#OneDayShellDarken by #FaunaHodel

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#OneDayShellDarken by #FaunaHodel
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This review is for the Kindle edition. I could barely get through this travesty of a book. It allegedly tells the true story of Fauna Hodel, granddaughter of the infamous Dr George Hodel who was a suspect in the #BlackDahlia case. The book is the “inspiration” for the TV show “I Am the Night.” Dr George Hodel barely comes into the narrative at all until over two thirds of the way in.
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The book is told by Fauna in the third person. She spends years looking for her birth family and then, when she finds them, proceeds to ignore them completely for years until she decides she’s obsessed with them (and their oft-mentioned wealth) after all.
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The book is an absolutely shameless money grab, and the TV series is definitely not recognizable at all in its pages. As for the Kindle edition specifically? Barely edited, dozens and dozens of mistakes and typos throughout (enough to seriously tick me off). Things like “passed” instead of “past” (every single time throughout), “could/would/should of” instead of “could’ve etc), bizarre capitalization errors, etc.
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Don’t waste your time. If you’re interested in a sensationalist take on the whole thing, watch the really good (but almost completely fictional) TV series instead.
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#Eileen by #OttessaMoshfegh

🏡🏡🏡🏡🏡 out of 5 🏡s
#Eileen by #OttessaMoshfegh
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This book absolutely drained me. It was at times, to be brutally honest, like reliving my childhood and youth. For me, a great part of this book could have come from my own teenaged diary. By the end, I was emotionally and spiritually exhausted. And I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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Eileen is the main character, telling a tale set in the year I was born, 1964, but telling it from the viewpoint of today. She lives with her alcoholic ex-cop father in fairly squalid conditions. She works at a nearby juvenile detention facility.
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Rebecca Saint John is hired as a counselor at the detention facility, and Eileen soon enters into a friendship with her. The cover blurb calls their friendship Hitchcockian, and that’s pretty dead on.
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I won’t give away any spoilers, but this is one hell of a good read.
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#SweetTeaAndSympathy by #MollyHarper

🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺 out of 5 🌺s
#SweetTeaAndSympathy by #MollyHarper
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I didn’t grow up in the South but my father was born and raised in Georgia, so this book really caught my eye, and I’m so glad it did! I did NOT want to leave the world of the McCready clan!
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Margot Cary finds herself back in a place she left as a child, when her mother took her and moved away from her alcoholic father. The tiny town of Lake Sackett, Georgia, is where her roots are, and when the family business (McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop) has need of her, she reluctantly leaves Chicago for the South.
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Margot soon falls, hard, for the local school principal, Kyle Archer, a widower with two adorable daughters. Complications, of course, ensue.
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Beautifully written, gorgeously descriptive, this book is not to be missed.
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#TheGlovemaker by #AnnWeisgarber

🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺 out of 5 🌺s
#TheGlovemaker by #AnnWeisgarber
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A faith-filled, slow burn of what I can only describe as a cozy thriller. If #cozythriller isn’t an actual genre yet, it should be.
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I’m not a Mormon though I have nothing at all against the LDS church. The majority of the characters in this book, set in 1887-8, follow, more or less, the Mormon faith. The 8 families in the real (but here used fictionally) town of Junction, UT, are a tight knit community, with a known secret that a few among them help men with plural wives evade the law.
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The main character, Deborah Tyler, is a childless wife whose husband is a traveling wheelwright and thus not home when trouble literally knocks on his wife’s door. It’s deep winter, and the man Deborah reluctantly helps is, she believes, on the run for having more than one wife.
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I don’t think I can say much more without massive spoilers, so I’ll stop there. A wonderful read.
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#WhileYouSleep by #StephanieMerritt

🌼🌼 out of 5 🌼s
#WhileYouSleep by #StephanieMerritt
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I desperately wanted to love this book. The blurbs and taglines promising a darkly inventive Gothic novel set on a remote island hooked me. By midway through this trainwreck of a book, I just wanted to find something in it to like. Didn’t happen.
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Zoe is a 40ish woman escaping a vaguely dark past by seeking solace and a new beginning on a remote Scottish island. She quickly realizes her refuge is anything but peaceful, with strange sounds in the night, haunting mysteries vaguely hinted at by the villagers, etc.
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Standard fare here, in the frightened villagers, the foreboding weather, the ghostly presences. For a woman seeking refuge, Zoe is incurious about the haunted house she’s living in, and we don’t get any detailed descriptions of said house. The village is sketched out, as are the characters, but none of it is fleshed out.
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There’s quite a bit of sex for the sake of sex, most of it of the BDSM variety.
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The writing is brilliant, which is why this gets 2 🌼🌼s from me instead of zero.
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#BeautifulBad by #AnnieWard

🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼 out of 5 🌼s
#BeautifulBad by #AnnieWard
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This book will leave you speechless. The twists and turns are absolutely dizzying.
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Maddie, her best friend Joanna, and Maddie’s husband Ian become caught up in a brutal love triangle that spans decades, spans the globe, and spans just about every emotion there is.
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The book all centers around The Day of the Killing, and I won’t post any spoilers here. Suffice it to say that this book has to be read to be fully grasped, and then maybe read again in case you missed something.
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#PeopleLikeUs by #DanaMele

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#PeopleLikeUs by #DanaMele
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“I don’t know who to trust anymore. Everything is strategy. School, soccer, relationships, the police. What do you say, how do you say it, when do you say it to get what you want.”
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That’s what the protagonist, Kay Donovan, finds herself thinking halfway through this very suspenseful novel. #GossipGirl meets #PrettyLittleLiars as we meet the girls of tony boarding school Bates Academy.
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Bates student Jessica Lane is murdered. A short time later, Kay Donovan receives a link to a website supposedly from Jessica. The website, with a threatening countdown attached, demands that Kay carry out a series of psychological attacks against her own circle of friends.
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The characters are well written and thoroughly believable, and the plot is tight and taut. You won’t be able to put this one down.
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