The Second Life of Amy Archer

  • by R. S. Pateman
  • Narrated by Clare Corbett
  • 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ten years ago she disappeared without a trace...now she's back.
On 31st December 1999, ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart. On the 10th anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone, still struggling with the enormity of her grief and the horror of not knowing the fate of her only child. But the fear and confusion have only just begun, and Beth's world is turned upside down when a stranger knocks on her door, claiming to know what happened to Amy.
Beth is introduced to a little girl who is the uncanny double of her missing daughter, who knows things that only Amy would remember: The name of her favourite toy, the place where she scratched her initials, what Beth likes for breakfast. But this can't be Amy, she hasn't aged a day...
Now Beth is forced to question everything she has ever believed in, and push her faith and her sanity to the limits, if she is to find out the truth about what happened to Amy.

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An outstanding debut

What an amazing, unexpected listen. This is an original, gripping and compelling book that kept me guessing throughout. If like me you are a fan of Lottie Moggach or SJ Watson I would highly recommend this outstanding debut novel which is beautifully narrated by Clare Corbett.
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- Saffy

Interesting but unsatisfying

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who never learnt that a book needs a beginning, a middle and an end.


Would you be willing to try another book from R. S. Pateman? Why or why not?

I would not be willing to read another book by this author, the premise of the story was interesting but the book overall was a massive disappointment. There was no conclusion, there was quite a lot of repetition and I was left with a feeling of "what, is that it?"


Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any other of Corbett's performances but I would, she was an excellent narrator.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration and disappointment. Of course there were moments of sadness because of the subject matter of the book and it did make you think but I expected more.


Any additional comments?

I genuinely can't understand why people have given this listen such rave reviews.

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- Pinkbee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-05-2014
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group