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The Fall Guy: A Novel
The Fall Guy: A Novel | James Lasdun
In this taut psychological thriller, a couple and their houseguest find themselves caught in a deadly web of secrets, obsession, and revenge. It is summer, 2012. Charlie, a wealthy banker with an uneasy conscience, invites his troubled cousin Matthew to visit him and his wife in their idyllic mountaintop house. As the days grow hotter, the friendship between the three begins to reveal its fault lines, and with the arrival of a fourth character, the household finds itself suddenly in the grip of uncontrollable passions. As readers of James Lasduns acclaimed fiction can expect, The Fall Guy is a complex moral tale as well as a gripping suspense story, probing questions of guilt and betrayal with ruthless incisiveness. Who is the real victim here? Who is the perpetrator? And who, ultimately, is the fall guy? Darkly vivid, with an atmosphere of erotic danger, The Fall Guy is Lasduns most entertaining novel yet.
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rather_be_reading
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It was like having to believe, suddenly, in a fourth prime color or a second moon.

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rather_be_reading
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Time had seemed to thicken then, the seconfs growing sticky as clay.

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rather_be_reading
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...sipping coffee and pretending to be Hercule Poirot.

(An Agatha Christie reference)

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rather_be_reading
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Words to look up:

oubliettes
simulacrum
sangfroid

Booko Sangfroid-bloody 14mo
tournevis @Booko sang-froid: Courage to face dangerous things. 14mo
tournevis Simulacrum : something that pretends to be something else, a fake 14mo
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tournevis Oubliettes : the type of deep dungeon where someone gets forgotten, literaly "oublié" 14mo
Cedar_and_Grapefruit The second one got me! Thanks, @tournevis ! 14mo
tournevis @Cedar_and_Grapefruit I'm the service francophone! 😋 14mo
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rather_be_reading
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First line: They'd arranged to leave late so as to avoid traffic.

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rather_be_reading
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Pickpick

Pretty good book. I never predicted the way things turned out and never saw things coming. My prediction was totally wrong! Quick read.

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rather_be_reading
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Book 57 of 2018 #botm

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collegecatlady
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Pickpick

I was hesitant to read this one based on all the reviews I had seen. I‘m very glad I did though. I loved this novel. Not much of a thriller as the blurb states but more of a character study. It was intriguing to watch the three main characters interact with one another and react to each other‘s actions. Surprised to be saying it, but this was five stars for me.

rather_be_reading random but if that is a Laker blanket, I have the same exact one! 14mo
collegecatlady @rather_be_reading It‘s actually a Harry Potter blanket! 14mo
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nomadreader
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Mehso-so

Huh. Not what I expected, and I'm not quite sure what to think, which, yes, is precisely Lasdun's point. [This review may change over time.]

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KarenUK
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#day5 #augustgrrrl #waterfalls Some 'fall' titles, all with 'water' on the covers.... 2 on the right are TBRs...

SilversReviews Before The Fall was good. 2y
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nomadreader
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I will finish today. I will finish today. I will finish today.

RaimeyGallant You've got this! 2y
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nomadreader
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Tonight's plan

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Reviewsbylola
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Another BOTM choice I added on a whim, this shocked me by being one of my favorite reads of 2016. I loved the dynamic between the three main characters. Set in the Catskills, there is a lot of pool lounging and lazy summer days. Perfect beach read under #mrblueskies. #junetunz

KarenUK I added this one too, but haven't got to it yet.... moving it up the TBR! 👍💕 3y
Cinfhen I'm waiting for my library reserve on this one! Gorgeous photo 💙💙💙💙 3y
emilyhaldi I'm not sure I knew about this one!! Maybe I will pick up in my next box 😉 3y
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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! For this cold rainy night, I made us a warming meal of tomato-basil-mozzarella pierogis in an eggplant-artichoke sauce. Yum! 😋 This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats!

readinginthedark Yum! 😍 3y
Texreader Looks delicious!!! 3y
GatheringBooks it looks sinfully delicious 😋 3y
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ReadingEnvy
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Panpan

One of my pile up from BOTM picks, this was a lackluster book with parts that never really cohere. The writing sparkles the most when Lasdun describes the meals created by Matthew, but his passion dies when trying to build an argument for obsession or tension. #readyourowndamnbooks #thintheherd #bookofthemonth #botm

Mccall0113 Review was spot on 3y
ReadingEnvy @Mccall0113 I still finished it so I guess that's something? 3y
britt_brooke I read maybe one chapter and put it aside for another time. Then, I decided to sell it to a used book store. Looks like I made a good decision. 😜 3y
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NerdyRev Spot on. It was rough 3y
ReadingEnvy @britt_brooke I think my original thought was to hang on to my botm titles but I'm realizing I already broke that rule in giving away two books... So this will be one more to trade in or donate. 3y
ReadingEnvy @NerdyRev yeah not just the reasons I mentioned but some big pacing issues i think. Once I had to go back because o thought I'd missed something but no. 3y
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ReadingEnvy
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Sh*t's gonna hit the fan, I'd say.

batsy Lol 3y
LeahBergen Here it comes... 😂 3y
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Proustian
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Having read a few things by Lasdun, I knew unreliable narrators are his thing. I guess they are mine too - I read this novel in a blue streak, starting late last night and continuing from waking this morning. One realization: it's not just that we're all unreliable chroniclers of our own stories. It's that we're never sure where and to what extent we're being dodgy. The machinery of revelation makes for an obsessive reading experience.

