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Just Like Home
Just Like Home | Sarah Gailey
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The twenty-year anniversary of Vera's serial killer father's arrest is approaching, and she is about to do something she hasn't done in a very long time. Vera is going home. Her childhood home is a notorious burial ground but also the heart of Vera's warm memories of her then-idolized and beloved father. Now it is a living tomb for her long-estranged, dying mother. It's hard enough for Vera to even be there, but to make things worse, someone (or something) is stalking her, leaving creepy notes in her father's handwriting and painting fake blood all over the porch. And that's not the only unwelcome guest - a parasitical artist with delusions of granduer has moved into her mother's guest house, oozing charm and stinking of his own plans. But there are more secrets in the foundations of the notorious Crowder House, and no one could have forseen how this last confrontation would end . . . PRAISE FOR THE ECHO WIFE: 'An edge-of-your-seat tale . . . a unique, thrilling adventure, with truly unexpected twists and turns the whole way through' Independent 'It's an unpredictable story . . . chilling . . . for an escape from our current stuck-at-home situation, The Echo Wife could be for you' Daily Record 'Looking for one of the best science fiction books wrapped up in a mystery? Look no further . . . Gloriously inventive and full of surprises' Woman & Home Online
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sakeriver
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So, this book was creepy and disturbing as all get-out, which I mean as a compliment. It's dedicated "to everyone who has ever loved a monster." What I think Gailey does so well is to trouble what it means to be monstrous.

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sakeriver
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itsjustme40something
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Mehso-so

I honestly don't know how to rate this book. It was an easy read and a good story....right up to the big reveal. Which is hands down 1 of the dumbest things I ever read. I would have bailed if there weren't just 2 chapters left and surely that wasn't the real ending...it was. 🤦‍♀️

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Laughterhp
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Hmm this was so odd. It started off as a spooky haunted house book where I wasn‘t reading at night and then turned into a whole lot of murder. It was just a bit too gruesome for me.

#rushathon #20in4 #31by31 #spookoween #falling4books #bookspin #finalstretchreadathon #littenlisten

TheSpineView Fabulous! 8mo
Andrew65 Well done 🎃🎃🎃 8mo
Read4life 🍁👻🎃 8mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🦇🧡 8mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 8mo
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rachelsbrittain
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LGBTQ haunted house books just in time to read before Halloween!

bookriot.com/queer-haunted-house-books/

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GondorGirl
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It's such beautiful fall weather, and I couldn't stomach the thought of being stuck in the studio all day. Instead, I lugged all the magnets that need assembled out onto the porch and have been listening to this haunted house (?) audiobook while I work.

#audiocrafting #Studio42Books

CatLass007 Okay, these are awesome! 8mo
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DenaeReads
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An extremely well done horror novel about a daughters return to her childhood home to care for her elderly sick mother. The audiobook was so vividly narrated I had to pause and take long deep breaths to get my heart to stop pounding out of my chest several times.
#horror #scarybook #halloween

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BookMaven9
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Panpan

🌟🌟two stars for cover and atmosphere. Other than that, this was a hot mess!

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EliseE
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Saw this as a staff pick on the west coast then heard it recommended by a trusted bookseller on my coast. I admit, I bought from neither and opted for the audio version from my library‘s digital collection. Enjoyed it, though I do agree it was a bit of a slow burn. I‘ll have to try some of Sarah Gailey‘s other work as well.

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RyanMHoward
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JUST LIKE HOME by Sarah Gailey

Vera hasn‘t returned home in over a decade. Her mother disowned her after her father was outed as a serial killer and sent to prison. But now Vera‘s mother is dying, and old affairs need to be put in order, along with the house. But the house seems strange now… or does it?

This was a fresh take on the haunted house genre. It‘s creepy, mysterious, engaging, and full of twisted secrets that make for great reveals.🫣

5feet.of.fury I loved this one, it had layers & was very chilling! 12mo
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she.hearts.horror
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It‘s easiest to love a monster when that love springs from familiarity. So many of us spend our lives learning and re-learning how love is supposed to look and feel, and our teachers are often, themselves, monsters. — Author

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Coueriamb
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Gailey is hit or miss for me- I loved Outlaw Librarian and was lukewarm on Echo Wife.

