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All the Dangerous Things
All the Dangerous Things: A Novel | Stacy Willingham
Following up her instant New York Times bestseller, A Flicker in the Dark, Stacy Willingham delivers a totally gripping thriller about a desperate mother with a troubled past in All the Dangerous Things. One year ago, Isabelle Drake's life changed forever: her toddler son, Mason, was taken out of his crib in the middle of the night while she and her husband were asleep in the next room. With little evidence and few leads for the police to chase, the case quickly went cold. However, Isabelle cannot rest until Mason is returned to herliterally. Except for the occasional catnap or small blackout where she loses track of time, she hasnt slept in a year. Isabelle's entire existence now revolves around finding him, but she knows she cant go on this way forever. In hopes of jarring loose a new witness or buried clue, she agrees to be interviewed by a true-crime podcasterbut his interest in Isabelle's past makes her nervous. His incessant questioning paired with her severe insomnia has brought up uncomfortable memories from her own childhood, making Isabelle start to doubt her recollection of the night of Masons disappearance, as well as second-guess who she can trust... including herself. But she is determined to figure out the truth no matter where it leads.
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JHSiess
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𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝗪𝐫𝐚𝐩-𝐔𝐩

𝐎𝐟𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐄𝐧𝐝 by 𝘓𝘶𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘢 𝘉𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘺⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐍𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐥𝐞 by 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘒𝘶𝘣𝘪𝘤𝘢⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐔𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐑𝐨𝐨𝐟 by 𝘐𝘳𝘪𝘴 𝘠𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘢⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
𝐃𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥'𝐬 𝗪𝐚𝐲 by 𝘙𝘰𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘵 𝘉𝘳𝘺𝘯𝘥𝘻𝘢⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
𝐊𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 by 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘵 𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 by 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘤𝘺 𝘞𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘩𝘢𝘮⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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kimmypete1
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Started off slow at first, but then BAM. So many revelations. Like the way everything unfolded, and that I had some pieces correct but not all of them.

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mamareading
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It was a great month of reading for me. 3 books I walked away from but the 9 I finished were so satisfying. Antsy for February!

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marleed
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I don‘t have the emotional constitution for cold case or true crime murders, and I‘ve been this way since watching live TV as helicopters followed the slow movement of OJ Simpson‘s white Bronco. Fictional true crime, oxymoron as it is, is much more my cup of tea!

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MartinaLove
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5/5 ⭐

A mother that is sleep walking since she was a child. Her son disappeared in the middle of the night without any trace. As she is trying to find her son and being help by a podcaster her past resurfaces.

It was so good. I highly recommend.

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MartinaLove
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Currently reading. So far I love it! 📚

Suelizbeth I just finished it and I loved it! I loved her first book, A Flicker in the Dark, too. 2w
MartinaLove @Suelizbeth Oh I read that book. I didn't realize it was the same author. 2w
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Suelizbeth
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What happens when a person doesn‘t sleep for an entire year? Isabelle Drake is still trying to find out what happened the night her infant son disappeared, but is she even thinking clearly anymore? This coldest of cases has her questioning everything she thought she knew. The twists in this novel took me by surprise. Such a good read! More, please! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BookLineNSinker
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Mehso-so

This is another one I just couldn't get into... I guess it's just me, I just found it slow and painful to read. I hate books about sleep disorders because I have trouble with healthy sleeping patterns but I'm usually able to push past the hang up on sleep and get into the narrative... Not this one. I won't rate it a pan or bail because I plan to try again but my heart tells me this is a DNF for me.

Sandyslp2001 I had a hard time getting into this book as well. I pushed through and at about the half way point, I finally got into it. 2w
BookLineNSinker @Sandyslp2001 I'm glad to hear I want the only one. I may circle back to it at some point and try to finish it when I'm in a drought lol. 1w
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julesG
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#UnpopularOpinion

The similes. The metaphors. 😣😣😣 They bury the plot making this a real slog.

Sleep deprived mother is looking for her son, who was kidnapped a year ago. She blames herself, as all mothers might do.

Psychological thriller, very very slow pacing and not much happening for 2/3 of the novel. Then the twists keep coming and they were so predictable.

#JoyousJanuary #readathon @Andrew65

rockpools Excellent- I‘ll give it a miss! You don‘t need predictable twists in your psych thrillers! 3w
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Kappadeemom
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Today‘s reading. #BOTM

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve heard it‘s really good!! 3w
SilversReviews It was good. Enjoy!! 3w
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AudiobookingWithLeah
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5⭐
Another winner from Stacy Willingham. Her debut, A Flicker in the Dark, from last year is easily one of my top books for 2022. So I have no doubt that this one will probably be in my top books for this year. The pacing is on point with the way that she alternated the timelines to get all the reveals in at just the right moment. I found this to be basically unputdownable or unstoppable if you want to get technical.