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BittersweetBooks
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"Spotlight effect": a tendency to imagine other people were paying more attention to you than they really were ?⚠️

Beckys_Books I thi k my husband suffers from this lol! 3y
Reviewsbylola I definitely suffer from this! 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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#2017Book56
When Matthew is invited to spend the summer with his rich cousin's family, he assumes it will be a stress-free vacation. He's wrong. The secrets are revealed with perfect pacing, and the family dynamics are described realistically. The main action of the novel is slightly predictable, but it's there for plot advancement, not shock value, which works in its favor. My only real complaint is that the very end is slightly anticlimactic.

Laura317 What a cool photo. Your blanket looks like the water on the cover. 3y
Reviewsbylola I'm so glad to read a positive review for this one! I almost skipped it because it has mostly negative reviews on litsy but I loved it. The setting and the characters set a time that really worked for me. 3y
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drbethandherkindle
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#LetterF for #LitsyAtoZ was a great diversion from my recent reads. The "group vacations together and conflict follows" micro-genre is usually a hit with me and this one hits. Narrated by Matthew, his shared history with his cousin and his cousin's wife unfolds over the summer interspersed with present events. An element of "uncomfortable why is this happening" is present, but not enough to make you want to stop. Engaging, sort of escapist 4.5/5⭐️

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kendra
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Mehso-so

As @JackOBotts said, "Meh."

Liberty Soooooo meh. 3y
JackOBotts So glad to know I'm not alone on this one... 3y
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murflegirl
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Starting the week off right with some planning, and starting The Fall Guy. Hope it's as good as I've heard!

Reviewsbylola Lol, this particular litsy listing has a 0% rating. 😵 But I swear I loved it. 😂 3y
murflegirl @Reviewsbylola maybe this one is the real one? Ahahah 🤣 3y
Reviewsbylola Yeah, idk why there is more than one listing! I hate when that happens. 3y
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ReadingEnvy
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Is this what happens when a water sign picks her #botm? I sense a theme.

Cinfhen 😂 3y
Reviewsbylola Enjoyed all three of these, especially The Fall Guy! 3y
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mauveandrosysky
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This was a surprisingly smart, stimulating read—right down to the Cioran and Pascal references within. It blurs the lines between victim and perpetrator, right and wrong, via an unreliable narrator so convincing in his certitude that it's genuinely hard to figure him out.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. If you need an absorbing page-turner to keep your brain occupied, it certainly does the trick.

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Appreciating the E.M. Cioran references in this book. This has such bad ratings here and on Goodreads but I'm actually liking it a lot more than I thought I would.

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Reviewsbylola
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I added this to my #BOTM box on a whim two months ago and started to regret it as the horrible reviews kept pouring on in on litsy. I almost skipped it altogether but decided to give it a shot and see for myself. Guys, I loved this book. I just gave it five stars on goodreads. It reminded me a lot of Siracusa, both in the sense that it is unpopular and also just the focus on morality and the character development, which was done in a quieter way.

Reviewsbylola When I say quieter, I mean that it is not the type of thriller that is in your face. But it definitely had my heart pounding a few times! 3y
KarenUK I loved Siracusa, and also picked this as a BOTM and have yet to read because of the bad reviews.... definitely want to read it now! 😊 3y
8little_paws I liked this book and thought it was better than most of the reviews I saw. I preferred it to Siracusa. 3y
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Reviewsbylola Yay, glad we have another dissenter. 😂 I usually trust Litsy reviews but both this and Siracusa are two times that I felt vastly different than the majority of the litsy reviews. I guess that's why the books seem similar to me. @8little_paws 3y
Reviewsbylola I hope you enjoy it! I think going in with such low expectations actually really helped! @KarenUK 3y
Alfoster Yay! On my kindle queue!! 3y
NatalieR Great photo! 😍 3y
TheLibrarian Glad you liked it and thanks for sharing your review! I've also been hesitant to read it due to the bad reviews. 3y
Reviewsbylola Definitely give it a chance! @TheLibrarian 3y
Gleefulreader I love the cover! 3y
LisaJo Thank you for your review of this book. I also picked it as a Book of the Month a couple months back. Still in my TBR. But moving up. 3y
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing your review! I admire readers who don't necessarily agree with the masses😍 3y
Mrscastro @Reviewsbylola I have been wanting to read this and was curious about it. 😊📖 3y
britt_brooke Happy to finally see a good review of this one! I chose it from BOTM, but still haven't read it. I loved Siracusa, though, so you've given me hope. 😁 3y
Reviewsbylola I hope you love it! @britt_brooke 3y
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Soon it reached that point of miraculous equilibrium where it felt at once as if it had been going on forever and as if it would never end.

