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The Turnout
The Turnout | Megan Abbott
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Julsmarshall
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Mehso-so

This was okay, not my favorite from the author. I like the ballet studio setting and complicated family dynamics but it took a bit too long for the story to get moving for me. #BookspinBingo #ReadorDonate @TheAromaofBooks @julieclair

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1mo
julieclair Glad you got it read and off the shelf! 👍😘 1mo
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Silverneurotic
The Turnout | Megan Abbott
Bailedbailed

I usually like Megan Abbott but 14% in and I was hating everything about this. Time to move on.

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Kboltz
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Pickpick

I think that ballet may be more cut throat than football! Two sisters, a twisted family and Nutcracker preparations! Good read. Short chapters and short wording give this the perfect stress reading that fits this story.

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ShyBookOwl
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I honestly don't know how to rate this one. It was very tense and slightly uncomfortable throughout, but the end was extremely uncomfortable. I kind of want to crawl out of my skin. This was my second Abbott. She's a master of building tension, but this one was particularly dark.
Excited to get to the 2 Hepworths on my libby shelf. Need an Abbott break 😅

Susanita I‘ll never look at The Nutcracker the same way after reading this book! 12mo
ShyBookOwl @Susanita 😅 SAME 12mo
AlaMich I have only read her earlier stuff, which is a bit different. I highly recommend the books. The Song Is You is great. (edited) 12mo
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AlaMich Also 12mo
ShyBookOwl @AlaMich Thx! I'll check them out when I've recovered lol 12mo
AlaMich They‘re much more noirish than anything else. 12mo
ShyBookOwl @AlaMich oh good to know. Sounds interesting 12mo
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CSeydel
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“Charlie loves you. We‘ve all known each other since we were children. We grew up together. There‘s nothing wrong with that. It‘s family, it‘s . . .” She went on and on, hating the sound of her own voice, high and strained and nothing like their mother‘s. She always tried to match their mother‘s soft, lush alto. “We grew up together,” Dara finally repeated.

But Marie only looked at her and said quietly, “Did we? Grow up?”

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erickahhh
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Pickpick

This story looks at the lives of two dancing sisters (Marie and Dara) and Dara's dancing husband, Charlie. They own a house and dance studio together. As they are preparing for their yearly performance of The Nutcracker, devastation ensues. During this time, Marie begins to explore her sexuality and identity. She gets close with the help, Derek, and he finds ways to stick his claws in and attempts to manipulate the whole family.

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MelKelsey
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Panpan

Book 108

I listened to The Turnout by Megan Abbot. It's a twisty, disturbing thriller about adult sisters that now own and run the ballet studio their mom started. It's dark and has unexpected turns. The characters were flat, and I didn't feel invested in them or their story. 2.5 stars

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SomedayAlmost
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LA Times Book Prize winner! This brilliant and disturbing book knocked my socks off! Creepy aspects of the plot turned done readers off, leading to mixed reviews. So happy to see the book getting the recognition it deserves! #thriller #bookawards

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vlwelser
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Pickpick

This one is a really slow burn. It's good. But it seemed to take forever to get to the point(e). I'm drawn to ballet stories. This one is sort of a thriller. It's good if you stick with it.

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ClairesReads
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Mehso-so

I love the way Abbott's books capture the ever-present threat of violence in women's lives. Her exploration of niche subcultures; oppressive, competitive worlds is usually hard to rival. The Turnout didn't fire for me quite like some of her earlier novels though. The world of ballet sits quite far back in this novel, where Abbott is hyper focused on the tight dynamic between siblings and I wished the broader ballet world had been explored more

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Decalino
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Pickpick

This sensual thriller was set in a strange world of jealousy, mistreated feet, and Nutcracker anxiety. The lives of sisters Marie and Dara, plus Dara's husband Charlie, are disrupted when a fire in their ballet studio necessitates bringing in a contractor, Derek, whose brash and outsized presence proves jarringly disruptive. The tension increases bit by bit as Derek seduces Marie, and the secrets jarred loose by his presence are truly shocking.

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ATB
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Must… Go…to…bed.

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AlizaApp
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Pickpick

A nice and twisted mystery/thriller. Dara and Marie are sisters who run a ballet school with Dara‘s husband Charlie, and they also all live together in the ramshackle house they inherited. But then Marie moves out and there is a mysterious fire and a shady contractor and a lot of parents arguing about the upcoming performance of the Nutcracker. As in all Megan Abbott books, the kids are not alright - and neither are the parents.

