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The Alienist
The Alienist: A Novel | Caleb Carr
The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.        The newly appointed police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, in a highly unorthodox move, enlists the two men in the murder investigation, counting on the reserved Kreizler's intellect and Moore's knowledge of New York's vast criminal underworld. They are joined by Sara Howard, a brave and determined woman who works as a secretary in the police department. Laboring in secret (for alienists, and the emerging discipline of psychology, are viewed by the public with skepticism at best), the unlikely team embarks on what is a revolutionary effort in criminology-- amassing a psychological profile of the man they're looking for based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before. and will kill again before the hunt is over.        Fast-paced and gripping, infused with a historian's exactitude, The Alienist conjures up the Gilded Age and its untarnished underside: verminous tenements and opulent mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. Here is a New York during an age when questioning society's belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and mortal consequences.From the Paperback edition.
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kristincatastrophic
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That was excellent! The characters were so alive, the setting immersive. Often when a there are long descriptions of place and it's history in a story my eyes gaze over, I'm like "get back to the action". Not this time, this time I wanted to know everything, to be there, to feel it.
I might be getting better at handling gore or this book just handled it perfectly. I vote for both.
Easily very near the top of favorites for the year so far.

Mdargusch I totally agree! I loved this book! 6d
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kristincatastrophic
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Yes, the best place to begin my next read is at the beginning!
Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there.
"To the beginning, then!"

stephothebesto I love this book! So smart, so atmospheric, so creepy. Happy reading! 2w
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DinaReads
Mehso-so

I did like this book, but it was very slow in Parts 1 & 2. A lot of detail about historical features and information about psychology at that given time slowed my reading down. Part 3 really picked up, and saved the book for me.

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Tex2Flo
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#90sspringfling
With my local PBS cohost for the Fall Auction fundraiser, on my way to donating 2 gallons of blood, a birthday delivery that I cringed over in case he was going to try to strip in the office (didn‘t, thank god), young middle manager trying an interested look for my first planning conference, annual Christmas look at the office.
The 90s were a great decade for me.

britt_brooke Great photos! 2mo
KarenUK Love these! 💕 2mo
TrishB Great pics 👍🏻 2mo
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ScorpioBookDreams
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Really looking forward to reading this one! Thank you @jhod for the super cute page markers and pen.

Freespirit I have this one reading to read too...did you see the TV series..it was excellent 3mo
ScorpioBookDreams @Freespirit no I didn‘t but I‘ve heard a lot of good things about it! 3mo
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christinehk
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Although the historical research seemed to have been well done, the story moved quite slowly for the majority of the novel. It was an interesting thriller to read, however, it was not my preferred writing style. I would recommend the book especially to those who enjoy psychological thrillers.

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CrowCAH
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#MarchIntoThe70s #PsychoKiller
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=O52jAYa4Pm8

A thriller of cases trying to determine the killer!

catebutler This was so good! One of my absolute favorites. 3mo
Cinfhen Here‘s some positive reviews for you @erzascarletbookgasm ❤️ 3mo
GatheringBooks oooh! i have seen the netflix series but have not read the book yet! next year! 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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It‘s 1896, in New York City, and there‘s a savage killer on the loose...the dead are strangled, mutilated bodies beyond recognition. The police has called together a psychologist and a newspaper reporter to assist in tracking down the #psychokiller . This 19th-century psychological thriller introduces unconventional investigative methods - profiling and psychology.
Haven‘t read it, book‘s on my tbr wishlist.
##marchintothe70s