This was a hit! Just enough of foreshadowing to keep me listening until the truth of it all was revealed. And by then I was just as home as Vera.

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keithlafo
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Mehso-so

Loved the premise, but I found the execution a little dry and the ending didn‘t work for me. Still plenty to love here, but I was underwhelmed.

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Jari-chan
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Well, how could Sarah Gailey not be a pick? Even though I didn't quite like the narrator of the audio book, the story itself was as captivating as expected. I love the way Gailey writes her characters. Even more when those characters are suffering, she just knows how to do this. This book is an unusual take on the family topic. First I thought it would go the usual way - but not with Sarah Gailey. Nope, nope.

kyraleseberg Loved this one! They always deliver 🙌 1y
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5feet.of.fury
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For some reason a trope I have noticed in my readings recently is the MC being the child of a serial killer & how the notoriety shapes their lives. & usually I‘m like, why would that turn you against them, they were just kids etc.

but Vera gave me the creeps.

Everything is creepy. Multiple plots that would be a horror story on their own. It all works though.

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Reggie
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If anyone tells you they saw the end coming, they‘re lying. Lol. Vera gets a call from her dying mother asking her to come home. Home to the house where her father killed all those people in the basement. The house that has a shed where an “artist” is trying to commune with the feel of the house for art‘s sake. The home that might be haunted. This was good. Gailey really does some creepy stuff coupled with intense familial relationships. Pick!

AmyG Nice to hear. I am on the waiting list at the library. (edited) 1y
TrishB Ah Reggie, I said I ‘expected‘ the ending in my review. I did think it was telegraphed throughout really. I only gave this a so-so because I was expecting horror and was disappointed. 1y
Reggie @AmyG I hope you like it! 1y
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Reggie @TrishB I‘m ambivalent about that ending. I think it goes into fantasy territory but I still liked it cause everyone needs someone in their corner. Who cares if it‘s the house. Lol Also, I know a crazy parent who has put the love that their spouse has for THEIR child in competition with the love their spouse has for them. It‘s disgusting. I thought was interesting to read about. And that first sentence is just meant to be general and generic👇🏼 1y
Reggie @TrishB I‘m not surprised you saw it because you‘re a genius reader who has thousands of books under your belt. We all see the different forks in the road. You see the forks of the forks of the forks way before the rest of us Im sure. 🖤🖤🖤 1y
LeahBergen Dang, this sounds good! 1y
TrishB The warped parent love is gross 😞 but happens as you say! I used to drive my daughter mad by saying I can see where this is going - she made me write it down a few times. I love a surprise and I don‘t generally guess murderers in detective series, why I read so many I think. ❤️ I think my expectations were v. high for this one. Probably unfairly on reflection. 1y
batsy Creepy house plus intense familial relationships is always a draw! 1y
BeeMagical Definitely moving up my list! 1y
Twainy I liked the book too 😁🙌🏻 1y
Michael_Gee Ooo this sounds good 1y
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Lauranahe
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My favorite book for January is of course a mark up book! @magyklyXdelish @Bookish_AF @babyruth2510

DimeryRene Ooh! That may have been my fave January read too! 1y
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Kappadeemom
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Vera goes home because her mom, Daphne, is dying. She is asked to clean out the home but Vera‘s dad was a famous serial killer and there may be secrets left behind. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Kappadeemom
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suvata
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• Upon a Book Club #OUABC Limited Edition - Trick & Treat 2022 Box

#StoryGraph: fiction horror thriller dark mysterious tense medium-paced horror psychological-thriller supernatural
344 pages • first pub 2022

Sarah Gailey is one of my favorite horror/thriller authors. It‘s really hard to put her in just one category, but I can say that I have rated all of her books very highly. This one was exceptional....ly creepy!

