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The Holdout
The Holdout: A Novel | Graham Moore
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From the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and bestselling author of The Last Days of Night: a jury on a murder trial is deadlocked when a young woman manages to turn the tide to acquit; now, a decade later, she must face the consequences when a fellow juror is killed and she is the prime suspect. It's the most sensational case of the decade. Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar real estate fortune, vanishes on her way home from school. Her teacher Bobby Nock is the prime suspect after illicit text messages are discovered between them--and Jessica's blood is found in his car. The subsequent trial taps straight into America's most pressing preoccupations: race, class, sex, law enforcement, and the lurid sins of the rich and famous. It's an open and shut case for the prosecution, and a quick conviction seems all but guaranteed. Until Maya Seale, a young woman on the jury, convinced of Nock's innocence, persuades the rest of the jurors to return the verdict of not guilty, a controversial decision that will change all of their lives forever. Flash forward ten years. A true-crime docuseries reassembles the jurors, with particular focus on Maya, now a defense attorney herself. When one of the jurors is found dead in Maya's hotel room, all evidence points to her as the killer. Now, she must prove her own innocence--by getting to the bottom of a case that is far from closed. As the present-day murder investigation weaves together with the story of what really happened during their deliberation, told by each of the jurors in turn, the secrets they have all been keeping threaten to come out--with drastic consequences for all involved.
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thereadingreference
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More legal thrillers like this please!!

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tjwill
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It took me a long time to finish this one because it just didn‘t keep my attention well enough to devote much time to it at once. I am glad I continued reading it; the ending tied up a lot of loose ends and was satisfying. It‘s told in alternating timelines, past and present, about the trial that changed all the characters‘ lives. The past sections switch between all the jurors, and the present focuses on Maya, the juror who influenced the others.

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Akauffmann
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rjsthumbelina
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Wow, I'm so glad I read this book! The mysteries were great, the storytelling and character depth were excellent, and the social commentary was interesting and on point! This is definitely underhyped, and is now one of my favorite mystery books of all time.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter 16pts
#wickedathon #fallintoreading #spookoweenreadathon #trickortreatathon #spooktober #itsbritneywitch #bookspinbingo
7 readathons x 10 pts x 7 hrs =490 pts+16=506

rjsthumbelina I forgot #outstandingOctober! That's an additional 30 pts, bc I only read the last 3 hours of this during that particular readathon 1y
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readswellwithothers
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I really liked this! Smart, twisty, quick.

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HeatherBookNerd
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Enjoyed this mystery within a mystery. There were a few surprises tossed in at the end that were quite a stretch. But I liked the courtroom/jury room bits.

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Curvybookgirl
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Absolutely loved this book club pick. A really interesting concept with an imaginative ending

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eeclayton
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This was a great legal thriller. There were lots of characters, but each one had their backstory and a unique set of motivations. I guessed the solution of one of the mysteries, but the other one surprised me. Also, what the group did after the first mystery was solved, although a bit far-fetched, was thought-provoking and fit the story.

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keys_on_fire
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A page turner that had me still trying to figure it out at the end. It also had me questioning what I know about our justice system. Would definitely recommend!

#bookspinbingo - April square 3

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keys_on_fire
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This sentence... ⚡️

I found myself doing this same thing when my relationship ended. Putting away the dreams you once had can be harder than it seems...

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EadieB
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#20in4 #Readathon #TheHoldout #GrahamMoore

A jury on a murder trial is deadlocked when a young woman manages to turn the tide to acquit; a decade later, she must face the consequences when a fellow juror is killed and she is the prime suspect. This was a page-turning and twisty plot which questions our jury system and modern justice. Moore has done an excellent job with this book and I look forward to reading The Sherlockian by him. Recommended.

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TrishB
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What a great legal thriller- twists all the way through. Really enjoyed this, stopped trying to work it all out and just went with the flow because there was some crazy twists 😁
Currently 99p on kindle in U.K., most definitely worth it!

