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The Wolf and the Watchman
The Wolf and the Watchman | Niklas Natt och Dag
Best Debut, The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award 2017 'Thrilling, unnerving, clever and beautiful' Fredrik Backman The year is 1793. Over a year has passed since the death of Gustav III of Sweden and the nation is ruled with an iron fist by lord of the realm Gustaf Adolf Reuterholm. In the wake of the old king's passing, trust has turned into a sparse commodity. Paranoia and whispered conspiracies can be found at every corner. A mutilated body is discovered in the malodorous waters of Fatburen Lake on the island of Sdermalm. Missing both its legs and arms, the body has been disfigured beyond recognition. Though Cecil Winge of the Stockholm Police is himself marked for an early death by consumption, he takes on the case of solving the mystery of the Fatburen corpse. Cecil soon finds himself entangled in a web of dark secrets and boundless evil, a web with threads reaching all the way to the upper echelons of Stockholm society. In his debut novel The Wolf and the Watchman, Niklas Natt och Dag paints a compelling portrait of late 18th century Stockholm, the frightful yet fascinating reality lurking behind the powdered and painted veneer of the era.
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AllDebooks
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I didn't know @sharread but feel a bit overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and appreciation for her. I will choose a book from her recommendations for my next Read Harder challenge
Fly high in that big library in the sky, lovely lady x
#sharreadathon

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwww 💔 such a sweet sentiment ❤️ 3mo
TheBookHippie ♥️ 3mo
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readingjedi
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Make no mistake, this is grim, gory & gruesome. And very, very good. The writing is dark, brooding & atmospheric & the gory bits sit well within it ie. not at all gratuitous. The murder mystery plot is well structured & frankly devastating, exploring the depths of human depravity & how monsters are created. The 2 MCs are excellent. Mickel Cardell is the jaded/violent/damaged ex-soldier who comes through with hope of redemption...more in comments⬇️

readingjedi From above.... and as for Cecil Winge - what a fabulously drawn character! His ending - and the ending in general - is perfection! A gobsmacking twist, a gasp inducing revelation & a deeply satisfying light bulb moment re: the book's title - the last line is fire 🔥👌 Extra points for an extraordinary villain - so complex, so disgustingly hateful but somehow impossible to hate entirely. So SO good!!! 7mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I loved this too! Great review! 7mo
YasmiNova Really good review, stacked it straight away! 7mo
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readingjedi
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Started this one last night. Well, that is I fell asleep with this one open in front of me last night! Oh, the books I could read if I didn't have to sleep....

Malthe Hello 7mo
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sharread
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Bailedbailed

I couldn't get into this writing style. Oh well you win some and you lose some. #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Tamra I started and didn‘t finish - I don‘t recall why now. 9mo
TheSpineView It was a DNF for me also. 9mo
AmyG Uh oh. I have this somewhere. 9mo
TheAromaofBooks A shame because the cover is fantastic! 9mo
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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 1793, Stockholm. A body is found jn the city‘s swamp by a watchman, Mickel Cardell, and the case is handed over to investigator Cecil Winge, who is dying of consumption. Together, Winge and Cardell become embroiled in a brutal world of guttersnipes and thieves, mercenaries and madams, and one death will expose a city rotten with corruption...

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StaceyKondla
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 207 #bookstoread #tbrpile #bookstagram

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jenniferw88
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Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Love when that happens 😊 2y
Librarybelle Definitely a lot of prompts! 👍 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Wowza—so many prompts! 👊🏻♥️📚 2y
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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile Day 28 📚 Every so often I have a historical whodunnit binge. 18th century Sweden is not a time or a place I know much about, so looking forward to this one!

MsMelissa Another one that‘s also on my TBR pile. I had no idea it was set in the 18th century though. I thought it was modern day. Good thing I like historical novels 😂 2y
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jenniferw88
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#bookreport week 15/8/20 @Cinfhen

Finished top 3
Continued P & P
Started last 2.

Cinfhen Once again... you‘re mixing it up with all the genres ❣️ 2y
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Emilymdxn
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Panpan

It‘s a hard nope from me. I don‘t mind books being dark and disturbing sometimes if I feel like it‘s in service of a meaning, or educating me, or just a plot, but this wasn‘t dark in order to get somewhere it felt like an exercise in writing down the most twisted, disturbing and just plain icky stuff someone could come up with. The plot didn‘t even hang together and I got nothing from this apart from ‘wow stop thinking about torture so much mate‘

Bookwomble Ugh! I really don't get 'torture porn' either 😑 2y
TheAromaofBooks It's sad because the cover is so gorgeous. But I gave up on this one almost right away. Graphic violence isn't for me!!! 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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Dark, disturbing, & definitely not for the faint of heart, this historical mystery is a compelling read that plums the depth of humanity in exploring the making of a monster & the impact of hunting that monster on the men tasked with his capture—if they can solve the crime. As dark as it gets, there are also moments of hope, resilience, & redemption for wrongs made right. If you like dark, atmospheric period mysteries, it‘s worth a read.

