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A Necessary End - A Novel

Holly Brown

How far would you go to get what you wanted? The author of Don't Try to Find Me returns with a taut, riveting novel of psychological suspense-a domestic drama full of secrets and twists-about a woman determined to have a child, her ambivalent husband, and a pregnant teenager with a secret agenda of her own. "I know now that there was no other way things could have turned out. Tragedies are inevitable, just like the great love stories, like us." Thirty-nine-year-old Adrienne is desperate to be a mother. And this time, nothing is going to get in her way. Sure, her husband, Gabe, is ambivalent about fatherhood. But she knows that once he holds their baby, he'll come around. He's just feeling a little threatened, that's all. Because once upon a time, it was Gabe that Adrienne wanted more than anything; she was willing to do anything. . . . But that was half a lifetime ago. She's a different person now, and so is Gabe. There are lines she wouldn't cross, not without extreme provocation. And sure, she was bitten once before by another birth mother-clear to the bone-and for most people, it's once bitten, twice shy. But Adrienne isn't exactly the retiring type. At nineteen, Leah bears a remarkable resemblance to the young woman Adrienne once was. Which is why Adrienne knows the baby Leah is carrying is meant to be hers. But Leah's got ideas of her own: Her baby's going to get a life in California; why shouldn't she? All she wants is to live in Adrienne's house for a year after the baby's born, and get a fresh start. It seems like a small price for Adrienne to pay to get their baby. And with Gabe suddenly on board, what could possibly go wrong?

How far would you go to get what you wanted? The author of Don't Try to Find Me returns with a taut, riveting novel of psychological suspense-a domestic drama full of secrets and twists-about a woman determined to have a child, her ambivalent husband, and a pregnant teenager with a secret agenda of her own. "I know now that there was no other way things could have turned out. Tragedies are inevitable, just like the great love stories, like us." Thirty-nine-year-old Adrienne is desperate to be a mother. And this time, nothing is going to get in her way. Sure, her husband, Gabe, is ambivalent about fatherhood. But she knows that once he holds their baby, he'll come around. He's just feeling a little threatened, that's all. Because once upon a time, it was Gabe that Adrienne wanted more than anything; she was willing to do anything. . . . But that was half a lifetime ago. She's a different person now, and so is Gabe. There are lines she wouldn't cross, not without extreme provocation. And sure, she was bitten once before by another birth mother-clear to the bone-and for most people, it's once bitten, twice shy. But Adrienne isn't exactly the retiring type. At nineteen, Leah bears a remarkable resemblance to the young woman Adrienne once was. Which is why Adrienne knows the baby Leah is carrying is meant to be hers. But Leah's got ideas of her own: Her baby's going to get a life in California; why shouldn't she? All she wants is to live in Adrienne's house for a year after the baby's born, and get a fresh start. It seems like a small price for Adrienne to pay to get their baby. And with Gabe suddenly on board, what could possibly go wrong?
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How far would you go to get what you wanted? The author of Don't Try to Find Me returns with a taut, riveting novel of psychological suspense-a domestic drama full of secrets and twists-about a woman determined to have a child, her ambivalent husband, and a pregnant teenager with a secret agenda of her own. "I know now that there was no other way things could have turned out. Tragedies are inevitable, just like the great love stories, like us." Thirty-nine-year-old Adrienne is desperate to be a mother. And this time, nothing is going to get in her way. Sure, her husband, Gabe, is ambivalent about fatherhood. But she knows that once he holds their baby, he'll come around. He's just feeling a little threatened, that's all. Because once upon a time, it was Gabe that Adrienne wanted more than anything; she was willing to do anything. . . . But that was half a lifetime ago. She's a different person now, and so is Gabe. There are lines she wouldn't cross, not without extreme provocation. And sure, she was bitten once before by another birth mother-clear to the bone-and for most people, it's once bitten, twice shy. But Adrienne isn't exactly the retiring type. At nineteen, Leah bears a remarkable resemblance to the young woman Adrienne once was. Which is why Adrienne knows the baby Leah is carrying is meant to be hers. But Leah's got ideas of her own: Her baby's going to get a life in California; why shouldn't she? All she wants is to live in Adrienne's house for a year after the baby's born, and get a fresh start. It seems like a small price for Adrienne to pay to get their baby. And with Gabe suddenly on board, what could possibly go wrong?

Language:

English

Narrators:

Khristine Hvam, James Patrick Cronin

Length:

12h 22m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

11:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

23:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

26:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

20:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

11:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

15:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

22:03


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

16:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

21:05


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

17:03


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

12:15


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

21:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

23:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

16:12


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

16:56


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

13:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

37:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

11:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

17:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

13:23


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

13:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

14:31


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

22:17


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:01


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

13:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

00:34