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What You Don't Know
What You Don't Know | Joann Chaney
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"Superb characters, sparkling dialogue, and a gripping, terrifying plot, plus flashes of humor to boot; this book has it all." --Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Travelers He didn t take their lives -- but he ruined them. The final victims of an infamous serial killer may be the ones he didn t kill.Hoskins cracked the case of one of the most infamous serial killers -- and then it cracked him. He s in cold cases, as is his career.Sammie was the lead reporter who broke the story, but now she s selling makeup at the mall. She wants back on page 1.Gloria claims she was the unsuspecting wife. She didn t know a thing.And as new murders shake Denver, this is a final chance to get their lives back."
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Read66
What You Don't Know | Joann Chaney
Mehso-so

A disturbing mystery with some really unsympathetic characters. And I did figure out the reveal of who the copycat murderer was before the author got there. Still a pretty enjoyable read though.

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chuckstar158
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Well, that was disturbing in all the right ways. Being a Denver resident and familiar with the areas that the author mentioned added to the high eek quotient.

riversong153 💜💜💜 your reviews 8mo
Becker Wish I could double like this😁 8mo
CouronneDhiver You‘re back!!! 👋🏽 These photo reviews are amazing 8mo
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chuckstar158 Thanks @riversong153! 💜💜💜 8mo
chuckstar158 You are too sweet, @Becker! ❤️ 8mo
chuckstar158 Thanks @CouronneDhiver! I‘m so behind that I‘m wondering if I should bother catching up. 😂😂😂 8mo
Well-ReadNeck ❤️📸😂 8mo
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BarbaraBB
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Panpan

A serial killer is put behind bars and yet the murders continue. What happens next is told by a detective, a journalist and the murderer‘s wife. I disliked all of them immensely, not in the least because all they talked about was related to their or anyone else‘s dicks. I‘m not prudish at all but it was boring and annoying and the reason I couldn‘t enjoy the story itself.

#ATY2019 A book from a money making genre
#ReadingUSA2019 #Colorado

squirrelbrain Oh dear...😒 9mo
CarolynM I know what you mean. I'm not prudish, I think sexuality is relevant and potentially interesting part of character development in novels and I quite enjoy a well written sex scene, but I get really annoyed by sexual references that are there just for the sake of it, adding nothing to the story. I recently read a quite good modern literary novel that spent several pages chronicling the sex life of a minor character - pointless! 9mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I‘m happy you feel the same. In this book it seemed as if in all conversations between the main characters someone was referring to sex in any way, while it had nothing to do with the plot. I think the writer (a woman!) felt that it was necessary to build the characters but it felt so flat and dumb, imo... 9mo
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Hooked_on_books Uh-oh! I had this on my list to read but may have to rethink that now. I‘m not so interested in reading about men talking about their dicks. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 9mo
jessinikkip Oh my... 😕 i agree that I have no problem with bad language or sex scenes or anything in books but as long as it serves a purpose. Sorry to hear this one turned out so bad! 9mo
Librarybelle Wow...you did well sticking with this! 9mo
batsy Oh dear. "Dick banter" is also my least favourite genre ? 9mo
Pamwurtzler I agree - that sounds awful. 9mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books 😂😂 I just wake up and your comment makes me laugh out loud! 9mo
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BarbaraBB
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Back to reality. On the flight back I‘m starting this one which I also use for the next prompt in #ATY2019: ‘A book from the top 5 money making genres‘, for which I chose ‘crime‘ because @vivastory recommended this one!

Simona Welcome back to the reality 😘 9mo
Cathythoughts The book sounds great... looking forward to your thoughts 9mo
Cinfhen Safe travels ✈️ 9mo
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readordierachel I just read this one not too long ago! Very engaging. 9mo
vivastory Safe travels! I hope you like it! 9mo
Kalalalatja Safe travels! 9mo
ValerieAndBooks It looks like you had a wonderful trip!! 9mo
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Jbakesmcgee3
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Didn‘t get a lot of reading done yesterday 😩because I took so many naps 🤩so back to my #polarvortexreads today! 🥶🥶🥶really liming this one so far!

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Jbakesmcgee3
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My first #polarvortexreads is a scary read about a serial killer, got my Snuggie and Buffy binge watching to keep me warm

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RidgewayGirl
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Pickpick

This was listed on a Best Crime Novels of the Year list somewhere and It was definitely that — a well-plotted, well-written crime novel with interesting and flawed characters.

Liz_M I will have to find that list! 10mo
RidgewayGirl If I come across it again, I‘ll post it here. 10mo
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Brie
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Mehso-so

I feel like this would‘ve been a pick but it was way too easy to guess the copycat killer. The story revolves around a serial killer set to be executed and the similar killings that occur some years after he was caught, with multiple perspectives narrating, including the detectives, a reporter, and his wife. Some passages were quite creepy and nauseating.