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DimeryRene
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This book was incredible. The slow reveal of Vera‘s past and the actions of her father and mother was a great structure choice and opposition to Vera‘s current day chapters. The narrator was great, even listening on 1.4x or 1.2x speed. Her voice for Daphne and James were perfect. This is exactly the haunted house, childhood trauma, horror, contemporary book I needed. Listening to the beginning again right after finishing just to hear more.

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Lauranahe
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This was a wild ride! It had some turns I genuinely didn‘t see coming, and was super tense in several places. Vera is a woman who‘s father was a serial killer. When Vera‘s dying mother calls her to go home, she has to go and confront her past. Definitely not was I expected, but two enthusiastic thumbs up!

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DimeryRene
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Halfway done and this is a beautifully written book. Both thriller and horror vibes are here, but it hasn‘t leaned into one genre over the other too far yet. Nice mix. 🩸🩸

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GidgetsTreasures75
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1-13-23: My 5th finished book of 2023! Wow, this book was deeply disturbing. Vera Crowder has been called back to her childhood home, the house her father built, by her dying mother. She is tasked with getting the house in order before her mother dies. In flashback, we learn that a young Vera saw things she shouldn‘t have, things her father did to others. We also learn that Vera‘s mother, Daphne, never loved her. Very creepy and uncomfortable.

GidgetsTreasures75 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣5️⃣ 1y
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Hilary427
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This was a slow burn…it was good but not great, and the ending was not what I wanted. I don‘t read horror often and this book reminds me why.
⭐️: 3/5

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Reading.w.Dee
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For those who are fans of The Haunting of Hill House, then this book is for you!

This gripping story of Vera and her mother is so haunting and promises to give you the chills and the thrills. Digging up old wounds, full of family drama, while you follow the trail back and forth from past to present, it's full of twists and turns all throughout.

#thriller #gothic #horror #hauntedhouse

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magyklyXdelish
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A book about monsters and how they can come in all shapes and sizes. I had a lot of fun with this one for #LMPBC - some things I kinda saw coming but I can say for sure I was not expecting that end.

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ImpliedNonsense
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I finished this so fast. Literally couldn‘t put it down. The prose is beautiful and the content is disturbing! Just how I like it!

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allureofbeauty
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Mehso-so

Just recently read this with my boyfriend and sadly it wasn‘t that great. I really want some kind of haunted house story that‘s creepy and I keep getting disappointed. Any suggestions?

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TrishB
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Mehso-so

Think my expectations were just way too high with this after reading all the reviews.
I so expected the ending and I wasn‘t creeped out at all 😞 so slightly disappointed, but probably my fault!

AshleyHoss820 I hate when this happens! I think it‘s what happened to me with Nothing But Blackened Teeth. I wish you better luck on your next read! ☺️ 2y
Cinfhen This was just plain #weird and a little gross but not scary. I listened to audio which was done well. 2y
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alecia3dixie
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I didn't really like this one. I didn't like the writing style and it was sooo slow paced. Also I had a very hard time imagining a lot of what the book was trying to say. I was also left with sooo many unanswered questions. 1/5

BookMaven9 Felt exactly the same way 9mo
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magyklyXdelish
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Reading buddy this morning is Fat Butt 🐾🐈‍⬛😻

IndoorDame 😻😻😻 2y
RaeLovesToRead Nyawwww 😍😍 2y
Moonprismpower Awww 😍😍😍 2y
magyklyXdelish @Bookish_AF I will mail this out to you Monday! Sorry for the delay :( 2y
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SkeletonKey
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Currently reading. I feel like I haven‘t been enjoying what I‘m reading lately but this one is finally breaking the bad streak. So good.

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magyklyXdelish
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Going in!!

