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A Nearly Normal Family
A Nearly Normal Family: A Novel | M.T. Edvardsson
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M.T. Edvardssons A Nearly Normal Family is a gripping psychological thriller that forces the reader to consider: how far would you go to protect the ones you love? In this twisted narrative of love and murder, a horrific crime makes a seemingly normal family question everything they thought they knew about their lifeand each other. Eighteen-year-old Stella stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him? Stellas father, a pastor, and mother, a criminal defense attorney, find their moral compasses tested as they defend their daughter, while struggling to understand why she is a suspect. Told in an unusual three-part structure, A Nearly Normal Family asks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?
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Chelsea.Poole
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I don't always have a positive reading experience with books that have been translated. However, this one was great! I liked way the reader was given the perspectives of each of the family members: father, a pastor-- mother, an attorney -- daughter, rebellious teen accused of a crime. The setting (Finland) really elevated this one for me. It's a family/character study with a courtroom drama at the end. Pick!

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ImperfectCJ
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Well, my timer messed up, but I added up the little bits and got in a solid 17 1/2 hours this weekend. Pictured is my breakfast (cocoa banana hazelnut smoothie...not very photogenic) and the dishcloth I worked on while listening to the tagged book today. It's been a fun #readathon! Now to bed to try and get enough sleep to be a productive member of society.

#MrBook1inaMillion. #24B4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne
@Andrew65 @MrBook

wordslinger42 The dishcloth is so pretty!! And you made awesome time! 😊 3w
ImperfectCJ @wordslinger42 Thanks! I had to tear out and restart the dishcloth several times because I kept messing up stitches, but I'm pretty happy with it now. 3w
wordslinger42 @ImperfectCJ Pulling out stitches is always so frustrating (I've had to do it with cross stitch), but it looks like it was definitely worth the time to make 😊 I love the color choices! 3w
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ImperfectCJ @wordslinger42 Ha! It was meant to be solid blue but the pattern took up more blue yarn than I had! Luckily, the green I had on hand complements it pretty well, and I added a variegated trim that has both colors in it. I feel empowered to ad lib with dishcloths. :-) 3w
wordslinger42 @ImperfectCJ I love it when something like that happens in a craft project and it ends up being a happy accident 😊 3w
Crazeedi I love my dishcloth that I have like this, my mom used to make! And great job on your time!!❤🎉👏 3w
ImperfectCJ @Crazeedi Thanks! I was surprised how many hours it was and checked my math several times. 😁 3w
MrBook Fabulous!!! 😎👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🔥🔥🔥 3w
ImperfectCJ @MrBook Thank you! And congratulations on your cool mil! 3w
Andrew65 A great time, well done and thanks fir playing along. 👏👏👏😊👍🎯🥳🍾🥂 3w
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cathysaid
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Mom‘s a defense lawyer, dad‘s a pastor, and teen is a budding sociopath. Told from those three points of view. Throw in a few jacked up secondary characters and simmer with distrust and betrayal, and the result is an interesting if somewhat predictable stew with the main ingredient being murder. 3/5 ⭐️

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cathysaid
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🙋‍♀️ Anyone else? #uncomfortabletruths

LauraJ Unfortunately, yes. 4w
Hooked_on_books 🙋🏼‍♀️ 4w
cathysaid @LauraJ @Hooked_on_books It‘s not that I don‘t experience such bonds, but they are quite rare. I‘m more of an “on-the-outside-looking-in” person, a bit removed. But in my late forties, I‘m quite okay with this. Certainly doesn‘t mean I don‘t care, but that I don‘t over-extend...if that makes sense. 🤷‍♀️ 4w
Hooked_on_books Makes total sense. I‘m mid-40s and at peace with who I am, but when I was younger (teens and twenties), I felt left out a lot. You also have to wonder what people who seem to have those bonds see when they look at us. Maybe some other kind of envy? Who knows. 4w
Trashcanman @Hooked_on_books Disjointed, disconnected,view from a far and speak at an arms length away. My other hand has a cocktail. 4w
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Bookish.SAM
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked the telling three parts...making it a little unclear which narrator is most reliable. I was kept guessing #whodunit right to the end.

In other greatly news... I found my favourite ‘back home‘ butter tarts sold here in the city! Getting cozy with a reading snack could get dangerous 🙄

Bookzombie That looks yummy! 1mo
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riversong153
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Sooo @TheSpineView I am literally squealing! You were so thoughtful and generous in sending this swap. I love absolutely everything and really appreciate it too! Now to decide which book to read first during #screamathon they‘re all so interesting! Thank you again 💜. Thanks @4thhouseontheleft for organizing this swap.

