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Every Vow You Break
Every Vow You Break: A Novel | Peter Swanson
A brides dream honeymoon becomes a nightmare when a man with whom shes had a regrettable one-night stand shows up in this electrifying psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of Eight Perfect Murders. Abigail Baskin never thought shed fall in love with a millionaire. Then she met Bruce Lamb. Hes a good guy, stable, level-headed, kinda refreshing twist from her previous relationships. But right before the wedding, Abigail has a moment of uncertainty. The drunken one-night stand from her bachelorette weekend, the sexy guy who wouldnt give her his real name, didnt really mean anything she keeps telling herself. She puts the incident out of her mind, and now believes she wants to be with Bruce for the rest of her life. Their honeymoon on a luxurious, secluded island in Maine will be the beginning of their blissful lives together. Then the mysterious stranger suddenly appearsand Abigails future life and happiness are turned upside down. He insists that their passionate night was the beginning of something much, much more. Something special. Something realand hes tracked her down to prove it. Does she tell Bruce and ruin their idyllic honeymoonand possibly their marriage? Or should she handle this psychopathic stalker on her own? To make the situation worse, strange things begin to happen. She sees a terrified woman in the night shadows, and no one at the resort seems to believe anything is amiss including her perfect new husband.
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BookDragonNotWorm
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Mehso-so

A bride's bachelorette fling shows up at the island where she & her husband are honeymooning. An intriguing premise, a mysterious setting, a plot thickening into a Hitchcockian vibe - yet I almost put this one down several times. The text was repetitive, like he was trying to meet a minimum word count & read like a grocery list, detailing things that did nothing to move the plot forward. Parts were very creepy, but I was a bit disappointed. 3.5

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Kris10H
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Mehso-so

⭐⭐⭐
I can kind of see where the author was trying to go...I just can't say the story effectively got there. A bit of a thriller, with a unique idea - lacking a little in execution.

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AshleyKorinE
Panpan

I read this months ago and I can't tell you a single character name. What I can tell you is I hated this book. A man brings his new bride to a secluded island where only other men are staying. They decide it's a good idea to chase and hunt her on the island like twisted horror story adulterer hunger games. The attitudes of the male characters in this book were so bad I finished it just so I could say how much I hated it. I don't recommend it.

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Cathythoughts
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Pickpick

Another great read from Peter Swanson 👍🏻.... He is consistently good & easy to read. . I hope he keeps writing.

Ruthiella Ooh! Good to know! I‘ve only read 2mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella That‘s the only one I havnt read … I‘m not drawn to it .. I feel that I won‘t know all the references & I won‘t get it .. 🤔 maybe I‘m missing out. Did you like it ? 2mo
Ruthiella Yeah, I liked it. You don‘t need to have read the 8 novels to “get” it because he explains it all in the book. But there are plot spoilers for the 8 books and for The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (which isn‘t one of the 8). 2mo
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LeahBergen I‘ve only read two of his but I enjoyed them both. 👍🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Thanks 👍🏻 I might give it a miss .. spoilers 🙄.. unless I read all the books mentioned first 😀 2mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen He‘s easy to read .. kind of ‘ light thrillers ‘ , would you say ?! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my list!! 2mo
Cathythoughts @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh good ! I hope you like it & I look forward to your thoughts 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Mehso-so

So this started off really good and then WTF? My first book by this author I didn't really enjoy. #doublespin for October @TheAromaofBooks #teamslaughter @Clwojick

TheAromaofBooks I felt the same way. I frequently think Litsy needs a “WTF“ option for books you can't stop reading but literally are off the rails 😂 2mo
Clwojick Lol. I love that idea @TheAromaofBooks 2mo
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JenReadsAlot
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My physical books for #scarathlon2021 #teamslaughter @Clwojick Many more on my Kindle and Audible!

Traci1 Razorblade Tears was so good. 3mo
JenReadsAlot @Traci1 I'm looking forward to it! 3mo
Clwojick Awesome! 3mo
KLyn1 My Daddy Is A Hero looks amazing!! 2mo
JenReadsAlot @KLyn1 It really does. 2mo
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DarkMina
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Mehso-so

136 of 2021. The idea of this story was interesting, but it ended up only being okay for me. It was a quick enough read, but didn‘t have the thrills or keep you in suspense that would have made it a better story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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swishandflick
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Mehso-so

