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As Long as We Both Shall Live
As Long as We Both Shall Live: A Novel | Joann Chaney
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What happens when youre really, truly done making your marriage work? You cant be married to someone without sometimes wanting to bash them over the head... As Long As We Both Shall Live is JoAnn Chaneys wicked, masterful examination of a marriage gone very wrong, a marriage with lots of secrets... My wife! I think shes dead! Matt frantically tells park rangers that he and his wife, Marie, were hiking when she fell off a cliff into the raging river below. They start a search, but they arent hopeful: no one could have survived that fall. It was a tragic accident. But Matts first wife also died in suspicious circumstances. And when the police pull a body out of the river, they have a lot more questions for Matt. Detectives Loren and Spengler want to know if Matt is a grieving, twice-unlucky husband or a cold-blooded murderer. They dig into the couples lives to see what they can unearth. And they find that loves got teeth, its got claws, and once it hitches you to a person, its tough to rip yourself free. So what happens when youre done making it work?
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chuckstar158
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this outing from JoAnn Chaney. It's twisted, delicious, really messed up, and I can't wait to see what she writes next.

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kbuggle
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Pickpick

This one flew under my radar when it came out, but it‘s a good summer/beach read, so I guess my timing worked out. The couple in this book complements each other‘s terrible character flaws, keeping you wondering what they‘ll do next.

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Bookgirl
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Pickpick

Initially I wasn‘t feeling this book...too many POVs that didn‘t connect well, a main plot that seemed a bit dull, and some descriptive writing that wasn‘t working for me. I stuck with it because it‘s an ARC from NetGalley and I‘m so glad I did. It took about halfway in (too long) but suddenly the story took off and got really good with interesting and unexpected twists and turns. Ultimately I enjoyed it quite a bit! Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸🇺🇸

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sk888888
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Pickpick

I liked it; if you're not a fan of coarse language, your results may vary.

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JennyM
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Panpan

Nope, nope, nope 👎🏼

Not sure why some of the dialogue was so crass - it felt immature. Maybe I‘m not the right demographic.

readordierachel I was pretty underwhelmed by the first in this series. Don't think I will be picking this one up. 6mo
JennyM @readordierachel I pretty much tutted the whole way through. Was not good for me. Although it is getting pretty good reviews...so maybe I‘m just grouchy 😉 6mo
valeriegeary Well at least you got a nice picture out if it. 😉 6mo
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Cathythoughts I agree @valeriegeary this is a nice pic ♥️👍🏻 6mo
CarolynM Yes, lovely picture😍 6mo
Kalalalatja Love the background! 👌 6mo
JennyM @valeriegeary @Cathythoughts @CarolynM @Kalalalatja always a silver lining 😊 (and now I‘m feeling a bit mean for giving a 👎🏼) 6mo
Erinreadsthebooks I hated, loathed, abhorred the book so much. The unnecessarily vile language was too much. I‘m no saint and love a good cuss word, but this book was wayyyy over the top 👎👎 (edited) 6mo
JennyM @Erinreadsthebooks I‘m totally with you. It wasn‘t the swearing so much, just the stupid phrases that sounded like something a teenager would say. Glad to have your company on this one 😘 6mo
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JoScho
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What happens when you're really, truly done making your marriage work? You can't be married to someone without sometimes wanting to bash them over the head...
As Long As We Both Shall Live is JoAnn Chaney's wicked, masterful examination of a marriage gone very wrong, a marriage with lots of secrets...
This one isn‘t exactly a #happymarriage
#jazzyjune

JennyM On my bedside pile TBR - sounds good 6mo
Eggs Good one ☝️ 6mo
JoScho @JennyM I enjoyed it. I hope you do too 🖤 6mo
JoScho @Eggs 😘 6mo
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JPeterson
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The wildest Saturday night 😎

Branwen Looks perfect to me! 😍👍💕📚 6mo
ShyBookOwl Nailing it! 6mo
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Whatthebook
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Mehso-so

Even perfect marriages have their secrets. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw0ca5bnVFx/?igshid=9elsks4hum1a

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Jenken1998
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Pickpick

Well that was full of twists and turns. Fun read and great writing. Story of a couple who have been married 20 years. The wife goes missing the husband is suspect. Lots of twists and turns to get to the truth. Characters were a bit off (overdone and underdone depending on the character) and i figured it out kind of early but i still enjoyed the story. I give it 4screwed up marriages out of 5. Lol. 💏💏💏💏

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Mrscastro
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Happy Saturday!

