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When No One Is Watching
When No One Is Watching: A Thriller | Alyssa Cole
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Rear Window meets Get Out in this gripping thriller from a critically acclaimed and New York Times Notable author, in which the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but the neighborhood she loves is being erased before her very eyes. FOR SALE signs are popping up everywhere, and the neighbors shes known all her life are disappearing. To preserve the past, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour: Displaced: A Peoples History of Brooklyn, and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block her neighbor Theo. But Sydney and Theos deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the efforts to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised. When does coincidence become conspiracy? Where do people go when gentrification pushes them out? Can Sydney and Theo trust each other or themselves long enough to find out, before they too disappear permanently?
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Roary47
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4✨ For me this book didn‘t start out interesting. There was a lot of cursing and seemed like everyone was upset with everyone else. Our two mains Theo and Sydney become fast friends. Then strange stuff started happening. At first it seemed like it was racism with a mix of rich vs poor causing a bunch of people to leave their homes. Then after Sydney and Theo made some really big confessions it all went down. Whoa!

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LoverOfLearning
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Mehso-so

Overall was a quick read but at times lacked detail.

Sydney's historically black Brooklyn neighborhood is falling fast and her neighbors are suddenly disappearing without warning. A story about gentrification, conspiracy, suspence, paranoia, greed, and mystery.

It left me with unanswered questions which I understood. The ending felt a bit exaggerated and I predicted the ending very early in so had no shock factor for me sadly. 😪

3.25 stars

Smartypants @LoverOfLearning yo, I felt the same way about this book. It seemed like an awesome premise but ultimately was pretty disappointing. 1mo
LoverOfLearning @Smartypants yeah was just okay really. I didn't read the back.cover before I read the book.. but if I did I may not have picked it up. So it got me put of my comfort zone at least! 1mo
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LoverOfLearning
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I can't tell you the last time I read a proper fast paced thriller!! Picked it up for $5 at Barnes and Noble with a purchase of a drink at the Cafe. Uhm heck yes.

I actually haven't even read the synopsis yet so no idea what it is about. So I hope it'll make it even more interesting for me!

Who's read it and what did you think?

she.epeolatry I enjoyed it! 1mo
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kbibliophilific
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Good morning !

BooksAndYarn Looks like you started yours off right 1mo
kbibliophilific @BooksAndYarn yessssss☺️ 1mo
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Bamazin
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Book 19
Flight reads … goodbye south hello west coast

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JessTedrick
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Loved it! It took me awhile to get through because it was making me so anxious to read. The writing is amazing and the twist is perfect.

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ncsufoxes
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While this was not really a thriller it was an interesting look at gentrification. Gentrification has been seen as a way to improve communities (at least that‘s the spin put on it) it goes much deeper. Lots of families & communities (particularly people of different races) that have lived in areas for generations can become displaced. Anyhow overall I enjoyed the book & the spin the author put on an otherwise difficult subject. #bookspin

ncsufoxes The Urban Displacement Project has lots of interesting info on this subject matter, https://www.urbandisplacement.org/gentrification-explained 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 7mo
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5feet.of.fury
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Finish current 📖:
When No One is Watching -Alyssa Cole
Fractured -Karin Slaughter

Read 📚:
Pretty Girls -Karin Slaughter
Home Before Dark -Riley Sager
Stranger in the House -Shari Lapena

Listen 🎧:
I-5 Killer -Anne Rule
Chase Darkness With Me -Billy Jensen

#outstandingoctober
@Andrew65
Go #TeamSlaughter
@Clwojick

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 Love the Karin Slaughter book. 7mo
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ncsufoxes
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#bookspinbingo board for October, not sure what progress I‘ll make this month. I enjoy the challenge of trying to get some reading done (7 months till I finish grad school, is it too early to start counting down). I started reading the tagged book & liking it so far

