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Strange Sally Diamond
Strange Sally Diamond | Liz Nugent
The internationally bestselling author of the dark, captivating psychological thriller (People) Lying in Wait returns with a wickedly dark, twisted, and brilliantly observed new novel about an enigmatic woman confronting her unknown past. Reclusive Sally Diamond causes outrage by trying to incinerate her dead father. Now shes the center of attention, not only from the hungry media and police detectives, but also a sinister voice from a past she does not remember. As she begins to discover the horrors of her early childhood, Sally steps into the world for the first time, making new friends, big decisions, and learning that people dont always mean what they say. But who is the man observing Sally from the other side of the world, and why does he call her Mary? And why does her new neighbor seem to be obsessed with her? Sallys trust issues are about to be severely challenged
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Balibee146
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Just starting this one on loan from a friend

AmyG Very good. And yes, very strange. 2d
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed it ❤️👍🏻 2d
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Kappadeemom
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Today‘s reading. Been in Georgia with my mom, who has dementia and broke her hip, so it‘s been nice to be back in Tampa today and just relaxing.

Ruthiella Sorry to hear that about your mom. ❤️ 1mo
Kappadeemom @Ruthiella thank you. It‘s been hard. 1mo
TheBookgeekFrau Sorry about your mom; wishing peace and light to you while you navigate things 🙏🏼🕯️ 1mo
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Nessavamusic
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A mix of family drama and thriller, when a middle age woman‘s adopted father passes away it begins a series of events that unlocks her very dark childhood. I enjoyed this, though I would have preferred to stay in Sally‘s POV throughout. There is a second POV which answers many questions and it was well written, I just wanted more of Sally‘s journey. 4⭐️

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RaeLovesToRead
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Local café is shut for Bank Holiday so I'm recreating the experience in the back garden.

I've heard Strange Sally Diamond described as "like a dark Eleanor Oliphant". Fits #pop24 prompt for 42 year old character.

Continuing The Fire Next Time.

@Megabooks @jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB @KarenUK @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @MissHel @AshleyHoss820 @Ruthiella @OriginalCyn620 @BookBelle84 @graciouswarriorprincess @WJCintron @Branwen @BarkingMadRead

yourfavouritemixtape I love your bag!! Where is it from? 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @yourfavouritemixtape It's from Vendula, but it's a weird one because it's a Japanese exclusive apparently. I got it off ebay. I have a huge collection of Vendula bags... they all have different shop fronts on them 😊 2mo
slategreyskies I‘d love more bag with a book posts! That bag is super cool. 😎 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @slategreyskies https://youtu.be/5W-V9g_eOFE?feature=shared you may enjoy this little video on my most-booklike Vendulas 😊😊🙃 2mo
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candc320
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I absolutely loved this! It was truly tragic and pretty horrific much of the time, but Sally was an amazing character. Seeing the complicated world through her eyes was illuminating and did take some of the sting out of the harder portions. But the truly awful parts were from someone else‘s POV but I don‘t want to say who and spoil it! I definitely recommend this but I‘d also recommend checking trigger warnings if you do that. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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CBee
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This was SO good. Super dark, triggers abound, but I really rooted for Sally ♥️ Definitely a bit of a dark Eleanor Oliphant! @AmyG thanks for sending me Unraveling Oliver as I wouldn‘t have picked this one up if you hadn‘t! 😘 #readyourkindle

Melismatic Sounds interesting! 3mo
CBee @Melismatic it was! I flew through it - such a fantastic book. 3mo
AmyG I really enjoyed this, too. It was so odd, creepy and just wonderful. Happy to read you enjoyed it too! 3mo
CBee @AmyG oh awesome, I didn‘t know you‘d read it too! Yay 😀 👯‍♀️ 3mo
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MizzGraham
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February was a win! 📚🫶🩷

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Twainy
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Nonstop back and forth storylines between Sally/her mom and Peter/Stevie. As the story unfolds you and Sally discover the horrors she & her mom went through & what Peter, as his father‘s favorite, denied. Great story. Terribly bleak. Psychological thriller. Crime! Ireland/NZ locations.

