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Amoon

Joined July 2018

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Set in a small Australian town during an epic drought (the dry), multiple murders cause total mistrust of pretty much everyone. Aaron Falk, a federal investigator living in Melbourne, returns to this hometown that he and his father left years ago. Told in two timelines, we learn that so many people have secrets that see the light of day (or not) during the investigation. I heard that you could feel the heat…you do.

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We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter
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I feel like my life was so enriched by reading this epic book. It is the story of he author‘s family in Poland from 1949-1946. Life for this Jewish family becomes worse and worse as the Nazis overtake Europe. The author does a great job in following all of the life threatening experiences each Harare endures.Their love for each other. A real page turner and inspirational.

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Thunderhead (Reprint) | Neal Shusterman
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Book 2 in the Arc of the Scythe series. In the future people an live forever and Scythes are ordained people who glean (murder) selected people to keep the population balanced. The Thunderhead is a super almost omniscient computer that keeps earth running smoothly. In this book, things are starting to breakdown and evil is unleashed by a powerful person. Action ramps up more and more until the very curious inclusion. Can‘t wait to start book 3.

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Billy Summers | Steven King
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What a great story! Second Steven King book I‘ve read and now I‘m a total fan. Billy is a paid for hire, excellent bit man who learned his skills while serving in Iraq. I was fascinated by his step by step details about planning and executing the attack. Billy‘s secret is that he plays “dumber” than he is and he‘s secretly writing a book about his life. Great characters and plot twists

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This book was a true delight! My favorite film is Local Hero (set in Scotland) and this book brings me back there. Nina, total book lover and librarian loses her job at a library in the city and is totally destroyed. She has a fantasy dream of opening a movable bookshop in a van. The van is in Scotland and she ends up moving there because regulations in England won‘t allow her to park the van anywhere. There‘s the magic of books and later romance

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When Dani Shapiro was 54, she discovered on ancestry.com that the man she thought was her father was not. Through research she finds out who her true biological father is and contacts him. The events that follow are truly heart wrenching and complex. It causes readers to wonder what they would do in similar situation. It also induces us to think about truth and the ethics involved in dealing with infertility. Very well written and honest.

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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The epic story begins with young Daniel (son of a bookstore owner) visiting the secret Cemetery of Forgotten Books. He is instructed to choose a book to own and cherish. He chooses The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax. A strange, disguised man has been stealing all of Carax‘s books and burning them. Am so the mystery of Julian Carax begins.

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Funny book about a woman whose family moved to California from Iran. It‘s obvious that Firoozah loves her parents even if they sometimes drive her nuts. One of my favorite parts was when her father said he was going with a friend or relative for dinner. Firoozah didn‘t think there was a restaurant there. She found out their “dinner” was free samples. Her stories about being an immigrant in school were pretty funny too.

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Heard that middle school boys were crazy about this book on the podcast “What Should I Read Next?”
In this world all sickness and death has been eliminated. Scythes are trained and ordained to “glean” (kill) people to keep the population under control. As in all dystopian books, something must change. Good characters and plot twists. 1st in a series of 3 books.

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A Place for Us | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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An amazing book about a family who all love each other deeply. Due to the rules of their religion and society, children and parents clash dramatically. By giving us different POV‘s we gain a real understanding of the characters‘ motivations. Was sad to see the book end.

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Vox | Nicholson Baker
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Totally compelling book about a future dystopian world. Women wear wrist bands issued by the govt. they are only allowed to speak 100 words a day. If they go over, they get a strong electric shock. Jean is a neuroscientist hired by the govt for an important task. The author just keeps tightening the screws and causing more and more obstacles .

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Never thought I‘d read a book about ice hockey but heard this was great so I read it. The story of the players, parents, coaches, politicians in a small town that lived for high school hockey. Questions or morality, love, friendship, loyalty and justice are explored in this novel. Great characters that I can picture in my mind. Will start watching the mini series on HBO tonight.

CarolynM Such a good book! 2mo
Amoon I started the mini series, didn‘t even finish the first episode. Already too many departures from the book. 2mo
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I Let You Go | Clare Mackintosh
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Started off slow to medium pacer and then the plot twists and turns so I couldn‘t put it down. Told in different POV‘s in such a way that we don‘t always know who is talking. A boy has been killed in a hit and run accident. The police have no clues for a long time and then the “truths” come out layer by layer. Great character development, vivid imagery, not for the faint of heart.

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Julia is in high school when her older sister Olga gets accidentally killed by a semi truck. Her parents (illegals from Mexico NOTE: Julia prefers that title). The family lives in a cramped, cockroach infested apartment in Chicago. Her mother is incredibly protective and the whole family is mourning Olga‘s death. By snooping in her sister‘s room, Julia discovers she was not the perfect daughter they imagined.

