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Providence
Providence: A Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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A journey of two best friends that is part love story, part detective story, and part supernatural thriller, from the acclaimed author of YOU, whose work Stephen King describes as "hypnotic and totally original." Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other and their intense connection. But just when Jon is ready to confess the depth of his feelings, he's kidnapped by his substitute teacher, a discredited scientist who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity. After four years in captivity, Jon finally escapes, only to discover that he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to Providence to protect Chloe while he searches for answers. Across town from Jon, Detective Charles "Eggs" DeBenedictus is fascinated by a series of strange deaths--young, healthy people whose hearts just . . . stop. Convinced these deaths are a series of connected, vigilante killings, he jeopardizes his job and already strained marriage to uncover the truth. With heart, insight, and a keen eye on human frailty, Kepnes whisks us on a journey through New England and crashes these characters' lives together in the most unexpected ways, exploring the complex relationship between the powerful and the powerless, love and identity, self-preservation and self-destruction, and how the lines are often blurred between the two.
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Kaylamburson
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Mehso-so

I just don't think I understood this one. I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, but since this was based in reality and was from C. Kepnes, I figured I'd still love it. I have never read any HP Lovecraft, so I felt I was missing key analogies, and I just don't know what happened at the end. I like the idea of the all-encompassing romance, and Eggs was well-developed as a character. Kepnes writing is also amazing. I just personally didn't connect with it.

MrBook Great review, as always. 😊 2mo
Kaylamburson Thanks, @MrBook !! Hope you're well! I cant believe how many months it has been since BEA! 2mo
MrBook @Kaylamburson Time does indeed fly by. I‘m doing well, thank you! Readjusting to the bachelor‘s life, lol. We should hang out before BEA. A bunch of us, if possible. Maybe a Holiday Season get-together. 2mo
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Kaylamburson I'm glad to hear you're adjusting!! We should definitely all get together. A pre-holiday get together would be lovely! With a book or bookish swap or something. @MrBook 2mo
MrBook Indubitably! 2mo
Kaylamburson Good word of the day! @MrBook 2mo
MrBook 😆🙌🏻🍻 2mo
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Kaylamburson
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Trying to get through the Providence audiobook before it expires in three days, so doing a puzzle! (Not as riveting as YOU or HIDDEN BODIES yet). I've been thinking about doing one for a while, but I was worried about where to put it in between puzzling. Hopefully this cookie sheet works!

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cookreadsleep
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Mehso-so

I picked up this book as part of #booksparks #src2019. As i read, i realized i should be very interested in this book as a Lovecraft and Frankenstein fan. However, i feel like this book tried to do too many things and succeeded at none of them. It‘s a love story without romance. It‘s a supernatural thriller without excitement. It‘s a mystery with no crime. Too much focus on characters‘ interior lives for my tastes. It‘s fine, but not great.

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cookreadsleep
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“He was missing when we were kids, but this is different. This time he left. I‘m the missing person. That‘s what i do all night, all day. I miss him.”

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GripLitGrl
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You can tell from the book genre this is not going to like other books written by Kepnes. As a reader I appreciate it when authors dive into other genres, at times it has made me appreciate a genre I may not have picked up if not for a particular author.
At the heart of this story it‘s full of romance, literal heartache, sci-fi & suspense.

Read my full review: https://griplitgrl.wordpress.com/2019/06/17/providence-by-caroline-kepnes/

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Hestapleton
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This is super different from YOU and I loved it. Much more character focused and didn‘t make you need to take a shower upon finishing. A slow burn with just a touch of the supernatural. Delightful. #netgalley

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rohit-sawant
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"You don't lose a person all at once. You lose them in parts."

