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The Good Thief
The Good Thief | Hannah Tinti
Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting new talents. Twelve year-old Ren is missing his left hand. How it was lost is a mystery that Ren has been trying to solve for his entire life, as well as who his parents are, and why he was abandoned as an infant at Saint Anthonys Orphanage for boys. He longs for a family to call his own and is terrified of the day he will be sent alone into the world. But then a young man named Benjamin Nab appears, claiming to be Rens long-lost brother, and his convincing tale of how Ren lost his hand and his parents persuades the monks at the orphanage to release the boy and to give Ren some hope. But is Benjamin really who he says he is? Journeying through a New England of whaling towns and meadowed farmlands, Ren is introduced to a vibrant world of hardscrabble adventure filled with outrageous scam artists, grave robbers, and petty thieves. If he stays, Ren becomes one of them. If he goes, hes lost once again. As Ren begins to find clues to his hidden parentage he comes to suspect that Benjamin not only holds the key to his future, but to his past as well. From the Hardcover edition.
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Amoon
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After reading The 12 Lives of Samuel Hawley, I wanted to read Tinti‘s debut novel (I think). This is the story of Ren, a one handed orphan raised by the strict brothers. Benjamin claims to be Ren‘s long lost brother and rescues him from the orphanage but, what is the life he‘s involved in now? Benjamin and his friend Tom are not exactly upstanding citizens. Danger lurks everywhere, but so does love and kindness. Unpredictable!

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strangexlonely
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Mehso-so

Okay book. The writing's good but the plot felt a little forced, it felt like it was tied up a little too neatly. The pacing was a bit off, the story moves a bit slow at the beginning, and is kinda rushed at the end, which could also be a consequence of trying to make everything fit where it should in the end.

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mrsmarch
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Started the tagged book last night. Did some holiday no-bake snack making today before going to a drive-thru holiday light display at Gillette Stadium. This “reindeer chow” looks a fright! I hope it tastes okay. I put some gold cupcake glitter on top because how else could it be magical enough to help reindeer fly? Also have new winter pajamas for the girls to wear in the car. PJs, snacks, holiday lights, who wouldn‘t like it? 🎄

Bookzombie I bet it will be delicious and this is going be a great Christmas memory. 💗🎄 2y
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Kaila-ann
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Mehso-so

Between a pick and so-so for me. It had an interesting idea and intriguing characters but the actual story felt a bit all over the place. Ren is a one handed boy rescued from an orphanage by Benjamin Nab who takes him on “adventures” in New England. Ultimately I stayed because I wanted to find out what happened to Ren and whether or not he found the answers he was looking for - otherwise, the plot felt disjointed and rushed in some places.

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Kaila-ann
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That‘s a wrap for me folks. Finished three books, started an audio book (My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me) and started my next physical book (tagged). Would have liked a slightly better time over all but not too shabby. #24b4Monday #teamslaughter

Clwojick WOOHOO! thanks for sponsoring our team! 3y
Kaila-ann You‘re welcome 😊! 3y
jb72 Great job! 3y
Andrew65 That‘s a great time. Well done. 🍾🥂🥳👏👏👏 3y
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magicalshelves
The Good Thief | Hannah Tinti
Mehso-so

3.5 stars

I really, really love historical fiction novels and The Good Thief had such a promising premise; grave robber and con artist takes a boy under his wing in 1800s America. While the book featured interesting characters the plot wasn‘t fleshed out very well and it often felt like certain plot points were randomly thrown in. The cast also became too large and not enough time was spent with the characters to really establish their stories.

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magicalshelves
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National dog day! 🐶❤️ #dogsoflitsy #nationaldogday

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Brie
The Good Thief | Hannah Tinti
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📚 #bookhaul #tbr 📚 I was excited to find all these today for only $3!

britt_brooke Nice!! 5y
TrishB Bargain 👍🏻 5y
DebinHawaii Great haul! 📚👍 5y
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Alicia The Book of Unknown Americans is so good!! 5y
shahn77 Awesome! The Queen of the Night is excellent! 5y
kspenmoll That‘s wonderful!!! 5y
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Anabnieto
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Easy to read, well written lovely story. I liked more the first chapters because it was a pleasure to read about the characters. The characterization is always the most difficult part to get right and I think Hannah Tinti got it right

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Anabnieto
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Started this one. I have heard so much of the new book by her that I wanted to buy immediately but then I thought I should also try her first. There is always a reason for order .... even in chaos.

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Anabnieto
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I am almost ashamed to say that i have not read Fahrenheit 451. Now I can proudly say that is sitting with these other two on my side table. #aprilmotivation

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wrenaymuhree
The Good Thief | Hannah Tinti
Mehso-so

Meh. My favorite part of the book is its conclusion, which is equal parts triumphant and aching. Characters didn't feel very fleshed out, in my humble opinion, and many action scenes were bewildering blurs of events. First read through, this one wasn't my cup of tea; but that's not to say I hated it. ⭐️⭐️.5

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wrenaymuhree
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Picking up my EIGHTH book of March while my guy gets in some much-needed (🙄😉) PS4 time after several long days in the shop. Yay, reading!

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mdemanatee
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I can totally get this done before book club tomorrow night with two days of work in between.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post! I like this cover. This #YA historical fiction novel centers around 12-year-old Ren. Ren has a missing left hand. He wants to know why, and who is parents are. While at Saint Anthony's Orphange, Benjamin Nab shows up, claiming to be Ren's brother. Ren is released to Ben's care, & they travel through a hardscrabble New England filled with robbers & scam artists. Does Ben have true answers for Ren? #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

SusanInTiburon Oh, that was a good read! 6y
Lindy This isn't usually considered YA; it won an Alex award (for adult books that appeal to teens). I'm looking forward to Tinti's new novel in March: 6y
heikemarie You're right, this cover is lovely! Very New England worthy :) 6y
Vblancsbooks Sounds goooood! 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 6y
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BooksAtNight
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Really enjoyed this one :) The story flew by for me and I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters. 3rd completed book for #24in48 and letter T for my #LitsyAtoZ

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BooksAtNight
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4.5 hours into reading I'm finally getting to one of my planned books. Of course, Shaun is doing his absolute best at tempting me to nap instead. But at least he cooperates as a book stand! #24in48 #catsofLitsy

Tanzy13 🐱 6y
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JustTrish
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#Bookmail ! A couple of goodies from #Goodreads and my #readingcompanion asleep on the job 😴

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gracemom
The Good Thief | Hannah Tinti
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Gritty, sad, and beautiful. Tinti brings the stench of the docks and the graveyard to life while breaking your heart getting to know a boy without a hand, a grifter, a drunk, and an assassin.

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gracemom
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And here we go! Sunday night reading in 3, 2, 1...