Mitch Great review 🙌🏼 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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I‘m not always (usually?!?) a mood reader but the snowy, gray day outside made me think of this book which has been sitting in my TBR stack(s) a couple of months. So, why fight it? I‘m going with murder in 18th c. Stockholm for my next read.

DrexEdit Sounds like a great idea. Stacked! 😊 2y
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KimM
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Well this one is dark and grisly....and very, very good. If you enjoyed The Alienist, this is better. 5 ⭐s

Bookzombie Wow, better? Going to have bump this up on my TBR for sooner rather than later. 🙂 2y
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Nute
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I didn‘t want to, but I had no choice.
Back cover:
- reads like a season of True Detective (yes)
- an ornate period piece with style to spare (perfect)
- includes a riveting murder mystery (let‘s do it)
- a bit of Patrick Süskind‘s Perfume (gross but good)
- a bit of Sherlock Holmes (right on)

This book came home last night for all the right reasons!

Jee_HookedOnBookz Omg I loved this book! I hope you'll enjoy it too! 2y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Here's my review if you're interested :) https://bit.ly/2Qesarj 2y
Nute @Jee_HookedOnBookz I am interested. Checking it out right now!🙂 2y
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DGRachel I loved it too, but just a warning: it is graphic and violent. If I‘d realized how graphic, I probably would have skipped it. 2y
Nute @DGRachel As soon as there was a comparison to Perfume, I knew to be forewarned for either creepiness or violence. I don‘t like intense graphic violence. I don‘t care for vivid creepy images that linger in my mind. I think that I might be faint-hearted!🥴 2y
vivastory I saw this on one of Crime Reads best of the year lists the other day & was immediately intrigued. Going to try to find it Thursday. 2y
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Tonton
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What are the odds on finishing a Japanese torso mystery and the next read starts off with the discovery of a torso, but this time it‘s a historical thriller, bleak, horrific, and violent,set in Sweden where life is brutal for the poor in war‘s aftermath? The watchman is ex-Navy with a wooden arm-the muscle-and the wolf is a detective dying from consumption who has a moral compass. Women are finely portrayed. Horrific but satisfying. More, please.

batsy I just saw this in the bookshop recently! Happy to read your positive review... Will add it to the wishlist 🙂 2y
Tonton @batsy enjoy! 2y
Reggie Sounds great! 2y
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derr.liz
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"And what is your view on the matter? Are we wolves to one another, always on the lookout for the least sign of weakness before we choose our moment of attack?"

? #spooktober #hallowreads

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ralexist
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Mehso-so

A dark and grim murder mystery set in 1793 Stockholm. A mutilated corpse brings together Cardell (the muscle) and Winge (the brains) as they attempt to discover the killer. Told in four parts, the reader is given multiple character perspectives which eventually all point to how and why the victim was murdered. Fair warning, if you do pick this up, I would maybe avoid eating during part two.

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ralexist
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There's a great eerieness to this book.

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cjk
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AceOnRoam
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@wanderinglynn I have been hopeless at #bookfitnesschallenge but my goal for the rest of the 3 weeks will be one audio book per week (I have read 2 already but didn't post them).
I am in a wonderful place, anchored in Rangiroa Atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago. Not walking as much as I would normally but its very very hot here. The wildlife is amazing, this shot I took through a marine viewer (bucket with perspex on the bottom).
#readingonroam

tpixie Awesome! Happy Travels& Sites!! 3y
DivineDiana This doesn‘t even seem real! 😲Amazing! Have fun! 3y
wanderinglynn That‘s amazing! ❤️ And I‘m glad you‘ve joined us! Don‘t worry about posting! Just focus on your progress and adapt your goals as needed. 3y
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BookNAround Very cool! 3y
Clwojick This is amazing! 😱 3y
Tanisha_A Beautiful! 😍 3y
Redwritinghood Amazingly gorgeous! 3y
LeahBergen Wow! That‘s cool! 3y
thebluestocking That‘s amazing!! I love it when you post! 💙 3y
Centique That is AMAZING. Please post all the fish photos all the time - I just love it! 😍😍😍 3y
AceOnRoam @Centique yeah, I know, its too cool. I will try to get more shots when we go into a shallow anchorage again. 3y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This book was broken up into sections which followed different characters in the story. I did not love the first section, but after that I was hooked. Historical fiction and a mystery.

Tamra I borrowed this from the library when I couldn‘t take my time with it. I do want to get back to it! 3y
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DGRachel
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To say I liked or enjoyed this seems wrong. It is graphic and brutal in its depravity. It is also well-written and compelling. Many, many times I wanted to bail because of the explicit violence, but I needed to know what happened. This is an impressive debut, but I don‘t think I could stomach another book by this author. Third book done for #24B4Monday, about 10.5 hours total for the readathon.