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Susanita
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Pickpick

A soft pick for me. I‘m not sorry I read it, and I won‘t run screaming if another book by the author comes up as a book club selection, but I won‘t seek out her backlist either. Good depiction of the atmosphere (maybe too good!) and an interesting story, but man did she lay it on thick talking about all the unpleasantness.

I can also say that I‘ll never look at the Nutcracker quite the same again!

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tracyellen
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Megan Abbott gets me every time! She pulls you in with her just-under-the-surface build up that something awful has happened to characters you care deeply about. My favorite is still The End of Everything, but this is right up there.

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Susanita
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This book is creepy! Nonetheless I hope to finish it during the #JoyousJanuary readathon before it disappears back into the Libby ether. Plus maybe a couple more?

rockpools Good luck! I‘m quite nervous of that Libby ether at the moment- it has the potential to make a lot of things disappear… 3y
actualdisneyprincess Omg “The Turnout” was A RIDE. 🤯 Can‘t wait to hear your final assessment!! 3y
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 3y
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SomedayAlmost
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Pickpick

Best book I have read in a long time. Very dark. Suspense, rivalries, dark family secrets & a suspicious death playing out in the pressure cooker of a ballet school. Ended the year with a bang. No one writes about competition between young women like Abbott. Trigger warning: intense childhood trauma (no spoilers). #suspense #secrets #crime #dancers

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rather_be_reading
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Book 270

SomedayAlmost Loved it! 3y
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SomedayAlmost
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Candy covered blueberries, a snuggly blanket & Abbott‘s vivid, fierce fiction. What more can you want? #amreading #suspense

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Oryx
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Mehso-so

Megan Abbott is usually an automatic pick for me, but this one was just ok. It's beautifully written and so atmospheric, but also a bit... icky? She does capture a certain griminess and darkness very well though.

But, I received some iced biscuits from work, and they were perfectly themed for this book, which features The Nutcracker. So it gave me an excuse to eat The Nutcracker himself. He was delicious.

squirrelbrain Shame about the book, but cute biscuit! 3y
Oryx @squirrelbrain it was very 'readable' and I flew through it, but just not very appealing in the end. 3y
Cathythoughts I bailed on this one … 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3y
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Liz_M Do you have a favorite Abbott? Ice not read any and am look for a good airplane book. 3y
julesG Did you pick the sad cup on purpose? 3y
Oryx @Liz_M Yes, This one I liked best 3y
Oryx @julesG of course! Maybe I should do all my reviews with Tassen? 3y
julesG 🤣🤣 If you've got matching cups for all the moods, go for it. 😉 3y
Oryx @julesG I have smug, malevolent and kissing. So got everything covered I guess? 3y
julesG 👍 3y
LeahBergen I love that mug! 3y
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mklong
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Mehso-so

Meh. I would love to say this is a slow burn because I think that was the intention, but it never felt that way to me. I was bored for more than half the book and then when things finally started happening, it all felt rushed.

Cathythoughts I bailed 😬 I just couldn‘t keep reading 3y
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Librarybelle
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Pickpick

This is my first time reading anything by Abbott, and I was lucky to pick up a copy on audio through Libro.fm‘s ALC program.

Very strange and twisted, with some pretty grotesque episodes. Abbott begins with an overall picture, and then slowly breaks down each piece to the truth beneath the facade. I was riveted, but there are some hard to read parts that explore the darker side of humanity. I loved the writing style - perfect for the narrative.

Librarybelle TW: abuse, rape, incest 3y
SomedayAlmost “Give Me Your Hand” is even better Abbott, in my opinion, but I really enjoyed this one as well. So dark, but so good. 3y
Librarybelle @SomedayAlmost That is really good to know! 3y
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Charityann
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Panpan

Finished this one, but it was depressing and kind of weird, so didn‘t really like it. 🎃 #teamslaughter #scarathlon2021 @Clwojick

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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

One thing‘s for sure—you can certainly count on Megan Abbott to show the not so pretty side of people. I even think she used the ballet setting to point out that things that look beautiful and graceful and actually painful and even dangerous. This isn‘t my favorite of hers, but I did enjoy it.

