#SeeWhatIHaveDone by #SarahSchmidt

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#SeeWhatIHaveDone by #SarahSchmidt
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I wanted to like this book, I really really did. I wanted to LOVE this book. Alas, it was not to be.
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This is a novelization of the story of #LizzieBorden, the woman who, in 1892, was acquitted of the gruesome ax murders of her father and stepmother in #FallRiver #MA.
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It’s very very well-written, I’ll give it that. The prose is dense and hypnotic, filled with rich imagery. And it’s that very imagery that finally made me put the book down for good. #DNF because if I had to read the words “saliva,” “drool,” or “skin” one more time, or if I had to read intensely descriptive sentences about mouths and foul breath and vomit and rotting things, I was going to be sick. This is a sticky, sticky read. No thanks. I’ll stick to the nonfiction about the Borden case instead.
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#TheLastHouseGuest by #MeganMiranda

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#TheLastHouseGuest by #MeganMiranda
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An absolutely perfect end-of-summer read that is so full of twists and turns it’ll leave you dizzy.
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Avery Greer is a year-round resident of the town of Littleport, ME. She’s a former bad girl whose name still causes people to twitch a bit, but she has since grown into a respected property manager for the wealthy Loman family.
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The novel centers around the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Avery’s best friend, Sadie Loman. Was Sadie’s death the night of the annual end-of-summer blowout party actually a suicide, as the official reports say? Or is there a hidden and dark underbelly to Littleport?
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Richly and cleverly plotted, you won’t know who to trust in this intricate and ultimately satisfying novel. Headed somewhere for a late vacay? Pack this book! (Another reason to give it a shot, it’s the current pick of @reesesbookclub @hellosunshine)
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#TheMansonWomenAndMe by #NikkiMeredith

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#TheMansonWomenAndMe by #NikkiMeredith
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I’m giving this a poor review because, frankly, I’m finding myself wanting to throw the book at the nearest wall. Or the nearest trash receptacle.
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This is a rambling take on the plight of poor imprisoned Manson killers Krenwinkel and Van Houten, with a healthy dose of Watkins and Atkins thrown in for good measure.
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The author befriended Pat Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten and used this as a jumping-off place to spout endless special pleading on the killers’ behalf. There are entire chapters devoted to the probable (!) lack of empathy the killers displayed, and the many reasons they lacked empathy in 1969.
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Debra Tate, tireless advocate for her sister, for the LaBiancas, for all of the victims of those 2 bloody nights 50 years ago, is portrayed as nothing more than a vicious woman out to destroy the rights of poor prisoners everywhere. How dare she demand that violent criminals be subjected to more stringent rules than nonviolent ones?
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Avoid this book if you have any feelings for Sharon, Abigail, Rosemary, Jay, Steven, Voytek or Leno. If on the other hand you simply adore Manson’s girls, go buy it immediately.
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#LockEveryDoor by #RileySager

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#LockEveryDoor by #RileySager
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I would give this a gazillion ðŸĩs if I could. This is one HELL of a ride.
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Jules moves into a venerable old apartment building across from Central Park. The Bartholomew comes complete with gargoyles and plenty of moneyed charm. She is there to be a “temporary resident,” or an apartment sitter, paid handsomely to live in unoccupied apartments to preserve their cleanliness and air of being occupied.
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In a slow, slow burn of suspense, it becomes apparent that the Bartholomew isn’t all it seems to be, and the moneyed residents aren’t quite what they appear to be either. Jules’ fellow apartment sitter, Ingrid, goes missing, and Jules begins a frantic search to find out what happened.
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The book, the second I’ve read by Riley Sager but his third published work, is packed with twists and turns worthy of #RosemarysBaby by #IraLevin. I can’t recommend highly enough.
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#TheGoneDead by #ChanelleBenz

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#TheGoneDead by #ChanelleBenz
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“…this place is all longing and water and ghosts” says a character named Lola in this almost-perfect #SouthernGothic novel.
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Billie James returns home to Mississippi after being away for decades, ever since her father’s mysterious death in 1972. She intends only to clear out his house, which she has inherited. She stumbles instead into hostility and outright murderous rage.
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Billie’s mother was white, her father black. Racial tensions blossom and explode as Billie seeks the truth.
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#QueenBee by #DorotheaBentonFrank

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#QueenBee by #DorotheaBentonFrank
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This is beyond question one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. Lush, evocative, fly-on-the-wall storytelling at its absolute best.
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A family drama set in #Lowcountry #SouthCarolina, Queen Bee has it all. A mystical beekeeper prone to gut feelings that come true; her aging, overweight mother who has cancer; her loose-living and confused sister; her #femaleimpersonator brother-in-law; her bitchy neighbor who is also a really bad stepmother. And, of course, the ever-fraught path to #truelove.
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Grab this book, devour it, savor the scenery and learn the incredible facts about #honeybees. You won’t regret it.
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#TheCuriousCharmsofArthurPepper by #PhaedraPatrick

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#TheCuriousCharmsofArthurPepper by #PhaedraPatrick
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This book was an absolute delight to read! I can’t recommend it highly enough, especially for those who are fans of #gentlefiction.
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Arthur Pepper is a widower whose wife passed a year before the story really gets going. Miriam Pepper had been, according to all who knew her after she wed Arthur, a simple, kind, gentle woman.
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Arthur, however, while cleaning out her things, comes across a small heart shaped box stuffed deep into the toe of one of Miriam’s boots. Inside this box is a gold charm bracelet, hung with several lovely charms, including an emerald-bearing elephant with the tiniest engraving of a phone number in India.
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Arthur, stunned by the obviously expensive bracelet, wonders how his wife had come by it, and why she’d kept it hidden from him during their 40 year marriage. He calls the phone number in India, and what ensues is a rollicking, hilarious, touching, and above all deeply human globe-trotting adventure into the very heart and soul of his beloved Miriam.
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READ THIS BOOK if you’re a human being with feelings. Trust me.
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