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For Your Own Good
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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"Just finished reading this wonderfully dark, twisty and compelling thriller set in a prestigious private school. I raced through it, desperate to know how it would end" --B.A. Paris A slick and chilling thriller, leading readers on a dark, sinuous journey through the halls of Belmont Academy--the type of place where you're never sure who to trust, or who to fear.--Megan Miranda "Dark, sly and delicious...totally original--and totally compelling."--JP Delaney "I'm a huge fan of Samantha Downing."--Sarah Pekkanen USA Today bestselling author Samantha Downing is back with her latest sneaky thriller set at a prestigious private school--complete with interfering parents, overeager students, and one teacher who just wants to teach them all a lesson... Teddy Crutcher has won Teacher of the Year at the esteemed Belmont Academy, home to the best and brightest. He says his wife couldn't be more proud--though no one has seen her in a while. Teddy really can't be bothered with the death of a school parent that's looking more and more like murder or the student digging a little too deep into Teddy's personal life. His main focus is on pushing these kids to their full academic potential. All he wants is for his colleagues--and the endlessly meddlesome parents--to stay out of his way. It's really too bad that sometimes excellence can come at such a high cost.
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Hooked_on_books
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Teddy is a perfectly evil teacher with a bit of a chip on his shoulder and a vengeful streak a mile wide. He starts experimenting with dosing his colleagues with things in their coffee when, oops, someone dies. But was it his doing after all? Most of this was great and I had a lot of fun with it, though I found the ending a little flat. If you‘re someone who needs to like characters, you probably want to skip this one. 😂

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A rainy Sunday afternoon with #JohnnyBergen and a (silly but compelling) thriller.

vivastory Johnny! 2mo
AmyG Awww ❤️ 2mo
Ruthiella Did you read it aloud to Johnny? He‘s seems very contemplative. 😆 2mo
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sarahbarnes 😍😍 2mo
Leftcoastzen So cute! 2mo
Cathythoughts What a perfect picture 🤍🤍🤍 (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB Hi 👋🏽 Johnny 2mo
batsy So adorable 😍 2mo
DivineDiana Sweet Johnny. ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella He doesn‘t like to hear about ANYTHING that‘s “for his own good”. 😉 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm What‘s up Johnny? Looking a wee bit sad 💖 2mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm He‘s just tired out from being bad. 😉 2mo
rubyslippersreads I ❤️ everything about this photo! 2mo
UwannaPublishme Awww! Perfect pose! 🐶❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @UwannaPublishme He‘ll be three soon and STILL isn‘t a very good book model. 😆 2mo
Suet624 Three!! Wow! Time flies. 2mo
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Madison91
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Mehso-so

This was like a series of unfortunate events. However it was page turning. I read it so quickly but at the end I just thought, well… yeah?

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Madison91
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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Really excited for Riley sager to be done by July!

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CherMoreBooks
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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This was really good! Dark academia vibes and certainly macabre. I wouldn‘t say there were any huge surprises for me but it is well written and I just wanted to keep reading. Solid psychological thriller! Beautiful photo by The Lit B*tch. #mystery #thriller #psychologicalthriller

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ItsAnotherJen
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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A 4 star rating from me! I kept putting off reading this because I really don't like this cover. 😅 It did keep me engaged from the get go, and I wanted to know how it all ended. The characters weren't exactly likeable, and there's a lot of dying happening, but it was a quick entertaining read.

ShelleyBooksie "there's a lot of dying happening." This is an excellent review and now my interest in piqued :) 4mo
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Samary
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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I really liked this one, so much happening all at once and I think the author did a great job balancing it all. I also liked how it ended.

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ErraticElle
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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Mehso-so

I loved the premise of this book & enjoyed the school setting. A cast full of unlikable characters who really aren't fully developed. I found this read to be fast-paced with short chapters, but a bit boring. There were interesting pieces and decent twists, but it just felt meh. There was also a lot of convenience built into the plot. I just wasn't wowed. A good lazy day read or good for a read where you don't want to have to think too hard.

