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Strangers on a Train
Strangers on a Train: A Virago Modern Classic | Patricia Highsmith
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The psychologists would call it folie a deux . . . 'Bruno slammed his palms together. "Hey! Cheeses, what an idea! I kill your wife and you kill my father! We meet on a train, see, and nobody knows we know each other! Perfect alibis! Catch?''' From this moment, almost against his conscious will, Guy Haines is trapped in a nightmare of shared guilt and an insidious merging of personalities. 'The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer' The Times
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jen182
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Such an engrossing book, and even better, the narrator does a very good job of giving each character their own speaking traits, etc. 😄

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EadieB
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Day 24 - #stranger #anewchapter

Strangers on a Train was an excellent 1950's debut for 29 year old Patricia Highsmith. It is a tour de force of social satire and psychological drama. Charles Bruno and Guy Haines meet on a train and Bruno manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. "Some people are better off dead," Bruno remarks, "like your wife and my father, for instance." Bruno's plan shows Guy that anyone can become a murderer.

vkois88 Omg! Lol I love stories like this that appear so outlandish... I mean, who would walk up and introduce into the conversation a proposal of murder. The sad thing is, it really does happen... or maybe I just used to watch too much ID channel 😂 5mo
EadieB @vkois88 it a really good book and an Alfred Hitchcock movie! 5mo
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EadieB
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Day 11 - adventrecommends

Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno are passengers on the same train. Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. "Some people are better off dead," Bruno remarks, "like your wife and my father, for instance." As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy is trapped into believing that anybody is capable of murder.

EadieB I enjoyed this one a lot and it is also a Hitchcock movie! 6mo
LisaW I‘ve been binging Highsmith lately...This one is next. 6mo
EadieB @LisaW Great! I hope you enjoy it! 6mo
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Gezemice
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Mehso-so

Two men meet on the train, and their lives intertwine with murder, guilt, and a gradual descent to madness. Bruno, the rotten man, haunts and coerces Guy, the seemingly good one; but they are more alike then they seem: there is good and evil in everyone. There are interesting themes at play, and this would have made an excellent short story. However, it is drawn out too long, the middle is quite boring, and there is too much self-torture. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

KathyWheeler I keep meaning to read this book because I loved the movie. 7mo
Gezemice @KathyWheeler I have never seen the movie but I suspect it is better than the book. A condensed version would have more impact. 7mo
Liatrek The movie is excellent! I still need to give the book a try. 7mo
Gezemice @Liatrek Sounds like I need to give the movie a try! 7mo
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teainthelibrary
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A thriller/mystery that started off really strong, but unfortunately died off in the end. About half way through, I really began to struggle. Up to that point though, I was really loving it - it made me anxious and uncomfortable in all the best ways. It‘s clearly a classic for a reason but I just couldn‘t get into it.

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This was good. Very much a psychological novel, as we are mostly in Guy‘s mind as he tries to deal with Bruno, and at the same time, move on with his life. It does switch to a couple of other perspectives, as well, but mostly we follow Guy. Good book

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Bronson Pinchot was the reader and believe it or not, Balki was excellent! 😂 #favoritereadofsummer #allthebookssept18 @TheReaderBee @Loriimagination

Liatrek One of my favorite Hitchcock movies😊 9mo
Indexasaurus Balki!! I loved Perfect Strangers, lol. 9mo
LeahBergen I recently bought this book. 👍🏼 9mo
mgallo1968 Pinchot is a FABULOUS narrator! MATTERHORN and MY KOREAN DELI were so good, highly recommend!! 9mo
Mindyrecycles @mgallo1968 Thanks, I had no idea he was in the narration business or that his normal speaking voice was so fabulous. Thanks for the titles; I‘m adding them to my Audible wish list. 9mo
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teainthelibrary
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Kicking off the season of spooky reads with Patricia Highsmith and a dirty chai latte! This book has been on my TBR for many, many years, and I can‘t wait to spend this weekend curled up with it. I‘m about a third through it already and it‘s giving me so much anxiety!!

