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Everything We Didn't Say
Everything We Didn't Say: A Novel | Nicole Baart
From the author of Little Broken Things, a race-to-the-finish family drama (People) following a mother who must confront the dark summer that changed her life forever in order to reclaim the daughter she left behind. Juniper Baker had just graduated from high school and was deep in the throes of a summer romance when Cal and Beth Murphy, a childless couple who lived on a neighboring farm, were brutally murdered. When her younger brother became the prime suspect, Junes world collapsed and everything she loved that summer fell away. She left, promising never to return to tiny Jericho, Iowa. Until now. Officially, shes back in town to help an ill friend manage the local library. But really, shes returned to repair her relationship with her teenage daughter, whos been raised by Junipers mother and stepfather since birthand to solve the infamous Murphy murders once and for all. She knows the key to both lies in the darkest secret of that long-ago summer night, one thats haunted her for nearly fifteen years. As history begins to repeat itself and a dogged local true crime podcaster starts delving into the murders, the race to the truth puts past and present on a dangerous collision course. Juniper lands back in an all-too-familiar place with the answers to everything finally in her sights, but this time its her daughters life that hangs in the balance. Will revealing what really happened mean a fresh start? Or will the truth destroy everything Juniper loves for a second time? Baart once again brilliantly weaves mystery into family drama in this expertly-crafted novel for fans of Lisa Jewell and Megan Miranda.
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Victoriahoperose
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The story in this moved a bit slowly for me at a lot of points in the book. I liked the characters but I didn‘t love any of them. I do think that it‘s hard to use the storyline of the main character going home to an estranged family and daughter with an old crime in the background that needs to be solved. There aren‘t many fresh takes for this trope and I definitely predicted the ending early on. I thought it was good, but I didn‘t love it.

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TheLudicReader
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This is a dual time-line narrative about Juniper, who returns to her hometown to help out a friend, but also to figure out who is planning to do a podcast about a double murder that happened 15 years ago, a murder for which her brother was implicated but never charged. I really enjoyed this book, and Juniper‘s determination to mend relationships with her family and figure out whodunnit. There‘s a splash of angst, too, and I am there for it.

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MaggieCarr
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Just the right pacing for a split time mystery, in my opinion. Kept me guessing until the end.

EvieBee I really liked this one, too! 2mo
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NikkiKey94
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I really enjoyed this book! It kept me reading and wanting more and I couldn‘t put it down! I definitely plan on reading other books from this author!

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Mehso-so

I said I was bailing on this but then I decided to finish it @EvieBee . 🤷🏻‍♀️ It still didn‘t really work for me but I‘m glad to know how it ended.

Zoe is yawning here, not screaming. 😋 Now every time I look at this picture, I yawn too!

RaeLovesToRead 😸😻 4mo
EvieBee Aww, sorry it wasn‘t a fit but glad it wasn‘t a total waste of time for you! 4mo
BookBabe 😸 4mo
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LiteraryinLawrence
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I can‘t any more with this. I am destined to only learn half of the things we didn‘t say, not everything. 😋 The plot sounds interesting, but literally every time I pick up this book I get through 20 pages and fall asleep. I‘ve read 140 pages so I‘ve tried a lot! But I‘ve started and finished several other books without getting traction on this, so I give up.

If you‘ve read it, would you mind spoiling the ending for me (hidden) in the comments?

EvieBee It‘s great on audio! Are you still sure you want it spoiled? 4mo
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swishandflick
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You know, given the mixed reviews I've seen for this one I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! It was written well and deviated just enough from the standard #BOTM thriller fare. It actually felt more like a mystery than a thriller to me, but entertaining for sure. I only wish that June and Willa's rekindling relationship had been fleshed out more. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

EvieBee I really enjoyed this one! It really surprised me. 4mo
Aims42 Yes, June & Willa ending was critique of mine as well! After their story unfolded, I wanted a full closure and I felt like we didn‘t get it 4mo
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Kempfme
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Juniper Baker graduates from high school when her brother becomes the prime suspect of a double murder. Now, she returns to find the true killer, and to patch things up with her teenage daughter.
This is my first read by Nicole Baart. It was interesting, but I did not really think the characters were all that interesting.
Thanks Atria Books and NetGalley.

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EvieBee
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This started off as a sleepy, domestic mystery. It gradually picked up
so much speed that I had to finish it in two sittings. It wasn't sloppy,
overly dramatic, or hollow in its depictions. Surprisingly very PG rated,
which I found refreshing after some heavier reads. Highly recommend.

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Aims42 I was amazed to learn this was a debut for the author! Outstanding!! 6mo
EvieBee @Aims42 It really was! And the plot twists were believable. 6mo
Aims42 @EvieBee Yes, totally believable 👍🏻 Hope she continues writing 6mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Im going to investigate this one 👍🏻 6mo
EvieBee @Cathythoughts Thank you, Cathy! 6mo
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Annie1215
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Checking this off my #bookspinbingo list

Liked this one - an enjoyable way to dive back in to my reading flow

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
EvieBee I'm at about 80% and can't believe how much it's picked up. Enjoying it. 6mo
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TorieStorieS
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I can see why this was a #BOTM pick! I literally couldn‘t put it down and stayed up WAY too late to finish it in just about one sitting! Juniper returns to her small Iowa hometown, ostensibly to help her friend & librarian but also to put a stop to a podcast looking to highlight the brutal murder of her neighbors 15 years ago- where her brother was the key suspect. Weaving together past and present, this one moves fast & is impossible to put down!