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Reviewsbylola
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Starting my morning off right. Lush bath (the experimenter), Starbucks, and a (hopefully) good book. 👌🏻🛁☕️ 📚

BookishTrish ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Librariana Perfection! 3y
TheLibrarian I've seen mixed reviews so I'm interested to see what you think of it. 3y
Reviewsbylola I have read four chapters and so far I am actually really enjoying it. Had I not already bought it through #BOTM, I surely would not have started it, especially based on the reviews. So I am hoping it doesn't go downhill! @TheLibrarian 3y
DebinHawaii Looks like a perfect morning! 👍😀 3y
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NerdyRev
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Mehso-so

This was a BoTM pick in Oct. I saw the 0% on Litsy and kept putting it off. I went in with low expectations and I have to write it is ok. You will see the ending coming a mile away, it isn't a psychological thriller as advertised, and you will scream when the author write iPad again and again, but it is an ok book about obsession. Not terrible and not horrible, but simply ok. If I read this on a plane, it would be great. Took about 2 hrs to finish

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NerdyRev
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Started this tonight and am entering the read with very low expectations after seeing the negative reviews on Goodreads and here. I figured I made my BoTM choice a month ago, so I gotta live with it. The good news is I am 60 pages in after 20-30 mins of reading and I don't mind it at all. The other good news is, it is only 250 pages, so I will be done by tomorrow. Creepy cover art that so far conveys the story.

ReadingEnvy I didn't know it has negative reviews. I picked this one too but haven't tried it yet. 3y
NerdyRev @ReadingEnvy On Litsy, it is currently at zero percent and it is about 2.5 stars on Goodreads 3y
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8little_paws
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Mehso-so

This is a character study of a psychopath, and I think the author did a decent job with that. Yeah, there's lots of over-described items like food etc but I felt like that's something our narrator would fixate on. As a thriller, it's kind of slow but I thought the back half picked up well. I listened on audio, and it entertained me well enough. Halfway between a pick and so-so.

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katelizabee
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I know this book isn't terribly popular around these parts (every time I look, its favorability rating has sunk further!), but I really enjoyed it! I love an unreliable protagonist, and Matthew really did it for me. I thought the pacing was great - I appreciated the slow creep to realizing there was more going on than it initially seemed.

Reviewsbylola I was starting to wonder if I should just skip this so your review is refreshing! 3y
katelizabee @Reviewsbylola I mean, I can see how the book isn't for everyone (it's less about external action and more about internal action, and I know that's not everyone's bag) but I really liked it! I say give it a chance! 3y
Reviewsbylola I definitely will! 3y
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RebeccasReading
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Panpan

Oh. My. God. The ending of this book was so predictable and boring... What annoys me the most though was that if the author hadn't been so verbose and enjoyed his own prose so much, I think it could have made a really interesting novella. BUT it's not a thriller. Not in any way. Wish I hadn't heard of it.

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katelizabee
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listening to this on audiobook and I keep pausing to look at the cover because, wow, I want to be swimming in a lovely pool right now. (I'm tired of winter already, which does not bode well for the next four months.)

Reviewsbylola This one doesn't have the best reviews so I am anxious to see what you think! 3y
katelizabee @Reviewsbylola Yeah, every time I click on this title, it's favorable percentage has gone down even further! I picked it up because it was on of the Book of the Month selections. I'm about halfway through and I'm enjoying enough ... I guess time will tell! 3y
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RebeccasReading
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So I was planning for a fun afternoon at the mechanic's... but it turned out to be an easy fix. And since my mom is already babysitting, Starbucks it is! The snowman cookie is so worth it. Also, I needed this time to actually make some progress in this book. 🙂

BooksForYears That is an adorable cookie! How did it taste? 3y
Reviewsbylola Yay for some alone time!!🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
RebeccasReading @BooksForYears It was delicious and so worth it- especially the icing. @Reviewsbylola I haven't had time like that in a while, & it was amazing! I'll have to find a way to get some more often 😊 3y
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RebeccasReading
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Aside from the rather ominous shadow in the pool, this cover has me wanting to have the option to lay out by a pool, not pregnant and with no kids. I've got 3 weeks to go before baby number 2 arrives! #ImSoOverBeingPregnant