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JacqMac
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Pickpick

I almost didn‘t read this, because so many people compared it to Gone Girl. I didn‘t really like Gone Girl. But this is Gone Girl done right. 4 ⭐️

TheEllieMo OMG, I thought I was the only person in the world who didn‘t like Gone Girl! 8mo
JacqMac @TheEllieMo We are rare. Lol It was so predictable. And that ending. Ugh. 8mo
RadicalReader Can‘t wait to check this book out 8mo
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JacqMac
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Breaks were feeling”off”. Stoped for a quick check. Now I‘m waiting while they put in some new fluid. I don‘t have my book, so yay for the kindle phone app! This book is better than the action movie that‘s playing loudly on the tv....

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Erinreadsthebooks
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I can't 🤦‍♀️ When she starts referencing the cop's former nicknames, my eyeroll was intense and it was (past) time to move on. I gave it the good college try, but when I found myself reading words I've never seen in print and haven't heard since high school, I knew it was time to move on. Too many books out there to stick around and be grossed out repeatedly by this one✌️#byefelicia.

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Y'all...??? I don't know if I can make it. This is supposedly set in 2018, Jill is not being interrogated, and the cop just randomly showed up to look at the suspect's office. "Baloney pony" Are we for real? WTH?! ?‍♀️

mrsmarch So after reading your posts on this book, I had to look up the publisher. Because not even the official blurb of this book sounded appetizing. It appears to be published by Flatiron, a division of Macmillan? And from Flatiron‘s website, their philosophy, “publish a relatively small number of titles so that each book could be supported by an extraordinary amount of editorial attention, marketing, and publicity.” Somewhere, somebody missed the boat 9mo
Erinreadsthebooks @mrsmarch That's really interesting. I wonder if she was misled by an 'extraordinary amount of...attention' because these weirdly stupid sexual references fly in from left field. They're so unnecessary to the plot. Overall, I'm enjoying the book but I keep getting blindsided by these phrases. For instance, the female character can't sleep and goes outside at night. It's chilly and the author writes that "her nipples twisted and hardened." Why?!? 9mo
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Erinreadsthebooks 👆🏼that nipple info immediately follows the author telling us there's goosebumps on her arms. We get it, she's cold. 9mo
whatsthEStorey Umm “twisted”?? 🤔 This leads me to wonder if the author has ever been in possession of their own pair of nipples! That is the worst description ever! 😂😂 9mo
Erinreadsthebooks @whatsthEStorey Right?! So strange. Maybe possibly in a romance or Fifty Shades-esque book, but there's not even an inkling of a relationship brewing in this book. I don't understand 🤦‍♀️ (edited) 9mo
CoverToCoverGirl 😳😂 9mo
mrsmarch @Erinreadsthebooks I read thru the editor bios at Flatiron and there are some bizarre ones, does it say anywhere in the acknowledgments who her editor was? She might very well have been misled by an editor who thought this was a cool thing. I encountered plenty of editors who thought shock was cool when I was in digital literary mags. 9mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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I can't figure out what the author is doing when she throws in idiotic phrases like this. The chapters are third person, but occasionally she seems to take on the character's voice despite it not being written in first person. It's incredibly off-putting, especially considering the extraneous storyline associated with this character. I'm halfway through, and I'll give this book the rest of the night to see if I need to just jump ship 🏃‍♀️🚢 ✌️

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Matilda
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If you like thrillers get thee this ridiculous priced ebook 🔪📚 it‘s darkly funny and bites!

chuckstar158 Ooh! Thanks for the heads up! 9mo
Matilda @chuckstar158 🔪📚 9mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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Could I even look at this page and not burst into song? Of course not, thus the nonreader husband got some early morning, farfarfar wayyyy off tune singing to start his morning. He's welcome!

