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Disappearance at Devil's Rock
Disappearance at Devil's Rock: A Novel | Paul Tremblay
A family is shaken to its core after the mysterious disappearance of a teenage boy in this eerie tale, a blend of literary fiction, psychological suspense, and supernatural horror from the author of A Head Full of Ghosts.A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and Im pretty hard to scare, raved Stephen King about Paul Tremblays previous novel. Now, Tremblay returns with another disturbing tale sure to unsettle readers.Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park.The search isnt yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her young daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommys disappearance. Feeling helpless and alone, their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration: the local and state police have uncovered no leads. Josh and Luis, the friends who were the last to see Tommy before he vanished, may not be telling the whole truth about that night in Borderland State Park, when they were supposedly hanging out a landmark the local teens have renamed Devils Rock.Living in an all-too-real nightmare, riddled with worry, pain, and guilt, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. She believes a ghostly shadow of Tommy materializes in her bedroom, while Kate and other local residents claim to see a shadow peering through their windows in the dead of night. Then, random pages torn from Tommys journal begin to mysteriously appearentries that reveal an introverted teenager obsessed with the phantasmagoric; the loss of his father, killed in a drunk-driving accident a decade earlier; a folktale involving the devil and the woods of Borderland; and a horrific incident that Tommy believed connects them.As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of what happened become more haunting and sinister, no one is prepared for the shocking truth about that night and Tommys disappearance at Devils Rock.
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BookwormM
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Tremblay does it again I have a new go to author I know what to expect a supernatural story using a fine balance or natural and supernatural for the reader to make up their own minds about what really happened.

Can totally see this as a movie

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DrLReads
Mehso-so

Tremblay is an expert at crafting unsettling atmosphere (there were a few chapters that were stellar) but I ultimately had trouble finishing this novel. A solid start but didn‘t quite keep me engaged throughout.

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Magpiegem
Mehso-so

I‘m catching up on my reviews for last year- I really liked the way this started, it was creepy and intriguing but for me it was let down towards the end. One of those books that seemed like the author didn‘t really know how to finish things up. It left me frustrated. ⭐️⭐️

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Twainy
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🎧 Less horror, more supernatural, fiction, psychological suspense. Slow in comparison to the author‘s current work. It‘s character driven. The story begins with a missing 13yo boy (Tommy). Elizabeth & her daughter Kate repeatedly stumble (magically?) across pages of Tommy‘s journal that tell the story of what happened in flashback involving Tommy, his 2 friends, an older boy. I‘d say, slice of life but it keeps you guessing. I liked it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️5/6

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sprainedbrain
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It‘s ok, I really didn‘t need to sleep tonight. 😱

This book is the perfect blend of psychological thriller, horror, and creepy is it or isn‘t it paranormal. As a mom, this is a worst-fears kinda book. It‘s also well-written and engaging. I couldn‘t stop listening, despite the mounting dread. And that ending. Ugh.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#screamathon

LeahBergen Ooo, sounds good! 2y
Cathythoughts Im always looking for a good audio for my walks .... part of my walk is through woods though 😳... I think I‘ll try it 👍🏻 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good but scary! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts err, is that a good idea?! 😬😂 2y
alisiakae Great review! 2y
sprainedbrain @Cathythoughts I would have done it! That might make you walk a little faster. 😂 2y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @sprainedbrain .... 😳.. I‘ll try it 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😂 2y
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Joysiam
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Creepy storytelling at its best!

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Marmie7
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WJCintron I'm down for this one! 😃👍 3y
Patchshank Sounds interesting. But I'm fine with whatever. 3y
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recuffley
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Mehso-so

Alright.
That‘s the word I‘ll use to describe this book. I moved real quick into this one because I was so excited about the last Paul Tremblay book that I read. But I feel I was kind of disappointed. In my opinion, there was too much unnecessary text in some of the chapters and I found myself rushing to get through them. Although I was intrigued to find out what happened at the end. Between head full of ghosts and cabin, this comes in 3rd for me

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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This went in a direction I wasn't expecting. The first few chapters were the strongest for me but it was a compelling story. Middle schooler Tommy disappears one night while hanging out in a state park with two friends; their straight forward account soon becomes more complicated. Tremblay jumps between characters to tell this story and I'm not sure I really felt like I had a handle on any of them by the end.