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Mpcacher
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I really enjoyed this book. The story was riveting with the appropriate twists and turns a good thriller requires. It deals with the loss of a child, mental health, relationships, parents, and insomnia and sleep walking all in a way that comes together in a great story. It also dealt with gender and the view of women by society in general in a thoughtful way, giving the story an added depth. I have become a fan of this author. 4/5 stars!

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MotherOfCats
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50 degrees in New England in mid January? Good thing it‘s raining 😉 Oliver and I are too busy to go out. #BOTM

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TorieStorieS
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Willingham‘s second novel makes for another gripping read that quickly sucks the reader in! Isabelle has had sleep issues her entire life- sleepwalking as a child and now, sleep deprived for a year since her 18 month old son disappeared from his bedroom. Determined to uncover the truth, Isabelle confronts her own past and the start to her marriage, revealing secrets along the way. Well-written and sure to start discussion, this is a quick read!

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SilversReviews
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A parents' worst nightmare...your child is kidnapped.

The guilt, the horror, the longing never stops.

And to top it off people think Isabelle staged the kidnapping and killed her son.

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/2p8ymnap

@stacyvwillingham
#stacywillingham
@stmartinspress

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Reecaspieces
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Review is up! I fluctuated on this one. But the ending is soooo good!

https://reecaspieces.com/2023/01/10/all-the-dangerous-things-by-stacy-willingham...

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nitalibrarian
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#currentlyreading

Decided I'm in a thriller mood.

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JoyBlue
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I went from highly skeptical bordering on boredom to admiring of and satisfied with this domestic mystery/suspense. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#all-the-dangerous-things

Publication is expected January 10.

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #MinotaurBooks #AlltheDangerousThings

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Snaggy95
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One of my top 5 books of 2022. I loved it! There‘s heavy & sensitive topics, but so many twists & turns. I kept guessing the whole time & was pleasantly surprised that the ending wasn‘t predictable to me.

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TamTracy
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Stacy Willingham is one of my favorite new authors. I read A Flicker in the Dark recently and knew I needed to take the opportunity to read this. Excellent storyline that hits all parents in the heart and takes mental health seriously while also capturing your attention leaving you needing to know where the story is going. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Addison_Reads
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#NetGalley

This thriller had such a great build-up. The intensity kept me intrigued and I loved that Willingham wasn't afraid to push the limits with the dark and gritty descriptions.

The story follows a mother whose child is missing and I felt that the author did such a great job with the trauma a parent goes through in that situation.

I found this one much better than her previous book, A Flicker in the Dark.

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#AllTheDangerousThings #StacyWillingham #BookSpinBingo #WinterReadathon

15 pts

Total pts - 700

One year ago, Isabelle Drake's life changed forever: her toddler son, Mason, was taken out of his crib in the middle of the night while she and her husband were asleep in the next room. With little evidence and few leads for the police to chase, the case quickly went cold. However, Isabelle cannot rest until Mason is returned to her—literally.

EadieB Except for the occasional catnap or small blackout where she loses track of time, she hasn‘t slept in a year.
This book is told in two timelines: Present (now) Isabelle and Ben, Past (then) Isabelle and Margaret. It is a slow start but then moves into fast-paced. It is told in Isabelle's POV who is an unreliable narrator suffering from insomnia. It touches on motherhood emotions and is every mother's worst nightmare.
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EadieB The book has a major twist in the end that really surprised me. It has complex characters who make Isabelle feel overwhelming grief and guilt. She meets Waylon Spencer and does a podcast with him going over the past with her sister, Margaret, who had drowned in the marshes. If you love psychological suspense then you would love this book. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's press for a copy for an honest review. 2mo
Andrew65 A great review, an author I keep seeing but have yet to read a book by her. 🎄🎄🎄 2mo
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EadieB @Andrew65 She's a pretty good writer. 2mo
Andrew65 Need to get to her then. 2mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Yes you do! 2mo
SilversReviews It was good. 1mo
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kyraleseberg
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Baking s'mores cookies for a class holiday party tomorrow and I'm now about half way through the tagged ARC. I need to find some audiobooks on libby or hoopla to get me through the last holiday orders this week!!

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kyraleseberg
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Diving in to this ARC this evening after picking up these Little Debbie inspired earrings from a local jewelry designer! We can't seem to find the Christmas Tree Cakes in stores around here this year - but the ice cream is stocked up!