AmyG Ha...that‘s how I read this. In song. 9mo
tournevis Oooooooooh ooohoooheeehooooh! 9mo
Erinreadsthebooks @tournevis 😂😂😂 9mo
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DGRachel Is it even possible to read that without singing it? 😉 9mo
tournevis @DGRachel Been singing non-stop for an hour! 9mo
tournevis Mamaaaaaaaa! 9mo
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janeycanuck
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I‘m pleased to report that despite several opportunities, my partner has not yet pushed me off the edge of a cliff. But the twists and turns in this had my heart racing as fast as it was when we were standing on the edge!

CouronneDhiver Is this a novel or true crime? I feel like the story is super familiar... Henthorns... or something like that. 10mo
janeycanuck @CouronneDhiver Novel. A man‘s wife goes over the edge of a cliff. Turns out, his first wife died a rather violent death, too. Dun dun dun....... 10mo
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JoScho
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“The secrets two people keep from the rest of the world, that‘s what makes a marriage”
Did Matt kill his wife? That is the question we are posed with at the beginning of this book. There are several plot lines and some expected and unexpected twists. It was an entertaining psychological thriller.

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JoScho
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On this wild and crazy Friday night I am reading the tagged book with the company of a cute little dog.
#dogsoflitsy #mork
#fridaynightbookclub

RedxoHearts Best kind of night! 10mo
JoScho @RedxoHearts for sure! My favorite kind of night! 10mo
AmyG He is such a cutie. 10mo
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JoScho @AmyG thank you Amy ❤️ 10mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders I enjoyed this one a lot! Enjoy the cuddles! 10mo
JoScho @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I am about 40% in but have only been reading it in snippets this week before falling asleep. I am hoping to become a bit more immersed in it this weekend. 10mo
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LouLouLane
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I liked this except for the side story about the detective. Maybe it was the audio but I hated the language he used. Not in a way that I was offended- I thought it was annoying. I thought it might be an issue of a female author trying to sound like how she thinks men talk to each other? anyone else think that? Am I just getting old???

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Hestapleton
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I‘ve been married three months now, so it‘s time for some creepy marriage thrillers!! I am 8 pages into this one and SCREAMING. 👰🏼🤵🏻🔪

RadicalReader @Hestapleton I love all kinds of creepy triller novels. Be sure to check out this equally amazing read a MUST READ if you enjoy suspense and thrillers and catapult chapters that throw you from one to the next 10mo
Hestapleton @RadicalReader ooo, I think you‘ve recommended this one to me before! I‘m going to see if my library has it! 10mo
RadicalReader @Hestapleton also a wonderful reason to go to a library on Sunday if yours are open on Sunday. I couldn‘t have been happier when I discovered the library being open on Sunday‘s 10mo
janeycanuck I just got my hold notice for this at the library! I‘m so excited for it. 10mo
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vivastory
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I started this a couple of hours ago & it is fantastic. For fans of twisted, dark thrillers with an edge. I definitely recommend reading Chaney's debut What You Don't Know first, as there is a returning character in the tagged book.
#LitsyPartyOfOne @Ambrosnazzy

RadicalReader @vivastory love starting off the new year with a new book and even beet when it‘s a duology never a better reason to stock up while at the library 10mo
BarbaraBB Sold! I just ordered the first one! 10mo
vivastory @RadicalReader I love a good duology 👍 10mo
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vivastory @BarbaraBB I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it! 10mo
readordierachel Whoa, I just picked this up from the library today!! I'm glad I saw your post before starting. I'll have to check out her earlier one first! 10mo
vivastory @readordierachel It's not really a spoiler if you read the second one first, but I do think it's better to read them in order 10mo
readordierachel I was able to grab the ebook from the library, so I'm good 10mo
vivastory @readordierachel I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it! 10mo
readordierachel I just inhaled 30 pages. Totally hooked! 10mo
vivastory @readordierachel It's such a dark, addictive book. 10mo
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vivastory
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It's not often I see my birthday in a book. BTW this book is excellent & a great follow up to What You Don't Know.

vivastory @Matilda there's a Book Riot blurb on the back cover. Is that from you? 10mo
Matilda I think so! 10mo
vivastory @Matilda That's awesome! It always makes me happy when I see a book riot blurb on a book. 10mo
Matilda @vivastory 🎉📚🎉 10mo
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sophierayton
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Pickpick

Absolutely excellent. Unflinching and hard-hitting. I think this book is going to do well; it should do.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders We read it for our book club. Success all around. I really liked this one a lot! 10mo
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guinsgirlreads
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Pickpick

This book was so fun! Great twists, great, and quite truthful at time, writing! Loved it 🖤! 5🌟for me!

