Mark Twain wrote: Nothing is so ignorant as a man's left hand, except a lady's watch.
Average Rating: 4.0
A spellbinding novel about an unspeakable secret that could destroy a family.
Elle is a survivor. She's managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can't explain. It's just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets.
Elle's world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who came to the house one night and never left.
As Elle's past unfolds, so does the truth -- if she can believe it. She must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they are, Elle must listen...before her grandfather's death buries the family's secrets forever.
I chose this audiobook as much for the narration as for the story, and I'm glad I did. Both Angela Dawe and Arthur Morey performed their parts exceptionally well. The story is plausible, although not very probable. It's also quite engrossing and suspenseful. I became almost as frustrated with all the secrets as Elle did before the final reveal at the end.
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