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EverydayImReading

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Middletide: A Novel | Sarah Crouch
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Mehso-so

It‘s basically a hybrid of Where the Crawdads sing and Gone girl but not as well written. Was it just me that had the solution half way through? There was only one obvious solution. And expensive for a kindle book. Might make a good tv movie but for better value and way better writing, buy the other two instead.

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A rollercoaster. A fun ride. The ending was insane but I‘d recommend as an enjoyable holiday read.

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Panpan

All I can say is NO. Save yourselves.

Cathythoughts Thanks Sinead, we will save ourselves from this one 👍🏻😳 7h
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For me no one does short stories like Stephen King. This collection is so good. Some stories are almost novellas. Danny Coughlins bad dream is superb and the Jalbert/Javert cop so sinister. The answer man, 😢 I‘m driving fast past any stands with red umbrellas on the roadside from now on. I flew through these so fast that I will go back and re read some again. Nice nod to Leonard Cohen in the title. Thank you from a Constant reader ❤️

Cathythoughts Great review Sinead. Looking forward to it. ❤️👍🏻 2w
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Panpan

I thoroughly enjoyed Want to know a secret and this was touted as being like Christie‘s And then there were none. Which I read when I was 12 and still to this day think is one of the best murder mysteries I‘ve ever read. So brave and ambitious to be comparing it to that classic. Well it‘s nothing like ATTWN. It‘s one of the worst things I‘ve ever read. So to anyone comparing it to our Agatha‘s excellent and elegant story I say How very dare you

Cathythoughts How very dare you ! Indeed 😂 1mo
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I‘ll tell you a secret shall I? This may not be high and fancy literature but it‘s a page turner with plenty of twists. Perfect for a plane or train journey or a rainy afternoon. My first from this author and I‘ll be reading more of hers.

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Mehso-so

I listened to this on audible. It was loud and had a lot of extreme language. I almost gave up as I found it too stressful to listen to because of that. The jumping timelines also made me dizzy. However I‘m glad I persevered as it finally came together and the message and theme was ultimately great. However it did take a very long time to get to the point. Judge for yourselves.

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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Close to Death: A Novel | Anthony Horowitz
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Book 5/5 of the Hawthorn murder series. If you‘re looking for an easy read with humour and clever twists look no further. This series has been so enjoyable. I hope it‘s not the last one.

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The Heaven of Mercury | Brad Watson
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This book is hard to describe. It‘s had some beautiful vignettes and gorgeous descriptions of nature. Parts are very disturbing and not easy to read. It‘s was our April Bookclub pick. Thank you @Cathythoughts for choosing it. I don‘t think I‘d have read it otherwise and I would have missed the wonderful prose and characters. It will stay with me for a long time.

Cathythoughts Nice review, Sinead. I‘m glad you liked it overall. Thankyou @emmasm08 for flagging this book , I‘d never have heard of it or read it otherwise… I recommended it for Bookclub and it got quite a varied reaction on Friday night. 👍🏻😁 2mo
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This Perfect Day | Ira Levin
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Another Ira Levin. This time he does science fiction. Is there any genre he hasn‘t done? Hats off it‘s a great story told in the sublime Levin way. And when you think it was first published in 1970, it‘s staggering. He creates a future world with frightening prescience. Points off for one violent and in my opinion unnecessary scene. And possibly The boys from Brazil has more science but I haven‘t read that yet. This is a pick for me.

Cathythoughts Great review Sinead 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
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Son of Rosemary | Ira Levin
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Mehso-so

I‘m on an Ira Levin kick as I‘ve recommended A kiss before dying to my Bookclub. I absolutely loved Rosemary‘s baby and was intrigued to find out what might have happened to the devil child. Im torn between pan + pick here. It‘s well written and moves well until the end. What could have been a spectacular ending ended up a complete joke. Stephen Kings The dead zone is so much more frightening on this topic especially in this US election year.

BarbaraBB I didn‘t know there was a sequel to rosemary‘s baby! 3mo
EverydayImReading @BarbaraBB Neither did I until recently. TBH I‘d say no leave it at the very suspenseful creepy ending of Rosemarys baby. I‘m sorry I read this. The ending is ridiculous and could ruin it for you. It did for me. Saying that he‘s a great writer. A kiss before dying is spectacular. I‘m off to try This perfect day next. He was ahead of his time. This is a blip in the matrix. 3mo
BarbaraBB I also loved A Kiss Before Dying. I think I‘ll skip the sequel and stick with the creepy ending of 3mo
Cathythoughts ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
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End of Story | A. J. Finn
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Panpan

I was beyond excited to read this book having absolutely loved TWITW. But I struggled a lot particularly with the use of the present tense. I think it‘s supposed to create drama and urgency but I personally find it intense. I had the “twist” from early on and so the “clues” were so obvious and clunky I was screaming. Too many voices hopping from one to the other. None of the subtlety or heart felt trauma of TWITW. Needless to say I‘m devastated.