Cinfhen I tried reading book and watching the Netflix series but I couldn‘t get into it. It‘s in #Hibernation but I‘ll try again 3mo
Lizpixie My daughter recommended the Netflix series to me. I watched a few episodes but I couldn‘t get into it either. Not sure why, maybe I was hoping for Jackaby but got Murdoch Mysteries instead🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen @Lizpixie Oh dear! The premise sounds good! 3mo
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Bklover @erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen This book was originally published in 1994. I bought the paperback the next year after my librarian neighbor said it was amazing. I have tried several times (the first hundred or so pages look worn, and the rest of the book untouched) to read this and just haven‘t done it yet. But I‘m going to. One of these days I‘m going to finish it!!! 3mo
Bklover Oh, and the second book is supposed to be really good as well. 3mo
Suzze I loved this book! One of my favorites. I couldn‘t get into the tv series at all. 3mo
Cathythoughts I havnt read this either. I just looked it up on kindle & it‘s only. € 1.73 🤔 (edited) 3mo
gradcat I think I watched it on either A&E or TBS, but at any rate, I liked both the book and the series. As well as a second book, there is to be a second season of the TV show. 3mo
writerlibrarian I loved this book. 3mo
Centique @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts I loved this book! I think partly because it‘s a mystery (love) and it‘s turn of the century (love) and it‘s about psychology (love)! It‘s more slow and gruesome than edge of your seat stuff. I also loved the series but it‘s full of fave actors of mine so I may be biased 😉 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Centique @gradcat @Suzze If the series is something like the BBC Ripper Street, then probably I‘ll like it 🙂 3mo
Cinfhen Hi 👋 @Suzze How‘s Tink??? How are you?!?! 3mo
Suzze @Cinfhen I‘m ok. Tink is fabulous! 3mo
Cinfhen Glad to hear Tink is fabulous but we already KNEW that @Suzze I‘m sure you‘re ready for winter to be over 3mo
gradcat @ezrascarletbookgasm I think @Centique has provided a very good description of why the series is so good, and absolutely is right on about the actors—they‘re really great in this. 👍 3mo
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heikemarie
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So my bravado did not pan out - I didn‘t finish this and it went back to the library. So I did the only logical thing and bought it since it was $2 on Kindle. Oops 😬

Students are on break this week and I am on vacation starting tomorrow so I am sure a few pages of it will be accidentally read at my desk today! On accident. #theviewfromhere

tournevis My aunt, who does not read mysteries, liked it a lot back in the day. 3mo
AmyG I loved this book! 3mo
Samplergal It‘s vacation eve. Also a holiday! 😂 enjoy. 3mo
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Reviewsbylola It‘s worth $2! Great read. 3mo
gradcat I liked it very much. I hope you enjoy your “accident,” and that you have a nice vacation! 3mo
Kaye Cute purse 👛 3mo
heikemarie @tournevis I also really liked it! A+ recc for folks like me who don‘t usually dive into that area. 3mo
heikemarie @AmyG I really liked it! 3mo
tournevis @heikemarie 💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺 3mo
heikemarie @Samplergal @Reviewsbylola @gradcat I liked it a lot! Definitely worth a few bucks and it accidentally got read at the desk 😂 3mo
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heikemarie
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Nothing like a library deadline to help me put the pedal to the metal. I am NOT waiting for this ebook again. The Alienist is a little slow paced for me, perhaps because it is not my usual genre of choice, but I‘m sufficiently interested to push through. Plus I want to read it before I watch it.

This post sponsored by iced coffee.

Traci1 Love that cup. ❤ 3mo
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morgan_krahn I think I need that cup in my life! 😍😍 3mo
heikemarie @Traci1 @morgan_krahn I think it came in a HP themed box from Book(ish) Box! I love it 🥰 3mo
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Gina
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I'd give this book 4 out of 5 ☆s. It was a fast paced carriage ride throughout. The historical research was very well done. I liked the nod to period detective stories such as the headquarters was Number 808 Broadway (221 Baker St) and the mention of the book "The Moonstone" considered to be the first detective novel. The only issues I had was the very graphic death scenes of young boys and the killers reaction to being caught seemed unauthentic.

Freespirit @Gina I have it on my shelf to read. I loved the Netflix series. Loved your review😃 4mo
Gina @Freespirit awwww, thx :) 4mo
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Gina
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That's an interesting way to describe someone walking through a door.

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Gina
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When the author strives for perfection in his historical fiction. As someone who had to take a typography couse in college, I applaud you sir!

