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The Ruins
The Ruins | Scott Smith
In Cancun, Mexico, for a peaceful vacation, a group of tourists sets off in search of one of their group who disappeared during an excursion to some nearby Mayan ruins, only to come face to face with an insidious evil that threatens their very lives. By the author of A Simple Plan. Reprint.
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Aloisi_tribe
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In Scott Smith‘s book, The Ruins, #green vines attack some campers in a Mexican jungle.

#chillingphotochallenge #scarathlon @Clwojick

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TheReadingMermaid
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Carla So. Good. Both book and movie. As a matter of fact, I have been meaning to reread it. Excellent body horror. 2mo
BookwormAHN Sounds good to me. I saw the movie years ago and liked it. 2mo
bookaholic1 Great book 2mo
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Godpants I read about a quarter of this on a trip a couple years ago and it‘s been sitting in my suitcase, and come along on every trip since and been my... I‘ll read this when I finish my other book. Need to just read it for October! 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon I attempted to read this a long time ago. Without giving too much away, this book had major triggers for me so I'll pass on this one. Just skip me in the rotation on this one. The movie grossed me out too. 2mo
TheReadingMermaid @MaleficentBookDragon sweetie I can totally pick something else. Let me see what else I have okay? 2mo
BookwormAHN I'm guessing that we are staying in the same rotation as before. I just finished The Devil Crept In and plan to mail it, probably Saturday. 2mo
TheReadingMermaid @BookwormAHN yes same rotation 2mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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Review video for the week is up!

Check it out here:
https://youtu.be/ESdTW7Q5YaU

bookaholic1 This book I have kept, it was just one I needed to, it's great 2mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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Pickpick

Very very well done and I highly recommend it to those with a strong stomach and a love of horror.

Please read my full review here:
https://thereadingmermaidsreviews.weebly.com/book-reviews/the-ruins-by-scott-smi...

MaleficentBookDragon I tried but, alas, I cannot take skin stuff. 2mo
TheReadingMermaid @MaleficentBookDragon I KNOW!!! It was so hard to read but I made it through it!!! 🎉🏆🎉 2mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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Okay here's my tentative stack for the weekend. I have already finished Isla Emerged so I will be removing that one from my final stats. I'm hoping to finish a couple more before the read-a-thon begins. But we will see! 😃

#24B4Monday @Andrew65 @jb72

Andrew65 You‘ve done well, I do not know one of those books. 😂 3mo
TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 Close to Shore is the original story of what really happened to inspire the novel Jaws. The Ruins and The Rules of Swimming are books that I picked up from a used book shop. I thought they would be perfect for the Summer challenge since one is about vacationing and the other is about swimming. All of the rest of them are ARCs from authors or publishing houses. 😊 I've been very busy lately. 3mo
Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid I‘ve noticed. 3mo
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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This started out a touch slow for me but once it got going it didn't stop! A group of friends vacationing in Mexico decide to accompany a fellow traveler to look for his brother at an archaeological site. As soon as they get there things go downhill and every attempt to get out just escalates things. Lots of survival and #bodyhorror 😳😲😱

Reggie I felt so bad for the guy who wanted to be a doctor who wanted to save them but just couldn‘t. 5mo
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Busha1984
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
I really enjoyed this one. I saw it years ago as a movie first and remember loving the movie. I'm not sure it I found it all that terrifying but I liked the suspense of not knowing what was going to happen next.

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Arkrayder
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Mehso-so

This is definitely a dark book, the ending was inevitable, but it was still a bit heart rendering. To have followed this group through everything they had to deal with and then to end in such a way. One characters death in particular had my screen crawling.

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khooliha
The Ruins | Scott Smith

Okay, the evil plant book I read earlier this year doesn't have a lot to do with the communication-focused Loud As A Whisper, but, counterpoint, the plants whisper a lot because they are Evil. (They also graduate to screaming fairly quickly. But every evil plant has to start somewhere!)
#startreksummermay

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Lovely morning, iced coffee, and #HPB sale - my long weekend is off to a pretty good start!

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Caffeinated_Reader
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Book 43 woot woot this one I chose to read because of the Stephen King quote lol I haven‘t seen the movie but maybe I will after I read this 🤓

Caffeinated_Reader Update: I‘m on page 104. I‘ve definitely seen this movie 😰🥺🤭 oh dear... 6mo
Caffeinated_Reader Oh wooooow. That ended differently than the movie but still pretty brutally epically done. This was unputdownable eerie as fuck! Very graphic and bloody and everything you want a horror story to be! 6mo
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Linda_Bloodworth_Author
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Bailedbailed

I found the pace slow, the plot predictable, and in the end a waste of time. I skipped many pages and it didn't even matter.

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Conservio
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This was a book that my library recommended in my personalized reading list. I liked what the ancient horror is and its abilities. Would‘ve liked to learn more about how it came into being.

