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The Roanoke Girls
The Roanoke Girls: A Novel | Amy Engel
Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die. After her mother's suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother's mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ranfast and far away. Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again. As it weaves between Lanes first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.
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Djspens
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I spent most of the weekend reading! I've read 3 books so far this year, and this was one of the good ones. It gets a little disturbing but that seems to be the books I like 😁

kyraleseberg I picked up a copy at Dollar Tree the other day! I'm excited to get started soon. 2w
Djspens @kyraleseberg I hope you like it! 2w
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Wow! This book has been on my wishlist since the summer based upon a recommendation. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I could not put this book down. If you were ever a fan of V.C. Andrews, this book is for you. It was so wrong, yet it was so good.

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MumWhoLovesToRead
Pickpick

Great read one of my favourites for 2019

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #litsywelcomewagon 3mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗👏🏻🎉 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hello & Welcome 💖📚💖 3mo
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Heatherfeather
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Pickpick

DARK. And yet I blew through it in like 2 days.

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Caroline2
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Pickpick

Ohhh, I really enjoyed this dark and twisted thriller. I stayed up way too late reading it last night; I just had to know how it all ended! The writing style reminded me of Gillian Flynn (it‘s a bit like sharp objects - but better!!) highly recommend! 4.5 stars. 👍🏻

Cathythoughts Sounds like a good one 👍🏻stacked 7mo
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Pickpick

Topic a little disturbing but a really good, well written, fast paced book.

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Addison_Reads
Roanoke Girls | Amy Engel
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Mehso-so

This was a recent audiobook, and I'll admit, at times I had to step away due to the subject matter. This book follows a family with a dark, disturbing secret that shapes the lives of not only the girls involved, but those closest to them.

I liked the switch between different girls in the past and present. It gave a nice depth to the story, but sadly I didn't like any of the characters.

Fulfilled #Kansas for #ReadingUSA2019 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle I have this on my to read list! 8mo
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Bookgirl
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Mehso-so

Ugh. Ok here‘s what‘s good...pacing, readability, one of the book‘s subplot mysteries. Here‘s what is bad...main plot, unbelievable characters and situations, and a completely gross underlying thread. Expect over the top shock value - I continually thought ok sure this could happen but then also THIS AND THIS?!?! I debated even finishing the book but did and while it was readable, I‘m not able to really recommend it and feel good about myself 😂

Bookgirl I kept thinking it‘s VC Andrews but even more twisted. 9mo
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1MoreChapter
Roanoke Girls | Amy Engel
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Although the subject matter was just wrong on every level the story sucks you in and you can't put this book down until the last page. ☀️🌬️
#bookphotography

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JillR
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Pickpick

As I think everyone else has said this is dark, disturbing, twisted, unsettling, nasty, but...also incredibly compelling. And awful. Couldn‘t put it down. Despite the difficult subject, it was bizarrely not a difficult read. Although having said that I think I‘m ready for a break from books about incredibly dysfunctional families!

minkyb Great review! 11mo
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JillR
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Just started and enjoying this already. One bonus about too much train/tram time today is the extra reading...

Cathythoughts Sounds interesting 👍🏻♥️ 11mo
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Lexareads
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Amazing! For a full review check out my blog at relentlessbookishreader.wordpress.com

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. Follow @LitsyHappenings to find out about various challenges, buddy reads, meet-ups and swaps taking place. 12mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 12mo
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Mc_cart_ny
Roanoke Girls | Amy Engel
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This kitty is keeping me company 😻 #HalfBloodBingo #CatsofLitsy

BookBabe 😻😻😻 12mo
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Vreyes
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It was so dark, twisted and sick. I enjoyed it and give it four stars even tho I need a second to recover from the madness.

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Vreyes
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About to start my second book! For the #24in48 I finished station 11 and it was amazing

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Bookish.SAM
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Panpan

My 1st completion for #24in48 (It was a partially finished). I found this to be absolutely awful. Yes, some disturbing content, but it wasn‘t even that. Pretty much every action/reaction/relationship/ blame, everything seemed totally off-base to me. Everything seemed disproportionate to the situation. Where ppl should have been pissed, they seemed ‘meh‘ and thing that should have been minor they got enraged about. Hated this (I rarely say that!)

