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Things We Do in the Dark
Things We Do in the Dark: A Novel | Jennifer Hillier
Things We Do in the Dark is a brilliant new thriller from Jennifer Hillier, the award-winning author of the breakout novels Little Secrets and Jar of Hearts, where the secrets of the past come back around when a woman, long believed dead, turns up alive...
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Djspens
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This is a well written psychological thriller. Paris is found covered in blood, holding the weapon that killed her husband. But being accused of his murder isn‘t the only problem she has, her past is coming back to haunt her. There‘s a lot going on in this story, towards the end it gets to be a bit much, hence the 4 stars, instead of 5. But overall, an engrossing read.

ShelleyBooksie Adorable dog. 1w
BookwormM Cute little fluff ball ❤️❤️ 1w
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Laughterhp
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Finished this one yesterday. It was a bit too dark for me. I read about half of it last year and had to put it down. Then I was able to skim some and finish yesterday. This book has sexual abuse and child abuse in it. Things I don‘t enjoy reading about. So it‘s a low pick for me, because the book wasn‘t bad, but not to my taste.

#litsylovewritesnbooks #jumpstart2023 #joyousjanuary

Andrew65 Well done on finishing 👏👏👏 I struggle where books have sexual abuse in. 3w
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Eggs
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Day 7 July 2022 #12BooksOf2022

Chilling and unputdownable

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Laughterhp
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This book is getting a bit dark for me. So now I‘m at the point where I can only read it in bite size pieces.

I‘m about 160 pages in right now.

Here‘s my current view this week from the mountains 🥰

#LitsyLove #LitsyLoveWritesNBooks

Bren912 Thank Goodness you have a beautiful, peaceful view to counteract with the book‘s darkness!! Happy new year!🎆 1mo
Sleepswithbooks Beautiful view ❄️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We are on our way to the mountains! (Blue Ridge GA) Where are you? It is dark 🖤 Happy New Year! 1mo
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Laughterhp @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We are in the Adirondacks, in NY. That was taken in the morning too! Happy New Year! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Laughterhp beautiful 🏔️ 1mo
marleed Oh it‘s a beautiful view. Happy New Year!! 1mo
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EadieB
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#12Booksof2022 #ThingsWeDoInTheDark #JenniferHillier

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Total pts - 1010

This is my May 2022 book. Paris Peralta is suspected of killing her celebrity husband, and her long- hidden past now threatens to destroy her future. When Paris is arrested in her own bathroom, covered in blood, holding a straight razor, her husband dead in the bathtub behind her, she knows she‘ll be charged with murder.

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
Andrew65 Need to check into this one, not a book I am aware of. 1mo
EadieB @Andrew65 It has a good twist at the end! 1mo
ShelleyBooksie I think I'm the only person who was disappointed by this book :) 1mo
EadieB @ShelleyBooksie some people liked it and others didn‘t! 1mo
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Ssmith
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I started this one a few months ago on audio book but couldn‘t finish it in time before it was returned to the library. I HATE not finishing books once I get started, so I‘m so glad it was finally checked out to me again.

Suet624 I love seeing little babies sleeping. 2mo
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magyklyXdelish
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Ooooooh I liked this one A LOT. This was definitely an intense and dark read. I do wish there was more to the end but other than that I truly enjoyed this one!

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Predictable, but very enjoyable thriller. Hillier skillfully moves between dual timelines and tackles some dark themes (TW: sexual abuse, child abuse, suicide). Paris is a strong main character and easy to root for. However, if you‘re looking for a fast-paced, edge of your seat, kind of thriller, this isn‘t it. Nothing mind-blowing here, but very readable. Readers rave about her previous titles, so I will definitely read more titles from her.3.5⭐️

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candc320
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I found this one somewhat predictable but still good. It‘s got a lot of really dark subject matter (child abuse, rape, murder, etc) and I found myself skimming some of it to get to the meat of the mysteries. Nothing new or particularly shocking overall here but still entertaining. 🌟🌟🌟

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BooksNBowls
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Wow 5/5 read for me! First time I‘m reading this author, and it won‘t be the last. The way she captures abuse, trauma, and the incredible depth of pain Joey experiences is heartbreaking and made this story really hard to put down. I just wanted to know what happened next! Thanks for picking this for #LitsyLoveWritesNBooks we‘ve had some great books so far!