Amoon I need to add that Julia is totally miserable and her parents don‘t know her at all ( same way I felt growing up). 2mo
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A twisty plot that goes back and forth between two timeline. One is in the present when baby Noah‘s parents have disappeared and the past which explains what really happened. Tallula is a very passive, insecure woman who became pregnant in high school. She doesn‘t love the father, Zach. Her life changes when she meets the charming, enigmatic, exciting Scarlett. I honestly was confused by the last page though.

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Told in alternating narratives of the girl before (Emma) and the girl now (Jane). Both go through an intense vetting process to be considered as occupants of an austere, high tech home designed by Edward. The questionnaire is long and extremely intrusive, causing the women and readers to wonder why. Many plot twists and turns. I was completely fooled! Heard there is a mini series based on the book-

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Trying to be more literary, I listened to this book on a solo car trip. In the beginning I wondered when something would happen, but it just got better and better. Pretty much crazy Mrs.Bennett connives in any way she can to marry off her daughters. Incredible character descriptions, we know them all and their behaviors are not always “suitable”. Found myself laughing out loud several times at Austin‘s sharp sarcasm.

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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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Best word to describe this book is “charming”. Dimple is a brainy girl who dreams of a high tech position and is getting ready to study at Stanford. Rishon is set to be in the engineering program at MIT. Dimple is surprised that her parents agree to let her go to a summer program in San Francisco. What she doesn‘t know is that Rishi and Dimple‘s parents have made an agreement to match those two. Funny and touching

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The book begins when Nora is 9 hours from attempting suicide. She eventually finds herself in a library that includes books that represent multitude lives that she could have lived based on choices she made. Fame, wealth, success, wild adventures ensue.
Nora learns “ It‘s not what you look at, it‘s what you see‘. Thoreau A masterpiece- moved me to tears

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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Interesting style of writing. We meet Nadia, Luke and Aubrey whose lives are connected dramatically. In addition to hearing the story through these characters, we also hear the Greek chorus of the mothers, who are the elderly members of the Upper Room church. IMO the mothers and the pastor‘s wife are extremely judgmental and legalistic rather than being Christlike (living unconditionally, supportive, accepting). Great book.

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The Good Thief | Hannah Tinti
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After reading The 12 Lives of Samuel Hawley, I wanted to read Tinti‘s debut novel (I think). This is the story of Ren, a one handed orphan raised by the strict brothers. Benjamin claims to be Ren‘s long lost brother and rescues him from the orphanage but, what is the life he‘s involved in now? Benjamin and his friend Tom are not exactly upstanding citizens. Danger lurks everywhere, but so does love and kindness. Unpredictable!

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I kept hearing about Elizabeth Berg, so I thought I‘d try one of her books. Midway through ai thought “Do I really care about these characters?” I don‘t think I did. Takes place at a 40th high school reunion and we learn about the cliques and insecurities and phoniness that these people have outgrown since high school. After reading the 12 Lives of Samuel Hawley and The Boys in the Boat, this was a real snoozer. Too nice for my taste (this moment)

marleed I don‘t pan books often, I typically like Elizabeth Berg - but this book drove me crazy. Putting 16 yr old mindsets in the heads of 60+ yr old women was a complete miss for me. Nice cover though! 4mo
Amoon I told my cousin that I thought it was like light chick lit with swear words. The part when they all opened up to each other sounded so phony to me,. I read a review that compared her to Ann Tyler, which I totally disagree with. They are not in the same league ( at least this book). 4mo
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So sad to finish this book! I loved both main character - Samuel Hawley, an outlaw on the run with his daughter Loo. Their relationship is like no other, true complicated love. Loo‘s mother Lily is dead and in a nonlinear way, we learn about her parents‘ tumultuous marriage. It has other great characters and very intense scenes of danger and violence. Fabulous book!

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Never thought I‘d ever read about the Gold Medal winning rowing team in the 1936 Olympics. Heard about this on the FABULOUS podcast “What Should I Read Next?” The way the author describes the races makes you feel like you‘re witnessing the race. Well developed characters and excellent information about everything to do with rowing success- inspiring and exciting .

Amoon I read somewhere that there‘s a documentary on PBS about the Olympic rowing team 4mo
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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
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Fabulous book from the first word till the last. A group of people fly in a private jet that crashes. Told in a nonlinear fashion about each person on the plane including passengers, pilot and crew. We follow the investigation and hear exactly what the investigator hears from the recovered black box.

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The Therapist | B A Paris
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Not exactly sure why I didn‘t love this book. I think I really didn‘t like any of the characters. Alice and Leo move to a cushy London neighborhood where they find out one of the woman was murdered. Alice suspects everyone and we find out the truth in the last 10 or so pages. Maybe I‘m burnt out on psychological thrillers. This just wasn‘t really fun to read. Taking a break from psychological thrillers…unless one of the ones I reserved pops up.

