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A Nearly Normal Family
A Nearly Normal Family: A Novel | M.T. Edvardsson
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M.T. Edvardssons A Nearly Normal Family is a gripping psychological thriller that forces the reader to consider: how far would you go to protect the ones you love? In this twisted narrative of love and murder, a horrific crime makes a seemingly normal family question everything they thought they knew about their lifeand each other. Eighteen-year-old Stella stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him? Stellas father, a pastor, and mother, a criminal defense attorney, find their moral compasses tested as they defend their daughter, while struggling to understand why she is a suspect. Told in an unusual three-part structure, A Nearly Normal Family asks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?
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andrew61
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I enjoyed this Swedish based thriller/courtroom drama in which we meet husband,wife and daughter in three separate parts. The premise is that 18 yr old Stella, comes home after a night out in the early hours. Her father, a pastor in the church, then gives her an alibi for the murder that she is charged with. The use of 3 perspectives allows the plot to be slowly revealed and the final twist is satisfying. Really enjoyed this one.

Ruthiella Stacking! This sounds really good ! 20h
ICantImReading I loved this book! I thought the three distinctive narrations were so interesting 15h
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RealLifeReading
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This worked well for me as an audiobook. It might have been a bit repetitive as a print read since it‘s told from three perspectives, but as I can be a bit distracted when it comes to fictional audiobooks, it didn‘t come off that way to me. I loved the very distinct voices by the three narrators. The audiobook was very compelling and kept me hanging on. I tend not to do well with fiction audiobooks but I enjoyed this one greatly.

Megabooks Sold! 6mo
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RealLifeReading
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Taking a walk and listening to this book that‘s read by Richard Armitage, Georgia Maguire, and Emily Watson. I reckon I wouldn‘t have liked this book if I read it myself. But this audiobook narration is superb. And not just because of Richard Armitage!

bookishdawg Armitage! Stacked 👍🏻 6mo
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kbibliophilific
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What is “normal”?!
My Saturday morning read! 😊

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Roxanareads
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18 year old Stella has been arrested and is accused of killing her 32 year old lover Chris. Her parents have regrets for not protecting their daughter in the past and the story is told in three parts by Adam, Stella's father, then Stella and her mother. Each person provides key information regarding the murder and history leading up to the event. These parents go to extremes to protect their child. It was an enjoyable audiobook!

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Roxanareads
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My current audio read

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Hestapleton
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I really enjoyed this! I loved the three different POVs and how they all called each other into question - a great twist on your standard unreliable narrator. The twist wasn‘t shocking, so this isn‘t a book you read for the plot, but the characters were fascinating. It‘s not often that you find a well-paced thriller with characters that are more engaging than the plot! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #netgalley #sweden

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Magpiegem
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2021 No.5 The great thing about my kindle is that I can identify the exact percentage of a book I have read before it draws me in. With this book it was 60% which I think is way too long hence being only so-so. The storyline was good but I really struggled to connect with any of the characters which made it dragged for me. However I found the ending quite satisfying. ⭐️⭐️ #Booked2021 - translated from language other than my own.

Cinfhen I really liked this when I read it, but now almost a year later it‘s pretty forgettable. Seldom do thrillers stick with me 1y
Magpiegem @Cinfhen I know exactly what you mean. Now I‘m sitting here trying to think of ones that have stayed with me... Some Jeffery Deaver from when I was younger, Anthony Horowitz maybe... 1y
Cinfhen I think the only one for me is Gone Girl 1y
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Booksncats2
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Mehso-so

I just could not connect with a character. The story was really good though!

monkeygirlsmama Awww kitties. 2y
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BookwormDownUnder
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Thanks @thegreensofa for such a fabulous #aussiesecretsanta package! First of all, can we just talk about this wrapping paper? I‘m so in love with it I only unstuck one end and slid the gifts out. Maybe I can use it again!! Love the pen as I have a new planner lined up for January. Great looking books and bookmarks. 😍 You‘re awesome!! Thanks to @thegirlwiththelibrarybag for organising!
Happy early Christmas, Aussies! 🎄

thegreensofa I‘m so happy you like it! I had so much fun shopping for you. Haha the paper I love that you are keeping it. It was such a find I couldn‘t wait to get home and wrap everything in it!😂😁. Merry Christmas!🎄💚🏝 2y
BookwormDownUnder @thegreensofa Wheee did you get the paper!! It‘s so unbelievably great. 2y
thegreensofa It‘s from the really big Dymocks store in Melbourne CBD. 📚🙂 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Fancy coffees in your future?! This looks so fun! 2y
CarolynM Just stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year 💕 2y
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Powered_By_Plants
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Mehso-so

Every murder case starts with a suspect.
What if the suspect is your daughter?
Would you believe her or the evidence against her?