Bookworm83 I hated this book, too 😝 12mo
Bookish.SAM Glad I‘m not alone @Bookworm83 !! As per Goodreads so many people seemed to love it. I couldn‘t stop rolling my eyes listening to it. Can‘t believe I even finished it. 12mo
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Bookish.SAM
Roanoke Girls | Amy Engel
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I‘ve been inspired by the #LitsyWalkers as of late and was hoping to join in and finally finish up this #audiobook (that I‘m really disliking thus far) but with temperatures like this I‘ll be hibernating for the next couple of days. Hopefully we get a little break from this sh*t soon. 🤞😫❄️

rabbitprincess Yeah, it is cold! I went to the library without my glasses so that I could bundle up more 😰🌬 12mo
Bookish.SAM When we‘re in typical Ottawa deep freeze But you need some books, you do what you gotta do @rabbitprincess😜 Props to you for venturing out. I did a library stop yesterday knowing full well I was going to avoid leaving the house this weekend. 12mo
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BooksAndTea97
Roanoke Girls | Amy Engel
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My #adventrecommends day 3 book is The Roanoke Girls.

This is the most disturbing yet so beautifully written book I have ever read.
If you like feel good, fluffy, everything-will-be-alright books this is NOT for you.

But if you do like crazy thrillers you should give it a try.
I would give a content warning but it would just be a spoiler. So try the book if you have a strong stomach.

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BooksAndTea97
Roanoke Girls | Amy Engel
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I'm a bit late to the game but I just discovered #adventrecommends by @emilyrose_x and I decided to join.
Here are my recommendations for the first 3 days (I'll add a little more info later for each one in the next posts)

⛄Day 1: Vampire Academy
⛄Day 2: It's Kind Of A Funny Story
⛄Day 3: Roanoke Girls

These are just so good. In a totally different way.

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TheLibrarian
Roanoke Girls | Amy Engel
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#ebookdeal on this messed up book!

candority Thanks for sharing! I just bought it 😊 14mo
TheLibrarian @candority You‘re welcome! I hope you enjoy it. 14mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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📚 The Roanoke Girls
📚 Alyson Richman
📚 Rugrats 🤷🏼‍♀️ can‘t think of one!!
📚 rolls!!!! 😋😋

#ManicMonday
#LetterR

JoScho Rugrats was awesome! 😊 1y
BooksAndTea97 Amazing book! 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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This book... the family secrets were a #nightmare 😱😱 I kept reading because I had to know the answers!!

**lots of trigger warnings

#BlackCatChallenge

Book_Fairy_Mary I do love uncovering some deep, dark family secrets! 1y
Reviewsbylola Great picture! 🖤 1y
TheRomantiCate Ugh, I‘ve been looking for this one for ages!! 1y
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tammysue Neat picture! 1y
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SW-T
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Lane‘s mother commits suicide and she discovers that she has grandparents and a cousin who want her and want her to come live with them. Unfortunately, it‘s not the good fortune she assumed it was. Lane and her cousin react in different ways to the family legacy that drives the women in their family to either run away or kill themselves. Creepy crawlies all the way through this one with emphasis on the “eewww” factor.

#incest #darkandtwisted

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Rachellynnwright
Roanoke Girls | Amy Engel
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#24in48 hour 18 challenge: what‘s on my nightstand? The state of my nightstand constantly changes, from buried under piles of books to only being graced with one. Regardless, there is always a book within reach at all times!

Reviewsbylola Loved Running With Scissors! ✂️ 2y
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Mamashep
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This month‘s book club read. Don‘t think this one‘s going to have a happy ending. The beginning sure isn‘t! #bookclubread #saturdaynightread

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toofondofbooks
Roanoke Girls | Amy Engel
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Mehso-so

Well if you like stories about seriously screwed up families this is for you. I don't think I liked this very much. I had too many "oh come on" ? moments.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#FamilyProblems

#AprilBookishMadness

The Nest is still on my tbr list, but The Roanoke girls definitely had some major family problems going on!!!

