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Notes on an Execution
Notes on an Execution: A Novel | Danya Kukafka
In the tradition of Long Bright River and The Mars Room, a gripping and atmospheric work of literary suspense that deconstructs the story of a serial killer on death row, told primarily through the eyes of the women in his lifefrom the bestselling author of Girl in Snow. Ansel Packer is scheduled to die in twelve hours. He knows what hes done, and now awaits execution, the same chilling fate he forced on those girls, years ago. But Ansel doesnt want to die; he wants to be celebrated, understood. He hoped it wouldnt end like this, not for him. Through a kaleidoscope of womena mother, a sister, a homicide detectivewe learn the story of Ansels life. We meet his mother, Lavender, a seventeen-year-old girl pushed to desperation; Hazel, twin sister to Ansels wife, inseparable since birth, forced to watch helplessly as her sisters relationship threatens to devour them all; and finally, Saffy, the homicide detective hot on his trail, who has devoted herself to bringing bad men to justice but struggles to see her own life clearly. As the clock ticks down, these three women sift through the choices that culminate in tragedy, exploring the rippling fissures that such destruction inevitably leaves in its wake. Blending breathtaking suspense with astonishing empathy, Notes on an Execution presents a chilling portrait of womanhood as it simultaneously unravels the familiar narrative of the American serial killer, interrogating our system of justice and our cultural obsession with crime stories, asking readers to consider the false promise of looking for meaning in the psyches of violent men.
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Suet624
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(Finished listening to this while driving through Stowe, VT on my way home.) A killer sits on death row and as the hours count down we learn about his life and the lives of those he played a role in. I was completely immersed in the story and found myself feeling compassion for everyone in the story, including the killer. The audiobook was great. There was a minor thread, the killer‘s theories on life, that I would have loved to explore more.

Leftcoastzen Bbrrrr! 5d
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen fortunately it has hovered around 30 degrees all winter. Compared to years past that‘s a heatwave. Haha. (edited) 4d
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Suet624
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Just finished the tagged book but I‘m also reading & listening to the other two books. I seem to have picked 3 books to read at the same time that involve prison, inhumane conditions & some horrid experiences. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Thanks to @Lindy I looked for the non-fiction No Friend but the Mountains by Boochani. His description of surviving a boat that‘s capsized with refugees aboard was so intense… and that‘s just at the beginning of the book!

Ruthiella Whew! That is quite the trio of books! 5d
Suet624 @Ruthiella yes, I‘m going to have to be a bit more careful about my selection process. 😃 5d
Lindy You are doing well! Enjoy. 4d
MrsMalaprop A remarkable book. I read it when Behrouz was still stuck on Manus. 😔 3d
Suet624 @MrsMalaprop it must have been so tough reading it knowing he was still there. 3d
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Suet624
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I‘m so curious whether this author ever lived in Vermont. She keeps referencing Lake Champlain (above) and the Adirondacks of New York (the mountains above). She also references Northern Vermont University (NVU) which is 20 minutes from where I currently live. That university was only recently rebranded with that name. There is a writer and artist retreat right next to NVU (the Vermont Studio Center) and I wonder if she spent time writing there.

Hooked_on_books Gorgeous picture! 1w
BarbaraBB I follow her on Instagram and she has traveled a lot so it could very well be possible. You should check out her Instagram and probably immediately recognize VT scenery! 1w
Cathythoughts Beautiful pic ❤️ 1w
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Suet624 @BarbaraBB I did look at her instagram yesterday but I didn‘t go very far back in time. now that you mention it I should probably go back several years. 1w
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books @Cathythoughts this photo was taken from my front yard of 20+ years. I‘ve moved to the mountains near Stowe, Vermont but visit this yard quite often. 💕 1w
DivineDiana What a majestic view! You are fortunate to have gazed for 20+ years on that! ❤️ 1w
Hooked_on_books Wow, your front yard view! That‘s incredible. 1w
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books @DivineDiana The history of the neighborhood is actually interesting. For years only the hippies would buy homes here because it was considered crime-ridden and even Dominos wouldn't deliver pizza. The housing prices were so low. Now you have to be a millionaire to buy a home there. My ex still lives there so I get to hang out with old friends. The view changes constantly depending on the weather/temps. It's an artist's delight. 1w
Megabooks That is a fantastic view! Such an interesting history too. 🤩🤩 6d
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Suet624
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Housesitting, knitting, listening to this audiobook, flipping back and forth between Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins. My Lyme-brain is pushing me a bit too hard to do too much. I usually prefer to focus on one thing at a time.

