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A Good Marriage
A Good Marriage | Kimberly McCreight
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A Good Marriage is a smart, provocative, insightful page-turner. I couldnt put it down. Harlan Coben, author of Run Away Big Little Lies meets Presumed Innocent in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, in which a womans brutal murder reveals the perilous compromises some couples makeand the secrets they keepin order to stay together. Lizzie Kitsakis is working late when she gets the call. Grueling hours are standard at elite law firms like Young & Crane, but theyd be easier to swallow if Lizzie was there voluntarily. Until recently, shed been a happily underpaid federal prosecutor. That job and her brilliant, devoted husband Samshe had everything shed ever wanted. And then, suddenly, it all fell apart. No. Thats a lie. It wasnt sudden, was it? Long ago the cracks in Lizzies marriage had started to show. She was just good at averting her eyes. The last thing Lizzie needs right now is a call from an inmate at Rikers asking for helpeven if Zach Grayson is an old friend. But Zach is desperate: his wife, Amanda, has been found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their Brooklyn brownstone. And Zachs the primary suspect. As Lizzie is drawn into the dark heart of idyllic Park Slope, she learns that Zach and Amanda werent what they seemedand that their friends, a close-knit group of fellow parents at the exclusive Brooklyn Country Day school, might be protecting troubling secrets of their own. In the end, shes left wondering not only whether her own marriage can be saved, but what it means to have a good marriage in the first place.
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Well_Read_Redhead
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I can't decide betweeen 3.5 and 4 stars. Probably because it was on audio so the twists towards the end were hard for me to follow. I also felt that the final reveal was a bit underwhelming. Maybe its one of those "it's not the book, it's my attention span" situations.

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Mary_Reads
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Definitely in a thriller/mystery mood when I picked out my Book Of The Month books for February. I'm a huge fan of the Agatha Christie books I've read so far so I'm looking forward to Death On The Nile.

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Christyco125
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Can you believe this beauty has been lying around for a week waiting to be opened? For shame!!
#BOTM

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Christyco125
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I went ahead and skipped the monthly picks. A River Enchanted looked interesting but I didn‘t want a series. I decided on the tagged from the add on list. #BOTM

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Traci1
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I went with a member fave this month for my #botm. What did you pick?

PathfinderNicole I grabbed the tagged because it sounded interesting but mostly because I really wanted The Christie Affair!! 10mo
Traci1 @PathfinderNicole I would have skipped this month if it weren't for The Christie Affair. 10mo
marleed I really wanted the Christie affair too. I heard it‘s Reese‘s Feb bookclub pick which means when I‘m reading it I‘ll be judging it on how well I think it could adapt to screen. I have fun adding that element to Reese‘s picks! 10mo
Traci1 @marleed ooh, I didn't know it was her pick. Wonder if that means it'll have the "sticker." 10mo
marleed @Traci1 I keep watching for the sticker to see if this is the right guess. That same source also has Black Cake for Jenna‘s Feb pick. Reese‘s bookclub pick gives 2 clues and a lie. If ‘come with an appetite‘ is the lie then I think the other 2 clues match this book! 10mo
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cjk
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1) 🎧 tagged title, and 📚 One More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokski.

2) Tie between The Maid by Nita Prose, and Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham.

3) Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker on audio.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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atl_scfl
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I have been in somewhat of a reading slump, but this book pulled me right back into thrillers! Lizzie, a lawyer, gets a call from an old classmate whose wife was found dead and he is jn jail. You quickly learn everyone in this affluent Brooklyn neighborhood has secrets. The story is told from Lizzie and Amanda's (the dead wife) point of view. Lots of twists and turns. Highly recommended!

Bec_lectic Glad it‘s good cause it‘s on my list! 1y
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Amiable
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Thank goodness for a fully-stocked e-reader when you‘re waiting at the podiatrist and he‘s running an hour late. 😖

DebbieGrillo How are you liking this one? Have you read others by Kimberly McCreight? 1y
CarolynM I always take a book to any sort of health care appointment. Actually, I take a book most places, but I know I'm definitely going to need it then🙂 1y
Amiable @DebbieGrillo It‘s ok. A quick read. I‘ve also read “Reconstructing Amelia,” which I thought was also fairly decent. 1y
Amiable @CarolynM Yes! For this particular doctor, I make sure to bring my e-reader because he always runs late and I don‘t want to finish a book and not have anything else to read. 😀 1y
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Book 97

I listened to A Good Marriage, a thriller/mystery/family drama, about a lawyer, struggling in her marriage to an alcoholic, who's called on as by a law school friend to defend him from the charge of murdering his wife. It's layered, complex, and not predictable. A good listen, though not lastingly memorable. 3.5 stars

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MotherOfCats
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I think Watson was hoping there were pictures…

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MotherOfCats
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I guess I should grab another book?

