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The Woman in the Library
The Woman in the Library | Sulari Gentill
"The beautifully ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is completely silent one weekday morning, until a woman's terrified scream echoes through the room. Security guards immediately appear and instruct everyone inside to stay put until they determine there is no threat. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers who had been sitting in the reading room get to chatting and quickly become friendly. Harriet, Marigold, Whit, and Caine each have their own reasons for being in the reading room that morning--and it just happens that one of them may turn out to be a murderer. For readers of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, with shades of The Secret History, THE WOMAN IN THE LIBRARY is an unexpectedly twisty literary adventure that examines the complicated nature of friendship and shows us that words can be the most dangerous weapons of all"--
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angieinwonderland
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This chilling story within a twisty mystery is pretty good. It gave extra context that I thought was told in an original way. I will certainly check out the authors' other works seeking this kind of originality.

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bookaholic1
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#81
Another enjoyable listen

myellenbee Such a great book! 5d
bookaholic1 @myellenbee yes, I agree 5d
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kbuggle
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Mehso-so

Containing a book within a book, this story has unreliable characters and narrators- if you‘re into that, you may enjoy this.
With Boston serving as it‘s backdrop, that‘s what drew me in.. and probably the bigger reason why I stayed. This was a solid ‘ok‘ from me.

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MallenNC
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I thought this was going to be a little more Agatha Christie based on the title. Instead there was a mystery that included an author character, along with a framing device of an author writing the mystery, and feedback from a “super fan.” I liked it, but as an audiobook it was sometimes a little hard to follow, and I thought the end was abrupt. Overall a fun read.

akaGingerK I really enjoyed the framing - and agree that the ending was abrupt. 3w
MallenNC @akaGingerK It really was! Since I was listening to it, I went back to make sure I hadn‘t missed anything. 3w
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myellenbee
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Great book! The last sentence left me shocked and needing to read the book again immediately. The story is of 4 strangers in the Boston Public Library reading room when a woman screaming startles everyone. Soon her body is discovered.The 4 strangers form a friendship and begin trying to solve the murder. One of them is a murderer one is an author. Excerpts of her book and correspondence with a fan tell the story. Nov. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This one is on my TBR as well!! 1mo
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batsy
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Mehso-so

This one has lots of positive reviews, so I'm dismayed that I found it largely meh. It has everything that I thought I'd enjoy: writers, libraries, close circle of suspects, metafictional aspects with an outer story framing an inner story. But I confess I have no idea what was the purpose of the outer story framing other than to annoy me, & the inner story, where the snoozeworthy mystery is nestled, has a tepid romance plus aggravating characters.

Cathythoughts Great cover and title 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
vlwelser 💯 but I do like this fun cover. Maybe if it was on a different book.... 1mo
rubyslippersreads My IRL book club read it, and none of us liked it. 😏 1mo
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jlhammar Darn, I bought this one a while back, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I'll keep my expectations low! 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @vlwelser This is a pretty great cover, I agree 🙂 1mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads I'm glad I'm not alone! 😆 1mo
batsy @jlhammar I can be such a curmudgeon about books that let me down, but I hope you'll be pleasantly surprised when you give it a go! 1mo
vivastory I admit to being a bit of a sucker for meta-textual elements (epistolary, framing device etc) but only if it adds to the story. If the narrative could have still been told in within a traditional structure it feels like adding on the other elements is just unnecessary flash 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, that‘s too bad. 1mo
Ruthiella Too bad, the premise sounds awesome. I may just give it a go one of these days-but borrow not buy. 1mo
batsy @vivastory Yes, I typically am, as well! But I felt it didn't contribute to anything here other than allowing the author to make the story sort of relevant to contemporary politics. It felt like it was to tick off some boxes, if I'm making sense. 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen @Ruthiella I know! She has a series that I'm still interested to check out. 1mo
CarolynM I quite enjoyed this, but it‘s nowhere near as good as her last stand alone, Crossing the Lines, or the best of the Roland Sinclair series. 1mo
batsy @CarolynM I'm interested to check out the Roland Sinclair series! I wasn't aware there was another standalone. 1mo
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Eggs
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“In every person's story, there is something to hide...”