MsMelissa This sounds great! Alas it is not on sale here 😢 I wish Kobo had a Brit book subscription option like Amazon Prime has with Brit Box for TV shows (my husband has been binge watching every British crime/police drama ever created 😂). 2y
TrishB @MsMelissa that‘s so annoying when that happens! All the prices in different countries is a bit bonkers! 2y
Cathythoughts Thanks Trish ...99p 👍🏻 I‘m getting it 2y
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Cathythoughts Looks good , got it 👍🏻first purchase of the day ( it‘s not 7 yet 🤣... 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts brilliant 👍🏻 great start to the week. 2y
Cathythoughts Hi Trish , I received something from -Amazon today ... so I‘m thinking it‘s you. I‘ll wait till my birthday to open 👍🏻Thankyou so much ! I‘ll post when I open 😘 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts I just had the delivery notification 😁 ♥️ 2y
Cathythoughts You‘re so good ❤️ 2y
Caroline2 Sounds good. Just got it on the kindle. Thanks for the heads up. 😉 2y
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TrishB
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#weeklyforecast
These have caught my eye for the moment and our #buddyread for Underland.
Probably start The Holdout today.

Cinfhen I liked the HC 2y
squirrelbrain I liked Saints for All Occasions.... 2y
BarbaraBB The Holdout was one of my favorite thrillers last year! 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB that‘s good votes for this week 😁 2y
Cinfhen Wow!!! Favs all around 💕 2y
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kezzlou85
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Wow what a thrill ride this was. There are so many twists and turns in this story. JUst when you think you have it figured out bam, another twist, The plot is quite pacy and builds to an ending that leaves you just sat there thinking wow. I found myself wondering what I would have done in her situation. That ending is so well done though. The story is well written and gives an interesting insight into the jury after a trial. #netgalley 4*

rather_be_reading One of my fav books of 2020! 2y
kezzlou85 @rather_be_reading it was so good. 2y
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MallenNC
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1. Other than reading and working, I‘m putting up my new kitchen organizer. Pandemic excitement!
2. I have a great reading chair but any place is great.
3. Well, I work in PR like Agatha Raisin and I‘m a little nosey too. But not enough to solve crimes.

#MotivationalMonday @Cupcake12

Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView

mandarchy That is a good question. I rarely meet myself in books. I may need to write one... 2y
Cupcake12 Thanks for playing x 2y
TheSpineView You're welcome! 2y
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Sargar114
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I can‘t believe I ever put this one down...but life sometimes. This was a non stop crime drama with multiple mysteries to unravel. Told in the present from the perspective of Maya, a defense attorney who was a former juror on the sensational trial ten years prior. Her current story is told excellently by weaving in the past perspectives of her fellow jurors when one of them turns up dead at a reunion. Highly recommend!

Sargar114 Pic is my lunch since I already put the book away to loan to a friend 2y
Caroline2 Yum 😋 2y
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Sargar114
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November #bookspinbingo wrap up. Not as good as I hoped, but still pretty decent for me. Between covid and a couple of bummer books, my reading was slower than I had hoped earlier on in the month. About 70% in the tagged book, so I‘ll try and finish that this week and 20% into The Broken girls so just a square short of the bingo...kinda. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Sargar114 But knocked out the #bookspin 👎 2y
Sargar114 And breezed through my #doublespin 👍 (edited) 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! It's always annoying when you get stuck on a book that just isn't working! 2y
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Amor4Libros
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This one did not disappoint. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BOTM

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Amor4Libros
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Have high expectations for this one. I love legal thrillers! #BOTM

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Kappadeemom
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Finished this #LMPBC pick and sending it out this week. I really enjoyed our group and the books we read! @suvata

@shellleigh33 @Velvetsun @BarkingMadRun

BarkingMadRead I‘ll be starting mine today and mailing it out by the weekend, I‘m sure! 2y
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Kappadeemom
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Finishing this today for #LMPBC ❤️❤️❤️@suvata

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Loveforlit2
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I flew through this one after dragging my heels during another book. Suspenseful and an interesting perspective on the criminal justice system.

