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Bluebird, Bluebird
Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
A powerful thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV show Empire. When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. But when his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders-a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman-have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes - and save himself in the process - before Lark's long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.
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Trashcanman
Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke

There's a blue bird at my window
I can't hear the songs he sings
All the jewels in heaven
They don't look the same to me

I just wade the tides that turned
Till I learn to leave the past behind

It's only lies that I'm living
It's only tears that I'm crying
It's only you that I'm losing
Guess I'm doing fine

LauraJ 💔 2d
Centique That‘s beautiful. Hope the sun shines on you today - tena koe pai hoa. 💕 (edited) 1d
TheSpineView Lovely poem! You should consider publishing them. Hope you have a great day! 1d
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DyAnne
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I‘m definitely an Attica Locke fan.

Howard_L I found the introduction enticing and was looking forward to enjoying the story but it seemed to stall out. I bailed early but there‘s always a chance that a review like yours will lead me back to it! 1w
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kyraleseberg
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Whoa, this book took me by surprise! A fantastic crime novel that looks at racial tension in Texas and follows black Texas Ranger Darren Mathews as he investigates two murders in a small town. I was just as invested in the case as I was in Darren's personal life. This is the beginning of a powerful series and I'm happy to say the second book (Heaven, My Home - to be released 9/17) is just as powerful!

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squirrelbrain
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Thank you so much for these wonderful books @RachelO ! The tagged book is one that I‘ve been wanting to read for a while and I love that you say you were drawn to buy the Wharton for me when you saw it in the shop. You‘re so very right - I too would have been drawn to it had I seen it in a shop - I can‘t wait to read it!

And the card... ❤️🐿❤️🐿! Hope your conference goes well.... and the campervan does have a name - it‘s Tufty! 🤣

Cinfhen 💝💝💝 1w
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DyAnne
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“She managed a wan smile, a reflexive expression of gratitude that women can muster even when they‘re in pain.”

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wallacereads
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I finally got around to reading this and it lives up to the reviews.

Leftcoastzen Cool , I‘m trying to get to it maybe next month?!😂 1mo
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Caroline2
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I was trying to get a photo of my blue bookshelf but of course Leo wanted in! 😆 #bluebooks #augustabc

Eggs Lovely 💙💙 1mo
marleed So sweet! 1mo
Susanita 💙 1mo
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Chelsea.Poole Oh my goodness, I have a Leo! He's 4 ☺️ 1mo
Caroline2 @Chelsea.Poole whey! My Leo is 5 (6 next month!) 👍🏻 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @Caroline2 awe, sweet! Is he "Leo" or is it short for something? My guy is just Leo, not short for anything. 1mo
Caroline2 @Chelsea.Poole my husband always says it‘s short of Leonitus but he is just Leo as in Tolstoy! 😉 1mo
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wallacereads
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Typical Saturday night.

Soubhiville Nice! 2mo
mreads Cute dress 2mo
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Kshakal
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Curiouser_and_curiouser Oh so bluetiful! 3mo
Nute Lovely! 3mo
marleed So beautiful! 3mo
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Liatrek
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome! 💖📚💖 4mo
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TrishB
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Squeezed finishing this one into May 😁
Great read - will definitely try the next one in the series once it arrives!
#whodunnituk

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TrishB
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Yay, lunchtime read 🎉🎉 long time since the last one.
Starting the next #whodunnituk

Tanisha_A All the blue in this picture, lovely. 💙 4mo
jenniferw88 Loved this one! If you enjoy it, book 2 is out later this year! 4mo
TNbookworm Absolutely loved this book💙 4mo
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Cathythoughts It is indeed a long time sinse I saw you post your lunchtime read. !!! Enjoy 4mo
TrishB @Tanisha_A I‘m going to say that was on purpose.... 4mo
TrishB @jenniferw88 @TNbookworm enjoying it so far 👍🏻 4mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts too many lunch time meetings..... 4mo
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Liatrek
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Attica Locke is amazing. She is hands down one of my favorite authors. I‘ve lived in Dallas/ Forth area for over twenty years and I always learn something new about Texas from reading her books. This one centers around aTexas Ranger currently on suspension trying to solve a double homicide in a small East Texas town. I loved the layer of characters, backstories and it has a nice twist at the end. I‘m excited there is going to be a series😊

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Liatrek
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Love Attica books and have been looking forward to reading this one for awhile.

cbowlin1921 I love this cover, makes me think of a summer road trip!🚗 4mo
Samplergal I have this one ready to read this week camping. Can‘t wait. 4mo
Leftcoastzen On my mountain TBR. 4mo
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Tanisha_A Love the cover! 4mo
TNbookworm Loved this book! 4mo
charl08 Great read: waiting for the next one!! 4mo
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Lauren.Archer
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Mehso-so

I understand this book was well loved, and wanted to give this a try. Unfortunately gritty detective novels have never been my thing and it appears to continues to be that way.

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SitsWithaBook
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I just started the tagged book for the May OPL challenge. @Birdsong28

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TrishB
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Thank you Christine for the next #whodunnituk and the extra goodies.
@ShookBelf yours will be in the way at the weekend - apologies I‘ve been so busy can‘t get near the PO!

