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American Predator
American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century | Maureen Callahan
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A gripping tour de force of investigative journalism that takes us deep into the investigation behind one of the most frightening and enigmatic serial killers in modern American history, and into the ranks of a singular American police force: the Alaska PD Most of us have never heard of Israel Keyes. But he is one of the most ambitious, meticulous serial killers of modern time. The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented. Described by a prosecutor as "a force of pure evil," he was a predator who struck all over the United States. He buried "kill kits"--cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools--in remote locations across the country and over the course of fourteen years, would fly to a city, rent a car, and drive thousands of miles in order to use his kits. He would break into a stranger's house, abduct his victims in broad daylight, and kill and dispose of them in mere hours. And then he would return home, resuming life as a quiet, reliable construction worker devoted to his only daughter. When journalist Maureen Callahan first heard about Israel Keyes in 2012, she was captivated by how a killer of this magnitude could go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade. And so began a project that consumed her for the next several years--uncovering the true story behind how the FBI ultimately caught Israel Keyes, and trying to understand what it means for a killer like Keyes to exist. A killer who left a path of monstrous, randomly committed crimes in his wake--many of which remain unsolved to this day. A Dark Night in Alaska is the ambitious culmination of years of on-the-ground interviews with key figures in law enforcement and in Keyes's life, and research uncovered from classified FBI files. Callahan takes us on a journey into the chilling, nightmarish mind of a relentless killer, and the limitations of traditional law enforcement, in one of America's most isolated environments--Alaska--when faced with a killer who defies all expectation and categorization.
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angel1
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When reading a true crime book I always have to research and watch specials to get a picture of the real people...anyone else do this?
I watched Method Of A Serial Killer today while reading this one😳

FantasyChick I do the same. I need to know as much as possible! 3d
Chelsea.Poole I didn't know about this show! I read this book a while ago and now I need to watch the this. Thanks for mentioning it! 3d
angel1 @FantasyChick me too!! I also like to put faces with names while reading. 3d
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angel1 @Chelsea.Poole you're welcome!! It was very interesting to watch and just so scary at how random he was😱 3d
rachelm Scary!!! Also happy anniversary on Litsy! 21h
angel1 @rachelm 😊 19h
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collegecatlady
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Why didn‘t anyone tell me to move this to the top of my TBR months ago?! This true crime book is compelling as hell. I spent all my free time the last two days reading it. If you enjoy true crime, you have to read this RIGHT NOW. It has my vote in the 2019 Goodreads Awards in the Nonfiction Category for sure! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

teebe Adding this to my TBR immediately. This case legit freaks me out because of how random and calculated the murders were. 3w
collegecatlady @teebe Even the bits of interview from the killer in this novel are insanely creepy 3w
WorldsOkayestStepMom I literally listened to the Crime Junkie podcast episode about him today, after my best friend asked if I'd heard about him. I need to read this book! 3w
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TheBookStacker
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Starting this book today! Heard good things, and it seems like it will be a quick read.

Gaylagal2 @TheBookStacker Isreal Keyes was a diabolical serial killer. There is audio of him being interviewed by police, he thought this shit was funny and enjoyed every minute of it. Glad he's dead 👊 1mo
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swishandflick
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Chilling. And the craziest part is that we're unlikely to ever know the actual extent of his crimes. A fascinating #truecrime read considering Israel Keyes is not a household name, but frustrating that law enforcement bungled it so badly. The tagline is misleading considering they didn't "hunt" this serial killer down, they stumbled on him because of his connection to one case and only discovered other crimes because he was manipulating them #BOTM

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jackilynn
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"Not all psychopaths are serial killers, but all serial killers are psychopaths."

Ok now I never want to go anywhere by myself again!! This book could definitely give you nightmares. It was so disturbing yet I couldn't stop reading!

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raising_3readers
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I can‘t put this book down! 😧

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jackilynn
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jackilynn
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October is the perfect month to read a little true crime 😎

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Tiltedwhirled
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I found the information about the ways in which the investigation into Israel Keyes‘ crimes was frustrated and mishandled to be interesting and infuriating. This man was a psychopath. We will never know the extent of his crimes

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JeansBookshelf
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Got 80 pages in and I'm bored. Going to bail. I was hoping to love this but it looks like true crime definitely isn't for me.

RachelAmphlett I struggle with true crime as well - I think it‘s because I tend to read so much for research that when it comes to relaxing, I need crime fiction! 2mo
JeansBookshelf @RachelAmphlett I didn't like that there was no or very little dialogue between the people in the book. I get really bored if there isn't. 2mo
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JeansBookshelf
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Time for my first true crime book.

Nebklvr 😳 2mo
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Hooked_on_books
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From the disappearance of a young Anchorage barista to a cat and mouse game with the FBI, I found this true crime riveting, horrifying, and engrossing. I read it in 2 sittings which would have been one if I didn‘t need some sleep before working. 5 stars all the way.