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks great!! I have this book on my TBR as well!! 8mo
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ncsufoxes
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October book spin bingo list, not sure if the top or bottom will show up. Not having much free time to read with school & all but I‘ll keep trying to get a few books read

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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5feet.of.fury
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I was looking at my shelves because I didn‘t have anything for #screamathon week 2 prompt.. all of the books I have planned were white women, 1 white man and then I added in RL Stine because it‘s the season but still nothing for the prompt, kind of embarrassing, so I ordered yet another book for my TBR, but it sounds really good. I am not mad about this. But this is an out of control amount of books that I think I‘m reading in October 🤣📚🎃

4thhouseontheleft I‘ve heard good things about Alyssa Cole‘s books! I accidentally read my pick for that prompt this month, so I‘m stretching it a bit and using an Afro futurist novel. I‘m counting the aliens in it as supernatural/paranormal creatures 8mo
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Kris10H
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⭐⭐
This one is tough to rate. Was it a thriller, as advertised? No. The first 3/4 of the book was setting up more of a social justice storyline, and the last 1/4 was pretty outlandish. I don't want to completely discount this book, because I learned a lot from it about gentrification - I just think that the author cheapened the seriousness of the topic by trying to turn it into a thriller, seemingly as an afterthought.

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MelKelsey
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I listened to When No One is Watching. It's touted a thriller but isn't remotely thriller before the second half. It's about a New York neighborhood going through gentrification. The characters aren't believable or likable. ⭐⭐

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Jen2
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Wow, he‘ll of a twist!!!

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EadieB
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#LMPBC #WhenNoOneIsWatching #AlyssaCole

Last week I started reading this book but it became a turnoff to me as I was looking forward to reading a thriller as it is advertised on the cover. The author in the beginning points out the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood is happening. I am so tired of hearing about Systemic Racism and Critical Race Theory that I‘m unable to read on and get to the thriller part of the book. Now let me explain:

EadieB Critical Race Theory leads to Marxism which causes class conflict. Marx wanted revolution workers to gain consciousness of their plight, seize means of production, overthrow capitalist class and usher in a new socialist society. Marxist-style revolutions end in disaster. Marxist practices and ideas unleash man‘s darkest brutalities. The American dream is that all people‘s can transcend their origins through education, hard work & good citizenship. (edited) 11mo
Rachiiebookdragon I found the majority of this book a slog but the ending was definitely worth the slog, I recommend it just for the ending 😊 11mo
Rachiiebookdragon Just finding Evelyn Hardcastle, and definitely do not recommend this book, a slog, confusing and kind of boring 😴 11mo
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EadieB I‘m not participating in this “wokeness” attitude of being truly anti-racist as it is anti-capitalist and leads to Marxism in the end. Equity-based forms of government would mean end of private property, individual rights, equity under the law, federalism and freedom of speech. It would be replaced by race-based redistribution of wealth, group-based rights, active discrimination and omnipotent bureaucratic authority. 11mo
EadieB Critical Race Theory prescribes a revolutionary program that would overturn the principles of the Declaration of Independence and destroy the remaining structure of the Constitution. I recognize slavery history but the 1st Amendment protects citizens from compelled speech, the 14th Amendment provides equal protection under the law and The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on basis of race. 11mo
EadieB Critical Race Theory promotes race essentialism, collective guilt, and neo-segregation which violates basic principles of equality and justice. We should all be talking about aiming at excellence, a common standard that challenges people to achieve their potential. “Excellence beats diversity every time.” (edited) 11mo
SamAnne Respectfully, it‘s harder to realize the American dream when the generations that came before you were denied the home loans, education, faced various discriminations, etc. A whole lot of white Americans built wealth on the backs of enslaved people in this country. Acknowledging that does not make us Marxist. Yes we all need to work hard to to make it. But it‘s not Marxist to recognize it isn‘t a level playing field. (edited) 11mo
EadieB We must promote the true story of America - a story that is honest about injustices in American history but places them in context of our nation‘s high ideals and the progress we have made towards realizing them. We must have courage to stand and speak the truth. Truth and justice are on our side! 11mo
EadieB @SamAnne I didn‘t say that we were Marxist, I said that the Critical Race Theory will lead to Marxism. It‘s based on the principle of how to get people fighting one another. (edited) 11mo
DarkMina @EadieB I agree it will certainly accomplish the opposite of what they claim it will. People need to think about who all this racial division benefits and why. Don‘t fall for it. And don‘t even get me started on the 1619 project. 11mo
EadieB @DarkMina 1619 project is just a way to rewrite history and is based on false facts. 11mo
Crazeedi @EadieB just now saw this agree with all you said❤ 11mo
EadieB @Crazeedi I knew you would! 11mo
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SW-T
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Sydneypaige
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Get Out, gentrification style.