I usually love Peter Swanson's over-the-top psych thrillers but this one didn't quite work for me. I liked the concept in general but the suspense didn't build for me in the way his books usually do, and I found the twists less shocking. Not bad, though! A quick palate cleanser. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

swishandflick @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes! That's still my favorite of his. 4mo
Cathythoughts I think I‘ll give this one a miss !! I loved The Kind Worh Killing too @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks & I loved Her Every Fear …. I wasn‘t gone on Eight Perfect Murders … … 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4mo
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vivastory I haven't read this one yet, I was in #unpopularopinion camp bc I liked 8 Perfect Murders 4mo
swishandflick @vivastory I enjoyed that one too! I think this one is the only book of his that I haven't rated a "pick" 4mo
MartinaLove I haven't heard good things about this book. 4mo
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recuffley
Pickpick

This book got a lot of poor reviews, but I honestly loved it. I couldn‘t put it down and read it in one evening. The plot was absurd yet disturbing. The plot twists actually got me. When they were all about to get on the plane and just started laughing… so creepy. I‘ve only read one other book by Peter Swanson, so maybe that‘s why 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Bookgirl
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Pickpick

Is this a “good” book? Mmm, no I wouldn‘t say it‘s particularly well written, doesn‘t have great characters, and the plot is ludicrous. But…but…I had fun reading it and pretty much devoured it in one fell swoop. Plus, it was odd and unexpected, which I like. Points for originality and readability. I was entertained, even if I did keep thinking I‘m not sure WHY I‘m entertained 😂 It‘s a story about infidelity/revenge/survivorship. #beachreading

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Kappadeemom
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Abagail is getting married but she had a one night fling on her bachelorette night and now that guy is tracking her down. So far, it‘s pretty good!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!! 5mo
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kyraleseberg
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Mehso-so

While it was compulsively readable, the premise was so far fetched and actions of the MC so ridiculous, I was pretty disappointed. Peter Swanson has always been an auto-read for me but these last two have left me frustrated. Here's hoping his next reignites the spark for me!

Hooked_on_books I‘ve really liked his other books that I‘ve read, but I thought this one was awful! 5mo
kyraleseberg @Hooked_on_books I agree! I gave it a so-so simply because it somehow managed to be compulsively readable and I don't understand how with that flimsy plot. 5mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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I actually hit my page goal for #AnyWayYouReadathon!! I haven't done that in a while so I was pretty stoked. The readathon really did inspire me to read a few times that I was thinking about doing something else, so I appreciate the boost!! The tagged book is what sent me over the top - it may have been a train wreck, but it was one I couldn't put down 😂 Total: 1246/1200pgs!!
@kimmypete1 @MidnightBookGirl @Eggbeater

kimmypete1 Yay!!!🎉🎉 6mo
Nute Awesome!🙌🏽 6mo
DivineDiana Fantastic! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 6mo
Eggbeater Way to go! 🎉 6mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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Mehso-so

I've said it before & I will say it again, Litsy needs a “WTF“ option for books that are batshit crazy but compulsively readable. I blew through this entire book in one evening because I did not want to put it down - despite the fact that no one was particularly likable, the plot was completely unbelievable, every twist just made the story more absurd, & the more I think about it the more questions I have... But I couldn't stop reading!! ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Does that make it a Pick or a Pan? 2* or 4*? Do I rate it on whether I would recommend it to others or on how much I wanted to keep reading when I was reading it? It's hard to say, so I guess I'm just going middle of the ground for my rating. If you don't mind thrillers that are just genuinely over-the-top ridiculous, this may be the read for you 😂 6mo
TheLudicReader Peter Swanson in a nutshell. I haven‘t read this one, but I have read a couple others. I really liked 6mo
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Bookwormjillk Ha! So true! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks @TheLudicReader - It's true!! I've read several of Swanson's novels & every time I get to the end & think “WHY?!“ - but I can't stop reading them! I haven't read The Kind Worth Killing, but I've read a few others & they're just sooo addictive! I especially enjoyed 6mo
Eggbeater I like the WTF option! 6mo
MidnightBookGirl I will totally be reading this because I enjoy WTF books, and Swanson doesn't disappoint in that department. 😆 6mo
In_the_stacks Haha I want to read this now 😬 6mo
bookandbedandtea Your review is brilliant! This is on my TBR and I can't decide if I'm now more or less interested in reading it. 🤔 6mo
bibliobard I would love a WTF option 😂 6mo
JackOBotts Yes! I feel like I would give a WTF to 6mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 6mo
Megabooks Litsy definitely needs a WTF option!! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks @Eggbeater @bibliobard @JackOBotts @Megabooks - There are just so many books that I didn't exactly like but also don't regret reading - and I feel like an author deserves some kudos for sucking me in against my will! 😂 6mo
TheAromaofBooks @MidnightBookGirl @In_the_stacks @bookandbedandtea - All of Swanson's books are a little bit on the ridiculous side, but this one is the most over-the-top one that I've read yet lol But I did love the claustrophobic atmosphere of being trapped on the island. 6mo
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akfreeborn
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Mehso-so

I like Swanson‘s book but this one was actually over the top creepy and not terribly believable. I read it quickly and am glad I finished but not a favorite of mine. I like revenge plots but this was not exactly that.

