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The Hunting Wives
The Hunting Wives | May Cobb
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The Hunting Wives share more than target practice, martinis, and badbehavior in this novel of obsession, seduction, and murder. Sophie O'Neill left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rural community. But Sophie soon realizes that life is now too quiet, and she's feeling bored and restless. Then she meets Margot Banks, an alluring socialite who is part of an elite clique secretly known as the Hunting Wives. Sophie finds herself completely drawn to Margot and swept into her mysterious world of late-night target practice and dangerous partying. As Sophie's curiosity gives way to full-blown obsession, she slips farther away from the safety of her family and deeper into this nest of vipers. When the body of a teenage girl is discovered in the woods where the Hunting Wives meet, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and her life spiraling out of control.
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DarkMina
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35 of 2022. Book 2 for #MarvellousMay . Wow! What a bunch of morally bankrupt people! The main character wasn‘t the brightest crayon in the box either. Overall, it was an enjoyable read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

Total pages read: 752

Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 1mo
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Traci1
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Panpan

Ever read a book where the mc is just so dumb it's painful? This one was like that. All of the characters were lacking in any positive attributes (and full of really - REALLY - awful ones), and the mc took stupid to a whole new level. Yeah the story was readable and all, but I hated just about everyone and honestly hoped they'd all just die in a swarm of bees by the end.

Leftcoastzen 😂don‘t hold back say what you really feel! Love your review! 2mo
Twainy Not one of my favorite books either. 😆 2mo
Traci1 @Leftcoastzen I guess it does say something about the writer that my feelings were so strong. Not sure what, exactly, it says. But something... 😄 2mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

This kept my interest all the way through. Every time I picked it up, I wanted to keep reading. The characters were super unlikable and hard to route for but the story was compelling and I thought it had a good twist. I mostly liked the story even though I felt like some parts were a bit cliche and silly, it was fun and I would definitely recommend it!

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Rissa1
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Pickpick

It has been awhile since I wanted to yell at a character the way I wanted to yell at Sophie. Contentedness us highly underrated. #Scarathlon2021 #Readlikehellathon #Wickedathon #OutstandingOctober #Spookoween #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 8mo
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Rissa1
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Looks like I am about to get some reading time. Cave exploring clothes and some blankets have the need to be washed at the laundromat. #Scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick I enjoyed this one! Hope you like it too! 8mo
Reggie I was the cool guy there doing his laundry on Friday night. Lol. I love laundry reading! 8mo
wasonga1 I liked it 8mo
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rather_be_reading
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Mehso-so

Overall just ehh with a fantastic ending. I almost DNFd it.

SilversReviews I didn‘t really like this book….actually stopped reading it. 9mo
rather_be_reading @SilversReviews i almost did stop 9mo
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rather_be_reading
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Heres what I did while social media was down all day

LatrelWhite It needs to go down more often!😉 We‘d be better off.☺️ 9mo
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rather_be_reading
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Book 175

slategreyskies What a creative cover! 9mo
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rather_be_reading
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My Book of the Months are staring at me bc Ive neglected them so I could finish my TBR shelf on Goodreads.

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EatSleepRead
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Panpan

This book was pretty terrible. Don't bother... 💩

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meglynn86
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MonthlyBookClub entered!
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meglynn86
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1. The Hunting Wives
2. Night Road
3. Firefly Lane

#mbcreadathon
#mbcbookfrogsreadathon4

MonthlyBookClub entered! 10mo
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sprainedbrain
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Mehso-so

I don‘t mind a book with unlikable characters, but I draw a line when the main character is a willful idiot who does stupid shit, followed by selfish shit, then repeats.

Decent writing, light on mystery & heavy on horrible 40ish women drinking a lot, cheating on spouses, being rich & bored, manipulating teenagers, & being general tw*ts.

Snotty, drunk & dumb is no way to go through life!

The end was lame. Yet, I kept listening.🤷🏻‍♀️

⭐️⭐️⭐️

marleed I love your review. I‘d very nearly read it just to see f I‘d concur! 11mo
Leftcoastzen 😆love your review! I kinda suspected as much with this title 11mo
youneverarrived 😂😂 this made me laugh. A definite pass 😅 11mo
kspenmoll Enjoyed your review!!!! 😂😂 11mo
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Skeebies05
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Pickpick

I read this book fast. It's been a long time since I've been able to do that! I liked the characters so much that I didn't mind that the "twists" were a little predictable.

Megabooks Yes, this is a super fast read! 11mo
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Twainy
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Panpan

🎧 NEGATIVE REVIEW: Sophie marries Graham after a 6 month courtship & has a baby boy. She loves both her husband & son dearly. They live in Chicago and both parents have high powered jobs.