The most frightening part is there are real life people that are as idiotic as 4 of the 6.
I do think there are a few plot holes, so a 3/5 stars for me. #horror #idiotas

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Geeklet
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A decent enough horror novel that was way better than the films. It‘s hard to be frightened of a killer vine but the author did a good job building suspense and psychological threats. The book doesn‘t really do anything new but it is competent with the way it rolls over different tropes. The movie is absolute garbage though.

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Geeklet
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1) Science Fiction/Dystopia
2) Cormac McCarthy
3) The Road
4) Romance
5) Tagged. It‘s good enough, very suspenseful.
#HelloThursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 📚 8mo
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khooliha
The Ruins | Scott Smith
Pickpick

I give this book 5/5 Evil Hat Placements.

khooliha Poor Mathias, you didn't deserve any of this. 8mo
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khooliha
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Honestly, the fact that it takes less than a hundred pages to go from "These plants? Why, they're only barely sinister and not a problem!" to "Oh, a whole hill of plants is mocking me with plant laughter." rules and rules hard.

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khooliha
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Nearly 200 pages in and the plants have only been vaguely sinister so far. The real horror? Failing to pack appropriately for a tropical hike!
(I am enjoying the book. I also muttered "Oh no" to myself when these fools barely brought any water.)

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khooliha
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Next up: PLANTS 🌿🌴🌿
(Did I select it because its mass market paperback nature makes it easy to carry to work while I am having to shuttle in? Only the plants know!)

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BilboBookends
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“It waits till we‘re weak before it reveals its strength.”

Busha1984 I need to read this! Did you see the movie? 9mo
BilboBookends @Busha1984 I didn‘t! 9mo
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GhostStories
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This book is wonderful. I don‘t know what people are talking about here who call this a B-list guilty pleasure or what not. The characters are amazingly distinct and their decisions make sense in the context of how they were brought up and who they are. It is tragic, brutal: both a compelling and literary existential horror story. I love this book. Don‘t let genre snobbery get the better of you.

Reggie Every time I think of this book, I think of the kid who wants to be a doctor and how he‘s so frustrated he cannot save them. 1y
GhostStories @Reggie Yes! Impotently planning ways to survive, even when he knows it is most likely hopeless. 1y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Bailedbailed

I tried to read this book but I was so creeped out that I had to bail. For those who are less squeamish about such things, grab this #GoodreadsDailyDeal for #Kindle

Literary_Siren I‘m pretty sure this is a movie. I liked the movie so I picked this book up this morning. 1y
TheReadingMermaid This was a movie and I personally thought it was hilarious but I'm a horror person 😂🤣😂🤣😂 been wanting to read the book 1y
Reagan-reads This book is great (if you like the squeamish things). The movie was good, decent adaptation. 1y
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MaleficentBookDragon @TheReadingMermaid I can handle movies much more than books. I thought the movie was kind if dumb. But I really like bad horror movies. 1y
TheReadingMermaid Haha me too! B-rate horror movies are the best 1y
MaleficentBookDragon @TheReadingMermaid I agree. I loved them way before the Sharknado craze. I ♥♥♥ bad SyFy channel creature/horror movies. 1y
TheReadingMermaid OMG SyFy is my fav 🖤🖤🖤 1y
Avanders I listened to this audio way back when it was brand new... it's only one of the reasons that the thought of plants growing in between walls beyond-creeps-me-out (.... this came up in the the context of my job recently 😨🤢😶) (edited) 1y
MaleficentBookDragon @Avanders I am also super creeped out by anything that has to do with skin or parasites, so this is a double whammy for me. I'm itchy just thinking about it. 1y
Avanders Oh yeah! It was so long ago, I barely remember 😁 1y
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parasolofdoom
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I spent the first part of this story being (mildly) annoyed that I couldn't really tell the characters apart. But the tense survival atmosphere was fantastically written, especially since you already could tell as soon as they're stranded that it isn't going to end well for anybody.

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parasolofdoom
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My 3.5 year old has a pretty extreme speech delay and just recently started actively speaking and listening. He was pretty curious when I put my book among leave and when I explained I was trying to find a good picture because the book is about crazy plants, he wanted to help with a "gool" (cool) picture for the "gook". ?. So I give you Luca's handpicked cool picture spot.

britt_brooke 💚💚💚 1y
BookishTrish 💚💚💚 1y
BookishTrish My son had speech delays too. Every word is precious. 1y
parasolofdoom @BookishTrish we've had such an explosion in speech this summer! It's still really hard to understand him but be tries really hard now. My younger child actually also has a speech delay but can at least communicate yes and no and at least a couple dozen other words. Luca was one I was seriously concerned about leading a normal life, it was so bad so I'm thrilled at things like this now 1y
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parasolofdoom
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Tonight's read

akckitty Oooh I like this one a lot! :) 1y
BookishTrish I really got into this book 📚 1y
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BookishTrish
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There‘s a spot in my alley that always makes me think of the tagged book and smile #theplantsarewinning