#OwnerOfALonelyHeart applies to both lead characters in this one.
#AnglophileApril
@Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch

Mdargusch Great quote! 7mo
Cinfhen This book was a big disappointment for me...but I love that quote you posted ❤️ 7mo
Reviewsbylola What a great, and true, quote. 7mo
emilyhaldi 💔 7mo
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theladygreer
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Any #Littens in Providence, RI? I'm on my way to the Providence Book Festival and the lineup looks great. I'll be talking about Woman 99 solo and also participating in a historical fiction panel with Lauren Willig, Juliette Fay, and others. Hope to see some of you there! https://www.providencebookfestival.org

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sammisho
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Mehso-so

My main issue with this book is, it's not You. And I wanted it to be You. I wanted it to grab me, and the characters to leap off the page like You did. I never got that. The book also ends without an explanation for a major part of the plot and I hate that. It felt very unfinished to me. But it is fast paced and kept me entertained. The audio is great.

#readingwomen book based on cover

MaleficentBookDragon I agree completely. He was no Joe and I wanted more Joe. I didn't like this one very much. 7mo
Reecaspieces I did not like this one much either 7mo
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Clwojick
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Sigh... I knew it was going to be different than You, but I still had high hopes for this one. However, it left me wanting more. I felt like I didn‘t connect with any of the characters, and didn‘t really care about the outcome of the book. Oh well, you can‘t love them all.

Have you guys read this one? What did you think?
#BookishWeekend

starrdom Totally agree with your assessment! I also tried to temper my expectations and I want Kepnes to be able to move beyond the world of Joe but this book just didn‘t work for me. 7mo
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Clwojick
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Starting this one while I carry on with my crafting. 💜
#BookishWeekend

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rohit-sawant
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This was riveting. I love Kepnes‘s style, and the way she makes characters leap off the page. It doesn't stay in any one genre cubbyhole, which I like. I'm being greedy here but I wish the supernatural element reached more of a crescendo. It makes quite an impact towards the beginning but remains on an even simmer thereafter. What won me over was the humanity of the characters. Chloe‘s arc was my favorite thing. ⬇️

rohit-sawant As much as I love anti-heroes, I enjoyed reading about a protagonist who is inherently noble, empathetic, making him all the more tragic. At its core, the book is about coping, a theme which unites all three narrators. In retrospect, I can see why CK chose not to tie things up neatly. 9mo
rohit-sawant A resolution in both lanes, the personal and the strange, would‘ve run counter to the undercurrent of Lovecraftian horror, which is essentially nihilistic, so it makes sense that the only achievable resolution takes place on the level of human connection, because it‘s all we have. 9mo
Megabooks Great review!! 9mo
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readordierachel Glad you enjoyed it! 9mo
rohit-sawant @Megabooks Thank you! 😊 9mo
rohit-sawant @readordierachel Thanks, Rachel! 😊 I was initially a bit underwhelmed by the ending but found it appealing when I thought of it later. 9mo
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karajay
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Mehso-so

I liked it, but didn't love it. I'd still recommend for a quick, exciting read.

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karajay
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Day off of work gives me a full day of reading 😍

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karajay
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I got this book in a huge haul from thrift books. One of my favorite things about used books is seeing what was important or striking to a previous reader.

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rohit-sawant
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Up next! I would've loved to start with CK's Hidden Bodies, but it's currently unavailable in my corner of the word so going with Providence instead. Especially pumped to finally check out Mongrels.

batsy I've been on the fence about whether to give Providence a go ... Will wait for your review 🙂 9mo
rohit-sawant @batsy I instantly connected with Kepnes's voice in You so I'm hoping this will be likewise enjoyable! 😊 9mo
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LineM
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An easy, quick read - a few plot holes, but overall an interesting, genre-bending story. Great for jumping back into reading flow post-holidays.

RaimeyGallant I just finished You. 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 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗📚 10mo
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Cupofjo
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This has been one hell of a year.. and somewhere along the way I lost my book drive. Yeah I listened to a few audibles to and from places, but haven‘t picked up a physical book in 6months. Damn, it feels good!
This book is not like YOU, doesn‘t grab you by the throat and pull you in but slowly grips you. I‘m enjoying it very much so far!