There are a few triggers. It‘s a quick read.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/4

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Chelsea.Poole
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What a great read! I had already written “compelling” for this review when I noticed Ruth Ware used the same word on the cover. I won‘t say much about plot or characters, as I think it‘s best to go in knowing little. But I will say this is for fans of Room, The Quiet Tennant, and Elinor Oliphant. I loved it!

Megabooks Stacking! 5mo
Leniverse I have this in my stack of library books that I'm trying to clear. 😅 Unfortunately I had a rush of holds come in that couldn't be renewed so Sally got shuffled to the bottom of the pile. 5mo
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. I have set a goal of reading 50 books in 2024. I plan to read more of the books I already own - a lofty goal since I keep getting TBR recommendations from podcasts.

2. I haven't signed up for any litsy challenges yet, but I'm looking forward to joining some.

@thespineview
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Good luck with your goals!📚📚📚 7mo
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Coleen_Nieto
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Goodness! It's been MONTHS since I have been able to log into Litsy! I have missed you!

I heard of this book on the Currently Reading podcast and added it to my TBR. It's very good so far, but there are a lot of triggers so please research it before you start it.

DaveGreen7777 Welcome back, Coleen! 👋 7mo
julieclair Welcome back!! 7mo
Coleen_Nieto @DaveGreen7777 Thanks!!! I hope you've been well!
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Coleen_Nieto @julieclair Thanks so much! 7mo
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Tera0707
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The anxiety is real while reading this book.

Alfoster It soooo is! 7mo
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Lesliereadsalot
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Mehso-so

Didn‘t love this one, although I really liked her earlier book, Unraveling Oliver. We follow the lives of brother and sister, Sally and Peter, beginning with a pedophile father, then two kidnapped very young girls, and finally who these two have become. Mostly I found the story to be icky and never really cared about any of the characters.

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BookMaven9
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️five big stars for this deeply dark and disturbing book they explores the psychological damage left by abuse from 2 different perspectives. I found this extremely captivating and devastating at the same time. I‘ll definitely be reading more of this author.

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suvata
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Ireland • Mystery • Thriller • Crime • 4.5 Stars

Reclusive Sally Diamond is thrust into the media spotlight when she tries to incinerate her dead father. Now she's the center of attention, not only from hungry reporters and police detectives, but also a sinister voice from a past she does not remember. Soon she begins to discover the repressed memories of her horrific early childhood. Now she knows that people don't always mean what they say.

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Bookboss
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When Sally Diamond‘s father tells her to throw him out with the trash after he dies, she does exactly that. We learn that Sally was adopted after she suffered a childhood trauma, and that she has no memories before the age of seven. Her behavior and understanding of the world has been altered by this trauma. This thriller is compelling, but also substantial in its topics of trauma, grief, friendship, and forgiveness. Excellent.

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TheLudicReader
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This is 3🌟for me. I thought I was going to love it based on the first 50 pages, but then there was too many convenient plot twists, too much telling and although it was certainly readable, it wasn‘t the *best* book of this type that I have read. I am just sooooo picky about my thrillers.

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MallenNC
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I knew very little about this book when I started but it was praised on several book podcasts so I gave it a try. I think the less you know the better. It‘s been described as a (very) dark Eleanor Oliphant, but there more to it. I enjoyed it even though it‘s disturbing! Not for sensitive readers. Read in two days. Also apparently there‘s a different ending in the U.S. edition, which I read. That‘s wild!

