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The Book of Cold Cases
The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel. In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspecta rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion. Oregon, 2017. Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Casesa passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Sheas surprise, Beth says yes. They meet regularly at Beths mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when shes not looking, and she could swear shes seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isnt right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?
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Johanna414
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Starting a new book yesterday morning, right before starting a home improvement project was a big mistake... I now resent every moment I'm ripping up carpet because I want to be reading...
I guess I'm using it as motivation to get things done?!

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TheBookHippie
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD AUGUST

We get to reunite with Simone and read the last book of hers together- then we will have read them all!!

Everybody welcome !!

kspenmoll Can‘t wait! 4d
CoffeeNBooks I can't wait for this one!! 4d
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks me either!!!! 4d
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TheBookHippie @kspenmoll I‘m so excited! 4d
Avanders I loved this book 😄 4d
DebinHawaii I have to keep stopping myself from reading this one! I can‘t wait! Although I am a bit sad we will be done/caught up with her books. 3d
Sparklemn This will be my first by her. Looking forward to it. 3d
MoonWitch94 I‘m in!!!!! 2d
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Cathyloves2read
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Mehso-so

I read this book because of all of the hype. I actually did the audiobook version. It wasn‘t bad, but it wasn‘t for me. I have a hard time with murder mysteries. They seldom interest me. I do like the ghost story that was built in. This book was just so- so for me.

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icarly21
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Third book of the summer!
*Every summer since I was 5 years old, my mom and I would have a reading competition titled Summer Reading Marathon. We would see who can read as many books starting from the last day of school until the first day of school. I always won when I was little because my books were so short, but since I started reading bigger books the competition is always fierce.

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canbku
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This was really good! I could have even taken more ghostly presence. It was great and wonderful at it was, bit I especially looked the creepy ghosts even though it didn't seem like it would fit together satisfyingly, and yet,. It was great

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BooksAndYarn
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My library loan arrived.
I'm a little apprehensive about this one, because it seems like everytime a book is widely praised, I don't enjoy it. But I still how the story sounds so I'm going in with an open mind

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BeeMagical
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Book 91🎧 4⭐️

Really enjoyed the multiple POVs and the story definitely took a turn I wasn‘t expecting from “true crime” but I liked it👌🏻

Excited to check out The Sun Down Motel!

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jlhammar
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A quick, fun read. I liked The Sun Down Motel and The Broken Girls a bit more (this one lost some steam in the second half), but I‘ll still be reading whatever she writes next. #BOTM

KathyWheeler That‘s exactly how I felt about this book. 3w
SilversReviews Good one. 3w
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canbku
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Hoping to get one that really hooks me here!

brittanythebookdragon I love ALL things Simone St James!! 3w
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CBee
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Not my fave St. James but awesome nonetheless! Murder mystery plus ghost story = yes please! 👻 🔪 😮

TheBookHippie This is our august #sundaybuddyread! 3w
CBee @TheBookHippie I‘ll try to join in the discussion! This one was super good!! I‘ve read most of her books now I think 👏🏻👏🏻 3w
TheBookHippie @CBee this one is it for us as a group we‘ve read them all! 3w
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AmyG I so look forward to this. She has become a comfort read for me. 3w
CBee @TheBookHippie wow! I think I have three more of hers to read? 🤔 They are three of her older ones. (edited) 3w
CBee @AmyG you‘ll love it! 3w
Roary47 Yay! That sounds awesome. I‘m looking forward to reading this one soon. 😍 3w
CBee @Roary47 hope you enjoy! 😊 3w
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Larkken
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Oh no, I‘m running behind on June #bookspin already 😅
After figuring out my list, I‘ve plugged it into #bookspinbingo, realized I need to get started on #camplitsy, and discovered at least half of my board is made up of catch-up #roll100 #bookspin or #doublespin picks! Haha, I guess I‘ve got some work ahead of me 😂 silly me reading mostly “free” space books last month!