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keys_on_fire
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Why I hope we never live in a world without bookstores!!!

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keys_on_fire
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I am actually reading this book…in the dark…by a campfire.

Hope I don‘t give myself nightmares!! 🤣🤣🤣

IndoorDame Gorgeous! And appropriately spooky 👻🔥😃 4mo
DanaManiac Very on brand! 🫣 4mo
keys_on_fire @IndoorDame & @DanaManiac - I wish I could post a video. The coyotes were howling like crazy about half an hour ago. THAT was creepy!! 4mo
JamieArc I may be totally remembering this wrong, but are you in your annual reading spot for Dewey‘s Readathon? I go to mine tomorrow and can‘t wait! 4mo
keys_on_fire @JamieArc I am! I went to a different KOA this year to try something new, but same basic principle! I‘ll post daylight pics tomorrow!! 4mo
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ShelleyBooksie
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@LiseWorks - thank you for the beautiful birthday card and bookmark. I cheated and opened them early. ♡♡♡

LiseWorks Lol, your forgiven. Happy Birthday! 4mo
DinoMom Gorgeous! 4mo
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ShelleyBooksie
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@wanderinglynn , @BeeMagical - my #HHS parcel arrived today. I am so excited!!!

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🖤🎃 4mo
BeeMagical Yay!!!💕 4mo
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aperfectmjk
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Catsandbooks 🙌🏼☠️🖤 4mo
TheSpineView Fantastic 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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GinaKButler
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Up next…some twisty fun!
#bookspinbingo

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one!! 4mo
GinaKButler @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ohhh…I‘m excited! A friend lent it to me and said she enjoyed it, too. It wasn‘t on my radar before that! 4mo
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Sleepswithbooks
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Starting my October #LitsyloveWritesNBooks early as I lack self control (big surprise to those who know me). 📖🖊

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Laughterhp @BooksNBowls

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Read_By_Red
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Things We Do in the Dark is a twisted web of a story. I liked how Hiller weaved the past with the present, as well as different characters‘ perspectives and experiences with each other. I was pulled into the story and wanted to see what had happened or how things would turn out for so many of the characters, especially Paris. Paris is such a strong, sympathetic character; I found myself wanting to see her persevere and succeed.

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JHSiess
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•._.• 🌊𝗩𝗮𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 🌴 •._.•⁣

Morning reading on the lanai . . . 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗪𝗲 𝗗𝗼 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗮𝗿𝗸 by 𝗝𝗲𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗳𝗲𝗿 𝗛𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗿 with Lana'i in the background.

Now off to read by or, perhaps, 𝘪𝘯 the pool for the afternoon. Currently 83 degrees with light, refreshing breezes.⁣

I hope you are having a lovely Saturday!⁣

𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘦𝘯𝘥?⁣

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MartinaLove
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4/5 ⭐
I really enjoyed it. The story was interesting. I liked the mystery. I would recommend it.

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SassyPants617
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I‘ve loved everything I‘ve read so far by this author, so I couldn‘t wait to read this. I like it A LOT. I couldn‘t put it down. However, I figured out the twists before they were revealed. That was a bummer but I did enjoy it and thought it was a great story.

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Sleepswithbooks
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Misty - Can this be any cuter?! My book arrived for #LitsyloveWritesNBooks (it‘s under there!) among the fall inspired cards, Halloween stickers, and my favorite tea. My book to Rachel is going to seem like such a snore (sorry Rachel 🥱) which I mailed yesterday. I‘ll be diving in to read this soon.