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jhod
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Returned from the post office to more bookmail!! Must Give Else Never Can Receive was my school motto, haha!!
Don't know much about this one but a sneaky look at everyone's reviews would suggest I'm in for a treat so am excited!!
@ShookBelf
#whodunituk

Readergrrl Enjoyed that book so much, but I LOVE your notebook! Where is it from? 4mo
Lauram I just found the notebooks online. I want them all! 😍 4mo
AmyG I loved this book. Enjoy! 4mo
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jhod @Readergrrl @Lauram brilliant! The notebook belongs to @DeborahSmall - it travels with the book... great that you found them online! @AmyG thank you! 4mo
farrahkohn I keep a commonplace book as well, but am completely addicted to Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks for both my journal and commonplace book! 4mo
Cathythoughts Thankyou Jess for your fab postcard ...... #jbuk 👍🏻♥️. Enjoy your trip to Italy ! You lucky duck..... I‘m so jealous & can‘t think of anything nicer than to be heading off to the snow ❄️ Cathy X 4mo
jhod Thanks Cathy! X @Cathythoughts 4mo
Suet624 I keep thinking I‘ve read this book but I don‘t think I actually have. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
DeborahSmall @Readergrrl I loved this little notebook when I discovered it. Being Scottish I searched online for a Macbeth themed notebook and was totally surprised to find this tartan fabrics notebooks named Macbeth. ❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 3mo
Readergrrl @DeborahSmall I found the company‘s website and I am trying very hard not to buy them out of stock! All those tartans! I spent a month in Scotland last summer and it has been one of my life‘s highlights! I would move there in a minute if I could! 3mo
DeborahSmall @Readergrrl I‘m glad you loved it. I was home just last week to Glasgow. I‘ve lived in Ireland 25 years this summer, I moved over at 17 but Scotland will always be my home. I miss the mountains so much and driving an hour out of Glasgow and being at Loch Lomond or at the foot of Glencoe 💕 3mo
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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

It was ok. It was slow moving, though it picked up somewhat in the last third to quarter of the book. There were times I found it a bit hard to follow, as sometimes a character‘s first name, and sometimes their last name was used. I didn‘t like the end, but I did enjoy reading about the beginning of profiling and “new” techniques of solving crimes – things like fingerprinting, photographing the imprint of last seen image on the victim‘s eye, etc.

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Gina
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Definition: To treat someone in an indulgent or over-protective way.

Oh my Sara! Give it to him good!
#strongfictionalwomen

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Gina
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This article, which is a real article, written by Dr Meyer in 1895 is way ahead of it's time. After reading many books on serial killers they all seem to say serial killers exibit a rich internal life! Fascinating!

We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us!

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Gina
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Looks like someone is giving a nod to 221B Baker St.

By George! Mr. Carr! Well done, sir!

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Gina
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Activity on day 2 of the polar vortex. Treadmill reading... hard to do, but worth the effort!

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Gina
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Sigh...now that is a bed fit for a princess or me!

MrBook 😱😱😱 4mo
BookBabe 😱😱😱 4mo
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Gina
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All is quiet on the homefront. -21 and counting...

AllenTStClair Stay warm and safe! 4mo
Stephaniereads1 On my. Stay safe. 4mo
SilversReviews Wow...stay safe and warm. 4mo
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Gina
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What I would do if I won the lottery^^^

obertonwrites So cool! Best book shelf ever! 4mo
LiteraryinLititz Beautiful! 4mo
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Gina
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It is going to get down to -25 here in WI. So I am making my all time favorite hot beverage and hunkering down with a stack of books.

jillannjohn Wow! 4mo
Jaimelire Chai♥️ 4mo
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Gina
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Tonight's reading nook view. It's a balmy 0 degrees!

AmyG Great book. And....yikes. 4mo
Gina @AmyG yes I am really enjoying it 4mo
Reviewsbylola Were at 43 but dropping to 18 by morning. The following morning will be in the negatives. 😖😑 4mo
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Gina
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Oh man, Sara is the cooooolest!!

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Gina
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Preparing for the big snow storm that is rolling into SE Wisconsin tonight...

Walmart run, check
School is cancelled, check
Comfy clothes and dog, check
Reading material, CHECK AND CHECK

Godmotherx5 We did the same earlier today. Stay cozy. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Those slippers!! 4mo
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Gina
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I learned something new today. Nice!

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Hidie
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Picnic time!

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Ekkross
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Exciting and suspenseful! Reminded me a bit of Sherlock Holmes but a bit darker and with some interesting gender roles/dynamics

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collegecatlady
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My first selection down for #booked2019 #femaledetective

Reviewsbylola Great book! 5mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh!!! Nice choice🙌🏻this is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read 5mo
Bookishlie Oooooo very nice!! 5mo
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heikemarie
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I was actually quite enjoying this one and then the library snatched it back from me 😩 I think the concept is truly engaging - that Teddy Roosevelt, as head of the NYC police department, puts his faith in a psychologist and his gang of assistants to solve some pretty grisly murders - and while I wait for my hold to come up again, I‘ll be reading some short story collections I‘ve been holding onto in order to ring in 2019.