jlhammar This was a good one. I recently read that about the different ending! The UK one is supposed to be darker, more upsetting, I think? Now I want to find out what they changed for our US edition. 10mo
squirrelbrain Ooh I‘d be intrigued to find out what the US ending is. Could you post in spoilers? I didn‘t like the UK ending…. 10mo
MallenNC @squirrelbrain In the U.S. version there‘s an extra chapter right before the end that‘s a letter to Sally from Angela that says she and all the locals forgive Sally for her regression/anger and says they‘re all coming to see her and get her to be social again. I think it‘s meant to offer some hope. I‘m curious why it was changed. 10mo
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MallenNC @jlhammar The letter from Angela right before our epilogue is not in the UK edition. 10mo
squirrelbrain In the UK book, Peter disappears, presumably to find another victim? And Sally regresses back to how she was before she made friends. And that‘s it. Looking at reviews now, I think most people wanted something more positive so maybe that‘s why they changed the US edition. 10mo
MallenNC @squirrelbrain Yes I bet that‘s why. The regression and Peter disappearing (and saying he‘s built a barn) is in our version but then there‘s the letter. And the epilogue is Peter‘s daughter playing her concert with Toby the bear. 10mo
squirrelbrain I vaguely recall that epilogue (I think!) but it‘s a while since I read it. Katie @youneverarrived - is that the epilogue in the UK book? 10mo
jlhammar @squirrelbrain @MallenNC Interesting! As a reader I was glad to have that bit of hope for Sally at the end, but I had no idea that was US edition only when I read it. 10mo
MallenNC @jlhammar I heard about it from the podcast Sarah‘s Bookshelves Live. She‘s having the author on the show soon so I hope she asks about the extra chapter. 10mo
youneverarrived Yeah Helen @squirrelbrain that epilogue is in the version I have. I wish the UK edition would have included that letter from Angela - sounds like a much more hopeful ending. 10mo
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youneverarrived
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One of those ‘can‘t put it down‘ sort of books - you have to find out what‘s going to happen next. I feel like it could have easily slipped into melodrama with all that goes on (it‘s a lot darker than I anticipated) but it didn‘t. It shows how deep rooted family trauma is. It‘ll definitely make my list of favourites for the year although I will say the ending knocked me 😕

Tagging @andrew61 as I know you were interested in reading this one.

andrew61 Thanks Katie, I've just put a reservation in for it at the library. Looking forward to trying 10mo
andrew61 It .👍 10mo
Ruthiella I‘m also stacking and putting on a library hold. I‘m intrigued. 10mo
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squirrelbrain I *hated* the ending of this one! 10mo
youneverarrived @andrew61 look forward to seeing what you think of it 10mo
youneverarrived @Ruthiella I hope you like it! 10mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I did not expect or want it to end that way 😢 10mo
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nanuska_153
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The book moves between Sally's chapters,a woman on the spectrum whose adoptive father just died and has to learn to socialize and about the mystery of her origins;and Peter's chapters,a kid that lives secluded with his misogynistic father,who treats his mother like Rochester does to Bertha.The alternation between the dark and the more light-hearted chapters works,making it very easy to read.⬇️⬇️

nanuska_153 I loved the first 2/3rds of the book, but it really deflates towards the end and the author goes where nobody wants to follow. 11mo
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youneverarrived
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Love starting a new book 😁

andrew61 Not read liz nugent but heard good things so will be interested to see your verdict. 11mo
youneverarrived @andrew61 I‘ll let you know 😁 this is my first by her 11mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Very dark and disturbing. However, there were some light parts in Sally's uniqueness to balance things out. The kind of book that breaks your heart repeatedly then offers you a one-eyed teddy bear that you want so badly. 4.5 stars.
#Rushathon #20in4
@Andrew65 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

bthegood “offers you a one-eyed teddy bear“ best line in a review - I can feel what you mean - omg - love it - 🙂 11mo
AmandaBlaze @bthegood I can‘t t take all the credit. There is a one-eyed teddy bear named Toby in the book. 11mo
bthegood @AmandaBlaze 😂 👍 11mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 11mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 11mo
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AmandaBlaze
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I was reading The Chateau when this hold came in. Now I can‘t stop reading it.

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Oryx
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On my way to Liverpool to see @trishb @squirrelbrain ♥️

julesG Have fun! Wish I could join you. 11mo
squirrelbrain ❤️ I‘d say enjoy your book but it‘s a dark one (although very good!) 11mo
rockpools Have fun! 11mo
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TrishB See you soon 😁 11mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain yup I'm seeing that now. It's just gone mega dark. 11mo
Oryx @julesG me too! But not too long until Gladstone's now ☺️ 11mo
Soubhiville That‘s awesome! Have fun! 11mo
Chelsea.Poole Have a great time! 11mo
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jlhammar
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Had me hooked from the get-go! What an opening. What a crazy and distressing ride. Dark and disturbing for sure, but there is also humor and light. I won‘t be forgetting Sally anytime soon.

