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MyNamesParadise

Joined May 2016

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The Last to Vanish | Megan Miranda
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I usually listen to Miranda‘s books and not really like them. I physically read this one & I enjoyed it very much. You really feel for the protagonist Abby as she runs the inn and tries to figure out how so many people have vanished from her town. I liked the reveals at the end. Not the most engaging book but a decent read. It will make me want to try future books from the author.

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Privacy: A Novel | Nina Sadowsky
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A solid 3.5 stars. I haven‘t read her books before & I may check more of hers out in the future. Dr. Laina Landers‘ is a psychologist & her patients are being harassed & followed. Then there‘s Cal Murphy, a Black reporter (there is a lot of emphasis on his race in the book) who Laina is drawn too. Part romance & a lot of psychological suspense. Makes for an okay read! I thought the quality of writing was subpar- a lot of exclamation points lol

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The Honeys | Ryan La Sala
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At #NatBookFest! Sat in on a panel with Tiffany D. Jackson and Ryan La Sala. I haven‘t read any of their works. It was a panel on the horror genre in YA. It was very interesting and they were both very funny! I may be checking out their books!

Chrissyreadit I wanted to sit in on so many panels! All the ones I‘ve done have been good. But now I want to buy all the books! 1mo
MyNamesParadise @Chrissyreadit I know! I do too!! lol. It was a great day! 1mo
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I‘m surprised by the lower rating for this on Goodreads bc this was a really good read. Three wives & mothers receive a letter that their husbands committed a sexual assault decades earlier. The three women come together to figure out what to do & if any justice can be served. I think this is an important read in a post Me Too era. What would you have done if you were one of the women?

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At #NatBookFest and just got out of this great panel with authors Jennifer Close and Eleanor Brown. I may have to check their books out now!

MyNamesParadise @Leftcoastzen oh great! I‘ll have to give it a try! 1mo
BookNAround I have both their new books. I have really enjoyed Eleanor Brown‘s novels in the past and hope this one is good too. 1mo
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Counterfeit | Kirstin Chen
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I‘m at #NatBookFest at the DC Convention Center and was at this panel earlier with Counterfeit author Kirsten Chen, Katie Gutierrez, and author of The Lifeguards, which I want to check out now, Amanda Eyre Ward.

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The Night Before | Wendy Walker
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Surprised by a couple of twists at the end but this one was difficult for me to keep interest. The suspense wasn‘t really there for me. I felt for Rosie more than I did Laura. Maybe if I had read it physically my response would be different. I would try another Wendy Walker book in the future. I really just wish it had been more thrilling.

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The It Girl | Ruth Ware
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For as long as it was & Ruth Ware‘s reputation I expected more from the book. That being said it is still a very enjoyable read & you really get to know & feel for Hannah, the main character. I easily get annoyed with books where it‘s all about this perfect, ethereal beauty but I stuck it out for this one. I‘ll read more Ruth Ware in the future but it may not be so high up on my list.

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The Lies I Tell | Julie Clark
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This was a good read! You really felt for both Meg and Kat as they got closer to one another. It was entertaining to see their agendas unfold as Kat tried to keep tabs on Meg & as Meg tries to keep Kat at a distance, knowing she‘s a reporter. Kat‘s boyfriend being a recovering gambling addict adds for an interesting layer. I was pleased with the ending.

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Hidden Pictures: A Novel | Jason Rekulak
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I flew through this book. Having the actual pictures as part of the text was a good touch & helped with the pace. I really appreciated the main character & her development as an addict in recovery. The book takes an unexpected turn towards the end. It‘s just different & makes you evaluate the whole book. I‘m eager to hear what others thought about the revelations at the end.

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Omg how I loved this book! It was just so readable! I really love Waxman‘s style of writing and dialogue and fun yet complex characters. Laura moves to LA to start grad school against her family‘s wishes and she stumbles into the bookstore run by Nina Hill (from Waxman‘s The Bookish Life of Nina Hill). There she finds a place to live with a bunch of welcoming & loveable characters. I didn‘t want this book to end but I was satisfied with the end.

Sparklemn Great review. Can't wait to read it! 2mo
MyNamesParadise @Sparklemn thanks!! I hope you enjoy it when you read it!! 2mo
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The Whispers: A Novel | Heidi Perks
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I loved this book! I‘m a sucker for books about dynamics between parents of kids at school (think Big Little Lies). I really appreciated the structure of this book bc it gives insight into each of the characters at the right time. I was satisfied with the ending. This makes me want to read Perks‘ other novels. I will definitely check out her next one! Have you read any of her other books? How were they?

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I really enjoyed this one! I really liked the main character Casey. At like 2/3rds of the way through there is a twist that almost made me throw the book at the wall, but I was really impressed with how it was handled & this ended up being a Pick for me. I enjoyed the twist that comes closer to the end too. I want to go back and read Sager‘s previous books that I haven‘t already.

