew! I don't know how I ever finished this book and will not be reading any more from the author
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There are a couple of things that need editing - the main one is right at the end of the book, when we learn that the protagonist's younger brother is married with a young son when he can only be around eighteen years old...and there are a few typos - 'fit' instead of fist, for example. Also, the expression 'it goes without saying' was overused - it came up at least five times during the course of the book. But these are minor niggles and I only mention them so that the author has a chance to correct them before too many more people read it. It deserves to be a bestseller - it's better than most of the thrillers I've read, and I've read quite a few over the last few years (while studying for an MA in novel writing and trying to write my own). I'm really impressed - if I haven't already made that clear - especially since the author seems to be writing and publishing her books at a rate of one every six months over the last few years. Well done!
Now Hannah Carter, she is married to a wealthy business living in a plush townhouse with a beautiful baby. Claire's plan is to destroy Hannah's life as Hannah destroyed hers and to gain a confession about her past actions, but all is not as it seems.
There is tensions throughout the plot, with twists and turns which are difficult to see coming. Cleverly, there is sympathy for both Hannah and Claire. Right until the end, you do not know who to believe. Some of the subjects touched on can be a little difficult to read and perhaps a little graphic, but they are not written for the sake of it, but essential to the story.