#Mystery #OminousOctober @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 2mo
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ImperfectCJ
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At first I thought this was a fairly conventional, Christie-style mystery, but it turned out to be something delightfully dark, playing with themes of fame, ambition, obsession, whom (and how) we choose to trust, and the intersection of fiction and reality. Quite enjoyable! This is my first from this author, and now I hope to read more from her. 7 hours, 86 points for #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon @Clwojick

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emmaturi
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Another good crime book I read in September this one is a mystery within a mystery. Four people are in the Boston Public Library when they hear a scream, through this, they end up becoming friends. Two are novelists, there are also emails to a person called Hannah who is in Australia. It's definitely an interesting idea, I was gripped and couldn't figure out who did it.

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IndoorDame
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I don‘t usually find thrillers funny. This was a gem! Many of the twists were things I saw coming, but the nature of the puzzle within a puzzle structure was so intricate it didn‘t lessen my enjoyment.

jlhammar This is in my stack for October. Can't wait! 2mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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9-18-22: My 92nd finished book of 2022! Four people, strangers, are sitting in the the reading room of the Boston Public Library, when they hear a scream. While waiting to be aloud out they become friends. Freddie, an Australian living on a grant is writing a novel. The story of Freddie and her new friends is being written by Hannah with help from her pen pal Leo. Confused? I swear it was good!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣9️⃣2️⃣

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Skeeterisme
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Excellent

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schuylang
The Woman in the Library | Sulari Gentill

I'm on page 100 and I enjoy the novel for the most part. I don't care much for the ending chapter notes from Leo.

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Addison_Reads
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Although I've seen other reviews where readers didn't like this, I was a fan.

The format is different. Essentially it's a book within a book within a book that features a crime within a crime. Sounds confusing, but for me it really worked. There are some unexplained plot holes, but I found myself quickly caught up in the story and enjoying the juxtaposition of the parallel stories.

jlhammar I'm looking forward to this. Have it in my stacks. Hope to get to it next month! 3mo
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Addison_Reads
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Loved this quote from my current read. It's the second time in 75 pages that the author has mentioned King.

Readergrrl Not wrong! ❤️>🤡 3mo
Reggie Also, I was kinda crushed when the woman in Salem‘s Lot gets killed because I thought her and the main guy would end up together. She‘s not wrong. 3mo
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Shannon_McKinney
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Mehso-so

Im a bit indifferent about this one. 🫤 it‘s definitely unlike anything I‘ve ever read, but then you scratch your head to try to figure out what you just read. ❓

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EadieB
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#TheWomanintheLibrary #SulariGentill

The ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is quiet, until the tranquility is shattered by a woman's terrified scream. Security guards take charge immediately, instructing everyone inside to stay put until the threat is identified and contained. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers, who'd happened to sit at the same table, pass the time in conversation and friendships are struck.

EadieB Each has his or her own reasons for being in the reading room that morning—it just happens that one is a murderer.
This book is two separate storylines written in an unusual format. It is a complex story with surprising twists that held my attention and kept me guessing until the very end. Harriet is an Australian author who seeks a review from Leo who is from Boston.
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EadieB Four members meet and form an immediate friendship. They are Marigold, Whit, Cain or Freddi. They hear a woman scream. Which one is the murderer? I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading another book by Sulari Getill. If you love mystery thrillers then you will love this one. 4mo
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Bklover I‘m reading this one now! So far I really like it. 4mo
EadieB @Bklover A little hard to follow in places! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks This one is on my TBR!! 4mo
EadieB @TheAromaofBooks It is a good one! 4mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 4mo
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rubyslippersreads
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1. My mom, but my dad and both grandmothers were also big readers. When my brother and I were little, my dad always told us, “Books are our friends.” Obviously I‘ve taken that saying to heart. 😄
2. Not an author, but I buy almost every “new old” release from Furrowed Middlebrow.
3. Yes, we‘re reading the tagged book.

Tagging anyone who‘d like to play!

#WondrousWednesday

LeahBergen #2. I feel that one. 😆 4mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻📚🤩 4mo
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Lesliereadsalot
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A book about a writer writing a book about a writer. Lots of suspects in this murder case and a rather unsatisfying ending. On a side note, I found three typos. Can Poisoned Pen Press not afford a proofreader? I think an author who has written fifteen books deserves better. Here are my next four reads. Anyone have any thoughts on any of them?

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katy4peas
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Ending? Where are you?
I enjoyed this mystery within a mystery and a book in a book in a book. It threw off the flow for a few chapters but then I got pulled in and didn‘t mind. One certain fan annoyed me, but the others were likable. I did guess the correct murderer about 1/2 thru but not the how or why. Even though I enjoyed Hannah‘s parallel storyline it wasn‘t necessary to keep the other story going. I did want more of an ending or epilogue.