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RainyDayReading
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Bailedbailed

Alright I‘m calling it. I‘ve made it 60% through this and I have no desire to continue. The beginning had me but now…I‘m bored. It reads quickly but I don‘t feel compelled to pick it up. It‘s unfortunate because I really loved the previous books I‘ve read by this author! But this is really underwhelming and just not working for me. I might try to get it from the library again in the future and finish it…but for right now it‘s a DNF.

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MyNamesParadise
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Omg this was so good! 1 of the few books I‘ve given 5 stars 2 this year! It was my 1st of St. James‘ & I want 2 go back & read her previous books. Usually I don‘t like it when realistic fiction has elements of the supernatural but she does it so well that it doesn‘t detract from the story. I really enjoyed Shea as a character & her journey & the supporting characters were great.I went through this book in like 1 day! Can‘t say enough good things!

jlhammar I'm reading this now and really enjoying it. Hard to put down! 4w
MyNamesParadise @jlhammar it‘s soooo good!! Enjoy! 4w
SilversReviews Enjoyed this one!! 3w
MyNamesParadise @SilversReviews isn‘t it great?! I went out and got the authors previous works lol. 3w
SilversReviews @MyNamesParadise I have read a few of hers. I liked them all. Yes. This one is good. 3w
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rsteve388
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This was an excellent haunted house mystery with multiple times lines that play well with each other. Overall the audiobook was well done by two narrators. Love Simone St James as an author, always love the haunted elements to a mystery.

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The Book of Cold Cases, my second read by the author, is an engaging haunted/murder mystery novel. With decent writing and expected, but likable characters, I'll read more by St. James.Shea researches cold cases as a hobby until Beth, an acquitted serial killer suspect, chooses to tell her her story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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GidgetsTreasures75
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5-27-22: My 50th finished book of 2022! A true crime blogger gets the opportunity to interview the woman acquitted of two cold-case slayings that occurred in 1977 in Oregon. The story goes back and forth between the murders in 1977 and present day 2017. Beth Greer is the enigmatic possible murderess and Shea Collins is the blogger whose whole life turns upside down when she is approached to interview Beth. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣5️⃣0️⃣

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Ms.Story
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A good read although not my favourite of hers. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️

I loved The Broken Girls, liked The Sundown Motel… this one was just okay. Some parts were creepy, but the mystery wasn‘t that captivating and it was resolved too quickly. 🎧

SilversReviews A good one. 3w
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ErraticElle
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A fun, light thriller with great writing. The creep factor is low, but there is a touch of paranormal. The atmospheric writing is excellent. There was some convenience factor to the plot, but I liked the setup. A very quick read with a great Gothic feel. The dual timeline with two semi-unreliable narrators was well done & the shifts were fairly seamless. More of a paranormal mystery than a gripping thriller, but I really enjoyed my time with it.

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🎧Starting this tonight!
In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect—a rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.

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Kitta
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#BOTM stack after trading with some friends.

All #TBR except The Unsinkable Greta James which was my last months BOTM. Next up I think will be Yerba Buena.

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Nebklvr
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St James is a master of atmospheric writing. I love the way she blends storylines.

CoffeeNBooks I can't wait to read this one! I love Simone St. James! 2mo
Nebklvr @CoffeeNBooks I have read everything of hers I can get my hands on 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @Nebklvr I'm reading Lost Among the Living right now. The Sun Down Motel and Silence for the Dead are my 2 favorites of hers so far. 2mo
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Nebklvr @CoffeeNBooks The Haunting of Maddie Clare was creepy too 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @Nebklvr Yes, it absolutely was! 2mo
SilversReviews So good!! 2mo
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lazylokistarkthorcaptain
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4.5/5

I was definitely right when I said I found a new author that I loved. I enjoyed this book immensely and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a mystery with a touch of the supernatural thrown in.

I‘m definitely gonna have to check out more of her works.

