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Holly
Holly: A Novel | Stephen King
"Stephen King's HOLLY marks the triumphant return of beloved King character Holly Gibney. Readers have witnessed Holly's gradual transformation from a shy and reclusive (but also brave and ethical) homebody in Mr. Mercedes to Bill Hodges's partner in Finders Keepers and End of Watch to a full-fledged, smart and occasionally tough private detective on her own in The Outsider and If It Bleeds. In this new novel, Holly once again claims the spotlight, and must face some of her most depraved adversaries yet. When Penny Dahl calls the Finders Keepers detective agency hoping for help locating her missing daughter, Holly is reluctant to accept the case. Her own mother has just died, and Holly is supposed to be taking time off. But something in Penny Dahl's desperate voice makes it impossible for Holly to turn her down. Mere blocks from where Bonnie Dahl disappeared live Professors Rodney and Emily Harris. They are the picture of bourgeois respectability: married octogenarians, devoted to each other, semi-retired lifelong academics. But they are harboring an unholy secret in their well-kept, book-lined home, one that may be related to Bonnie's disappearance. And it will prove nearly impossible to discover what they are up to: they are smart, they are patient, and they are ruthless. Holly must summon all her formidable talents to outhink and outmaneuver this brilliant and twisted pair in this chilling new masterwork from Stephen King"--
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#StorySettings
Omg, it just came to me, duh - #Cellar 😆

Eggs Excellent 👌🏼 3w
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Pikathulhu
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I feel like each successive entry in King's Holly Gibney line showcases an author dialing in more precisely on what he loves about the character and what makes her books so unique. Holly is no different. To date, this feels like the purest distillation of what makes Holly such an engaging character. The supporting cast are all given blessedly ample page space, and the thrill and looming danger of Holly's investigation demands a frenzied pace. 5/5

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KathyWheeler
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While this isn‘t my favorite SK book, I did enjoy it. Holly Gibney is a wonderful character, and it was great to be back with her. Many readers complain about the presence of COVID here, but was King really supposed to ignore it when the book is set during the time when it was rampant? In some places, the story slowed down a bit too much, so perhaps some elements could have been left out, but overall this is a good examination of human evil.

Avanders Before I dive in — I haven‘t read the Mr Mercedes etc series — should I do that first? 1mo
KathyWheeler @Avanders You don‘t have to, but it‘s where King first introduced Holly, and it helps to understand her better. 1mo
Avanders Thank you - I‘ll start with those for sure then ☺️ 1mo
KathyWheeler @Avanders All three of them are really good. 1mo
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BoleyBooks
Holly: A Novel | Stephen King
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚
What are you reading?
#boleybooks #Holly #stephenking #bookbeast #mustread #bookbuds #bookchat

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KathyWheeler
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It‘s raining hard here, so instead of going for a walk, I‘m settling in to start Holly after finishing up Murder Road.

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CaitlinR
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“Just when you think you‘ve seen the worst human beings have to offer, you find out you‘re wrong.” (p. 442).

King features Holly Gibney, a character I‘ve loved. She has been hired to find a missing woman and in the process unveils horrors wrought by a pair of demented professors who are seeking a way to reverse the ravages of their old age. King proves, yet again than no one should underestimate midwestern small towns.

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Jgacreations
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It took me a while to get through it but I loved it as I knew I would. If it bleeds was a great start to holly gibney and im glad she got her own story.

