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A lonely moor. A chilling wind. A terrible crime that they had to hide. They thought they were alone, but she heard everything. Disgraced news presenter Emma Underhill goes back to her childhood village to recover from an eye operation. She had vowed never to go back there, and she knows that old enemies wait for her in the sleepy place, yearning for revenge for something s A lonely moor. A chilling wind. A terrible crime that they had to hide. They thought they were alone, but she heard everything. Disgraced news presenter Emma Underhill goes back to her childhood village to recover from an eye operation. She had vowed never to go back there, and she knows that old enemies wait for her in the sleepy place, yearning for revenge for something she did early in her career. On the way there, her brother-in-law stops to meet a friend. Emma gets out of the car. With her eyes covered in bandages, all she can see is darkness. The countryside is a lonely place, and with Mark gone she feels alone. And then she hears noises. A man and a woman are at the bottom of the hill. She hears the sound of a shovel hitting the earth, and then the couple’s voices as they talk about burying a body. She tries to back away, but they know she’s there. Someone is dead, and only Emma heard the killers’ voices. Then it hits her; they saw her. They know what she looks like. She realises that they could be anybody. The village becomes a sinister place, where every person she passes could be one of the murderers. Who are they? Who did they kill? Nobody in the village believes her. As Emma tries to find out the truth, the killers make it clear they won’t leave her alone. They won’t rest until she leaves the village. If she stays, they’ll make sure she can never tell anyone.


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A lonely moor. A chilling wind. A terrible crime that they had to hide. They thought they were alone, but she heard everything. Disgraced news presenter Emma Underhill goes back to her childhood village to recover from an eye operation. She had vowed never to go back there, and she knows that old enemies wait for her in the sleepy place, yearning for revenge for something s A lonely moor. A chilling wind. A terrible crime that they had to hide. They thought they were alone, but she heard everything. Disgraced news presenter Emma Underhill goes back to her childhood village to recover from an eye operation. She had vowed never to go back there, and she knows that old enemies wait for her in the sleepy place, yearning for revenge for something she did early in her career. On the way there, her brother-in-law stops to meet a friend. Emma gets out of the car. With her eyes covered in bandages, all she can see is darkness. The countryside is a lonely place, and with Mark gone she feels alone. And then she hears noises. A man and a woman are at the bottom of the hill. She hears the sound of a shovel hitting the earth, and then the couple’s voices as they talk about burying a body. She tries to back away, but they know she’s there. Someone is dead, and only Emma heard the killers’ voices. Then it hits her; they saw her. They know what she looks like. She realises that they could be anybody. The village becomes a sinister place, where every person she passes could be one of the murderers. Who are they? Who did they kill? Nobody in the village believes her. As Emma tries to find out the truth, the killers make it clear they won’t leave her alone. They won’t rest until she leaves the village. If she stays, they’ll make sure she can never tell anyone.

30 review for The Girl Who Heard Everything

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kira Simion

    I like this idea! Sounds an interesting mystery!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin Dallas

    I've always loved a good mystery and this was no exception.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marbea Logan

    This was one of those you damned if you do,damned if you don't mysteries. No matter what Emma did she still didn't see the whole point of why the people did what they did. It's about being a family, community, loyalty something she cares nothing about or can truly grasp the meaning of. Yes it was wrong for Lee and Kiera to have murdered a man because their infidelities and selfishness ruined their own lives. They had a whole community to help them cover up that they killed a man accident or not This was one of those you damned if you do,damned if you don't mysteries. No matter what Emma did she still didn't see the whole point of why the people did what they did. It's about being a family, community, loyalty something she cares nothing about or can truly grasp the meaning of. Yes it was wrong for Lee and Kiera to have murdered a man because their infidelities and selfishness ruined their own lives. They had a whole community to help them cover up that they killed a man accident or not because he slept with a unhappy woman in a mentally unstable marriage. Yes Emma should've let that burden of knowing this happened off her shoulders he deserves justice not a shallow grave under a hill. Maybe in the end her career is over and I think that's a good thing, but that town had some deep sinister issues before and after Emma left. I don't know what to say about Lori, she used her embarrassing situation as a crutch to not to have to live her life, and blamed her sister for it. Maybe Emma was a young selfish one tracked mind person but you have to live and learn and she did. She learned like most the hard way, and she barely escaped with her life because those Nelldan villagers would've killed her to keep that secret safe.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan Swiderski