Sophie decides to move to a small Texas town that she lived in for a couple years in her youth. She wants to be a stay at home mom to 3 year old Jack while she works part time writing a book. Graham is ok with this & finds an even better job in Texas.

⭐️ 👇🏻

Twainy At this point the book takes an utterly ridiculous turn and I would have DNF‘d it if I wasn‘t using it in a read-a-thon.

I can‘t say more without this becoming spoilery so I‘ll stop. You‘ll catch on to the turn and you can decide if you want to continue or not cuz it doesn‘t stop.

The epilogue had me wishing I had a wood-chipper to throw the BOTM book into.

This book probably has an adoring audience it‘s just not me. Read at your own risk 😁
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candority
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Bailedbailed

There is NOTHING sexy about women in their late 30s sleeping with boys in high school. I don‘t care if the age of consent is 17 in Texas (as the MC finds out during a frantic Google search after sleeping with an 18-year-old) it is DISGUSTING to normalize, glamorize, and describe this type of “relationship” in graphic detail without any discussion of why it is wrong. Full review: https://bit.ly/3dvf0Tb

Bookwormjillk What?? 12mo
candority @Bookwormjillk That‘s how I felt while reading! 12mo
Tamra Hmmmmm I don‘t appreciate pushing the envelope for the sake of pushing the envelope in books. 😖 12mo
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BookDragonNotWorm Just took this off my TBR. Same ick factor as when a grown man has a relationship with an 18yo girl, although society seems to accept that more readily. 12mo
candority @Tamra Same! 12mo
candority @BookDragonNotWorm Definitely the same ick factor. It‘s one thing when books include these sorts of relationships with nuance and it is clear that the adult in the situation is in the wrong (like My Dark Vanessa), but it‘s totally different in this context. 12mo
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Lisas.Library
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4 stars
I‘ve been in reading slump for a couple months and this fast paced, suspenseful book did the trick of getting me back on track with my reading! Fun read about suburban moms behaving badly and murder. Highly recommend!

Read: 6/5/21-6/7/21

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actualdisneyprincess
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I just want to stay home from work today and read. 😂😭 #thehuntingwives #maycobb

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Bailedbailed

I bailed about 45 minutes into this book. It sounded mildly interesting in the BOTM information but I was 90% sure I didn‘t need to buy it. So borrowed it from the library. And just couldn‘t with the “mean girls” and the newb trying to fit in vibe. I think I‘m just too damn old for that sh*t.

Alfoster That cracks me up! I wanted to read this also but I‘m old enough I hate the “mean girls” vibe as well!🤣🤣🤣🤣 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Alfoster Glad I‘m not alone. As I was trying to decide, I read a few GR reviews. They clinched it for me. Definitely not my kind of book. 12mo
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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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Mehso-so

Overall Rating 3½⭐ | Narration😁=Very Good
The MC really got on my nerves in this one, she‘s so flipping stupid. Seriously, didn‘t she learn the first time they drugged her not to drink anything they gave her? This was an okay read...in a train-wreck on the side of the road that you can‘t help but gawk at kind of way. Overall, I didn‘t see some things coming and it surprised me at the end, but getting there just irked the hell out of me.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 12mo
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LazyLibrary
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Positives: def a FAST read. I tore through it in one day. The characters are twisted and interesting, perfect amount of dysfunction to keep the plot moving. Negatives: Sophie, Sophie, Sophie. Omg she was almost TOO unlikable of a main character. Dumber than a box of rocks, a complete follower, pathetic. She deserved everything that happened to her 😂 play stupid games, win stupid prizes. But seriously, it was a decent read. #botm

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LazyLibrary
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Trying to read, but 75 pounds of furry love is making it hard. My fave moments ever in life...until he poked a hole thru the pages 😑 #botm #thehuntingwives

Tamra They have no concept of size or mass 😆 lap babies. 13mo
LazyLibrary @Tamra I know!! Love it lol 13mo
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ScrappyMags
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🍸 𝙄𝙩‘𝙨 𝙖 𝘿𝙧𝙪𝙣𝙠, 𝘽𝙞-𝙘𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙃𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙬𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙨! 🍸 Sophie O‘Neill has a gorgeous hubby and an adorable son, but her ho-hum upper middle class Texas life needs some kick. Enter Margot Banks - the Regina George with minions, money, and martinis! Sophie can‘t help but fall under her spell and soon becomes embroiled in murder. http://scrappymags.com/2021/05/22/book-review-the-hunting-wives-by-may-cobb/

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Chelsea.Poole
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Sophie moves back to her Texas hometown and becomes entwined in a group of rich, shooting and drinking housewives. A member of the community connected to the group ends up dead — could one or more of the group have something to hide? I was motivated to keep turning the pages to see how things would turn out, but everyone is so unlikeable, and there seem to be a few holes in the plot. All in all, a decent beach read.
#ARC from #netgalley

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WeirdAtHeart
Pickpick

Every single character is awful and I loved it! I liked that I wasn't able to pin-point the killer. I kept flopping between two of the characters and I definitely thought it was one of the two and was pleasantly surprised when I was wrong. I don't think this book is going to be widely loved though. It's a bit... camp? I don't know if that's the right way to describe it but think Desperate housewives but more desperate.