Dragonfairykats That bag is so cute! 2mo
riversong153 @TheSpineView the personalized journal! All titles that I want to read! Book socks! I think I‘m in heaven!! 2mo
riversong153 I‘ve always wanted a book sleeve too @TheSpineView. All of it is just beautiful and I love it!! 2mo
TheSpineView @riversong153 That makes me happy that I nailed it. I love book sleves too. Enjoy! 🧡🎃🖤 2mo
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marleed
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This very good murder mystery is written three parts. I was immediately invested in the father/husband‘s perspective (part 1) which made me curious about what the daughter would have to say and then the mother/wife. It‘s even more intriguing to me because I wonder if I‘d have had the same interest if the daughter spoke first.

Cathythoughts I did start this... but it‘s now in #hibernation it was good 🤔but there are so many others I need to get to 2mo
marleed @Cathythoughts I kept pushing it down on my library holds - I think because the cover didn‘t meet my have-to-read judgey-ness. It did fit into my fall mysteries so I finally dove in! 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘ll probably go back to it , as I‘d like to see what happens 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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MamaGina
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My best laid plans have been interrupted! Need to read A Nearly Normal Family before Thirteen because the library informs me it‘s due tomorrow and I can‘t renew as others have it on hold. Started this morning and it has drawn me IN!!!🤓

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Butterflyamore
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Day 17: A Book of the Month pile #botmbookclubseptphotochallenge

I get so excited when my #BOTM box arrives each month! So excited! It‘s as if I cannot live without those books! Yet all of these remain unread! 😂🤷‍♀️

If you do Book of the Month, are good at staying on top of actually reading them?

JenReadsAlot Not even close! 3mo
EKonrad I‘m terrible at tackling my botm TBR! 😩 3mo
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CBee
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I don‘t know what it is, but every book I‘ve read recently has gone like this:
1. Start reading, I‘m kinda bored
2. The thought of not finishing a book makes me itchy, so I keep going.
3. BOOM! Hit me with the twisty plot!
4. Okay, I‘m hooked.
🤷‍♀️😂

EH2018 Reading this now! It is so good so far! 3mo
CBee @EH2018 enjoy! I really did like it despite a slow start. 😁 3mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Starting this one today for #popsugarreadingchallenge. I have high hopes!

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BittersweetBooks
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It so frequently takes tragedy or catastrophe for people to come together and be united, for us to truly stop what we‘re doing and devote ourselves to one another. In misfortune we rediscover each other and become aware of what it means to be a human among other humans. In sorrow, we need each other more than ever 👟🚲🔪

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EH2018
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Got this today! @aroc #LMPBC I've been wanting to read this one - thanks @Lovesbooks87 !
You're up next @Honeybeegirl

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Djspens
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Is there really such a thing as a "normal" family?? I think every family has a little dysfunction! Or maybe that's just something I tell myself... and my kids.. anyway.. it is starting to feel like fall, time to switch to a nice cab for my reading beverage. ??oh and I'm enjoying this book. ?

NamasteReading I loved it!!! 3mo
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ILoveReading28
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ILoveReading28
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Djspens
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Starting this one today on this beautiful day! There's a wonderful breeze but it reminds me of fall. I'm not ready for that!! I hope I enjoy this book! Did you like it?

Samplergal I really liked it. 3mo
Alfoster I liked it too!❤️ 3mo
ljuliel Very good book 📖 3mo
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BookBelle84
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Starting this one on my lunch break and loving it!

BittersweetBooks It‘s next for me!! 😬 4mo
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krismlars
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Wild Saturday night...I ordered a new vacuum! Decided to treat myself now that I‘m constantly cleaning up after two cats. Oh, and only 60 pages left in this book. I can‘t predict how it‘ll end.

cathipink I have the same one 🙂 there are things that drive me bananas about it, but overall I love it - it's so convenient! 4mo
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KadeLexical
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I had difficulty at the beginning of this book but when it switched points of view I was riveted. Definitely recommend if you like murder mysteries and being on the edge of your reading chair 😉

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krismlars
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Teaching Marty McFly to turn the pages for me.