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EadieB
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#LMPBC #WhenNoOneIsWatching #AlyssaCole

@Bookish_AF Received this in the mail today! Can‘t wait to read it!

Bookish_AF Yay! Last time I checked the tracking it said Friday so I am glad for the early arrival!! 12mo
EadieB @Bookish_AF Yes it got here fast! Thanks! 12mo
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Lauren890
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 I waffle between a so-so and a pick.. This was pretty good. The narrative pushed forward pretty steadily to a big ending. I appreciated that gentrification was a focus in the novel and the author seemed to have done her research, but I wonder if the end took away from that a little? Overall I‘m glad I read it.

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Bookish_AF
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There‘s a relatively short window of perfect outdoor reading weather at this time of year before the humidity starts setting in. This weekend is going to have such weather (70 and sunny). I hope to be doing this a LOT, despite the yellow cloud of pollen everywhere 😂

#LMPBC

EadieB I‘ll be reading outdoors too this weekend! 12mo
magyklyXdelish I love that pen!! 12mo
Bookish_AF @magyklyXdelish haha yes they are my left handed pens! I have a few, including in red and blue as well 😅 12mo
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Bookish_AF
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My May #LMPBC books have arrived! Cant wait to get started, I‘ve been looking forward to both of these.

BookDragonNotWorm Can't wait to see what you think of Kill Creek ! It's been on my list forever and I keep putting it off. 13mo
Kris10H I LOVED Kill Creek! The other one, not so much. 10mo
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magyklyXdelish
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Omg you guys, I finished my second book this month 😱😭

Reading this one during the trial of Derek Chauvin was really something else. This is a thriller like no other. It shows the many layers of systemic racism and points out the many ways in which society desperately needs to change.

Thank you for picking this book for #LMPBC I‘m glad I read it.

#BookSpinBingo

EadieB Nice review! Looking forward to reading it! 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 13mo
MaleficentBookDragon I read this one and The Vanishing Half, and watched the Amazon Prime series Them all within one month. Plus, I work at a TV station so we were all holding our breathe this week while preparing for the worst.
I had to move on to a cozy mystery after all that.
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EatSleepRead
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Mehso-so

Audiobook pick:
This book has major "Get Out" vibes. I appreciated parts of it, but at times it seemed to be suffering from an identity crisis. Social commentary or thriller? It just seemed too disjointed to me.

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magyklyXdelish
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Started this one early this morning before bed. Only a couple chapters in but I‘m liking it so far. I can tell this is one that‘s gonna make angry. Only 40 pages in and we‘ve already been introduced to like 5 awful people lol

#LMPBC

EadieB Sounds interesting! 13mo
MaleficentBookDragon Oh yes you will be angry. I was yelling at the book a few times. 13mo
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Sharanya
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Whew, that was a RIDE. I‘m not well-versed in thriller as a genre, so I can‘t speak much to whether or not this stood up in terms of plot & pacing. What I CAN say is that this book made me *feel* the effects of gentrification in a way that research & hot-take-articles could not. The love, horror & loss that Sydney feels is palpable & beautifully written. Imperfect, maybe, but still a heart-wrenching social thriller about community & home. ★★★★☆.