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laurenlovesliterature

A little audio book to help lull my ass to sleep. 😑😴🎧📱🌌🌆

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Mindyrecycles
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1. 59
2. 90! Gonna be close.
3. Strangers on a Train. Not a word out of place.
4. The Namesake. I loved Interpreter of Maladies.
#2018checkin

CarolynM I loved The Interpreter of Maladies too. Still haven't gotten around to The Namesake 9mo
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LeahBergen
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To plan a perfect murder, you may need to be sitting #RightNextToTheRightOne on a train. 😉

#SeptemberDanes

vivastory Well played! 👏👏 9mo
vivastory Now I have an overwhelming desire to rewatch the movie! 9mo
Reviewsbylola I LOVE these editions! So far all I have is 9mo
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readordierachel This edition 😍😍 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s a great edition and great pick! 👏 9mo
Kalalalatja That edition 😍😍😍 I need all of them in my life! 9mo
Cathythoughts I love it ! Excellent answer 💫 9mo
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Mindyrecycles
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Patricia Highsmith is a wonder...who else could build such a suspenseful, detailed, intelligent, seductive page turner? I love this campy cover, but alas it is not mine. #lastbookyouloved #allthebookssept18 @TheReaderBee @Loriimagination

KathyWheeler I need to read this book; Strangers on a Train is one of my favorite movies. 10mo
Sweettartlaura Sooooo good! 10mo
Gezemice I love that cover! So vintage pulp fiction! 7mo
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ManyWordsLater
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At a friends wedding this weekend. No kid. Craving a comfy chair and a proper mug.

Reviewsbylola Oooooh enjoy your kid free weekend!! 10mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This is between a pick and a so-so. I can see why some disliked the book because the two main characters are very disagreeable - one a deranged fellow, the other, weak and spineless. But they both make an interesting character study and Highsmith made a fascinating examination of the relationship between the two guys. This is more of a psychological tale exploring issues of guilt and morality rather than a murder story.

TieDyeDude My favorite Hitchcock movie. I may have to give the book a try 11mo
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EadieB
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Patricia Highsmith is best known for The Talented Mr Ripley but I really enjoyed Strangers on a Train. Alfred Hitchcock made a movie of this thriller. The reader gets a good taste of Highsmith's remarkable range of psychological insight. It is a tangled web of murder, desperation and manipulation and should not be missed if you like psychological thrillers. I look forward to reading more of Patricia Highsmith's novels in the near future.

Weaponxgirl Another book that's been on my radar. 😀 12mo
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Andrew65 I know both the books but not read either of them! 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I haven‘t read Mr Ripley but I did enjoy the movie. 12mo
LikelyLibrarian I‘ve read Ripley before. Love Highsmith! 12mo
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Jocelyn73c
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Weekend vibes 📚📚📚

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Blaire
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After meeting Bruno on the train, Guy finds himself drawn into Bruno‘s murderous plans and must #actnaturally in spite of the guilt that is eating away at him. #heyjune

GypsyKat Nice choice! 12mo
batsy I need to read this! I loved the Hitchcock adaptation 🖤 12mo
Blaire @batsy it made feel so tense...waiting for it all to come crashing down. 12mo
Blaire @GypsyKat 😊 12mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Haines received an unexpected proposal, when a chance meeting with a stranger on a train got him entangled in something more than he bargained for.

#HeyJune #tickettoride

Cinfhen Cute pillow ~ love the matching font 😉😍 12mo
Liatrek This one of my favorite Hitchcock movies. I‘ve been meaning to read the book for sometime. 12mo
ephemeralwaltz @Liatrek same here! 12mo
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GypsyKat Love it! 12mo
ladym30 Love the movie! 12mo
TieDyeDude I loved the movie (and Throw Mama from the Train 😁), but I never knew it was a book! 12mo
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Jocelyn73c
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Sick day...feeling like total trash...head is kind of throbbing...but we do have a delightful storm happening so maybe I'll be able to start this classic thriller that I've had on my #ShamefulBookClub list for a while now 🔪😮🛤️

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cariashley
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While the audiobook narration was fantastic, the plot was simply absurd and beyond comprehension. It would be a pan, except Bronson Pinchot was a real treat to listen to.

ChaitanyaSethi In principle, the idea was fascinating. But it didn't deliver as well as it should have. 1y
cariashley @ChaitanyaSethi totally agree! I‘m a big crime and punishment fan too but this definitely fell short for the genre 1y
ChaitanyaSethi @cariashley you should try Mark Gimenez's Color of Law and Accused. Those are brilliant crime fiction novels. And very underrated 1y
cariashley @ChaitanyaSethi ooh I will look that up, thanks! 1y
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ephemeralwaltz
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I love color prompts! #Red #ReadingResolutions @Jess7

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Sweettartlaura
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February was a great month, with lots of great reading.
But I have to pick Strangers on a Train as my favorite:
I listened to it, & that was astounding;
it‘s far better than Hitchcock‘s movie version;
it felt perfectly modern stylistically even though it‘s coming up on 70 years old;
it was my first Patricia Highsmith, & now I have a whole new author to explore 😍

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Sweettartlaura
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My first Patricia Highsmith, & at less than 10% in, I‘m already excited!