Catsandbooks Precious fluff! 😻 4mo
TK421 Cute! If he turns the pages before you are ready you can be all like "Think McFly!" 4mo
brit91 Awwww sooo cute!😻 4mo
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Samplergal
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Tagged book is a translation. #bookishbingo

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Samplergal
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Such a great read. Legal thriller told from three perspectives, the translated novel is a page turner. Set in Lund, Sweden. 4🌟

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Breanne1
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I enjoyed the various points of view in this #botm selection...a fast read that kept me engaged and definitely has you question what true justice looks like.

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BarbaraBB
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How far would you go to protect your loved ones? That‘s what keeps her parents going when Stella is arrested for murder. The story is told from the pov of al 3 members of this far from #perfect family. You feel you have to take side with one of them. As if they all stand trial - which in a way they do. I chose Stella because I could identify even less with the parents (esp the father). Interesting. #AyUpAugust

(Pic: Southampton beach, New York)

batsy Great photo! 4mo
ljuliel Really good book 📚 4mo
Cinfhen I really liked this book but I found the mother‘s actions most questionable 🤦‍♀️ 4mo
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Cinfhen You still out in the Hamptons??!?! 4mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That is true, but if I was Stella, I would have gone crazy with a father like that. Of course, as a parent I would go crazy with a kid like Stella 😂. (edited) 4mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes, it felt so good to do absolutely nothing that we booked an extra day. Tomorrow we‘ll leave. Have you left Long Island yet? 4mo
Cinfhen Hahaha so true! We are still in LI but we‘re heading to Northern NJ for a long weekend with friends later today😄I‘m back in Philly Monday. 4mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It sounds like you have a lot of quality time with your family and friends, happy for you! 💜 4mo
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Pearrr
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Day One 📚

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fleeting
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Mehso-so

Couldn't help but compare this to Miracle Creek, but of course this is more sophomoric in terms of writing, but I kind of liked the rawness in this more. The plot is a bit off, but I appreciate the blurred lines between good and bad, between the punisher and punished, and the guilt, burden, and grief after a violent act. I only cared for the perspective of the daughter, not the father (a bit idiotic) or the mother (too dramatic).

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Mowen036
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Yup I‘m one of those people who take a book to a county fair.

Go read this book. It‘s really good and keeps you puzzled until the end!

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Heyhelloitsjo
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Started slow, but I really loved the ending so it‘s a pick. It‘s also based in Sweden, so get ready to mispronounce some stuff! Would recommend.

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 4mo
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ElishaLovesBooks
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A daughter is accused of murder. Did she do it? This story is told in 3 different POVs- the father, mother, and daughter. The author really focuses on family dynamics and keeps you guessing. The suspense quietly builds while the narration at times is factual and almost sparse (you can definitely tell the author is Swedish). I really enjoyed it but it‘s not your typical sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller.

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Rothdell
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In a mystery novel, you need a gripping hand to carry you through until the end. M.T. Edvardsson is a brilliant guide. The narrative is broken up between the perspective of a mother, a father, and the suspect at large, the daughter. The novel offers an intriguing take on the justice system and what YOU would do if you had to defend your family.

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Lovesbooks87
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Anna, I sent out the book this morning. It should be there by Wednesday. Brillo thought it made an excellent pillow this morning! 📚💜🐶📚💜🐶 #LMPBC

DivineDiana What a cutie! ❤️🐶❤️ 4mo
Nute Hey Brillo! Such a cute face!🐶❤️ 4mo
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NamasteReading
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starting up this one... as a sit in bed recovering from wisdom teeth extractions 😳

Bookwormjillk Hope you heal quickly! 4mo
Crazeedi Get better soon, take care and pamper yourself! 4mo
NamasteReading I look like a chipmunk guys 😩 4mo
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Lake Michigan at it‘s finest! #chitown ☀️♥️☀️♥️

mabell Sounds terrific! 4mo
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ElishaLovesBooks
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I‘ve been up for hours.🙄😴 Can‘t sleep. It‘s almost 5 am-I think it‘s time for some coffee and a book! ☕️📖