Alfoster I liked it too even though it‘s so different from You!😍 11mo
Owlizabeth 🙌🏼yay!! 🎉 11mo
Cupofjo @Owlizabeth thank you again! This is just what I needed to get back into my reading groove!! ❤️ 11mo
Ddzmini Kind of been in the same place for different reasons but trying to get back into my book as much as I can just seems like life is putting up roadblocks to my joy reading 📖 🤪 11mo
Cupofjo @Ddzmini totally get it!! Hope you get you book drive going again soon! 11mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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This was nothing like YOU, so I'd steer clear if you're hoping for something similar. I liked this multi-genre #audiobook but wasn't blown away. There were some problems I had, but can't really discuss them without spoilers. Somewhat sci-fi/horror, also YA-ish and a bit of police procedural in there as well. It was many things. Lol

LeahBergen I love your curtains. ❤️ 12mo
BookishMarginalia @LeahBergen Me too! So pretty! 12mo
Chelsea.Poole @LeahBergen @BookishMarginalia thank you guys! IKEA 😊 12mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Listening to this #audiobook thanks to #libby
I hope I enjoy it more than others whose reviews I've read! So far it does feel very YA, not that that's a bad thing.

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FantasyChick
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I don't think I've done this in a while....
1. Tagged. Apparently I haven't read a lot of "P" books
2. Christopher Pike
3. Pride & Prejudice
4. Pistachios

#manicmonday #letterp @JoScho

JoScho Christopher Pike is a good one! 13mo
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NatalieR
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Such a heartbreaking story! 😩 This wasn‘t what I expected at all. I wonder if there will be a sequel like the author did with You. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Michelle505
Providence: A Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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Very good after a slow beginning. Suspenseful and easy to read. Ending was a little disappointing but still enjoyed.

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JacqMac
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I liked it. I loved the characters and the idea of the story. It wasn‘t the most well written book. I didn‘t like the way it flowed. And it was a little repetitive. The idea felt very Stephen King like though. And who doesn‘t love a King like story. I‘m kinda hoping for a sequel.

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JacqMac
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Library book is due soon, so I‘m having a little me time while the washing machine does it‘s thing. Reviews seem mixed, but I remain hopeful.

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EKonrad
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Mehso-so

This book ultimately left me feeling disappointed. It felt like it was trying to be too many different genres - YA romance, sci-fi, cop thriller - without truly nailing any of them. I'm all for some Lovecraft allusions (of which there are a lot), but Kepnes doesn't really follow through on any of the horror elements that could have added so much more suspense. I'm sure Kepnes is planning on a sequel, but I won't be reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #NetGalley

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IamIamIam
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Mehso-so

Ugh... this was between a pan and so so, mostly because I loved the imagery, the characters, the strong connection between Jon & Chloe. There was almost no suspense, I thought it was way too drawn out, I had no resolution at the end. I'll give her another shot because maybe this was just a clunker for me. #unpopularopinion

RaimeyGallant Good to know. 1y
IamIamIam @RaimeyGallant I will say that it really tugged at my heartstrings in an unexpected way and the concept was quite cool but it's like good bones on a house to me. I think I expected more actual horror than psychological horror when I started and high expectations do me in every time! 1y
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IamIamIam
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I'm sure this is going to be an #unpopularopinion but at 85%, I'm just waiting for this to be done. I love the story, Kind like the characters but I'm oversaturated now. I feel like this book could have been at least 20% shorter. 😧

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cobwebmoth
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"I hate things because I think I might love them."

Weird and melancholic, which suits me just fine.

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SassyPants617
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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IamIamIam
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Hell yeah they do!!!!

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AshleyS
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I brought this with me on a trip to the east coast and it is so fun to be reading while I am here. We spent a couple of days in Providence, but they also mention Salem and other areas close to where I am.

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IamIamIam
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I wish I could read just a bit faster but I don't want to miss anything!!!! I had zero expectations when I took this out. I'm not even sure I read a description about this book but I'm hooked and I don't want to do anything else!!!!!

