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Magpie | Elizabeth Day
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BittersweetBooks
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She is his mother, she keeps telling herself. She would do anything to protect him. She has come to realize that the ferocity of this kind of love is enough to drive you mad, that the tragic flaw of parenthood is that you equip your child to leave you. But what if you never want to let them go? 🧸🩵

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TheEllieMo
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Panpan

My second book club also chose a psychological thriller this month. The premise of this sounded good, and the first section built up some tension nicely, but then it all went a bit pear-shaped; I got really bored by the story. It‘s the least “thrilling” thriller I‘ve ever read. So, still a 100% record of not liking psychological thrillers….

lazydaizee I am about half way through this book and I think I can predict the ending. I have already guessed who the lodger really is. 4mo
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LisaLovesToRead
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Mehso-so

This was a light, suspenseful read great for a beach vacation, but a lot of it was beyond unbelievable & not deep 😂

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Bookworm04
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15 chapters in 146 pages in since yesterday tea time.

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Bookworm04
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Only started magpie at tea time and now 114 pages in winner!!!

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
Magpie | Elizabeth Day
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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings about this. I wouldn‘t classify it as a thriller. The twist comes too early taking the wind out of its suspense sails, and making it more of a domestic fiction novel. I was hoping for a jaw dropping twist to present itself at the end, but not much else happened. It‘s hard to say more without spoilers. 😬 I did enjoy Day‘s writing, but there were some issues with how mental illness was portrayed and some tired tropes. 3⭐️

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Tamra
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Mehso-so

Just what you would expect from a domestic thriller. I won‘t remember this next year, but it was entertaining enough of a listen in the moment. For me, this genre is a bit like a fast food sandwich - tastes great at first and afterwards I wonder why I ate it. 😂 I do like a good thriller movie though!

Ruthiella I read The Party from her and liked it. I know what you mean about the transient appeal of thrillers. I can only read one or two a year. 1y
batsy Yes, so true with the fast food analogy 😆 1y
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Last #bookspin of the year!!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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ClairesReads
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Mehso-so

Day does some clever stuff with shifts in perspective and time, and this makes you feel like you‘re always seeing things from different angles but never quite as they are. In spite of this clever construction, what bothered me is that this novel left me thinking unfavourable things about women, particularly women and reproduction. Ultimately I don‘t feel like this world needs more narratives that construct women in this space as unstable.

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RobES
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Mehso-so

It took me a long time to get through this... not sure if I wasn't in the mood for it or if it just left me a bit cold .... It has a good twist and is very cerebral; I liked the way it dealt with sensitive issues- fertility and mental health. I don't know... it just didn't leave me terribly satisfied 🤷‍♀️

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mcctrish
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Pickpick

This went in so many different directions 🤣🤣 way to keep me guessing

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mcctrish
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This library book has been buried under some things, I forgot I had it 🤦🏻‍♀️ I‘m getting some weird vibes from the story, is it going to go Pacific Heights on me?

5feet.of.fury Love the pic 1y
mcctrish @5feet.of.fury my floating reading table 😂 1y
5feet.of.fury @mcctrish living dangerously ⚠️🦈 1y
mcctrish @5feet.of.fury I know 🤣 between the sharks and library books in the tub, I‘m taking risks 1y
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Cathythoughts
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I was intending to go for a Booker book this afternoon, but I‘m tired and feel like something more chilled out. Which I‘m thinking this will be. Meg Mason praises this one … 🤞🏻😊

squirrelbrain I really liked this one - very twisty! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Look forward to your thoughts on this 💗 2y
mcctrish I just got this from the library 2y
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Tamra Enjoy your down time! 2y
EverydayImReading Im really enjoying it. Smart yet effortless. Perfect for a chilled afternoon. Enjoy 😊 2y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Very twisty 👍🏻 (edited) 2y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Jessie 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @mcctrish I hope you like it 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts @Tamra Thanks X 2y
Cathythoughts @EverydayImReading That‘s exactly it , effortless 👍🏻❤️ 2y
LeahBergen Sometimes you just need a good thriller. 👍 2y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Yes ! ❤️ 2y
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Cathythoughts
Magpie | Elizabeth Day
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Just stacked this after @JillR ‘s review and looked it up on kindle …. 99p ! Delighted 😃

