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When the Stars Go Dark
When the Stars Go Dark: A Novel | Paula McLain
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife comes an atmospheric novel of intertwined destinies and heart-wrenching suspense: A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal? Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. She lived there as a child with her beloved foster parents, and now she believes it might be the only place left for her. Yet the day she arrives, she learns a local teenage girl has gone missing. The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna's childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl touched Mendocino and changed the community forever. As past and present collide, Anna realizes that she has been led to this moment. The most difficult lessons of her life have given her insight into how victims come into contact with violent predators. As Anna becomes obsessed with the missing girl, she must accept that true courage means getting out of her own way and learning to let others in. Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, this propulsive and deeply affecting novel tells a story of fate, necessary redemption, and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives--and our faith in one another.
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DarkMina
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34 of 2022. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#marvellousmay

Pages read: 384

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2w
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Sleepswithbooks
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AmyG I enjoyed this book. Happy Easter S! 1mo
Sleepswithbooks @AmyG - Me too. I should have posted I “devoured” both the book and beans 😅 1mo
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Sleepswithbooks
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There is nothing better than coming home after a difficult day and laying down to read 📖 #Ilovereading #booklover #booksniffer #readanadventure #havebookwilltravel

charl08 Amen to that. 1mo
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LapReader
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2nd 1 this hols! My girlfriend, Kate found this 1 on a run yesterday & walked me there after our trip to the bakery this morn. Afterwards we walked the Broken Head 3 sisters walk, had a swim in the flood effected water & I listened to my racehorse lose while everyone played frisbee. The kids won again! My dinner of everything from the fridge on the last night of holidays was delicious if I do say so myself. Bbq & Mediterranean salad was the main.

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kspenmoll
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This quote is taken from the Author‘s Note, after the novel‘s end. I still have not reviewed this book; I am still processing it‘s beauty and stark pain. It has moved me in complex and varied ways. It speaks to humanity‘s deepest traumas as well as humanity‘s resilience. In the end, community is what matters.

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kspenmoll
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#krummholz #bentwood #twistedtrees #Mendocino #naturalworld

The author‘s descriptive language is beautifully crafted,lush,lyrical, & immerses me in Anna‘s natural world.

Texreader I do love that! This book is on my tbr list 4mo
kspenmoll @Texreader Its so good on so many levels. Tough subjects but handled realistically. 4mo
BiblioLitten Those kind of tree branches remind me of my University campus🤎 4mo
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kspenmoll
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#map

I love to have maps to refer to in a book. Emmy has been clinging to me & following me everywhere since her vet visit Friday. #catsoflitsy

RaeLovesToRead Awww tail!! 🥰 4mo
AmyG I love this photo! 4mo
peanutnine This is the cutest picture 😻 4mo
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wanderinglynn So sweet! ❤️🐱 4mo
ravenlee Nice bookmark! 4mo
kspenmoll @ravenlee You just made me laugh out loud! Bookmark tail! 4mo
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kspenmoll
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#libraryfind #moodread #epigraph #truth
This sets the mood before opening to page 1.

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MelKelsey
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Book 15

When the Stars Go Dark is a detective mystery novel done Paula McClain style--it's a well-researched, historical fiction. It's engaging, mysterious, and about foster care and childhood sexual abuse. In the Author's Notes McClain shares that she writes from personal experience. My only complaint is that the main character has an unbelievable overload of bad things happen to her. 4.5 stars

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MysticFaerie
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4⭐/5⭐

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Cinfhen
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My new audio 🎧taken from @CBee #Top21of21 list ♥️☺️ so far I‘m intrigued

CBee Ooo! I hope you enjoy it ♥️👋🏻 5mo
TrishB This is currently 99p on Kindle. Oh go on then! 5mo
Cinfhen Hahaha @TrishB go for it 😁🙌🏻💕 5mo
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DHill
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I really enjoyed this atmospheric, multilayered novel. I didn‘t realize until the end how very personal it is to the author.

keys_on_fire The cover art is beautiful! 6mo
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kplovesbooks
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💔♥️

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kplovesbooks
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Just started this one tonight. I can already tell it's going to be a gut-punch. 💔

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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

This had a really descriptive story and the setting was such a strong focus point in this book, but it was just so slow for me. The story seemed like it was going to be fast paced and keep me on the edge of my seat, but the mystery didn‘t pick up in the book for me and I had a hard time staying engaged with this one.