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Myhusbandhatesreading
Panpan

Another bleh

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AutumnRLS
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A little bit of this. A little bit of that. More CT finds.

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WeeziesBooks
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Pickpick

Book 43: I don‘t know how I exactly feel about this book. The good parts were WOW and the slow parts made it feel like a 600 page book (in a bad way). I enjoyed the realistic horror mixed in with the supernatural horror.

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DavidDiamond
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I loathe stories with ambiguous resolutions, yet somehow, Paul Tremblay makes it work. This folk-tale/mystery about a missing teen, a mysterious 20-something he befriends and the mother and sister who try to solve the mystery along with a sympathetic female police officer made for a fun and interesting read. This is my least favorite of Tremblay's novels, yet it's worth reading.

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wtimblin
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Another great story from this author. Bit more of a slow-burn creepy one in comparison to Head Full of Ghosts and Cabin in the Woods. But equally chilling. 5 stars

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RealBooks4ever
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Panpan

Well, I had a good streak of reading books I enjoyed and then I ran into this. Too long, too unbelievable, and a big disappointment after reading A Head Full of Ghosts, which was incredible.

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AmandaEve
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📚 Disappearance at Devil‘s Rock by Paul Tremblay
🎥 Not a movie, but a series - Supernatural
🎶 Two songs come to mind. Hells Bells by AC/DC and Oh Devil by Electric Guest
#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho 🖤😈🖤 4y
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Addison_Reads
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Chores are finished, everyone's in bed, and now I'm going to take some time to myself and start this one. This is my pick for Massachusetts for #ReadingUSA2019; both the author and setting are the same. I've tried to do that with as many books as possible for this challenge.

@Librarybelle

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Kaye Neat cover. 4y
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JoScho
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Mehso-so

I jumped right into this one after finishing Head Full of Ghosts. I don‘t even know what to say about really. There was the line Tremblay is great at walking the reader down-is it supernatural or human behavior-but it just fell short for me. I felt like it was longer than necessary and oh so so much dialogue. Maybe I would have felt differently if I had read this one before HFOG but I went in with high expectations and felt let down in the end.

NatalieR I had the same experience with his books. 4y
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Airykah13
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1) 8-10 books
2) Nope — I‘m not a writer. Tried blogging but it‘s just not for me
3) Fall, my birthday, and Thanksgiving
4) Happy November to all my Litsy friends ☺️☺️
@wanderinglynn #hellothursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! ☺️🧡 4y
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Chocamanda
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1. Disappearance At Devil‘s Rock
2. Daphne du Maurier
3. Drop Dead Gorgeous (the one with Kirstie Alley and Kirsten Dunst)
4. Deviled eggs!

#manicmonday @JoScho

2BR02B Drop Dead Gorgeous is hilarious. 😆 4y
JoScho 💖💖💖 4y
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laurenlovesliterature
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As if I don't have enough to read...I couldn't pass these up at the library! 😀📚

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Kappadeemom
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Kappadeemom
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Starting this tonight #readingwiththedorkie

MrBook 😻😻😻 4y
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Briguy73
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Panpan

To say i am disappointed is an understatement.I feel cheated.I was expecting a thrilling, spooky, compelling tale but what i got was very stale.Not recommending this one.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Mehso-so

Really loved A Head Full of Ghosts, so I had high hopes for this. It took a long time to get going (about halfway before anything happened), and the reasons for the disappearance were so ambiguous as to be unsatisfying. Not sure what really happened at Devil‘s Rock, and sounds like Tremblay isn‘t sure either.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Storming outside, kitty on my belly, scary book, coffee. Perfect Saturday morning. (Except husband is stuck in Washington DC with cancelled flights ☹️)

bedandabook I love your book stacks! They remind me of my book stacks. Everywhere... 4y
Tamra Love bookstacks! 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @bedandabook @Tamra What‘s a Litten to do, right? 🤷‍♀️😜 4y
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HotMessJess Omg that face 4y
Hildy NOTHING like a book, a cat, a cuppa and a quiet house: this introvert's dream. 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @hildy YAS!! 🐱 📚 ☕️ 4y
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BooksAtNight
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Mehso-so

I feel like I should have devoured this book. Instead, I kept putting it down. I have to give Tremblay props - he succeeded in making me question every single character!

