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The Girl From Blind River
The Girl From Blind River | Gale Massey
27 posts | 12 read | 24 to read
A gritty tale of how far we’ll go to protect the ones we love for fans of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone from Gale Massey, a talented new name in crime fiction. Everyone says the Elders family are nothing but cheats, thieves, and convicts—a fact nineteen-year old Jamie Elders has been trying desperately to escape. She may have the natural talent of a poker savant, but her dreams of going pro and getting the hell out of the tiny town of Blind River, New York are going nowhere fast. Especially once she lands in a huge pile of debt to her uncle Loyal. At Loyal’s beck and call until her debt is repaid, Jamie can’t easily walk away—not with her younger brother Toby left at his mercy. So when Loyal demands Jamie’s help cleaning up a mess late one night, she has no choice but to agree. But disposing of a dead man and covering up his connection to the town’s most powerful judge goes beyond family duty. When it comes out that the victim was a beloved athlete and Loyal pins the murder on Toby, only Jamie can save him. But with a dogged detective on her trail and her own future at stake, she’ll have to decide: embrace her inner criminal, or defy it—and face the consequences.
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Gnora
Girl from Blind River | Gale Massey
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Mehso-so

Interesting, but ultimately forgettable. I enjoyed the premise, but it was a really slow build up to a whole lot of nothing. Still, my second book for #24in48

#BotM #BotMBacklog #TBRBuster #24in48TBR #2ndBook

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Gnora
Girl from Blind River | Gale Massey
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Beat the heat with books and ice cream! 🍦🙌🏻

#24in48 #booksnacks #toohottofunction

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Gnora
Girl from Blind River | Gale Massey
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Can't keep going without #snacks

#24in48 #readreadread #2ndbook

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LaurenReads
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Pickpick

I wasn‘t sure about this after reading reviews, but I thought it was really good. Depressing how Jamie grew up in such a difficult situation and made even worse choices for herself, but really well written and interesting.

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MicheleinPhilly
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#AnglophileApril #ShesSoCold

I mean, I assume she is. It‘s not like I‘ve read this or anything. #ShockingNotShocking

Cinfhen Wait??? What month was this from?? What year??? I have zero recollection of ever seeing this title from #BOTM!!! (edited) 4mo
MicheleinPhilly According to my original post, it was 9 months ago. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
Reviewsbylola Lmao I had the same reaction! @Cinfhen sounds like it was a pick right after I quit BOTM for the first time. 😆 4mo
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Cinfhen I swear @Reviewsbylola I have no memory of that title!!! 🤪 4mo
Mdargusch I don‘t remember that BOTM choice either 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4mo
emilyhaldi Lololol you must have pulled this nonexistent botm book out of thin air 🌬 4mo
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tammysue
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Mehso-so

3.5 ☆ 19yr old Jamie Elder feels trapped living down her family‘s bad reputation in Blind River. All she wants is to save enough money to get out of town; and to make money playing poker. A very BIG setback in her plan though.. she‘s conned into helping cover up a crime over money she stole. Jamie has no choice but to turn the tables on small town corruption. Can she do it??! #botm

Completed time: 26h57m & 5 books 🙌🏻
#24B4Monday

TheReadingMermaid Woohoo!!! You did it 💪🙌👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉 5mo
tammysue @TheReadingMermaid YAY! 👍🏻😊 5mo
wordzie 👍👍🎉💝👏 5mo
Andrew65 A fantastic time - well done. 🙌🙌🙌🙌🍾🥂🤗😍 5mo
Andrew65 This book sounds interesting. 😊 5mo
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TheLibrarian
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Mehso-so

A gritty tale about family, the choices we make, and poker.

Crazeedi Looks intriguing! 8mo
TheLibrarian @Crazeedi I like the cover and thought it would be more interesting but it was just ok ☹️ 8mo
Crazeedi The description sounds interesting but I will take your advice, I gave way too many books to read now!😉 8mo
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TheLibrarian
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I just started my next read and Princess is already creeping on me wanting attention. #fluffnugget #snugglebunny #catsoflitsy

TheBookAddict Such a cutie! 💕😻💕 10mo
SandyW How could you ignore that face? 😻😻😻 10mo
CoverToCoverGirl She‘s beautiful! .. and irresistible 😊 10mo
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rjsthumbelina She's so pretty! 10mo
Amiable So precious! 10mo
glitterkitty459 😻😻😻 9mo
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2BR02B
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Pickpick

#Unpopularopinion time: I really dug this book! It's not the best thing I've read all year by any means, but it's a solidly written crime fiction debut. Part of this might be personal bias- growing up in poverty in a backwoods town in northern Minnesota, I could easily have ended up like the characters in this novel. I think that's why they fascinate me, and why I'd much rather read about the blue collar working poor than the upper-middle class 👇

2BR02B bourgeoisie that are so often the subjects of thrillers. 13mo
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Lovesbooks87
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Mehso-so