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MidnightBookGirl
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This was a delightfully wicked thriller! All the characters are fairly terrible, but I loved it, These private schools can be positively poisonous! 😉

#Readin22 #TBR

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MotherOfCats
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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Taking a break from some BOTM reads with this one. I‘ve seen some mixed reviews, so we‘ll see 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Booknerd2
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What an insane book!! So many crazy, evil people. It was hard find anyone to root for! That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was like a train wreck, couldn‘t look away! 😳👀

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AmandaBlaze
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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You don't want to get on the bad side of this teacher. The plot is twisty like a river and the villain(s) not always easy to identify.

Finally catching up on January reviews.

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ClairesReads
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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A riotous prep school murder mystery which was everything I wanted it to be. Lies, schemes, wrongful imprisonment, amateur sleuthing, all mixed in with privilege, adolescent angst, and the drama of private education. Outrageous at times but in a compelling way. What a ride.

StayCurious Whereabouts do you live that you have such beautiful flowers? Here in Ottawa Canada we‘re at -32 Celsius ❄️☃️ 7mo
ClairesReads @StayCurious goodness that‘s cold! I‘m In Auckland, New Zealand and our weather is not quite opposite to you (we‘re high 20s) 7mo
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janeycanuck
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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For a Samantha Downing, this was a letdown but that‘s only because her two previous books were standouts for me. This one was more about character than plot, which is what I love Downing for. I didn‘t love sitting with such an awful character for so long and in lesser hands, this would have been a disaster. She pulled it off, though.

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For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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The guilt. So much guilt. Sonia feels guilty about what she‘s done, what she hasn‘t done, whom she has helped, and whom she hasn‘t. She feels guilty about the hours she works and the hours she doesn‘t🌿🥛☠️

Read4life Love the pic. Beautiful 💙 7mo
BittersweetBooks @Read4life thank you!! We got a foot of snow yesterday, and my window views were too good not to capture. 7mo
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MysticFaerie
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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3.5⭐/5

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Breanne1
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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I had so much fun reading this book! So far this was the best thriller I‘ve read over the holiday break. Definitely a book I‘ll be recommending to others.

BookwormAHN It was one of my favorites this year as well 💙 8mo
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tracey38
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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As always lately, I am behind. Please bare with me. This was a great dark academia where a teacher thinks he is doing the right thing by "teaching" people a lesson, even if it escalates to murder. But this story shows that you can't "judge a book by its cover".

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AshleyKorinE
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Teddy Crutcher is teacher of the year at a most prestigious academy and he wants all the attention on him! Then people start dying, someone gets falsely accused and he needs to figure out how to fix a mess and keep the attention. I loved this book! It was such a fun read and I got into the mystery even though you know from the start whats going on. The characters are to compelling to put it down! For mysteries this is my favorite of 2021!

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Nessavamusic
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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This was a very entertaining thriller taking place in academia. The teacher of the year has very interesting opinions of what is best for his school and students. 4⭐️ A free space for my #bookspinbingo

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Nessavamusic
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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1. Listening to tagged, reading With You Forever by Chloe Liese & The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
2. Goodreads & Litsy
3. Heard it in a love song by Tracey Garvis Graves after seeing it mentioned in a magazine.
#weekendreads

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DarkMina
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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Mehso-so

162 of 2021. This story is about a string of murders at Belmont Academy. Told from different POVs, this was a decent read. Nothing surprising or outstanding. Just good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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rsteve388
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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Holy shit this book was so good. I am glad to be ending the month with a full 5 Star Review. This book had so many twists that I didn't see most of them coming. What a wild ride. I loved the different characters that really added to the whole.story and made you wonder... Well what if he didn't do it.. complete 5 Stars from me. Great story.