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IamIamIam
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When your hold automatically checks out but you haven't been in a wifi area yet to download it... 😠😠😠😠
And yes... FINA-FREAKING-LY!!
@JoeStalksBeck

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SassyPants617
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I am from RI, and I currently live in Providence (On the East Side as us Rhode Islanders call it) not too far from Brown University. I am loving that i am reading about places I live near and have been too. Being from the smallest state, it‘s pretty rad to read about places/streets that I have frequented in a work of fiction. 🤓

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WanderingBookaneer
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The only reason why I did not devour this book in 1 sitting is because I was exhausted. I started this book late last night, fell asleep while reading it, left home late today because of it, and spent my prep time at school finishing it.

Caroline Kepnes creates unforgettable characters who stay in readers' mind long after the final page is turned. There is something about this book that feels as if Stephen King could have written it. ⬇️

WanderingBookaneer Jon is the right amount of broken and noble. I would say that Chloe is stunted, but she isn't really, she just hasn't been able to develop her true potential because she carries around the guilt of not believing Jon would come back the first time he went away. As for Eggs, Kepnes should venture out onto detective novels because I would read more about him. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1y
LoverofLit I loved this novel solely for her writing and character building. She's truly an artist. 1y
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MelissaS
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Since we are headed to this city this weekend, why not read a namesake book? So far so good!
#netgalley

britt_brooke Love the cover! 1y
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melissajayne
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ While the book went at a good clip, I really couldn‘t understand what the book was about.

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JulieAnn
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Other reviewers have already stated this but I will repeat. It was very hard not to compare this book to You and Hidden Bodies and the story felt somewhat incomplete. Despite all this, I did like the book but wished for more detail about Jon‘s past and future. Not a bad read.

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benchley1
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I tried not to compare it to You and Hidden Bodies, it's very different. I did like it, the narrators were great, but I felt like it didn't have an ENDING, maybe a part 2?

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Chelsea
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My #24in48 stack

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NikkiKey94
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I really enjoyed this new novel from Caroline Kepnes! It kept me in suspense the entire time and kept me wanting more. I was very intrigued by Jon and Chloe‘s relationship after Jon was kidnapped. I felt like I needed more closure at the end. I felt as if their story wasn‘t over. I hope this leaves room for a sequel!

I received a free advance copy of this novel from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review!

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kath_reads
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Mehso-so

I gave it a 3-star rating. Check out my full review here ➡️ http://kath-reads.com/2018/07/book-review-providence-by-caroline-kepnes/

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MaleficentBookDragon
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I wanted to love this. I planned on loving it. And I tried not to compare it to You or Hidden Bodies, both of which I adore. Truly I did. But...

This novel left me wanting..more. And not getting it.

So it's between a so-so and a pick for me.

My complete review is on #GoodReads https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2157382661

Jhullie I felt exactly the same. It just didn‘t work for me. 1y
Kappadeemom I agree. I didn‘t love it. 1y
Coleen Yep. 1y
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laundry_piles
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I didn't LOVE this book. It was just kind of 'meh' for me and I hate to say that because I love Caroline Kepnes!

Full review on my blog and on Goodreads but this was to 'love story' focused for my taste!

Have you guys read this? What did you think?

#providence #carolinekepnes #bookreview

TheReadingMermaid I haven't read it yet but I keep hearing the same thing that you said about it 1y
laundry_piles @TheReadingMermaid I think what throws people off is that it's being marketed as a thriller and it's really not at all. 1y
TheReadingMermaid Hmmmm.... interesting 1y
IamIamIam I just finished this and I'm unfulfilled... 😕 1y
laundry_piles @IamIamIam yeah I felt that way too. I knew not to expect You or Hidden Bodies but it was just kind of meh and not at all creepy 1y
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Jnnlb
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Check out my review of #Providence on #goodreads and thejwordpress.wordpress.com

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GripLitGrl
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#ReadingResolutions #SummertimeRead @Jess7
I have this one on my kindle app hoping to get to it by the end of summer. Love the summer colors on the cover