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Kimberlone
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Holly was my favorite character from King‘s The Outsider, so I‘ve been looking forward to reading her stand-alone since it was announced. I haven‘t read the Mr. Mercedes series, although I‘m interested now to go back to the start of her story. Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I kind of feel like giving away who the serial killers were right at the beginning took away some of the suspense. Didn‘t care at all for the heavy handed COVID commentary

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Larkken
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This was entertaining enough to listen to when it was super cold and I needed a cozy distraction; I listened to it while crocheting this toy T. rex and together they were the perfect recourse for cabin fever. #litsycrafters
#popsugar24 neurodivergent main character

Hooked_on_books Your T. rex is so stinking cute! 😍 5mo
julesG @Hooked_on_books I agree, so cute. 5mo
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Librarybelle The T Rex is adorable!!! 5mo
Read4life Love the T. rex. 💙 5mo
brittanyreads Wow! That turned out so great! Love it! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
AnnR So cute! 5mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
Deblovestoread Adorable! 5mo
Larkken @Hooked_on_books @julesG @Librarybelle @Read4life @brittanyreads @AnnR @dabbe @Deblovestoread thank you! The recipient is already feeding it now. If y'all are curious I used the following free pattern with chunky yarn to size it up: https://amigurumi.today/free-amigurumi-t-rex-dinosaur-crochet-pattern/?ns=tr 5mo
brittanyreads Thank you!! 5mo
julesG Thank you! 5mo
Read4life Thank you! 5mo
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OwenB
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The latest from Stephen King continues the story of Holly Gibney, private investigator. As a fan of King‘s books, this is another good one. Another twisted mystery and murder for Holly to solve. Such a great character and really enjoyable read!!

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TheBookgeekFrau
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Don't mock my made at 230am, in pencil, eyeballed, and marred in eraser marks reading bracket 🤣🤣

My favorite read of 2023: Holly by Stephen King

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Sapphire
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Hubby and I exchange books for Christmas. Here is this year‘s selections.

Gissy Great idea📚💚❤️💚 6mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A wrap on Holly Gibney? I immediately wanted this for its stunning cover, but being a relative King noob didn‘t realize I had a bit of back reading to do, so like any good completist, I started with Mr Mercedes. Over the last couple of months, Bill, Holly, Jerome, Barbara, etc, have been such enjoyable characters. Holly obvs stars, and shines, here. Mr King, your brain disturbs me. And your stories enthrall.

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GidgetsTreasures75
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12-7-23: My 98th finished book of 2023! Holly Gibney has been around for many books now. She shows up in the Mr. Mercedes trilogy and in the short story If It Bleeds as well as The Outsider. She is a great King character. Flawed in many ways but a great detective who faces a lot of scary stuff. In this novel, Holly is dealing with a crazy old couple, several disappearances and her own personal issues related to covid.King always keeps my interest.

GidgetsTreasures75 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣9️⃣8️⃣ 6mo
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Bookish.SAM
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Always nice to re-visit Holly 😊

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ReadingOver50
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I was looking forward to this so much but it didn‘t live up to my imagination. The first half was good but not great. It wasn‘t until the final quarter that I felt excitement and didn‘t want to put it down. I do like to see the continuation of Holly‘s story and Barbara and Jerome. 3.5 stars.

dabbe Hello there, sweet kitty! 🖤🐾🖤 7mo
ShelleyBooksie Adorable 7mo
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AVChrista
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Ready to be reacquainted with Holly on a cold Autumn afternoon.

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britt_brooke
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We #NashvilleLittens did a local #SpookySwap. I‘ve been dying to open this package! Everything is just perfect! My extra-talented friend @Booksnchill painted this lovely card. Definitely framing it! 📦👻📚💚

AmyG That card is amazing! How talented. 8mo
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Floresj
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I stopped reading King years ago after needing to read the ending of one of his books in the middle of the night so I could sleep. As it turns out, his ability to write an obsessively suspenseful novel hasn‘t diminished during my sabbatical. Even when you know the killers in the first 25 pages, it‘s still suspenseful. Some parts could have been shorter, but it‘s truly superb.

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WaterVixxen
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I just finished this audiobook and thought it was amazing. Good mix of thrill, mystery and “horror.” Anyone else read this?

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NikkiKey94
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I haven‘t read very many of Stephen King‘s books but I definitely love Holly Gibney. I loved The Outsider and I loved this one too. I definitely need to read the Mr. Mercedes trilogy asap to find out how Holly got her start.