15 +1 for participation = 16pts for me for #TeamSlaughter.
I'll have a full total point post tomorrow

IamIamIam 👀👍 9mo
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rsteve388
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing

One more day till opening swaps! for #HHS and #AHR

AmyG Yay! 9mo
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BookishTrish
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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Mehso-so

If you‘re like me and looking for your next You fix you could do worse than this sometimes predictable thriller about a murderous teacher. Think You-lite. It‘s not as good as Downing‘s other thrillers (My Lovely Wife is fantastic) so it felt like a bit of a letdown to me.

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atl_scfl
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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At Belmont Academy, everyone is dying and everyone else has a motive. Told from several POVs (mostly from Teacher of the Year / Head Sociopath) Teddy Crucher, the story was very easy to follow and was definitely an adventure. Not a lot of twists and turns; just an overall enjoyable read, especially being able to see if from several different angles.

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alecia3dixie
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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This book was pretty good. I wouldn't really say it was thrilling, you pretty much knew what was going to happen before it did. But even with that, I still really enjoyed this book. It kept me interested which was surprising since none of the characters were likable. It was a fun read! 4/5 stars

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BirdLaVie
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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What sheer entertainment! I loved getting in touch with my inner vengeful, sinister side through this nonstop academic thriller. It was the perfect read for late-September into October. I‘m left with the musing: what punishment would I see fit for that irritating behavior? What a dark, guilty-pleasure daydream ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

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Linsy
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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I'm not sure how much sympathy I had for the main baddie in this book, but I quickly became addicted to his pov and just had to see what he would do next! Would highly recommend!! ☠️🧪 #sympathyforthedevil #littensdressedinblood

MidnightBookGirl I do want to read this! 10mo
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BookishTrish
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Lofty plans that should see me through to the end of the year

JackOBotts Peeping that Lisa Frank! 🌈 🦄 I just picked up some of that fun nail line! 11mo
TiredLibrarian Loved Billy Summers. 11mo
TrishB I want to start Realm Breaker at a point when I have some clear reading time! 11mo
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BookwormAHN
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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This is a fun disturbing book about a narcissistic sociopathic teacher, Teddy who likes to play with poison at his snotty elitist high school.
#LittensDressedInBlood #HeDidIt @MidnightBookGirl

TiredLibrarian Ooh - I love snobby elitist school settings! 11mo
Linsy Loved this one! 11mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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A bonkers book! Enjoyable though 😊 4.25/5 Read for the #LiterallyDeadBookClub - August Pick

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Bookboss
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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I have heard that detectives do not care for television programs and books about their profession because of the inaccuracies: DNA test results within minutes, police officials breaking the law without consequence, etc. As an English teacher, I felt the same about this book with an English teacher as the main character. I was able to overlook the discrepancies and go along with the compelling, if preposterous plot. Very entertaining.

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Well, this book is just pure wicked FUN! With insight into multiple characters at Belmont Academy (with varying levels of danger to their self-delusions), it feels so original and fresh. The short chapters and multiple twists make it almost impossible to put down! Beware of all the casualties... it‘s really a shame it‘s so hard to teach some people a lesson! 😆 #authenticbooks

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For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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Overall Rating 4½⭐|Narration 😁=Very Good
What started out sort of slow quickly morphed into something I couldn‘t stop listening to not until I got to the very shockingly twisted end. If you‘re wondering how all the pictures in my graphic can be a part of one story...then you should definitely give this book a chance. Teddy Crutcher is truly diabolical and one of those characters you won‘t soon forget, he‘s a tad reminiscent of Joe (C. Kepnes).