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Some thought provoking moments. This type of subject has been tackled before but not a bad job. More of a love story. I wouldn‘t call it mind bending though as per the quote from Justin Cronin. His own book The ferryman also a subject done before but that one is the best I‘ve read and is indeed mind bending. I would recommend that one highly. This is not bad though. I‘ll also read the sequel of Dark Matter called Recursion.

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The Lie Maker: A Novel | Linwood Barclay
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I love a good thriller and Linwood Barclay is a great thriller writer. This is not good. In fact it‘s downright rubbish. I‘m disappointed in a writer who‘s usually one of the go to reliable writers of this genre.

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Beautifully written and I shed a few tears I have to say. Even though the story holds no surprises as we basically know the outcome from the start I enjoyed it immensely. The ending is a bit too soppy for me and there‘s no real mystery. I would have liked to have had more on the lives and traditions of the Mi‘kmaq people but it‘s a beautiful story that will touch your heart.

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Kids Run the Show | Deplhine de Vigan
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I enjoyed this book immensely. The translation had its ups and downs but flows after the first few chapters. This is a subject that is becoming more relevant and with the advent of AI ( not part of this book) will become even more frightening. Food for thought. Hug your children. Put down the phone

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Sanatoriul | Sarah Pearse
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Words fail me. Truly awful.

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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A beautifully written family tragedy The brutal landscape where walking to the end of the road can kill you. More than 15 mins in your car with no air con can kill you Also snakes dingoes and spiders The invisible flooding The nearest neighbour was 3 hrs drive away and you better have spare tyres petrol food water and a radio The doctor that came around every 6 months for the skin cancer clinic This family saga is wonderful tragic and beautiful.

CarolynM This one is my favourite Jane Harper. 7mo
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Exiles | Jane Harper
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I felt this book heading in 5 different directions. But Harper fooled me again. Incredible twists. Wonderfully written characters. I loved this community and all the beauty and peace. What a terrific end to the Falk trilogy. I will miss visiting Australia with him. PS the weather was a lot more pleasant this time after the drought in The dry and the freezing rain in Force of nature. Suited me better 😀

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Trying to escape the relentless rain and flooding here from Storm Babet, I thought I‘d visit Australia and see how Aaron Falk was getting on. Only to discover he was stuck in the bush in a freezing rain storm. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Second book of three in this series and it doesn‘t disappoint. Harper writes so beautifully and effortlessly it puts me at ease at once and I‘m immersed in her stories. Onto book three next The Exiles.

jenniferw88 🤣 8mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ 8mo
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Kala: A Novel | Colin Walsh
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I very much enjoyed this novel. The story unfolded beautifully as the story is told by Kalas friends. Each chapter is told by a different character and each voice is unique. At times it got confusing for me and some chapters had those dreaded “Booker prize gimmicky prose” tricks that I detest. Despite that it flowed well and far better than any B prize book that I‘ve read and that was because it had an actual story and characters I cared about

Cathythoughts Great review. I‘m about to start it … 👍🏻😊 8mo
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Reykjavk: A Crime Story | Ragnar Jonasson, Katrn Jakobsdttir
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Mehso-so

I was intrigued that a prime minister would write a crime novel in homage to Agatha Christie. Starts well but then drags in the second half. Sonna interviewing suspects was all over the place. The original policeman Kristan would have made a more interesting main character. The crime sort of solved itself and was no great surprise. Not at twist in sight. Unless it was how the disappearance took 30 years to solve. Still I enjoyed visiting Iceland.

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Holly: A Novel | Stephen King
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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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Kill For Me Kill For You | Steve Cavanagh
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I‘m a big fan of Cavanagh and love his smart intelligent writing. So reliable when you‘re in the mood for a great thriller. I was afraid this would turn into partly a reworking of Strangers on a train (please writers NEVER EVER do that) and partly a rip off of Revenge from Hitchcock presents series. But thankfully he took it to a different place. A highly enjoyable thriller.

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Had this on my kindle for ages and finally read it. Or should I say devoured it. What a great storyteller Jane Harper is. I lived in Kiewarra felt the heat and could hear the flies buzzing. Im so happy there are two more in this series. Highly recommend.

