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Disappearance at Devil's Rock
Disappearance at Devil's Rock: A Novel | Paul Tremblay
A family is shaken to its core after the mysterious disappearance of a teenage boy in this eerie tale, a blend of literary fiction, psychological suspense, and supernatural horror from the author of A Head Full of Ghosts.A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and Im pretty hard to scare, raved Stephen King about Paul Tremblays previous novel. Now, Tremblay returns with another disturbing tale sure to unsettle readers.Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park.The search isnt yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her young daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommys disappearance. Feeling helpless and alone, their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration: the local and state police have uncovered no leads. Josh and Luis, the friends who were the last to see Tommy before he vanished, may not be telling the whole truth about that night in Borderland State Park, when they were supposedly hanging out a landmark the local teens have renamed Devils Rock.Living in an all-too-real nightmare, riddled with worry, pain, and guilt, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. She believes a ghostly shadow of Tommy materializes in her bedroom, while Kate and other local residents claim to see a shadow peering through their windows in the dead of night. Then, random pages torn from Tommys journal begin to mysteriously appearentries that reveal an introverted teenager obsessed with the phantasmagoric; the loss of his father, killed in a drunk-driving accident a decade earlier; a folktale involving the devil and the woods of Borderland; and a horrific incident that Tommy believed connects them.As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of what happened become more haunting and sinister, no one is prepared for the shocking truth about that night and Tommys disappearance at Devils Rock.
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recuffley
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Mehso-so

Alright.
That‘s the word I‘ll use to describe this book. I moved real quick into this one because I was so excited about the last Paul Tremblay book that I read. But I feel I was kind of disappointed. In my opinion, there was too much unnecessary text in some of the chapters and I found myself rushing to get through them. Although I was intrigued to find out what happened at the end. Between head full of ghosts and cabin, this comes in 3rd for me

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Pickpick

This went in a direction I wasn't expecting. The first few chapters were the strongest for me but it was a compelling story. Middle schooler Tommy disappears one night while hanging out in a state park with two friends; their straight forward account soon becomes more complicated. Tremblay jumps between characters to tell this story and I'm not sure I really felt like I had a handle on any of them by the end.

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Myhusbandhatesreading
Panpan

Another bleh

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AutumnRLS
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A little bit of this. A little bit of that. More CT finds.

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WeeziesBooks
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Pickpick

Book 43: I don‘t know how I exactly feel about this book. The good parts were WOW and the slow parts made it feel like a 600 page book (in a bad way). I enjoyed the realistic horror mixed in with the supernatural horror.

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DavidDiamond
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Pickpick

I loathe stories with ambiguous resolutions, yet somehow, Paul Tremblay makes it work. This folk-tale/mystery about a missing teen, a mysterious 20-something he befriends and the mother and sister who try to solve the mystery along with a sympathetic female police officer made for a fun and interesting read. This is my least favorite of Tremblay's novels, yet it's worth reading.

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wtimblin
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Pickpick

Another great story from this author. Bit more of a slow-burn creepy one in comparison to Head Full of Ghosts and Cabin in the Woods. But equally chilling. 5 stars

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RealBooks4ever
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Panpan

Well, I had a good streak of reading books I enjoyed and then I ran into this. Too long, too unbelievable, and a big disappointment after reading A Head Full of Ghosts, which was incredible.

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kelseynicburke
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I love #bookoutlet so very much 😍😍#bookhaul #freetote

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AmandaEve
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📚 Disappearance at Devil‘s Rock by Paul Tremblay
🎥 Not a movie, but a series - Supernatural
🎶 Two songs come to mind. Hells Bells by AC/DC and Oh Devil by Electric Guest
#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho 🖤😈🖤 10mo
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Addison_Reads
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Chores are finished, everyone's in bed, and now I'm going to take some time to myself and start this one. This is my pick for Massachusetts for #ReadingUSA2019; both the author and setting are the same. I've tried to do that with as many books as possible for this challenge.

@Librarybelle

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
Kaye Neat cover. 10mo
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JoScho
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Mehso-so

I jumped right into this one after finishing Head Full of Ghosts. I don‘t even know what to say about really. There was the line Tremblay is great at walking the reader down-is it supernatural or human behavior-but it just fell short for me. I felt like it was longer than necessary and oh so so much dialogue. Maybe I would have felt differently if I had read this one before HFOG but I went in with high expectations and felt let down in the end.