Beckys_Books The Nest is good, haven't read the other book 2y
Lola This one is a nice follow-up/companion to The Nest 2y
Bookladylinda Loved The Nest 2y
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introvertedbooks What beautiful covers😍 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Lola I‘ll look it up!! 2y
emilyhaldi Uh, yeah!! The Roanoke Girls are the epitome of #familyproblems 😳 2y
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ReadingRover
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Pickpick

So disturbing but so beautifully written.

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raeintheworld
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Bailedbailed

This book was too icky for me. There are secrets and self-destructive behavior, but there‘s also really disturbing sexual predation, which I cannot handle.

ErinSueMreads Don‘t ever read Lolita 🤮 2y
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ReadingRover
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In the end we either run or we die.

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KennedyBooks
Roanoke Girls | Amy Engel
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Both the Roanoke Girls and The Girls I really enjoyed. Both took me to a dark place where I needed to read something more lighthearted afterwards- but still I really got into both of them! Anyone else a sucker for punishment when it comes to books- that can change your entire mood but you will still continue to read that genre?! #summerreads #darkreads

KennedyBooks They‘re also both really gritty I think- like my current read cottonmouths! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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All #innocence was lost in this dark and creepy family... I enjoyed this book, but it was twisted and hard to read at times. (Trigger warnings)

A day late!! Lol
#MagicalMarch

ephemeralwaltz Stacked!! 2y
GatheringBooks loving the framing of that book. :) 🙌🏼 2y
JoScho Are you feeling better? 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JoScho not much.. so much congestion and fluid in my ears... started antibiotic yesterday. Thank you for checking on me ☺️😘 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @GatheringBooks thank you ☺️📚🙌🏻💛 2y
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hopefully the antibiotics will speed up the recovery. 😊 2y
BiblioLitten Such a nice pic! I love the plant placement on the bookshelf.😊 2y
AmyG Feel better. 😘 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 I hope so!! Thank you 😊 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BiblioLitten thank you!!! I thought it needed a little something! 🌱 💕 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG thanks Amy!! 😘😘 2y
vkois88 Lol I'm behind too!! 2y
JoScho @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks hopefully that antibiotic kicks in quickly and you start to feel better soon 😊 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JoScho thank you!!! You‘re so sweet!! 😘😘 2y
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Grimscythe
Panpan

Nope. That‘s all I have to say. Oh, I did so a review on my site but it‘s laced with lots of spoilers and profanity.

booksandsympathy I bailed on this book. I just couldn't do it. 2y
Itchyfeetreader Agree - I struggled through and regret it 2y
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Moray_Reads
Roanoke Girls | Amy Engel
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Panpan

Ugh. I wasn't expecting to love it, it's not really my genre but there wasn't a single redeeming feature for me. Totally predictable from beginning to end, filled with shallow characters and endless repetition (Stop. Using. The. Phrase. Roanoke Girls)

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readingjedi
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A cracking little page-turner. Had those elusive qualities of easy readability, an intriguing set up, deceptively simple language & an extremely effective bombshell, dropped with tightly controlled nonchalance for maximum jaw droppage. The characters are horribly messed up in all the "best" ways but they get under your skin then show a little heart and you're ever more hooked by this thing. Hooked and compelled to read on with vicious glee ...??

readingjedi ...pulled into sordid secrets slowly unfolding in the Kansas heat. You feel a little grubby but you like it. The grandfather character is attractive, reasonable & likeable but also utterly perverse & twisted. The grandmother is a revelation & equally disturbing. Romance aspect was uncheesy, ending was positive. Good stuff. 2y
Craftylikefox That is the best way to describe that book, that I have ever heard! 2y
readordierachel Great review! 2y
Cpg It was bizarre for sure...but a page turner!!! I Definitely not one to try to understand!!! It was beyond that!!! An interesting read....the family story....just smh!!! 🤦🏼‍♀️ These folks do not EVEN....oh I can‘t critique it even!!! 2y
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FantasyChick
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50K wow!!! Congrats on your #litsymilestone and what a way to celebrate 👏👏 I have sooooo many books on my #tbr but these two have been on there for a while. Thanks for the chance @readinginthedark 😊😊
#tbrforthewin #giveaway

readinginthedark Thanks! And oh yes, my TBR is sooooo long!!! 2y
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Stacypatrice
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So much better than I expected. Thank you Littens for the recommendation!!!! 📚