EvieBee I am really enjoying this one! At about 80%, I'm going to give it 4 stars regardless of the ending. 6mo
TorieStorieS @EvieBee So glad you‘re enjoying it, too! I couldn‘t put it down!! 6mo
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Julsmarshall
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Solid thriller. I liked the rural setting and the complicated family dynamics and the spare writing. Also love good twisty ending. I will read more from this author! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #BOTM

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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Twainy
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🎧 I‘m glad I‘m not alone in the low rating over at GoodReads. This is the most popular book on my library Loan list right now and I was unimpressed. 3.5 stars but I rounded up. The first half of this murder mystery, thriller was a hot mess. The second half picked up the thriller part but not enough. It was ok with an ending that surprised me so don‘t let my comments deter you if you‘re interested, just not for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Aims42
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Wow! This ending totally shocked me!! I didn‘t see it coming and now I want to re-read it to see if there were clues I just didn‘t pick up on 🤔 I‘d give it 5 stars!

EvieBee Oh nice! Got this one on the shelf to read soon. 6mo
Aims42 @EvieBee I really enjoyed it, I hope you do too! 6mo
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Mpcacher
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This book starts out slowly and builds, so is not a great choice for someone who needs an intense start to capture their interest. That being said it does build into a very good thriller and one that I enjoyed. I gave it 3.75/5 stars.

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MidnightBookGirl
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Cozied up and reading on this lazy Sunday.

Clare-Dragonfly Henry Crawford? 🤔 7mo
MidnightBookGirl lol, oooh, I wonder if that‘s a clue! 6mo
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Lsmoore43
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EVERYTHING WE DIDN'T SAY
This is my first book by this author. I look forward to more. This book was totally great. Breathtakingly beautiful. Written to perfection. It was very heart touching. Heartbreaking. Full of love and pain. A bit of laughter along the way. It had it all.
Absolutely gorgeous. Take your breath away beautiful. And sad.
It's honestly that kind of book. That one you are so happy you read.
Nicole Baart
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Atria Books

Twainy Hmmm this book was just purchased by my library and automatically added to my wait list :) I don‘t even remember recommending it. Glad it‘s good!! Thank you 😁 7mo
Lsmoore43 @Twainy It just released on the 2nd of November. It's very good. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I really loved this one. 7mo
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Bakingbookworm
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4.5 STARS - This is an engaging page-turner of a story that includes great twists, buckets of familial discord, small town drama and secrets! Told in 2 timelines, the story follows a woman who returns to her hometown after her younger brother is implicated in a 14 year old double murder. Secrets, lies and the past come back to haunt her. I loved it! Thx to Atria for my copy.

Review: https://bit.ly/EverythingWeDidntSayReview

Lsmoore43 I'm reading this one this week.. Nice review. Thanks for sharing. 7mo
Bakingbookworm @Lsmoore43 Thanks. I hope you love it too 7mo
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Suelizbeth
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I struggled with this book. Ultimately, I enjoyed it. After reading the acknowledgements, the feelings I had reading the book began to make more sense. Written during the pandemic, the struggles we had during that time seeped into the construct of this novel. This is a book about secrets, lies, small town prejudices, broken families, murder, environmental issues, love, trust, betrayal. It gave me much anxiety, but it‘s a good read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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RonniKlein
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It's been a minute or months since I posted! Finished reading this one a couple days ago and loved it. It probably would have been a 5-star read for me if I didn't guess who did it!

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erank58
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This had so much potential...here is one of the few instances where the book needed to be longer. If it had more details and character development, this light read could have been a great slow-burn small-town mystery. The story was interesting, but it could have been much more captivating. Not the best #botm pick for me personally, but I'd recommend this author for those who don't like dark thrillers but want something "edgier" than a cozy!

erank58 As a (spoiler-ish) side note--I really wish the events leading up to June leaving Willa with her parents were addressed with more details. This could have been a great exploration into the tragedy of postpartum depression and how it affects some women deeply, which is a topic I don't see in literature that often 👍 8mo
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Julsmarshall
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Recent book acquisitions! Some #BOTM some I just couldn‘t resist. 😄

marleed I truly the believe the purchase of first-owned books is vitally important to the industry. And look you, doing your part to keep newly minted print books alive! 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence Such a colorful stack!! 8mo
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guinsgirlreads
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My BOTM box arrived yesterday! 🤗

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angel1
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So excited to get my October BOTM box today
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SilversReviews Love that pumpkin!! 8mo
angel1 @SilversReviews thank you🧡 8mo
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rather_be_reading
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My October BOTM picks!

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Breanne1
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I was a bit underwhelmed this month…so had to skip but looking forward to November. #botm

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Annie1215
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My #BOTM picks! Trying to keep it spooky 👻🎃🧙🏻‍♀️