NatalieR I had the same experience with his books. 1y
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Airykah13
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1) 8-10 books
2) Nope — I‘m not a writer. Tried blogging but it‘s just not for me
3) Fall, my birthday, and Thanksgiving
4) Happy November to all my Litsy friends ☺️☺️
@wanderinglynn #hellothursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! ☺️🧡 1y
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Chocamanda
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1. Disappearance At Devil‘s Rock
2. Daphne du Maurier
3. Drop Dead Gorgeous (the one with Kirstie Alley and Kirsten Dunst)
4. Deviled eggs!

#manicmonday @JoScho

2BR02B Drop Dead Gorgeous is hilarious. 😆 1y
JoScho 💖💖💖 1y
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laurenlovesliterature
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As if I don't have enough to read...I couldn't pass these up at the library! 😀📚

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Kappadeemom
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Kappadeemom
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Starting this tonight #readingwiththedorkie

MrBook 😻😻😻 2y
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Briguy73
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Panpan

To say i am disappointed is an understatement.I feel cheated.I was expecting a thrilling, spooky, compelling tale but what i got was very stale.Not recommending this one.

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Kaye
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Next category at the library : Wheelie Good Reads. I don‘t get it. But here they are: I‘m Glad About You, The Silence of the Sea , Dead and Breakfast , The End of the Day , Rebirth , Honky Tonk Samurai.

ReadZenRites I have to agree, I don‘t really get it either. Are they all about travel? 2y
Kaye I‘m not sure. They‘re fiction and I haven‘t read any of them, so I do t get it either. Maybe I‘ll ask them next time I go over. @ReadZenRites (edited) 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Mehso-so

Really loved A Head Full of Ghosts, so I had high hopes for this. It took a long time to get going (about halfway before anything happened), and the reasons for the disappearance were so ambiguous as to be unsatisfying. Not sure what really happened at Devil‘s Rock, and sounds like Tremblay isn‘t sure either.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Storming outside, kitty on my belly, scary book, coffee. Perfect Saturday morning. (Except husband is stuck in Washington DC with cancelled flights ☹️)

bedandabook I love your book stacks! They remind me of my book stacks. Everywhere... 2y
Tamra Love bookstacks! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @bedandabook @Tamra What‘s a Litten to do, right? 🤷‍♀️😜 2y
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HotMessJess Omg that face 2y
Hildy NOTHING like a book, a cat, a cuppa and a quiet house: this introvert's dream. 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @hildy YAS!! 🐱 📚 ☕️ 2y
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BooksAtNight
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Mehso-so

I feel like I should have devoured this book. Instead, I kept putting it down. I have to give Tremblay props - he succeeded in making me question every single character!

Karkar I thought at the end I was all wrapped up and good.....haha 2y
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BooksAtNight
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Sweatpants, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and a book. It must be the weekend!

ReadingSusan Perfection! 2y
Reggie I really liked this book. 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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I can‘t believe I finallly won a Goodreads giveaway. I feel like Leonardo Dicaprio.

ephemeralwaltz 😂😂😂 yay! 2y
batsy 😂😂 2y
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 2y
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AmyG Yay! 2y
sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 2y
JoRead Congrats! 2y
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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I liked but didn‘t love this book. The creepy ambiguity that worked so well in Tremblay‘s A Head Full of Ghosts fell a little flat here for me.

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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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Starting this this morning-loved A Head Full of Ghosts! #currentlyreading

BibliophileMomma Loved this one! 2y
TheBookkeepersApprentice @Tiffy_Reads so far it‘s really good! 2y
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Librarianjd
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Mehso-so

I read this author‘s book Head Full of Ghosts earlier this year I really liked it. His ability to keep you guessing about whether there is something supernatural happening or whether it‘s psychological is compelling. However I just couldn‘t get into this one.

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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My pre-Thanksgiving package from my wonderful pen pal and fellow educator, @Emilyrjones22 ! Is there any better way to kick off a week off from work than by getting a box of books? Not only that, but she included Walking Dead swag! Thanks, Emily—you‘re the best!!

#litsypenpals

Emilyrjones22 Yay, glad it made it!! Do y‘all have this whole week off? I‘m definitely settling into my Thanksgiving break this weekend! 2y
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Emilyrjones22 Yes, we have the whole week off! Of course, I developed a raging cold Monday and have felt like 💩 since then and haven‘t gotten anything done. 😡. I‘m now armed with extra-strength Mucinex, so hopefully that will help! 2y
Emilyrjones22 @CindyMyLifeIsLit Oh no!! It‘s the teacher-vacation-sickness!! I hope you get well soon and can enjoy part of the break. 2y
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Emilyrjones22 Yeah, it‘s the classic teacher Catch-22. You don‘t want to be sick on your break, but you imagine trying to go to work feeling like this—umm, no! And you can‘t take 3 or 4 days off for a cold! So probably better this way. Still sucks though! 2y
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Busha1984
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Mehso-so

⭐⭐⭐
Pretty disappointed in this book. After reading Tremblay's A Head Full of Ghosts, I quickly grabbed this book up. About 70 pages in and, while the writing is easy to read, the story didn't grab my attention as strongly as I hoped. Finished this book in about four days because I just wasn't that into it.