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WeirdAtHeart
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I have so many questions for Litsy readers...

•What do you like to read?
•How do you like to read? paper books or digital? Both?
•If both, how do you decide which type to buy?
•Do you find you retain audiobooks the same way you would if you had read it instead of listened?
•Do you keep all your BOTM books or sell/trade them?

#100questions #books #reading #inquiringminds #bookofthemonth #botm #bookhoader #bookworm

Branwen I much rather prefer physical books over digital copies. I love smelling and holding a book in my hands! 😍💕📚 I also keep all my BOTM books, unless it's one I really didn't like, but that's rarely the case! 13mo
ilanakeukake
♠️I‘ll read just about any genre but I especially love psychological thrillers & horror
♠️paper books all the way
♠️I have actually never listened to an audiobook before but thanks for reminding me that I should try it one day
♠️What are BOTM books?
13mo
ilanakeukake @Branwen Smelling a book & holding a book are one of the BEST simple pleasures in life🌻📚 13mo
TheBookHippie Classical Literature- physical hardbacks - no audio- BOTM I keep my favorites the rest I put in the teachers lounge for others 🤍 13mo
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SilversReviews
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Have you read this book or planning to?

FULL POST: https://tinyurl.com/c3cpw8th

@may_cobb
#maycobb

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Chelsea.Poole
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Spent my lunch break yesterday with the #ARC of The Hunting Wives for some no-pressure, escapism reading. I believe it publishes today and I plan to finish it sometime today, hopefully! My salad and caprese sandwich where the perfect accompaniment to my ebook.

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TorieStorieS
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Mehso-so

Looking for a backyard/beach read to enjoy with a boozy beverage? Out 5/18, this is an engaging read about rather horrible women who love to shoot, flirt and drink excessively! Newcomer Sophie finds herself obsessing over Margot and her quartet of glamorous friends. And once she‘s in with the group, she‘s unprepared for the unexpected direction her life takes as it all comes crumbling down! The characters are unsympathetic- but entertaining!

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Jnnlb
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Mehso-so


It is a neat trick to write a book about unlikeable people but still be able to keep the reader interested. May Cobb succeeds at this.
I gave this book 3.5 stars.
I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. #NetGalley #TheHuntingWives

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meglynn86
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Pickpick

The Hunting Wives was definitely out of my reading genre! However after the first like 10 chapters I COULDN‘T put it down. It had an unexpected Ending. It got 5⭐️ from me

sharread Cute picture! ❤ 14mo
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MotherOfCats
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Man, these women drink too much 😬😂

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Jbakesmcgee3
Pickpick

This campy book was a fun mixture of single white female and desperate housewives behaving horribly with outrageous consequences

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MotherOfCats
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Even when she isn‘t sitting on my book, she‘s in my book ♥️ New bookmarks, I have one for each cat 😅

CaffeineAndCandy Awwww 14mo
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Jenni3014
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book and trying to figure out who was going to die and who did it and how. It kept me guessing and even though the ending isn‘t what I expected, I really enjoyed the ride.

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One_With_Books
Panpan

Wow strong notes of underage attraction and infidelity in this one. Totally not a fan. Surprisingly though, I finished it. With a knot in my stomach the entire time.
I just don‘t get the appeal of authors writing about underage sex like it is something to be proud of.
Sooooo much drinking, that every single one of them should go to an AA meeting.. and what was with all the lattes?! 🙄

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One_With_Books
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Read for the day. Missouri weather can never make up its mind. All week it‘s been warm, yesterday was mid 60s, and this morning woke up and it‘s 30 degrees and has been snowing non stop 🤦‍♀️

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Mehso-so

Oookay... This was a really quick, easy read that required very little effort. A fatuous story with unbelievable characters. Honestly, I enjoyed an internal groan every time Sophie made another terrible decision. She's every eye roll I find myself commiting when I go out to a bar & there are shrieking 20-somethings. My biggest issue was the smutty focus on indecent relationships with minors. I'm hung up on it & it definitely contributes to my 🔽

FelinesAndFelonies Overall evaluation of the book. If the author had made the romantic interests early twenties, I doubt I would feel so icky about it. The need for these characters to be teenagers in high school really puts me off. 1y
FelinesAndFelonies This book is would have been a pick without hesitation except for the authors choice of love interests. It feels skeevy and it makes it a toss up between pick and so-so for me. 1y
Megabooks Definitely requires a suspension of disbelief! I read it as almost farcical it was so out there. I seriously hope no one would ever act like the people in this book. 1y
ShelleyBooksie I enjoy your use of the word fatutous- haven't heard that one in awhile. Vocabulary is awesome. 1y
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Thousand-Lives
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Pickpick

I devoured this book! These women behave so badly, the MC makes so many terrible decisions, and wow they drink all the time...but I couldn‘t look away. Glad my friends aren‘t like the women in this book! 😳

April #doublespin #botm

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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laurel.orourke
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The weather is GORGEOUS and we‘re grilling out. How‘s your Sunday?

