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Saint X
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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Alexis Schaitkins Saint X is a gripping psychological drama straight from the headlinesabout a young girl whose older sister vanishes on a luxury Caribbean vacation and, years later, a chance encounter with one of the suspects which spirals into obsession. Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alisons body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local menemployees at the resortare arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. It turns into national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved. For Claire and her parents, there is only the sad return home to broken lives. Years later, Claire is living and working in New York City when a brief but fateful encounter brings her together with Clive Richardson, one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. It is a moment that sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truthnot only to find out what happened the night of Alisons death but also to answer the elusive question: Who exactly was her sister? At seven, Claire had been barely old enough to know her: a beautiful, changeable, provocative girl of eighteen at a turbulent moment of identity formation. As Claire doggedly shadows Clive, hoping to gain his trust, waiting for the slip that will uncover the truth, an unlikely attachment develops between them, two people whose lives were forever marked by the same tragedy. Saint X is a flawlessly drawn and deeply moving story that hurtles to a powerful end.
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Deblovestoread
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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Summer 2023 is penciled in. Thanks for the Afrofuturism recommendation @CBee

#Booked2023 #Summer

Cinfhen Yay!!! More great choices!!! I‘m thinking maybe one of these for #Weird 3mo
CBee @Cinfhen ooo good suggestion! I loved 3mo
CBee You are welcome! I plan to use it too! It‘s been on my Kindle forever. I loved her Akata Witch series too, need to read the 3rd! @Deblovestoread 3mo
squirrelbrain I just read Binti for a pop22 prompt - I liked it. (And it‘s short! 😁) 3mo
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Nalbuque
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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The fact there was no wait for this book at the library was shocking. I rly enjoyed it! It was pretty wild while being very “downy to earth”, if that makes sense? I loved how they go over life as an immigrant, life in the big city, family relationships, change…there‘s just so much in there! Well worth a read and a ponder.

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TheLudicReader
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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This book was the closest I could get to #LetterX, but it‘s definitely worth the read.
#alphabetgame
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Cinfhen Great choice 😍 5mo
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lele1432
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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Mehso-so

“We see so little of people. We forget how much submerged darkness there is around us, at every moment.” I found the dissection of unrealized privilege that always rears its ugly head during times of adversity engaging. What type of person are you when grief hits? It‘s an interesting premise. The descriptions of the island, the people, and culture were also intriguing to me. But this is not a thriller as marketed, and I didn‘t care for the ending.

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TrishB
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Pickpick

A good read, I liked the different POVs and how it all came together.

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TrishB
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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#quicklunchtimeread
Still reading this one, enjoying it but have not had much down time to read the last couple of days.

Gissy Looks good🥘 😋 7mo
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TrishB
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#quicklunchtimeread
Vegan sushi and enjoying this book 😁

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Addison_Reads
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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After discussing this with a few other Littens recently, I decided to do a reread. This time I did the audiobook which I highly recommend because it has several narrators and I felt that really helped bring the story to life.

I might have enjoyed this more on my second read. The way the mystery unfolds through the various POVs is handled very well and makes the reveal at the end even more satisfying.

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TheBookKeepers
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Bailedbailed

I made it about 35% into this thriller book and was bored. The way the story was narrated made it hard to connect with any of the characters and it was overly wordy imo. A slow burn of a thriller that wasn‘t capturing my interest. I looked up spoilers for how it ended and feel good about my decision to bail 😂 #bookkeepersreadathon

LiteraryinLawrence I read it years ago and rated it a so-so. From what I remember, you made a good choice! 9mo
TheBookKeepers @LiteraryinLawrence great to know!! Life‘s to short & my TBR too long to slog through books that aren‘t great 😆 9mo
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michellelav
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This was a great vacation mystery. When Alison vanishes on the last day of her family vacation no one knows where she could have possibly went.. this story is told through multiple narratives, the main being Alison‘s sister, Claire. I‘ll have to look into this author!

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TheLudicReader
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@StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego sent this book to me as part of my #poutinepenpals #fallswap and it was great. When six-year-old Claire, her older sister Alison and their parents take a vacation on Saint X, the unthinkable happens. Years later, while living in NYC, Claire meets one of the men involved. This is a beautifully-written examination of family, grief, race & privilege, the secrets we keep & the stories we tell ourselves.