kspenmoll But are you enjoying yourself? What are you knitting? 2w
Tamra I can relate - I‘m a mono-tasker too when it comes to reading & knitting. 2w
Suet624 @kspenmoll I‘m enjoying myself mainly because both teams won. 🤪 I‘m knitting a pink and purple blanket for Gracie. The colors and yarn are soft and the photo doesn‘t pick up the colors well. 2w
Suet624 @Tamra it just gets to be too much adding more! 😃glad to hear you know what I‘m talking about. 2w
BarbaraBB It looks so cozy! I really enjoyed the book. 2w
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honeydew_reader
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A perfect reflection on the current multiverse trend

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Normally, I‘d prefer a nonfiction book about such a topic, but Kukafka nailed the characters and atmosphere. It feels real. Told from multiple perspectives, including that of fictional serial killer Ansel Packer, and the women who are/were in his life. As the time to his execution ticks down, you‘re taken into his mind. Meanwhile, the female voices provide the other side; the rational perspective. Unique and completely engrossing.

Cinfhen This was a good one / I found such sympathy for Ansel 1mo
BarbaraBB Just finished this one yesterday. Loved it. So well written from all perspectives 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I think I might try this on audio. 👍🏻 1mo
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britt_brooke @Cinfhen Not much sympathy (but a little) from me, but the author did a fantastic job trying to explain him as a person and his actions, background, etc. 1mo
britt_brooke @Cathythoughts The audio is great. Hope you enjoy! 1mo
Cinfhen I did audio too @Cathythoughts / very well done 1mo
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BarbaraBB
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Is this a thriller? Certainly no whodunnit because we know from the start who did it. He‘s on death row, hours before his execution. So maybe no thriller, but definitely one of the best books I read this year. Is it possible to pity a serial killer? Danya Kukafka made me in what is best described as a psychological drama. Wow.

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cariashley Nice view! 🤩 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review - looking forward to this one. And fab pic! 1mo
vlwelser Great pic. Her other book is also quite good. 1mo
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LeahBergen Great review! Don‘t fall off an Alp taking a Litsy photo. 🤣🤣 1mo
Cinfhen Amazing photo💚This book was excellent and yessss, totally #TeamAnsel 💔 1mo
youneverarrived What a view 😍 and I‘m looking forward to reading this. 1mo
Suet624 I hope I can find this one. Glad to see that you liked it. 1mo
TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 need to get to this one. 1mo
BarbaraBB @vlwelser That is good to know. I will check it out! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Glad you feel the same. I wondered if I was allowed to! 1mo
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived @Suet624 @TrishB @squirrelbrain I really hope you will find a copy one day. It is absolutely worth the read 1mo
TrishB I checked my kindle and I already have 😁 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I hope you‘ll have time to read it soon! I think you‘ll really enjoy it! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I was a little surprised this one didn‘t show up on the TOB longlist. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books It deserved to be on the list! 1mo
batsy Great photo! Though I had the same concern as @LeahBergen 😆 1mo
BarbaraBB @batsy @LeahBergen Haha, I was safely seated in a chairlift ⛷️ 1mo
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alecia3dixie
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So I'm in the minority of people who didn't like this book. There are 3 POVS, 2 being of women from this serial killers past. And I feel like a lot of it was glorifying the serial killer. Also he was a serial killer and I felt as though the book is saying he shouldn't be on death row because he did a bad thing but isn't a bad person? Which is easy to say, until it's your loved one who was killed. 2/5

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Abailliekaras
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The story of a serial killer on death row and the women caught up in his crimes. This was excellent. I couldn‘t put it down. Our sympathies switch as we hear from each character & the countdown to his execution builds suspense. Beautifully written, it reads as a literary novel but has some crime elements & plenty of tension. Much to discuss, it‘s a good one for book club.