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Rissa1
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I didn't finish the stack, but I made a dent. I also finished the Kindle book I was reading, and the book I was reading when I started the readathon. Though I didn't meet all my goals I am happy with my results. I was able to have quality family and reading time, life is good. Thanks @Andrew65 #SuperSeptember

Andrew65 This is great, well done 👏👏👏🙌🙌🍾🥂🍾🥂🥳🥳 2y
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One_With_Books
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I was expecting a better ending. A bit more exciting so only 4 stars. I do recommend it for anyone that likes a good murder mystery cause it did have a good amount of both.

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Rissa1
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My antisocial feline is having a rare social moment, she is snuggling on me while I read for #SuperSeptember.

wanderinglynn Aw, ❤️🐱 2y
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Kappadeemom
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Got this today for #lmpbc Can‘t wait to read it!
@BarkingMadRun @shellleigh33 @Velvetsun @suvata

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DAB
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Just came across this book and is adding to my future reads.

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One_With_Books
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So far, I‘m really enjoying this book! It has yet to disappoint 😬

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One_With_Books
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What a great way to start off a story other than there‘s a head in a glove box 😂

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BarkingMadRead
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Received this yesterday for #LMPBC so I‘m going to start it today! Perfect timing!! @shellleigh33 @Kappadeemom @Velvetsun

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CoffeeK8
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📚 25 books read this month
📚 6 BIPOC authors
📚 3 LGBTQIA+ (2 were anthologies that had at least 1 author who publicly identifies as such)
📚 15 books by women
📚 4 audiobooks
📚 10 library books
📚 3 #botm books
📚 2 #mtTBR
#bestofaugust #august2020

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CoffeeK8
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Terrific courtroom drama/who-dun-it. I love the perspective of the members of the jury and Maya‘s perspective as a juror turned lawyer.

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Sargar114
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Change of plan on my last hoorah of #bookspinbingo for August, since I‘m not gonna get a bingo anyway, will try and read this one I borrowed from my mom. 🤞🤞🤞

TheAromaofBooks I've heard some good things about this one, so I'm interested to hear what you think!! 2y
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rather_be_reading
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Best underrated book of the year!!! Wow! This book had one of the best hook beginnings ever! This book was not anything I expected. There were twists everywhere up until the very last page! As someone who works in the legal system I held off reading this for a while and now I am kicking myself for waiting. Dang this was fascinating for a piece of fiction.

MayJasper Great review 👍😊 2y
Jemgirl2014 I'm really enjoying it so far! 2y
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Jemgirl2014 @rather_be_reading I loved it too but I was do disappointed in the ending. Such s miscarriage of justice. However, that only makes the book even more realistic. 🤷🏾‍♀️ 2y
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BookBelle84
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Graham Moore is such a talented writer. No matter the topic he always comes across as an expert. I have loved every book and this one was no exception. It would make a great book club pick there are so many hot topics in the pages. What I found the most interesting was looking at a case from a jury perspective and how each person can reach the same verdict for a different reason and they are all right. This book gave me a lot to think about.

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The Masked Reader!

Velvetfur Haha! Great pic! A responsible mask wearer 😁👍🏻 2y
Freespirit The look of 2020! 2y
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rather_be_reading
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Everybody wants to know. But maybe growing up means accepting that youre not always able.

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rather_be_reading
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Im back on the train starting today! I am the only one in my car.

Leftcoastzen Now that‘s what I call social distancing! 2y
Kaylamburson I'm glad your first day isn't too overwhelming! Where are you based? 2y
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rather_be_reading @Kaylamburson tysm! I am in Southern California. 2y
Kaylamburson It looks so clean! I had assumed you must be outside of the US lol. But maybe NYC/NJ are only super disgusting lol 2y
rather_be_reading @Kaylamburson haha thx! i never thought it as clean but prob compared to NY it is 2y
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Book 149 of 2020
#botm #botmbacklist

Gnora I have this one in my TBR! I need to get around to it. 2y
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Addison_Reads
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#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Sometimes a good legal thriller is exactly the book I need. I'll admit that the ending becomes a bit unbelievable, but it works within the confines of the story.

