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Not That I Could Tell
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
When a group of neighborhood women gathers, wine in hand, around a fire pit where their backyards meet one Saturday night, most of them are just ecstatic to have discovered that their baby monitors reach that far. It’s a rare kid-free night, and they’re giddy with it. They drink too much, and the conversation turns personal. By Monday morning, one of them is gone. Everyone knows something about everyone else in the quirky small Ohio town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable twin mom, college administrator, and doctor’s wife who didn’t seem all that bothered by her impending divorce—and the investigation turns up more questions than answers, with her husband, Paul, at the center. For her closest neighbor, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she’d put behind her—and when she’s unable to extract herself from the widening circle of scrutiny, her own suspicions quickly grow. But the neighborhood’s newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions—especially since she’s dealing with a crisis of her own. As the police investigation goes from a media circus to a cold case, the neighbors are forced to reexamine what’s going on behind their own closed doors—and to ask how well anyone really knows anyone else.
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Megabooks
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Bailedbailed

I guess my brief flirtation with going back to reading thriller/suspense novels is over! It‘s just not my genre. I said if I could put this down for 24 hours, I‘d bail. Now, I‘m involved in three other books I‘m enjoying more. 🤷🏻‍♀️ This #botmbacklog is headed to the library sale!

IamIamIam I love thrillers but sometimes the market gets swamped with mediocre books because a genre is popular. Sorry this didn't work out for you!! 6d
Reviewsbylola I have read one of her books and wasn‘t impressed, which was a bummer because I met her at Ohioana and she‘s so sweet! 6d
Reviewsbylola Actually, this is the one I read! 6d
Megabooks @IamIamIam I will be the first to admit I‘m picky about thrillers. It‘s a genre I read rarely. I much prefer ones that veer more on the mystery side, but I think I had read too many in a row. 6d
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I noticed it was set in south central Ohio, and I always appreciate a book set in the flyover! So cool that you met her!! This just wasn‘t doing it for me, but it could‘ve been like bingeing on candy after Halloween. This was the one snickers too many! 😂 6d
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NikkiKey94
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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This book wasn‘t what I was expecting but it was a very good read! I did have an idea of what was going on not too far into the book but there were still some aspects of the plot that surprised me. I would certainly be open to reading more from this author! #botm

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Eggs
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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kim.guernsey very pretty! 1mo
Eggs Thanks ❤️ @kim.guernsey 1mo
BooknerdsLife Awww beautiful 🥰💜 1mo
Eggs Thank you ☺️ @BooknerdsLife ! 1mo
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Bookwormjillk
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Pickpick

A decent enough beach read about a wife and mother who disappeared without a trace.

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Bookwormjillk
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Not sure how much kids are appreciating track practice in the heat tonight, but as an outdoor reading spot I rate it A+.

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Sharpeipup
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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“You‘ll find there are a lot of things in life that could be cleared up with a simple explanation,but never are.”

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morgan_krahn
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Pickpick

Finished this one up on my morning commute. Overall a pick, though nothing groundbreaking. I was left satisfied by the ending and how it was drawn to a close 🌟🌟🌟 1/2 🤷🏼‍♀️

MyNamesParadise I‘ve really enjoyed Strawser‘s books. I‘m eager to read her new one that came out this year. 6mo
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morgan_krahn
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Free Starbucks to enjoy while I listen to my audiobook....why not?! #

vkois88 That looks so cold and amazing 😍😍😍 6mo
BethM Yum! 6mo
Ashley_Nicoletto Is this a caramel macchiato? 6mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto My favoriteeeee 6mo
morgan_krahn @Ashley_Nicoletto it definitely hit the spot! Normally I get a blonde nonfat caramel latte ♥️ 6mo
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morgan_krahn
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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If you would have asked me a few years ago how I felt about audiobooks I would have definitely told you I prefer to read print. But life happens. And I‘m a busy mom. So this format has become my go to when it comes to getting my reading fix! Just starting this one at work today!

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Erinreadsthebooks
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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In the middle of reorganizing my bookshelves. Started to feel reallllll over it. Pondered how understanding the nonreading husband would be when he comes home to lots and lots of piles of books in the floor. Was weighing my options when I stumbled on this gentle reminder of why the hell I need to organize my books 😐😒 1/3

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Hestapleton
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Been doing a lot of #audiostitching in my downtime lately. I‘m not usually a huge audiobook person (hard to focus) but this seems to be what I‘m in the mood for! What are you listening to today?

hermyknee I just downloaded 6mo
Hestapleton @hermyknee I can‘t wait to hear what you think!! I‘m waiting on this from my library! 6mo
llwheeler Beautiful project! 6mo
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britt_brooke So pretty! I‘m currently listening to a nonfiction account from a Vietnam war correspondent: 6mo
CrowCAH Wow great stitches! I love to cross stitch while listening to audiobooks. 6mo
Linsy Beautiful! 💜💜💜 6mo
rachaich I also enjoy cross stitch or tapestry whilst listening on line :) 6mo
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Lexareads
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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This was my first book by this author she had me so hooked and I can't wait to read more of her work!

