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Wrong Place, Wrong Time
Wrong Place, Wrong Time | Gillian McAllister
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It's every parent's nightmare. Your happy, funny, innocent son commits a terrible crime- murdering a complete stranger. You don't know who. You don't know why. You only know your teenage boy is in custody and his future lost. That night you fall asleep in despair. Until you wake . . . . . . and it is yesterday. Every morning you wake up a day earlier, another day before the murder. Another chance to stop it. Somewhere in the past lie the answers, and you don't have a choice but to find them . . .
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ClairesReads
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Why have I been snoozing on this for so long? This was the crime novel I needed in my life right now- the perfect refreshing palate cleanser. While you have to have the ability to suspend a bit of disbelief to buy into the time loop concept that underpins this story, I found this original approach to storytelling about a crime both refreshing and compelling. It‘s a complex, twisty story that unravels why rather than who. Highly recommended.

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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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4½✨

This was different.
I enjoyed this backwards time travel, slowly revealing more and more of the truth.
Even when I thought I figured it out, I was still quite taken by the ending and how it changed the whole feeling of the book.

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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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My current reads

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jdiehr
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A friend recommended this to me because I'm "a mom of boys." ??‍♀️

Having read it, I can see that she recognized in me a mother who would do anything for her children.

In this time-travel story, Jen sees her son kill someone and is so determined to save him, she finds herself traveling back through time to understand what brought her son to that point and if there is anything she can do to correct it.

The story was told very cleverly.

LoverOfLearning So clever! I quite enjoyed the structure of the story. Solid 4 stars! 2w
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Coleen
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This has been on my TBR pile for quite a while, and it did not disappoint. The reverse time element was intriguing and there were several plot twists, enough to keep me guessing. Recommend!

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JillR
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Went in thinking standard psychological thriller. I got a time travel adventure/mystery/thriller that really did keep even eye-rolling old me guessing, baffled and puzzling. I then also got the most heart-achingly tender portrayal of mothering a teenage boy who is emerging into adulthood, revisiting the guilt and good bits of the growing up years. As I‘ve said before, a mother/teenage son narrative is going to get me every time right now 👇

JillR However, I got peeved that I guessed a major plot twist less than halfway through (makes me feel clever, but make it harder!) 3w
squirrelbrain Great review - I have this on my TBR shelf to read. 3w
JillR @squirrelbrain I found it a good palate cleanser. Although, unusually for me, I found the first few chapters so very tense I nearly stopped and put it to one side. Which is a good thing, for a book to get you like that, but took me by surprise. Interested to know how you find it when you get to it. 3w
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CBee
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Really liked this! Still debating on this question though - if the ability to travel back in time existed, to potentially change an outcome, what would you do? I‘m still not sure 🤔
#bookspin for January complete!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great question 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Coleen
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So cold outside…. 🥶. Good day for a new book and a new puzzle!
#audiopuzzling

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samantharoberts
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Surprised myself with how much I liked this one! Telling the story backwards was such a unique idea. Perfect blend of secrets, time-travel, discoveries, and familial bonds. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a good suspenseful thriller read.

ShyBookOwl This was great!! 3mo
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tpixie
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Wrong Place, Wrong Time
I also enjoyed My Murder, Killers of a Certain Age,
and started a new-to-me series beginning with My Sister‘s Grave

The Spy Coast - a new Tess Garrison

I traditionally read police procedurals- Alex Cross, Eve Dallas, Kay Scarpetta, Temperence Brennan, and now Robert Dugoni‘s Tracy Crosswhite
#iHaveQuestions