BooksNBowls Haha no worries I just sent a few stickers with mine! One day I will be able to do cute things like this lol 5mo
BooksNBowls @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks is amazing I love getting her mail ❤️ 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m happy you like it!! I want to put in little extras when I can to make people know that they are special 💛💛💛 5mo
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MysticFaerie
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4⭐/5⭐

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alecia3dixie
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I am so sad that I didn't like this book because I normally like books by Jennifer Hillier. But this book was soooo predictable and the ending was just ridiculous. I groaned everytime I had to pick this book up. 1/5 stars

Librariana I chuckled at the mental image of you groaning every time you picked up your book 😁 I'm sorry it was a disappointing, predictable experience, but I'm sure you're glad it's over. 5mo
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SassyPants617
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So far, I‘ve loved everything I‘ve read by Jennifer Hillier. Excited for this one!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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This book is really good so far! There‘s a murder, a death (? Murder) a missing person, and a huge library mentioned! 📚 it‘s still hard to write in the book!! 😂

#LitsyLoveWritesNBooks

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Abuse, child abuse 😓

Sleepswithbooks I love writing in books!! And highlighting. #nerd 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Sleepswithbooks which highlighter do you use? 5mo
Sleepswithbooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I got a set from a Christian website I saw on Instagram years ago for highlighting bibles (so it wouldn‘t leak through the pages) … I can‘t recall the name though 🧐 5mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Sleepswithbooks I bought some at Barnes and Noble and they suck! They are like crayons! 5mo
Sleepswithbooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh noooooooo!!! Google “bible highlighters”because those aren‘t suppose to leak through paper thin pages 🥺 5mo
TheBookHippie https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Bible-Journaling-Highlighter-Highlighters/dp/B08FGL6PM...

These are what I buy for my goddaughter she always asks for them for her birthday.
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Sleepswithbooks @TheBookHippie - Those are beautiful!! Now I want those 😅 5mo
TheBookHippie @Sleepswithbooks 😂😂😂😂 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie they don‘t bleed and also write as a pen? 5mo
TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I believe so!! My goddaughter asks for them every year for her birthday!! I tried one out once and it worked well!! I know the key is to get safe bible pens and highlighters they are for thin pages! :) 5mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I hope everyone is having a fantastic Saturday!! I‘m going to do a little reading for our #LitsyLoveWritesNBooks 📝📚 I had forgotten how much fun this is!! So excited!!

When you post during your reading be sure to use the hashtag #LitsyLoveWritesNBooks and tag the members in your group! 📚📚📚

LiteraryinLawrence So pretty! 💗 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LiteraryinLawrence thank you ❤️❤️ 5mo
actualdisneyprincess ooooh this one is next on my pile once I finish “The Daughter of Doctor Moreau!” 😍 5mo
Sleepswithbooks Yayyyy!!! 📖🖊 5mo
BooksNBowls Can‘t wait!!! 5mo
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marleed
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I loved the telling of this story. Until the last chapter everything happens in past tense but it‘s narrated with such intrigue that it felt very present. I was team Joey every step of the way. Perhaps my strongest conviction is my belief that every child needs and deserves to feel and know they matter. Stories like this gut me.

Cathythoughts Lovely review and picture ♥️ 5mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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These are are choices for our first round of #LitsyLoveWritesNBooks! They all look so good!! I‘m excited to be on this reading adventure with you guys!

@Sleepswithbooks 💚 @Laughterhp ❤️ and @BooksNBowls 💙

Mustlovebooks1088 What is Litsy love writes in books?? 6mo
Sleepswithbooks I‘m really looking forward to this with y‘all!!! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mustlovebooks1088 it‘s what I was messaging you about on Facebook 😊 6mo
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Laughterhp I‘m excited and really looking forward to all these books! 6mo
BooksNBowls We really did pick some good ones!! 😁 6mo
Mustlovebooks1088 Sounds like fun! Will you be doing it again? 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mustlovebooks1088 yes, we will do this round and then again if everyone wants to! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BooksNBowls I agree!! Yours has been on my list a while! 🖤💜 it does feel weird writing in a book though!! 😱😂 (edited) 5mo
Mustlovebooks1088 Oh good! I definitely want to participate! 5mo
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Lizthewiz
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5 stars. Enjoyed this murder mystery. :) Can‘t wait to discuss at book club!