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HighLadyoftheStacks
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
Mehso-so

I wouldn‘t go out of my way to rec this one. The story was predictable and it seems to be attempting what I call “Gone Girl Lite.” It has all the twisty elements of Gone Girl (missing wife, slimey husband) that make you stay up reading, but without the unreliable narrators, psychopathic behavior, or any semblance of a real mystery.

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Kwrightson1986
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Book #2 for 2019

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 7mo
greenhairdontcare Welcome to Litsy! 💚 7mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 📚🤗 I liked 7mo
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BekaReid
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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A story of women in the neighborhood, relationships, and their impact is explored in this story surrounding the incident of a missing woman and her children. This was a fun, quick read that was perfect for the long flight back from England last night.

LiteraryinLititz Welcome back to PA! 10mo
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AshleyC816
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Pickpick

A woman and her two children go missing after a neighborhood bbq. This was a fun who done it mystery that I flew through in a couple of hours!

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Whimsical.Curiosity
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Mehso-so

Finished. Whew. I refused to give up but after finishing I feel like I could have. Definitely not my style and I just kept waiting for something that never arrived. In the figurative sense. I've heard great things about this author so maybe I just started with the wrong book.

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Whimsical.Curiosity
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Finally getting back to this one. Trying to beat the #bookmail I know is coming from this month's #botm. #anxiety #theimpatientsideeffect

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Ashley_Nicoletto
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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It‘s pouring rain, the windows are open, and Miss Bailey and I are enjoying some snuggle time.

CoffeeAndABook That looks @ sounds so cozy 🔥☕️😊 12mo
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NovelGirl82
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Just finished book #3 of my #botmbacklog. This fell between a 3-4 for me. I hate when books are compared to books that I love, because they just never quite live up to the hype, and this was definitely not Big Little Lies. It was entertaining, if a bit predictable. Overall, I enjoyed it.

bookandcat Congrats on finishing another book!!! 🎉🎉🎉 I've heard mixed reviews of this one as well. 12mo
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NovelGirl82
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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The only bright side to a sick day... I can get some reading in. #bookandbath #botmbacklog

Mitch So... if librocubicularist means ‘someone who reads in bed‘ , what‘s the words for someone who reads in the bath??!! 🤣 12mo
NovelGirl82 @Mitch Ummmm.... libroaqualarist-one who reads in water? We‘ll just make up our own word! 😂😂😂🤷‍♀️ 12mo
Mitch @NovelGirl82 that‘s perfect! I feel a winning scrabble game coming on! 12mo
LiteraryinLititz Feel better! 12mo
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NovelGirl82
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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I‘m watching my nephew this evening while my sil is at a board meeting. He‘s tired from his first day at kindergarten, so I‘m reading & he‘s watching some weird kid YouTube videos... 🙄😂 #botmbacklog

bookandcat Congrats on his first day of kindergarten! School is exhausting! Hope you enjoy your read 💙 12mo
Reviewsbylola Ha! My daughter had her second day of kindergarten today so we can relate! It‘s crazy to me that they go all day now. She leaves the house at 7:50 and doesn‘t get home until after 3!! 12mo
NovelGirl82 @bookandcat It's pretty good, so far! The hubby leaves for a week tomorrow, so I'm hoping to get some good reading in this week! @Reviewsbylola I know! He was so tired, bless him. He goes to after school care, too, so it was a really long day. I hope her first couple of days have gone well! 12mo
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Gdsjenny
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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I was hooked at the beginning. It is very well done and there is a twist at the end.

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NovelGirl82
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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#botmbacklog #3 will be accompanying me to the hospital this morning! Not sure how much of it I‘ll get through today, but hopefully it will move pretty quickly!

bookandcat Let me know how this one is, I'm curious! And CONGRATS on your negative screening! 🎉🎉 12mo
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TheRomantiCate
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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August 5: #bookstagramreadsAugust— Favorite color: Purple!! 💜💜💜

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Rachbb3
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Mehso-so

I received this #BOTM pick through a giveaway. It was ok. I expected it to be more of a thriller/suspense than it was. Good characters but the storyline was predictable.

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Lauren.Archer
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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This was a solid book, reminded me of Lianne Moriarity. Never saw that ending coming.

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UnabridgedPod
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Beach books 5 and 6 (I have one more I started that I hope to post about tomorrow). Not That I Could Tell (a #botm pick!) was SO compelling—a perfect beach read. And Mongrels was great: really different (real and gritty) werewolf novel.

