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Survive the Night
Survive the Night: A Novel | Riley Sager
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Its November 1991. George H. W. Bush is in the White House, Nirvana's in the tape deck, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie Jordan is in a car with a man who might be a serial killer. Josh Baxter, the man behind the wheel, is a virtual stranger to Charlie. They met at the campus ride board, each looking to share the long drive home to Ohio. Both have good reasons for wanting to get away. For Charlie, its guilt and grief over the murder of her best friend, who became the third victim of the man known as the Campus Killer. For Josh, its to help care for his sick father. Or so he says. Like the Hitchcock heroine shes named after, Charlie has her doubts. Theres something suspicious about Josh, from the holes in his story about his father to how he doesnt seem to want Charlie to see inside the cars trunk. As they travel an empty highway in the dead of night, an increasingly worried Charlie begins to think shes sharing a car with the Campus Killer. Is Josh truly dangerous? Or is Charlies suspicion merely a figment of her movie-fueled imagination? What follows is a game of cat-and-mouse played out on night-shrouded roads and in neon-lit parking lots, during an age when the only call for help can be made on a pay phone and in a place where there's nowhere to run. In order to win, Charlie must do one thingsurvive the night.
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MrT
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Cyprus 2022 Holiday Reads

I got a little tired of the 'movie in my mind' repetition, the last third was more enjoyable than the beginning, I figured out the twists and THE END. An enjoyable sunbathing read but not as cracking as Sagers HBD.

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Victoriahoperose
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This was impossible to put down, but I figured it out almost right away which definitely disappointed me. I loved the writing and the way that Sager incorporated the movie theme throughout the book all the way to the end. I liked the element of disbelief in this book and the unreliable narrator, but I felt like it was just so unrealistic that it took away from the story. Overall, I liked it, but not my favorite one by this author.

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candc320
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I‘ve liked each of Riley Sager‘s novels and this was no exception. Super fast-paced (I listened to the whole audiobook in a day) with lots of twists and turns it was exactly what I expected it to be. I also really enjoyed the many 90s references and the film noir nostalgia. Nothing particularly new or mind blowing here, but just a solid entertaining story. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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CBee
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Mehso-so

This is my 4th Sager and I‘m totally underwhelmed. I FLEW through it, especially as I got towards the middle, but then I figured out the ending!! I can‘t stand when that happens. Anyway, it was just meh - his other books are SO much better. This was my #doublespin 👍🏻 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Madison91
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Obsessed with Riley sager. Would recommend to anyone

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LoverOfLearning
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Mehso-so

This was my first Riley Sager! Cross that off my list!

A game of cat and mouse is about to play out. Josh is a stranger driving Charlie home from college. A stranger who may be the Campus Killer. In order to win, Charlie must do only one thing . . . survive the night.

I liked the concept of this story a lot but it definitely fell flat for me. And like the last thriller I read I found it predictable.

I was happy for the quick read.

3.5 stars.

Twainy It‘s my least favorite. So it would only get better for you 😁 2mo
LoverOfLearning @Twainy which one by him was your favorite? 2mo
Twainy Hmmm Home Before Dark or Lock Every Door. Solid 4+ stars. Popcorn reading! Easy entertainment. 2mo
BookDragonNotWorm I like his other books, but this one was disappointing. 2mo
LoverOfLearning @Twainy I'll check them out! 2mo
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MelKelsey
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Book 45

I listened to a thriller about a college student who, after finding a ride home via a ride share board, is fearful that she may be in the car with her roommate's murderer. The novel jumped right into the suspense, and I worried it was premature. The drama continued and evolved throughout the novel but was overdone. The main character was frustratingly stupid, and I figured out the ending before the reveal. It was engaging. 3.5 ⭐s

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LoverOfLearning
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Cozy on my couch with a book in hand!

Just picked this one up! Hoping for a quick scare!

Thoughts?

Smartypants Finished that one a few months ago and it was awesome! Couldn‘t put it down. Now, it‘s not great literature but the escapism was awesome!! 2mo
LoverOfLearning @Smartypants I'll have to.let you know thoughts once I finish it! So far I'm 40 pages in. :) 2mo
she.epeolatry I found this book very underwhelming — especially considering the author was a film major. It was also really unclear who his target audience was. While I understand that the timing of the book had to be when cell phones didn‘t exist, the film references seemed generations before anyone in his reading demographic would be really familiar. 2mo
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LoverOfLearning @she.epeolatry I have so far been thinking the same thing! It's keeping me interested so far at least. Well see how the rest goes! 2mo
she.epeolatry @LoverOfLearning Good luck. It‘s not the worst but probably my least favorite of all his books — which is sad because I love movies as much as I love books. 😭 2mo
LoverOfLearning @she.epeolatry yeah I'm giving it 3.5 stars. I liked the concept and the storyline but yeah it was very predictable for me. Was really not shocked at all I enjoy the first half more then the 2nd. But I did appreciate the very last chapter. 2mo
LoverOfLearning @she.epeolatry and I agree I didn't know 1 film mentioned...should've targeted the reader better. but I did like Josh's music choices! 2mo
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Reagan
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Lucy approves… of anytime I cuddle with her. It snowed here so bed is where I will stay for the foreseeable future.