WaterVixxen I LOVED THIS. It is making me revisit his work. Currently reading/listening to fairytale and it‘s so good. 8mo
NikkiKey94 @WaterVixxen Fairytale is on my TBR! 8mo
WaterVixxen @NikkiKey94 you will love it. It got interesting early on. I don‘t think it‘s like his other work too much. Much more fantasy with his dark storytelling 8mo
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Violetsunrise84
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Holly is really good. I like how Stephen King incorporated the Pandemic into the story. As for the killers, they are very unique. I think they are the one of scariest antagonists that Stephen King created. Brady Hartsfield was pretty but he has some competition. 5 stars ⭐️ out of five. #holly #stephenking

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ReadingOver50
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I got nine books for my birthday from family and friends. My only problem is which one to read first!

BookishTrish Buy three more and read one a month until next birthday! 8mo
TheBookgeekFrau Happy Birthday!! 🎉 8mo
AnnR How nice! 🎉📚🧁 8mo
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TrishB Some great choices there 👍🏻 8mo
ReadingOver50 @BookishTrish I love this idea! 8mo
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Decalino
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Set during the pandemic, Holly follows its eponymous heroine, private investigator Holly Gibney, as she takes on a missing person case that puts her on the trail of two truly horrifying serial killers. Parallel timelines show the killers' crimes while Holly, working mostly solo, follows the clues they've left behind. King fans who enjoyed the Mr Mercedes trilogy will definitely want to read this latest installment.

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ElizaMarie
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Loved this!!! It was my #September #DoubleSpin book :)

#MischiefandMayhem #Scarathlon
@PuddleJumper

=36 points ( I didn‘t do the word search for this one… it was too long) - 15 of the points for the shadow on the book cover

#HousePanther initially preventing me from reading this morning. 🦞

PuddleJumper Awww 🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛ 8mo
dabbe Hello there, gorgeous kitty! 🖤🐾🖤 8mo
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Airykah13
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#31by31 - 7hrs - 70pts
Pumpkin Spice Readathon (10/10-10/13) - 2hrs - 20pts
Spooky book - 20pts
Word search - 192 words - 1,920pts
Participation - 1pt

Total: 2,031pts

#scarathlon #teamwhoyagonnacall

FlynnDewey Not familiar with that one. I'll have to look it up. 8mo
Airykah13 @FlynnDewey it‘s his latest and was pretty creepy 8mo
SomedayAlmost Saw that it‘s now on audible! Worth a listen? 8mo
Airykah13 I enjoyed the audio! I usually listen during my commute 8mo
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BookishTrish
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I loved revisiting Holly and the gang, but particularly loved the structure of the book: we readers know who the evil villains are from the start and we read while Holly catches up. I feel like it shouldn‘t work, but does. My only complaint is King‘s pop culture references all feel so dated.

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Addison_Reads
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#Scarathlon #SpookyGhostClub @Clwojick

I really enjoyed my time with Holly again. King has delivered a strong story with an intriguing mystery and some gross-out moments that made my skin crawl.

For those who haven't read the Mr. Mercedes trilogy, Outsider, or If It Bleeds, there are spoilers in this book about those.

Clwojick Is this more horror/sci-fi or mystery/suspense? I really like his thriller/suspense books like Dolores Claybourne, Shawshank and Misery, but I‘m not huge on his horror sci-fi like The Mist or Pet Cemetery. 8mo
Addison_Reads @Clwojick it is more mystery/suspense. No supernatural or sci-fi elements. 8mo
Clwojick Hmmmm 🧐 Might have to check it out! 8mo
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keithlafo
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I‘ve always enjoyed Holly‘s appearances in King‘s other books, but this is the one that made me understand why he loves her (and tipped me in that direction, too).

Another banger from the maestro.

