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What She Knew
What She Knew: A Novel | Gilly Macmillan
Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. Its an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worryuntil Ben vanishes.The police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachels newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the publics attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parents nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.Where is Ben? The clock is ticking. . . . Tightly focused and fast-paced. You wont rest until you really know what happened.Lisa Ballantyne, author of The Guilty OneEvery parents nightmare. . . deceptively clever.Rosamund Lupton, author of SisterCompletely addictive. A nail-biting, sleep-depriving, brilliant read. Saskia Sarginson, author of The Twins
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Jeannineth
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July TBR. Oh, where to start? As you can see I‘m a thriller lover!!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great stack!!! 3mo
AutumnRLS Oh, I'm so torn between Hill and Tremblay! I just finished Head Full of Ghosts and it was fantastic. I also loved Hill's Heart Shaped Box. 3mo
Jeannineth @AutumnRLS I chose The Cabin at the end of the World. I also have Head Full of Ghosts. ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
AutumnRLS @Jeannineth definitely let me know what you think! I've got that one coming in the mail. ❤ 3mo
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Jeannineth
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After reading 3 sweet contemporary books in a row, I‘m feeling in the mood for a dark thriller. I‘ve read one other of her books and loved it. Happy reading!!

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j.rye
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1. Cabin time 😍
2. Too lame to follow that
3. Cucumbers and Italian dressing 🥒
4. 108F
5. @Blopez93 @GrilledCheeseSamurai

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Jenni_Capps
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After reading this book, my son is never leaving my sight. This is every parents worst nightmare, a missing child.
The book is written from Rachel (mother) and DI Jim Clemo and focuses on the pain and panic of the timeline for a missing child. It also shows how social media can twist perspective even when they don‘t have facts and hurt the parties involved.
I really enjoyed this read and didn‘t figure out the kidnapper so that‘s a plus!

Anna4031 I read (or rather, listened to) this one last year!! I actually sped up the audio so they could get the story out faster! It had me on the edge of my seat! 4mo
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valeriegeary
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Breakfast for dinner and then cozying up with a new book, a mystery novel from across the pond.

cobwebmoth Yum! 5mo
Ericalambbrown Brinner is THE BEST! Those pancakes are gorgeous. Enjoy! 💕 5mo
Cinfhen Yum!!!! 5mo
Amiable I love breakfast for dinner! 😍 5mo
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natelamak
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A truly gripping storyline that had me wanting more. I was invested the whole time. I did find some of the characters whiny, but I found that the mixed POV was extremely helpful in keeping me interested.

I did see the ending coming though.

All in all, a great read that I would definitely recommend!

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RaimeyGallant
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Beautifully written. One of the POV characters was only relevant so we could see events through his eyes. Clues were threaded throughout for the red herrings, where the mystery's solution had very little pointing toward it. I would still rate this highly, because I don't think the mystery was the author's main purpose. This was a window into the life of a family broken by child abduction, & she deserves all the stars for having accomplished that.

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mydearwatson
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I started this novel earlier in the year and nearly regretted it; reading novels about missing children is probably not among the smartest things I do now that I have a child myself. I had to keep going, though; I had to find out what happened to Benedict Finch.

Full review at https://mydearwatsonbooks.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/what-she-knew/.

(Picture from #goodreads)

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Busha1984
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
Chilling. I can only imagine what it would feel like to have my child abducted in a matter of minutes. This book was a gripping, page turner.

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Thousand-Lives
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When a young boy goes missing, his mother is scrutinized and judged by the public. This is a spot on reaction in today‘s world of social media, don‘t you think?

I liked this book, but didn‘t love it. It twisted and turned as mysteries do, and kept me guessing, but I didn‘t find anything extra to set it apart within the mystery genre. I listened to the audiobook and may have liked it more had I read it. Still a pick!

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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Jennick2004
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This entire book takes place in a week‘s time. Who can imagine what it would feel like to have your child abducted from you? To be ridiculed by the public, to question yourself as a parent? Powerful ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Thousand-Lives
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Spent the morning #audiobaking

My oldest son started kindergarten this week and it‘s been a hard adjustment for him. Hoping to cheer him up with some cookies when he gets off the bus this afternoon. These were my favorite as a girl - Rice Krispies, oatmeal, and chocolate chips! ☺️

readordierachel Hope he settles in soon! The cookies look delicious 🍪 13mo
RavenLovelyReads Kinder is hard! Mine refused to ride the bus and refused school food. It was fun packing him fun lunches :) Hope he settles in soon. 13mo
Tamra Hang in there mom & son! 13mo
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Karen3 Mine cried everyday at drop off until 3rd grade. I feel your pain but there is light at the end of the tunnel. 13mo
Thousand-Lives @Karen3 Awww, how hard that must have been for you both! Thanks for your encouraging words! 13mo
kspenmoll Those delicious cookies should help! What a loving mom!❤️ 13mo
DivineDiana There are sure to bring a smile to his face! 13mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Yummm...those cookies look and sound amazing!! 13mo
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Jennick2004
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Spent way too much time playing with Snapchat filters with my little, now it‘s time to read!!
#snapchat #filter