Nebklvr I love her books! 2mo
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DeannaJ
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Straddles the line between gripping true crime and a ghost story dark and dreary enough that there has to be a deeper story and more answers.

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RamsFan1963
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56/150 I've seen some so-so reviews for this, but I enjoyed it very much. It's not another Sunset Motel, even though it uses the dual time lines motif of that novel. Shea, a blogger in 2017, is investigating the Lady Killer Murders of the 1970s, and is drawn in by Beth Greer, the woman accused of being the killer. Part murder mystery and part ghost story, it's more why it was done than who done it.
4.75/5

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Tiffiney
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Mehso-so

I'm was such a fan of The Sun Down Motel and The Broken Girls that I was really looking forward to a new Simone St. James book. This one just didn't work for me.
It was a bit slow and not as creepy/scary as the others. It was just okay...

KatieDid927 Agreed. 2mo
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Jenken1998
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Figured it out pretty early but still enjoyed it. Her books are always fun and keep me turning the page. Multiple timeline, murder mystery with a touch of paranormal.
Round up to 4 🌟

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bookish_wookish
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Im book hopping again!

Just havent been able to settle in.

Hopefully this one changes that!

Johanna414 I've been book hopping like crazy lately... look forward to seeing what you think of this one - I almost started it today 2mo
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marleed
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I don‘t read a pile of supernatural books , but I thought this book was great. I appreciated the story was not burdened with a pile of extraneous characters just to confuse the whodunnit aspect, and I really liked Michael. …And according to my grandkids the boogey man is real and not their unexpected sunglassed uncle peaking out the door of a house they were just in!

Lindy Ooo! Scary uncle! 2mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic 🥰🥰🥰 they are safe with their Granny (edited) 2mo
marleed @Lindy @Cathythoughts Oh my goodness. This was two days ago. The sun was so bright on the deck that it appeared black inside. They were not expecting a very tall man in dark shades to be walking the floors they just walked out of. They were glued to me - thank goodness I had just filled baby bottles and we could calm down with a stiff drink of whole milk! 2mo
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Lindy @marleed 🍼🍻 2mo
Megabooks Great picture!! 💜💜 2mo
Suet624 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
UwannaPublishme Great photo and story! 😁 2mo
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RamsFan1963
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1. The Book of Cold Cases and The Black Chalice
2. Library Holds. I use the Libby app more than actual physical library visits.
3. Tagged book on Libby.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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KatieDid927
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Not my favorite Simone St. James. The whodunnit was predictable and revealed very early. I also felt like she relied on too many cliches and tropes with this one. Ah well.

BrittanyReads Reading this now. It's my first by her. What were some of your favorites? 2mo
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BrittanyReads Oh perfect! I own both already! Haha @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2mo
KatieDid927 @BrittanyReads I agree with @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! I liked both tagged books a lot more than this one, personally. 2mo
BrittanyReads Cool! I'll have to move those up my list. I also own 2mo
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OriginalCyn620
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St. James can really weave a great ghost story! Was not disappointed!

#bookspinbingo
#pantone2022

Clwojick Yes!!! I‘ve been looking forward to reading this one! I‘ve seen so many good reviews. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t enjoy this as much as The Broken Girls and The Sun Down Motel. The killer is revealed halfway through the book, and I got a bit bored thereafter, which are mostly flashbacks and why things happened. Good atmospheric writing. Interesting characters. The paranormal aspect was eerie enough but felt forced into the storyline. I‘m disappointed this didn‘t work for me.

KatieDid927 Agreed. 2mo
BiblioLitten I really enjoyed reading SDM and TBG. Broken Girls was too good. 2mo
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JoyBlue
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March reading recap: Last month, 8 of 20 books read rated high enough to make the list. https://debbybrauer.org/#march-2022-recap

Sresendez12 I didn‘t know there was an original longer version of The Going to Bed book. I read that every night with my dad growing up! 2mo
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Bakingbookworm
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4 STARS - Delightfully chilling, the story follows Beth, a reclusive woman who was tried and acquitted in the serial killer murders decades before in a small town. When cold case blogger Shea is granted a rare one-on-one interview with Beth, she jumps at the chance but finds an eerie story of manipulation, lies and dark pasts.