AlaMich I saw the movie. And, of course, Throw Momma from the Train. Enjoyed both. 😊 1y
EvieBee The narrator is the actor who played Cousin Balky from Perfect Strangers. 1y
Sweettartlaura Yes, @EvieBee & he‘s doing a GREAT job. I‘d listen to him read more, based on what I‘m hearing so far. 1y
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EvieBee @Sweettartlaura Me too! Which is why I bought the Annihilation anthology when I saw he was the narrator. 1y
Sweettartlaura Good to know @EvieBee - Thanks! I‘ll keep that in mind. 1y
Sweettartlaura @AlaMich I hate to say this about a Hitchcock film - that I loved - but ... the book is better 🤷🏻‍♀️. Give it a whirl one of these days. And try the audiobook - it‘s REALLY good. 1y
Sweettartlaura @JoeStalksBeck I think Bruno is the prototype for our Joe. Wouldn‘t know it from the film. But listening to him, hearing his obsession with Guy, seeing the risks he takes... he could be Joe‘s grandfather. 1y
JoeStalksBeck Haha! Could be! 1y
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Rachel.Rencher
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@MaleficentBookDragon I just got my amazing book mail! Thank you so much for including a surprise book, it made my day & I've been dying to read this one. 😍😍 You're the best!

I'll be posting my #PayItForward giveaway soon! 😊

MaleficentBookDragon You‘re so welcome! Enjoy and Happy Holidays! 2y
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Jess7
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This book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1951 film by the same name, #StrangersOnATrain. Guy, a man in the midst of a divorce, and Charles, a sadistic psychopath, are passengers on the same train. Charles convinces Guy to swap murders (his father for Guy‘s wife). As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy is trapped in a perilous world, where, under the right circumstances, anybody is capable of murder. #TBR #Trains #NoteworthyNovember

KathyWheeler I loved that movie and keep meaning to read the book. 2y
Jess7 I think it sounds good. @KathyWheeler . I don‘t think I‘ve watched the movie either. I‘ve heard good things about both. @MinDea have you read this book or watched the movie by the same name? 2y
MinDea I have not watched or read it. 2y
cobwebmoth I've never read the book, but I loved the movie. 2y
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Kerly: "This is a thriller from the 50s and about two strangers on a train. One is a psychopath and the other one is an architect. The two decide to murder someone for each other. The architect is not such a bad person but he's being influenced by the psychopath. I've influenced people before, like my sister or cousin, to do something they didn't want to do. When they want to say no I ask them, when have I ever taken to a place you didn't like?"

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#Stranger #AwesomeAutumnBooks @Jess7

I hear they are re-making the movie! I saw the old one recently. It was okay. I really disliked the characters. How can anyone let themselves get so caught up with such a criminal and not put an end to it? There were many parts of the book that had me rolling my eyes in frustration with the characters. I think it was Highsmith's first novel, and in that case it wasn't soooo bad, I suppose. 😊 🕵🗡🔫🚈🚉

TorieStorieS Have you seen Throw Momma From The Train? It's a comedic spin of the story and a great movie! 2y
No_One @TorieStorieS I saw it years ago! I had no idea it was a parody of this story! I should check it out again! 😊 2y
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Panpan

Some decent prose aside, I detested this novel so intensely—its eye-rollingly predictable plot, a short story's worth stretched thin and ponderous—that by the end I was considering approaching indiscriminately homicidal strangers on the train myself, begging them to please please please put me out of my misery.

KellyMuser Thanks for your review. I was wondering if I didn't really give this book a fair shake because I couldn't help making some comparisons to Crime and Punishment, and found this book wanting. 2y
LeahBergen I think you still need to give The Talented Mr Ripley a shot (you haven't read it, have you?) 2y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen I saw the movie. All these years later, all I recall is the Damon speedo scene. :-) 2y
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Cobscook Agree with your review....I hated both men and thought the story was dragged out! 2y
andrew61 Were you doing it for the readers readalong shawn - i did the sympathizer last year but whilst i enjoy highsmith i wasn't too anxious to begin this. 2y
saresmoore I couldn't quite bring myself to be interested enough in this to read it. The movie sounds interesting, though. 😏 2y
shawnmooney @saresmoore Buddywatch? 😛😛 2y
shawnmooney @andrew61 Yes indeed. I am eagerly awaiting Thomas's takedown! 😂 (edited) 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved Ripley - wanna read this one too! 2y
KVanRead Such an awesome movie too. "Criss-cross. Criss-cross." 2y
Cobscook This is my current audiobook. That Bruno is a creepy one! 2y
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krpotts
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Just finished this on audio and am left a little unsure. I enjoyed how dialogue heavy it was, and the twisted, yin-yang relationship between the protagonists. There is seemingly one major flaw in the crime aspect which makes me question if I can consider this book any better than just "good".