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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I very much enjoyed this crime drama/murder mystery. I thought the author did a good job using a murder mystery to highlight flaws in seemingly perfect marriages. The characters were amazingly despicable. Certain characters I felt were more realistic than others. I recommend for crime drama lovers. This was my #bookspin No. 5 pick!

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Kris10H
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Mehso-so

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When you feel like you're forcing yourself to get through a book...
I was just over halfway through, and about to give up, when things finally started happening, and pieces finally started to fit together. The second half was better, but not enough to make up for the first half. Overall, the book was just kind of "Meh".

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Victoria6
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Book #9

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Thousand-Lives
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The ending was a bit convoluted, but overall I really enjoyed this book. I loved the format - alternating perspectives with grand jury transcripts interspersed. I‘m definitely adding this author‘s backlist to my TBR.

AmyG I thought this was a really good thriller. 2y
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BittersweetBooks
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Given the right circumstances, anyone was capable of anything🩸💬

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LeslieO
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February was a great reading month. I think a few of these will be on my favorites of the year list. #FebruaryReading

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Sharpeipup
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My library hold for the tagged book never came in time and I cannot find a book with a bell on the cover so #festiveflicks ends with 8 bingos.
Thank you @Traci1 for such a fun & creative challenge.

Traci1 Great Job! I've added them to my list. 🙂 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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I have loved other books from this author, but this one isn‘t as good. The pacing is a bit too variable and I felt like she tried to weave too many things together at the end and it didn‘t quite work. However, I did enjoy most of the read.

Kris10H I'm halfway through... and I feel like I have had to force myself to get this far. Trying to decide if I should bail... 1y
Hooked_on_books @Kris10H I say bail and read one of her earlier books instead. They‘re much better! 1y
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LibrarianBanana
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"Eventually all you're left with is somebody who sees you for who you really are. And sooner or later, they hold up a mirror and you're forced to see for yourself. And who the hell can live with that?"

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!🙂 2y
LibrarianBanana @Nute Thank you! I am thrilled to have found this community, I hope to settle in with all the floor book lovers. 📚 💕 2y
Chrissyreadit Welcome to Litsy!!! Here is a link that will help you both navigate it and get to know it- the picture is a hyperlink to a thread with all the activities we could add to it- and if you follow everyone in that thread you will have a great beginning feed. The other two links will help you use Litsy - and are very helpful! https://sites.google.com/view/litsywelcomewagon/home 2y
LibrarianBanana @Chrissyreadit Thank you! I will read through it. :) 2y
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Kangaj1
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#doublebookspin #bookspinbingo This was just an ok book for me. I felt like the plotting was a little out of control...like too much going on? @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes it feels like the editor didn't cull out the extra plot-lines like they needed to. 2y
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Mitch
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Thank you so much Amy. I always discover new books and authors with you that swiftly become some of my favourite reads. Looking forward to this one. Thank you honey. Have a lovely, lovely holiday season 😘

AmyG You are so welcome. Wishing you and M (and pets) a lovely Christmas! 😘 2y
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DarkMina
A Good Marriage | Kimberly McCreight
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#97 of 2020. This book started out a little slow but definitely reeled me in as the story progressed. Lots of twists and turns with a surprising conclusion. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#kimberlymccreight #thriller

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FelinesAndFelonies
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"Forgiveness is a side effect of love," he said finally. And sadly, almost. "If you are going to be married, share the ups and downs of life. What other choice is there?"