Karkar I thought at the end I was all wrapped up and good.....haha 5y
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BooksAtNight
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Sweatpants, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and a book. It must be the weekend!

ReadingSusan Perfection! 5y
Reggie I really liked this book. 5y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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I can‘t believe I finallly won a Goodreads giveaway. I feel like Leonardo Dicaprio.

ephemeralwaltz 😂😂😂 yay! 5y
batsy 😂😂 5y
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 5y
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AmyG Yay! 5y
sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 5y
JoRead Congrats! 5y
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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I liked but didn‘t love this book. The creepy ambiguity that worked so well in Tremblay‘s A Head Full of Ghosts fell a little flat here for me.

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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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Starting this this morning-loved A Head Full of Ghosts! #currentlyreading

BibliophileMomma Loved this one! 5y
TheBookkeepersApprentice @Tiffy_Reads so far it‘s really good! 5y
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Librarianjd
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Mehso-so

I read this author‘s book Head Full of Ghosts earlier this year I really liked it. His ability to keep you guessing about whether there is something supernatural happening or whether it‘s psychological is compelling. However I just couldn‘t get into this one.

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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My pre-Thanksgiving package from my wonderful pen pal and fellow educator, @Emilyrjones22 ! Is there any better way to kick off a week off from work than by getting a box of books? Not only that, but she included Walking Dead swag! Thanks, Emily—you‘re the best!!

#litsypenpals

Emilyrjones22 Yay, glad it made it!! Do y‘all have this whole week off? I‘m definitely settling into my Thanksgiving break this weekend! 5y
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Emilyrjones22 Yes, we have the whole week off! Of course, I developed a raging cold Monday and have felt like 💩 since then and haven‘t gotten anything done. 😡. I‘m now armed with extra-strength Mucinex, so hopefully that will help! 5y
Emilyrjones22 @CindyMyLifeIsLit Oh no!! It‘s the teacher-vacation-sickness!! I hope you get well soon and can enjoy part of the break. 5y
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Emilyrjones22 Yeah, it‘s the classic teacher Catch-22. You don‘t want to be sick on your break, but you imagine trying to go to work feeling like this—umm, no! And you can‘t take 3 or 4 days off for a cold! So probably better this way. Still sucks though! 5y
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Busha1984
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Mehso-so

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Pretty disappointed in this book. After reading Tremblay's A Head Full of Ghosts, I quickly grabbed this book up. About 70 pages in and, while the writing is easy to read, the story didn't grab my attention as strongly as I hoped. Finished this book in about four days because I just wasn't that into it.

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Karkar
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I enjoyed this one. I liked A Head Full of Ghosts better but this was suspenseful. There were a couple of times where I was like dude I cannot put this book down.

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Karkar
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Almost finished with this one. Man I am a slow reader compared to most people doing this readathon. I made 10ish hours...my stop watch reset itself over night. I got a nap in and had a nice time cuddling with my fuzzy girls. #readathon

Andrew65 That!s a great achievement 👏 5y
Cinfhen Good job 💕 5y
JacqMac Yay!👏 5y
Balibee146 Yay nicely done. I'm a slow reader too but happiest reading at my regular snail pace and re reading bits, sentences even paragraphs as I go 😆 5y
kspenmoll I am a slow reader, otherwise I cannot comprehend/remember, integrate my reading. Always have been! 5y
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Karkar
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😱😱😱I fell asleep....but good news I woke up to these cuties! #readathon @DeweysReadathon @Liberty

Melissa_J Awwwww! 🐶❤️🐾 5y
PerksOfBeingABookworm So adorable 💜 5y
Tamra 😘 5y
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Puredragonstar Aweeeee!!!! The puppy faces gets me every time! 🐶💜🐶💜🐶 5y
AlaMich That's a pretty stinkin' cute picture!! 🐶🐶 5y
kspenmoll Adorable!!‘ 5y
Bookladylinda They are so cute!!! 5y
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Karkar
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Starting book #2 for the Dewey‘s #readathon today.