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BookLineNSinker
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Mehso-so

I had to struggled with this title. I put it down and picked it up 14x before I finally read it and it was okay but very slow and underwhelming. Just didn't live up to the hype for me.

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LaurenMicheleOnline
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A Thrilling Mystery With an Underwhelming Conclusion

Rating: 3 Stars

Full Review & Content Breakdown: https://laurenmichelelifestyle.com/2022/04/20/the-woman-in-the-library-by-sulari...

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#BooksAboutBooks 📚 #ArtfulAugust 🖌🖼🎨

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

BooknerdsLife Love this 😍 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome stack!! 📚👏🏻 4mo
Eggs Great photo setup👏🏻📚🥰 4mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
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Mehso-so

This is a book about a woman writing a book about a woman writing a book. Sound confusing? Well, it was. It was a unique format that I struggled to follow & the inclusion of letters from a fan often broke my concentration & took me out of the story. I think people will be really divided on this one. I can see how some people would love it & how it might not work for others. ⭐⭐⭐ Also, Cow-cow refused to move. #Catsoflitsy #catsy #littenskittens

Jemgirl2014 I stopped after maybe the first chapter. I felt disconnected from the plot because of the story within a story thing. Which is weird because I really enjoyed “The Plot”. I guess I think the author executed the technique better in that book. 4mo
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akaGingerK
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I‘m halfway through and somehow more annoyed by Leo with every passing chapter. The picture is from several chapters back, but feels illustrative. Perhaps Hannah‘s side of the correspondence would make less obnoxious the overbearing advice from unpublished man to published woman, but it would not make him less whiny.

Is it terrible that my hopes that something bad happens to him is a major motivators in keeping me reading?

#ARC but post-pub

akaGingerK Yes, it‘s a coincidence that I‘m reading this while JCO is tweeting about how hard it is out here for a white man in publishing. But it does show how deeply unoriginal and shallow that fiction is 4mo
ferskner Definitely keep reading! Leo is....something else. 4mo
akaGingerK @ferskner I have gotten far enough since posting to agree that yes, he certainly is!! (edited) 4mo
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Leo may not have been the killer in the novel within a novel portion of the book but I found him superrrr creepy in both iterations 😬 #probmoremurderscoming

KathyWheeler I did too. That ending of the novel portion only confirmed his creepiness to me. 5mo
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Sparklemn
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The audiobook isn't cutting it for me. I don't care for the narrator and it's distracting me from the story. A lot of you on Litsy gave this a “pick“ so I'll try it another time in paper format.

KathyWheeler I didn‘t mind the narrator, but I can also see why you didn‘t care for them. I didn‘t hate the book, but it did have some issues. 5mo
Ruthiella Sometimes you gotta do it! 5mo
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abookishbutterfly
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The author had some wonderfully creepy vibes dispersed throughout the story. There were some great red herrings, as well. Every character seemed suspicious so I couldn‘t easily predict how things would conclude. Plus, there was another very unexpected surprise in the book that I found eerily delightful!

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4448368962

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Gissy
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I have mixed feelings with this one. I liked and enjoyed very much the way the story was developed, narrated. A book story within a book story. I liked how Freddie describes the idea to develop her characters and the story. While she is in the library, she observes 3 peoples, their actions, physical appearances and a story is developed. Then, all of them will be connected for the sound of a scream and the story will start from there.⬇️

Gissy Which story will start after the scream? I think this idea was so great. I liked the mystery, how the events were intertwined and how I suspected from each character. However, I think that the last part of the story was a little bit rushed and abrupt. 3.5⭐️I had a hunch about that particular character. But I still liked how Freddie developed the story. I think writers use that method, they must see actions and behaviors from another perspective. 5mo
Gissy #Buzzword A tittle with any word related with books. YouTuber #Booksabdlala

July 2022 #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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3⭐
While this wasn‘t a terrible story…it wasn‘t super good. A middle-of-the-road…meh, kind of book for me. Maybe this was trying too hard…like how many different types of themes do you need in one book? It felt like it was a story, within a story, within another story. The library's opening scene was good but then the story slowly fizzled out.