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Jennick2004
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Jennick2004
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Borrowing this book from @MommyOfTwo and look at the amazing bookmark she gave me! 💙🦉

MommyOfTwo Yay! Bookmark by @Babiesandbooks 14mo
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MommyOfTwo
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I just started this book last night and it‘s going to be a fast read! I will try not to #RushRush 😊 #HeatOfJuly

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Chelsea.Poole
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This book was addictive. I couldn‘t put it down around the 60% mark. The author led me on so many different options of “who dun it” and each one was believable! I was on so many different tracks throughout of who is responsible for taking the missing boy, but I never did figure it out! (Usually I can see where these types of domestic thrillers are headed!) it‘s a #bookclub pick that we are discussing tomorrow at the library. Also, cheesecake 😋

RadicalReader @Chelsea.Poole red velvet cheesecake is the best!! Combines two terrific delicious desserts classic cheesecake and radiant red velvet 14mo
Chelsea.Poole @RadicalReader agreed! It‘s my favorite from Cheesecake Factory! 14mo
RadicalReader @Chelsea.Poole now we just need The Cheesecake Factory to make mixes for their cheesecakes to make at home 14mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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#currentlyreading for #bookclub on Monday. I‘m halfway and some things have happened! I like it so far and I still don‘t know where this is going to go!

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peacegypsy
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And another “unputdownable” recommendation from Modern Mrs. Darcy. She‘s been right on every one, including this one. I am almost halfway through after starting it around noon.

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MommyOfTwo
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Oh my goodness @Avanders I am overwhelmed by how much you sent!!!! I have already received Splintered from another exchange but I will find a good home for it. I wasn‘t sure if we were supposed to show the book you chose so i kept it hidden. Thank you so much!! #CoffeeBeanBookClub

MommyOfTwo @Avanders there is a bookmark in your book choice. Did you want that to stay with the book? 1y
MaleficentBookDragon @Avanders always sends the BEST gifts. Amd that coffee is sooo good. 1y
Avanders Yay!! I'm glad you liked it all!! And I think that's a good idea to keep hiding the books ☺️☺️ As for the bookmark - up to you! If you want it, it's yours! If not, feel free to send it on 😉 @MaleficentBookDragon awww thanks lady 😍😘💖 I'm glad you liked the coffee! I'm a huge fan ☕️☺️ 1y
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suvata
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Mehso-so

I would rate this book somewhere between a two and a three based on this scale:
3 of 5 stars = I liked it
2 of 5 stars = It was ok

RaimeyGallant Good to know! 1y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
What She Knew: A Novel | Gilly Macmillan
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Rachel Jenner and her son, Ben, are walking in Bristol Park when he ask if he can run ahead and she says yes. She doesn‘t think there is nothing to worry about but then Ben disappears.

This story delves into how the media and internet affects a investigation and the family who are victims of a crime. How every word they say and action they take is scrutinized and theorized about.

I really enjoyed the story and characters.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Breakfast of champions. (Jk I really want some waffles right now).

Smrloomis Totally with you on the waffles 😂 1y
RadicalReader @That-Bookish-Hiker love waffles always wonderful 1y
That-Bookish-Hiker @Smrloomis @RadicalReader it‘s Thursday and I still haven‘t had waffles. ☹️ but there‘s always the weekend to fix that! Lol 1y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Tried to read but my attention keeps straying to the Argentina vs Iceland game.

#worldcup

TrishB Same 👍🏻 we‘re watching too 1y
KJHowe Can never have too much Messi! 1y
CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 1y
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Kshakal
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This book kept me guessing the whole time... just when I thought I had it figured out something unexpected would happen and make me rethink everything!! An enjoyable summer read!!

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auntlolo
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Just started this book tonight. Anyone read it yet?

BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome to Litsy! 1y
auntlolo Thanks! Trying to figure it all out. :) 1y
Vertabrain I have this on my Kindle, but haven‘t read it yet. I‘ll look forward to hearing your thoughts. 💕 1y
auntlolo I really enjoyed it. I've had a lot of turns and you were questioning who actually did the kidnapping. I thought it was a good book 1y
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Maddycht
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Mehso-so

It was a slow start but I enjoyed it overall.

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Maddycht
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I‘ve made it halfway. The beginning was slow but I‘m enjoying now. Let‘s see how it ends.

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beachbookworm7
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Day 11: Favorite Underrated Book #aprilinbooks18
This mystery story is so good! I read it back in 2016 and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It follows a mother named Rachel who‘s son goes missing one day as she takes him to the park and she wants nothing more than to find him. The reveal at the end was so surprising and I did not see it coming. I highly recommend!!

#lovereading #bookish #booklove #totalbooknerd #bookworm #bookaholic

monkeygirlsmama Stacked 1y
Eggs I loved this too ❣️ 1y
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Oftheashirise
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I usually struggle with mystery books. They either enthrall me or make me so anxious I cannot finish. This book had a unique writing style moving through different narrators and moving through the same events. This helped build an intriguing story arc.