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FelinesAndFelonies
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120 pages into Addie and I still hate it. Using my COVID+ isolation to read A Good Marriage. I think it's really good so far. Made it further in a morning than I have in 3 weeks with Addie. 😷📖

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I hope isolation goes quickly. Are you asymptomatic? 2y
FelinesAndFelonies @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick unfortunately, no. I got the full-blown "mild" case. It is definitely not the flu. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That sucks! You have not sympathies & well wishes. 💛 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

Listened on #audiobook

Entertaining but a bit too convoluted and outrageous to be a full pick for me.

valeriegeary I concur. 🙌🏻 2y
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Lmckaffey
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Current Read.

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Mtroiano
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I could not put this one down!

Kappadeemom I loved it! 2y
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Kappadeemom
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Coffee, mimosa and a new book 👍

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hes7
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#AwesomeAugust

9. A Good Marriage (#botm) 4⭐️
10. A Heart of Blood and Ashes 4⭐️
11. An Extraordinary Union (reread) 4⭐️
12. A Hope Divided (reread) 4⭐️

#boutofbooks

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 2y
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Victoriahoperose
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I definitely enjoyed this legal thriller. I thought that the author did a great job of bringing everything together in a very comprehensive way. I really stayed interested in this one from start to finish. By the end, I was still guessing on how it was going to come together and did not expect it to end the way that it did. It was definitely a very well thought out book with a great story!

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Jilly6183
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Very decent legal thriller! I had it figured out pretty early but there were definitely some unexpected turns throughout. And the underlying theme - that no marriage is perfect and at times it can even be lonely - to be very relatable.

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KristenDuck
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Lizzie is an attorney out to defend long time friend Zach after he is accused of murdering his wife Amanda. No break-in, blood all over the floor, a golf club at the scene... it must be the husband.

But Amanda is determined to prove his innocence. Told across a timeline from both Amanda and Lizzie‘s points of view - it‘s great.

Lizzie is also dealing with her own husband Sam, who is also an alcoholic, who has made more than one mistake himself.

Reagan This has been my bedtime kobo book! I‘m just about halfway and really enjoying it. 2y
KristenDuck @Reagan I liked the second half better than the first so I think you‘ll enjoy the rest! 2y
Cedricsmom I read this. Audio book. 2y
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jnine13
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A little Sunday reading by the lake🌞

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MicheleinPhilly
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This was a fun holiday type read. Taut plotting and genuinely suspenseful. Definitely a cut above previous #BOTM thriller choices. 👍🏼

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MicheleinPhilly
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Double fisting day. #currentlyreading

kspenmoll Your way with words makes me smile!! 2y
MicheleinPhilly @kspenmoll ☺️ Thank you. That just made ME smile. 2y
Reggie Lol 2y
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LatrelWhite
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Started this yesterday and already hooked!👍🏽🎧

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akfreeborn
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My July reads were on the whole a great group- 9 in total. Only one nonfiction choice and I finally read Olive Kitteridge which was great and Trust Exercise which was just ok. Parakeet was very clever and Emma Straub‘s latest was my favorite of hers so far. McCreight‘s latest was twisty and fun. Oona Out of Order really worked for me and was very thoughtful. May my August stack be as satisfying.

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BookBelle84
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This was a great legal/murder mystery. I loved the perspective from the defense attorney and I thought the law side of how they prepare a case was fascinating. The different marriages and all the other issues resulted in a fascinating well weaved story.

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What a twisty ride! Is Zach guilty of killing his sweet wife Amanda? I never saw the ending coming! Had some "Big Little Lies" vibes going on too.

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rather_be_reading
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Before bed reading time.

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rather_be_reading
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Some good quality porch time ☕

MizzGraham I love your porch space 😊 2y
Fantasy_bookworm Looks cozy! 2y
rather_be_reading @Fantasy_bookworm ty! i can stay there for hours when the weather permits 2y
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akfreeborn
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This was very entertaining with interesting even if not like able characters. Everyone has flaws and vulnerabilities. It unfolds nicely and is set in July in Park Slope so perfect time to read this one.

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Lindsayywong
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3/5 for me. I love thrillers- this is my go-to category but this one took a long time to get interesting and I just didn‘t love the characters. Twists were honestly pretty predictable.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 #litsywelcomewagon 2y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳🌺📚 2y
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Jeannineth
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Just started this today. This is my second book by this author. I very much enjoyed Reconstructing Amelia.

erzascarletbookgasm They ‘dog‘ is so cute! 💙 2y
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