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The Anomaly | Herv Le Tellier
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This is science fiction thriller mystery love story and social satire all in one place. Masterfully suspenseful. So many characters but I was invested in all of them. I won‘t say too much more as I don‘t want to give anything away but I loved it 🥰

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The Trap | Catherine Ryan Howard
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Mehso-so

Im conflicted I enjoyed the serial killer passages but couldn‘t empathise with Lucy I found her silly and + was frustrated by her antics Gardai Angela + Denise had a great dynamic The twist came far too late + in my opinion ridiculous and v unsatisfactory No real investigation and the ending blah 😒 I felt it took advantage of the real tragedy of all the unsolved cases of disappeared women from 80s and 90s Ireland Can‘t recommend. Disappointed

Cathythoughts Great review Sinead 👍🏻. I won‘t be getting it. 10mo
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The Decagon House Murders | Yukito Ayatsuji
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The language is a bit stilted in the translation but make allowances as this is a very enjoyable thriller. Clever as well as informative and I have found a new source of murder mysteries. Lining up a few more for my upcoming holidays.

Cathythoughts Sounds interesting! Stacking. 10mo
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The Guilty Couple | C.L. Taylor
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I can‘t with these over hyped books. This is awful. She‘s a good writer but the plot 🤦🏻‍♀️No more to be said.

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Girl in Snow: A Novel | Danya Kukafka
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Such a beautifully written novel. All the characters have unique voices. Cameron Jade Russ I loved them all. The story is simple but intricate in its telling. Highly recommend.

Cathythoughts Great review! I loved it too 👍🏻♥️ 11mo
EverydayImReading @Cathythoughts Thank you for the recommendation! ❤️ 11mo
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Both great writers and the book flowed very well. Ultimately not my cup of tea. A bit too saccharine and no explanation at all as to what actually happened. Certainly not the thriller I was hoping for but it would make a good holiday read. I‘ve just discovered it‘s book 1 of 3. I won‘t be reading anymore of this series.

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It started well but then got monotonous confusing and I found it a chore to finish. It was twist after twist and not the good type that makes you gasp but more like oh really yawn. When is a twist not a twist? Can there be so many “twists” they actually become boring? Parts well written. Parts downright silly. Enough said onto better things.

Cathythoughts I think I‘ll be unstacking this one 👍🏻♥️ 11mo
EverydayImReading @Cathythoughts Wise. In the end it‘s was not worth the effort. 11mo
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Liberty Terrace | Madeleine D'Arcy
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This was the June pick for our book club and we all thoroughly enjoyed it especially as it is set in our home town. A wonderful collection of short stories with a common thread. Beautifully written in its simplicity and heart. All agreed that it would be best to read the physical book so as to flick back and forth among the characters of Liberty terrace. Great night at book club once again.

Cathythoughts Yes totally agree! I also tagged @Cinfhen ( as she is always looking for Bookclub suggestions 😁) As some said , not a taxing read , not delving too deep, but open for discussion.. very human , lovely book ❤️ 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks for remembering my request, Cathy!! I love interconnected stories 💜 11mo
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Small Mercies | Dennis Lehane
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While the fictional story Itself is not great it is set alongside the real events that occurred during the desegregation of the Boston public schools in the 70s and 80s and it‘s wonderfully portrayed by Lehane. Always a consummate storyteller but I don‘t think it‘s his best novel. However he deals with the real life of the Southie women and gangs brilliantly and worth reading for that alone.

Cathythoughts Great review Sinead 👍🏻♥️ stacking. 11mo
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Run, Rose, Run: A Novel | James Patterson, Dolly Parton
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Before I say anything else I have to say I‘m a HUGE Dolly Parton fan. Her music her philanthropy her generosity her soul. And the 150 million books she has donated worldwide. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️That said this book is not good. I‘m gobsmacked at how poor this is. Sorry Dolly. I still love your music

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The kind of book that makes you want the weather to turn stormy and dark so you can hide away and read it. If you‘re looking for a smart well written thriller full of twists and surprises (and a dog) then this is for you. The face blindness condition is unique and interesting. @Cathythoughts tells me Brad Pitt has it

Cathythoughts Great review. Thanks for the recommendation I really enjoyed it 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
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The Devil and Webster | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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I love her writing and thoroughly enjoyed The Plot. This is a very different book. I saw any “twists” coming v early on. It mostly left me frustrated and infuriated with Naomi President of Webster college. I was screaming at her to do something ! Not a v satisfying read for me. Interesting on the US college admissions procedure which is horrible. Here in Ireland it‘s based only on academic results and is free.I would recommend The Plot over this.

