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TheAromaofBooks
Fragile: A Novel | Lisa Unger
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Pickpick

Despite the cover blurb, I don't think I would term this one as “nail-biting“. However, it did keep me turning the pages. This is a sort of character-study thriller, with a slow reveal of backstories and motivations, exploring both a current and past case. While I did have some mixed feelings about some aspects, overall I enjoyed it and actually reserved the second book at the library. 😁

TheAromaofBooks Great #LMPBC pick @Jerdencon !!! @bookandbedandtea I'll mail this one sometime next week!!!! @robinb 7d
PuddleJumper ❤️❤️ 7d
robinb Sounds good! I actually finished mine last night and will get it out next week as well! @TheAromaofBooks @Jerdencon @bookandbedandtea @suvata (edited) 7d
Jerdencon I finished mine too - hoping to get it in the mail on Saturday otherwise will send it out on 4/29 when I get back from vacation. @robinb 6d
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JessClark78
Carrie | Stephen King
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I seriously slacked off on my Stephen King reading plan, so I‘m starting back at the beginning.

Using this for #TheDoubleR (Book title with two ‘R‘s exactly) #TwinPeaksReadingChallenge #TPRC

#ReadAway2024

DieAReader 😏A great book!! 2w
Yuki_Onna Wow - Great cover as well! 👏 I remember my copy of it had an awful cover. 2w
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The_Penniless_Author
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Went into my favorite used bookshop looking for Deadwood, but came out with a copy of Pete Dexter's other masterpiece. A pitch-perfect illustration of small-town dynamics and repression, and a powerful warning of what happens when you allow evil to linger too long unchecked. Paris Trout is one of the more disturbing characters in fiction, a perfect embodiment of a certain type of paranoid rage that seems to exist everywhere now.

Ruthiella Such a disturbing book. 3w
The_Penniless_Author @Yuki_Onna This one counts for #8 (The Double R) on the #TPRC! 😀 3w
Yuki_Onna 👏🖤 3w
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SconsinBookyBadger
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A little book splurging therapy after enduring a chaotic work week. I ordered all of them online since they‘re listed as out of stock at my B&N. And now I wait for the Shanghai star crossed lovers and their gang to arrive in the mail. Except Our Violent Ends. That‘s a pre-order to a June release.
#TPRC
@Yuki_Onna

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CarolynM
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A good mystery with its roots in the Nazi occupation of Denmark during WWII, but I think the author was trying too hard with her private investigator hero, giving him a few too many quirks.

This works for quite a few #TPRC prompts, but I‘m going for #6 #DamnFineCoffee

Yuki_Onna Wow, perfect!👏🖤 1mo
LeahBergen That DOES look like a damn fine coffee! 1mo
Cathythoughts Too many quirks ! That‘s funny 🤣 1mo
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Yuki_Onna
The Noh Mask Murder | Akimitsu Takagi
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An old seaside mansion. Dark gothic atmosphere. An exotic setting. Sinister locked-room mystery. Depraved and broken characters. A public prosecutor in search of the truth. Unreliable narrators.
Japan, unsettled nation during the aftermath of WWII. Multiple elaborate murders. Elegant, refined prose. An outstanding translation.
...

Yuki_Onna Continued:
Eerieness creeps through the pages like the seaside mist underlying the story.
Historical murder mystery, social commentary, character study, domestic thriller, gothic literature.
Maybe the perfect book for the perfect time exists. The Noh Mask Murder has it all.
5/5⭐
👹⛩️🎌🌊
1mo
Yuki_Onna Thank you, NetGalley and Pushkin Press, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review! All viewpoints are entirely my own.
#Netgalley #PushkinPress #TheNohMaskMurder #Japan #classics #mystery #lockedroommystery #gothic #WWII #seaside #murder
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Yuki_Onna Perrserker - set during a war (flashbacks) #Gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper

#ReadAway2024 @Andrew65 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

Read partly during #MarvellousMarch #readathon @Andrew65 , in which I'm participating. Keeping it simple again and just attempting to read as much as possible 😊
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
PuddleJumper 🙌 🙌 1mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 1mo
Bookwormjillk Nice! 1mo
StaceGhost This sounds like such a perfect beach read— at least it does for creepy ol‘ me lol (edited) 4w
Yuki_Onna @StaceGhost - Well, there's gotta be beach reads for us weird emotional souls, too, right? 😎 It's the perfect beach read for foggy early autumn beach visits 🤔😁 4w
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Yuki_Onna
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Another 24th has come, therefore it's time for the drawing of #TwinPeaksReadingChallenge 's featured prompt of March/April from my impromptu prompt jar 😁
Remember, it is completely optional whether you try to prioritise the prompt or not! It's a bit of added spice for those who feel like it.
This month the prompt is 20: Big Ed & Norma - a book with star-crossed lovers.
#TPRC #TwinPeaks

Amor4Libros Fun! I‘m going to look through my TBR to see if I have something lined up for this 🤗 1mo
TheSpineView Oh this is an interesting one. I bet I have several on my TBR list that I could read. ❤️📖 1mo
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The_Penniless_Author
My Phantoms | Gwendoline Riley
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Glad I listened to the recommendations, because I really enjoyed this one. The writing felt both contemporary and timeless, somehow. The themes are evergreen, I suppose - mother/daughter relationships and the difficulty of truly knowing another person, even someone as central to one's own life as a parent. Riley has a keen eye for detail, and her style is lean and biting in the best possible way.

The_Penniless_Author @Yuki_Onna I'm going to say this counts for #6 for the #tprc, since the MC drinks quite a bit of coffee. ☕️😋 1mo
Aimeesue Nice review! 1mo
Yuki_Onna It totally does! 👏🧐😊 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks
The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Mehso-so

I think I'm in the minority here, but this one just wasn't for me, despite having really enjoyed some of Harper's other books. This story was just relentlessly depressing. With a strong focus on abuse and how that reverberates through a family even when the abuser is gone, plus some bonus content regarding rape, divorce, community ostracizing, depression, suicide, isolation, etc. I was just honestly sad the entire time I was reading this. ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I did really care about these characters and there is a (mostly) happy ending, but it was a long slog through a morass of sadness to get there. Plus, while I was interested to find out what happened to Cam, this book wasn't particularly suspenseful. It's really about a sad, lonely, depressed man trying to make sense of his life and figure out what happened to his brother. Not a bad story, but not remotely a nail-biter. 1mo
Yuki_Onna Oh my... How brave of you to get through this!👏 1mo
Lauredhel I hear that -- I really struggle to read grim books these days. 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks
Clouds of Witness | Dorothy L. Sayers
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When I was ambivalent towards the first Lord Peter book, I had SO many people tell me that the series gets better as it goes along, so I've had the second book sitting about for quite some time waiting for me to pick it up. I did enjoy this one more (and found Lord Peter less annoying), but I also thought the mystery was a little weak. Still, I'll get around to book 3 one of these days. Soft pick.

TheSpineView Great job!🤩📖📚 1mo
Yuki_Onna Wow! 🤩 1mo
Librarybelle I love that cover! 1mo
BarbaraJean The series does indeed get better as it progresses! Books 4 and 5 are where it really hits its stride, I think. I keep slotting these into my #192025 list! 1mo
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