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Publisher Description


Vanessa has always found it easy to pretend to be somebody different, somebody better. When things get tough in her real life, all she has to do is throw on some nicer clothes, adopt a new accent and she can escape.

That's how it started: looking round houses she couldn't possibly afford. Harmless fun really. Until it wasn't.

Because a man who lived in one of those houses is dead.

And everyone thinks Vanessa killed him...


Praise for Nuala Ellwood

'A gripping, poignant novel ... I read it in one sitting' Rosamund Lupton

'A clever, twisty plot that takes psychological mind games to a new level. Nuala Ellwood has done it again!' Jane Corry

'This book will take all your expectations and upend them, making you question everything you thought you knew' Emma Kavanagh

'Brilliantly compulsive and with one hell of a twist! I was consumed until the final heartbreaking page' Claire Douglas

'Absolutely brilliant - exciting, clever, it deserves to be a bestseller' Priscilla Masters

Crime & Thrillers
22 July
Penguin Books Ltd

Customer Reviews

Tinks24 ,

A gripping read that is so addictive you’ll struggle to put it down!

This is the first book that I’ve read by Nuala Ellwood and it definitely won’t be my last, I devoured this book in just two days! As much as I love reading, I can be very easily distracted, but this book held my attention from start to finish!

We follow Vanessa in this story as she falls in love and moves in with the man of her dreams. Happy in life and happy in her job, you’d think she had it all. Sadly, not everything is rosy for her, but wait, she seems to have found a way to cheer herself up…

We’ve all dreamed about living somewhere bigger and better, we’ve probably all looked online and imagined ourselves in that pretty cottage by the sea, or that luxury townhouse with an indoor pool. For most this remains a dream, but Vanessa takes it one step further and books appointments to view these properties. Initially, she believes she could almost afford them, but her obsession gets a bit out of hand and before long she is looking at properties that would require a decent lottery win.

You could describe what Vanessa is doing as harmless, but when someone ends up dead and she is the prime suspect, things don’t seem so harmless anymore!

Fast-paced and wholly engrossing, the chapters alternate between the past and present, filling us in on events from Vanessa’s life and leading us to that fateful day and beyond. In a way two storylines are running through this book, they don’t quite connect as I thought they might but I’m not sure that they need to.

My only slight critique is that you won’t see one of the twists coming, normally that’s not something I’d be critical over, but this one wasn’t possible to work out at all. This didn’t spoil my enjoyment though, of what is a great psychological thriller!

A cleverly written story with great characters and suspense galore!

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