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Laughterhp
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Christine! Thanks so much for the package!! I can‘t wait to read this book!

Thanks for the goodies as well! Is it only PB and wheat flour in the cookies? My dog has a lot of allergies!

He‘s like his mom, because I can‘t eat the chocolate you sent 😩😩 It has barley malt powder which apparently is not gluten free. 😫😩😫

Thank you for your kindness!

#LitsyPenPals

inthegreensandblues Oh dear - I was thinking I was safe with plain chocolate, sorry! I'm learning because of my brother's GF needs but he's not big on sweets. The treats also do have milk (and baking powder) but that's all. No worries if they need to be donated to some other dog. 😂 I hope you'll like the book and that your Christmas was nice! 5mo
Laughterhp @inthegreensandblues It‘s okay! It‘s hard for a lot of people to become accustomed to it! My husband will eat the chocolates! We have a lot of dogs in our life, so the cookies will definitely get eaten! 😊. Thanks so much again. Hope you had a great Christmas! 5mo
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heikemarie
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He wanted me to pick from the shelf, but The Alienist is due in one day 😱 I have to make my winter break choices when I get home from Christmas, as well as my #24in48 stack!! I can‘t wait, this is my favorite reading season ☺️

CoffeeNBooks Beautiful cat! 5mo
heikemarie @CoffeeNBooks thank you! He‘s photogenic and he knows it 😻 5mo
Mimi28 Cute kitty!! 😻😻❤️❤️Kind of looks like my 2 cats I named Taz - lol- they both had major behavioral problems. I guess I shouldn‘t have named them after something that has Devil in the name, lol ( it was a family naming cats after cartoons thing actually) 5mo
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wanderinglynn ❤️❤️🐱🐱 5mo
heikemarie @Mimi28 he can be a little bit of a hellion but he‘s also a huge cuddle bug :) 5mo
Mimi28 Aaaawww that‘s cute!! ❤️❤️❤️😻😻😻 5mo
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VictoriaB
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Interesting historical fiction where Dr. Lazlo Kriezler and his team are trying to solve a series of gruesome murders using new methods of investigation, namely psychology. Very procedural, and a lot of historical detail. My biggest criticism is that all the protagonists had very progressive views on just about everything, which made them a bit unrealistic for 1890‘s New York.

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collegecatlady
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After some serious contemplation, here are my choices for #winter #booked2019

I‘m so excited to get started on these!

Cinfhen That‘s awesome!!! I‘m totally curious now about your #fairytaleretelling & #femaledetective❣️❣️❣️I own the Alienist and might need to borrow that suggestion 😄thanks for posting & sharing 5mo
Ruthiella That‘s a tempting set of titles! I hope you love them all!😀 5mo
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VeganCleopatra Fledgling is related to a podcast? I did not know that. Did you have any others that you decided against for that category? I'm struggling with finding one I want to read for it. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @VeganCleopatra Have you checked out some of the suggestions for the #relatedtoapodcast prompt? There are a few under the hashtag. Also some other lists posted on the Goodreads group. Hope this helps! 5mo
collegecatlady @VeganCleopatra I‘m using Fledgling from Book Riot‘s Get Booked Podcast. They did an episode on books similar to Stephen King in October and I took it from there! It‘s one I‘ve been wanting to read for a while so I didn‘t have any other options I was weighing. (edited) 5mo
nikirtehsuxlol I‘m just starting Unbury Carol and it reads a little too YA for me. 5mo
collegecatlady @nikirtehsuxlol Ugh! I‘m so sad to hear that. I‘m not a YA fan so I hope I can grin and bear it. 5mo
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jenniferw88
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Another #adventrecommends thanks to #whodunituk & @DeborahSmall ! This one & The Unquiet Dead are both £2 in paperback on Amazon at the moment. @emilyrose_x

Cathythoughts Thankyou got your adorable card 😘. Mine are ready but must post tomorrow.... ♥️ 6mo
ElizaMarie I really really liked this book! 6mo
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TrishB
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Finished last night in bed- not going to review here as read as part of #whodunnituk and will be sending into @ShookBelf now! Hopefully in the next few days Helen.