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Happy National Book Lovers Day! (Loving this thriller.) #bookloversday #bookworm #reading

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MotherOfCats
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First Jennifer Hillier book for me and I‘m enjoying it so far! About halfway through with high hopes. Also, don‘t mind Bella back talking in the background 🤣 #ThingsWeDoInTheDark #JenniferHillier #BellatrixLeCat

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Lindsays_books
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Loooved this book! It‘s such a compelling story with fantastically developed characters. Yes, this is a thriller, but I feel like it went much deeper than the average suspense novel. Highly recommended! I received a free copy from the publisher.
#thriller #suspense #thingswedointhedark #readingoutside #oldfashioned #abookandadrink

Chelsea.Poole Loved it too! And great photo 😊 6mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Jennifer Hillier is my favorite author of thrillers! This is the third I‘ve read and highly recommend them all. I‘ll tag them in the comments.
In this one, Paris‘s semi-famous comedian husband dies under suspicious circumstances in their home. Paris‘s past comes back to haunt her and I can‘t say much more because SPOILERS! So many twists! I‘m trying to count them all, but I can‘t decide just how many there are! 😆 the biggest was obvious though.

Chelsea.Poole Good! But dark 6mo
BarbaraBB Thanks, I am always looking for good thriller authors. 6mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Did get in a few pages at a splash pad near our Airbnb. Love her books!!

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AudiobookingWithLeah
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3¾⭐
Overall, I found this to be a worthwhile listen. Just like Jar of Hearts, she relied heavily on the shock factor to reel you into the story. Although I did enjoy this quite a bit more, Little Secrets is still my clear favorite by this author. I can see how others could've found this boring…it does get slow when it slips back in time…although, the narration made that less of an issue for me.

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TorieStorieS
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It feels like I waited forever for this one to come out! Hillier is a go-to author for me, so I was delighted that it was a June #BOTM option! Another dark thriller, this one hooks the reader in with Paris being arrested for the murder of her much older husband. Mixing past & present, this is hard to put down- though some twists are more expected than others. Well-developed characters round this out! I can‘t wait to see what Hillier writes next!

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Sooo I am NOT going to be finishing this. I am a hundred pages in, it is well written, makes you keep guessing who killer is, and there are so many great candidates.

But the child abuse here was just too much for me.

I don‘t want to know what happens next.

LiteraryinLawrence Thanks for that heads up. I think I‘ll pass on this one. 6mo
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Barbie.Hudson
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Getting ready to start my first Jennifer Hillier book!

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Haritha1

Joey was in a dead sleep when Charles got into bed beside her. Though she often couldn‘t fall asleep when she knew he was nearby,

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“Do you think it‘s possible for old friendships to evolve but stay close, even if both people have changed?”

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Haritha1

They‘re allowed to think whatever they want. But not one of those people is allowed in this house, because I decided a long time ago that I‘m done being everyone‘s toilet. You no longer get to shit your opinions on me.

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Haritha1

“You don‘t know what it‘s like to be born into a life of cruelty and abuse, and you don‘t know what it‘s like to have to claw your way out in order to have any sense of self-worth.

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Haritha1

Life has a way of balancing everything out. And the only reason this moment feels so good is that what happened to Jimmy was so bad. She knows the feeling won‘t last.

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But the truth is, you were the person who judged me more than anyone else ever did. My mother never had expectations for me. She thought I was nothing, and that was an easy standard to meet. But you? You had all these hopes for what you thought I could be, which were really just expectations disguised as optimism.

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Haritha1

There were monsters everywhere. It was like playing that old carnival game, Whac-A-Mole. As soon as she pounded one monster down, another one popped up.

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there was nowhere to go, and so this was her life, because it had always been her life, and it would either kill her, or she would survive it.

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Haritha1

But not saying no was not the same thing as saying yes.

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Haritha1

She no longer had the instincts other people had. Her fight-or-flight response had been stolen from her a long time ago. She was frozen.

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She wasn‘t used to good things, to things being easy, to people being kind. When she was thirteen, Deborah had told her that some people were just born into hard lives, and their job was to claw their way out.