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SammyB123
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“It‘ll never be over”

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LornaDH
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Road tripping equals books! 💜

Elisa It sure does! I‘m just in the process of deciding what to bring with me on our road trip this weekend! 2y
Richryan52 Voted. Good luck! Are you a Sherlock Holmes fan? 2y
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Quippe
What You Don't Know | Joann Chaney
Pickpick

Joann Chaney‘s assured debut crime thriller is for the most part a sharply plotted affair that deftly switches between the three main protagonists and fully explores what happens to the main players once a serial killer is captured but it‘s spoilt by the fact that the killer is far too easy to guess, Sammie is a bit of a caricature, the final quarter falls into cliche and a key question is left unanswered.

BarbaraBB I don‘t know if you‘ll remember, but what key question has been unanswered? I just finished this book and am curious 🧐🤣 9mo
Quippe If memory serves then it‘s the question about what the killers did with some of the bodies. There‘s a hint that he was serving them up (or bits of them up) in the diner in the post script but it‘s left unresolved. I think it annoyed me because it tied in with the trophy taking and I just felt that I wanted something more definitive if that makes sense? 9mo
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Kimiam
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Pickpick

This is going to be on my list for great reads of 2017. First book for this author and I hope it is one of many to come. Well written, great characters and they really came alive! Love the way it was written. More than a who done it. Really good book

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Aloisi_tribe
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Pickpick

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Finished this in less than 24 hours. The writing was excellent, the characters and story were terrific, and it would have been 5 ⭐ if I hadn't guessed the killer within the first half of the book.

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Aloisi_tribe
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This. Book. WOW! First of all, it was one of the books @Liberty recommended on her February list yesterday so you know it's gonna knock your socks off. Second, I have a hard time with audiobooks. My attention tends to wander and I end up rewinding until I get frustrated and quit listening. But I started this yesterday afternoon and listened for 6 1/2 hours straight and would have listened to more if I could have staid awake. SO GOOD!!

Kaye Wow. You finally found an audiobook that clicked ! Maybe you‘ll try some more of them now that you found one so good. 2y
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bethcos
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Pickpick

Debated on whether this was just so-so. Predictable and I didn't like any of the characters. But it was interesting to explore all the ways a serial killer influences those around him. Read for the #readharder challenge as my book set within 100 miles of my location

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Matilda
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#riotgrams day 23: (1 literal) chills & thrills

Moray_Reads I love your polar bear 😍😍 2y
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Liberty
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#RiotGrams, Day 23: Today's prompt is "chills and thrills.” This one is deliciously disturbing, and I cannot wait for a sequel! If you‘ve been watching Mindhunter on Netflix, you wanted this book yesterday. ☠️??

kgriffith @keggergoldy, take a look 😊 2y
keggergoldy @GlitterFemme You know me so well!! 2y
Liberty @keggergoldy No it‘s called What You Don‘t Know. 😉😝 2y
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keggergoldy @Liberty you've got a point. Heh 2y
kgriffith @keggergoldy Just trying to help you keep fiction in your life. 😘 2y
vivastory Undoubtedly one of my favorites of the year. So delightfully twisted. 2y
lovintoread I have so many books to read already. I have seen Mindhunters advertised for Netflix but my daughter tortured me with StrangerThings all this weekend, which I ended up kinda liking. I normally don't do the science-fiction at all. 2y
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Jolynne
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It‘s fun reading a book set in your hometown. However, this book was not so fun, suspenseful it was. There was not one character I could like or even sympathize with, they all were quite creepy or disturbed in one way or another.

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she_barks
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I haven't been on Litsy for awhile! What's everyone reading right now? I started this one last night and am finishing up Where the Water Goes.

Pelican71 Last night I finished 2y
Vinjii Trying to finish 2y
BeckyLeJ I haven't completely decided. It'll either be Jo Nesbo's Snowman, Meg Gardiner's Unsub, or Sue Grafton's Y. (Leaning towards the latter.) 2y
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vivastory I just finished "Everything is Illuminated" last night. Not sure what is next 2y
Bibliogeekery I just finished Swing Time 2y
minkyb House of Spies by Daniel Silva. 2y
she_barks I haven't read any of these! 2y
Kleonard Just finished Unsub as well! 2y
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Steph_EE
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Mehso-so
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lauraleebc
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My favorite thing about summer is staying in to eat ice cream and read about serial killers instead of going outside.