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Lauren.Archer
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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I really liked this authors last book, so have high hopes on this one.

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steepedinpages
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Mehso-so

I was truly disappointed in how quickly I figured out the ending of this book. It was still and interesting story with intriguing characters but I was not on the edge of my seat as expected.

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QuietMornings
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Sunday project 😍 absolutely LOVE my new reading space! Completely transformed my back patio, and I‘m SO pleased with how this area turned out! 💪🏼📚

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MallenNC
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Mehso-so

I think I would have liked this better if I hadn't expected it to be a mystery. There is a mystery at its heart -- what happened to Kristen and what did the neighbors know -- but it's more about the neighborhood dynamics. Good enough for a summer read. I didn't completely buy the resolution but I also didn't care enough to look back to see. I also just read The Perfect Mother, which has similar themes and was more suspenseful.

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Denisereads75
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
Mehso-so

This was a good story involving the relationships between a group of neighbors and the ramifications when one of them goes missing. This book was marketed as a mystery but should fall under general fiction. There is no great mystery. It was obvious to me exactly what happened. There is a small ‘surprise‘ at the end of the novel but it was more sweet than shocking. It was a solid story with s good message.

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QuietMornings
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Hoping all the comparisons to Liane Moriarty are accurate ☀️📖🏡

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jessberk13
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Finally made it to the pool! Our new house is in a great development with an even bigger pool! Love it!

CouronneDhiver Lovely 😊 13mo
BarbaraBB Hi Jessica, long time no see! Hope all is well? 💕 9mo
jessberk13 @BarbaraBB hi there!! Yes I‘ve not been very active lately. I‘m pregnant with my first and it‘s been a very crazy past few months!! I‘m almost 30 weeks along now so I‘m sure the crazy won‘t stop anytime soon! I hope you‘re doing well too! Thank you for checking in! 😊 9mo
BarbaraBB That‘s such a good reason, congratulations!! No, the crazy won‘t stop anytime soon 😉. Good luck & keep us posted please 👶🏻💕 9mo
CouronneDhiver 👋🏽 hi! hope everything is going well... haven‘t seen you around in awhile 8mo
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Whimsical.Curiosity
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aliasNayNay
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A intriguing, well written mystery. A book that makes you think ‘how well do we know our friends and neighbours.‘ Filled with a cast of well developed characters, and a nice build up to the unraveling secret, with a edge of you seat conclusion. A quick, enjoyable, summer read.

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suvata
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Mehso-so

3 / 5 stars

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LiteraryinLititz
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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This one reminded me of the type of story Liane Moriarty writes so well. I wouldn‘t say Strawser is quite in her league yet, but I was totally satisfied with this novel about a close-knit group of neighbors who are impacted in different ways when one of their friends disappears. The characters were vivid and the story held my attention. I enjoyed reading it!

RadicalReader @LiteraryinLititz what a beautiful book cover!! What‘s your favorite Laine Moarity novel? 1y
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suvata
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Another #MMD summer reading pick:
2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide
https://modernmrsdarcy.com/summer-reading-guide-2018/

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Bostonmomx2
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
Mehso-so

Finished this one this morning. It wasn‘t great and I really was looking forward to it. It was rather boring, definite lack of “suspense.” I liked how it ended but it was a rather flat ride getting there.

KateFulfordAuthor If you need a recommendation for July, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
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ErinC
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I really liked this one. No cheesy twists just for the sake of a twist. I didn‘t predict the end either though. I loved the writing style and her beautiful details and descriptions while bringing an important issue like domestic abuse to the forefront.

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ErinC
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I love this description of marriage. It‘s so true! I‘m lucky to make that choice every day to my husband. Even if he is a non-reader. 🤣

TheWordJar Such an apt description. My husband and I are always “reminding” each other, “You chose me!” We are also Simpsons fans and use Ralphie‘s Valentine‘s Day train card to Lisa—“I choo-choo-choose you!” 😂 1y
CouronneDhiver Yes! So so so true. 1y
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Skyler
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Nearing the end of this one, and I‘m eager to see how it wraps up.

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Bostonmomx2
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Starting this today.

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everfree7
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Enjoyed it

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everfree7
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser

Loving this novel so far

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BittersweetBooks
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There were so many ways to begin again 🍷🗝

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alecia3dixie
Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Mehso-so

The book started out really good. But it got really boring and I had a hard time keeping my attention on it. The ending was very predictable. Could have shortened this book by probably 150 pages and then it would have been a good book.

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BookBridget
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Not that I could tell was a good read! The book was along the lines of a Laine Moriarty book. a mystery combined with female friendships and some men sprinkled in.