Amiable I was reading this book when I was pregnant with my youngest son. I ended up naming him Caleb! 6mo
TrishB @Amiable I love that name! I was watching American Gothic show when I had my son and wanted to call him Caleb- couldn‘t convince his dad though! It‘s a lovely name 💕 6mo
Caroline2 Ohhhh I remember watching American Gothic and I wanted to name my son Caleb too!!! But then one of my friends used it first!!! 😆 6mo
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Amiable A few months ago I gave this book to my son and told him that it's where/how I found his name, and after he read it he wasn't sure if he thought it was cool that we named him after the author of a book about a serial killer. 😄 6mo
Amiable @Caroline2 My son is 21 now, so luckily there were no TV shows with characters named Caleb back then to make the name popular! He hardly ever runs into Calebs his age. 6mo
TrishB @Amiable I don‘t think they‘re ever best impressed where their name comes from! 6mo
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Andrea4
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I was surprised at the fast paced nature of this book; it could have been longer but that's only because I liked it so much! I watched the show first, which was also great (I actually enjoyed the changes it made) so maybe that's also colouring my view of the length of the book.
I finished it just in time for my next #audiobook to come in 😁 one of the few upsides of today. Today was decidedly trying.

llwheeler Sorry you had a rough day 6mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler thanks dude. I'll have to fill you in...it was actually at work. Oy. 6mo
llwheeler 🙁 6mo
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Skyrimir
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Thrift store haul! Not usually a fan of the tv show/movie covers but I‘ve been wanting to read The Alienist for a while. Also, ET isn‘t book related, but it has to be one of my best thrift store finds. Lol

kyraleseberg Awesome finds! 6mo
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Effischer
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I‘m halfway done with this book and I‘d really like to pause everything else in my life so I can keep reading! #readerproblems

Reviewsbylola I still need to read the book that comes after this! 6mo
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laur89
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👗 My dress!
🕓 8 hours and then some
🍫 Caramel or mint
💇🏻‍♀️ Once a year (maybe)
📖 Definite recommend!!!

#HumpDayPost #recommendsday
@MinDea

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LauraRenae
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Perfect combination of character development, team dynamics, and historical sense of place. It‘s dense but the writing creates ease in reading #aroundtheyearin52books #ATY2018 #medicallegalthriller

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JPeterson
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Happy Saturday, Littens!
I have nothing planned all day, except to read and drink coffee! Which is extra exciting since I finally found non-diary (almond milk) pumpkin spice creamer. 🎃

Bklover And life is good! ☕️📚📖 7mo
CoverToCoverGirl Score! 🎃😊 7mo
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Tianarose
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Audio-cleaning and cooking dinner with the Alienist. It was really good. Feels nice to finish a book in one day.

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laur89
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I loved the focus of this book and the story progression, but for me it really picked up in the second part! Interesting details for the setting as well, but sometimes it become too lengthy and distracted from the main story. Overall, 4.5/5 ⭐️

P.S. This wraps up my #screamathon #TBR picks! ☠️🎃☑️

vivastory Lauren, I believe you are out of the country at the moment, but there should be a #allhallowsreadswap package waiting for you when you return 7mo
laur89 @vivastory I got back on Monday! But no box is waiting for me. 😔 7mo
vivastory Okay, I just checked online and apparently it is being returned to me for a problem with the address. Could you email me your address at vivastory26 Gmail 7mo
vivastory Check your email when you get a chance 7mo
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laur89
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Haven‘t had much time to post this week since I‘m in Uruguay 🇺🇾 for a wedding 👰🏻🤵🏻, but wanted to take a moment to thank @wanderinglynn and @Whimsical.Curiosity for hosting such nice giveaways!! #OctHPGiveaway #hugyofriendsgiveaway

On another note, overnight flights ✈️ make great time for reading 📖, so I‘ve been able to get a good chunk into the tagged book, and so far it‘s great! 👍🏼👍🏼

wanderinglynn Thanks for entering! ☺️ 7mo
Whimsical.Curiosity Yay that's awesome!! I can never sleep on flights so reading is the best. 7mo
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LauraRenae
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My latest library haul. Now the difficult decision of #whattoreadnext. I‘m leaning towards the tagged book.

Swe_Eva It‘s a great read! 7mo
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