The Stopped Heart (audiobook)

A Novel

14.9 hrs • 12 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 03/29/16
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 03/29/16 9781504696760
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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Internationally bestselling author Julie Myerson’s beautifully written, yet deeply chilling novel of psychological suspense explores the tragedies—past and present—haunting a picturesque country cottage.

Mary Coles and her husband, Graham, have just moved to a cottage on the edge of a small village. The house hasn’t been lived in for years, but they are drawn to its original features and surprisingly large garden, which stretches down into a beautiful apple orchard. It’s idyllic, remote, picturesque: exactly what they need to put the horror of the past behind them.

One hundred and fifty years earlier, a huge oak tree was felled in front of the cottage during a raging storm. Beneath it lies a young man with a shock of red hair, presumed dead—surely no one could survive such an accident. But the red-haired man is alive, and after a brief convalescence is taken in by the family living in the cottage and put to work in the fields. The children all love him, but the eldest daughter, Eliza, has her reservations. There’s something about the red-haired man that sits ill with her. A presence. An evil.

Back in the present, weeks after moving to the cottage and still drowning beneath the weight of insurmountable grief, Mary Coles starts to sense there’s something in the house. Children’s whispers, footsteps from above, half-caught glimpses of figures in the garden. A young man with a shock of red hair wandering through the orchard.

Has Mary’s grief turned to madness? Or have the events that took place so long ago finally come back to haunt her…?

Review Quotes

“Bloody brilliant.”

Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Myerson evokes mystery and madness, with glimpses into devastating events, the full extent of which are slowly and skillfully uncovered.”

Vogue (UK)

“Gripping parallel narrative.”

New York Times Book Review

“In this hair-raiser, Mary Coles moves to a country cottage that seems too good to be true…and it turns out, she’s right. Goose-bumps ensue.”


“Beautifully written and cleverly told…An extraordinarily potent experience and not for the faint-hearted.”

Guardian (London)

“Just as frightening as Edgar Allan Poe…Scary, suspenseful, and [Myerson’s] most intriguing novel yet.”

San Francisco Book Review

“A stunner.”

Booklist (starred review)

“By turns terrifying and heartbreaking; an enthralling spine-chiller.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Elizabeth Knoweldon narrates Mary’s story, and Lucinda Clare, Eliza’s. The story lines intertwine…with the time frame being distinguished only by a change in narrator…Knoweldon and Clare manage to keep the listener engaged in a chilling tale.”