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Karkar
Pickpick

I enjoyed this one. I liked A Head Full of Ghosts better but this was suspenseful. There were a couple of times where I was like dude I cannot put this book down.

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Karkar
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Almost finished with this one. Man I am a slow reader compared to most people doing this readathon. I made 10ish hours...my stop watch reset itself over night. I got a nap in and had a nice time cuddling with my fuzzy girls. #readathon

Andrew65 That!s a great achievement 👏 2y
Cinfhen Good job 💕 2y
JacqMac Yay!👏 2y
Balibee146 Yay nicely done. I'm a slow reader too but happiest reading at my regular snail pace and re reading bits, sentences even paragraphs as I go 😆 2y
kspenmoll I am a slow reader, otherwise I cannot comprehend/remember, integrate my reading. Always have been! 2y
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Karkar
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😱😱😱I fell asleep....but good news I woke up to these cuties! #readathon @DeweysReadathon @Liberty

Melissa_J Awwwww! 🐶❤️🐾 2y
PerksOfBeingABookworm So adorable 💜 2y
Tamra 😘 2y
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Puredragonstar Aweeeee!!!! The puppy faces gets me every time! 🐶💜🐶💜🐶 2y
AlaMich That's a pretty stinkin' cute picture!! 🐶🐶 2y
kspenmoll Adorable!!‘ 2y
Bookladylinda They are so cute!!! 2y
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Karkar
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Starting book #2 for the Dewey‘s #readathon today.

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Chris
Pickpick

Pretty great, unsettling book. The story is nothing like A Head Full of Ghosts but I like how in both stories the author plays around with horror conventions and cliches to keep the reader guessing about what is really happening. #Hallowreads

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rohit-sawant
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Pickpick

This was a solid five star read! 🤘

Marchpane You make this sound so good! I struggle to find horror that works for me but this I might need to try. 2y
Ms_T Another great review! #Stacked 2y
rohit-sawant @Marchpane Thanks! Have you read Tremblay's A Head Full of Ghosts? In case you haven't checked it out, it's the perfect introduction to his work. As much as I loved Disappearance it doesn't top the former, which is his masterpiece. 2y
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rohit-sawant @Ms_T Thanks so much! 😊 2y
Marchpane Good to know! I've not read anything by him, so thanks for the rec 😁 2y
vivastory @Marchpane I second the recommendation for Head Full of Ghosts. Easily one of the best horror books I've ever read. 2y
vivastory A thoughtful review, as always. Tremblay is a master at reminding the reader that real world, non-supernatural events are as bad as, if not worse than supernatural occurrences. Yet, he's never dismissive of the supernatural events. Have you seen Lake Mungo? If not, I highly recommend it. 2y
LeahBergen Great review! And now I'm even more excited to read 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory You summed up his approach perfectly. He strikes that balance so well. And appreciate the kind words! Lake Mungo sounds really interesting, just looked it up. Thanks for the rec! Also, you just have to check out Fincher's Mindhunter on Netflix. Few episodes in. It's absolutely fantastic. 2y
rohit-sawant @LeahBergen Thanks so much! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. 2y
readordierachel Nice review! Adding it to my tbr! 2y
rohit-sawant @ReadOrDieRachel Thank you! Hope you like it! 2y
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rohit-sawant
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My (ambitious) October TBR! Part of which I'm sure will end up getting carried over into next month because slow reader. *sigh*

EllieDottie I'm a slow reader too! 2y
ohyeahthatgirl This looks like ana amazing lineup! I loved Bird Box and Mapping the Interior. Victor LaValle is one of my faves but I'm saving Devil in Silver for a rainy day. 2y
rohit-sawant @EllieDottie Glad to know I have company! 2y
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rohit-sawant @ohyeahthatgirl Thanks! So excited about them all. Great knowing you found Bird Box enjoyable, since I've come across mixed reviews. As for Mapping, I'm sure it's going to be a solid Pick. And saving Devil in Silver for a rainy day sounds like an awesome idea! 2y
Reggie The Bird Box, The Shuddering, and the Tremblay, I loved all 3. I hope you enjoy them. 2y
Karkar @EllieDottie @rohit-sawant me too!! 2y
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kyraleseberg
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Pickpick

My first Tremblay book and after hearing so much about Head Full of Ghosts, I guess I was expecting to be terrified. While there are creepy/unexplained events, it was mostly about how the disappearance of a boy turns sinister as we gradually learn more from the friends who last saw him. Rather than a supernatural event hinted at by the boys and even the media (locals report of a shadow man), it shows the downward spiral of mental illness.