5feet.of.fury Lucy! I really liked that book 🎥 3mo
Reagan Oh my gosh it was so good @5feet.of.fury maybe my favourite Riley Sager book so far. 3mo
5feet.of.fury @Reagan between this and Final Girls for me! So good 3mo
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APLitlife
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite. Didn‘t care much for the characters and the ending was horrible.

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ItsAnotherJen
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Another book tok recommendation! After about 40% of the book, I was struggling to even continue with this one. It was getting boring. I wasn't into it at all. One of the most unreliable narrators ever, and I was questioning what was really even happening here. Then...then it got interesting.
I really enjoyed the 2nd half of the book. I liked the ending, never would of guessed that's how things would of played out! Not realistic but good.

5feet.of.fury Agree! Needs a suspension of disbelief but, it‘s a fun one! 4mo
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GinaKButler
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Up next on 🎧

#bookspinbingo

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MyNamesParadise
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Charlie (who‘s a girl) agrees to ride with a stranger named Josh to go home from college; the drive is from New Jersey to Ohio. She doesn‘t know if she can trust him after signs suggest he could be the Campus Killer. But she doesn‘t know if she can trust herself bc she has “movies in her mind” where she dissociated from reality & will admit it was an overused trope. It does have some good twists with a decent ending. I‘d read more of Sager.

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Lmass23
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Always read with a buddy!

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jackilynn
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FantasyChick
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It's entirely possible that I may have already read my most disappointing book of the year. I look forward to Sager's latest every summer and I tried with this, I really did. The twists weren't bad but predictable and kind of cheesy. The slow, SLOW pace couldn't keep me interested. The characters were very bland. What I did like was the style...which I didn't understand until the end. But that was fun. I hope his next one's better 🤞

Lizpixie Yeah, his books are always hit or miss for me too. Can‘t stop acquiring them though! I may have a problem🤔 (edited) 5mo
TheAromaofBooks I still haven't read any of his books, although I have several of them on my TBR. I'll probably not start with this one, though haha 5mo
monalyisha Yikes! I have faith in others on your list! Good luck. 🍀 5mo
MaleficentBookDragon Oh no! Sorry. I agree some of his are much better than others. 5mo
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Traci1
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Well, I finished it. It was bonkers, and not in a good way. It didn't help that the narrator over-enunciated every T. Omg was she irriTaTing. But even if I'd read it in print, I'd have really disliked it. The characters were awful and impossible to like, and the story was just ridiculous. There are loads of 5 star reviews of this one on goodreads, so maybe it's just me. 🤷‍♀️

xicanti Ugh. That kind of too-crisp diction makes me grit my teeth. 5mo
Laughterhp I‘ve given up on reading Riley Sager. I haven‘t really enjoyed any of his books. My friend read this one and told me all the crazy stuff that happened. It seems very ridiculous. 5mo
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Traci1
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Does this book get any less stupid? A little over halfway through, and it just gets more and more ridiculous.

Trashcanman Are you going to DNF? 5mo
FantasyChick I'm not quite to the halfway mark yet but I'm feeling about the same. Definitely not enjoying this as much as Sager's other works 5mo
Traci1 @Trashcanman thinking about it. It's just driving me crazy the dumb decisions that are going on. 5mo
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Traci1 @FantasyChick this is my first Sager, and I am not impressed. 5mo
Readerann Looks like one to avoid! 🙏 5mo
Traci1 @Readerann I did not think it got better. But the reviews on goodreads are mixed, so who knows? Maybe this just isn't the author for me. 5mo
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LauraRenae
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Part of me wishes that the book had allowed for the ambiguity of the unsolved crime, a storyline that would have been a little less safe. The final reveal was cliche but overall the book achieved its purpose - a solid thriller that held my attention and made me want to speed through. #bookspinbingo

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jackilynn
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House work done for the day so now time to kick back, relax, and enjoy what is left of my weekend.

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LauraRenae
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Already off to a good start with #BookSpinBingo, moving on to my second pick (tagged book). Sager's novels are often 'meh' for me but I can also never resist the hype.