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TheLudicReader
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Thank you so much @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego for the lovely #fallswap package, which I opened this morning as I have a busy day ahead. I can‘t wait to wear the socks, brew a cup of cinnamon apple tea and dive into one of those books. #poutinepenpals 😘❤️

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm glad you like it. 🧡📚🍁🦃 1y
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marleed
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This is a beautifully written book that demands the reader to slow down and take the story in. It‘s a story of young woman whose future forever changed following the tragic death of her beloved by all 18 yo sister. It is a reminder of crushing wave of tragedy, and the ripples that never fully resolve. As heartbreaking as the story was, I liked the ending.

vivastory This sounds interesting. Great pic! 1y
Andrea313 This picture is absolutely perfect! 😍 1y
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Amiable Gorgeous photo —it stopped me right in mid-scroll! 1y
EvieBee Agree with everyone. Fabulous picture and your review makes me want to pick this up! Like now. I‘m at the library. 1y
Megabooks I am HERE FOR this picture and enjoyed the book, too! 1y
marleed @Amiable @EvieBee @Megabooks Oh thank you. Sometimes a book or it‘s cover inspires me to try to be creative! 1y
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kelli7990
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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Mehso-so

Here‘s my review for another book I finished reading this month. I‘m counting this book for 1 prompt.

☑️Featured On BookishFirst - #bookishbingo

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Ast_Arslan
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.

Day 89th

Join the fun if you want!

#tbrpile

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Lesliereadsalot
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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A girl goes missing on an island holiday and her sister spends her life trying to solve the mystery. Many plausible scenarios, several interesting characters, and a mystery until the end.

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Little Free Library book drop for Alexis Schaitkin's trade paperback release of SAINT X! 🌴🌴🌴

Get this copy at:
Little Free Library Charter #40119
10107 Flowers Ave
Orlando, FL 32825
Lat: 28.566737 Long: -81.24330189999999

If you're nowhere near Orlando, check out the link below for a map all of the Little Free Library locations where you can find a free copy of #SaintX

http://bit.ly/SaintXMap

marleed Omg - I can‘t tell you the thrill I get when I find a brand new book in a LFL. It‘s happened a few times. Gillian Flynn is from my current neck of the woods - I have a fantasy that she‘ll come out with a new book and I‘ll find a signed copy in a LFL on release day! 2y
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @marleed thatd be awesome!! 2y
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DebbieGrillo
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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The way this novel started had my convinced that I'd end up hating it. But, the story drew me in and I was hooked. It was interesting to see how one girl's death impacted so many lives, changed their trajectories. The ending was satisfying.

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DebbieGrillo
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"It's easy to discern the contours of other people's pain, much harder to recognise one's own."

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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Mehso-so

Not a huge fan of the writting style. I liked the beginning, but then it got redundant and had too many unnecessary details and hypotheticals/ daydreams it got confusing. The reveal was anticlimactic, and the relationship at the very end was out out of the blue and didn't bring anything to the story. It had potential, I just wasn't a fan of the execution.

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DebbieGrillo
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So far the novel has been in third person. I'm not used to this. I hope it makes a switch.

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aperfectmjk
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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Okay... I get it. I see why there are so many mixed reviews and people just giving up on this one. I'm not finished yet... about 70%, but WHERE IS THIS GOING? This is definitely not a plot driven novel. I'm not even sure that I can say it's character driven because these are not likeable characters. Why do I need to know soooo much about all these characters to find out how and why Alison died? 🙄

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aperfectmjk
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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Starting this one for March. First read for #bookspinbingo, Also pulled this for #TBRDeckofCards 8 of ♥️. I have my list together, but I'm going to wait until tmrw to put my card together for #bookspinbingo. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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CaitlinR
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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Mehso-so

This was an engaging thriller, although I found the themes repetitive, and it was longer than necessary. Schaitkin has, however crafted a great rendition of the power of obsession and how it can destroy lives.

Alison is a self-absorbed (and singularly uninteresting) teenager visiting the fictional Caribbean Island of Saint X with her family. She is murdered, and we unravel the crime through other's eyes, particularly her sister Claire.

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Macnjen
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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Mehso-so

This is a story about a sister obsessed with her sibling's death and about the accused. Maybe it's the pandemic, but I really had trouble connecting with this book. Not sure if it's the writing or just a lack of focus on my part. There's local vernacular I had trouble with though it's not a huge part of the book. The end was not really what I expected, either. Call this a beach read.

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LauraBeth
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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I‘m going to bail on this one. I can already tell it‘ll just be a so-so read for me and I won‘t even remember it in six months.