RaeLovesToRead Yes, love a good procedural! 3mo
Chrissyreadit I love watching police procedurals too- like Shetland and Bones. Do you have one you absolutely recommend to read? 4w
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tpixie @Chrissyreadit I haven‘t read a lot of them lately. But I was pleasantly surprised by the Tracy Crosswhite series- it‘s new to me and reminded me why I liked them. (edited) 4w
tpixie @Chrissyreadit I was quite surprised that he wrote another book (totally different genre) that I loved 4w
Chrissyreadit thanks!!! adding My Sisters Grave to my tbr. I‘m unsure i would like extraordinary life…. because i really struggle with serious , sad close to real life (although there are some exceptions) but murder…. no problem 🤣 4w
tpixie @Chrissyreadit lol I understand! Paranormal things can scare me in my home when I read about them, but I can read a murder mystery!! 4w
tpixie @Chrissyreadit Serendipity! I started listening to a podcast & Robert Dugoni ( author of My Sister‘s Grave) was on it! What a coinkydink. I had to share with you. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/you-are-what-you-read/id1707901821?i=10006... 3w
Chrissyreadit @tpixie THANKS 🎉🎉🎉 3w
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Kappadeemom
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A murder takes place immediately. Jen is watching out the window when she sees her son murder a stranger outside their home. Then this book takes a quick turn and Jen starts going back in time in order to figure out who this person is and why her son just killed him. Kinda like Groundhog Day but better. Really enjoyed this one!

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Djspens
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I love a good time travel story and this one did not disappoint! How far (back in time) will a mother go to keep her son from committing murder??

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Cortg
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Starting this book club choice, I thought I‘d be slugging through it, but I really enjoyed the listen! I do love a good time travel book and was intrigued by the time loop Jen was stuck in as she continued to go back in time putting the pieces together after her 16 year old commits a murder.

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squirrelbrain
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Thank you for my lovely gifts, Jenny! @jenniferw88

The book sounds great, I love the little extras (always a fan of stationery!), and of course the 🐿️ card is gorgeous!

😘

jenniferw88 I'm just sorry it's so late! 🤣 4mo
squirrelbrain No worries @jenniferw88 - I forgot to say thank you for the book for my Mum too. 4mo
BarbaraBB Thanks for your lovely email! Will reply tomorrow 🩷 4mo
Caroline2 Oh I really enjoyed this one. Keeps you on your toes. 4mo
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Jess861
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Jen watches her son commit a murder and then travels backwards in time to try and figure out why it happened and how she can prevent it. I did enjoy this book although I found that it did drag a bit at the beginning of the book. The twists were good and kept me guessing for the first part of the book - once I got to the middle-end of the book I was able to put it all together. The writing was ok - but overall I enjoyed this book.

Cortg I‘m @ 1/2 through this one on audio for bookclub. So far so good. I live a good tine travel story! 4mo
Jess861 Agree - very neat concept to travel back and live out a day and then continue to travel back in time. 4mo
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Jess861
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It is a cloudy, gloomy day so I'm starting this book with an iced coffee for my October book club. I find the concept of going back in time to figure out why the crime was committed quite interesting so I'm excited to dive in.

#IcedCoffee #GloomyDay #Thriller

Allylu Loved this book!! 5mo
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tpixie
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This was such a smart time-jumping, mystery-thriller, family-drama. I need to read more by this author!
🦋 ⏰🦋

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Clwojick
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Eggs So pretty 🤩 🧡🎃 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🧡🧡 5mo
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tpixie
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Great premise and writing. I‘m having a hard time putting the audio down. Life is getting in the way of my reading!

marleed I loved this book! 5mo
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TamTracy
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Started off a little slow but the premise had me intrigued. I‘m glad I stuck with it. It ended up somewhere I was completely surprised by. Lots of twists throughout and a satisfying end thought provoking ending. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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ShyBookOwl
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😲😲😲
I need a moment to process the game-changing plot twist I just witnessed. There's nothing like a good mid-point jolt!

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hwallis92
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One of the best books I‘ve ever read! Genius. A must read! I cannot say anymore without giving spoilers but this book really is one of the most clever, most engaging novels I‘ve ever had the pleasure to read.

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Beachbum
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Haven‘t been to this particular beach in a while. I started this #reesesbookclub pick and the suspense starts immediately, in the 1st chapter. The story line includes a lot of “going back in time” and trying to fix the wrongs. So enjoyable, you can‘t wait to turn the next page #summerreading #librarybooks #beachreads #bookclub

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walkwithabook
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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EmilyM
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I'm not a huge thriller reader, but this one was really good!