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AvidlyAlexis
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Pickpick

25/100, 4☆, Very good thriller! This kept me guessing what would happen next, like any good thriller. I guess correctly for some of the twists but not all, so it was really engrossing. The dramatic atmosphere was satisfyingly creepy as well. Definitely recommend.

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Hooked_on_books
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Panpan

This book starts out as a not bad, not great story about a woman who cheats during her bachelorette weekend and is haunted and rattled by it. Then it revolves into absurdity. I‘ve read this author before and liked those books, but this one is a major misfire. He just wasn‘t able to make this storyline believable. Skip this one.

TrishB It‘s definitely not getting the best reviews! 7mo
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tracey38
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Mehso-so

Ok, so I enjoyed the last third of this book. That's when the book felt like a thriller to me and where I didn't know what was going to happen and where I kinda felt on the edge of my seat. However, the first 2/3 of this book felt a bit boring, even annoying. It kept me slightly interested in wanting to find out what happens, so I didn't DNF it, but it didn't have much action or thriller vibes. So a definite so-so for me.

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Reviewsbylola
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#bathandbook combined with #bookreport, because why not.

Obviously I‘m bathing with a current read. The other books (+literary mag) in my rotation are on the bottom. Books finished this week are on the top.

Only 13 more school days until summer!

Cinfhen Love this photo and book report 🥰are you back to the lake for the summer?? I can‘t believe this school year is almost over 🤗time is flying 7mo
BarbaraBB Great pic! 13 days til summer? I feel like spring has yet to come 🥶 7mo
Reviewsbylola No, unfortunately we have too many activities going on at home this summer to spend months at the lake. 😭 @Cinfhen 7mo
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BookishTrish
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Panpan

I could tell going into this audiobook that it was not for me. I listened anyway and thought it blew. It felt outdated even though it‘s a new book. Carissa Vackers narration made it better but still 🙄

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peaknit
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Panpan

This book is the worst I have read in a while. The characters were unlikable and the story was ridiculous. Maybe at another time I would find it redeeming. It started promising enough but half way through...I started rushing to get to the the end, hoping it might improve. I normally enjoy this author, so I was surprised at how much I literally hated this book. I checked ratings here mid way and realized, a consensus! I‘ll look here first! 😂

JenReadsAlot Ugh that sucks. I've really enjoyed all his books so far... 7mo
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Julsmarshall
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Mehso-so

Decent thriller but a little predictable. The author‘s take on the subject felt less than authentic. It kept me listening but definitely not my favorite of his.

KathyWheeler Every time I see this title I start singing “Every Breath You Take.” 7mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
Pickpick

A wild ride of a book 3.75/5
This is the #LiterallyDeadBookClub pick for April

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Julsmarshall
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#currentlisten during lunch 😄

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GerardtheBookworm
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Pickpick

A last ditch effort to sow her wild oats causes a bride to be to have a one night stand with a stranger. Little does she know her lover would be her stalker in the fun, psychological thriller.

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WonderlandMind
Mehso-so

This was a quick thriller. I felt like there were a lot of plot holes or undeveloped plot lines that could have used some improvement. While the story was enjoyable, it also wasn‘t believable. The setting was great and the plot had the beginnings of a really interesting storyline.

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candority
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Panpan

Ooof, this was pretty predictable… I don‘t know how many more red flags Abigail needed, but I just wanted to shake her! There was also so much filler about her parent‘s theatre and her past that didn‘t end up contributing to the story at all. I have a lot of other thoughts about the book, but they would all be spoilers. Only 2⭐️ from me!

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guinsgirlreads
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Pickpick

He address a lot triggers in this one, and it‘s a little out of reality at times, but I enjoyed his writing per usual. Read the whole thing in a day. 😏

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guinsgirlreads
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Starting this one! I don‘t know why I‘ve put it off for so long 🤦🏻‍♀️.

kyraleseberg Excited for your thoughts on this, I've seen such mixed reviews!! 8mo
guinsgirlreads @kyraleseberg Thank you! 😊 I have too.. 😳 8mo
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StuckOnChapter13
Mehso-so

I want to start off by saying that I did enjoy this read. I thought the tone kept the suspense and gave a gothic feeling to the setting. The description of the island is bitter-sweet, it is beautiful and disturbing and made me constantly battle with myself whether or not I would have loved the location. I also thought that the protagonist was quite intelligent and wasn't all that naive considering the circumstances. But the plot was predictable.