Alfoster Oh wow! Congrats ahead of time! You go girl!😍 3y
RebeccasReading Thanks @Alfoster ! I can't wait to meet this little guy! 3y
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451Degrees
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If I'm honest I'm glad I'm done with this book so I can move onto something better to read. It did speed up a little about halfway in but all in all it just was not a book I enjoyed reading. 2/5⭐️

britt_brooke Eek. I keep seeing this reaction for this book. I have it from BOTM, but I'm pretty sure I'm never going to read it. 3y
Reviewsbylola Oh no. I still have this in my #tbr. 3y
Reviewsbylola Shit the rating on Litsy is 0%. 😱😬 I may never read it either. @britt_brooke 3y
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britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola LOL, 0%??!! I've never seen such a bad rating. Sounds like I need to add it to the donate pile. 3y
451Degrees @britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola it definitely was not an exciting read, but it's also not a genre that I usually read either🙈 if y'all do read it I hope it's better for you both🙏🏻😊 3y
NerdyRev 0%? Yikes. I got that one last month from BoTM. Oh noes. 3y
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RiotMom
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Mehso-so

This started out slow, the pacing was kind of languorous and it never really picked up as the plot advanced. I found the slowness frustrating, and then abruptly, the story ended. It was just really unsatisfying.

Mccall0113 I completely agree. I was waiting for something, anything to happen 3y
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451Degrees
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Is anyone else struggling with this one? I feel like I'm just skimming this book the way it's dragging on...😫

LeahBergen I haven't read it but I like the monthly stamp from BOTM. 😉 3y
britt_brooke I started it, but wasn't hooked right away so I put it aside. I have no idea when I'll get back to it. 3y
8little_paws Unfortunately I've seen a lot of mixed reviews on this one. I'm still planning to listen to it on audio. My mom got it through botm and thought it was about a 3/5 3y
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Amandajoy
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Mehso-so

I fell I would have liked this more if it hadn't been billed as a thriller. It was very readable, but missing those exciting plot elements that are hallmarks of a good thriller. I've heard it compared to The Great Gatsby which I can see more. The entire book left me very "meh."

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Ok so there's a lot of descriptive writing in here. Enough to make me wonder more than once if the author is a chef. Overall the book was ok. It's not anything I would recommend to someone else to read. And I hated how rushed and abrupt the ending was.

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RiotMom
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⏰ wake up wake up wake up it's the book of the month!!⏰(couldn't help myself) (I AM SO EXCITED)

Reviewsbylola Do you have any guesses for the November selections? I'm stumped! 3y
RiotMom @Reviewsbylola I don't! Which one did you pick for October? 3y
Reviewsbylola I chose Good as Gone, The Mothers, and The Fall Guy. So far I've only read Good as Gone! 😬 3y
RiotMom @Reviewsbylola I got The Fall Guy. Excited to start it today during the lulls at work! 3y
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451Degrees
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When your roommate walks in a interrupts you with stories...😒😩

Texreader 😂😂😂 Yes! 3y
Dragon Love 💕 Loki 3y
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Mehso-so

While this novel is categorized as a psychological thriller, I did not read it as one. The author was more descriptive with each dinner's menu than creating page turning events. The 'psychological' label is simply that Matthew was unable to sort out his odd obsession with his cousin's wife, & ultimately how to protect her from the potential blame that came from an abrupt, oddly portrayed act. The ending fell short for me & felt rushed.

Frecks-Booklover4life The ending def felt rushed! Like really? That's the end? 3y
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LaurenBusser
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Let's talk theme-y covers for a second! #thefallguy

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BookishKateNYC
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Pickpick

You know that dropping feeling when you just finished a really great book and have to figure out what to read next? That was the state I was in when I started THE FALL GUY. And thankfully-- it was another solid book. It is a little too pleasurable to be considered "great" (I think "great" implies something important) but I couldn't put it down. Read it, just read it. It is really fun and I promise you'll be entertained.

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Amandajoy
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Meh. This had me turning pages but I never really felt like anything happened. It had potential for a big bang and instead just fizzled out. I also wanted to shake most of the characters, repeatedly.

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cherinium
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This one's a struggle...

Elephantango Hello, friend!! 3y
cherinium ;-) 3y
Jillsandypants I didn't love this one... 3y
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Amandajoy
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I couldn't participate in the readathon today, but I did manage to start this month's BOTM selection. And awesome job to the readers today! Remember, it's a marathon not a sprint, pace yourselves!

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451Degrees
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My phone decided to stop working a couple days ago and I haven't been able to be on Litsy with my old phone. Never thought I would miss an app so much😩 so glad to be back on here!😁📖

LeahBergen 👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻 3y
britt_brooke 🙋🏼👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Zelma 😂👍👏 3y
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