The narration boosted this to a ?? for me! I loved his voices and his noir-styled voice.

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quirkyreader
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My, what a day. I had to go to three different health food stores to find everything that I needed. I miss having everything at one place. I did stop by Archive during my quest and found this.

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bedandabook
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Power cut. Can't do any of the 101 things on my to do list and have tried the conversation thing. Only one option left; coffee and a very good book...

Reviewsbylola Secretly a good thing then. 😂 2y
EvieBee Nice. Not the power but the coffee and book. I love your polka dot cup and saucer. 2y
bedandabook No secretly about it, @Reviewsbylola! 2y
bedandabook Thank you @EvieBee. I enjoyed it while it lasted. The cup and saucer are by Emma Bridgewater. 2y
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Abailliekaras
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Mehso-so

Guy needs to divorce his wife; Charles wants rid of his father - he proposes they each kill for the other ('the perfect murder'). Guy says no but is drawn in against his will. Stalked by Charles, his life becomes a nightmare & he risks losing his fiancée Anne & his career. Guy is weak, Charles mad, the women submissive or mean, & the plot very slow. Perceptive writing, characters feel true & atmosphere creepy & real; I admired more than liked it.

Cinfhen Great review and photo! I miss those Thomas days 💙💙💙 2y
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen thanks! My son and my father share a love of trains! 🚂 2y
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bedandabook
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Settling down to start this one this evening for The Readers podcast summer readalong. I can't believe I've never read any Patricia Highsmith before; this book had me hooked within a few pages. Loving it already.

EvieBee It's a good one! 2y
bedandabook Great news, @EvieBee! 2y
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Abailliekaras
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Starting this for The Readers summer readalong. With a home-style pumpkin pasta - it tastes better than it looks! #bookndinner

RealLifeReading Ooh I've been eyeing this version of the book 2y
Sisenegger That looks delicious! 2y
Abailliekaras @RealLifeReading I'm enjoying it so far 😊 @Sisenegger it was! I ate too much though 😬😜 2y
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shawnmooney I'm really liking this on audio so far! 2y
Abailliekaras @shawnmooney that sounds good! I'm starting to get frustrated with Guy ... 2y
bedandabook I'm starting this one today, too. Love that cover, and your dinner looks good as well! 2y
Abailliekaras @bedandabook thanks! 😊 2y
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shawnmooney
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#QuoteOfTheDay

Doing this on audio to prepare for The Readers podcast summer read along. It's my first Highsmith, and I'm into it far more than I had expected. Being narrated by the inimitable Bronson Pinchot certainly helps!

krpotts I need to get on this stat! Although, I'm secretly just waiting for the Read-Along episode to be postponed like last year's 🙊. 2y
shawnmooney @krpotts 😂😂😂 Yup! The less said the better… 😛😛😛 2y
LeahBergen I need to read this, too. I loved her Ripley books. 2y
ReadingEnvy Bronson is an amazing narrator! This was my first by him and I can still remember where I was when I listened to it. 2y
shawnmooney @ReadingEnvy My only other encounter with him was a novel that wasn't perfect but affected me deeply – his narration (aside from one quibble I had) probably made it better than it actually was: 2y
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Bookboss
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This is more psychological thriller than action-packed thriller. I enjoyed the descriptions of the two strangers' mental and emotional states throughout the story. I had some quibbles with the plotting, but overall I enjoyed it. Published in 1950, it seems even longer ago owing to the lack of modern technology. I seem to divide books into pre/ post electric power and pre/post internet.

zsuzsanna_reads This was great, but I did find it very tense and scary too 👾 2y
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"Take me"

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Bluebird
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I made my goal for the day!
I finished one book and am half finished with another. Off to bed now.

#24in48

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Bluebird
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I'm half way through Whispers Under Ground and loving it but it's time to give my ears a break.
I am reading this mystery on my kindle. I saw the movie years ago but never read the book. Fortunately the movie is such a distant memory that it won't influence my read. I'm so excited to finally get to a book by Patricia Highsmith!

#24in48

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The train tore along with an angry, irregular rhythm

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Lynellaloo
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You know that feeling you get on a Friday afternoon, after a long week when there is a box of books is at your door just waiting for you. Warm and fuzzy 🤓

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Bookwormjillk
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We got to our hotel at a decent time for once, and I am making full use of our balcony. Road trips are great, but it's just so nice to sit and read tonight.

Liatrek One of my all time fave Hitchcock movies. Need to read the book. 2y
EvieBee And I read the book but need to see the movie! 2y
Bookwormjillk I've never seen a Hitchcock movie. I need to fix that soon-but first I need to get off my phone and finish this book! 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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I started Strangers on a Train on my morning commute. Very fitting 🚂😀🔪