Alfoster So true! Fascinating and I couldn‘t put it down! 11mo
batsy This sounds good! 11mo
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BkClubCare
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I have never read a Harlan Coben but he impressed me on the Today Show - with his book recs, his fashion choices, and stating, “Read anything!”

BkClubCare Just put on library hold - am #10 11mo
Ruthiella If you like thrillers, he‘s a good one to try. Also, a number of his books have been adapted into TV movies by Netflix. 11mo
DivineDiana I just checked Goodreads to see if I had ever read one of his books. Looks like I read one in 2016 and rated it 4 stars! Unfortunately, I read a synopsis and I don‘t remember a thing! 😂 Going to check out his recommendations! Thank you! (edited) 11mo
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BkClubCare @Ruthiella - 😄 tbh, I haven‘t read his books because I tend to shy away from any books where the author name is in a bigger font size than the title. I figure they don‘t need my money. Exception is Stephen King 🤣 11mo
BkClubCare @DivineDiana - thanks! I just usually avoid “popular” books 🤣 11mo
BkClubCare @DivineDiana - But he spoke very highly about my fave James McBride so I will give him this shout out (and probably still avoid his books!) 11mo
DivineDiana I watched the segment and the books he recommended sounded interesting! Added most of them to my TBR! 🙂 11mo
BkClubCare @DivineDiana - ditto. 11mo
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Madison91
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I love this so much, it‘s like elanor oliphant with a dark twist. Really good read

jlhammar Just started this last night. So good! 11mo
BkClubCare Harlan Coben said the same thing! Compared to Eleanor O…. (On Today 🌈 Show) 11mo
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BookLineNSinker
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I don't know how to rate this book. I want to say so-so but it did keep me obsessively listening to see what happened next so I guess it's a very soft pick. The book is extremely dark and depressing. However, it was well told and extremely believable if you are trying to get into the mind of generations of broken people... Trigger warnings out the wazoo- so proceed with caution. The synopsis didn't explain the depth of depravity within.

julieclair Great review. 11mo
AmyG Yes, great review. 11mo
BookLineNSinker Thank you!! This was a tough read and hard to review but worth the read! 11mo
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Madison91
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August intentions!

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Mpcacher
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This is an extremely dark and entertaining thriller, that is still fun in parts because of the wonderful character of Sally. Her quirkiness and honesty prevent the book from being only a tragic tale and when she was the focus it gave you a break from the disturbing aspects of the story. This is the first book I have read by this author and I have to check out her others. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance reading copy. 4/5 stars.

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twinkletoes74
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Sally Diamond can not understand why what she did was so strange. She was only doing what her father told her to do, to put him out with the rubbish when he died

Cathythoughts Good book ! I‘m looking forward to her next one 👍🏻😁 12mo
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Cazxxx
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So good but much darker than I thought it would be
4 ⭐️

Cathythoughts I agree! It‘s good and dark. 14mo
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ashw21
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A dark psychological drama set in Ireland and New Zealand . Sally Diamond is a quirky character who has lived a very isolated life. As she opens herself to the world and finds friendships and connections, she comes to terms with her dark history. This book is dark but unputdownable. It is funny, and has heart and soul despite the hard themes and many trigger warnings in this book!

jlhammar Looking forward to this! Sounds really good. 1y
Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻 I‘m a Liz Nugent fan 👍🏻 1y
ashw21 @jlhammar Hope, you like it!
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ashw21 @Cathythoughts Thank you! This is my first book of hers..any others you recommend? She is a great author! 1y
Cathythoughts I‘ve read and enjoyed all of them. This one , Stange Sally , is my favorite though. 👍🏻 1y
paper.reveries @ashw21 You should definitely read Unraveling Oliver by her. Fantastic read! 14mo
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Curvybookgirl
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Very good but very dark

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 🖤 1y
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charl08

The ruddy-cheeked vicar came to shake my hand....

He had asked me to visit him the night before, but I told him over the phone that I didn't like meeting strange men. He reminded me that he had met me several times when I was a young girl when I used to go to church with Mum. I told him he still qualified as a strange man, so he agreed to discuss the arrangements over the phone...