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TorieStorieS
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Pickpick

This #Listen has a great slow build of spooky atmosphere to kick off my Halloween #AudioColoring. While this isn‘t my favorite of the author‘s, it‘s still fast-paced and engaging! #30DaysOfReadathon

Mommamanzi I love to color! 2y
TorieStorieS @Mommamanzi Me too!! Audio coloring is one of my favorite things to do! 2y
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kyraleseberg
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Kicking off October creepy reads with this e-book deal I picked up a few months ago thanks to some glowing Litsy reviews/comments.

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BookBoggart
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Kitties to the left of me. Puppies to the right. Here I am trying to read my book! #puppiesandkitties #olive #bentleyboo #muchlove #weekendplans #9daysleft

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Andrea4
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Pickpick

Another Tremblay read that I pretty much did in 1 day. This one left me thinking just like A Head Full of Ghosts but disturbed me more. At the cottagw here I had to leave a low light on all night -a little worried about what I might see in the darker dark.

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PirateJenny
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Pickpick

Paul Tremblay comes through again. He's obviously goimg to be one of my favorites as he has got a great creepy vibe going. I'm hoping this got me out of the reading slump I've been in.

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TrishB
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Pickpick

Great horror book 😀 think this was even better than A Head Full of Ghosts!! Quick, easy to read - good plot. Glad I was pointed in the direction of this author, #blameitonlitsy
Quick @minkyb buy it! Well worth 1.99

kyraleseberg I've been on the fence about buying this until now. Thanks!! 3y
TrishB @kyraleseberg hope you enjoy it 😀 3y
DimeryRene Stacked so hard!! I loved A Head Full of Ghosts. 3y
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Ms_T I have A Head Full of Ghosts on my 'must buy' list. Your post prompted me to have another look and it's 99p in Kindle store today. Thanks! 3y
minkyb Thank you @TrishB 🤗 3y
TrishB @Ms_T bargain 👍 3y
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TrishB
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#currentread #riotgrams
Just started - loved his other one 😀

Jess7 I think is on a kindle special deal right now too. Let me know what you think - I haven't decided whether to buy it 3y
TrishB @Jess7 will review when done 👍 3y
minkyb Hurry up @TrishB Don't want to waste my 1.99😜 3y
TrishB 😂😂❤ I would like to say reading as fast as I can! But not as often as I would like - life getting in the way! After 153 pages it's still gripping. 3y
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thegenxmom

"The quiet and stillness of the world at this time of night is both disconcerting and thrilling, like she's finally seeing the truth of things, of how they really are."

#quotes

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thegenxmom

"The devil's in the coincidence? Right?"

#quotes

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Reggie
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This book makes me glad I am not a parent. Elizabeth gets a phone call after midnight from her son's friend asking if Tommy, her son, made it home. He was supposed to be staying at the the house of the friend who called. The rest of this book is what happened to Tommy. The first half felt a little slow but then quickly unfolds into major creepiness and heartbreak. This author, he made me see the kind of sun that was shining in this book.

TrishB I haven't read this author yet. Recommended? 3y
Reggie @TrishB yes, I recommend him, but start with A Head Full of Ghosts. I haven't read it but everyone says thats his hands down best. 3y
TrishB Just read reviews of that and sounds good! I may be tempted today! Ta 👍 3y
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minkyb I see sleepless nights in my future. This type of book destroys me. 3y
Cinfhen I can't read these types of books! It's literally what keeps me up at night! Nooooope not going there! 3y
Reggie @Cinfhen did you survive your weekend of a teenage packed house? 3y
Cinfhen I did😁thanks for asking! I've known all these kids since nursery school days so it was actually really fun having them around but man...do they EAT!!! 3y
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avgeyer
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If you have not read this book yet I highly recommend it! And it's a steal at $1.99! This is one of the best books I read last year.

rohit-sawant @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Oo, don‘t tempt me! I saw it the other day on twitter too! It took a lot of self-control to pass bagging this since I want to pick up the physical copy, and I‘d totally burn through this if it was sitting in my kindle. 3y
avgeyer @rohit-sawant I read it in two days. It's SO good 3y
rohit-sawant @avgeyer That‘s great to know! So look forward to it. 3y
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