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guinsgirlreads
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This book got reallllyyyy good at the lunch of my lunch break 😩🥺! I‘m finally home to continue!

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guinsgirlreads
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Chew on these chapters for awhile 🤨😆💪🏻..

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guinsgirlreads
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Starting this one before the guins game starts! 🏒 🐧

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guinsgirlreads
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Picked up half of my holds yesterday at work finally. 🎶 📚

Reviewsbylola Loved Educated! 10mo
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Kleonard
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Pickpick

Joann Chaney is fast becoming a favorite! Creepy, great payoff. 😉

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Pickpick

Really liked this one! A lot. I was easily able to figure out the plot (very reminiscent of Gone Girl) but I didn't care. The structure of the way this one is told is great and the characters, especially the homicide detectives, are really well done. A very good book club book choice for us. 👍

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Have to get this one going - it's due back soon to the library and it has holds on it, so no renewal option. It's for our in-person book club.

First line: If you try to kill your wife without a plan, you will fail.

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mllemay
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I finished this one in two days!! It completely materialized the potential I saw in Chaney‘s first book a few years ago. The story is inventive and fast-paced, the writing is snappy, and her characters, which could be caricatural and annoying, are eccentric and interesting. She even brought back a character from her first book and gave him so much depth! All around, a great thriller, and I already can‘t wait for her next book.

MrBook Great review! 11mo
mllemay @MrBook thank you ☺️ 11mo
MrBook 😁👍🏻👍🏻 11mo
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KimmyM
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Pickpick

This book was wild! If you're a mystery/thriller reader, add this to your TBR. Highly enjoyable!!

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Matilda
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If you like evil twisty thrillers this awesome one is out now and I can‘t recommend enough that you read it before it becomes huge. ALSO I wrote about a new PI series I loved so I‘m sharing today‘s Unusual Suspects newsletter 🔪 https://link.bookriot.com/view/56a82008e661f06c6e8c3d7e9csqu.i7n/f6bca3bf

KimmyM I'm reading this and making tons of notes with my theories...I don't think I've ever made notes like this when reading before but I am so into this!! 11mo
Matilda @KimmyM 😂 let me know if any of your theories end up hitting bullseye! 11mo
KimmyM @Matilda Mostly yes, but I missed a biggie! This book was a wild ride! 11mo
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Matilda @KimmyM I keep telling people to strap in for this book. So fun! 11mo
vivastory I can't wait to read this one. I've been eagerly awaiting her next book since I read 11mo
Matilda @vivastory enjoy🔪🔪🔪🔪 11mo
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LaceyDoesLit
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Velvetsun
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Excited to start this one. 😊

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KimmyM
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Omg I'm so excited to read this!! I loved her previous book, so I have very high expectations for this one!
#newin #tbr

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Matilda
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And my favorite backlist/2019 reads this year 💙📚

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BeckyLeJ
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Happy #socksunday from me and my current insomnia read!

While hiking in Rocky Mtn National Park, Matt‘s wife slips and falls from a cliff. It‘s a tragic accident. Or is it? Turns out she‘s Matt‘s second wife. And Matt‘s first wife is dead as well.

This one‘s due out in Jan and she‘ll be promoting it in the Denver area! As for me, I‘m not actually hangry right now but I do have some swollen feet and I‘m pretty exhausted at 34 weeks.

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Matilda
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Pickpick

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
This is going to be the huge thriller of 2019 and if you like wicked page-turners read it before the hype!

(And if you need someone to OMG with I am heeeeere!)

Bklover Now I‘m curious!!!! 1y
BookDragonNotWorm You make it sound so tasty! I'm biting! 1y
mrozzz Whoa! 1y
Matilda @BookDragonNotWorm 🍿🍩🍪 1y
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Matilda
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Sorry schedule you‘ve now been erased and all I can do is read this book!

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Liberty
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Afternoon reading: To say I am excited for this would be an understatement. I loved What You Don‘t Know. It was so deliciously disturbing! (P.S. The paperback cover of WYDK is straight-up nightmare fuel - I love it.)☠️❤️📚

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