Soubhiville Ooo, this one is creepy! 2y
magyklyXdelish @Soubhiville I‘m not super far into it but I‘m intrigued so far :) 2y
Lauranahe The cover looks awesome! 2y
magyklyXdelish @Lauranahe not gonna lie, that‘s what made me buy it lol 2y
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Linsy
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Truly TERRIFYING!!! You've been warned. ☠️

Soubhiville This was seriously creepy! 2y
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sebrittainclark
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4/5

This is such an atmospheric, creepy haunted house book. There were some things I saw coming, but many surprises to. I did the audiobook, and wouldn't necessarily recommend that for anyone who finds slasher type horror particularly creepy, but other than two chapters that I listened to in 30 second increments, I enjoyed the book.

#scarathlon2022 #teammonstermash @staycurious

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ImperfectCJ
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Ooh! What a deliciously creepy book this is! It resists definition at every turn. Just when I thought I'd figured out what it was about, something---usually bizarre---would happen, and I'd have to regroup. It's filled with the thing I find scariest and love most about scary books: that moment I sit on the edge of my bed and put my foot on the floor and feel the cold anticipation that something is about to grasp my ankle from under the bed.

ImperfectCJ Side note: When I type in "just like home" to search it on reading apps, my phone suggests that I add "depot" to the end. That would be a different book, probably written by Grady Hendrix. 2y
ImperfectCJ Oh, and 8 readathon hours, non-theme read, 86 points for #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon 2y
MaureenMc 😆 2y
BarkingMadRead Lol that Grady Hendrix part is spot on 🤣 I did love this book as well! So twisty turny 2y
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TripleS
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Saturday afternoon beer and baths!! Very intriguing book so far!

Soubhiville This one creeped me out several times! 2y
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BarkingMadRead
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Clwojick Loved this one! 2y
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KristiAhlers
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This was part of my #scarthlon #TeamMonsterMash read. I loved the dual timelines but I‘m somewhat conflicted about the ending. This is a perfect October/spooky read @StayCurious

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BarkingMadRead
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Starting the second #ouabc Halloween box today! Should be perfect for #scarathlon2022 @Clwojick

Clwojick Fun! 2y
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DiffidentBookworm
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Mehso-so

Major spoilers ahead!!
I really enjoyed this book up to the point where you find out the house is a physical being. I feel like the author had done a great job of creating a story that could have been real life, but once you get to that point, it adds an unrealistic element that you‘d find in a horror film. I still enjoyed the book, but I was disappointed with the direction it went.

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DavidDiamond
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A woman returns to pack up her childhood home while her estranged (and awful) dying mother is wasting away in the living room. Yeah, that's not creepy.
With flashbacks to her childhood, we learn why her Mom & Dad didn't win Parents of the Year.
And if the cover of the book wasn't any indication, there is something creepy AF going on in the house.
Loved the parallel timelines, but unsure how I feel about the twist at the end.
A good Halloween read

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Gnora
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I could not have asked for a better book to kick off spooky season with! 🏠👻

#vacationreads #horror #hauntedhouse #fall #librarybook

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Hooked_on_books
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I often don‘t find horror scary, but parts of this had me wondering if I‘d be able to sleep. And then the ending took me completely by surprise. I‘m sure Gailey moves from genre to genre to keep things fresh and man, they‘re the real deal, seemingly able to write just about anything. I‘m a fan!

Mirazzles I‘m about 80 pages into this book right now! So far I‘m liking it, I‘m not sure when it will get scary and I‘m sure I‘ll be surprised! 2y
shanaqui Ooh, interesting. And yes, I've noticed this about Gailey -- I mean, The Echo Wife had some elements of horror, but it sounds like this one's the next step. 2y
Hooked_on_books @shanaqui Plus, they‘ve done alternate history, YA, and a mystery/fantasy blend. Lots of good stuff! 2y
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Booknerd222
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October pick for #TheBookTroop

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Bookboss
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Vera returns home to care for her dying mother. When Vera was a child, her father was imprisoned for killing a number of men. Her mother preserved the home as an attraction to true-crime fans. This is a slow haunted house story. Gailey is masterful at describing cold middle-of-the-night terror and complex relationship terror. She also explores the complex relationships between Vera and her parents. Slow, spooky, and gruesome, but well done.