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  • Location: Gloucestershire

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2023: The family took her in, but will they let her leave?

  • ISBN: B09YY4KH5G
  • Genre: Crime, Psychological

What you need to know before your trail

It was meant to be Caitlin’s perfect summer, but betrayed by her best friend and her boyfriend, she finds herself hitchhiking home alone, heartbroken, and penniless.

When a smiling family pulls up on the roadside to help her on her way, she’s relieved – they seem so friendly, safe. And when they offer her a warm bed in their isolated house for the night, she’s grateful not to have to travel back alone in the dark. In any case, she’s in no rush to get home, where a grave secret is lying in wait to blow her family apart.

One night soon turns into two, and then three. The increasingly spellbinding couple wants her to stay, and why shouldn’t she? Their children need a tutor, and the longer she can avoid home, the better. But then an older member of the household warns her to leave immediately. And when her phone suddenly goes missing, when she realises that this perfect family is a perfect lie, it might not be so easy for her to leave…

Travel Guide

From Devon to Gloucestershire

No locations as such apart from the two mentioned. All is vague and rightly so as a couple pick up a hitchhiker and suggest she stays with them. She sleeps and when she wakes up, she’s somewhere in Gloucester but where exactly is anyone’s guess.

The house where she stays is modern but creepy and it feels very isolated. Lockdown happens so she can’t go out and escape. The mood is dark and heavy and the fear of isolation, of being trapped here for ever is palpable.

Booktrail Boarding Pass: Stay

Destination: Berkshire, Gloucester   Author/Guide: Jane Bailey  Departure Time: 2023

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