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one. 1y
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Cathythoughts
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A compelling read about a woman who has deep anxieties and fears that keep her isolated , living as a recluse with her father outside a village in Ireland. The story reveals her dark history and the dark character that controlled her.
This is the best Liz Nugent I‘ve read.
@squirrelbrain I put my thoughts on the ending in the spoiler 👍🏻

Cathythoughts I didn‘t mind the ending… it was uneasy and scary .. and open-ended. What I did mind was that the teddy bear was still in circulation. I would have loved that bear to be disappeared forever ! Toby. 1y
batsy Nice review, Cathy! Bumping this up the list. 1y
Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks. It‘s a ‘ good ‘ read ! 1y
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youneverarrived Can‘t wait to read this one! 1y
squirrelbrain Great review Cathy! I guess I‘m just a sucker for a ‘happy‘ ending. I didn‘t mind so much that he was still ‘on the loose‘ - I wanted Sally to be happy. 1y
Tamra Stacked - intriguing! 1y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain I know , that it was left open ended seemed to me that there were lots of possibilities 🤞🏻 1y
LeahBergen Nice review! 👍 1y
Cathythoughts @Tamra She‘s an offbeat writer. Look forward to your thoughts whenever you may get there. 1y
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived Look forward to your thoughts ❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah 😘 1y
julesG Hello Cathy, I just got a letter from you. Thank you! I have a letter for you here, totally forgot to take it to the post office. I'm so sorry. I'm going to send it out soon. Mea culpa! 1y
Cathythoughts @julesG I‘m glad my card arrived. No worries , take your time with mine , it makes the birthday last longer 👯‍♀️ Happy Birthday again 2023! ♥️♥️ 1y
batsy Happy birthday, dear Cathy! Have a fantastic day and weekend ❤️🧁📚 1y
Cathythoughts @batsy Thankyou my old Litsy friend 😘 1y
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I‘m really enjoying this crazy story. We read one of Liz Nugent‘s books for our Bookclub and I‘ve liked her oddness ever since. I just saw your review @squirrelbrain and here you have me pondering about an ending again ( like in the Eleanor Catton ) .. I have to say it adds to the thrill of reading it. 👍🏻♥️

batsy I've been intrigued by descriptions of this one! Glad you're liking it. 1y
Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks ! I am enjoying it X 1y
LeahBergen What @batsy said! 👍 1y
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Cathythoughts @LeahBergen It‘s good 👍🏻♥️ 1y
squirrelbrain I‘ll be interested to hear what you think when you get there Cathy…. 1y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain 👍🏻👍🏻 1y
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squirrelbrain
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I loved this book all the way through until the ending, which nearly ruined the whole book for me. 😡

Sally first presents as a neurodiverse MC, which I felt was handled really sensitively (not like The Maid which felt like it was slightly poking fun). However, as the story unfolds, we learn how her past may have influenced her behaviour - nature vs nurture, maybe.

This was MUCH darker than I expected but also warm and funny. TW in spoiler.

squirrelbrain Physical abuse, mental abuse, child abuse, paedophilia. 1y
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Cinfhen Striking cover! 1y
Cinfhen Human monsters are the WORST monsters 💔 1y
TrishB We all need to know the ending now!! May need to read. 1y
squirrelbrain You‘ll just have to read it then @TrishB ! (Please do and then we can discuss the end! 🤣) 1y
TrishB Keeping my eye out for any offers! 1y
Librarybelle Hmmm…something to keep on my radar! 1y
sarahbarnes Interesting…great review! 1y
LaraReads Great review! Boo for crappy endings though. 1y
Cathythoughts Interesting review! I‘ve just started this one 🤞🏻 1y
squirrelbrain I hope you enjoy it Cathy - are you back from your trip now? Hope you had a fabulous time! 1y
Cathythoughts I am back , thanks it was fab. I have an Amazon parcel … that I keep eyeing , but I‘ll try and wait. Thankyou 😘 1y
squirrelbrain Oh I‘m glad you got it OK @Cathythoughts - only another week to wait! 1y
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