MicheleinPhilly Bitsy is judging you! Or you‘re eating. 2y
LauraBeth I told her to sit and this was her face. 😂 2y
LeahBergen Oh, Bitsy! 😆 2y
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TrishBovell Cute doggie 2y
DebinHawaii Hi Bitsy! 🐶❤️ 2y
Suet624 Good call. 2y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen some things never change 😹 2y
LauraBeth @TrishBovell thanks 😊 2y
LauraBeth @DebinHawaii 👋👋 Bitsy has missed having her pic taken with books 😹 2y
LauraBeth @Suet624 I ditched it for Their Eyes Were Watching God and definitely think it was a good call! (edited) 2y
Suet624 Haha. Now those two books can‘t even share the same shelf. You‘re in much better company now. 2y
LauraBeth @Suet624 I see that now! 2y
Redwritinghood Wise decision 2y
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LauraBeth
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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I went to the library today for the first time in forever and my absence was long enough for me to forget my library card PIN. When the librarian was helping me change it, she asked what I wanted the new PIN to be and I spit out 4 numbers and then hesitated bc I didn‘t know why I was choosing those numbers and I wasn‘t sure I‘d remember them. All day I was trying to figure out those numbers. Then it occurred to me that it‘s the husband‘s bday 😂

LauraBeth We‘re clearly just going to call it a day over here. 2y
Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂 our library makes our default PIN the last 4 digits of our phone # luckily. 2y
Leftcoastzen Now I‘m trying to remember mine!😂Still on curbside so not using it.🤔 2y
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LeahBergen 😂😂 Well, at least you know his birthday (if only subliminally). 2y
Librariana We had to go back to curbside after a spike 😔 And boy, do we miss our customers! But I hope everyone knows how hard we work behind the scenes to get books (print, audio, you name it!), movies, and music out to our community 😊 We're ordering all the things! Multiples of all the things! 😁 2y
Kappadeemom Glad to see you back on Litsy! 2y
Suet624 It‘s been a hard year. 🤣 2y
LauraBeth @Reviewsbylola *trying to remember the last four digits of my phone number* 😂 2y
LauraBeth It‘s so weird @Leftcoastzen bc I‘m someone who has used that PIN almost daily for almost 15 years! 2y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😂😂 as soon as I told her that PIN, I opened my Notes app and typed it in. I‘ll need to go in and amend it to denote it‘s his bday too 2y
LauraBeth @Librariana y‘all are honestly the unsung heroes of this whole mess bc y‘all kept it going and pivoted in new ways to help get readers their books. We appreciate you! 2y
LauraBeth @Kappadeemom I hope you and your crew (and your puppers) are doing well! 2y
LauraBeth @Suet624 completely! 😂 2y
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MyNamesParadise
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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Mehso-so

This was ok. I wasn‘t expecting the format that it turned out to be. At 1st it was cool when the narrative switched points of view to different characters but then it got tiring. I enjoyed the segments featuring Claire, or Emily as she goes by, the most & that‘s where the real story was. I wanted more of that & Claire‘s family after what happened with Allison. Can‘t say I would read another book by the author, it just didn‘t match my expectations

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jouleian
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Bailedbailed

-⭐️ Ok...I just couldn‘t handle anymore. I was flat tired of hearing about Emily. Which btw she did the same shit all of her friends did in regards to Alison. I just couldn‘t it was a #dnf for me. #litsy

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jouleian
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin

I‘m really beginning to HATE this book. Its too...too...ugh! This book doesn‘t seem to be about Alison at all it‘s all about Emily‘s psyche and she‘s driving me nuts... #thisisbad potential #dnf #litsy

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jouleian
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Emily is a bit pretentious...🙄🙄🙄 #ijs #litsy #mystery

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jouleian
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Giving this one a go. Slow burn mystery and full cast and away we go! #mystery #slowburn #litsy #audiobook

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squirrelbrain
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The lovely @Cinfhen gifted this to me and I did wonder why this book in particular. The blurb makes it sound like a crime / mystery as the body of 18 year old Alison is found at the end of a family holiday on the a Caribbean stand of Saint X.

It‘s so much more than that though. It‘s a character study of grief and loss, about obsession, racism and privilege.

It‘s very meandering, with lots of side stories about minor characters...⬇️

squirrelbrain ...so only read this if you like slow burn books. I love this kind of book on audio rather than in print and this is also a multi-cast narration (my first!) which I also loved. Finally, I adored the NYC parts, and it‘s made me soooo want to be able to go back. 2y
Cinfhen So glad you enjoyed this one!! For some reason it just stayed with me. And I do LOVE a multi cast narration 🙌🏻 especially with some sultry island accents 2y
squirrelbrain Yes, love all the accents in this @Cinfhen 🌴 2y
DebbieGrillo I'm "reading" this now on audiobook and had to scroll back 7 months to finds someone who rated this a pick. I think I might have DNFd it, if I was reading the print version. I'm thoroughly enjoying the audiobook. 2y
squirrelbrain Yes, @DebbieGrillo - I‘m not sure I would have liked it in print. I‘m listening to this one at the moment - similar storyline / theme but much darker ( and much better, I think) 2y
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ClairesReads
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I came to Saint X expecting a “missing/dead girl” story, and it didn‘t disappoint me on that front. What surprised me, was the level of nuanced, quiet insight that Schaitkin also explored the uncomfortable clash of culture and privilege that occurs on resort islands. It was much more thoughtful than I was expecting, and this managed to complement rather than detract from the central mystery. It was a great holiday read.