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BeckaroniAndCheese
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There‘s a rare rain storm at home but I‘m 500 miles away waiting on a snowstorm this afternoon. I‘m taking advantage of a few quiet minutes to start on this library grab.

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kristenwithak
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Just picked up this gem! I‘ve heard some great things about it. ❤️📖

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caitlintx
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Mehso-so

Just another predictable crime thriller. If you read it with a British accent with your head I suppose that makes it mildly better. All the usual twists and turns come standard. #read2018

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AmyAgentBor
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A descent page turner, what disturbs me most about this book is how the press tries to crucify Rachel the grieving mother. In my opinion, independence and self confidence are important values for children. I would never have thought twice about allowing my eight year old son to walk ahead on a familiar path that he had been on frequently. Not allowing your child independence causes them to lose their childhood innocence.

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KendallMorganHall
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I‘ve been going through all the Gilly Macmillan books recently and loving them. This is the first book in the Jim Clemo series. It centres around a child abduction in which the mother is blamed by the court of public opinion. Macmillan‘s books are definitely worth a read if you like thrillers and mysteries.

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Taulara
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Time to start a new book!

RadicalReader @Taulara how do you like the book? 2y
Taulara @RadicalReader so far so good! I‘m not very far in to it yet though! 2y
Godmotherx5 Welcome to Litsy! 2y
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Taulara @Godmotherx5 thank you! 2y
Bklover Welcome to Litsy! 2y
Taulara @Bklover thank you! 2y
MissAimz_55 Welcome to litsy!!! 2y
Readsforlife This is on my short list 2y
SilversReviews Her books are good. 2y
Taulara @SilversReviews I think this is maybe only the 2nd one I‘ve read from her. But I have a bunch more on my TBR cause I like her! 2y
SilversReviews @Taulara she is good. ENJOY!! 2y
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TrishBovell
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Anyone ever listen to the audiobook while reading a physical copy? I‘m doing that with this book and I feel like this is a bedtime story that a friend is reading to me.

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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

There were some really intriguing parts to this that definitely kept me going, but I found some of this a little drawn out and boring in some ways. It‘s a lot of different perspectives, which I usually love, but in this it didn‘t really work for me. It just seemed disjointed and I felt like a lot of the detail was unnecessary for the plot. It was an interesting read, just not my favorite.

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jpease89
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Finally pushed past my reading drought! I guess my tip to anyone going through a similar situation would be to give yourself that break and then pick up something really fun and easy on a topic you really enjoy; for me it‘s movies... so a memoir about The Princess Bride made it hard to put down. For my next read, I‘m diving into a big thriller, that so far is keeping me engaged and excited! Can‘t wait to see how the ending plays out for this one!

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smg22
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Loved this book. Hated to reach the end. Looking forward to reading her next one.

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Linda906
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My second book of the snow day was smack dab In the middle of my wheelhouse. My favorite books are mysteries with some suspense sprinkled in. This one fit the bill nicely. I felt like I was inside the minds of every character as they race to find a little boy who is missing. The author did a fantastic job of building the tension of the reader through the desperate thoughts and actions of each damaged character. #LitsyAtoZ #TheLetterW

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Jenna2
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I‘ve decided that I can‘t rate the psychological thriller/mysteries I‘m enjoying on the same scale as the literary fiction I also read. Therefore, they are going to be rated separately in my mind. Allowing me to enjoy both equally.
I really enjoy these as audiobooks. I liked this one especially. I enjoy getting into the heads and minds of the characters as a way to tell the story. This one did so quite well.

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ghandigl
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...if we're not who we imagine we are, then is anybody else? If there's so much potential for others to judge us wrongly, then how can we be sure that our assessment of them in any way resembles the real person that lies underneath?

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ghandigl
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In the eyes of others, we're often not who we imagine ourselves to be.

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intothehallofbooks
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I stayed up late to finish this last night: it was fantastic! It held my attention until the last page and I never was completely sure about the whodunnit until the actual reveal. I love the structure with the alternating POV‘s between the missing child‘s mother and the detective. My favorite detail is that DI Jim Clemo has insomnia/anxiety - I LOVE detectives with personal issues that spill over into their work.

Audio is fabulous! I recommend.

keithmalek Staying up late to finish a book is called a book hangover. 2y
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intothehallofbooks
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Halfway thru this and I‘m enjoying it! I‘m listening to the audiobook too and the dual narration is great. There was a huge reveal just a few pages ago and I WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW.

#currentlyreading #currentlylistening

Bette So good! 👍😊 2y
intothehallofbooks @Bette YES!!! 😃 2y
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whatsthEStorey
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Sometimes when I get really wrapped up in what I'm reading, it puts me in the mood of the book. This book is fraught, anxious, and desperate. I was a delight. I finished it at the library.

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whatsthEStorey
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In the eyes of others, we're often not who we imagine ourselves to be.