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Andrea4
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Author's epilogue pushed it to a pick. I didn't realise how deeply personal this is to the author nor that actual cases are discussed (yes, sometimes I go in fairly blind). That said, I did find that the narrator's inner dialogue was peppered far too liberally with questions that drove me a little insane. I also was annoyed by her supreme authoritative view on all matters re: victims/survivors even if I agreed with a lot of it.

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rather_be_reading
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Wow!! This was my first time reading McLain. It was great! The anticipation was killing me! And you literally do not find out until near the end. The only thing is that I did figure out who it was. Anna returns home after tragedy strikes her not knowing its about to strike again in her hometown.

Cinfhen Great photo 🎃lovely review 7mo
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rather_be_reading
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In the home stretch now

Desha I enjoyed this one! Are you liking it so far? 📚♥️ 7mo
kspenmoll Sounds really good! 7mo
rather_be_reading @kspenmoll a must read! 7mo
Desha I‘m so glad you‘re liking it!! I enjoyed it so much!! 👍🏻 7mo
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rebbyj
Mehso-so

A bit simple. But good structure. Good characters.

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rather_be_reading
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Hoping to finish this one up today. Its going so fast!

BooksAndYarn Love the book sleeve 7mo
rather_be_reading @BooksAndYarn ty! Book Barn Galore on Etsy 7mo
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rather_be_reading
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Getting some afternoon reading done

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rather_be_reading
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Book 193

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rather_be_reading
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Ive been Halloween crafting all day. Now time to settle in for the Dodger game with my book

Desha Dodgers!! So sad they lost out for the World Series! 🥲 7mo
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candc320
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Wow this was dark! Listening to it as an audiobook might have made it even more so. I love true crime (especially podcasts) and was familiar with the Polly Klaas kidnapping that they discussed happening nearby and at the same time as the kidnapping in the story. There were a lot of twists and I definitely didn‘t know the bad guy until he was revealed. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Read for #scarathlon2021 , #bookspinbingo , #screamathon , and #anywayyoureadathon

candc320 I‘ll calculate all my total points for reading/participating in another post either tomorrow or Monday! 8mo
Eggbeater I wanted to read this! 8mo
candc320 @Eggbeater I hope you enjoy it! It‘s pretty dark but really good. 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
kimmypete1 This sounds good! 8mo
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EvieBee
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“What does it all add up to? What is all the suffering for if not so we can see how alike we are, and not alone? Where will the mercy come from, if not from us?”

What a dark, bumpy ride. Gorgeous Mendocino setting. It was a living character, but boy am I glad this is over. I have the same uneasy feeling I had after finishing THE FACT OF A BODY. Incidentally, McClain credited the book as a research source.
⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Rissa1
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I knew who the killer was long before it was revealed. That would normally take away from the book but this book did not depend on the identity of the killer. This story was so much more than just finding out who did it, it was so much more. 5⭐
This is not for the faint of heart as some details are gruesome not for those who would be triggered by sexual assault content.

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This paragraph broke me. I wanted to add that this book definitely needs a Content Warning, for childhood sexual abuse. I am posting with spoilers so that someone who would be triggered by this won't see it without a warning.

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Rissa1
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My weekend reading has not gone as planned, time wise, but at 110 pages in I am completely invested in the story. At this point (I know it is early), this may be the most underrated book I have read this year.

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Monica5
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Great book, but a tough topic. Sexual abuse and abduction.
McLain did a wonderful job telling it and taking care to tell it.

Anna Hart is a detective trying to come to terms with some things. She goes home to Mecdino where she gets involved in a case.

Thanks to Goodreads, Penguin Random House and McLain for the book.

#Bookspin #BookSpinBingo
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 9mo
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Viji
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How sadness and shame are more than feelings; they‘re an illness, a terrible cancer that spins through the world taking lives in a hidden cyclical way that might never end.

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Lizwarnerpdx
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This story follows Anna, a detective as she escapes to her hometown after a devastating event at home. As someone who searches for sexual predators she is uniquely qualified to help out when a teen goes missing. This is hard to read, there is a lot of info about sexual abuse & abductions. I did guess ‘who did it‘ early on, but it was still a thrilling read to follow.

