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Strangers in Budapest
Strangers in Budapest: A Novel | Jessica Keener
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From the first pages of Strangers in Budapest, the words You must not tell anyone made me feel as if a hand had reached out from the shadows to pull me under, and I was swept away inexorably by this hypnotic plot, these dark scenes, relentless tension. This is a riveting, beautiful book. Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine Budapest is a city of secrets, a place where everything is opaque and nothing is as it seems. It is to this enigmatic city that a young American couple, Annie and Will, move with their infant son shortly after the fall of the Communist regime. For Annie, it is an effort to escape the ghosts from her past; for Will, it is a chance to try his wings as an entrepreneur in Hungarys newly developing economy. But only a few months after moving there, they receive a secretive request from friends in the US to check up on an old man who also has recently come to Budapest. When they realize that his sole purpose for coming there is to exact revenge on a man whom he is convinced seduced and then murdered his daughter, Will insists they have nothing to do with him. Annie, however, unable to resist anyone she feels may need her help, soon finds herself enmeshed in the old mans plan, caught up in a scheme that will end with death.
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If I look at my familial #Homeland , I‘ve got ties to just about every Eastern European country, not to mention quite a lot of other Western European countries. Admittedly, I picked up this book for its description of suspense, as well as for the city name in its title, based in one of the many countries I can call “home.” It sounds interesting, with ties to history. #SoaringScores

Cinfhen I still haven‘t been to Hungary 🇭🇺 but it‘s high up on my list 1mo
BarbaraBB Such a beautiful city 💜 1mo
BarbaraBB Hmmm, maybe it is time for a #ReadingEurope2020...? The idea just pops up! 1mo
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Librarybelle @Cinfhen I know! It would so neat to see it. I hear Budapest is amazing. 1mo
Librarybelle @BarbaraBB I love that idea! 😁 1mo
Cinfhen Good idea @Barbarabb #DoIt ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Okay, let‘s! You want to organize it again, or can I be of any assist/take over? @Cinfhen you‘re in for the challenge? (edited) 1mo
Librarybelle @BarbaraBB Shall we co-host? This will be a fun challenge! I know it would give me the push to read more European literature and explore way more regions than I ever have before. Thank you for thinking of this! 1mo
BarbaraBB Perfect! I‘d love to be your co-host! 1mo
BarbaraBB As a European I have really enjoyed and learned so much about the US thanks to your challenge! It will be fun to explore Europe! 1mo
Librarybelle @BarbaraBB 😁 Feel free to email me, my Litsy username at gmail DOT com , and we can talk about our plan of attack! This will be so much fun!! 1mo
BarbaraBB Great! I sent you an email! 1mo
marleed I love this new challenge idea! 1mo
CrowCAH Wow it‘s neat you‘ve lived in many places! 1mo
Librarybelle @CrowCAH I wish I‘ve lived, or even visited, some of these places! I didn‘t explain well - my ancestors are from various Eastern and Western European countries. I enjoy armchair traveling to these places, either through fiction or nonfiction books. 😁 1mo
CrowCAH @Librarybelle armchair traveling is very convenient! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m excited for your 2020 challenge @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle I‘m DEFINITELY going to participate 🧡👍🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen 🙌💜 1mo
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#WanderingJune Day 4: I was in a #CastleOnTheHill in Budapest back in 2013 with my linguist travel buddy. We spent a week here and another week in Bratislava. I am horrified to learn about what happened to the Korean tourists in Budapest fairly recently. Such a tragedy.

BarbaraBB That castle is gorgeous indeed and yes, what a nightmare for those Korean tourists 😱😞 6mo
gradcat These are beautiful pictures, and yes, another tragedy in the world. Really horrible. 6mo
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#backpackeurope reject pile going back to the library (many of them just came in off of the hold list too late for me to use, and I need a break from Europe for a while 😂)

Leftcoastzen That‘s always hard sometimes Library timing is bad. 14mo
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This was just so-so for me. I did like the descriptions of Budapest and Hungary, but I thought the story a bit dull and slow moving. May have just been the wrong time to read this one as I‘ve recently read some page turners.

starlight97 I'm gonna read this just because I live in Budapest 😊 2y
RebelReader @starlight97 I would be interested in your thoughts afterwards 2y
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GIVEAWAY TIME #10: Next up: A taut novel set in Budapest, and THE ANIMATORS, one of my favorite novels of the year! To win, make a new post about one of your favorite novels of the year, use the hashtag #GIVEAWAYFAVORITES, and tag me in the photo. Do this by 9pm EST today (October 29), and I'll randomly select one winner. (US only, sorry.) Good luck! ❤️🤘🏻📚

Dolly Oooo! These both sound so good. I'm off to post. 🏃🏼‍♀️ 2y
Reviewsbylola The Animators is one of my favorites this year too! 2y
emilyhaldi Loved The Animators.. after bailing on it once and then starting again 💛💛 2y
Liberty The winner is @Laughterhp 🎉 2y
Laughterhp Yay! Thanks so much @Liberty!! 2y
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#TBRtemptation post 5! #BEA17 edition! A November 14th release. Perfect for fans of Celeste Ng & Chris Pavone. After Communism's fall, young American couple Annie & Will move to Budapest with their infant son to find fresh business opportunity. Friends ask them to check up on an elderly man, who's bent on revenge against his daughter's murderer. Annie gets enmeshed, with the drama, tension, & suspense running high! #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

Lynnsoprano Darn you, @MrBook ! Can I go at least one day without adding at least one book from your #TBRtemptation ? My TBR is out of control. 2y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 2y
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