Cinfhen I thought this was a really good read. 2mo
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Hooked_on_books
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I put this book on hold at the library in JULY and it is finally here! It came from another library in the system and arrived with a tiny amount of water damage along with a couple brown spots on a page or two which are in the margins. So the librarian asked me if I still wanted to check it out. 🤔

YES!!! Gimme! 😆

Sace Wow! This book is everywhere! A colleague mentioned it to me last week and now I'm seeing it all over Litsy. I wish my library hold would come in! 2mo
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awishman
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Legit the most disturbing things I've ever read. Horrifying doesn't even begin to describe it.

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CoffeeK8
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This disturbing story of Israel Keyes and his creepy and meticulously planned serial killings.

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krismlars
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There‘s so much buzz around this book, I‘ve decided to put aside my other book for the weekend to read this instead. I‘m hooked!
Also, I know fall is basically here when this game is being played. Watching from Boston, wishing I was in Denver. Go Buffs!

EmilyM Yes--go Buffs! 3mo
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I saw a lot of buzz in Book of the Month discussion groups about American Predator, so when I saw it on Scribd I downloaded it right away. Wow, was that buzz right. Maureen Callahan's exploration of serial killer Israel Keyes is fascinating, chilling, and so well researched. ⬇️

UnabridgedPod This is a great listen on audio--narrator Amy Landon is excellent, distinguishing between characters with voices but maintaining the seriousness required for the topic. Excellent true crime listen! 3mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Holy. Sh!t. This was an intense story. Israel Keyes was such a meticulous serial killer that the FBI could barely pin evidence on him even with a confession. The mishandling of this case was shocking, and the heinous crimes that this man committed are terrifying. This book is absolutely worth a read. My heart aches for the numerous families whose lives he randomly destroyed.

overtheedge Stacked!! 4mo
AmandaEve Oh man, I‘m currently listening about him on a podcast right now. Not too far into it but now I‘m definitely reading this soon! 4mo
BarbaraBB @AmandaEve What podcast is that? I love true crime podcasts! 4mo
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AmandaEve @BarbaraBB Crime Junkie! The episode from May 6! He‘s mentioned briefly in the previous episode from April 29. I love them too! Always looking for more! ☺️ 4mo
BarbaraBB @AmandaEve Thanks! I discovered Crime Junkie recently and am loving it. I‘ll check out that episode! 4mo
Kimberlone I never realized this serial killer was known outside Alaska. I should probably try to read this sometime! 4mo
AmandaEve @BarbaraBB no problem! Crime Junkie is one of my favorite podcasts! 4mo
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JenReadsAlot
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#botm #bookmail I'm really looking forward to both of these!

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Rachel.Rencher
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Currently indulging my true crime obsession. 😜

It's the first day in months where it's under 95 degrees and we had overcast and rain. I'm soooo ready for fall. Give me all the candles, sweaters, hot cocoa, and cold reading days. 🙌

Crazeedi This one looks good 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly Yesssssss. I had some pumpkin spice tea yesterday because I want it to be fall! 4mo
Chelsea.Poole Loved this one 📖 4mo
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Cinfhen
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Thanks to a review posted by @MicheleinPhilly I finally broke my #ReadingSlump 🙌🏻‼️ This true crime investigative report reads like fiction. A fascinating page turner about a young man who managed to fool friends & family as well as the law for over 15 years. Israel Keyes was a “monster” who raped, tortured and murdered numerous individuals for pleasure. Unlike other killers, he had no preferred type & sought no fame. Truly frightening!!

Cinfhen Definitely read this @Reviewsbylola 4mo
Kimberlone He is very notorious in Alaska. I remember when this case happened. I hadn‘t realized a true crime book had been written about him 4mo
TrishB 👍🏻 you got there. 4mo
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the_book_hoarder I'm a sucker for true crime. I look forward to reading this 4mo
squirrelbrain Sounds interesting - stacked. And well done on breaking the slump! 👍😁 4mo
Crazeedi Sounds like a read for me, thanks for posting 4mo
BarbaraBB Sounds really scary, stacked! Good to have you reading again! How‘s the trip going? 😘 4mo
KarenUK Yay for the #slumpbeater !!! But 🙀, I couldn‘t read this one! 4mo
Megabooks This sounds horrifying!! That is one weird slump buster, friend! 🤪 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks for cheering me on @KarenUK @Megabooks @Crazeedi @squirrelbrain @TrishB 🤗🤗🤗I can imagine how much attention this case must have made @Kimberlone I was familiar with some of the other crimes he allegedly committed but not the one that he was eventually caught on. It‘s a really gripping read @BarbaraBB and now that you‘ve been driving all across the “lower 48” you‘ll be amazed at how many cities he hit 😠😮😱 4mo
Cinfhen It‘s hard to believe what this guy got away with @the_book_hoarder !!! 4mo
Cinfhen Having such a great time @BarbaraBB hope you are too!!! Can‘t wait to hear all about your trip. Are the kids having fun?? 4mo
emilyhaldi Well obviously I‘ll be stacking this one!!! Glad you‘re over that slump 😁 4mo
Reviewsbylola I have this one out from the library now too! 4mo
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NikkiRobson73
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I‘m a true crime addict so I was psyched I could get this one with kindle credits I had and it‘s getting great reviews !