TrishB Well then…..here I go! 2y
TrishB Whoops, I brought it in January 😂😂 2y
Tamra Lucky day! 2y
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MicheleinPhilly @TrishB 😂😂😂 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB Thank god Kindle tells us 👍🏻😁 2y
Cathythoughts @Tamra indeed 😁 2y
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @Cathythoughts it is a good job kindle let‘s us know! 2y
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JillR
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Psychological dramas are not my favourite genre and I was feeling smug that 100 or so pages in I‘d figured this one out. Or had I? Turns out I hadn‘t at all. The writing was great, and I like that it got me!

Cathythoughts Nice review. I do love a psychological drama , and the writing is good you say .. stacked 👍🏻 2y
JillR @cathythoughts I was pleasantly surprised by this one 2y
Cathythoughts Just got it , 99p on kindle 🎉 2y
JillR @cathythoughts 👍 let me know what you think… 2y
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AllDebooks
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Read 2 more chapters of Culture Warlords, it's tough going but an essential read. #shesaid
Had a break from it today and devoured Magpie in one sitting. It is so very good, really enjoyed it and absolutely loved the the ending.
I have been completely grounded by my asthma during the heatwave. This means all I can do is try to stay cool, calm and rested. Lots of reading time as unable to do anything else atm. 🥵🔥🌡

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guinsgirlreads
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This may be an unpopular opinion, but this book was a whole STRUGGLE for me. There wasn't one likable character for me, and I think that I, more than likely, thought that it was a thriller, where, it's actually more of a slow-(not-so-much-)burn family drama. My #bookspin book for July! #bookspinbingo #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!!! 2y
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TheLudicReader
Magpie | Elizabeth Day
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Mehso-so

Lots of people liked this domestic thriller lots more than I did. Your enjoyment will depend on your tolerance for a narrative style which seems like it‘s telling you what happens rather than showing you. A couple desperately trying to get pregnant, their lodger, an unreliable narrator, a twist…it has all the elements, but it was just okay for me.

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guinsgirlreads
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Starting my July #bookspin book! #bookspinbingo #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Enjoy!! 2y
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TheLudicReader
Magpie | Elizabeth Day
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Even though June was a total bust, summer vacation starts today and I am optimistic about July‘s #bookspin. I am hoping to tackle some chunkier books, so this list is comprised of what I hope will be page turners.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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VRM1975
Magpie | Elizabeth Day
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Hana321
Magpie | Elizabeth Day
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Jake, Marisa, and Kate. 3 people brought together by the desperation of wanting a child. Marisa and Jake are the perfect couple, until the young, seductive Kate comes along and pulls Jake away. Or is it the other way around? This a psychological thriller that defines the importance of good mental health and how important it is to communicate. Can this relationship survive the desperate call of motherhood?

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Haritha1
Magpie | Elizabeth Day

Kate found it odd that a grown man should have such a regimented yet cloying relationship with his mother.

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LKK526
Magpie | Elizabeth Day
Mehso-so

A couple has problems conceiving and turns to a surrogate. Three-quarters of this book was a pretty good read but the last quarter…And my track record of mediocre books continuesLOL. Hope Litsy doesn‘t kick me out!😀

bthegood I just bailed on one of my current read....not all stories pull me in....sometimes it takes a few misses to find my story groove...hopefully you'll find your story groove soon 😊 2y
LKK526 👍😃📚🫰 2y
LKK526 @Breanne1 @Eggs @AmandaBlaze @keepingupwiththepenguins @ozma.of.oz @FelinesAndFelonies @jlhammar this is what I love about Litsy two people can read the same book and come away with a different perspective. Most of my friends are not avid readers and it‘s great to have an outlet for discussion. I just wish the allowed more characters! Apologies to anyone I left out 2y
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Breanne1 I value the ‘so-so‘ reviews as much as the ‘5 stars‘. I was debating purchasing this one during the $5.99 ebook sale and this review is helping me decide 😄 Love Litsy!! 2y
LKK526 @breanne1. Agreed. I like to be careful so I don‘t spoil a book for others and I don‘t want to discourage a potential reader. Thanks for following me! 2y
AmandaBlaze I admit to sometimes reading the reviews on what I see as a borderline “pick“ or “so-so“ book before I submit. I want to see if there was something I missed. I usually stay with my decision, but sometimes move the book up to a low pick. 2y
LKK526 @AmandaBlaze when I was working I was talking about a book I read that I didn‘t like. I thought it was me but it turns out the attorney I was discussing it with did no like it either. I considered her very smart and perceptive. It gave me the confidence to trust myself although every now and then I fall off the wagon 2y
Eggs Agreed 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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TorieStorieS
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Happy Publication Week to this great domestic thriller- some of the twists are easy to see- but it‘s an interesting look at mental health and the pressure of procreating- overall it‘s totally implausible but definitely something that keeps you turning pages! I do think it is a well constructed story- and certainly not one I could put down! A definite discussion starter!!