BarbaraBB Nice! I have brought this one on my vacation! (edited) 1mo
Abailliekaras @BarbaraBB I hope you enjoy it (if that‘s the right word)! 1mo
BarbaraBB I did, a lot! 4w
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Robotswithpersonality
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Not an easy read, but compelling.
I appreciate that it gives you a raw look at a number of minds without judgement or justification, or a final tied bow of conclusion.
I am glad that it focuses more on the women adjacent to a killer's life, rather than the actions of that killer.
Appears to indict not just US's criminal justice system, but also social institutions and the cracks kids fall through. Left to wonder if things could be different.

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Robotswithpersonality
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"...a group of men grieving over something more despicable than themselves."

Perhaps it's odd that I didn't expect a book with the word 'Execution' in the title to address the topic, but I'm pleasantly(?) surprised to find such a powerful passage against capital punishment and incarceration, especially as it aids and abets systemic racism.

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babyruth2510
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Thank you Misty and Renee. What a wonderful surprise. Litsy is full of so many kind people. I look forward to reading this. #litsylove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome ❤️ 2mo
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Monica5
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Well, even with being sick, I read this in a day. It lived up to the reviews. Ansley Parker is on death row and today is his execution. The book goes between him and the women in his life. It was really good to me.

2nd book in #winterreadathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 🎅🏼🎅🏼🎅🏼 Hope you are feeling better soon. 2mo
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Monica5
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My next read. Have heard good things about it. Libby hold that came in, hopefully, I will get to read a Christmas book before Christmas 🙂

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Sleepswithbooks
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Are we on book 4 already? Great idea starting this book off with such a loaded question @BooksNBowls !

#LitsyloveWritesNBooks #ReadwithFriends

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Ruthiella
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This book reminded me some of Rene Denfeld‘s The Enchanted in its theme, though it is written in a much more straightforward style. It‘s similar in that it doesn‘t shy away from the ugly and it tries to give a balanced view of how a killer might be made, without ever excusing the crime or the criminal. Not a standard mystery, but still gripping in its way as it counts down the hours to the state execution. This is a #BlameitonLitsy book for me.

Ruthiella For you @BarbaraBB ! Don‘t review everything I read on Litsy-lazy me! 😬 But I think it was @Cinfhen ‘s review that clinched it and made me put it on hold at the library! 😃 2mo
BarbaraBB Very much appreciated ❤️ I want to read it too since I read @Cinfhen ‘s reviews and your review confirms that I want to! 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m glad you picked it up @Ruthiella and im even happier that you “enjoyed” - although enjoy is probably the wrong word - it‘s a difficult story 💔 2mo
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Cinfhen I do think this is a book you‘d appreciate @BarbaraBB 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Just got my copy! 2mo
Cinfhen Yay @BarbaraBB !! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts 2mo
BarbaraBB I think I‘ll read during Christmas break! 2mo
britt_brooke Reading this now! 1mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @britt_brooke I will be curious to hear what you think. It‘s not a mystery but definitely crime fiction of a sort… 1mo
Suet624 Great review. 1w
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SanjanaGhosh
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Love a weird first line!

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Blackink_WhitePaper
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An interesting book cos of multiple POV & diverse characters. I really enjoyed this one even though it doesn‘t feel like a thriller / detective one. Few details & events felt unnecessary but crafting of the story is brilliant. And I loved that name Saffron 🧡 one must read this for the writing style, crisp proses & vivid characters. 4.5⭐️ this was my Nov #bookspin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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vlwelser
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This manages to be a sort of thriller while also making you think about how circumstances dictate possible outcomes. I liked it. Even felt slightly sorry for the bad dude. At times. Not often.

I REALLY like this author.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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49 pages in and good so far, but it‘s only 430 and I‘m ready to go to bed! I hate this time change!! Hopefully this is the last “fall back!”