I feel like I have been in a reading funk the past couple of weeks. I haven't been able to readily get into anything that I read. To me this book was just okay. I feel like it was missing something but I just can't put my finger on it! #botm

alvingregorio I feel ya. Maybe my standards have gotten unrealistically high after reading a few phenomenal books this year. 13mo
Bklover I was just writing to you about the fact that I‘m struggling with the same thing!! I think I want a thriller. Maybe. 13mo
Lovesbooks87 @Bklover yea. I don't struggle with it very often thankfully. But a thriller sound really good. Hoping that I can get out of the funk this weekend! 13mo
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ravenlee I‘ve been having trouble connecting with anything lately, too. I think there‘s been too much on my mind, too much personal turmoil, and nothing I‘ve tried reading is really working for me. Might try a fave reread. 13mo
Betty I didn‘t care for this book, couldn‘t finish 13mo
Lovesbooks87 @Betty I almost bailed on it a couple of times, but I pushed myself to finish it! 13mo
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erank58
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Pickpick

So glad I stuck with this one, probably one of the biggest surprises of my reading year! Be aware, this is NOT a thriller-- the plot revolves more around the characters than crime. Gritty and perfectly paced, would totally reccomend this one for those looking for a "slow burn" #botm #thegirlfromblindriver

Lovesbooks87 I am getting ready to start this one tonight! 13mo
erank58 @Lovesbooks87 hope you like it as much as I did!! 13mo
Jess7 If you love this book I recommend checking out Instagram because the author is offering to send people with her book a signed book plate and bookmark for free if you email her! @Lovesbooks87 @erank58 13mo
erank58 @Jess7 @Lovesbooks87 what great news! Thanks for the heads up!! 13mo
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JPeterson
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Switching up books for breakfast. 🍳

And trying vegetarian sausages for the first time 🤞

#24in48

TrishB Never seen vege sausages like that 😁 13mo
JPeterson @TrishB They are pretty tasty! The brand is “Hillary.” 😊 13mo
TrishB Think that‘s not available in the U.K. 13mo
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JPeterson
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I‘ve gotten really good at taking photos of books and book mail, and not posting them until a week later. 😅

But... look.. #bookmail! #botm 😊

hermyknee Great photo! 13mo
JPeterson @hermyknee Thanks! 13mo
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bookishkris
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Finally, BOTM is here. Sometimes it sits in Illinois for a week, other times it‘s Nevada. Whoever their third party shipper is kind of sucks. But yay books!

Jess7 Agreed! Same here! 13mo
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TuesdayReviews
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Mehso-so

A #countrynoir about a young woman trying to break free from her criminal uncle and the corrupt judge he works for. And poker. Enjoyable, but too tepid for my tastes, especially considering the subgenre. #newreleases #crimefiction https://hillbillyhighways.wordpress.com/2018/07/11/country-noir-the-girl-from-bl...

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kate_reads
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Yay for #BOTM mail!

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Lovesbooks87
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My #botm box finally showed up! Can't wait to read all of these books!

GloVerdino I haven't even gotten a shipping confirmation for mine yet! 13mo
Lovesbooks87 @GloVerdino oh no! I don't know what is up with them. Hope it ships soon! 13mo
tammysue Great picks 👍🏻 I wish I would of chosen Ghosted, it sounds great! 13mo
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Lovesbooks87 @whatshesreadingnow it does! Maybe next month! 13mo
Stellina Ghosted sounds really good! I should have picked that one as well. 13mo
GloVerdino @Lovesbooks87 I feel like my last box came pretty late in the month too, it's ok - I have plenty to keep me busy in the mean time! 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Summer Wives 💚💚 13mo
rmaclean4 @GloVerdino my BOTM seems to always arrive near the end of the month!! 13mo
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swishandflick
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My #BOTM box came while I was out of town! But can we just talk about how MASSIVE the print is on this one? Did anyone else notice? I've noticed before, but this one seems next level, the picture doesn't even do it justice. I totally get that they want the book's dimensions the same and all that, but I'd greatly prefer a normal font and fewer pages personally.

Edit: new picture with a second book next to it for scale, lol

allthingskayla I‘ve noticed that with their books that they text is huge. 13mo
TheBookStacker Omg it‘s absolutely huge lol 13mo
Reviewsbylola They go a bit wild with the font size over at BOTM. 😂 13mo
Betty Yes I noticed the huge print. Maybe that means I‘ll read it faster 13mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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HOLY LAND SPEED RECORD, USPS! #BOTM

Lovesbooks87 What! That's super fast! Lucky you! 14mo
swishandflick Whoa!! 14mo
MicheleinPhilly @Lovesbooks87 @swishandflick I gave the mailman the strangest face when I opened the door. Sure he thinks I‘m nuts. 14mo
Lovesbooks87 @MicheleinPhilly I would have too but what a nice surprise! That is really fast. Mine hasn't shipped yet, hopefully today! 14mo
BookMaven407 That‘s awesome 🙌 14mo
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Nellbie
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July #BOTM I couldn‘t decide. If it would have let me, I‘d have picked Ghosted too! I‘ll have to grab that one next month. #summerreading #hugeTBRpile