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Traci1
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Holly is one of my very favorite literary characters, and I loved every minute of this story. I listened to the audio, and the narration was perfect.
11+ (10hours × 6thons × 10)=611
Words: 26×10=260
+871 team #spookyghostclub
@Clwojick

#rushathon #20in4 #31by31 #bookspin #falling4books #littenlisten
@Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader @Catsandbooks @TheAromaofBooks @Read4life @aperfectmjk

Andrew65 Sounds great, didn‘t it to my list. Well done 👏👏👏 8mo
Read4life Great job! 🍁👻🎃 8mo
Clwojick Woohoo! 👻👻👻 8mo
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aperfectmjk On my list, hoping I get to it! 🤞 8mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 8mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🦇🧡 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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candc320
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Holly starting my readathon bingo boards on a good start (I haven‘t made my bookspin bingo board yet but l‘ll do that later today)! Dark trees for #naturalitsy , Title starts with “H” for #falling4books , Missing for #bodycountbingo , and Blood for #Ispybingo #scarathlon #skeletoncrew

PuddleJumper 🎉🖤 9mo
AllDebooks Nice 🙌 I've just bought this too!! Can't resist a Stephen King 9mo
Read4life 🍁👻🎃 9mo
Emilymdxn Ooooh I really want to read holly this scarathlon 9mo
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candc320
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My 1st review of #scarathlon 2023! This is not my favorite King novel or even close - I prefer my King with lots of supernatural elements - but I did enjoy seeing Holly again and watching her unique brain grapple with this mystery. I wasn‘t as interested in the copious Covid talk or the exciting news for both Robinson characters…it could have been trimmed down somewhat to make the novel shorter and more gripping. But King is still King so I ⬇️

candc320 Cont‘d: enjoyed it! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Read for these readathons: #bookspinbingo #31by31 #spookoween #readysetread . I‘ll show the bingo boards separately #skeletoncrew (edited) 9mo
Bookwormjillk Love Holly 9mo
TheSpineView Great job! 9mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
Catsandbooks Yay!🧡 9mo
Emilymdxn I agree wirh you on Covid talk being a bit much when there‘s a lot of it but I‘m excited to read this as I am with all Stephen Kings 🖤 9mo
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If you are looking for a Stephen King novel that does not have a supernatural element to it...this would be a good pick.
Random people are disappearing and King's beloved investigator Holly Gibney is back on the case.
While the time jumps were a bit confusing at times and the ending was a tad unsatisfying, this was a compelling (and slightly stomach churning) read.

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JessieKB
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#black #hhc #scarathlon
Went outside my usual today and got this almost black cover for my Scarathlon reading list!!🧡🎃🖤

dabbe 🖤🖤🖤 9mo
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Addison_Reads
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It's officially time to start #Scarathlon in my time zone now. Kicking things off with a favorite movie and the new Stephen King book.

#SpookyGhostClub @Clwojick

Clwojick WOohoo! 🖤 9mo
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Jaimelire
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Wow. I have not read any of his other books with this character in them. But, not necessary, this book was a two day marathon of reading for me. Impossible to put down. I have a weird relationship with Stephen King books. I don‘t like all of them, and I don‘t read him often but when I do….I become obsessed with his writing. This one is right up there with The Stand and Under the Dome (two of my favourites).

AmyG Oh wow. Nice review. 9mo
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ElizaMarie
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I am really loving this one so far. I don't think I will finish it in the next 2 days, so it's gonna be a carry over to next month.

I read some in a coffee after my neurologist appointment (been tough reading with these Migraines still plaguing me). Lovely PSL and Lox for breakfast yesterday :)

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Violetsunrise84
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I‘m currently reading Holly.

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Mehso-so

summerEndReadathon book 13
Several times while reading this book, I ALMOST dnf‘d it. The main story line was great. Almost up to king‘s older books. (Which I loved). BUT. The one thing that made me not love this book was “the covid factor”. The main character brought up covid/masks/vaccines every time she met someone new or every few chapters. And the political aspect (trump/anti trump/Biden etc). I read to escape reality. But I finished.