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Catrobot
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True crime is my guilty pleasure and Israel Keyes is one scary mf.

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MicheleinPhilly
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I think meticulous is an odd word choice to describe Israel Keyes but scary AF is an apt descriptor. The idea that this man operated somewhat under the radar for as long as he did and so skillfully manipulated the investigators even after his capture is spine tingling. Obvious trigger warnings for torture, rape, etc. but also animal torture. This madman was textbook. 🤯

saresmoore Uuugh, don‘t think I could stomach this! 5mo
TrishB I can‘t do the real stuff. 5mo
eanderson I have this and need to read it ASAP!!! 5mo
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MicheleinPhilly @saresmoore @TrishB It‘s fascinating but brutal! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @eanderson I think this is the very first time I‘ve read my BOTM selections the month I received them! 😬 5mo
rachelsbrittain This sounds horrifying but fascinating. Probably shouldn't let myself read it, but a part of me is tempted 5mo
DivineDiana Sounds frightening! Glad he was apprehended! 😲 4mo
Cinfhen Maybe this will be the book to break my reading slump!! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen I must have caught my slump from you! 😩 4mo
Cinfhen Oh no!! I‘m sorry. I haven‘t picked up a book since I got on the plane last week 😳I have 13 unread library books!!! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen Oh no! All of those library books that you were so excited for! 4mo
Cinfhen Yup! I already had to return 4 unread books😢 don‘t know what‘s going on?? My brain is just rebelling 🤪 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen Same. Oh well, it will come back eventually. 4mo
Reviewsbylola I got this one from the library but it was due back before I got to it. Maybe some day! 4mo
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Hooked_on_books
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My library has this title in their database but doesn‘t have any copies yet. Apparently that means I can‘t put in a hold request. So I‘ve been checking back daily to see if any copies have arrived.

So now I am stalking a serial killer book.

🙄😂

Crazeedi I've put holds on books not quite there yet, and they come when in! Maybe libraries do things differently 5mo
Hooked_on_books @Crazeedi At my old library, I could do that, and maybe that‘s possible here in person. But I tried placing the hold online and it wouldn‘t let me. I even did it twice. 😜 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This true-crime story of Israel Keyes, described as “a force of pure evil” has been receiving a lot of buzz lately. Investigative journalist Callahan provides a chilling narrative in this book. I‘m curious to read it.

#lilithjuly #criminal

KarenUK I‘m too much of a 🙀... it‘d give me nightmares! 5mo
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DeeLew
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😳😱

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Suetara
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Four days of vacation and two completed books, both of which I enjoyed immensely. Not too shabby. 😊

kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 5mo
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MeesesPieces
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I‘m reading American Predator right now and I‘m in shock. I can‘t put this one down. Wow so tragic and disturbing! I keep thinking it‘s just a story and then I realize I‘m reading true crime. Best book so far this year.
******UPDATED****** Just finished and it was fantastic! Maureen Callahan is an amazing author. I was never once bored with fluff or fill in writing. It was informative all the way till the end. I highly recommend it!

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MicheleinPhilly
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Next up! Justifying my #BOTM rejoin.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Uhmmm, I think it‘s just natural. It‘s like a crack addict who would be able to subscribe to 5 different blends of crack, on a monthly basis. Hahahahaha....it‘s bibliocrack. Thank the dogs we love books!! 5mo
vivastory I'm looking forward to your thoughts on this one. I found it riveting. 5mo
MyNamesParadise Just added it to my list! 5mo
AlaMich Pickles looks reproachful... 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Yes!!! This was unputdownable! I am a true crime reader/Dateline watching/amateur investigator, so I'm shocked that this serial killer slipped through the cracks of my knowledge. I'm actually pretty glad I didn't know much about this case before reading the book, because woah! Excellent crime writing here. Definitely recommended for true crime fans! 🌟#truecrime #librarybook

JeansBookshelf Thinking about adding this to my botm box next month 5mo
AmyG Thanks. I am now excited for this. 5mo
Aswenson I hemmed and hawed between this and Norco 80, but Norco won out... I might have to pick this one up next month! 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole @JeansBookshelf @Aswenson I really enjoyed it. Hope you both do too if you end up with it! 5mo
Chelsea.Poole @AmyG hope you enjoy! 5mo
JenReadsAlot I'll have to check it out! 5mo
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farre
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This was a bananas story. So many missteps. Such a meticulous killer. But the botched investigations blew my mind. I had to remind myself it actually happened and wasn‘t a far-fetched fiction crime story.