    I know how much it takes to complete a book, so I commend the author for doing that, but I wish he had invested in a good editor, because his book is riddled with errors, and some of the plot points simply aren't plausible. Some of the characters are more like stereotypical caricatures, and their behavior made me raise my eyebrows in disbelief. Yeah, I know any character can do just about anything, but for an entire town to adopt that behavior...? Plus, for me, I'm afraid the so-called heroine of I know how much it takes to complete a book, so I commend the author for doing that, but I wish he had invested in a good editor, because his book is riddled with errors, and some of the plot points simply aren't plausible. Some of the characters are more like stereotypical caricatures, and their behavior made me raise my eyebrows in disbelief. Yeah, I know any character can do just about anything, but for an entire town to adopt that behavior...? Plus, for me, I'm afraid the so-called heroine of the story isn't terribly likable. Self-centered and motivated by what best benefits her career as a journalist, she has a "the hell with the consequences" attitude and remains unabashedly unapologetic for the damage she wreaked on her sister and their hometown, which she subsequently used as a stepping stone to get outta Dodge and find fame and fortune. So why is she so surprised when her old hometown doesn't welcome her back with open arms? There are some interesting parts in the story, and even though the ending also included some unlikely and immediate repercussions, it was somewhat satisfying. Judging by other reviews, quite a few readers thought this was a terrific read. Who knows? Maybe you will, too.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Ibarra

    The book is well-plotted, generating curiosity to know how it will end. Emma Underhill is a reporter who lost her job after a very unfortunate interview she made. She had an eye surgery and went to Nellden, the small town where she grew up, to stay with her sister whom she had not seen for a very long time. On the way to her home, her brother-in-law made a stop. Her eyes were bandaged but she heard a couple speaking about digging a grave. She had to find out what it was about. The character of E The book is well-plotted, generating curiosity to know how it will end. Emma Underhill is a reporter who lost her job after a very unfortunate interview she made. She had an eye surgery and went to Nellden, the small town where she grew up, to stay with her sister whom she had not seen for a very long time. On the way to her home, her brother-in-law made a stop. Her eyes were bandaged but she heard a couple speaking about digging a grave. She had to find out what it was about. The character of Emma is absolutely ridiculous. She is selfish and self-centered. She is capable of stepping on anybody or anything to achieve success. She once wrote an article that caused a lot of damage and sorrow in Nellden. She is hated there, starts receiving death threats, and is ordered to go away. But she has to find the truth. Who in her sane mind would put up with such danger for nothing. Besides, she is capable of ruining everybody and now she is interested in the truth. Can you believe it? The character is totally inconsistent and artificial. And to add insult to injury the author is announcing the new adventures of Emma. Hope she kills herself! But I will never know.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Grace Hudson

    Firstly, the title was a bit strange. The "girl" who heard everything is actually thirty-eight. Maybe it was named as such because books with "girl" in the title are popular at the moment. I must admit, even though I gave it three stars, I was hooked and I simply couldn't stop reading until I reached the end. A couple of editing issues here and there but they didn't detract from the experience. It was tense throughout the whole book and the feeling of danger never let up. I was satisfied by the e Firstly, the title was a bit strange. The "girl" who heard everything is actually thirty-eight. Maybe it was named as such because books with "girl" in the title are popular at the moment. I must admit, even though I gave it three stars, I was hooked and I simply couldn't stop reading until I reached the end. A couple of editing issues here and there but they didn't detract from the experience. It was tense throughout the whole book and the feeling of danger never let up. I was satisfied by the ending but there was something missing and I'm not sure what it was. The characters and the settings were bleak and I did have a bit of empathy for Emma but not the other characters. I wanted to give it 3.5 stars but I had to round down instead of up. I would recommend the book because the story pulled me in and didn't let go. I guess I wanted a glimmer of hope or humanity to round out the story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jo Williams

    An Easy Read For An Airport It’s an interesting concept the author has developed. A disgraced tv newsreader returning to the village she was raised in after she’s sacked hears two people talking whilst burying a body. She couldn’t see because she had bandages over her eyes, temporarily leaving her sightless. A number of plot tricks felt too convenient, and the characters were a little two dimensional for my taste. That said, there are a number of twists that make this book a decent one for an ai An Easy Read For An Airport It’s an interesting concept the author has developed. A disgraced tv newsreader returning to the village she was raised in after she’s sacked hears two people talking whilst burying a body. She couldn’t see because she had bandages over her eyes, temporarily leaving her sightless. A number of plot tricks felt too convenient, and the characters were a little two dimensional for my taste. That said, there are a number of twists that make this book a decent one for an airport read. Did I love it? No. But I didn’t dislike it either. Perhaps with a little more development and polishing of the characters this could have been a four star read for me; maybe the author’s other books achieve this.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    Emma screwed over so many people when she wrote had her story published in the paper. Almost an entire town, in fact. Now after having eye surgery, she's back. Staying with her only sister while she recovers. With her eyes bandaged, her capacity to hear is acutely sharp. That's what they say happens, after all. What Emma overhears is enough to make anyone run for cover. Instead, her journalistic instincts have her on a mission to solve a case. Would she risk what little respect she has left of h Emma screwed over so many people when she wrote had her story published in the paper. Almost an entire town, in fact. Now after having eye surgery, she's back. Staying with her only sister while she recovers. With her eyes bandaged, her capacity to hear is acutely sharp. That's what they say happens, after all. What Emma overhears is enough to make anyone run for cover. Instead, her journalistic instincts have her on a mission to solve a case. Would she risk what little respect she has left of her family to do so? ~ this book started interesting and then it slowly lost mine. Too slow to develop, perhaps. It's good, but not my type of story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Paresa