Trashcanman I know what you mean. Hope all is well 4mo
ElishaLovesBooks @Trashcanman Just a racing mind. Happens occasionally. #toomuchonmymind Thanks for checking in! 💙 (edited) 4mo
Trashcanman @ElishaLovesBooks I know what you mean there too. It's almost daily unless I over medicate myself. 💛 4mo
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ElishaLovesBooks @Trashcanman That is so hard 😞 I find that it‘s always worse for me when I don‘t have my normal structure or routine-I always feel more anxious. 4mo
Trashcanman @ElishaLovesBooks 🤗💛 I hope tomorrow is kinder 4mo
ElishaLovesBooks @Trashcanman Thank you! 😊💜 4mo
BoleyBooks Hugs 🤗 4mo
ElishaLovesBooks @BoleyBooks Thanks! 💙 4mo
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bookandcat
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Welcome to another edition of "I stayed up too late finishing this amazing book" (surprise cameo of my cat's back leg). I devoured this Swedish legal thriller. Think The Dinner by Herman Koch but with #MeToo-era twists. 5 stars!

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Starting a new book while enjoying this gorgeous weather! Hope it stays for a few days!

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Rothdell

Haven‘t been able to read much because I‘ve been working doubles after doubles after doubles... #servinglife and I work another tomorrow...

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Jenken1998
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Interesting but somewhat predictable. Told in 3 parts. Each part a different pov. A very interesting way to write it. Each section gives you more detail. Teen, Stella, is accused of murdering a 32 year old man. Her parents, a pastor and lawyer, will do anything to protect her at almost any cost. Possibly even sacrificing their own beliefs and morals. How far would you go to prtect your own child from others or even themselves?

BirdsandBelles Sounds interesting! 👍🏻 3mo
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Jenken1998
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I sat down to read. She decided she wants a walk 🙄🐶🌞

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MelKelsey
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Book 75, the book that allowed me to reach my Goodreads goal! Set in Sweden, the book is told in three perspectives: the dad/a pastor, the daughter/ barely 18, and the mom/a lawyer. The daughter returns late one night, washes her outfit, showers, and goes to bed. The next day she's arrested for murder. The mystery unfolds layer by layer. The dad's perspective is the best written, but the mother's lacks depth and feels hastily written.

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lele1432
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2.5⭐️s. The translation was choppy, & I disliked the father's dull POV. The mother's POV was too melodramatic for me. Stella's section was the most interesting, but I honestly think the book was too predictable (it needed a different killer & motive). The writing was very repetitive with too much inner dialogue, & instead of a pulse-racing ending, the mother's flashbacks during the trial made it drag. Nice premise, but lacking in execution. 😕

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LaraReads
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Sunday night MOOD. 🐈😴

Only 75 pages in on this. So far, as a parent, it‘s a pretty tough read. Interested to see where it goes!

kspenmoll Sweet face! 😻 5mo
Catsandbooks Omg that face! Too cute! 😍 5mo
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Tera0707
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I liked the three POVs, and though I had a feeling about the ending, it still had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Literally. The only downfall was some of the repetitiveness, especially from the dad and mom‘s POVs (what would they do to save their daughter was a big one).

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j9brown
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A solid family drama / legal thriller. Had a hard time getting through the first POV but it moved along more quickly once it switched. I didn't really connect with the characters as much as I would have liked, but it also kept me guessing right up to the end!
#BoTM

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Ajessgirl
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3.5 stars. I appreciate that the author was going for a mix of genres (psychological thriller and courtroom procedural), but it didn‘t quite work for me. The three part narrative was interesting, but dragged on too long.

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TrishB
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Train reading again today, on way to London for a conference. There is a hen party sat around me, it‘s not going to be a quiet journey.....

Cathythoughts Oh you‘ve started this one 👍🏻I look forward to your thoughts! I hope The Hen Party keep it down (😬🤣some hope of that ... still they might be storing up their energy ... 5mo
Kalalalatja Oh no! Do you have any ear plugs or something with you? 5mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts I‘ve got half an hour left! I have a theory.... but we‘ll see! 5mo
TrishB @Kalalalatja I left my headphones in my non work bag ☹️ 5mo
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SarahHarts_books
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Very excited to start this one to night!!! 😄😃😁😊

JohannaRose Omg I've been wanting to read this one soooo bad!! Tell me how it is! 5mo
SarahHarts_books @JohannaRose It's really good so far. I'm only on chapter 24 but it's been hard to put down. 5mo
JohannaRose @SarahHarts_books I‘ve only heard good things about it! 5mo
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JessNevertheless
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Very hot inside and out today. Yet another good excuse for staying in and reading. ❤📖 The main reason of course is to ignore the chaos that is the National Mall on Independence Day. #nocrowdsformethanks #fourthofjuly #botm