Christine11 Glad it got there safely! Sorry it‘s late 💛 4mo
TrishB @Christine11 no worries! I haven‘t sent the last one in yet! 😘 4mo
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riversong153
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I loved this book! Listened on audio and the narrator nailed the southern voices...reminded me of my family from the south. The Texas Ranger was the perfect conflicted character that I like in a mystery. This wasn‘t exactly a cozy mystery but it wasn‘t heavy on the violence. I recommend if you like small town mysteries.

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KathyWheeler
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This book took me an insanely long time to finish — not because it wasn‘t good but because I kept putting it down because I was afraid something really bad was going to happen to Darren, a black Texas Ranger who is on suspension, has drinking problems, and has a rocky marriage. I also did not deal well with the frequent use of the n word. That said, I‘m looking forward to book two of this series.

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mreads
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Mehso-so

3⭐ and more of a case that it's me not the book, it's rare mystery that I'm into, but some of the prose was overblown.

#readingwomenchallenge2019 A mystery or thriller written by a woman of color

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KathyWheeler
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1/ I‘m determined to finish Bluebird, Bluebird.
2/ it‘s my birthday weekend so we had planned on spending 3 days at the beach, but I‘m sick so those plans are now stay in bed and read or watch Midsomer Murders.
3/yes
4/ Anna
5/ Done

#friyayintro @howjessreads

TrishB Hope you‘re feeling better soon 👍🏻 5mo
wanderinglynn Happy early birthday! 🎉🎂🎶 But I hope you feel better soon. 💚 5mo
KathyWheeler Thank you both 5mo
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Reggie Happy Birthday!!! And hope you feel better!! 5mo
KathyWheeler @Reggie Thanks! 5mo
Erofan Happy belated birthday 🎉 5mo
KathyWheeler @Erofan Thanks! It‘s actually today, so not belated at all. 😊 5mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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tammysue I enjoyed it as well. Wonderful review! :) 5mo
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LoveToReadLiveToRead
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My latest #whodunituk book.
I enjoyed this book, especially the setting which was so well described. The plot made for a good story but it didn‘t quite grip me and there was something that bugged me about the very end of the book that I can‘t quite put my finger on.
Enjoyable but I don‘t think I‘ll pick up book 2.
On to @Christine11 with the usual apologies for being late. You must be sick of me! I‘ll try and be better this month! X

Caroline2 I felt the same about this book too. It had all the ingredients to be an awesome book but kinda just missed the mark some how?! 🤷‍♀️ 5mo
Christine11 No worries! I‘m so behind this month too! 😊 5mo
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MaggieCarr
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#ReadHarderChallenge by #BookRiot #Task3 Read a book by a woman and/or an AOC than won a literary award in 2018 led me to this book, not sure I would have read it otherwise. The protagonist, a black Texas Ranger, is deeply flawed in his own right and those flaws bleed into this case. Most of the storyline wrapped up except concerning his own family which I assume will continue in the second book in this series. [

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EKonrad
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Locke does an incredible job of transporting the reader to the Deep South - where racial division and violence run rampant. This novel follows the story of a Texas Ranger who becomes involved in a double homicide investigation. Anyone looking for a fast-paced thriller might find this boring, but readers who appreciate a fully-realized and inhabitable setting will enjoy Locke's work. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #NetGalley

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Pickpick

It starts a little slow, building the Texas scene around you and then there‘s a flip of the switch and we‘re off on a fast paced murder mystery that I thought was wonderfully constructed. Racial tension and small town politics fuel the fire for this Texas Ranger who will go on in the next book of this new series, due this fall I believe.

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KathyWheeler
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My back hurts and it‘s fixin‘ to pour down rain, so I‘m picking this book up again with the intention to finish it today. I had put this down several weeks ago, and, instead of picking it back up, started reading something else instead.

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt14 I‘ve heard great things about Attica Locke for awhile, this is my first book written by her & I‘m looking forward to it. East Texas at the edge of Highway 59 is the town of Lark where two murders, a black lawyer from Chicago & a local white woman, have stirred up tension & resentment. Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger who escaped East Texas as soon as he could, now has to go back & solve the crime before the town splits apart.

Liatrek She is one of my favorite Authors😊 I‘ve read all her other books and loved them. 6mo
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andrew61
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It's a while since i read black water rising so was pleased that i really enjoyed this highly praised story about a black texas ranger investigating a crime in a small community on the main highway which has racial hate crime written all over it. A really compelling read which had me guessing to the end. I will definitely be exploring more of the authors work. And as with my last post this image, cdn't find a bluebird so though a blue bird wd do.

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Laughterhp
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My latest library haul.

I‘ve been taking out 8 or 9 books at a time and then deciding I didn‘t want to read all of them. So I took only 3 out this time and I hope to read them all!

#bookhaul #librarybookhaul

MDragonfly Same. I checked out three yesterday & finished one in one day. 6mo
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cherise36
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Having a hard time putting this one down. And the Audible version is wonderfully read. Attica Locke has done it again.