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vivastory
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Callahan's book is a thoroughly documented account of a case that offers only a small measure of closure & challenges convictions. I. Keyes unorthodox family upbringing is detailed, as are his strangely varied & methodical crimes. Egotistical prosecutors, official corruption & ineptitude, tenacious & dedicated law enforcement & the modern serial killer you probably have never heard of, these are the ingredients of Callahan's stellar true crime.

Hooked_on_books Now I want to read it even more! 5mo
Cinfhen Darn, I should have added to my #BOTM box 😫 5mo
BarbaraBB Wow, That‘s a shout out I can‘t ignore! 5mo
GatheringBooks sounds like a riveting read, indeed! 5mo
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vivastory
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I somehow missed this on BOTM site, but when I saw posts about it I was immediately intrigued & I picked it up at B & N today. It's been awhile since I've read a true crime. An interesting book so far.

Hooked_on_books I skipped this month, but if they had given me the option to choose this book, I totally would have. I‘m hoping to add it to my next box. 5mo
RvnclawWhovian Oohhh this looks good! 5mo
vivastory @Hooked_on_books I think that you can now select a previous month's add on for your credit if you decide to skip 5mo
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vivastory @RvnclawWhovian I'm halfway through it & so far it's pretty riveting 5mo
LeahBergen I‘ll be buying this one, too. 👍🏻 5mo
BarbaraBB Sounds good. I am not really enjoying the Krakauer yet. Wondering what you‘ll think of it. 5mo
Hooked_on_books @vivastory The only options they gave were the “botm faves” which I‘d either already read or wasn‘t interested. It would be great if they expanded that to include any book. 5mo
vivastory @Hooked_on_books Oh, I see. That's a shame. I think they should definitely make it include any book. I do like the changes they've made recently, so hopefully they'll add that too! 5mo
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SiriuslyWeasley
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I love this! 🧡
Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.

rather_be_reading 👏👏 5mo
Soubhiville 👍❤️ 5mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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#BOTM My epic #bookhaul continues.

TrishB Keep going 👍🏻 5mo
Bianca Everyone‘s haul looks so interesting. It makes me want to sign up. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @Bianca The choices lately have been 👌🏼. 5mo
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MicheleinPhilly @TrishB Week‘s not over yet! 😉 5mo
LeahBergen I‘ll be buying American Predator! 👍🏻 5mo
TrishB It‘s definitely not! Full figures tomorrow please 😁 5mo
TrishB I am in awe ❤️ 5mo
Reviewsbylola Were driving home from the lake rn and I‘m hoping my books are waiting for me! I may start TW right away! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola I can‘t decide which one to read first! 5mo
Reviewsbylola Three Women! We can read it together! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 5mo
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DeeLew
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Yay! My BOTM arrived yesterday. 🙂📚 #BOTM

Chelsea.Poole I'm reading American Predator...it's a page turner. 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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I'm seriously loving this #truecrime 📖

CaramelLunacy Oh I am intrigued! 5mo
Chelsea.Poole @CaramelLunacy it's sooo good! 5mo
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SiriuslyWeasley
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Starting off to be a well-written, if terrifying, account of Israel Keyes' monstrous crimes. I definitely shouldn't have read that first chapter at bedtime last night...chilling!

DGRachel Thanks for the warning! I picked this as an add-on in my July BOTM box. 😱 5mo
SiriuslyWeasley @DGRachel You're welcome! Definitely one to be read in the light of day. ☀️ 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Work lunch--- so so excited to start this one!! #truecrime

Cinfhen Almost choose this for my #BOTM - curious to hear your thoughts 🤓 5mo
cathipink This one sounds so good!! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen I got this as an add-on when I succumbed to @Reviewsbylola ‘s temptation. 5mo
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Cinfhen What???!!!! You‘re back @MicheleinPhilly #NeverSayNever 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen As of yesterday. 5mo
Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola is EVIL 😈 😂😂 @MicheleinPhilly (edited) 5mo
Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😇😈 @Cinfhen @MicheleinPhilly 5mo
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen I'm addicted to true crime so I may be way too biased, that being said--loving it so far!! Not yet 100 pages in. 5mo
Chelsea.Poole @cathipink I snatched it up as soon as I could, it's not a disappointment so far 😊 5mo
Chelsea.Poole @MicheleinPhilly hopefully you'll be glad you succumbed! 😂 I'm not far enough yet to say for sure but I think I'm going to like it!! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
Chelsea.Poole @Reviewsbylola you could be encouraging much more harmful behavior than reading!!! 😅 5mo
Reviewsbylola Very true!! 5mo
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