#LitsyLoveWritesInBooks
#LitsyLove
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StayCurious I agree but I do prefer getting an extra hour as opposed to in spring when we lose an hour! 3mo
Sleepswithbooks I‘m with @StayCurious However, I‘ve been awake since 4am and it bites 🧛🏽‍♂️ 3mo
Bookwormjillk I am just hoping to stay awake until 8 pm! 3mo
lele1432 Ugh I hate the darkness lol. The older I get the less I appreciate the extra hour because after that it‘s just so dark all the time. I‘ve heard good things about this book and can‘t wait to read it! 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Starting this one today for #LitsyLoveWritesNBooks 💜

Anyone read it?

Cinfhen I just did!!! It‘s a bit long but worth the time. I did audio, which was really good. Hope you like it❣️ 3mo
Viji Yes I read it a few months ago. I‘ve been really into crime podcasts lately so this caught my eye, even though it‘s fictional. I liked the different POVs. 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Notes on An Execution was a total mind f@ck. The multiple POV really helped put me in the mindset of both the hunter, hunted and haunted. Parts of the story did drag but the overall arc of the plot was super satisfying. I really like when creepy thrillers leave you pondering morals, ethics and society‘s norms. The US Justice system is definitely flawed and this book was insightful and informative. Really well done. Great on audio 💕

Cinfhen I definitely think you‘re gonna like this one @BarbaraBB 3mo
Cinfhen You too @TrishB because #SerialKiller 🗡🔪 3mo
TrishB Went away to have a look and already have on my kindle 😁 result! 3mo
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Cinfhen Yay!!! @TrishB lmk if you get around to it!!! 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review Cindy! I just did the same as you @TrishB and I also have it! I actually think I bought it as it was longlisted for #camplitsy @BarbaraBB 3mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Yes it was, I might have even nominated it myself. Anyhow I have been interested in it ever since! 3mo
Megabooks This is sitting on my shelf but I‘ve been a little nervous! 🫣 great review! 3mo
Cinfhen It‘s not GORY at all @Megabooks it‘s more of a psychological study of how people‘s actions have consequences that ultimately affect other people. It‘s really good - @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @TrishB 3mo
Suet624 Great review of this one, Cindy. 1w
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Suet624 have you read it?? 7d
Suet624 @Cinfhen yes. Finished it yesterday. I thought you did a nice job of capturing the haunting/haunted aspect of it. 7d
Cinfhen 😘😘 @Suet624 7d
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BarbaraBB Very curious about this one! 3mo
Cinfhen It‘s EXCELLENT on audio so far @BarbaraBB I‘m not sure if I‘d like it as much in print but I tend to prefer audio 99% of the time so not sure if that really means anything xx 3mo
Cinfhen BTW @BarbaraBB Z LOVED your suggestions- thanks so much xx 3mo
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BarbaraBB I am glad he does. Still waiting for my lazy kids to come up with some suggestions for the clubs! 3mo
BarbaraBB Thomas just messaged me about the best clubs. I added a little warning about drugs… 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Cinfhen Just saw and TOTALLY appreciate your motherly advice @BarbaraBB 😘 3mo
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Laughterhp
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Wow! This book! Don‘t want to say too much since it‘s a #LitsyLoveWritesNBooks read. I would have never picked up this book on my own! Great pick!

This was mailed out on Friday!

#teammonstermash #scarathlon2022 #31by31 #spookoween #pointsathon #theoctoberreadathon

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can‘t wait to read this one! 3mo
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼👻🧡 3mo
TheSpineView Awesome 3mo
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DarkMina
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56 of 2022. ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

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LaraS
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#scarathalondailyprompt: Killer #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

As a man is waiting for his execution on death row, we hear the story of how he got there thought the eyes of the women in his life. It dragged a bit but I really liked the way the story was framed.