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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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This book was published 2 yrs after The plot by J Korelitz with basically the same story ironically about a writer who steals another writers book after they die and passes it off as their own The plot is a murder mystery + this book delves into the tough world of publication and vicious social media Jake in The plot is relatable but June + Athena are both unlikable characters. The descent into madness is heartbreaking Both have great endings

Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
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Great start. The “twist” came in the first quarter which was way too early and was an unexpected turn but not one I enjoyed. I read on hoping there was more to it but no that was it. Well written but disappointing and not at all astonishing.

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The Measure | Nikki Erlick
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A v unique story and that‘s what kept me reading The writing is good but the characters are a bit stereotypical I would have liked to have had stories from around the world in different countries to get a better perspective. About a quarter before the end it became too sugary and over sentimental for me and I had to race through to the end. It lost an edge I felt and rushed to tie up all the stories. Would still make a great book club discussion.

Cathythoughts Interesting review! This one is going down to the bottom of my list now 👍🏻 13mo
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The Measure | Nikki Erlick
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Started The measure this week and I have to say it‘s an unique story. Well written although I‘m not convinced by some of the characters. I‘m hoping it‘s not religious or has an ultimately “moral” story as I would prefer a more scientific explanation or even a supernatural twist. I really like it so far.

Cathythoughts Sounds interesting! Look forward to your review 👍🏻 13mo
Cinfhen I really REALLY liked this one!!! I thought it would make for great conversation 13mo
EverydayImReading @Cinfhen So far it‘s intriguing and such an unique story. Good to hear you enjoyed it. Definitely might be one for our book club (@cathythoughts) as it certainly would make for a great discussion 😀 13mo
Cathythoughts Great stuff 😁👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
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The Ferryman: A Novel | Justin Cronin
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This is my first Justin Cronin book and won‘t be my last. What a beautiful writer he is. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It flew off the page with a cast of wonderful well drawn and complex characters. I was in Prospera and the Annex and sailing under the stars. The premise of the book has been done many times before but Cronin does this theme so well that didn‘t matter at all. In fact it‘s one of my favourite on this theme.

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
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The Ferryman: A Novel | Justin Cronin
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Just finished The glass house by Eva Chase and I loved it. Beautifully written with secrets being drip fed to the end. Would highly recommend. Bit of a change now and about to start this dystopian thriller Looks intriguing. @Cinfhen #bookreport.

Cinfhen I‘m hearing GREAT things about this book….I think I may need to bump it up my TBR (edited) 13mo
EverydayImReading That‘s great to hear. Certainly sounds like my kind of thing. Enjoy ☺️ 13mo
TrishB I‘m half way through and loving it. 13mo
EverydayImReading @TrishB That‘s great to hear. Looking forward to it. 😀 13mo
Cathythoughts Stacking 👍🏻😁 13mo
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The Glass House | Eve Chase
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This is a wonderful story. It‘s beautifully written and the story and secrets unfold deliciously. I can‘t say any more without spoilers. Highly recommend.

Cathythoughts Just started this morning 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
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The Glass House | Eve Chase
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen Started this today and with a bank holiday tomorrow I‘m hoping to get most read before back to work Tuesday. Promising so far

Cinfhen I‘ve been wanting to read this author for such a long time. Glad to hear this one is good 😊 14mo
EverydayImReading @Cinfhen So far so good. Beautiful writing. And the story is unfolding nicely 14mo
Cathythoughts This looks good , and what a lovely cover 👌🏻 14mo
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Device Free Weekend | Sean Doolittle
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Got a third of the way though this novel because I was intrigued by the plot. But I just couldn‘t go any further. The writing is awful and as the story unfolded the so called plot was too.

Cathythoughts Oh no !!! 🙈 14mo
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The Drift | C. J. Tudor
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My first time reading this author. Fast paced. Interesting topic which I felt didn‘t develop as well as I hoped. As a virologist I‘m saying so so as I was hoping for more science and less action and gore. Still a good read. Maybe not a beach read though. Save for a winter night.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 14mo
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A compelling sequel to The kind worth killing. Don‘t expect the usual who done it but do expect well drawn intriguing characters, wonderful addictive writing and a killer story. Highly recommend. Swanson never disappoints.

Cathythoughts Stacking 👍🏻 1y
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Well written A good but not great story. I enjoyed it and would read more Max Barry.

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Writing Retreat | Julia Bartz
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It‘s not I repeat not a murder mystery in any shape or form. Truly awful.

Cathythoughts Oh no Sinead ! How annoying !! Onwards and upwards 👍🏻❤️ 1y
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