Wow this dragged!!! I did like how the narration changed during the book . I had to finish it as I did want to know exactly what happened on the night of the murder but there was a lot of unnecessary padding 🥱 🥱

The highlight though .... lots of yummy vegan baking while listening! 😋

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Howard_L
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A good read. Similar to Defending Jacob but told from the point of view of each of the main characters chronologically. One picks up where the previous narrator left off. They do not alternate. It flowed much better than that sounds. I enjoy these Swedish thrillers!

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rather_be_reading
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Got 20 chapters in today!

Scorpioseah Worth it ? 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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I work at a hospital in WA. In the midst of COVID19, life is crazy right now. Because reading restores me, I read a LOT today. And it was all good 🙂.
A Nearly Normal Family deserves the hype it gets. What would you do if your child was accused of murder? What if you thought she was guilty?
Fully Loaded Thrillers is a collection of Blake Crouch‘s short stories. If you haven‘t read him yet, these will whet your appetite.
... see comments...

Sweettartlaura ... cont‘ ... Outcast is the creation of Robert Kirkman, of The Walking Dead fame. So far I‘m enjoying this series.
And Riley Sager just writes damn good thrillers. I read this straight through tonight. Nothing life-changing, but a fun ride.
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Cinfhen Stay well 🙌🏻❤️I‘ve read 2 of your books above and I really enjoyed them!!! 2y
Sweettartlaura @Cinfhen thanks🙏🏻♥️. Which did you like? 2y
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Cinfhen Your tagged book, which I loved and the Riley Sager which surprised me in a good way 2y
Sweettartlaura @Cinfhen they were both great! Have you read Sager‘s others? If you liked this, you‘ll like them, as well. 2y
mollyrotondo Really moved A Nearly Normal Family as well. Read it very quickly. I love Blake Crouch so I must check out this short story collection 2y
Sweettartlaura @mollyrotondo this Crouch collection is 5 ⭐️ - get your hands on it 😉 2y
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Airykah13
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Well damn, I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Hearing the story from different character POVs was what kept me reading and I really wasn‘t sure who committed the crime. I did the majority on audio and I liked that there were three different narrators. In the end, the character I didn‘t like in the beginning turned out to be my favorite at the end.

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cherinium
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Gimli is happy to report that this was a pretty good book. The tension was compelling, the characters were flawed but interesting, and the ending was satisfying. Marking this off my #BOTMbacklog and using it for #Sweden in the #ReadingEurope2020 challenge. @Librarybelle @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#catsoflitsy #littenkitten #adventuresofthegmen #literarynames #coppereyes

Librarybelle Such a cute face! 3y
cherinium @Librarybelle Thank you! He's come a long way since he came to live with me a few months ago! 💕 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I liked this one. But I suspect you didn‘t mean to tag me. 😘🤓 3y
Leftcoastzen Beautiful kitty!😻 3y
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cherinium
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Next up! Gilbert is making biscuits on my belly; and if you look really close behind him you can catch a glimpse of Gimli as he takes a break from attacking my feet. The book is my June 2019 #BOTM, which has been collecting dust. I'm ready to get started and knock one off my #BOTMbacklog. It will also count as Sweden for #ReadingEurope2020. @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle
#catsoflitsy #littenkitten #adventuresofthegmen #literarynames

Librarybelle Biscuit making is so important! 😻😻 3y
BarbaraBB Good choice. I liked this one. 3y
Smrloomis ❤️😸 3y
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Hooked_on_books
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Eighteen year old Stella has been accused of murder. This thriller unfolds slowly at first, gradually building momentum, as we learn about current events and the past first from her father, then Stella, then her mother. I ultimately wasn‘t surprised by the outcome but I couldn‘t put it down. It was interesting to see some of the differences between the justice systems in the US and #Sweden.

#ReadingEurope2020

julesG I'm stacking this. 3y
BarbaraBB Good choice for Sweden! 3y
Soubhiville I‘m intrigued by your shelves in the background. Maybe post if photo of how you have them set up right now? Inquiring minds want to know 😉. 3y
Librarybelle Great choice! This has been on my radar for quite some time! 3y
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nicebicycle
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Mehso-so

⭐ ⭐ Almost didn't finish this one. Three narrators tell a story of a murder. For me, there was nobody to root for.

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Honeybeegirl
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Current reads because I am a hot mess and keep starting books! They are all great so far!! Also dipping into some non fiction is pretty cool! No Summit out of Sight and They Called us Enemy are nonfiction! Which is awesome!

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Chelsea.Poole
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I don't always have a positive reading experience with books that have been translated. However, this one was great! I liked way the reader was given the perspectives of each of the family members: father, a pastor-- mother, an attorney -- daughter, rebellious teen accused of a crime. The setting (Finland) really elevated this one for me. It's a family/character study with a courtroom drama at the end. Pick!