TheAromaofBooks I still haven't read a Sager, although a few of them are on my TBR! 6mo
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kplovesbooks
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#12BooksOf2021 #10thbookof2021 #October
Loved, loved, LOVED this book!! 😍 I never thought a thriller could be described as special, but this is it. My 4th favorite book all year.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Would have been 5, but I always knock a star for language. Otherwise, 5 is not even enough, that's how much I loved it!)
@Andrew65

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DarkMina
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Andrew65 A good choice. 6mo
kplovesbooks This is my October pick! 🙌😊 6mo
DarkMina @kplovesbooks Great choice! 😁 6mo
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nmadriga
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I genuine did not care for the story until 2/3 of the way through only to be incredibly underwhelmed by the “twist” ending. The story itself could have been cut in half and changed nothing to the overall plot…

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Kaylamburson
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This book requires you to suspend your disbelief as it's all a bit ridiculous and unrealistic. And the plot moves forward because a college girl makes the world's stupidest decisions, which I hope no one in real life would make. With that said, Sager once again keeps you on the edge of your seat & desperate to know more. However, the "why" the MC, Charlie, is in this situation in the first place is not strong and undermines the overall plot.

Megabooks I remember this making me laugh with its absurdity. 6mo
Kaylamburson It was so absurd. Not the strongest story of Sager's. @Megabooks 6mo
APLitlife The ending🙄 3mo
Kaylamburson Truthfully I no longer remember it 😂. Except that it was all absurd haha @APLitlife 3mo
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H_SQUARED
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My reading buddy ❤️ I‘m halfway through the book and loving it!

TheSpineView Adorable! 6mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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I do so look forward to a new Riley Sager book & this one is a belter of a read. It starts off quite slowly, but as things pick up, the tension mounts, & I found myself flying through the final 40% of the book. It requires a hefty suspense of disbelief -but if you can do that, the twists keep on coming, & you won't be disappointed. 5🌟

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Hodder & Stoughton, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

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veebib
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"No one tells women that none of it is their fault. That the blame falls squarely on the awful men who do terrible things and the fucked-up society that raises them, molds them, makes excuses for them. People don‘t want to admit that there are monsters in their midst, so the monsters continue to roam free and the cycle of violence and blame continues."

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TravelsWithBooks
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kplovesbooks 🙌🙌🙌 LOVED this one! 7mo
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5feet.of.fury
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Due out 6/21/22 😍 already can‘t wait

5feet.of.fury Pic stolen from Sager‘s Insta 7mo
BeeMagical already pre-ordered 😂 👏 7mo
DarkMina I heard about this a bit ago when he posted about it on facebook because info about it had been leaked. There wasn‘t a cover yet though. I will definitely be getting it. Love Riley Sager! 7mo
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5feet.of.fury @BeeMagical I just did 🤣 something to look forward to, looks like a great summer read for by the water 😎 7mo
kplovesbooks Omg. It already has a cover???? 😍😍😍😍 I read his Insta post a couple months ago about his next one being at a cabin on a lake and I thought dude, say no more, we're already in line to buy it!! 🤣 7mo
5feet.of.fury @DarkMina @kplovesbooks I‘m so excited for this book and for it to be summer again haha 😆 the cover is gorgeous too! 7mo
DarkMina @5feet.of.fury The cover is beautiful! 7mo
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AshleyKorinE
Panpan

After Charlie's best friend dies she decided it was time to go home to her grandmother that loves her. The only way to do that was hitchhike her way home, also she sees movies in her mind. Charlie doesn't make a single decision that a woman with a brain would make, she wasn't a well written fleshed out character. The villain, both of them were also shallow and made no sense. The non-villain twist didn't fit the story. Overall the book was bad.

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TamTracy
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This book didn‘t hook me immediately like Sagar‘s other books. I was bored at the beginning then just confused with the MC‘s “movies”. Talk about an unrealizable narrator! Once things got going though it was twisty and shocking. I loved the last third! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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anniebannanie
Mehso-so

I guessed the twist :(

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magyklyXdelish
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Finished yesterday but forgot to post since I was at work! I really liked this one and I actually didn‘t mind the “mind movies” too much, but the dumb choices got annoying after a while lol I also LOVED the ending ☺️ awesome #LMPBC pick

Free Space for #BookSpinBingo
15pts for thriller + 90 for time read = 105 pts for #TeamSlaughter

magyklyXdelish @Clwojick I just got off work so I really need sleep, I‘m hoping it‘s okay if I post my totals when I wake up later tonight 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 8mo
Clwojick Anytime today or tomorrow is fine! We‘ll post the team totals on Wednesday ☺️ 8mo
sharread No rush in mailing it back. I'm behind in my reading anyway. Glad you liked it. 8mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
magyklyXdelish @sharread mailing this out today! 🤗🤗 8mo
sharread @magyklyXdelish thanks ❤ 8mo
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magyklyXdelish
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Diving in to the last #LMPBC of the month and one of my most anticipated books of the year 😍

kplovesbooks YES. 🙌 Hope you enjoy it! I loved this one!! 8mo
BeeMagical I love Sager!! Enjoy!! 8mo
sharread Hope you like it as much as I did. 💗 8mo
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tracey38
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Again, I'm behind. I'm sorry. I finished this the week before this past one. This one was good, it truly had me wanting to see what happened. And the twists at the end I wasn't expecting at all. A good October read.