BeansPage That's awesome sweetie you made double digits!!! 🙌🎉 3y
DGRachel @TheReadingMermaid Thanks! I‘m pleased, as even though I didn‘t manage to finish Speak Easy, Speak Love, I did get a couple books finished that I desperately wanted to check off the list and I finally got my taxes done ✅Your monthly readathons are great for that little extra push! 😘 3y
BeansPage That's awesome hun! That's why we do it. It gives everybody a little bit of a push at the end of the month to finish up 🤗 3y
wordzie 🎉👍 3y
Andrew65 @DGRachel Well Done, always great to have you playing along. Sounds a great effort. 🙌👏🙌👏😍 3y
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DGRachel
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Reading on the Kindle app during lunch. This is NOT a good book to read while eating, FYI. It's like a horrific accident scene or train wreck - there's blood and gore and you KNOW you shouldn't look, that it will be unbearable, but you just. can't. look. away. The writing is so good, but it is definitely not for the faint of heart. I'm torn between bailing because UGH and needing to know how it ends. 😱

AmyG I won this on goodreads. Glad to know it‘s good. And thanks for the head‘s up...about the goriness.😳 3y
DGRachel @AmyG It seems wrong to say I'm enjoying it, so I will settle for it's very hard to put down, but I do wish I had known it was so brutal before I requested it from NetGalley. I did buy a copy because I missed the publication date because it sounded so good, but it's definitely not an easy read and I fear what it coming. The author has done a good job of building tension/creating anxiety. 3y
Tonton Moving to top of TBR! 3y
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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This tale blurred the lines of good and evil, right and wrong, love and hate. Makes one question, is it right for us to play God when things need to be righted? Or let life take its course? Is there humanity in this dog-eat-dog world? Or is every man for himself?

Full review on my blog.

Thank you #Netgalley and #AtriaBooks for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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charl08
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Loved this: dark, mucky view of Stockholm 1793.

charl08 Reminded me of 3y
Tamra Just checked this one out! Woot, glad its good! 3y
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charl08
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‘Tell me, Mr Winge, does the expression homo homini lupus est mean anything to you?‘
‘Plautus wrote it during the Punic Wars: Like a wolf is man to other men.‘
‘.... And what is your view on the matter? Are we wolves to one another, always on the lookout for the least sign of weakness before we choose our moment of attack?‘‘
(My photo of Swedish coast, much more recently!)

Tanisha_A 😍 3y
charl08 @Tanisha_A This book is so good! 3y
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charl08
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His memory is beginning to return . He is at Cellar Hamburg and must have drunk himself senseless. A glance over his shoulder reveals others in a similar condition. .... ‘Mickel, you‘ve got to come! There‘s a dead body in the Larder!‘

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TheSpineView
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I read to page 114 and couldn't not go any further. The plot moves too slow. This is not a deal breaker for me if I like the characters and feel vested in them. Unfortunately I never had any connection with the story or the characters. Sigh... on to other more interesting reads!

kalee.mcleod It makes me happy that I‘m not the only one to abandon books halfway through. My logic is that there are so many wonderful books out there, why waste my time reading something I am not enjoying? 3y
TheSpineView @kalee.mcleod Exactly! 3y
lahousewyfe Amen! 3y
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Olivia306
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Though I understand that the violent scenes were necessary to show the horrible gap between classes, the terrible realities of the destitute and the poor, some of them did feel gratuitous at times. In a way, it's a good story that deals in a realistic and often heartbreaking manner with the stories of the less fortunate, their horrible fates and the way they're used for the entertainment of others and nothing more.

Olivia306 Some parts of it are well written and the writing flows more naturally. But the detective part of the story hit me the hardest and I'm sure that it wasn't in the way the author intended. There are parts of it that feel clumsy and wooden. I failed to grasp the moral of it. Maybe, as it was intended, there is no moral, only the harsh realities of life and the terrible things we do to each other. 3y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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So-so to pan. I'm sorry I seem to have the unpopular opinion concerning this one. I found it plodding and humdrum. Grittier and more engrossing reads were found by me in The Burning Chambers and Martyr.