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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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I‘d like to give it a So- So plus” or “Pick Minus”.
I was intrigued to find out who the murdered was but felt like the author manipulated us with red herrings (multiple people with evil parents). Actually I‘m not even sure now who certain accounts were written by, so that‘s kind of unsatisfying. Curious was others think. Please comment. Basic story of women being murdered at an elite college. Main character is a therapist.

kplovesbooks So-so for me too. It felt all over the place...and then the ending when we find out who it really was: like WHAT?! Nah, not a fan. 4mo
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So, I‘m totally hooked on this guy‘s books now. Charle is a college student who is so obsessed with film that she often confuses reality with her vivid imagination. I loved the film references. After her best friend is murdered, she‘s paranoid and just wants to get far away from the place of the murder. She accepts a ride from a stranger on the campus ride board and we witness each hour of her terrorizing night. Who can she trust ?

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Cul-De-Sac | Joy Fielding
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Was eagerly waiting for this book by one of my fav authors and it didn‘t disappoint. I grew up on a cul- de- sac and remember how it‘s your own little enclave. Fielding takes her cast of characters ( they might all have guns) and winds the tension little by little until a gun has to be shot. Great characters, great story telling. Never lets up from the first word till it ends.

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Good Girl | Mary Kubica
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Couldn‘t put it down (even when brushing my teeth and flat ironing my hair!) Told in 2 timelines: before, after the kidnapping. 4 POVs: Mia (kidnapped woman), Eve (her trophy wife mother), Colin ( the kidnapper) and Gabe, the police investigator. I enjoyed the non linear style and Mia‘s amnesia because we know she gets rescued, but we don‘t how . Moral - don‘t be a horrible, controlling father.

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The Other Mrs. | Mary Kubica
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What a wild ride! Learning a lot about geography from books. Maine has over 2000 islands. Sadies, Will and their two sons move to one of the islands to live in a house previously owned by Will‘s deceased sister and their scary, goth daughter Imogene is now their responsibility. This book has unreliable narratives on steroids, nothing is what it seems. When the horrible truth is revealed I realize once again why I love psychological thrillers

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Kitchen Confidential | Anthony Bourdain
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After seeing the film Roadrunner, after watching his shows on TV, I had to read this book! After learning that he was reading what he wrote when narrating his shows, it feels like he really is talking to you when you read his book. I now have incredible respect for the people who work at restaurants, just seems like such hard work. Bourdain‘s blunt style is riveting and often pretty funny. He made me feel guilty for lazily using jarred garlic

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Started off strong but kind of fizzled out to me. Jessica becomes a participant in a psychological study which promises a lot of money (red flag). The seemingly perfect (red flag) Dr. Shields in charge of the project seems to have a magnetic hold on Jessica. Jessica‘s family is in need if $ so even when the requests of the study become more and more bizarre, she agrees. Meh

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So, after reading a slew of psychological thrillers, the main character stupidly trusts and married the “perfect” man with movie tar good looks and money. To top it off he‘s totally fine with having Grace‘s Down syndrome sister with them. So many clues that friends miss. One in particular - husband and wife have the same email address. Poor Grace, she marries a sadistic psychopath, how will she escape?

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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I heard the author give an interview and was intrigued by the premie of the book. Nella has been the only Black woman working at a book publishing company and suddenly there‘s an “OBG” other Black girl, the charming, exciting Hazel. I guess I always don‘t trust charming people in life or books. I enjoyed hearing Nella‘s voice but found the time/ character jumping confusing. We learn a lot about the conflicting views Nella has to deal with.

SqueakyChu I agree about the time/character jumping confusion. That part made no sense to me in the beginning. Finally, after I caught on, the story itself picked up for me. 5mo
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The Breakdown | B A Paris
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This book really takes you on a wild ride. A slow burn that gets more and more intense as Cassie is realizing she may have early onset dimentia. Little by little she is losing touch with reality. Her husband Matthew and best friend Rachel are supportive when Cassie becomes obsessed with a recent murder in her own neighborhood, causing terror.

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Luckiest Girl Alive | Jessica Knoll
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Another book that makes you realize that we just don‘t know what a person‘s true thoughts are and how horrible high school can be. Ani seems to have it all. She‘s pretty, thin, writes for a popular women‘s magazine and is engaged to wealthy Luke. To me, her mother really didn‘t live her and anything bad (and I mean BAD) that happened to her had to be her fault. Ani has created a protective shell that has to crack

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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Another book that I have no idea how it came to me, but glad it did. Penn and Rosie have a bunch of sons, but the youngest - brilliant Claude wants to dress like a girl and play with girls. Clause becomes Poppy and the whole family keeps the child‘s biological gender a secret (which we know will be exposed). My favorite part is the sub plot of the ongoing fairy tell Penn tells his sons for many years. What would we do in their shoes?