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magyklyXdelish
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I‘ve literally had the worst week and this was the worst day. This was such a nice surprise. Thank you so much 😭 words cant say what this meant for me today

#LitsyLove

AmyG Hope tomorrow is better. Saint X was good. 2y
Helen19 Sorry to hear things are rough :( 2y
Chrissyreadit Im sorry! Hope some good reading helps! 2y
Mrs_B Sending you good vibes 😘 2y
sharread You're welcome Litsy friend. I know how you feel, it's all #LitsyLove passed to one another. I love this group. ❤ 2y
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Smartypants
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Mehso-so

This was an interesting mystery that takes place in the Caribbean. A good beach read unless you‘re on the island alone. Lol.

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Godpants
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I think this was really well done. It isn‘t really a thriller but has thriller elements, and follows a bunch of different characters around a disappearance. The audiobook has a great cast too.

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Godpants
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Another admin day at work means I have lots of time to listen to my new audiobook. Has anyone else read this one?

JamieArc I have. It wasn‘t the Natalee Holloway type retelling that I was expecting but I still really liked it. It was atmospheric, which I always love. There were some interesting reflections on privilege too. 3y
Godpants @JamieArc I‘m very into the style so far. They also have a huge cast on the audiobook so it‘s pretty fun to listen to. 3y
JamieArc @Godpants Oh cool. I should have listened to it! 3y
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LeslieO
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Book haul! The top two were purchased from my local indie, Talking Leaves, with a gift card I won from @LiteraryinLititz (thank you!!). The others are from Book Outlet. Between these and Kindle bargains I‘ve gone a little crazy this month buying books. Oh well, I‘ll just have to read more! #bookstack #bookhaul #canneverhavetoomanybooks

LeahBergen Elderly Lady is so fun. 😆 3y
LeslieO @LeahBergen I can‘t wait to start that one! 3y
Cathythoughts These look good 👍🏻❤️I have Saint X too 3y
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MelKelsey
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Book 96
18 yo goes missing on a family trip to the Caribbean, her body found a few days later. Told from the pov of the younger sister, the story vascilates between the time of the trip and when the sis is grown. Well-written, excellent vocabulary, and an interesting perspective (at times, Claire assumes the pov of other characters). However, the quality was inconsistent, and it's left me feeling less satisfied than I'd like.

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BittersweetBooks
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It seems to me now that some truths will never be enough to seal the mysteries that precede them. There is nothing the truth can give you that you cannot give yourself 🌅

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la_rose_noire
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Claire's sister was found dead on their last night on the dreamy #Caribbean island of Saint X. Claire was only 8 years old when the tragedy happened. Now adult, Claire is still dealing with grief and tries to find ways to cope. The story is told through multiple POVs. Characters have interesting background stories.

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la_rose_noire
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#saturday afternoon reading ! This book is a great #summer read. Can't wait to see where it'll lead. #covercrush #islands

The.Great.Catsby I love the aesthetic of this photo 🦄🌻 3y
la_rose_noire @The.Great.Catsby Thanks ! 3y
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la_rose_noire
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LiteraryinLawrence
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Mehso-so

Not what I was expecting but not bad, per se. This book wasn‘t a thriller and didn‘t have the fast pace that I expected. It lacked the satisfaction of unraveling a mystery clue by clue. It was more of a character study of a circle of people who were together for a brief time and then spun off in their different directions, bound together by a shared experience. I‘m not sure I‘d recommend it. But it‘s nice to spend time with a furry reading buddy.

wanderinglynn What a cute reading buddy ❤️🐱 3y
Tera66 Puuurfect!❤ 3y
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TheSpineView
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Mehso-so

This book was not what I expected. I was thinking murder mystery or thriller with lots of action to keep me reading. I was so disappointed. This was so slow. It needed a serious edit. Read my full review on my blog at www.thespineview.com ⭐⭐⭐ I think this is generous.

tracey38 That's disappointing. 3y
TheSpineView @tracey38 It was disappointing. Oh well... on to the next book. 3y
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ferskner
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This is billed as a thriller, and it has all the elements but it's really not. It's much more literary, but it uses the hook of true crime to pull you into the real story of loss, obsession, and racial privilege. A very interesting book.

#pop20 #bookwithamaincharacterintheir20s #litsyatoz @BookishMarginalia

Cinfhen I really liked this one and it‘s stayed with me... that generally doesn‘t happen 3y
ferskner @Cinfhen agreed! She went in directions I wasn't expecting that really made me think. 3y
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GidgetsTreasures75
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6-6-20: My 41st finished book of 2020! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #saintx #alexisschaitkin 👍🏼📖#️⃣4️⃣1️⃣