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laurel.orourke
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No better view on a sunny Sunday!! Waiting for it to warm up a bit and I‘m moving to the porch!

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Kajohnson
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Ahhh what do I read next! 😍

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Jemgirl2014
Bailedbailed

Have you ever hated the main character of the book so much that you just cannot finish her story? Yep, had to bail even though I had less than 100 pages to go. Sophie is dumb as hell. What a waste of my time. A book for the donation pile.

bookishcow I was tempted to get this book but I‘m glad I didn‘t. I ended up choosing Arsenic and Adobo instead for my BOTM box 1y
Jemgirl2014 @redlotusdesignz I'm glad you didn't either. I sincerely cannot recommend this book. ? Have you read "Arsenic and Adobe" yet? 1y
bookishcow @Jemgirl2014 I have! I‘ll be writing up a review on my blog soon 😃 1y
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Jemgirl2014 @redlotusdesignz Great! Judging by that smile emoji I'm guessing it's good! 😊 1y
Jemgirl2014 @rather_be_reading So, so, bad lol. I just couldn't with her. 🙄 9mo
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angel1
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Small town, 4 wheelers, skeet shooting, wine drinking, obsession, murder and more!! Loved it!!

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Mehso-so

I‘m really torn on this one. The book definitely kept my attention but I find it hard to truly enjoy a book with so many characters that are so revolting. A high school kid is a kid and no grown woman should be messing with them. If I had known this was included in the book I don‘t think I would have selected it. #botm

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meglynn86
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I haven‘t read a book all month. I‘ve been in a weird place mentally! So going to give this book a go!! Hopefully it‘s as good as I have heard!

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laurel.orourke
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Let‘s do this! April #BOTM

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Megabooks
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I had to finish this morning. This book reads like an overly juicy Dateline - sex, drugging, obsession...murder! Like you can literally hear Chris Hansen saying, “In a small Texas town, five women...” If you go in just expecting a fun, fast-paced #botm thriller, then you‘ll probably enjoy it. Don‘t think too hard, though!

Cinfhen I‘ll look for the audio on #scribd - perfect review 🙌🏻and I guess #BasementExpectations worked 😁 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen oh the audiobook would probably be fun! Just don‘t expect too much. Also, this is my #pop21 #advanced #chosenatrandom (literally counted the books on my shelf and did a random number generator!) @BarbaraBB @KarenUK @Kalalalatja @4thhouseontheleft 1y
4thhouseontheleft Great review!! I might look for the audio version too @Cinfhen 1y
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Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft thanks! I hope you find it fun as well! 1y
Cinfhen It‘s not available yet @4thhouseontheleft but I think it‘ll be a good option 😉 1y
Megabooks #AwesomeApril book 7/10 @Andrew65 (edited) 1y
KarenUK Fab review Meg! Sounds fun 💕 (edited) 1y
Megabooks @KarenUK thanks!! 1y
Reggie This sounds great. Nice review! And also, dateline has always made me afraid I‘ll wind up with someone who would rather kill me than break up with me. Like I‘m good walking away rather than being poisoned with arsenic you know? 1y
Megabooks @Reggie just saw this! I used to watch dateline all the time. As an aro ace, I was always more worried about the non-romantic serial killers, but yes, I can get that! 1y
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Megabooks
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I made it through a third of this before everyone woke up. It‘s kind of vapid and obvious but no more or less so than any #botm thriller. A bit silly too, but with a 17% rating on here, my expectations are in the basement! 😂

Cinfhen Probably the best place to shelve those expectations!! Who knows...book may totally surprise you!?!!! 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen maybe!!!! 1y
Cathythoughts It‘s a nice looking book 💙 1y
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Kappadeemom I liked it. I read it yesterday during a storm. Seemed appropriate😂😂 1y
Megabooks @Cathythoughts it is! I love the color blue, and the cover is fun as well! 1y
Megabooks @Kappadeemom I‘ve decided I‘m going to read a third of it the next two mornings after I get up (or try to)! I do my best fiction reading first thing in the morning. 1y
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