Kleonard 😂 2y
RadicalReader @lauraleebc something so perfect about the pairing of ice cream and books 2y
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Kleonard
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Pickpick

Good mystery--well thought out and paced.

she_barks You forgot to mention how disturbing this book is - lol. I couldn't sleep the night I started it, and I was only a few pages in. 2y
Kleonard @she_barks I'm still more detailed on that 'other' book-lovers social media! I didn't like the sexism that appeared in several of Sammie's scenes, but--yes, you are right that many scenes are disturbing! 2y
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Samwise_Gamgee
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☀️ Happy Summer Solstice ☀️
#currentlyreading

Bookcation74 Awesome picture! 2y
Suet624 Same to you!!! 2y
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Samwise_Gamgee
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Last Monday of school calls for celebrating.... right? #currentlyreading

vivastory I loved this one 2y
kendrastephaniekaryn I have one more Monday after this one. 😣🍹 2y
Samwise_Gamgee @kendrastephaniekaryn oh no I'm so sorry. YOU CAN MAKE IT!!! 2y
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KimmyM
What You Don't Know | Joann Chaney
Pickpick

Couldn't put this down!

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KimmyM
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Already so into this book! And I've only read 17% so far.

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Samwise_Gamgee
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Samwise_Gamgee
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Seat stealer. #dogsoflitsy

LeahBergen He even stole your book and beer! 😂 3y
Reviewsbylola He definitely looks like he doesn't plan on moving anytime soon! 3y
ElizaTodd Oh my god, what a cutie! 😍 3y
britt_brooke 😍😍😍 3y
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Cupofjo
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Pickpick

I give this a pick, but I can't say I loved this book. It was good; grabbed my attention and I was trying to figure out the 'who-done-it'. But it wasn't that scary for me, just a decent little mystery. I could tell the author wanted to get a little gory, yet stopped just short of it. The end was a little rushed, but I did like the wrapping up the characters life at the end.

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TrishBovell
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Liking this! Wish I had more time to sit and escape into it!! #rainydayperfectforamystery

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Kris10
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I thought this would be my freezer worthy horror read but it didn't scare me that much (even though it did have clowns in it 🤡). Back to the drawing board for that #LRC space.

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Audrey
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Pickpick

A solid character driven untraditional thriller. 3 main unlikeable povs: police detective, journalist and wife of a serial killer who all have some sort of PTSD from their interactions with the caught serial killer. A new serial killer appears and these three become enmeshed in this new mystery. Slightly slow moving and draggy at times but still highly readable.

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sumaiyya.books
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Loving my current read! This is a literary thriller that picks up where most serial killer novels end - after the killer is jailed. The novel follows the people who he never killed but who may have been his biggest victims - a homicide detective, a journalist and his wife. The writing is AMAZING 😳

BiblioNyan That bookmarker. 😻😻 3y
tricours Oh, that sounds interesting! 3y
Matilda Yes! I inhaled this book and had nightmares that were totally worth it! 3y
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sumaiyya.books @Bibli0.Nyan it's from @mybookmark on Instagram! 🤓 3y
sumaiyya.books @tricours I highly recommend! It's SO intense ❤️ 3y
sumaiyya.books @Matilda it's definitely getting into my nightmares too 🙈 3y
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Kris10
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I love that my hubby can sleep while I read with the lights on ☺ however, this may not be the best book to read before bed. I might end up sleeping with the lights on too.

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Audrey
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I'm enjoying this so far. But, wtf is up with the print size and margins??!! It's only 310 pages but it be a better reading experience if it were 350 pages. Grrr. 😡

Smrloomis My husband offered me a copy of a book he thought was great and I had to give it away because the print was too small 😤🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
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MrBook
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#TBRtrmptation post! This just-released debut mystery thriller revolves around the actions of Jacky Seever, pillar of his community & serial killer. Detective Paul Hoskins discovers 33 bodies underneath Seever's home. Sammie Peters was the lead case reporter. And Jacky's wife, Gloria, never knew her husband's killer side. Years later, a new series of murders connected to Jacky bring them all back together. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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MDodge
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Very creepy, with some good elements. I'm not a huge fan of books where cops are protagonists, but I liked the multiple points of view and it definitely kept me guessing. All in all a very enjoyable mystery! Also #readharder2017 #debutnovel ... I've read quite a few debut novels actually, but I think they can count for other challenges too probably 😉

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Bks4Wrms
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And now I know! 😝

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LauraJ
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Pickpick

Picked this up because it creeped @Liberty "the eff out." First off: ?alert! Clowns creep me the eff out, but the book...not so much. It's a well-written thriller that avoids most of the cliches of the genre. I guessed "whodunnit" midway through the book, and didn't care. The characters, plot and writing were strong and I happily plowed through all 320 pages in about 6 hours. Excellent debut. (P.S. This is the first of a planned series)

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LauraJ
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She's 5️⃣5️⃣, not 8️⃣5️⃣‼️ This character is 48 at the beginning of the story and 55 in later chapters. Why does author act like she's old and frail⁉️ Grr...
Otherwise, I'm enjoying this book.