...and also a perfectly matched photo of the local fox who seems to have successfully “hunted“ a hot dog...probably from an unsuspecting neighbour who turned their back on the BBQ...

kbibliophilific Great book 4mo
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CaitlinByTheBook
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I borrowed this one from the library since I wasn't sure how much I'd like it. I read a good amount of true crime so I was skeptical about reading a novel about a serial killer on death row. Ultimately, I did find this book to be very good. It is definitely literary fiction which won't be for everyone. It was gritty and some parts were rough. Also, the author kept referencing the smell of character's breath. I could do without that! 4 ⭐

Chelsea.Poole I really liked this one! 4mo
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AbstractMonica
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Great writing and a grim story I couldn‘t put down.

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BooksNBowls
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Wow wow wow! Great book on a tough and controversial subject. This had my feelings on the antagonist going back and forth. Perfect balance with the different POVs. I am so excited for my group to read this one! 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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she.hearts.horror
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☠️☠️☠️. May I never see the word “Theory” again 😭

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Clwojick
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It was a slow start to the #AwesomeAugust Readathon for me this weekend. I‘ve finished Notes on an Execution, and A Beautiful Corpse, and am now just getting started on The Adults for #AugustARC. Not averaging 2 books a day, but there‘s still hope! @Andrew65

Andrew65 The beauty of the nine day readathon is that you have time to make up for some off reading days. 5mo
Clwojick @Andrew65 Agreed! 5mo
PageShifter Nice covers! 👍 5mo
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Clwojick
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#AwesomeAugust goals:

👉🏻Read my hold Notes On an Execution
👉🏻Finish at least 9 books for #AugustARC
👉🏻Average 2 books a day, by finishing a minimum of 18 total books

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Best of luck 😁 18 books is a great target 😳 6mo
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LoverOfLearning
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Damn that ending got me! 🥲

Wow, brilliant writing and a strong theme throughout.

The questions remain who are we, what are we capable of, and how could we have done it better?

12 hours until Ansels execution as he reflects on his past as 3 females evaluate his existence.

5 out 5.

MysticFaerie I really enjoyed this book! 6mo
LoverOfLearning @MysticFaerie I was gonna give it a 4 until that ending. Describing the victims in an alternative universe. 5 stars right there. ! 6mo
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Cazxxx
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Many messages to be taken from this book. How the choices of one person can affect so many peoples lives. I did wish it was written more from the womens pov rather than as much from the murderer and detective. A pick overall

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There is good and there is evil, and the contradiction lives in everyone. The good is simply the stuff worth remembering. The good is the point of it all 😈😇

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MysticFaerie
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4⭐/5⭐

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Megabooks
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Not sure if anyone‘s posted about this yet, but Amazon‘s running 3 for 2 right now, so I bought some from my wishlist. 🤫👍🏻

actualdisneyprincess I started “A Very Nice Girl” and didn‘t get more than five pages in, I hated the way it was written. 😬 Let me know if it‘s worth a second chance! 💖 8mo
JenReadsAlot Oh thanks! I'm going shopping when I get home from work! 8mo
JamieArc I recently purchased the new Shipstead book. Who knows when I‘ll actually get to it, but I‘ll be curious to see your thoughts. I‘m assuming you‘ve received Harlem Shuffle by now, right? 8mo
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squirrelbrain I see the #camplitsy longlist influence in there! 8mo
Cinfhen Yup , I saw! I‘ve already placed one order getting ready to place another 😉 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I knew you‘d be on it!! 😘😘 I‘ll write you back soon. My aunt and uncle just left. I hope n and a arrive safely!! 8mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain 💯💯💯 it‘s a great list! 8mo
Megabooks @JamieArc I did get HS. Did it not have a dust jacket? I‘m excited for the Shipstead as well, but don‘t know when I‘ll get to it either! Fantastic cover! 8mo
Megabooks @JenReadsAlot yay!! 🥳🥳 8mo
JamieArc @Megabooks Whoops - I meant to send a note saying that it did not have its dust jacket when I received it. 8mo
Megabooks @JamieArc 👍🏻👍🏻 just wondering! 8mo
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AmandaBlaze
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This was a soft pick for me. It was well-written, but I didn't connect with the characters. I admit some chapters bored me, so I skipped through them. Other chapters were truly riveting. I'd give this 3-1\u002 stars.