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A Noise Downstairs | Linwood Barclay
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Here‘s the mass market paperbacks & hardbacks I‘ve gotten recently. They were all on sale! One of the Barnes & Nobles near me had a 20% off on mass market paperbacks, which I‘m a sucker for anyway, so ahh! I have soooo many books plus I‘m constantly getting books from the library.

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Ask No Questions | CLAIRE. ALLAN
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I have a book buying problem lol. This is a stack of what I‘ve gotten in the past couple months. I think I use book buying as a form of therapy but I‘m running out of places to put them all! Ahh! My Barnes & Noble membership comes in handy. They‘re BOGO 50% off sales always get me lol.

AmyG Wow! Great books. And we all have a problem. 🤣 3mo
MyNamesParadise @AmyG thanks! I‘m glad I‘m not alone!! Lol. 3mo
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Local Gone Missing | Fiona Barton
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I enjoyed this one! I liked the pacing & all of the dialogue & tiny paragraphs. I enjoyed the main character of Elise King & wonder if there will be a series featuring the character. I liked the character developments & twists along the way, even until the end.

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Finished this a couple of weeks ago before the movie comes out. I enjoyed the story & it was well written. I‘m just curious about how it became a “worldwide sensation” lol. I really felt for Kya & she was developed & a great protagonist. I‘m eager to see the movie! Curious about others thoughts about the book.

EKonrad I thought this one was ok but I didn‘t love it as much as everyone else seemed to. Just don‘t get the hype. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
TheLudicReader I hated the ending. 3mo
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This book just kept going on & on. The pacing was off. It would be quick then slow then quick then slow. I felt jolted while reading it. Then I felt cheated by the end. I didn‘t really buy the relationship between mother & son. Some of the flashbacks that were used to develop the main character were boring. I know the author of the book is a book editor. But something could‘ve been done to make the book more enticing. Idk this just wasn‘t for me.

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Jurassic Park | Michael Crichton
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Guess what movie I‘m seeing? Lol! I hope it‘s good!

RebL My son is finishing up his JP marathon to go today. I hope you both enjoy! 4mo
Sparklemn Let us know what you think! 4mo
MyNamesParadise @RebL thanks! It was good! 4mo
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MyNamesParadise @Sparklemn it was good! Admittedly a little slow at first but it picked up and there was a lot of action! And good to see the characters from earlier in the franchise! 4mo
MyNamesParadise @RebL I hope your son enjoys it! Meant to say earlier! 4mo
RebL He did! Thank you. 4mo
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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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Omg this was so good! 1 of the few books I‘ve given 5 stars 2 this year! It was my 1st of St. James‘ & I want 2 go back & read her previous books. Usually I don‘t like it when realistic fiction has elements of the supernatural but she does it so well that it doesn‘t detract from the story. I really enjoyed Shea as a character & her journey & the supporting characters were great.I went through this book in like 1 day! Can‘t say enough good things!

jlhammar I'm reading this now and really enjoying it. Hard to put down! 4mo
MyNamesParadise @jlhammar it‘s soooo good!! Enjoy! 4mo
SilversReviews Enjoyed this one!! 4mo
MyNamesParadise @SilversReviews isn‘t it great?! I went out and got the authors previous works lol. 4mo
SilversReviews @MyNamesParadise I have read a few of hers. I liked them all. Yes. This one is good. 4mo
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The Lioness: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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This was a good literary thriller! The setting of the Serengeti was magnificent & a different setting from what I usually read. The bits about Hollywood were also enjoyable. I love books with characters that are actors, etc. There were almost too many points of view especially in the beginning, but as the plot takes off there are fewer switches. I recommend this one! A great read from @ChrisBohjalian ! I look forward to what he‘s working on next!

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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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I may be in the minority here, but I didn‘t like this book. It was short & that may have been a detriment. I didn‘t feel a connection with the characters & tried to keep track of everyone as it went back & forth in time. I would still read a book by Woodson but won‘t for a while.

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One Two Three: A Novel | Laurie Frankel
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I‘m glad I listened to this one on audio. I‘m not sure it would‘ve held my attention had I just read it. This was a unique book & my 1st of Frankel‘s. I liked the 3 voice actors for each of the narrators but I kept mixing up the characters. I was able 2 follow the story. it‘s an important 1. The town of Bourne was quirky & an appropriate setting. I enjoyed the ending! there‘s a bonus conversation w/ Frankel on audiobook cd which was informative.