Tamra Oh shoot! 3y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Tamra I'm completely in the minority on this one though! 3y
TheSpineView I agree with you! I read 72 pages and put it down for a couple of weeks. I tried again yesterday and made it to page 107 before I gave it up. DNF for me!😕 3y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders @TheSpineView bummer when that happens though eh? 😞😞 Oh well there are So Many books to read this year! I'm.overwhelmed! 3y
TheSpineView @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I know! My TBR pile is now a mountain! I don't want to waste my time reading things I don't enjoy. 3y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @TheSpineView 👍 yup!! ☺️☺️ 3y
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DGRachel
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It‘s a cold, rainy Friday night here in the Queen City. #Bailey and I are snuggled up while I try to make a little headway in this well-written, engaging, nauseatingly violent historical mystery. Happy Friday everyone. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! 😘

#currentlyreading #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy

Hooked_on_books Bailey 🐶💚 3y
Aimeesue Awww, toasty, toasty Bailey. ❤️ 3y
DGRachel @Aimeesue She‘s the first dog I‘ve ever had that likes being wrapped in a blanket! 3y
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Aimeesue @DGRachel Definitely a Pibble thing! My brother‘s Luna has like 3 afghans, and she‘ll grab one and throw it over her own head to snuggle up in. They are ridiculous. 😂😂😂 3y
DGRachel @Aimeesue That‘s hysterical! Bailey is my first Pibble and OMG. I‘ve never been so glad to own a home so that I don‘t have to deal with breed bans at apartments. 3y
dsfisher I have the chihuahua buried under his blanket. These two like the dark 3y
DGRachel @dsfisher That chihuahua is ridiculous. 🤣🤣 3y
wordzie Nice description ❤ 3y
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TheSpineView
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@TheReadingMermaid

"Recognition registers on her face in the same moment that their eyes meet."

Hmmmm... I am recognized!?

BeansPage It's good to be recognized. Most of us strive to do that our whole lives 😊 thank you for playing sweetheart 🤗 3y
j.rye “Do you not have anything to read?” she complained. 😂 3y
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TheSpineView @j.rye That's a good one! Still chuckling!🤣 3y
Lcsmcat “There was a clear sense that the school had invested in us, which I think made us all try harder and feel better about ourselves.” 3y
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DGRachel
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#currentlyreading I was really excited to read this book on NetGalley, but then I hit a slump and missed the publication date. I was still so intrigued by the book that I bought a copy. At @ 57 pages into it, I can definitely say it is not a book for the faint of heart. I‘ve blanched twice already at the graphic violence. 😳😱

Reagan Sold! 3y
ErikasMindfulShelf I just finished this and really liked it. 3y
DGRachel @irre I‘m enjoying it so far. I was just taken aback by the violence and probably would have saved it for another day if I‘d realized. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
ErikasMindfulShelf It‘s definitely violent. Not an easy read. 3y
Tamra I am so anxious to read, hoping I can get it via library soon. 3y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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We have maps! We have nicely printed pages introducing the Parts to the book. Love when there are added touches like this! 😍

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Ready to crack this one open today!!

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TheSpineView
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I have this ARC I have been trying to read for several weeks. I am now at page 74 and can't get into the book. I am just not being drawn in. It might be my first DNF of the year. Some one tell me it is worth going on!

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Bummer! Very cool title and cover. 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz It's probably the style? Have you tried reading it at night? Coz I did enjoy this one... 3y
lahousewyfe My friend's dog ate her copy - but she reported still enjoying it! 🤣🤣🤣 3y
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TheSpineView @Jee_HookedOnBookz Nope. I usually read on my kindle at night. Easier on my eyes.😋 3y
TheSpineView @lahousewyfe I am going to read a little further and see how it goes. Thanks for the input! 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @TheSpineView maybe that's why! Haha I read it on my kindle 😅 3y
BookwormM I enjoyed this one I would say it‘s worth carrying on as the central characters are interesting if you don‘t like them then maybe a DNF is not a bad shout 3y
TheSpineView @BookwormM I have decided to read a little further and see how I feel then. 😊 3y
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BookwormM
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#Netgalley #ARC #Thewolfandthewatchman

4⭐️
TW graphic scenes of torture.

Murder mystery in Stockholm 1793 showcases the differences between rich and poor and their treatment by the law.

Full review here www.thereadersroom.org

Crazeedi Following!!! 3y
BookwormM Thanks 👍 3y
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Djspens
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Just received this #ARC in the mail today. I love #bookmail now to cozy in for a snowy couple of days!

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ShookBelf
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What an absolutely stonking start to my 2019 reading, with this historical fiction set in Sweden in the late 18th Century. Character, setting and writing are all so well done, and it's pace, although leisurely in some parts, kept me hòoked. My first read of 2019 and it's 5🌟 from me!

#NetGalley #ARC #52in52-2019 #prompt42 #popsugar2019 #setinScandinavia

Tamra Oh, sounds like a fun creepy read for winter! 3y
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ShookBelf
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Current reads as we reach the end of 2018. Don't think I'll get any of these finished before we ring in 2019 but I'm hopeful 😊😊

#currentreads #needtospendmoretimereading #LMPBC #whodunituk #Pigeonhole #NetGalley #Audible

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TheSpineView
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I received this ARC today. Love coming home to #bookmail. ❤📚