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Karkar
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Fished this one up today. This was great!! Love that she has additional resources at the end so you can do further research. I have several of them marked to read and dig further into some of the topics in the book.

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canbku
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This was great! I've read too many thrillers lately. The pacing in this one was different, but it really accelerated.

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canbku
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I can't stop with the thrillers. Especially ones that have ordinary life as a horror setting

rachelsbrittain This is such a good read! Love Alyssa Cole 14mo
canbku @rachelsbrittain loved it. I think I'll have to find more by her 14mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Just finished this #LMPBC selection. Both really interesting, and terrifying.
Gracie was my favorite character even though she was barely in it. I want to know more about her, Fitzroy and that group.

EadieB Great! Can‘t wait to read it! 14mo
MaleficentBookDragon @EadieB the end was a bit over the top, but I really liked it. 14mo
EadieB @MaleficentBookDragon Sounds interesting! 14mo
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AlizaApp
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A thriller about gentrification in Brooklyn. Like a combo of Do The Right Thing and Get Out. A young Black woman notices ominous changes in her neighborhood, and her research into the area‘s history only uncovers more secrets. Her mysterious new neighbor across the street is a White man who says he wants to help. Or does he?

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Tattooedteacher
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What an awesome and fun spring swap. I‘m really excited to face the problem of which book to start first. Thank you so much for all the thoughtful gifts @CuriousG I especially love the Romeo and Juliet page flags. So cute. #llss #litsylovespringswap

Mitch Great book choices! ♥️🙌🏼 1y
CuriousG Hope that no matter which book you read first, it's a good one! 1y
Bookgoil Yummy tea! What a lovely package! 1y
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Twainy
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🎧 I really liked the way the story was written, it kept me listening straight through. The narration was great!

Sydney & Theo are an unlikely pair who uncover a very unsettling plot. You‘re not expecting that 1st shocking revelation but that‘s when the story really takes off!

I was on the edge of my seat for the last 10% of the book at which point it jumped the shark BUT I enjoy a little improbability!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Just like the book, there are alternating narrators for the two main characters of Sydney and Theo. I thought this book was just going to focus on the horrible repercussions of gentrification but it includes even worse horrors than that. The most disturbing part of this fictional story is how closely it's based in actual reality and history. At times absolutely infuriating, it prompts important thoughts and discussions.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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I‘m starting my #LMPBC pick for this round today.

magyklyXdelish Those pentel pens are honestly some of my faves ♥️ also I‘m excited for this one ☺️ 1y
EadieB Great! Can‘t wait to read that one! 1y
Cathythoughts This one sounds good 👍🏻❤️ 1y
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BeaG
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This was a great read. I spent the day with this one and finished it. Very detailed and kept my attention.

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BeaG
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#3WordReviews

Heartbreaking, Brilliant and Realistic.

@ShyBookOwl
Thanks for the tag @Mavey

mavey Thanks for playing! 1y
BeaG @Mavey ☺️ 1y
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BeaG
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This came today! I love it! Thank you @Between_The_Covers I can‘t wait to wear it! #BHMS #Blitzyswap #blackhistorymonthswap @Chelleo

MySharonaK Beautiful! ❤️ 1y
Chelleo 💕 😍🤩 1y
Between_The_Covers Yayyy❤️ 1y
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mavey Cool! 1y
mavey Happy happy birthday @BeaG ! May you find more love and power!💕 1y
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BeaG
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#BHMSWAP #BLITSYSWAP #BlackHistorySwap
Thank you Lia Lee (I don‘t know her litsy name). I love the mug! I have been wanting to read both books and will start with the tagged book. I read the note and saw that I will have a package come tomorrow too. I pray you have a full and speedy recovery after your emergency surgery. Thank you! @Chelleo