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ImperfectCJ
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Well, my timer messed up, but I added up the little bits and got in a solid 17 1/2 hours this weekend. Pictured is my breakfast (cocoa banana hazelnut smoothie...not very photogenic) and the dishcloth I worked on while listening to the tagged book today. It's been a fun #readathon! Now to bed to try and get enough sleep to be a productive member of society.

#MrBook1inaMillion. #24B4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne
@Andrew65 @MrBook

wordslinger42 The dishcloth is so pretty!! And you made awesome time! 😊 3y
ImperfectCJ @wordslinger42 Thanks! I had to tear out and restart the dishcloth several times because I kept messing up stitches, but I'm pretty happy with it now. 3y
wordslinger42 @ImperfectCJ Pulling out stitches is always so frustrating (I've had to do it with cross stitch), but it looks like it was definitely worth the time to make 😊 I love the color choices! 3y
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ImperfectCJ @wordslinger42 Ha! It was meant to be solid blue but the pattern took up more blue yarn than I had! Luckily, the green I had on hand complements it pretty well, and I added a variegated trim that has both colors in it. I feel empowered to ad lib with dishcloths. :-) 3y
wordslinger42 @ImperfectCJ I love it when something like that happens in a craft project and it ends up being a happy accident 😊 3y
Crazeedi I love my dishcloth that I have like this, my mom used to make! And great job on your time!!❤🎉👏 3y
ImperfectCJ @Crazeedi Thanks! I was surprised how many hours it was and checked my math several times. 😁 3y
MrBook Fabulous!!! 😎👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🔥🔥🔥 3y
ImperfectCJ @MrBook Thank you! And congratulations on your cool mil! 3y
Andrew65 A great time, well done and thanks fir playing along. 👏👏👏😊👍🎯🥳🍾🥂 3y
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cathysaid
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Mom‘s a defense lawyer, dad‘s a pastor, and teen is a budding sociopath. Told from those three points of view. Throw in a few jacked up secondary characters and simmer with distrust and betrayal, and the result is an interesting if somewhat predictable stew with the main ingredient being murder. 3/5 ⭐️

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cathysaid
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🙋‍♀️ Anyone else? #uncomfortabletruths

LauraJ Unfortunately, yes. 3y
Hooked_on_books 🙋🏼‍♀️ 3y
cathysaid @LauraJ @Hooked_on_books It‘s not that I don‘t experience such bonds, but they are quite rare. I‘m more of an “on-the-outside-looking-in” person, a bit removed. But in my late forties, I‘m quite okay with this. Certainly doesn‘t mean I don‘t care, but that I don‘t over-extend...if that makes sense. 🤷‍♀️ 3y
Hooked_on_books Makes total sense. I‘m mid-40s and at peace with who I am, but when I was younger (teens and twenties), I felt left out a lot. You also have to wonder what people who seem to have those bonds see when they look at us. Maybe some other kind of envy? Who knows. 3y
Trashcanman @Hooked_on_books Disjointed, disconnected,view from a far and speak at an arms length away. My other hand has a cocktail. 3y
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riversong153
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Sooo @TheSpineView I am literally squealing! You were so thoughtful and generous in sending this swap. I love absolutely everything and really appreciate it too! Now to decide which book to read first during #screamathon they‘re all so interesting! Thank you again 💜. Thanks @4thhouseontheleft for organizing this swap.

Dragonfairykats That bag is so cute! 3y
riversong153 @TheSpineView the personalized journal! All titles that I want to read! Book socks! I think I‘m in heaven!! 3y
riversong153 I‘ve always wanted a book sleeve too @TheSpineView. All of it is just beautiful and I love it!! 3y
TheSpineView @riversong153 That makes me happy that I nailed it. I love book sleves too. Enjoy! 🧡🎃🖤 3y
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marleed
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This very good murder mystery is written three parts. I was immediately invested in the father/husband‘s perspective (part 1) which made me curious about what the daughter would have to say and then the mother/wife. It‘s even more intriguing to me because I wonder if I‘d have had the same interest if the daughter spoke first.

Cathythoughts I did start this... but it‘s now in #hibernation it was good 🤔but there are so many others I need to get to 3y
marleed @Cathythoughts I kept pushing it down on my library holds - I think because the cover didn‘t meet my have-to-read judgey-ness. It did fit into my fall mysteries so I finally dove in! 3y
Cathythoughts I‘ll probably go back to it , as I‘d like to see what happens 👍🏻♥️ 3y
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MamaGina
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My best laid plans have been interrupted! Need to read A Nearly Normal Family before Thirteen because the library informs me it‘s due tomorrow and I can‘t renew as others have it on hold. Started this morning and it has drawn me IN!!!🤓

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abookishbutterfly
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Day 17: A Book of the Month pile #botmbookclubseptphotochallenge

I get so excited when my #BOTM box arrives each month! So excited! It‘s as if I cannot live without those books! Yet all of these remain unread! 😂🤷‍♀️

If you do Book of the Month, are good at staying on top of actually reading them?