TheSpineView How disappointing! Hope the next book is better.🤞 9mo
MissyD @TheSpineView I would have given it 5 stars if he hadn‘t put all the covid stuff and politics in the book. 9mo
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1. Holly by Stephen King was a fantastic book to listen to in September.
2. A “staycation” with an overnight and several day trips planned to explore home next week, my husband will be traveling for work for 10 days, so I‘m looking forward to some self-care alone time book-ended with activities with my college kid! A run one weekend and “Spirit tour” the next. It‘s a full dance card! ❤️
#Two4Tuesday Thank you the tag @Kshakal
All please play!

dabbe A special YAY for your #2! 🤩🤩🤩 9mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 9mo
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EverydayImReading
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Holly Gibney is one of Stephen Kings best characters. This is the fifth book in which she has appeared and the first in which she is the main protagonist. This is a solid detective story; not horror or supernatural proving that King is a consummate writer, as if we didn‘t know already. What a contrast to the stunning Fairytale.

Cathythoughts Nice review! I just posted after you 👍🏻😁 I was wondering if you had read this one ! 9mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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WOW! This book actually had me gagging….if it were any other author I would‘ve abandoned the book close to the beginning. But the master storyteller kept me plugging along. This was true horror. Extremely creepy yet at the same time covers the height of COVID well. Dare I say it was nauseatingly good? Yup.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Book 26 9/23/23 (edited) 9mo
dabbe Hello there, sweet kitty-on-the-legs! 🖤🐾🖤 9mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @dabbe Meow🐾😘 I‘m Dean Martin, I own my mom…I‘m 17 and she has to constantly pick up my vomit and feed me 4 times a day bc I need extra food bc I vomit. Recently, I‘ve taken to peeing outside my box. My mom took me to vet to figure out what the heck is going on. I got a shot of antibiotic and B12….the vet thinks I have arthritis. She wants $80 a month for arthritis shots which I‘m sure my mom will go for. She asked if she could get one. Lol🐾 (edited) 9mo
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dabbe @JanuarieTimewalker13 Well, Mr. Dean Martin, you are the coolest cat in the club! Your mom sounds like an amazing person who's taking beyond-excellent care of you! #coolcatkitty 🖤🐾🖤 9mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @dabbe My mom says thank you❤️she feeds me Royal Canin 12 plus…it has helped me and that other cat who lives here who I care not to mention bc she steals my shine…I was here first!! But mom is a softie and knew this cat who lives with us was languishing at a shelter, so she decided to ruin my life and adopt her. That was almost 14 years ago and I still haven‘t totally forgiven her. I AM the coolest cat!!! And you are psychic bc that was on my 9mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Card at the shelter!!!! It precisely read “Charlie, one cool cat” Mom changed my name to Dean Martin bc she figured my tux was perfect and I was born in June🐾 (edited) 9mo
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peaKnit
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“The nuts are complimentary.” Another King win. 🏆

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Eggbeater
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It's not really a mystery because the whole time you know who the criminals are, but it does qualify as nice and gross, so I think it is horror.

The pandemic features prominently in this book, so if you're trying to escape it, you might want to table the novel for a later time. But if you're looking for validation of current events and you have liberal leaning views, it works.

No surprising twists, but I like the characters.

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Addison_Reads
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Clwojick Fantastic! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
DebinHawaii Fun list! 🤍👻 9mo
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Dare to be different 😍

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Lizpixie
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Bk1 of my #BookMail from the last few weeks is the latest King,the 3rd in his Holly Gibney series.When Penny Dahl calls the Finders Keepers Agency asking for help to find her missing daughter, Holly is reluctant to take the case. Her partner has Covid, her mother just died & she‘s meant to be on leave. But Penny sounds desperate. A few blocks away,Professors Rodney & Emily Harris are a nice 80+ married couple with a dark secret in their basement.

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Traci1
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I already posted a pic of my physical tbr for #scarathlon, but this one is specifically ones I definitely plan to get to. I am not a fan of horror movies, but I always watch a lot of Supernatural and Stranger Things in October, and I rewatch all the Halloween-y Bang episodes.

+40 #EarlyBirdPoints for team #SpookyGhostClub
@Clwojick