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swishandflick
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I flew through this and really enjoyed it! I was a little off kilter (in a good way) the whole time and definitely didn't see where it was ultimately heading. I actually enjoyed this more than her first book! #BOTM

PS: might be a hard one to read for some parents out there though, I can only imagine that this storyline could trigger some of those "worst fear" nightmares.

reading_rainbow You know it‘s becoming a ritual at the end of each month to check your profile to see if you‘ve posted BOTM predictions lol 1mo
swishandflick @reading_rainbow They haven't made it as easy to sleuth these days! Now I keep waiting for Aardvark, they at least provide more clues I can speculate on, haha 1mo
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erank58
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A Flicker In The Dark was a favorite of last year, but sadly I think this had a case of the Sophmore Slumps. Interesting storyline, but I really didn't like the main protagonist...and the other characters had such little development. Still entertaining enough for a quick thriller to sneak in before 2023! #botm

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mcipher
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Sharing my December #BOTM stack and an adorable card (ostensibly from my cats while I was in SF last week) on my messy desk to say: I shipped my #Jolabokaflodswap box (it‘ll be there Monday!!) and also received one from a mystery sender in VA this week. @MaleficentBookDragon

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EatSleepRead
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This was a well paced thriller that seemed to hit all the right notes for me.

Clwojick We have this little tree in our Admitting office! A bunch of the little lights keep falling off though. 🙈 2mo
EatSleepRead @Clwojick oh no, poor tree! Lol 2mo
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BeeMagical
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My first BOTM!!🇨🇦

I loved A Flicker in the Dark, so I have high hopes for this one!🖤👏🏻

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

I liked this unsettling, surprising, bingeable thriller even more than her debut! I was a little nervous that the storyline would be triggering for me since I have a toddler, and although parts were genuinely creepy, I was able to just enjoy the psychological ride. Willingham writes smart, fresh takes on common genre tropes, but I would love to see her tackle something super original someday. #BOTM

BrittanyReads I, too, have a toddler so I skipped this one for the same reason. Happy to know it wasn't too triggering and that you enjoyed it! Maybe I'll check it out! I read her debit this year and liked it! 2mo
ICantImReading @BrittanyReads I really wasn‘t sure how I would feel… this didn‘t seem gratuitous, felt sensitively handled, and the way it was written didn‘t feel like a situation that I would experience, so maybe that‘s why I was able to compartmentalize it? It was definitely a fun thriller if you decide you‘re up for it someday, but I know things feel different for everyone! 💜 (edited) 2mo
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BookBridget
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Just started my 1st December 2022 BOTM book.

Wesleypaker @BookBridget Hello There 2mo
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JenReadsAlot
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BeeMagical I chose All the Dangerous Things too!! 2mo
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Born.A.Reader
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My #BOTM picks this month. I've not read either author before but both sound really interesting so here's hoping they are both great!

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DeeLew
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I wasn‘t impressed with the December BOTM picks but I do enjoy a decent thriller so I hopefully this is a good box. #botm

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Jemgirl2014
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I am not feeling the December picks AT ALL. However, four free books make up for it. Just switched my monthly plan to annual and I got to take advantage of the Black Friday deal. 😊

Jemgirl2014 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh, yay! I‘m glad to hear that. 😀 2mo
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swishandflick
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Yay for #BOTM dropping their December picks early! All the Dangerous Things appealed to my recent thriller kick (and I'm a sucker for a true crime podcast angle). And then I added The Light Pirate as my birthday month freebie and Black Cake as my BOTY freebie 👏🏽

marleed I loved Black Cake! 2mo
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Insightsintobooks
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I‘m excited for this #BOTM box! Yay!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤📚🖤 2mo
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nitalibrarian
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What the heck! December's #botm dropped on a Sunday! I went with Stacy Willingham books for both my December pick and the BOTY finalist pick.

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ICantImReading
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December #BOTM picks are up already - what a treat!! These both look so good! 😍

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Twainy
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🎧 I loved A Flicker in the Dark. I loved this book!

Mystery - where‘s baby Mason? He‘s been taken with no signs of a break-in. A year has passed. No resolution.

Oh the tangled webs that were weaved. The story has multiple timelines as the main character works through the mysteries (horrors) of her life.

The story was gripping, I couldn‘t put it down. Will the mystery of Mason remain unsolved? Read & find out on 1/10/23.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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SilversReviews
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Thank you, Sarah Melnyk of @stmartinspress

Review will be on January 10, 2023

@stacyvwillingham
#stacywillingham

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SilversReviews
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FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON JANUARY 10.

A parents' worst nightmare...your child is kidnapped.

DON‘T MISS this one that has a brilliant, clever ending that you won‘t see coming.

I do have to say ALL THE DANGEROUS THINGS did drag on, but it‘s DEFINITELY worth the wait with that ending!! 4/5

@stacyvwillingham
#stacywillingham
@minotaur_books
@stmartinspress