RaimeyGallant I enjoyed this, too. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 5mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Yay for the Scottsdale Appaloosa Branch Library sale ! $9 for all!

Hooked_on_books Wowza! 😍 6mo
Suet624 Yayayayay 6mo
saresmoore Lovely! Thanks for sharing so I can live vicariously! 6mo
Freespirit Wow that's fantastic 6mo
merelybookish Nice work!! 6mo
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RachelO
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Two murders, a black man and a white woman, in a small town on the edge of the bayou in East Texas. Texas ranger Darren, who might be avoiding going home (🎶he‘s going back someday 🎶) investigates, whether he should or not.

I really enjoy Attica Locke‘s thrillers, and the audio versions are excellent!
#bluebayou #MarchIntoThe70s

jenniferw88 Book 2 comes out later this year - can't wait! 6mo
RachelO @jenniferw88 Thank you! I didn‘t know that - stacked in anticipation! 😊 6mo
Cinfhen Still wanting to read this one!! Thanks for putting it back on my radar 😊🙌🏻 6mo
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squirrelbrain Sounds great, stacked! 6mo
andrew61 Great choice, i picked it up from the library last week so plan to read it soon. 6mo
Lizpixie Stacking this too!👍 6mo
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jcalyn5
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This was a great mystery and a great social commentary on race in Texas. A black Texas Ranger testifies before a grand jury on behalf of a friend accused of killing an Aryan Brotherhood member, then investigates the murders of a black man and a white woman in a small East Texas town. It‘s a story about ethics and questioning your own assumptions.

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jcalyn5
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1) Singing; gardening (when I make the time and know what I‘m doing); I also play D&D with friends once a week
2) Fantasy, mystery, non-fiction
3) Two cats and a dog
4) TBR is accurate but not all unowned; I have a copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, but I haven‘t read it yet. It‘s a higher priority now that I‘m making progress on other unfinished books.
5) Pets?
6) I tagged my #currentlyreading book.
#litsylove @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

jenniferw88 I loved this book! 6mo
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jcalyn5
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Having trouble putting this one down for the night. #currentlyreading

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jcalyn5
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Starting my new #librarybook tonight. Should be fun to read a book set in my home state of #Texas.

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cocomass
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Today in book club we discussed Bluebird Bluebird, which was our most universally loved book since Born a Crime. Highly atmospheric and engaging mystery about crimes past and present. I‘m looking forward to following this series for years to come!

#blackhistorymonth #blitsy

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KathyWheeler
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I think I‘ve noted before that I often go back and forth between books during the same reading session. Tonight, I‘m switching between these three.

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Kmmsellers
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This was my first Attica Locke, and it won‘t be my last. In Bluebird, Bluebird, she creates dynamic, flawed characters firmly rooted in the places that create them, whether they like it or not. It‘s a story about race and love and hate and family. And our human desire to come home again even when it‘s against our better judgment.

ClairesReads Awesome I have this one lined up to read too. 7mo
RealLifeReading I love her books! 7mo
Liatrek I love her books! I highly recommend 7mo
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One of the many examples of beautiful writing in this book. Why am I just now reading Attica Locke?

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Nebklvr
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This mystery takes a hard look at the secrets and racism in an East Texas town and the deaths they caused. A complex weaving of past and present and the politics that keep them melded. So much more than the standard who dunnit.

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cestmabiologie
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#readingwomenchallenge : a mystery/thriller by a WOC
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This was my first Attica Locke book and I really loved it! That said, I watched BlackkKlansman this week and then finished Bluebird, Bluebird, and afterward I just had to lie down and feel sad for a while. 💙💙

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bookwrm526
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There‘s a heart-shaped hole in the clouds! I really enjoyed the story and the main character, though I found it a little hard to get into at first for some reason! This was my book by an AOC that won an award in 2018 for the #ReadHarder challenge @bookriot

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jenniferw88
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4 🌟 Life Among the Piutes; In Farleigh Field; My Year of Rest and Relaxation & The Time Travellers Guide To Restoration Britain.

The rest are 3 🌟.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great month! 📚💕 7mo
TheSpineView 😊 6mo
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cestmabiologie
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My best reading buddy hasn‘t been doing well lately. She has a checkup tomorrow and i‘m not expecting good news, so i‘m trying to get as many cuddly reading hours in as I can.

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jenniferw88
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I'm so relieved this is the first in a series - I NEED to know what happens next to Darren. The writing is gorgeous and even though the topic is serious there is a few funny lines to lighten the mood. 5 stars

TNbookworm I loved this book and Darren! 8mo
TheSpineView 6mo
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cestmabiologie
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Ideal winter bedtime:

✔️snowy night
✔️hot water bottle
✔️new book

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bunny
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This book is SO good. The plot really possesses this feeling that events are hurtling toward something inevitable, and everything is on the line. Very atmospheric and intense.

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bunny
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I'm #CurrentlyReading a book that's been on my TBR for some time. I loved The Cutting Season, and my hopes are high for this one too. #ReadInTheNewYear