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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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Mehso-so

Between a Pick and a So-So
Overall Rating 3½⭐ | Narration 😁 = Very Good
There are quite a few people that didn‘t care for this and it does feel like a departure from his other works, so I can see why they didn‘t. How did I feel...well, I didn‘t love it. It did feel a little “out there” and slightly preposterous. But, I didn‘t hate it, either. It held my interest despite these issues...it was even kind of fun, in an odd kind of kill-y way.

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JenlovesJT47
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Pickpick

I‘ve enjoyed all of Peter Swanson‘s books that I‘ve read so far and this was no exception. The reviews are mostly mixed, but I would recommend this when you‘re in the mood to not think too much and just escape for a few hours. It‘s a quick read that can be read in a day. The first half is a little slow but the chapters are short so it still seems to fly by. The action really picks up in the 2nd half and I had a hard time putting it down. Some ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 People think it strains the lines of credulity but I‘m reminded every day that the world truly is a crazy place and I don‘t think it‘s out of the realm of possibility. Rich people make the world go round, after all. Don‘t overthink it and just enjoy the ride! 4⭐️ 8mo
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jackilynn
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Mehso-so
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Jeannineth
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Abigail has a drunken one night stand at her bachelorette party. But she put that indiscretion behind her. Then the man appears on her honeymoon saying their affair meant much much more to him. I‘m expecting a lot from this thriller because it is Peter Swanson, the author of The kind Worth Killing. Anyone read this yet?

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Lovesbooks87
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Pickpick

I loved every minute of this audiobook. Abigail thinks she is going to have a dream honeymoon. But it turns into a deadly nightmare when her one night stand from her bachelorette weekend shows up. This book reminded me why I love thrillers so much and need to start reading them more again. The author kept me on my toes and had so many twists that I didn‘t see coming at all!

#bookspinbingo

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vivastory
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I meant to post my latest book I've added to my signed book collection. Swanson is definitely a favorite, so I'm thrilled to have it.

LeahBergen Nice! And this one sounds really good, too. 8mo
Addison_Reads I've heard good things about Swanson, but I haven't read anything of his yet. I think it's time to fix that. 8mo
vivastory @LeahBergen I know Eight Perfect Murders had mixed reviews but I really liked it. I've heard great things about this one! 8mo
Erika_books_always I bought this book over the weekend. Can't wait to read it😃 8mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Pickpick

A brides dream honeymoon becomes a nightmare when a man she had a one night stand with shows up.

This was a slow start for me but once the story got rolling I couldn‘t put it down. There is some stuff in here that some might say isn‘t plausible but I really enjoyed this book and couldn‘t put it down. There were some details in the book that the character would forget that left me wondering what the point was.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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LoveToReadLiveToRead
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Not been on Litsy for ages, not sure if it‘s because I‘ve had a bit of a run of “meh” books or what.

This was one was good though, definitely had me gripped, especially towards the end.

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Jemgirl2014
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I did not expect to get this one so soon. Cool!

Lovesbooks87 I got this one today too! 8mo
Jemgirl2014 @Lovesbooks87 Ooh! Nice! Hope you enjoy it. I cant wait to dig in! 8mo
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TaciturnWhenReading
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We are all pretty excited that these two arrived!

rabbitprincess 😻😻 9mo
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JenReadsAlot
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#bookmail So excited I forgot I pre-ordered this!

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abookishbutterfly
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Pickpick

Thrillers are generally guided by the highly implausible & this was certainly no exception. If you want a story that runs on logic, this one isn‘t for you. I may have had to do a major suspension of disbelief, but I do think Swanson did some clever things with this book.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3515357499

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abookishbutterfly

“Involving herself in that fictional world, no matter how dark that world was, was preferable to thinking about what had happened in her actual life.”

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bluestocking.book.nerd
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Mehso-so

So... WHAT THE F$&#?!?

To explain my reaction a bit, mostly men are trash and a little bit crazy. I called the ending, but the book kept giving me hope that it would surprise me. The thrills and suspense were good, not great. Character was good, not great. The ending was good, not great. Very little substance despite all the detail and an ending that feels unfinished despite wrapping up in a neat little bow. 3⭐