Jemgirl2014 I love that collage! 12mo
AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH @Jemgirl2014 thank you, I'm pretty happy with it. 12mo
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Jemgirl2014
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I'm sorry (not sorry) but I loved this one! Not sure why it has such low Litsy reviews. Yes, it drags but the characterization of Teddy is sheer brilliance. Also, in the wake of the university cheating scandals, I've found a lot of this book's content to be very relevant.The pressure to be perfect is a constant theme here. Loved the audio version. The narrator does a fantastic job! So versatile. Makes all of the characters come to life. A+

kspenmoll Happy happy birthday!!!🎂🎉🎈 12mo
Jemgirl2014 @kspenmoll Oh wow! I just saw this while scrolling through this book's profile. Thank you! ❤ 12mo
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ICantImReading
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“Entitlement has a particular stench.” I‘m starting my newest #authenticbooks pick next!! The self-care items related to this book included a luscious matcha honey hand cream, green tea and cucumber bath milk, rose tonic syrup (with a recipe for a gin and tonic), a juniper and cedar candle, and, as always, a curated playlist to listen to while reading. Love that this box supports so many small businesses, and their customer service is fantastic!

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aperfectmjk
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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#LitsySummerCamp Day 7

I was able to push out 4 decent reads this week. I think the reading constipation just might be clearing up. 😆

I can't say I have a favorite campfire song, but you can never go wrong with someone strumming an acoustic around that warm glow.

Thanks for hosting @ImperfectCJ

@TheAromaofBooks I finished my #doublespin for this month for #bookspinbingo (For Your Own Good).

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
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guinsgirlreads
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I loved My Lovely Wife, but this one just fell flat for me. It was a quick read, which is nice, but it just didn‘t deliver a lot.

(I haven‘t gotten to He Started It yet 😒).

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Booknerd222
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Okay I‘m officially bored with this and I‘m only on ch 9

Karisa 😅 I know that feeling! Read your post and a line from a Tori Amos song popped into my head, “Maybe it‘s time to wave goodbye now.” 🎶🎵 12mo
Booknerd222 I hate DNFing books, especially when they‘re part of a book club pick 12mo
Karisa @Booknerd222 ooh, yeah. That makes it so much more difficult. 🙁 I‘m ok with DNF if it‘s just for myself, but much tougher with others involved (edited) 12mo
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Booknerd222
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August pick for #literallydeadbookclub

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guinsgirlreads
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Starting this one out in the sun ☀️ 😎!

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JHSiess
For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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📚╰☆☆ 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝗪𝗿𝗮𝗽-𝗨𝗽 ☆☆╮📚⁣

𝗡𝗼 𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗱𝘀 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⁣
⁣𝗣𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗨𝗽 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝗼𝗻 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⁣
⁣𝗥𝗮𝗱𝗮𝗿 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⁣
⁣𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗼𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⁣
⁣𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗢𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⁣
⁣𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗢𝘄𝗻 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗱 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⁣
⁣𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗹𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁 ⭐⭐⭐⁣

𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘪𝘯 𝘑𝘶𝘭𝘺? ⁣

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JHSiess
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📖 𝕎𝕖𝕖𝕜𝕖𝕟𝕕 ℝ𝕖𝕒𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘🍹⁣

It's Saturday night & there's a lovely breeze wafting through my oak trees.⁣

My son is playing video games.⁣

I'm finishing 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗢𝘄𝗻 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗱 by 𝗦𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗵𝗮 𝗗𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴.⁣

Hope you're having a relaxing, peaceful weekend, too.⁣

⏳ 89 days until retirement

𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘑𝘶𝘭𝘺?⁣

Ruthiella Congratulations on your impending retirement! 89 days!!! 😮 12mo
JHSiess Thank you! I can't wait. 12mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️ I bailed on My Lovely Wife, but I let #AlltheBooks pod talk me into this one. What a total snoozefest of a thriller. Only one vaguely likable character, which is fine, but not in addition to a plot that‘s simultaneously too out there yet painfully dull. Predictable - too many coincidences, no twists, just a bunch of elitist, selfish assholes. Very mediocre writing, too. Should have bailed. Downing is just NOT for me.

Cinfhen Yikes 😳 I liked her first book, but this review has me backing away fast 💨 💨 💨 13mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I support this decision. 😂😂 But, if you do decide to read it, I want to know what you think! 12mo
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Mehso-so