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Sweettartlaura
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Looking forward to a fast-paced read with this one.
#botm

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BrainyHeroine
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Avanders Me too... I'm not currently signed up and I miss it! This one looks good ☺️ 14mo
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BooksTeasAndBookishThings
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My #BOTM choices this month ❤️ I have to say the Ghosted was more for the cover than the synopsis, but I do love the occasional quick, fluffy read, and this may be absolutely perfect! 😊
https://www.mybotm.com/pomzpf5esucgzaor

Lauren.Archer I picked Ghosted as one too, I have seen it on a few lists and it was highly recommend. 14mo
Librarylady Those are the same three books I picked! 14mo
BooksTeasAndBookishThings @Lauren.Archer I didn‘t see buzz about it until after I saw it on BOTM, but it sure is pretty 😍 14mo
BooksTeasAndBookishThings @Librarylady great minds! ❤️📚🙌 14mo
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nosferatoos
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This is the first time I‘ve only gotten one book I am impressed with my own self control. I bailed on getting Mars Room as an extra. I might pick it up next month #botm

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eanderson
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Made my choice and decided to add the Last Time I lied as well! Kinda excited for this box! #botm

Jadams1776 I was considering this one too. I might pick it up next month. 14mo
Reviewsbylola Great choices! 14mo
swishandflick I'm excited about this one too! 14mo
LoLo_and_The_Dude How do you feel about such subscriptions? I have a huge TBR pile and only a tiny bit of shame about its continuous growth... What are the perks? Which service(s) do you use? 14mo
eanderson @LoLo_and_The_Dude It‘s good for finding some books that I‘d never would have chosen or picked up. That‘s a plus for me. I‘ve used Page Habit as well. Depends on you... what‘s nice is with both you can skip a month! 14mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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I was going to skip but this one has great reviews on GR. The synopsis reminds me a bit of Winter‘s Bone. #BOTM

Reviewsbylola I‘m leaning toward skip right now but I‘m not 100% committed. 😂😂 14mo
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola How many credits do you have left? 14mo
nomadreader I skipped. Again. I'll probably read 2 or 3 of the picks, but the library and egalleys will be just fine! 14mo
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Reviewsbylola Just one! I need to stay strong. 😬😬😬 14mo
hermyknee @Reviewsbylola which one did you pick? I am really interested in the one you picked @MicheleinPhilly but I went with the Riley Sager novel and now I‘m wondering if I made the right choice 😱 (edited) 14mo
Reviewsbylola I haven‘t picked one. I‘m very tempted to skip since I only have the one credit. I‘m semi interested in this, Ghosted, and the Sager. I‘ve already read the Williams. @hermyknee 14mo
MicheleinPhilly @nomadreader I‘ve also noticed lately that most of the selections seem to go on e-book super sale relatively quickly. 14mo
MicheleinPhilly @hermyknee I liked Final Girls but not enough to buy this one. It‘s the type of book I might pick up if I see it on the shelf at the library. 14mo
nomadreader @MicheleinPhilly That's a really interesting observation! 14mo
eanderson I‘m picking this one as well! 14mo
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swishandflick
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My last post was too soon, haha. Now with The Girl from Blind River it looks like we have our 5 July #BOTM picks 📚

Velvetsun Oooh, some good picks this month. 1y
Book_in_hands I was born in a town named Blind River!!! 1y
LaurenReads Spinning Silver - I can‘t wait!! 1y
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felinesandfiction I'm leaning towards the bottom 3. 1y
Reviewsbylola I think it may be the first month ever that I skip!! I‘m just not really excited. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
allthingskayla I think I‘ll be going with The Last Timed I Lied and Ghosted. The Summer Wives sounds good too, but idk. 1y
kamoorephoto I still hate the cover for Summer Wives; my son says it looks like she is smelling her armpit. 1y
kamoorephoto @wayfaringbibliomaniac In case you need a reason to join #botm, these are the spoilers 😬 1y
wayfaringbibliomaniac @kamoorephoto right, sold! Where do I sign up?! 😍 1y
BookishShelly I‘ll probably skip this month. I loved Uprooted but Spinning Silver doesn‘t sound worth more than a library check out and the others are definitely not my style. (edited) 1y
eanderson Looks like a few good choices! (edited) 1y
catiewithac Definitely skipping 🙁 1y
Beachesnbooks Hmmmm...def not interested in the Sager or Ghosted. Blind River sounds interesting but maybe not interesting enough to pick 1y
emilyhaldi So bummed by these choices 👎🏻👎🏻 1y
SaraBeagle Skipping this month AGAIN! Once my credits are out, I‘m done. 😕 14mo
nosferatoos This might be the first ever month that I skip I‘m so sad 😕 14mo
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