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Kappadeemom
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Camping this weekend and reading The Turnout 🩰

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MaleficentBookDragon
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Thank you @Kappadeemom !!!
I ❤️❤️❤️ my #fffs 📦. Everything is perfect for a cozy night in. All the books are on my wishlist and I may have already opened the 🍿.
I‘m planning my first knit from the Outlander book. I just have to find a 🐈‍⬛ free zone in the house to put the puzzle together. 😂
Thank you so much!
#FallingForFallSwap

Kappadeemom You are welcome! Glad you enjoy everything! 3y
Avanders Love!! 😍😍🍁🍂🧡 3y
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marleed
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Pickpick

Although I don‘t quite recommend this one, I‘m giving it a slow pick pick because I enjoyed the writing and found the story unique. However, as I read the last page I felt empty because the book didn‘t really give me anything except a desire to find a non-fictional interview of someone who‘s entire life is driven by the next year‘s casting of Clara.

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LatrelWhite
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Enjoying this☺️

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Cathythoughts
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Bailedbailed

I bailed at 75% ( according to my kindle ). I enjoyed the story .. and the writing is good but , The tone in terms of abuse I found very difficult to take in. The last one I read by this author was similar in this way , but it was good & I thought I could get over the parts where the abuse is written & dealt with … Anyway I tried, but something about the vibe of the book isn‘t for me 🤷🏼‍♀️.. #stillsearchingformymodernthrillerwriter

Tamra Better to bail than squander precious reading time. 🤓 So many books TBR! 3y
Cathythoughts @Tamra Thanks! I know , but I kept thinking it would lose the parts I didn‘t like … magical thinking 😄 3y
TrishB That‘s a long way in, but if you‘re not enjoying it, the right thing. 3y
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Megabooks Sorry it didn‘t work for you. 3y
Cathythoughts @TrishB I kept thinking the bits I didn‘t like would go away … part of it is a very good read. 3y
Cathythoughts @Megabooks I know , me too. Thanks X 3y
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kstadt929
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A rainy cabin day calls for a new book while little man naps 😴 📖 🩰

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Skeebies05
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Pickpick

Loved loved loved this one. She lays out the pieces and then slowly clicks them into place.

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Cathythoughts
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I‘ve abandoned all other reading plans … and started The Turnout … so far , so good 💕my second Megan Abbott 🤞🏻

Oryx Oooh. I need to get this one asap. Love Megan Abbott. 3y
Cathythoughts @Oryx She‘s only new to me .. but I like her a lot so far 👍🏻 3y
Oryx I really liked this one. Set in the world of gymnastics. 3y
Cathythoughts @Oryx Thanks! I will make a note of it 👍🏻😁 3y
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Soubhiville
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A thriller about a ballet studio, with a twisted family dynamic? Fun! The audiobook is really well read too. I‘d recommend this one, but with some definite content warnings. See comments if you need those, but be aware they might be spoilers.

Soubhiville Rough sexual relationship, incest, something like gas lighting. 3y
Hooked_on_books I‘m super excited for this one! I have the audio on hold from my library. I‘ve read several of Abbott‘s books and I really like her. 3y
Cathythoughts I have this waiting on kindle 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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Lesliereadsalot
The Turnout | Megan Abbott
Pickpick

This one‘s a thriller. Two sisters and one husband run an inherited ballet school. Lots of secrets, twists and a good ending. I couldn‘t put it down.

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BClark
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Pickpick

A good read! Dara and Marie eat, breath and sleep ballet their entire lives. The drama of that world is unexpected but intriguing. Good back history on the characters. You can formulate your theories and make predictions and toward the end when you are taking your celebratory sip of tea because you are that good at figuring things out, BAM, not. . .so. . .fast!

Bklover Love this review! 3y
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Megabooks
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I‘m really surprised given how I felt this morning, but the slow burn of this novel ignited in the last third, and it‘s a definite pick! I was a bit disappointed that more of the mystery didn‘t deal with ballet, but there was plenty of drama offstage. I appreciate that Megan made this as much as solvable mystery as it is a thriller. I figured out most of it by curtain call, but there were still some surprises. 👍🏻