Chelleo @Between_The_Covers went above and beyond to get this package out to you, @BeaG, as she had a bit of trouble on the way to the post office. 1y
BeaG @Chelleo I know! I was like awwwww, wow when I read the note. @Between_The_Covers thank you so much! 1y
quietjenn What a lovely mug! 1y
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BeaG @quietjenn I love it! 1y
Between_The_Covers Thank you so much for being so patient, I'm so sorry about the delay. Your other gift was supposed to get there by tomorrow but it's been pushed to Tuesday for some reason. I was really trying to get it all to you in time. I actually made you a cup because my business is crafting resin designs. I will get it out to you as soon as I can. @Chelleo I'll be posting my gift as soon as I can get to it. Thank you ladies🥰 1y
BeaG @Between_The_Covers Focus on your recovery! Thanks again! 1y
Chelleo @Between_The_Covers, yes, what @BeaG said!!! Rest and recover! Enjoy your goodies while you‘re doing it. 1y
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Godpants
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I just started this, and read 100 pages straight. It‘s so good so far.

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GeauxGetLit
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The gentrification of Brooklyn was at the core of the book. Race contentions and conspiracy theories were also at play. I listened to this book on audio, so that might have made a difference in my opinion. However, the writing and the tone didn‘t sit well with me on this book. The twist at the end was somewhat predictable, yet it delivered a much greater punch...but still left things flat. #bookreview #read #books #reading

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Jemgirl2014
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Another one! Still on my TBR list..😊

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Rachiiebookdragon
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Holy 😳, this book went from 0 to 100 so fast!
The first half was pretty boring (for me) but then it soon picked up. Read as a buddy read for the Literally Dead Book Club - February pick. 4/5

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FeatherV
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Incredibly intense, this novel draws you in so that you completely zone out into it. Definitely scared the crap out of me but it was so worth it #alyssacole #whennooneiswatching #intense #thriller #blackbooksmatter #notjustinfebruary

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Mshookquilts Sounds like one id like. 1y
FeatherV @Mshookquilts you would definitely like this one! This was a library one so it‘s not in my pile for you aka my bookcase haha 1y
Mshookquilts @FeatherV 😂Guess I‘ll have to add it to my own library list. 1y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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It looks like we have a thrilling (pun intended) four months coming up for #LMPBC #ROUND11 #GROUPW

EadieB Looks good! 1y
Bookish_AF Yay I‘m so excited ! 1y
magyklyXdelish Woohoo!!!! 🤗🤗 🤗 (edited) 1y
Avanders Ooooh. I‘m super excited to read this too: 1y
EadieB Looks very good to me! 1y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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It‘s official. We will be reading When No One Is Watching for our #LMPBC #GROUPW #ROUND11
This should be a fun round , and I‘m excited to get to know some new #Littens.

EadieB Sounds great! 1y
Bookish_AF I‘m so excited! Sam and I have done LMPBC together before but it‘s always fun having a new group 😊 1y
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OneBookishBabe
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Worth all the rage I felt

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Thousand-Lives
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A little #audiopuzzling before I pick my son up from preschool. This book gets mixed reviews but I‘m really enjoying the narration and creepy vibe!

squirrelbrain Cool puzzle! 🧩 1y
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Chelsea.Poole
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I knew a bit of what to expect here, but I didn‘t realize it was gonna be THAT batshit crazy! Quite a ride. I don‘t want to talk about the plot because I think it‘d be great to go into this one blind. Love it when larger issues are presented through entertainment. Alyssa Cole, I have seen you around but this is our first journey together. Gonna have to see what else you‘ve got!

ErikasMindfulShelf I want to read this one! 1y
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sydneyerin
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So I almost never read thrillers. The only one I remember reading that I really loved was My Sister, the Serial Killer. I decided to give this one a try because of the gentrification premise. I think all the information on gentrification was very interesting and a great part of the book. The thriller aspect was what lost me. The action, gore, and violence just wasn't for me. I think I'll check out her romances instead.