AmyG Ha...yes! 1y
Reggie That book was not what I thought it was gonna be.... have you seen the movie? 1y
BookishTrish @Reggie No! Is it good? 1y
Reggie The ending is different. I liked the book better. Plus, I really felt the book was almost a character study of those kids. Skip the movie, lol. 1y
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BookishTrish
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The horror just didn‘t let up and Eric 🤢

PirateJenny Normally I love horror but this book just went beyond the bounds of credibility for me. 1y
Reggie This book, I felt was a great character study, and oh yeah there were killer plants. 1y
Bookzombie I loved this when I read it. 1y
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BookishTrish
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Afternoon reading view

Zelma Lovely. 😍 1y
Suet624 Beautiful! 1y
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BookishTrish
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Our super cozy cabin on Saturna Island where I devoured The Ruins

AmyG Where is Saturna Island? Looks like a great place to get lots of reading done. 1y
BookishTrish @AmyG It‘s the southernmost Gulf Island in British Columbia, Canada 1y
BookishTrish @AmyG Population 350 1y
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jfalkens 😍😍 1y
AmyG Sounds lovely and remote. Enjoy! 1y
Suet624 What Amy said. 1y
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ShayLRoss03
The Ruins | Scott Smith
Pickpick

Intense read! The horror is subtle, creeping through the words with a mix of detailed imagery. While the "monster" is an unexpected choice, almost a touch of Stephen King, it presents a wondeful story of hidden horror where you least expect it.

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RaimeyGallant Great review! And welcome! #litsywelcomewagon 2y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 2y
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ShayLRoss03 @Chelleo @RaimeyGallant @Wife Thank you all for the welcome, I'm excited to be a part of the Litsy community! 2y
ReadZenRites Hi 👋🏻Welcome to Litsy ✨📚✨ 2y
ShayLRoss03 @ReadZenRites Thank you so much! 2y
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benchley1
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1. The Ruins
2. Conjuring movies. I watched them alone...in the dark...bad idea
3.high school
#tuesdaytidbits @JenlovesJT47

JenlovesJT47 I love the Conjuring movies but definitely wouldn't want to watch them by myself!! 😱 2y
benchley1 @JenlovesJT47 I didn't know! I don't usually get scared 2y
JenlovesJT47 Have you watched Annabelle? That one was pretty dang disturbing (and they're related to the Conjuring movies). Those and the Insidious movies are the only ones out these days that really scare me. 2y
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benchley1 @JenlovesJT47 I've seen the first Annabelle and was bored. I did enjoy the Insidious movies, but they didn't scare me. I'm very hard to scare. I laughed at hostel 2y
CSeydel Oh, The Ruins! I remember that book 😬 2y
benchley1 @JenlovesJT47 i kind of think growing up in the era of serial killers and L.A. and watching twilight zone and soaps as a child taught me real life is scarier than anything on screen 2y
benchley1 @CSeydel it's the closest I've been to scared reading a.boik...more stressed than scared but I'm counting it! 2y
JenlovesJT47 That is so true! Mainly why I don't like most so called scary movies. Imo the stuff that's more realistic is way scarier. Real life can be very disturbing! 2y
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HatefulGrablin
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Finally home and cuddling with my cat again. I think I restrained myself pretty well at Powell's this trip. #bookhaul

FlowerFairy The Ruins was very good. It was not at all what I was expecting but in the best of ways. Enjoy! 2y
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BookBoggart
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I must just love me some b-list cause this has been a favorite of my for 10 years.... damn that's a long time. The book and movie I've obsessively read and watched. More times then I will probably ever admit. I've been wanting IT merch for forever buuut my city is not so stocked in the coolness sector. Doesn't hurt to try a giveaway! 😁 #horror #muchlove #guiltypleasure #sorrynotsorry
#thatbookishhikergiveaway
@That-Bookish-Hiker

Reggie I don‘t know how I felt about her surviving in the movie. Yes I do, we are all dead because she spread the spores. Lol 2y
Bookzombie This is one of my favorites too! @Reggie LOL. I was so irritated by that especially since the author wrote the screenplay. 2y
BookBoggart @Reggie @Bookzombie The first time I saw in theaters I assumed that would be the end. But the ending I saw she just got away. So there is an alternative ending but I think the vines being in her made for a better ending. Obviously I prefer the book but I love the movie for different reasons. I was more sad that Matias wasn't as in it as he was the book. 2y
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bookworm.krizia
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Mehso-so

This came as a surprise for me because I'm not really the horror kind of girl but I was unable to put the book down. It was really exciting. It was not scary but really really creepy. Who likes to be haunted by carnivorous, talking plants? Not me. I wouldn't want to stay in that hill. It has a nice ending, very open-ended, but if he's going to make another sequel, leave me out.