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Cazxxx
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Finished this one in a day as I couldn‘t stop listening! A woman goes back in time to stop her son committing a crime. This was such a clever thriller with fast pacing which will keep you turning the pages

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GatheringBooks
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#SummerSpecial Day 23: A #MotherSon story that I had to read for the Emirates Lit Foundation book club last month. Our discussion indicated how most of the members did not particularly like the story. While the idea seemed clever / ingenious at first glance, the characters felt flat and unidimensional. Paired with cold mezze from our favorite Turkish restaurant.

IndoorDame That spread looks incredible🤤🤤🤤 7mo
Eggs 💛👏🏻💙 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow 😮 😋 7mo
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GatheringBooks
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#SummerSpecial Day 13: This sort of Groundhog day almost feels like #PandemoniumDay as life seems to proceed backwards for the protagonist in her efforts to prevent a murder.

Eggs On m‘y TBR!👏🏻👍🏼👌🏼 7mo
Sapphire The food looks delicious (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB That food 😍😍 7mo
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vonnie862
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This had an interesting concept: being in a timeloop to prevent your son from committing murder. I was hooked for the first couple of hours trying to figure out what was happening to Jen and trying to figure out the story. However, the middle was a little dull for me that I just wanted it to end. Luckily, the last 3 hours of the book was thrilling and I found the ending interesting. 3.5 🌟

#BookSpin #11 #ispyBingo
@TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I have this one on my TBR as well!! 8mo
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GatheringBooks
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#SummerSpecial Day 7: For #ChocolateDay, here‘s some churros con chocolate with cream for y‘all!

Eggs ❤️🍫🤎 8mo
Susanita 😋 8mo
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BooksNBowls
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Jen witnesses her son murder another before being thrown into a time loop, waking up the day before the murder. She figures this must be happening because she‘s meant to stop the crime. But she wakes up the next day, now 2 days in the past. This concept was stellar! It was really interesting to see her solve the crime backwards. There‘s something about Groundhog Day books- right around the middle I want them to just end, but I suppose the

BooksNBowls characters feel the same way. 😅 4/5 8mo
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Roxanareads
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So many unexpected twists - loved it on audio

Joshoary What an amazing book. It was engaging, intriguing, confusing but it also sensical. 8mo
Roxanareads I agree, very different but enjoyable 8mo
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GatheringBooks
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#VolumesAndVocals Day 24: #FireAwayCStapleton - although in this book, it‘s more like #StabAway with a crime committed by the protagonist‘s teenage son. And so, she moves back in time (unwittingly) to stop it. Interesting premise. Book pick for July for the #EmiratesLitFoundation book club.

Eggs On m‘y Litsy TBR!! That edible création looks full of sin and pleasure ?? 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence I thought this book was great! Really creatively done. 8mo
KadaGul @GatheringBooks you 😈. You picked a devilish delight to go w/ the 📖. It's hard to drop a comment because one‘s mind 🧠 keeps going to the snack and its hard to formulate 💬 when one is drooling in 🪣 🪣 #Devislish Delight 8mo
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GatheringBooks @KadaGul looove it! 💕what can i do? A girl‘s gotta do what a girl‘s gotta do. Lols. Chocolate pecan cinnabites, iced caramel coffee and a book - makes perfect sweet sense, right? 8mo
GatheringBooks @LiteraryinLawrence glad to hear that, i am finding the middle part a bit of a slog, and can‘t keep track of the days. 😭 it may just be me, really. 8mo
GatheringBooks @Eggs am glad i shared the entire thing with husband and daughter. Couldn‘t finish it all by myself. 🥮🍥 8mo
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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed reading this despite several irritating things, like continuity problems within days (e.g., a character who puts on pants then gets in the shower, presumably pantsless), weak motives for bizarre behavior, the fact that the timeline spans the pandemic and lockdown(s) but the author totally sidesteps both, and just feeling like the premise got stretched a little too far. I read it, and I enjoyed it, but I can't say it was "good," per se.

deeannloso I tried to read it but couldn‘t get interested. I bailed. 🙁 8mo
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ImperfectCJ
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Pictured is my spouse. His name is Ryan. He is doing push-ups at the exact moment that I am reading the pictured page of the tagged book. It says, "Ryan is doing push-ups on a grimy living-room floor."