JenReadsAlot Not even close! 3y
EKonrad I‘m terrible at tackling my botm TBR! 😩 3y
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CBee
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I don‘t know what it is, but every book I‘ve read recently has gone like this:
1. Start reading, I‘m kinda bored
2. The thought of not finishing a book makes me itchy, so I keep going.
3. BOOM! Hit me with the twisty plot!
4. Okay, I‘m hooked.
🤷‍♀️😂

EH2018 Reading this now! It is so good so far! 3y
CBee @EH2018 enjoy! I really did like it despite a slow start. 😁 3y
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OriginalCyn620
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Starting this one today for #popsugarreadingchallenge. I have high hopes!

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BittersweetBooks
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It so frequently takes tragedy or catastrophe for people to come together and be united, for us to truly stop what we‘re doing and devote ourselves to one another. In misfortune we rediscover each other and become aware of what it means to be a human among other humans. In sorrow, we need each other more than ever 👟🚲🔪

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EH2018
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Got this today! @aroc #LMPBC I've been wanting to read this one - thanks @Lovesbooks87 !
You're up next @Honeybeegirl

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Djspens
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Is there really such a thing as a "normal" family?? I think every family has a little dysfunction! Or maybe that's just something I tell myself... and my kids.. anyway.. it is starting to feel like fall, time to switch to a nice cab for my reading beverage. ??oh and I'm enjoying this book. ?

NamasteReading I loved it!!! 3y
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Djspens
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Starting this one today on this beautiful day! There's a wonderful breeze but it reminds me of fall. I'm not ready for that!! I hope I enjoy this book! Did you like it?

Samplergal I really liked it. 3y
Alfoster I liked it too!❤️ 3y
ljuliel Very good book 📖 3y
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BookBelle84
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Starting this one on my lunch break and loving it!

BittersweetBooks It‘s next for me!! 😬 3y
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krismlars
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Wild Saturday night...I ordered a new vacuum! Decided to treat myself now that I‘m constantly cleaning up after two cats. Oh, and only 60 pages left in this book. I can‘t predict how it‘ll end.

cathipink I have the same one 🙂 there are things that drive me bananas about it, but overall I love it - it's so convenient! 3y
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KadeLexical
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I had difficulty at the beginning of this book but when it switched points of view I was riveted. Definitely recommend if you like murder mysteries and being on the edge of your reading chair 😉

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krismlars
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Teaching Marty McFly to turn the pages for me.

Catsandbooks Precious fluff! 😻 3y
TK421 Cute! If he turns the pages before you are ready you can be all like "Think McFly!" 3y
brit91 Awwww sooo cute!😻 3y
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Samplergal
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Tagged book is a translation. #bookishbingo

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Samplergal
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Such a great read. Legal thriller told from three perspectives, the translated novel is a page turner. Set in Lund, Sweden. 4🌟

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Breanne1
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I enjoyed the various points of view in this #botm selection...a fast read that kept me engaged and definitely has you question what true justice looks like.

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BarbaraBB
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How far would you go to protect your loved ones? That‘s what keeps her parents going when Stella is arrested for murder. The story is told from the pov of al 3 members of this far from #perfect family. You feel you have to take side with one of them. As if they all stand trial - which in a way they do. I chose Stella because I could identify even less with the parents (esp the father). Interesting. #AyUpAugust

(Pic: Southampton beach, New York)

batsy Great photo! 3y
ljuliel Really good book 📚 3y
Cinfhen I really liked this book but I found the mother‘s actions most questionable 🤦‍♀️ 3y
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Cinfhen You still out in the Hamptons??!?! 3y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That is true, but if I was Stella, I would have gone crazy with a father like that. Of course, as a parent I would go crazy with a kid like Stella 😂. (edited) 3y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes, it felt so good to do absolutely nothing that we booked an extra day. Tomorrow we‘ll leave. Have you left Long Island yet? 3y
Cinfhen Hahaha so true! We are still in LI but we‘re heading to Northern NJ for a long weekend with friends later today😄I‘m back in Philly Monday. 3y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It sounds like you have a lot of quality time with your family and friends, happy for you! 💜 3y
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Pearrr
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Day One 📚

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Mowen036
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Yup I‘m one of those people who take a book to a county fair.

Go read this book. It‘s really good and keeps you puzzled until the end!

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Heyhelloitsjo
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Started slow, but I really loved the ending so it‘s a pick. It‘s also based in Sweden, so get ready to mispronounce some stuff! Would recommend.

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 3y
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