Review: https://bit.ly/TheBookOfColdCasesReview

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wallacereads
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Another solid read by Simone St. James.

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AshleyC816
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This was a fun atmospheric murder mystery. A creepy house on a hill, multiple narrators with secrets. I enjoyed this one!

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LeahBergen 🤣🤣 2mo
sherri Ha! I'm reading this, too. 2mo
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emily_roamswild
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I just love Simone St. James! If you love your murder stories with a side of ghosts, read all of her novels immediately. This creepy, atmospheric gothic has it all—complicated female characters fighting against the patriarchy; so many murders; trauma; family secrets and literal ghosts. Love it. Our narrator is going through it but it‘s not distracting and the “love” story is subtle—she allows us to get caught up in the obsession.

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Amie
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Another good one from Simone St. James. Her books are just the right amount of spooky for me.

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AvidReaderandGeekGirl
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4.25 stars

Stayed up late to finish this one! It was really good. After DNF-ing The Sundown Motel I wasn't expecting much, but I really enjoyed it!

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KathyWheeler
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While I liked this book, I did figure it out relatively early. Also, there was a point where it dragged for a bit. Overall, though, it was a good read. I‘m still listening to Copper River on my walk, but I am 82% through. Know My Name is my evening book, although I may not be be able to read much of it at one time. #audiowalk

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Patchshank
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Mehso-so

It was ok. She writes a good murder mystery, but the ghost story always feel lacking. This one was a bit spookier than the others I've read, but I'll still be sleeping with the lights off tonight. 👻

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OutAndAbout
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Audio version. Loved the narrator. The story was good. It took me awhile to get into the characters though. I prefer Sundown Motel from this author but this was strong enough to put her on my must-listen list.

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An interesting read. Not nearly as creepy as I thought it would be until the ending chapters. But still a good story. True crime mixed with ghosts is how I would describe this, since both types of mysteries are going on. And that very last chapter....😱... possibly my favorite part of the whole book.
📷: IG @heidireadsthrillers

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This was a very fast paced, entertaining thriller. Though I guessed the ending quite early, the journey was very fun. A true crime blogger, with a traumatic past of her own, interviews and accused killer. A 40 yo mystery is unraveled and there may be ghosts! 4⭐️
#Booked2022 - Murder mystery
#NS22 - Supernatural mystery
#AwesomeApril #Readathon 2nd book done!

NovelGirl82 Oh I have this on my tbr! It looks great! 3mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
kspenmoll I cannot wait to read this! 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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Sooo goood! Great spooky thriller. Wonderfully written, perfectly paced, I need to read her entire backlist! #BOTM #BookspinBingo #Awesomeapril @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

AmyG Her books are just wonderful. 3mo
JackOBotts She is a “must read” author for me! 3mo
Suelizbeth @JackOBotts for me, too! Loved The Final Girls and The Sun Down Motel. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I have to admit I chose this one for BOTM almost entirely because of the cover - looking forward to reading it as I haven't tried any of St. James's books before! 3mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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Liz_M Hey, I have your name for the recipe swap, but your mailing address is incomplete. I sent an email, please respond when you can. 😊 2mo
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CherMoreBooks
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St. James always writes a nicely crafted mystery and does alternating (past and present) perspectives very well. Macabre but not gory, spooky but not terrifying. The author gets her point across without pushing too far into depravity. I personally don‘t shy away from gore but it‘s nice to have a reprieve from it if you read a lot of thriller/horror books. I didn‘t like this one as much as Sun Down Motel but I still enjoyed it. #thriller #mystery

SeaToSkyes Glad you enjoyed it! Hoping to read this soon 3mo
CherMoreBooks @SeaToSkyes it‘s a good one! Enjoy 😊 📕. 3mo
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