It's a fast paced read that kept me intrigued through the last page without making me overthink anything so that I could just enjoy the journey.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Velvetsun
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RL kept getting in the way, but I‘ll finally be mailing out my ##lmpbc book this weekend. I enjoyed it! @shellleigh33
@Kappadeemom @BarkingMadRun

BarkingMadRead Mine is ready for mailing, who do I mail to? This is my first time! 3y
Velvetsun @BarkingMadRun I do believe @Kappadeemom is who you ship your book to. 🙂 3y
BarkingMadRead Thanks!! 3y
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shellleigh33 Hey @Velvetsun was wondering if you have mailed this month #LMPBC book yet. I have yet to get it 2y
Velvetsun @shellleigh33 I did. I will double check the tracking. I was just getting ready to mail off the next book as well. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
shellleigh33 @Velvetsun was your ever able to check on that tracking bc I still haven‘t got the book. I hope it didn‘t get lost in the mail or sent to the wrong place 🤷‍♀️😩 2y
Velvetsun @shellleigh33 post office still had it listed as ‘in transit to the destination” until Saturday - when it changed to “pending”. Then the book, in a plastic Usps bag....not the original padded envelop...was returned this morning. I‘ll get it back in the mail on Wednesday with the next book as well. I‘m sorry for the delay. 😕😕😕 2y
shellleigh33 That is perfectly fine @Velvetsun. I was just worried it had got lost in the mail. 2y
shellleigh33 Hey @Velvetsun was still wondering if you was reading the last book in our group (Thunderhead). I never got it so I could sent it on to @BarkingMadRun I‘m hoping it didn‘t get lost in the mail 😢 2y
Velvetsun @shellleigh33 I sent the book out a while ago. So much has been going on lately, it honestly slipped my mind when I didn‘t hear anything else from the group. 🙁 2y
shellleigh33 Maybe it is lost in all this mail right now. I will keep my eye out for it. Maybe it will get here shortly. 2y
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In courtrooms all across this city, Maya had seen people get verdicts they‘d wanted, and she‘d seen just as many get ones they didn‘t. But the verdicts had nothing to do with the truth. No verdict ever changed a person‘s opinion. Juries weren‘t gods. 👨‍⚖️🏢⚖️

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Lindsayywong
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I liked this one a lot! The ending got a bit much for me, but up till then it was very good! I really enjoyed all the characters and the development of the story. Very fitting for the current time and culture too!

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crazyspine
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56 books total. It was difficult to categorize because I don't know if how I perceive people is how they identify. I have read 10 books by black people, 4 books by nonblack LatinX people; I don't know any of these authors identify as a POC. I'm Latina, and I'm white. I read 1 book by an Asian man, 0 non-LatinX indigenous, and 1 LGBTQIA+ collab w/ various authors. The Holdout is my favorite book published in 2020. @chasingom @Emilymdxn

Emilymdxn You‘re absolutely right about it being impossible/inadvisable to try to categorise every author perfectly! Good job winding your way through it 3y
ChasingOm I really liked the Holdout too! Im loving how everyone is being so conscientious of how people can‘t (and shouldn‘t!) be pigeonholed. ❤️ 3y
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Velvetsun
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@Kappadeemom @shellleigh33 @BarkingMadRun

All ready for the #lmpbc! 😊👍🏻❤️

shellleigh33 😊 Can‘t wait to read this one! 3y
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MicheleinPhilly
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It is easy to see why the author is an award-winning screenwriter. I inhaled this in a way I haven‘t with any book in months. Really crisp plotting and characterizations. If you have been slumping or struggling to focus on books over the past few months, this is a good mojo reclaimer. 4🌟

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Kelsyereadsbooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 yes to this one! the ending fell flat for me, but it was gripping and solid all the way through!

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Karen3
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This one took a bit to get into, but once it got good, I couldn't stop. And that ending!!!! I love when a book wraps up with a surprise punch. A lot I could see coming, but some of the twists were a fun ride. #BOTM 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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EmG
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Loved this. Fast paced. Multiple POV. Twisty. Legal Mystery. So entertaining!