ValerieAndBooks Either the author is very young and/or the cops are, and to them 55 is old and decrepit 🙄 3y
ValerieAndBooks Or maybe they kick in the door, not knowing how old she is? Seems interesting though! 3y
Megabooks Weird!! 3y
LauraJ @ValerieAndBooks Maybe the author is young, but nope on the other two. The detectives aren't given ages, but seem to be in their 40's. (edited) 3y
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NerdyRev
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This isn't a typical murder mystery. The killer is caught in the first few pages and is about to be executed. This is when this book takes place. The two detectives and the reporter who bought Seever to justice are called back together when similar murders begin. The murders take a back seat to the relationships of the three, as there is lots of baggage (one dresses as the killer now). The pace picks up in the last 50 pages, (con't in comments)

NerdyRev (Con't) so don't expect a lot of action as it is a character study set in a murder mystery. I enjoyed it for what it was. 3y
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NerdyRev
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Probably going to finish this today, but this is a unique one. It is a murder mystery where the mystery almost takes a backseat to the main characters. The criminal is caught in the first 5 pages, but it is the aftermath of what is left behind and someone has restarted the murders. It is the triangle between the reporter and the two detectives that is the focus though. Each has baggage with each other, so it is tense.

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Jenni_Capps
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This book is not getting nearly enough hype. I LOVED this. It's written from many different narratives which I loved for WYDK. It starts out with this amazing man, I'm talking a real people person, owns restaurants, great marriage, helps sick kids... and happens to have 31 dead bodies in the crawl space of his home. After he's been in jail for years, the murders start again. At one point close to the end i still couldn't figure out the killer!!

Kristy_K Great review! 3y
Jenni_Capps @Kristy_K thank you!! ♥️ 3y
melbeautyandbooks Sold! Added to my TBR. Thank you! 3y
Jenni_Capps @melbeautyandbooks you won't be sorry!! And I loved the ending! I think it was one of my favorite parts. 3y
melbeautyandbooks @Jenni_Capps- A good ending, too?! I can't wait to read it. I have read some books that were ruined by the ending. 3y
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Suzze
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BOOK MAIL! My order of The Sellout and my Goodreads win of What You Don't Know. I needed more books. Yes indeedy.

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Mirandareads
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I really enjoyed this thriller! Looking forward to more by this author.

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MelanieMefford
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I hear it's super creepy. Perfect read for a rainy weekend.

morgan_krahn This is on my TBR pile! Can't wait to hear what you think of it! 3y
Jenni_Capps I'm reading this now and LOVING it! What do you think so far? 3y
MelanieMefford I like it as well! I mean I'm only like 2 chapters in, but plan on easing a bunch in am. 😀😀😀😀😳 3y
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Suzze
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Got both these emails today. Melville House was doing a blind date with a book. You told them what genre you like, and they send you one of their books they think you'd like! Very cool. The other one us a Goodreads win. #freebie #riotgrams

Cinfhen 😍 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations!😍 3y
CouronneDhiver Love that "blind date" idea! 3y
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CrowCAH Yay 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
tbaile34 The Garden District Bookshop had wrapped blind date books, but how do you know you haven't already read it? 3y
Suzze @tbaile34 I've wondered that myself. That's why I've stopped the subscription boxes. I kept getting books I already owned. 3y
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mllemay
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That was one disturbing and gritty psychological thriller 😬 I really liked the narrative choices the author made and how all of her characters had very distinctive voices. It's a really strong first novel and I'll definitely be checking out what she writes next.

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Jenni_Capps
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I can't stay away from thrillers and I have read great reviews on this one!! Do y'all ever get stuck on one genre??

BibliophileMomma I love thrillers. Thrillers and mysteries are my two genres I read the most. 3y
Alfoster Yup! And that's my genre too😍! 3y
readinginthedark I'm all memoir right now. It happens but will pass in a few weeks, I imagine. (edited) 3y
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Jhullie Thrillers, mysteries, suspense, yep, they are my thing! 3y
Jenni_Capps @Tiffness83 @Alfoster @Jhullie yes!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 and they creepier, the better!! Have any of y'all read The Winter People?? I started reading it and stopped cause it creeped me out so bad but I'm getting back to it!! 3y
BibliophileMomma @Jenni_Capps OMG. I listened to the audiobook of Winter People and it scared the hell out of me. But I did love it. 3y
MyNamesParadise I'm excited to read this one! 3y
Jenni_Capps @MyNamesParadise I'm already in love with it! Definitely pick it up when you get a chance 3y
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