Cinfhen Clever review!!! I‘m glad the book was a pick in the end!!! 3y
vivastory Thanks for the tag! Glad to hear it ended up working for you. I have a (personalized) copy of this one. I don't read any of my signed editions, so I'll read it when my library hold comes in. 3y
Cathythoughts Thanks for the tag & that‘s great it Turned out in the end 😁… I don‘t think I‘ve read this author .. looking forward to my first one 👍🏻🎉 3y
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Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks friend!! 😀😘 3y
Megabooks @vivastory it did, and I think you‘ll find it worth the wait. Excited to see what you think once you get it! 3y
Megabooks @Cathythoughts yeah, I think it‘s worth it for you to give Megan a shot, especially since you appreciate a good literary thriller. 👍🏻😀 3y
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 so which is your fave if I decide to give her another go? I have quite a few at home that I brought in a pile in a charity shop. 3y
Megabooks @TrishB this is my favorite. It‘s kind of YA-adjacent, in that the MCs are high schoolers but the writing is for adults. Still, it‘s my fav. (edited) 3y
Cathythoughts Stacking The Fever 👍🏻❤️ 3y
Megabooks @Cathythoughts 👍🏻👍🏻 I read it years ago but still remember it well! 3y
TrishB Thank you 👍🏻 I‘ll see if I‘ve got it when I get home. 3y
Megabooks @TrishB 👍🏻 I hope I haven‘t steered you wrong! 3y
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Megabooks
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Did I really read 7.5 hours of thriller about a real estate property before an actual murder? Why yes I did. Maybe things will finally pick up. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Kinda bored, tbh.

Cinfhen I‘ve only read one book by Megan Abbott and I was NOT IMPRESSED 😬#SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 3y
Cathythoughts Oh dear ! I hope it picks up 🤞🏻 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘ve liked some and not others. I like the atmosphere but sometimes they are too low on action. I‘m glad I‘m listening and not reading. 3y
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Megabooks @Cathythoughts thanks Cathy! Me too. 3y
vivastory I love Megan Abbott, but this is typical of her books. They're slow burns for sure 3y
Cathythoughts @vivastory I just got that one you recommended awhile back …Give Me Your Hand … looking forward to a good old thriller 👍🏻 3y
TrishB @Cinfhen me too! Can‘t make myself try another yet. 3y
Megabooks @vivastory yeah, I don‘t necessarily mind a slow burn, but I haven‘t been enjoying them as much lately. I was hoping I‘d get wrapped up in the ballet part, but so much of the tension has to do with a property deed. That was the big disappointment. I was expecting a more adult version of this. 3y
Megabooks @Cathythoughts you like literary thrillers, so I think you‘ll enjoy it! 3y
Megabooks @TrishB I looked back, and I‘ve liked 75% that I‘ve read by her. Maybe I‘m not in the right mindset. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
Cinfhen Hehehe @TrishB I feel ya xx 3y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve heard such good things! Bummer. 3y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola you, like Cathy, enjoy literary thrillers more than I do. It‘s a slow burn that reads quickly kinda like The Push. Just not what I was expecting. 3y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola @Cathythoughts I‘m going to end up giving this a mid-range pick!! It was a slow burn but she really brought it together beautifully! @vivastory I‘m glad I stuck with it!! 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
Reviewsbylola I did enjoy The Push. 🤔 Maybe I‘ll give this one a shot after all. 3y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola just tagged you in my review. The last third was fantastic! 3y
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KristiAhlers
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Two sister run a dance studio with one of the sisters husband. It‘s Nutcracker season and it starts off with a literal fire and over the course of weeks and month the lives they think they‘ve been living aren‘t exactly what they thought they were. This authors writing is so descriptive and lyrical. Total page turner!

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Perfect evening for dinner, a stroll, and book shopping at the cutest #independentbookstore. Got some great books for #MtTBR

Megabooks I‘m reading the turnout now. 3y
FelinesAndFelonies @Megabooks I'm looking forward to reading it in the next few weeks. I'll probably pick up Thursday Murder Club because The Man Who Died Twice comes out next month, I think. 3y
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Lauren.Archer
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I am a huge Megan Abbott fan, as she consistently surprises me in each of her books. The Turnout did not disappoint at all. Set in a competitive dance studio, sisters Marie and Dara along with Charlie run a top ballet school, where students go on to become professionals dancers.

Oryx I'm excited for this one. I really like her books. 3y
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vivastory
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Just discovered there's a new standalone Karin Slaughter being released the same day as the new Chuck Wendig & we're also getting a new Junji Ito in August?! There are so, so many wonderful books being released between now & September. It's a bit overwhelming, but in the best way possible...

Hooked_on_books Love this meme! 😂 3y
vivastory @Hooked_on_books It's classic 😂 3y
Twainy Well happy birthday to me 🥳 I knew the Wendig one was coming but hello 3 new books, take my 💰 bookstore. 3y
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Liberty
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Kicking off my afternoon reading with the upcoming novel from the amazing Megan Abbott. I could not be more excited if I swallowed a cat and broke out in kittens! It‘s out June 1, 2021, and I can‘t wait to see the cover when it‘s revealed! 📚❤️📚

Hazel2019 If that ever happens (you swallow a cat and break out in kittens) you must post a picture! 🤣 4y
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