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Take Your Breath Away | Linwood Barclay
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I hadn‘t read 1 of Barclay‘s books in a long time & it felt good to read one of his again! I really enjoyed this 1 & it would make a great movie. I really enjoyed the pace and Andrew as the main character. At times it switched narrators a lot but it all pieced together nicely. I‘ve gone back & bought a couple of his previous novels I didn‘t have in mass market paperbacks. I feel like they‘re such a good deal. I highly recommend this one!

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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This was my 1st of Henry‘s & I really enjoyed it! I thought the characters were strong & likeable. I really enjoyed Nora‘s narration & her relationship with her sister Libby. I thought the pace was good and enjoyed it and the ending. I will be sure to read Henry‘s other books (as I own them) lol.

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Working Gaithersburg Book Festival, I got to attend some panels. I really enjoyed this one with Ashley Winstead and Vera Kurian, author of Never Saw Me Coming. It was great!

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I worked Gaithersburg Book Festival today! I got to see Andrea Bartz speak about We Were Never Here! I was excited to hear her speak because I‘d actually read the book and really enjoyed it!

Alfoster Lucky you! I loved it too!❤️👊 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Such a great festival! Sorry to miss it this year! 5mo
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Finished this the other day. What a powerful and well-researched read! We‘ve been doing racial equity work at my work and I decided to read some books that have to do with that topic. Dr. Eberhardt does a brilliant job of mixing personal experiences with studies to uncover how much bias is in every aspect of our lives.

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This book had so many long paragraphs! There‘s a twist 1/3 in & it makes things more interesting. I had issues with the reveal at the end and it kind of leaves you feeling like wtf. I liked how the book switched up narrators. It added 2 the depth of the story. I would‘ve liked more chapters at the end to see what happened 2 some of the characters. I‘m not sure how eager I‘d be 2 pick up another book by this author, but could be convinced otherwise

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Oh this was such a good listen! I really enjoyed it and the different narrators! I will definitely read more by this author. The podcast episodes had music along with them which I thought was an excellent touch! This really digs into both sides of the case and explores the he said/she said dynamic of rape cases. The mystery from the past was also intriguing as well. It had a good ending & I wouldn‘t mind another book featuring Rachel the reporter.

AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH I wouldn't mind that either, I really like this book, too. 5mo
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By Any Other Name | Lauren Kate
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I really enjoyed this book. A fun and quick read. I wish it had actually been a little longer. The ending was almost too quick. I really liked the protagonist and her journey throughout the book. Apparently this is the first romantic comedy by this author, but I would gladly read more rom coms from her!

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I really enjoyed this one! I like the characters of Wilde and Hester. I was genuinely surprised by who turned out to be the killer and the mysteries of Wilde‘s family tree. I enjoyed the different characters that popped up. The world of reality tv was a bit much at times. If you‘re a fan of Coben, you‘ll like this one! I wonder if he will write another book featuring Wilde.

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This book was broken into 2 parts. The 2nd part lost some steam for me but overall still an enjoyable read. This is an example of the book where you‘re put into action 1st & then learn about the characters later. I think that was part of the disconnect for me. Jason being on his own dragged at parts. It had a decent ending. Would make a good miniseries or movie. I did like the book despite what I mentioned earlier.

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The Golden Couple: A Novel | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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This is the 1st book I‘ve physically read by these authors; I‘ve listened to the others. I enjoyed the pace of this one and the two female narrators. The story ended up going in a direction I wasn‘t expecting which is nice. I live in MD so it was cool to read about this couple in the DC area. There were a couple annoying supporting characters but that‘s expected in a book like this. If you enjoyed the authors previous books you will like this one.

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Nine Lives | Peter Swanson
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Very intriguing premise. 9 names on a list & as far as anyone can tell they‘re not connected. But if you‘re on that list then someone wants you dead. I really enjoyed this one! Very fast paced and suspenseful. Swanson brings it to a great conclusion! Would be a great mini series or movie.

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What a sweet and cute read! I went through this one pretty quickly. Katy has just lost her mother and they were so very close. They had planned to go to Italy together but when her mom passed Katy decided to go on the trip herself where she encounters a younger version of her mother! Really heartfelt and with some romance, this makes for a good read. Now I need to read her book In Five Years which I actually own!

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Finished listening to this one today! Out of all the Megan Miranda books I‘ve listened to, this one is my favorite. There was more suspense in the story from the beginning which I felt lacking in some of her other books. Olivia changed her name since she was rescued as a child to get away from all the press, but when a dead body from her previous life finds its way to her new life, the race is on to find who killed him. Could it have been her?

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One Step Too Far | Lisa Gardner
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This is the 2nd Frankie Elkin book & I really enjoy them! This series is the only books I‘ve read by this author. A man goes missing in the Wyoming mountains on his bachelor weekend & inexperienced Frankie joins the search. Definitely thrilling moments in this one & it would make an excellent film. I hope Gardner writes more of Frankie!