LiteraryinLawrence I‘m a third of the way through and I agree! It‘s like one too many layers to the story. 5mo
AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH @LiteraryinLawrence And I thought I was an outlier...🤔 5mo
GondorGirl I love your graphics! What app do you use? 5mo
AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH @GondorGirl Thank you so much! I use Canva and then I add the finishing touches on iPiccy. 5mo
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KathyWheeler
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This was really two stories. One was the story of Freddie, Marigold, Cain, and Witt, who were characters in Hannah‘s novel. The other story was Hannah‘s. One of these was completely unnecessary. Because I didn‘t dislike the other story and I did finish the book, I‘m giving it a low pick. #audiobook

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janeycanuck
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What a clever way to tell a story... It took me a bit to get used to but then I got sucked right into the author-is-receiving-letters-with-notes-on-the-chapters-she's-sent-for-beta-reading-of-a-book-about-an-author-writing-a-mystery pattern of each chapter. And man, do those letters ever contain a lot of entertainment!

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KathyWheeler
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I still haven‘t decided how I feel about this book yet. I only have an hour and a half left, so clearly I like it enough to finish it. I‘m in SC visiting my sister; I just love this walk along the river. #audiowalk

britt_brooke Beautiful photos! 5mo
jlhammar Looks lovely! 5mo
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Bette
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Joey could care less about The Woman in the Library but I really enjoyed this book within a book.
I always think reading is like eating (both are necessary 😆) and sometimes experimenting with something totally different is fun. #catsoflitsy

SW-T Agreed. 🙂 5mo
Bette @SW-T 👍😊 5mo
LKK526 @Bette Joey is very discriminating 👍 4mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Four strangers at a library table hear a scream. They bond a bit while the library is searched and are later shaken when a body is found. The structure here is interesting—the main story is a book in the book (plus the writer in that book is also writing a book). I enjoyed most of this, but ultimately I felt certain things weren‘t fleshed out well enough and the ending was a bit unsatisfying. There are some really good bits, though.

Alfoster So agree! It was sometimes hard for me to remember who was IN the novel and who was real…but I liked it too! 5mo
shanaqui Huh. This sounds like it could be really interesting, but you do give me pause! 5mo
Hooked_on_books @shanaqui If you can get it from your library, I think it‘s worth giving a try. There‘s definitely good stuff here. 5mo
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KathyWheeler
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For Pete‘s sake! I don‘t know if the author meant to make me dislike a character, but that definitely happened when he pulled a James Patterson and started whining about the reason he was having trouble getting published was that he was a straight, white male and wished he‘d been around when that privilege actually worked. I couldn‘t roll my eyes hard enough. #audiowalk

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CherylRussell
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Read an ARC of this one from #Netgalley and really enjoyed all the plot twists. #mystery

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CarolynM
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I‘m a fan of Sulari Gentill‘s Roland Sinclair series and also of her previous standalone thriller Crossing the Lines (retitled After She Wrote Him in the US) and I had a thoroughly good time with this one. It‘s maybe not the most gripping whodunnit I‘ve read, but I enjoyed the way Sulari used the process of writing a novel to frame the mystery and to comment upon the story and the choices she made as she told it. #ozfiction

Cathythoughts Great cover😁 5mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been reading good things about this one. 👍 5mo
batsy This sounds fun. Great cover, too! 5mo
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BiblioLitten The premise reminded me of my recent read, Magpie Murders. 5mo
katy4peas That‘s an awesome cover! Why don‘t we get cover choices when we purchase books? 🤔 it shouldn‘t have to be based on where we live…. Hmm 4mo
CarolynM @katy4peas I‘m always fascinated by the different covers for different markets. I wonder why they think this cover works in Australia but not in the US? 4mo
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Gnora
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When I say I devoured this audiobook, I mean I couldn‘t put it down and read it in two days.

LeslieO My library hold for that one just came in. Can‘t wait to dive in! 5mo
LiteraryinLawrence I‘m going to give this audiobook a try for a long road trip! 5mo
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Reecaspieces
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SW-T
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I liked it. The story within a story unfolded nicely, even as the story took its twists and turns. Towards the very end it felt a bit rushed, but overall it was enjoyable. In a way, the story within a story got stronger as the outer story between the two writers unveiled itself and you saw the input and tips given to the writer who was creating it. Wondered how much of the feedback, if any, would get incorporated and if it would tip the scales.

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LKK526
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Four people are sitting at a table in the Boston Public Library when a scream rings out. This, of course, bonds these four as they try to figure out what happened. I liked this book until the end which seemed a little rushed to explain everything. It‘s different than what I expected which could explain my ambivalence but it‘s worth the read

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Bakingbookworm
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Mehso-so

3 STARS - A cool 'story within a story' concept but things got too convoluted. Loved the Boston PL setting.

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