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Periwinkle
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“You can‘t outrun what‘s inside of you. You can only acknowledge it, work around it, try and turn it into something better. I may not know exactly where I‘m headed, but this time I‘m choosing my own destiny.”

– Amy Engel, The Roanoke Girls

RaimeyGallant Nice quote. :) 2y
Periwinkle @RaimeyGallant yes it is! 💕 2y
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Periwinkle
Roanoke Girls | Amy Engel
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The Roanoke girls lived in a small rural town in Kansas (the State where I live).It‘s interesting to read a book where the place is familiar. I have mixed emotions about this book. A part of me likes the story because it‘s interesting in a twisted kind of way. There‘s also a part of me that feels sick about what happened.It‘s a good story, just prepare yourself for some twisted details. (Rating: 4/5)
#roanokegirls #amyengel #book #fiction #kansas

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Periwinkle
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Hi! I know it‘s not Thursday anymore but better late than never! 😂

1. Roanoke Girls - this is the last book I‘ve read and I‘m in the process of writing a review. 📝
2. Ken Follett - I love his books!!
3. Knowledge is Power!
4. @AmyG

Thanks for the tag!!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved The Roanoke Girls!!! 2y
AmyG Thanks for the tag!!! 2y
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Grimscythe
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Stacypatrice Just took this one out of the library today 😀📚 2y
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GeorgieRoberts
Pickpick

Creepy and twisted, you get emotionally captured in the story.

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Grimscythe
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I‘m really digging the camera on the iPhone X. #gingerbrats #catsoflitsy

DrJAdMerricksson What a cutie! Also, I want to read that book. 2y
MelanieMefford What a sweet little kitty!! 2y
ladym30 Beautiful kitty! 2y
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Grimscythe
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Current read.

FantasyChick Oooh I've been dying to read this one. Would love to know your thoughts when finished 😊 2y
ReadingGrrl This is a twisted tale - hope you are enjoying it 2y
Tmaharet I have it on my TBR. I hope it's great, it was an impulsive purchase. 2y
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"Everyone wants to be a Roanoke Girl.
You won't when you know the truth."

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tricours
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Well, no. This could have been an interesting book, but it was written like an overly dramatic YA story, where 1 month is a long time and people are obsessed with each other for no apparent reason. Oh and the cliché drinking. None of it was very believable.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#toomanycreeps in this book!!! Made me #🤢 but I couldn‘t stop reading!!!!
#thisremindsmeof
##FierceFeb

batsy Sounds like a good read! 👍 2y
GripLitGrl This one is on my TBR sounds like a good read 👍 2y
JoeStalksBeck This is the book where they talk about popping ticks?🤢 I think it was this one 2y
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Christine11 I‘ve got this on my kindle to read - need to get to it soon ! 😊 2y
hes7 So true! I had the same feelings when I read this book. 2y
JoeStalksBeck Oh god that part was disgusting 🤢 2y
Allkat All this talk of creepy. Sounds good. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Allkat it was really good!!!! 2y
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Booksniffer
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At 30% I wanted to be done with it. Wasn't in the mood to read about teenage girls growing up. By 100% I was breathless.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this book in a creepy kind of way 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
Booksniffer It's better after you have thought about it a bit. Knocks you out at first. 2y
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avgeyer
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This book is dark, twisted, and not for the faint of heart. I think it‘s important to note that there are very heavy themes of incest and sexual abuse that some readers may find triggering. But I did find it was very well written and I enjoyed how she weaved the past and present together to bring everything together at the end. 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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avgeyer
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Starting this one, on the new kindle I treated myself to with a gift card I got for Christmas!