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jckphnx
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Mehso-so

With stylish suspense, Smith's survival story takes the monster plant sub-genre to a whole new level, even if the overall story simply fizzles out in the climax.

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bitterbear
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#riotgrams #booksandabeverage #BEER!!! #horror #screamathon I'm not really digging this book...

Nelinator I love that beer! 2y
bitterbear @Nelinator It was pretty tasty. 2y
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bitterbear
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vivastory I liked this one, I hated the movie though 2y
RealBooks4ever Really good horror story, with a minor exception. 🕷 2y
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Bookzombie
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#feistyfeb Day 10 A favorite I plan to reread this year. #flowersoncovers #retrorereads

krismac I will never look at plants the same way after reading that book! I have a vine plant on my back porch that spooks me out sometimes. 3y
vivastory This is high on my TBR 3y
AmyG What a fun book...in a scary way? 😳 3y
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mjdowens Damn. My TBR is now just out of control😂 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Such a fun read! I wish he would write another book! 3y
AngelErin I love this book! 3y
Bookzombie @krismac @AmyG @CherylDeFranceschi @AngelErin I'm so happy to see all of the love for this book! I wish he would write another book too! 3y
Bookzombie @vivastory @mjdowens Glad this is on your TBR. I think all Littens have out of control TBRs. 🙂 3y
AmyG @Bookzombie Have you read A Secret Plan? If not....READ IT. I loved that book. I remember the exact moment the whole plot changed...on a dime. I was floored. So good. I wish he would write anoter book, too. 3y
Bookzombie @AmyG I will have to push it up on my TBR. I remember it was one Anne's favorites when she talked about it on the Books on the Nightstand podcast. 3y
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CherylDeFranceschi
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For some reason, today's challenge just keeps bringing this book to mind #booksaboutnature #readjanuary

Jenshootsweddings Gah! That's a scary side of nature! 3y
8leagueboot This looks creepy. I wish I had it here for this snowy night... 3y
BookBoggart This was the only book I could think of for nature too! It's also a sleepy time movie for me. Lol 3y
CherylDeFranceschi @BookBoggart Ha! Awesome! I know it's weird but for me it's The Crow. 3y
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Another great horror pick for #bookpyramid #day17. The book was better than the movie, but I really enjoyed both. The idea of killer plants and being completely helpless was pretty terrifying! #photoadaynov16

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Jenshootsweddings
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I needed a creepy thriller, and this fit the bill nicely. Not super scary but definitely suspenseful, and a good way to escape.

saresmoore I'm loving this photo! 3y
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Jenshootsweddings
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The Windows in the mini studio are finally fixed, which means I'm just one more step away from using the studio for it's actual purpose, and not JUST reading. Yay!

Soubhiville What a beautiful space! Congrats! 3y
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3y
Megabooks Gorgeous! 3y
Notafraidofwords 👏🏼 3y
ReadingSusan Oh my beautiful 😍😍 3y
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Jenshootsweddings
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Taking a break from editing to read, but it's feeling very sleepy in here. 💤🐶📚❤️

Suzze How is the book? I bought it recently. 3y
Jenshootsweddings @Suzze I'm only fifty pages in, but it's moving at a fast clip! A friend of mine highly recommends it. 3y
Alfoster I liked it too! Also loved his book, A Simple Plan (movie as well). 3y
Megabooks Your dog is so cute!! 3y
Suzze @Alfoster A Simple Plan is one of my all-time favorites. 3y
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Bookzombie
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#octphotochallege Day 29 Two books that gave me the #creepycrawlies in different ways.

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CherylDeFranceschi
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Pretty sure this qualifies as #creepycrawlies #octphotochallenge

akfreeborn Perfect pick! I loved this book. So creepy. 3y
Bookzombie I loved this book too! 3y
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Driftglass
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Heres my #AllHallowsRead pick that deserves to be more widely known.

Desite rave reviews, Scott Smith's 'The Ruins' seemed to have vanished shortly after it was released.
Smith's storytelling genius is in what happens to ordinary people when faced with harrowing situations. In this case, vacationers who confront a horrific presense at an archeological dig.

There was a terrible movie version that fumbled the suspense at every turn.

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GoldenGirl
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Bailedbailed

Well, it is finished....All I can say is thank the Lord! Not one of my favorites. I had no connection with any of the characters and I felt thr book went on far longer than was needed.

bitterbear YES!!!! 2y
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GoldenGirl
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Well, I've been reading this for a few days now and it is just getting weirder and weirder....Vines that kill people? That plan murders? Hmmm.....Not sure what to think at this point.

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