Amoon Favorite quote: You know what‘s better than happy endings? Happy middles. All of the happy with none of the finality. (edited) 6mo
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The Dilemma | B.A. Paris
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This book was like a spiral circling tighter and tighter till you knew it would explode. Told from the POV of Livvy and her husband Adam. The reader knows that they are both keeping a serious secret about their daughter Marnie from each other. The news of both secrets will be devastating to their family and closest friends.You know that the truth will come out and when it does, you feel everyone‘s pain. Riveting !

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Really interesting book about Amaryllis‘ life as a CIA agent. Losing her childhood friend on an airplane bombed by terrorist was the impetus fir her to do what she could to thwart terrorists. I really liked learning about disguises, surveillance and all that other cool spy stuff. Her approach was to create relationships with the “bad guys” and get them to flip to our side.

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The Wife Upstairs | Rachel Hawkins
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What a ride! Told from the POV of the main characters including Jane, dog worker in super upscale neighborhood, Handsome and charming Eddie, whose wife and best friend have disappeared and others. Almost every character is not who they appear to be, while everyone is sociable. Riveting from the beginning to the end.

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The Wife Between Us | Greer Hendricks
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Maybe I‘ve just OD‘d on psychological thrillers. I was intrigued by the story and finished the book. Maybe I‘ve read too many books with rich, too good to be true, rich, handsome men. Think I‘ll take a break from thrillers for awhile and read a nice, interesting book that I can leisurely read. Good, not great. I think the twists were ok.

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A little bit out of my comfort zone, but it definitely kept me riveted until the end. Claire is an actress in need of a good part. Her present shady job is propositioning men and videotaping them to prove they are cheaters to their wives.one of the wives is murdered and Claire is involved in the performance of her life in order to catch the killer. The book delves onto very creepy sadistic online groups, could be unsettling for some

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I‘m officially a Peter Swanson fan. This book never let up from the first sentence till the fantastic last one! I‘m calling it “Double Indemnity/ Body Heat 2.0”
Told in the POV of wealthy Ted and mysterious Lily, we as the readers only know what they know. All along I knew there had to be multiple other sides to the sordid story. The lesson here to men is to never trust a woman who wants to always please you sexually.

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This is the kind of book that makes you 1) Realize how blessed you are to have a stable childhood in a loving home. 2) Realize that we have absolutely no idea what a person‘s life is like. Melody Brown, in her 30‘s gets hypnotized and suddenly starts have flashback memories of a childhood she has totally repressed. Told in 2 time lines- we learn about the incredibly chaotic childhood Melody experienced but still was loved.

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Give Me Your Hand | Megan E Abbott
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This book was a wild ride. I heard Peter Swanson recommend this author in an interview. Told in a non linear fashion this is the story of Kit and Diane. They met in high school and now are on the elite team with the mysterious Dr. Severin to study women who become violent during parts of their menstrual cycle. Diane‘s childhood is deeply warped and she shares her deepest secrets with Kit who has major problems of her own. Gripping !

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Every Vow You Break | Julia Crouch
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Abigail has been involved in several relationships, but when she meets handsome, wealthy Bruce, she is pretty much swept off her feet and agrees to marry him after a suspiciously short courtship. I think she is typical mystery book heroine who sees the red flags, but ignores them thinking (stupidly) that everything will be ok- it‘s not. For their honeymoon he takes her to a creepy island populated by too many men and only one other couple.

Amoon I listed the wrong author!! It‘s my new fav PETER SWANSON 7mo
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Liked, didn‘t love. Malcolm is a mystery book store owner who wrote a blog called “8 Perfect Murders”. He gives the list of books that fit his criteria. Problem is that someone has been inspired to replicate these fictional murders in real life. Other problem is that Malcolm is a non- reliable narrator. Disappointing after reading “Before She Knew Him”

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2 unique, fascinating main characters. Hen, the Bi-polar super talented children‘s book illustrator and Matthew, a Dexter like murderer who lives next door.
Hen can be totally obsessed with whatever she‘s involved in, so when she recognizes a fencing trophy on Matthew‘s mantle, she is sure that he murdered a molester from the school where he teaches. Great POVs and plot twists

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Just listened to this one on a 600 mile car trip. Made the driving great. Sapphire is a teenage girl who has lost family members and was molested as a young girl. She becomes obsessed with her therapist when he proclaims that she‘s ok now. Women are getting attacked. Everyone has secrets and are motivated to act. 30 something Owen is a lonely guy in the area that seems suspicious