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Eringogreen
Pickpick

My biggest complaint is the number of times “a movie in her mind” was used. Otherwise, this was propulsive and a good thriller.

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BoleyBooks
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #survivethenight #rileysager #bookbeast #bookjoy #dutton
What are you reading? 😊

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marleed
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Well, include me not among those that solve mysteries earlier than intended by an author. I didn‘t have a clue what was going to happen next. Fun read.

Cathythoughts Sounds good ! I never solve the mystery 😂🙄 9mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Sometimes I would rather not solve it and so purposely don't put the pieces together and just enjoy the ride! 9mo
dainarmb RIGHT? I was nearly bored af by this read til 2/3 of the way in. It escalated wonderfully! 9mo
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kplovesbooks I did figure it out but only because...who else was there?! It eliminated every other character and then I was like "hmmm....?" ? I LOVED this book though! ♥️♥️ 9mo
marleed @Cathythoughts @ChaoticMissAdventures @dainarmb @kplovesbooks I‘m always entertained by my inability to solve a mystery. This was a fun one to not solve. 9mo
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jillannjohn
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Breaking it up with something fun…

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dainarmb
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Mehso-so

New #BookSpinBingo board! I finished my #BookSpin read and thought it was a solid 3 🌟 offering. I was bored until the story took turns I didn't anticipate! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 9mo
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dainarmb
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Because I'm late again, I didn't shuffle the list (again!) and simply plugged in new books on my tbr list into where the ones I've read were. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
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DanaManiac
Bailedbailed

Couldn‘t get into this one at all. There was literally no reasonable explanation for why the MC was even in the situation that the whole book was based on, so I had to jump ship.

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MeJeMiller
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I totally understand the unreliable narrator complaint now. I want to smack that girl. I have anger and love for the ending. I‘m mad I don‘t know what to believe in this book. But I like the author. Totally thought Charlie was the killer for half the book. I mean….serial killer.

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Reynosa8701
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Sending this out tomorrow! #lmpbc12 #groupf

sharread Yippee 🎃🎃🎃 9mo
magyklyXdelish I still haven‘t received this one :( 8mo
Reynosa8701 @magyklyXdelish sorry I‘m sending out tomorrow 8mo
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magyklyXdelish @Reynosa8701 no worries I was late sending mine out this month. I was worried it was the post office :) 8mo
magyklyXdelish Were you able to mail it out yet? 8mo
Reynosa8701 @magyklyXdelish yes you should receive it by tomorrow 8mo
magyklyXdelish @Reynosa8701 hi hi! I got it today! My husband grabbed the package before I could see it. It‘s been sitting on our counter for a day and I didn‘t realize 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ thank you! 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Tgbsfk Cute lights 🤗 9mo
Eggs OMG love everything about this🧡🎃🍁 9mo
Sumi Gorgeous! 9mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Tgbsfk thank you! 🧡 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs thank you! It was spur of the moment on my way out of the door this morning 🧡🖤 9mo
DarkMina love it! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @DarkMina thank you!! 🧡 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Sumi thank you 💞 9mo
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SerenaCrawford
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4 out 5 stars. Definitely a good read. Just when I was figuring it out there were twists. It was a quick read but enjoyable.

APLitlife Not the best. And the ending angered me. Don‘t want to give spoilers. 3mo
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AFrostCauseReads
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Omg I‘m so sorry this is so late, but wow, everything in my #fallingforfallswap #fffs is absolutely perfect 😍 thank you so much @Gaylagal2 🤗 I‘m so impressed by the Poe socks and so happy they‘re bigger than the standard size (finally socks that fit my calves, lol 😅) I‘m ready to cozy up with the blanket, cup of tea, and enjoy some spooky fall reading, thank you!!!
And thank you @Avanders for hosting🧡🍂🍁🍂🧡 (so sorry again for being late 😔)

Avanders Yay!! A great fall package ☺️😍🍁🍂🧡💛 9mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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I enjoyed this thriller, like Charlie, I have a love for older films, so I was familiar with most that were referenced. I liked that Charlie was a unreliable not bc of drinking/pills, but because her coping mechanism is to see movies play out. Plus, all the twists!
#Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter @clwojick #Screamathon @4thHouseontheLeft #ReadLikeHellathon @readlikehellathon #MurderTheyReadathon #BookSpinBingo #TheAromaofBooks #WickedThon @StayCurious

Clwojick Woohoo! 🖤 9mo
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