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StellaDz
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A seamless blend of fact and fiction. Real cases, the author‘s experiences, and a story blend so well together that unless you‘re familiar with the crimes, you don‘t realize until the author‘s note. That‘s why it‘s amazing.

It‘s a tough topic: violent and sexual crimes against children. It‘s not easy. But McLain is both respectful and inspiring in her writing. She addresses the victims and investigators, and the struggles for both.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Dcueto
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Always love when Marin narrates and the book itself was good

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StellaDz
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It‘s adorable but she stole my spot! #currentlyreading

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Monica5
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I'm so goofy 🤣 I forgot to post a picture of my August #Bookspinbingo board🤦 Here it is @TheAromaofBooks So enjoyed doing this in July.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
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Monica5

#BookSpinBingo
@TheAromaofBooks here's my August Bingo Board. I enjoyed July Book Spin and Book Spin Bingo. So glad I asked what it was 🥰 Hopefully, I won't be sick as much this month and will be able to read more and maybe get a BINGO!

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Monica5
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My August #BookSpin list.
Thanks @TheAromaofBooks for doing this

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BookBosomed1
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Set in ‘93 CA, reeling from a personal tragedy, Anna returns to her hometown, which pulls her into a local investigation about missing teen girl. The cases cause her to wrestle with her own past. For the author‘s debut novel in this genre, I was engaged & intrigued. However, the closure of discovery feels rushed. Interestingly, albeit heartbreaking, are the real-life cases weaved into the story. ⚠️: sexual assault of minors, child‘s death.👇🏻

BookBosomed1 📌 If you read this book, don‘t skip the “author‘s note” at the end. After reading it, I appreciated the author‘s choices and the vulnerability in those choices so much more than I had while reading the book. There is courage written in this book.

🛑 Reader beware: this book talks *a lot* about the sexual assault of minors. It is a somber read, especially knowing some of the “characters” in the story are based on real-life victims & survivors.
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BookBosomed1
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This week: aiming to finish this 14-day library newbie.

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Anna40
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Mehso-so

Important topic and I liked the female detective, but overall only ok for me.

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ErraticElle
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A near contemporary mystery mixed with true crime & the author's own personal experience. Atmospheric & raw. Good small town vibes & a lot of internal character monologue work. The pacing is a little languid, but not overly bogged down. Not a thriller, but a literary style mystery. It is written in McLain's signature style, which means that the language is very atmospheric & descriptive. Not my favorite McClain read, but still highly recommend.

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sparrowssavvy
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After the disappointment of my last mystery, this one was a great comeback. Sucked me in, with some awesome writing. There were some great emotional passages which were beautifully written. The story was awesome and well paced. I definitely want to read more by this author.

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Bookboss
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This novel is definitely in the literary mystery category. The book checks my boxes for good prose, good characterization, and compelling plot. I was disappointed that I guessed the killer so quickly, and I was uncomfortable with McLain‘s use of a true crime as backdrop for a novel. I am also wearied and saddened by mysteries using child abuse as the center of the plot. McLain is compassionate on the subject, but be aware that it is disturbing.

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Cathyloves2read
Mehso-so

This book was the July 2021 selection for a book club that I belong. It was my least favorite of all of the books we‘ve read together so far. I‘m my opinion, nothing really happened until the book was about 80% through. We knew a girl went missing early on in the story, it took a very long time for much else to happen. I was a little bored with this story. The last 20% redeemed it a bit.

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Aubgurl
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I found the local indie bookstore while on vacation. Now I‘m sitting on the beach waiting on Tropical Storm Elsa. #shoplocal #indiebookstore

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Chelsea.Poole
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I finished this earlier in the week and realized I forgot to post about it. A good mystery, if a bit long. I was really into the action and wanted to figure out who dunnit but also the “why” behind some other trauma featured in the book. Not sure how memorable this will be for me though.

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Sydneypaige
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I fell in love with this author‘s writing when reading The Paris Wife (about Hadley Fitzgerald) and immediately put this book on hold on release. She did not disappoint. It is hard to read about abduction, sexual assault, murder, and police investigations and Paula wrote it respectfully, with humanity, and weaving in true impacts of trauma. If you‘re looking for a “don‘t set down” historical fiction, this is it!

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