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Chris
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Pretty great, unsettling book. The story is nothing like A Head Full of Ghosts but I like how in both stories the author plays around with horror conventions and cliches to keep the reader guessing about what is really happening. #Hallowreads

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rohit-sawant
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This was a solid five star read! 🤘

Marchpane You make this sound so good! I struggle to find horror that works for me but this I might need to try. 5y
Ms_T Another great review! #Stacked 5y
rohit-sawant @Marchpane Thanks! Have you read Tremblay's A Head Full of Ghosts? In case you haven't checked it out, it's the perfect introduction to his work. As much as I loved Disappearance it doesn't top the former, which is his masterpiece. 5y
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rohit-sawant @Ms_T Thanks so much! 😊 5y
Marchpane Good to know! I've not read anything by him, so thanks for the rec 😁 5y
vivastory @Marchpane I second the recommendation for Head Full of Ghosts. Easily one of the best horror books I've ever read. 5y
vivastory A thoughtful review, as always. Tremblay is a master at reminding the reader that real world, non-supernatural events are as bad as, if not worse than supernatural occurrences. Yet, he's never dismissive of the supernatural events. Have you seen Lake Mungo? If not, I highly recommend it. 5y
LeahBergen Great review! And now I'm even more excited to read 5y
rohit-sawant @vivastory You summed up his approach perfectly. He strikes that balance so well. And appreciate the kind words! Lake Mungo sounds really interesting, just looked it up. Thanks for the rec! Also, you just have to check out Fincher's Mindhunter on Netflix. Few episodes in. It's absolutely fantastic. 5y
rohit-sawant @LeahBergen Thanks so much! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. 5y
readordierachel Nice review! Adding it to my tbr! 5y
rohit-sawant @ReadOrDieRachel Thank you! Hope you like it! 5y
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rohit-sawant
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My (ambitious) October TBR! Part of which I'm sure will end up getting carried over into next month because slow reader. *sigh*

EllieDottie I'm a slow reader too! 5y
ohyeahthatgirl This looks like ana amazing lineup! I loved Bird Box and Mapping the Interior. Victor LaValle is one of my faves but I'm saving Devil in Silver for a rainy day. 5y
rohit-sawant @EllieDottie Glad to know I have company! 5y
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rohit-sawant @ohyeahthatgirl Thanks! So excited about them all. Great knowing you found Bird Box enjoyable, since I've come across mixed reviews. As for Mapping, I'm sure it's going to be a solid Pick. And saving Devil in Silver for a rainy day sounds like an awesome idea! 5y
Reggie The Bird Box, The Shuddering, and the Tremblay, I loved all 3. I hope you enjoy them. 5y
Karkar @EllieDottie @rohit-sawant me too!! 5y
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kyraleseberg
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My first Tremblay book and after hearing so much about Head Full of Ghosts, I guess I was expecting to be terrified. While there are creepy/unexplained events, it was mostly about how the disappearance of a boy turns sinister as we gradually learn more from the friends who last saw him. Rather than a supernatural event hinted at by the boys and even the media (locals report of a shadow man), it shows the downward spiral of mental illness.

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TorieStorieS
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This #Listen has a great slow build of spooky atmosphere to kick off my Halloween #AudioColoring. While this isn‘t my favorite of the author‘s, it‘s still fast-paced and engaging! #30DaysOfReadathon

Mommamanzi I love to color! 5y
TorieStorieS @Mommamanzi Me too!! Audio coloring is one of my favorite things to do! 5y
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kyraleseberg
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Kicking off October creepy reads with this e-book deal I picked up a few months ago thanks to some glowing Litsy reviews/comments.

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BookBoggart
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Kitties to the left of me. Puppies to the right. Here I am trying to read my book! #puppiesandkitties #olive #bentleyboo #muchlove #weekendplans #9daysleft

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Andrea4
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Another Tremblay read that I pretty much did in 1 day. This one left me thinking just like A Head Full of Ghosts but disturbed me more. At the cottagw here I had to leave a low light on all night -a little worried about what I might see in the darker dark.

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PirateJenny
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Paul Tremblay comes through again. He's obviously goimg to be one of my favorites as he has got a great creepy vibe going. I'm hoping this got me out of the reading slump I've been in.