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Viji
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A boy abandoned by his parents ends up in foster care and goes on to become a murderer. The story goes back and forth in time and through the voices of Ansel, his mother, his wife‘s sister and a homicide detective, and we see how one person‘s life can affect so many others.

Megabooks Great review! 8mo
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TrishB
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#kindledailydeal
Good one today 😁

squirrelbrain Ooh good! Off to buy it now… 😁 8mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain I just got it, off on a few days hols and this should be a nice change, serial killer ! 8mo
squirrelbrain Oh yes @Cathythoughts -serial killers are perfect for holidays! 🤣 Have a lovely time! 8mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain but of course they are 😁 have fun Cathy! 8mo
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Cazxxx
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Been wanting this one for ages!

perfectsinner I enjoyed it quite well 8mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve been wanting to read this one!! 8mo
AmandaBlaze I haven‘t read it yet, but it‘s on my June #BookSpinBingo. Looking forward to it. 8mo
Eggs Great choice 🤩 8mo
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LoverOfLearning
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Just ordered this from my local library.

I know I will devour this. I have my masters in Forensic Psychology and I am fascinated by any topics surrounding the psyche of a criminal, of their background, of the death penalty, and of media surrounding true crime.

This is a fictional story of a man evaluting his life with 12 hours to live and a story of 3 women's experiences watching him grow up and chance.

I predict a 5 star read.

perfectsinner I liked it pretty well. I think I gave it 4 stars 8mo
MysticFaerie I was also taking criminology/psychology before I got sick... (a long time ago). I'm looking forward to reading this book, as well. I am waiting for my copy to come in from the library. Can't wait! 8mo
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CaitlinR
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You know that feeling you get when you finish a good book: that your view of the world has changed? Ms Kukafka drags us into the tragedy of Ansel Packer‘s life, his crimes, and his upcoming execution. Along the journey we meet the people that created and warped his soul, and those he savaged. It‘s a train wreck, but beautifully written and is so painful. Mis-classed by my Library as a thriller, don‘t be fooled … this is a wonderful novel.

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AvidReaderandGeekGirl
Mehso-so

3.5 stars

I REALLY liked the message, but it could have been done better. Way to much flower-y language. I also wish the audio had multiple narrators.

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Mitch
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Lives devastated by the horrific actions of a serial killer are portrayed here with empathy & sensitivity. However the book claims to reverse the trends of crime fascinated readers focusing on the serial killer, yet the whole arch of this book, the narrative structure & the segments of the women lives are dictated by the actions, behaviours & timing needed of the serial killer. So whilst a good read, it wasn't as victim focused as I was hoping.

Oryx Totally agree with your review. While I really liked this one, it didn't live up to the claim of taking the women's perspective, as a big chunk was from his view. 9mo
CBee Reading the reviews and blurb, I‘m intrigued 🤔 9mo
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Mitch
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Up next - after my last read which was far too up in the clouds - need a grounding read with a timeline and story I can understand! 🤣

ClairesReads I loved this when it read it recently! Hope it works for you too 😊 9mo
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ClairesReads
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Notes on an Execution was pretty close to a perfect reading experience for me. It‘s a chilling, starkly constructed, victim-centred crime novel that balances the procedural and psychological expertly. The blurb suggests that Kukafka asks us to “consider the false promise of looking for meaning in the minds of violent men” and I think this is the best description of what is done so well in this novel. LOVED IT.

swishandflick Great review! Couldn't agree more. 9mo
ClairesReads @swishandflick it exceeded my very high expectations- what a great read. Glad it worked for you too 9mo
Oryx Great review 9mo
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Hooked_on_books
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When I heard the description of this, it made me want to skip it, but I‘m glad I didn‘t. While it tells the story of a man who is a serial killer, that plot is simply used as a frame to study several female characters in his orbit, and the story is really theirs. I really enjoyed meeting these women and will be looking for other reads from Kukafka.

kbibliophilific Ditto!!! 9mo
Chelsea.Poole I agree, this was a good read. 9mo
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