    I really liked this book. It had an interesting story line, and a decent ending. And I would read another book by this author. The one thing that really bothered me though was the punctuation and grammar. There were so many mistakes. Pronouns were misused so I wasn't sure at times who they were referring to. The word stood, stand, standing always had the wrong tense. I don't understand why so many books lately appear to have not been proffed. I'm a court reporter, and if I turned a job in with I really liked this book. It had an interesting story line, and a decent ending. And I would read another book by this author. The one thing that really bothered me though was the punctuation and grammar. There were so many mistakes. Pronouns were misused so I wasn't sure at times who they were referring to. The word stood, stand, standing always had the wrong tense. I don't understand why so many books lately appear to have not been proffed. I'm a court reporter, and if I turned a job in with so many mistakes, I'd be fired. I would have rated it higher if it weren't for the punctuation.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Despite this being yet another 'Girl Who ...' novel, I found it a compelling read. I liked Emma Underhill as a character - a brave woman who stands up to bullies and does what is right, even though it means alienating herself from both her sister and the villagers with whom she grew up. There are typos galore, which is a shame, but the depiction of 4 of 5 senses when Emma's eyes are blindfolded, is very good indeed. My only question is: where is the baby, Janine, at the end of the novel?!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell Loman

    Zzzzzzzzzz.............. I hated every character, Emma was a real "Dick." Not fun, not interesting and makes me thankful I live in sunny So. Cal. Dude, I'm a fan of most things English, especially music. But this book reminded me of being there on a series of gloomy days, eating greasy fries washed down by crappy pint of cheap lager. Glad it was an Amazon freebee.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erinn

    This was a nice surprise that really kept me guessing until the end. Additionally, the end wasn't as predictably tidy as some, which made it stand out from formulaic novels. The characters weren't easy to like, but this made the story all the more realistic. If you're bored with traditional stories, consider this fast read alternative.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Josette Thomas

    I was surprised at how well I liked this book. I had not expected to finish but was soon caught up in the story and how things were going south for Emma. She felt telling the truth would set her free. The end was something I did not expect. I’m glad Emma as able to see what she needed to do and was able to choose the proper way to handle the info.

  14. 5 out of 5

    J Barkess

    2 things I liked about this 1. It was quite short. 2. It was free. The plot of this book was bizarre and there was not a believable character in it. I always try to finish a book and fortunately this one did not waste too much of my obviously I will not read anything else by this writter.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eirik

    The book starts off well and the idea is exciting. But it lacks a bit in the implementation and when I finished reading, I felt some degree of disappointment. I was looking forward to something more spectacular, but it's too much to demand from a small, boring small town.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teryl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Could anybody really be as stupid as Mark? To take a temporarily blind woman to a crime scene and then pretend it never happened? As that was the beginning, the rest didn't hang together for me. And, while I accept that her story damaged a number of families in the village, turning the story teller into the demon, seemed a bit odd, particularly when considering the nature of the crime that the story exposed.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nanci Rathbun

    Good premise, but unsatisfying ending I liked the premise of the book, but the protagonist was an unlikeable person and the ending was rushed to an unsatisfying conclusion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robyn Bontrager

    I had a hard time reading this book because of the poor editing. I've never seen a book with so many errors.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ShaneLou Langley

    Really enjoyed the pace, suspense and plot to this novel!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laticia

    Decent read The ending was a bit of surprised but I was expecting a bit more. I am looking forward to the next book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Casile

    Definitely very unusual. It is a story that has you on edge through the whole time never knowing who to trust in the whole storyline.

  22. 4 out of 5

    maggie duprey

    Meh The rough writing with many grammatical errors was bothersome. The story itself was not very compelling. Very trite and disappointing ending.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    British writers often leave me cold. This mystery was miles ahead of the British "chick lit" I've read, however.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    Odd phrasing This book had an interesting story, but the odd phrasing was so off putting. Phrasing like "She was sat" or "He was stood". Is this a British thing?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lonnie Somogyi

    Needs better editing Barely a story. No depth of characters. Made no sense. Lots of little mistakes such as "hearth" appearing in the sentence where "heart" was meant to be.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Barbara George

    Good plot I struggled with the characters who were somewhat underdeveloped. Emma was ridiculously stupid at times and helpless. Needs editing. Good first try.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karyn

    Good story Good story, although not sure that I would another one in this series. It got a bit repetitive about the failed journalism career.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lillie

    The mystery was intriguing enough to keep me reading to the end, and I was pleased with the main character's final action. However, none of the characters were likable, and the conspiracy was hard to believe. I was pulled out of the story a number of times by poor editing and bad grammar.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ann Keeran

    An excellent mystery with a reporter digging for clues into what has happened to her hometown. She has returned to a town holding a grudge. Will she survive?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Louise Feagans

    The girl who heard everything! I love a good mystery and Jack Lewis does an awesome job in this book. The main character of Emma hears somethings that she isn't suppose to hear and no one wants to take her seriously but she still manages to get herself in trouble. I was enjoying this book until I finished it and realized that it was 2 am.

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