The floor of our little rental is far from grimy, but the rest of the situation is uncannily similar. (Okay, so Ryan says that by the time I took the photo he was doing planks. But still.)

Cinfhen Kismet ✨✨✨ 8mo
dabbe 🤩🤣🤩 8mo
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 8mo
Gissy 😂 8mo
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GatheringBooks
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#VolumesAndVocals Day 16: #StayinAliveBGs as the mother in this story goes back in time to save her son from murder. Book for July for the #EmiratesLitFoundation book club. Paired with baklava cheese cake and Turkish tea. 💕

Cinfhen Looks YUM 😋 8mo
Eggs Looks scrumptious! 🍵 and 🍰 🥳 8mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
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Mehso-so

I listened to the audiobook via BorrowBox.

I found it ok..

Read for reading prompts

3.75/5

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Nik_reads
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Overall I really liked this book. Very interesting and I was able to follow along without getting lost. The ending was lack luster and left a few things unfinished but I‘m glad I read it. It was different then any of the other thrillers I have read.

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Karons1
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Mehso-so

I don‘t know 🤷‍♀️ why maybe it‘s my current mood , which happens with our reading , but I found this one abit blah 😑 abit predictable, however an easy read but not as gripping as I would have liked

S3V3N I didn‘t care for it either. 8mo
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Karons1
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June Book 📖 bingo no 3, im on a role 😆with the pumi twins 👯‍♀️ 🥰happy reading 📖 happy sunny 😎 Tuesday everyone

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Kshakal
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This is definitely a page-turner with several wtf moments! I enjoyed the concept of going back in time to fix something in the future! Can‘t wait to discuss this I‘ve at book club!

Karisimo My irl book club is discussing this one on June 1st! I haven‘t started it yet… (edited) 9mo
Kshakal @Karisimo I started it on Sunday and finished it last night… which is impressive seeing as how it is the end of track season and the school year for me!! 9mo
Karisimo @kshakal Good to know!! 9mo
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LoverOfLearning
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Really enjoying this one so far! 70% done on Libby audio.

A storyline going completely in reverse as a mother is forced to relive past events in an attempt to stop her son from killing someone just after his 18th birthday. Will she stop him despite more mysteries arising?

I predict a 4 star read.

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Laughterhp
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This was an interesting concept for a mystery. One night when the clocks are set to turn back Jen witnesses her son Murder someone. When she finally gets to bed the next day she wakes up and it‘s the day before and the murder never happened. She then keeps going further and further back seeing what she missed in her life. Mystery books sometimes give me anxiety and for some reason this one stresses me out.

#magnificentmay - book 2

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 Can see why you found it stressful. 9mo
Parvez Such an interesting premise. 9mo
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S3V3N
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The storyline ended up being good, but it was long and monotonous. I almost stopped reading it.

LoverOfLearning I felt this same thing around d the 50% mark but thankfully the auditable narrator is pulling me through it. I like the storyline too but yeah definitely a bit strung out. 9mo
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Kshakal
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20 pages in and I am already hooked! 🤓

AmyG I am listening to this now. What is happening???? 😳🤣 9mo
LoverOfLearning @AmyG sameeee. 70% done on Libby audio 9mo
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deirdrebeecher
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A really well executed page-turner which delivered it's twists with an emotional punch. There is a time travel device, but it is not at all sci-fi. It not going to force you to use too much of your brain capacity, but it certainly isn't dumbed down either. Just a really good, well balanced, highly entertaining read.
It is miles more interesting than it's very boring cover would make it seem.

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LoverOfLearning
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My newest book hold on Libby came in!! This is my book club pick this month for my small friend group.

Who's read it? The plot line sounds so intriguing!

A mother is trying to stop her teenage son from becoming a murderer, but she always too late. Stuck in a time loop trying to stop the inevitable.—how did it get to that point? And why?

Ooooh sounds SO GOOD. I haven't read a contemporary mystery thriller in way too long.

KathyWheeler That sounds really interesting! 10mo
IndianBookworm Waiting for your review! Sounds so promising though. 10mo
LoverOfLearning @IndianBookworm I'll be starting it soon! 🥰 10mo
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