TrishB Whilst you‘re waiting read the DD Warren series 😁 6mo
MyNamesParadise @TrishB thanks for the recommendation! 😊 6mo
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The Night Shift | Alex Finlay
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This book was such a quick read! I literally read it in a day! I‘m definitely a fan of Alex Finlay‘s writing. When an eerily similar crime occurs several years apart, the survivor of the first crime must face her trauma and relive the experience to see if she can help in the investigation. I really enjoyed the FBI Agent in this story. The story comes to a satisfying conclusion. Definitely recommend!!

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This was the 1st of Silver‘s where I read the physical book. I listened 2 1 Day in December & own The 2 Lives of Lydia Bird but haven‘t read it yet. This was a cute story about a woman trying to find herself when she goes to an island off the coast of Ireland for a work assignment & is forced to share living quarters with a man who is a descendant of the islanders & can‘t accept that his marriage is over. It makes for a good read & of course love!

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The Dilemma | B.A. Paris
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Just by reading the premise of the book you wouldn‘t think it would make a suspenseful read but it does! B.A. Paris pulls this off spectacularly well with the husband trying to cover up tragic news at his wife‘s birthday party & the wife keeping a scandalous secret about their daughter. These were well developed characters and you really felt for them as they battle how to tell the other person. Not sure this would make a great film/tv adaptation

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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The first book by Foley that I‘ve read and I would go back and read her other books and look forward to her future books. This was suspenseful told from the various tenants points of view. This would make a good thriller movie or mini series. It had a good ending.

Redy2trvl Thanks for your review. This book is up next in my TBR. 6mo
MyNamesParadise @Redy2trvl not a prob! Oh enjoy it!! 6mo
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Dear Edward: A Novel | Ann Napolitano
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I really enjoyed the sections of the book dealing with Edward and his journey. The sections dealing with the flight before the crash were a hit or miss for me. I wasn‘t as invested in those characters. It would‘ve been fine for it to all be Edward‘s story. I really enjoyed Shay‘s character. I would read more from this author!

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When Twilight Breaks | Sarah Sundin
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Even though this is considered Christian Fiction & that isn‘t my thing, I gave this 5 stars! The author did a brilliant job of lining up factual events w/ suspense & you really cared about the characters! This takes place in pre World War 2 in Germany. It has a great ending, even when the world is on brink of war. I highly recommend this one & would read more from the author. It was interesting to read about a career woman in the 1930s!

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The Slow March of Light | Heather B. Moore
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This was an informative read & based on Bob Inama‘s experiences during the Cold War in Germany. The Christian faith played a big role in his life & at times those passages grew tiresome. I enjoyed Luisa‘s story more (a fictional character). The chapters each started with an epigraph that provided context into the Cold War. It took me longer to read than I would have liked. I recommended if you want to learn about the Cold War or enjoy that era.

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Gone for Good | Joanna Schaffhausen
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This was a great book featuring detective Annalisa Vega. I‘m glad it‘s going to be a series. She investigates a recent killing that looks like the Lovelorn Killer is back, someone who killed someone close to Vega when she was younger. There‘s the perfect balance of character development and mystery/suspense. I was genuinely surprised with the end and eager to see how the fallout from the end impacts Vega in future installments. I recommend!

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Charlie (who‘s a girl) agrees to ride with a stranger named Josh to go home from college; the drive is from New Jersey to Ohio. She doesn‘t know if she can trust him after signs suggest he could be the Campus Killer. But she doesn‘t know if she can trust herself bc she has “movies in her mind” where she dissociated from reality & will admit it was an overused trope. It does have some good twists with a decent ending. I‘d read more of Sager.

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The Half Sister | Sandie Jones
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Thought this was going to be more of a thriller. It‘s really more of a mystery but that‘s fine with me. It became quicker paced towards the end. It made for a good listen. Kate and Lauren are two sisters who have differing views of their parents and the girl who shows up on their parents doorstep claiming she‘s their half sister. There are twists and turns in this book. Trigger warning for an emotionally abusive relationship in the book.

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The Collective: A Novel | Alison Gaylin
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Went through this one quickly! A woman who‘s lost her daughter from a privileged young man joins an online group that exacts revenge on those who have murdered their children. This was well paced & you cared for the lead as she navigates this group & it had a surprising ending. Would make a great movie. I would read more from Gaylin. Might check out some of her previous books. I recommend this one.

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My first of Grady Hendrix. I loved the premise & I‘d definitely see the movie version if they make one. The pacing was a little slow at 1st & the narrator Lynnette was repetitive at times, but overall enjoyed this book. It‘s definitely more plot driven than character driven. I‘d read another from this author. I did go through it fairly quickly but it stalled at a couple of places throughout. I could‘ve done without the final twist/reveal.

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