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wallacereads
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Pickpick

Marisa and Jake have the perfect relationship and are soon expecting a baby. In order to make ends meet, they take in a lodger, Kate. At first Kate seems like the ideal roommate but soon it is clear she has ulterior motives. This was a fun one with a killer twist. The ending sagged a bit. Thx to NetGalley & @SimonSchuster for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Alfoster
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Pickpick

This is an odd but very interesting novel about surrogacy, parenthood, jealousy, and mental health. When Jake and Kate hire a surrogate, they assume things will go as planned as they willingly invite her in as their “lodger.” But does anything ever go according to plan? Ha! Regardless, it‘s an awesome storyline that will keep you guessing until the end!

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Rhondareads
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Two fantastic authors read loved both their previous books can‘t wait to read Magpie& Reputation.

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Dodi
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ For publishing year #2021 I chose this book that here in the UK was on top of many to-read lists last year. It was very engaging and gripping. The topics are mental health issues, women's infertility and motherhood. I liked the author' style of writing so I'll want to read other books written by her. I didn't like the end but I still recommend reading it! #19822022 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle The cover is very intriguing! 2y
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emmaturi
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Pickpick

This was a gripping, tense thriller about a couple trying to have a baby and they invite another woman to be their lodger. It's about motherhood and obsession. It has some twists and turns which I didn't see coming at all.

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Preciouz29
Magpie | Elizabeth Day
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Well, that was a twist! This was a fairly quick read, with the need to keep reading causing me to stay up and finish it in one day.

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BoleyBooks
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #magpie #elizabethday #bookbeast #bookjoy #netgalley #bookbuds
What are you reading? 😊

bthegood 56 days, enjoying it, finally in a place when I can read a book that takes place during the pandemic (I think more books might have to pick up that theme if they are present day right?) - 🙂 2y
BoleyBooks @bthegood - I too was avoiding the pandemic theme for a while. If you haven‘t already, you should read Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult. I was pleasantly surprised. 2y
bthegood @BoleyBooks 👍added it to my TBR thanks (edited) 2y
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TrishB
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Pretty sure this book doesn‘t have a lot to do with health and fitness 🤔🤷‍♀️
It‘s 99p deal today. There are quite a few good ones!

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2y
Cathythoughts 🙄😂 2y
julesG WTF?! 2y
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squirrelbrain
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Marisa moves into a new house with her boyfriend Jake, and they immediately start trying for a baby. But then their new lodger Kate moves in, and things start to become very unsettling.

No more plot for you lot…. I don‘t want to give anything away! Suffice to say it‘s *very* twisty-turny and I loved it!

(I listened on audio, which was fab too)

Cathythoughts Hmmmmm … I‘m trying a sample on kindle 👍🏻 2y
squirrelbrain I think you‘ll like it @Cathythoughts - in a similar vein to Mrs March almost…( unreliable narrator, strange goings-on etc) 2y
Cathythoughts I like it already 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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TrishB Sounds good 👍🏻 2y
LeahBergen This sounds good! 2y
Oryx Ooh - I just got this on a spontaneous tesco purchase last weekend (was only £7, and figured I'd hardly get the paperback much cheaper) so nice to see that you liked it 2y
squirrelbrain Qf is a great bargain @Oryx ! (edited) 2y
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Night_Reader
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3.5/5 🌟

Best to go into this book completely blind. Well-written and a quick-read.