#WhileYouSleep by #StephanieMerritt

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#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

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#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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#HouseOfSaltAndSorrow by #ErinCraig

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#HouseOfSaltAndSorrows by #ErinCraig
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This book is an absolutely magnificent retelling of the 12 dancing princesses fairy tale, set in a brooding landscape that rivals #WutheringHeights.
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Annaleigh is one of 12 sisters living in a kingdom by, of, and on the sea. Her very name conjures Poe’s haunting poem “Annabel Leigh.”
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Several of the sisters have died under increasingly suspicious circumstances, and Annaleigh must figure the mystery out before there are more victims.
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You can almost feel the spray of the sea, smell the scent of seaweed, hear the crashing waves. I adored this book. I received an ARC in return for an honest review.
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#TheDarkDescentofElizabethFrankenstein by #KierstenWhite

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#TheDarkDescentofElizabethFrankenstein by #KierstenWhite
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This book is absolutely perfect. I hope and pray that they make a movie of it someday.
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Elizabeth Lavenza is an orphaned girl in the mid-19th century, cared for by a caretaker who abused her and finally sells her to a woman, Madame Frankenstein, who wants a companion for her son Victor.
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As the years pass, Elizabeth carefully cultivates a deep friendship with Victor that she hopes will lead to her own permanent safety as his wife. In an age where women could not assure their own futures, it was necessary for girls and women to gain that security through, at times, calculating means.
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As this is a retelling of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the basic plot is faithful to the original. Dripping with rich descriptions and lush atmosphere, this book deserves to be read by a fireplace with a storm raging outside. Loved it.
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#TheCurrent by #TimJohnston

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#TheCurrent by #TimJohnston
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This book. Just. This book. Go buy it, get it from your library, anything, just read it.
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Audrey Sutter is on her way home from college to visit her dying father, and catches a ride from her best friend Caroline. When they’re an hour from their destination, their world is turned upside down when they crash into an icy river.
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The twists and turns come breathtakingly fast, and I guarantee you won’t be able to unravel the precise and perfect plotting.
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#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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