#TheDry by #JaneHarper

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#TheDry by #JaneHarper
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This book is an absolute stunner of a mystery novel. A genuinely propulsive read, from first page to last. I picked it up because @christinaanstead recommended it on her feed, and I was certainly not disappointed.
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Aaron Falk, an Australian Federal Agent, returns to his childhood hometown for the funeral of his old best friend Luke. Luke, it turns out, has seemingly murdered his wife and son, leaving his infant daughter alive, before taking his own life.
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Aaron gets caught up in the possibility that Luke didn’t, in fact, commit the heinous crimes. As a result, town and family secrets sprout from the very ground, and increasingly tangled loyalties and motivations start popping up.
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I can’t wait to read the author’s other works.
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#BuryMeDeep by #MeganAbbott

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#BuryMeDeep by #MeganAbbott
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This incredible novel is a fictionalized account of the “Trunk Murderess” Winnie Ruth Judd, who was accused of murdering two female friends in Phoenix AZ in 1931. Winnie is worth looking up if you’ve not heard of her.
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In the novel, Winnie is Marion Seeley, a young woman caught up in the underworld dealings of two women who befriend her, Louise and Ginny, both loosely based on Winnie’s actual friends.
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Marion is alone in a strange town as her much-older husband, a drug-addicted former doctor, has gone to work in Mexico where his lack of license doesn’t much matter. While he’s away, Marion begins a descent into the dark world of Depression-era prostitution and drugs, her life spiraling down until she is faced with impossible horrors.
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The book weaves its spell from the first page and doesn’t let go. Brilliantly written and impossible to put down once you’ve started.
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#TheyAllFallDown by #TammyCohen

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I wanted so badly to love this book. It’s brilliantly plotted and written, and it deals with the subject of mental illness very well, I thought.
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That said, I’d figured out the end game about halfway through, which is a disappointment, especially when reading an otherwise gripping domestic thriller.
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Our protagonist is Hannah, who is committed to a facility in London. The POV switches between Hannah and her mother Corinne, as both women struggle to come to terms with what happened to put Hannah where she is.
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I do recommend the book, and I absolutely am going to read more by this author. As I said, I was simply disappointed that I figured out the clues so quickly.
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#BadBlood by #DemetriaLunetta

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This novel about witchcraft in Scotland is a practiced mix of history and fantasy. It tells the tale of a family whose female descendants are both blessed and cursed by an ancient witchcraft that is itself a blend of healing and much darker magic.
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I was left in tears by the very bittersweet ending. An excellent read.
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#TheGoldenChildby #WendyJames

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#TheGoldenChild by #WendyJames is one hell of a read. I will start out by saying that if you are #triggered by #bullying and #suicideattempts then you should avoid this book.

Our main characters are Beth, a mom blogger, her husband Dan, and their daughters, teen Lucy and Charlotte (12). Befriending them upon their arrival in Australia are Andi (new mom to baby Gus), her husband Steve, and their 12 year old daughter Sophie.

Throughout the book are snippets both from Beth’s blog and from a blog called GoldenChild, the latter written in the first person by a morally questionable youngster.

Sophie, after the arrival of Charlotte in her class at school, soon becomes the victim of hideous bullying, both in person and online. She is eventually driven to attempt suicide.

The book goes into many points of view on this subject, seen through the eyes of many characters. A knee jerk reaction to the initial events is swiftly called into question by these varying viewpoints.

I pray this book gets made into a film. Its savage and unexpected twists and turns are dizzying, and designed to discomfit the reader. Absolutely brilliant.