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Happiness Falls (Good Morning America Book Club)
Happiness Falls (Good Morning America Book Club): A Novel | Angie Kim
GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK When a father goes missing, his familys desperate search leads them to question everything they know about him and one another in this thrilling page-turner, a deeply moving portrait of a family in crisis from the award-winning author of Miracle Creek. Finalist for the New American Voices Award This is a story with so many twists and turns I was riveted through the last page.Jodi Picoult One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Season: The New York Times Los Angeles Times Oprah Quarterly Time St. Louis Post Dispatch Lit Hub Publishers Weekly CrimeReads A brilliant, satisfying, compassionate mystery that is as much about language and storytelling as it is about a missing father. I loved this book.Gabrielle Zevin, author of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow I fell in love with the fascinating, brilliant family at the center of this riveting book.Ann Napolitano, author of Hello Beautiful We didnt call the police right away. Those are the electric first words of this extraordinary novel about a biracial Korean American family in Virginia whose lives are upended when their beloved father and husband goes missing. Mia, the irreverent, hyperanalytical twenty-year-old daughter, has an explanation for everythingwhich is why she isnt initially concerned when her father and younger brother Eugene dont return from a walk in a nearby park. They must have lost their phone. Or stopped for an errand somewhere. But by the time Mias brother runs through the front door bloody and alone, it becomes clear that the father in this tight-knit family is missing and the only witness is Eugene, who has the rare genetic condition Angelman syndrome and cannot speak. What follows is both a ticking-clock investigation into the whereabouts of a father and an emotionally rich portrait of a family whose most personal secrets just may be at the heart of his disappearance. Full of shocking twists and fascinating questions of love, language, and human connection, Happiness Falls is a mystery, a family drama, and a novel of profound philosophical inquiry. With all the powerful storytelling she brought to her award-winning debut, Miracle Creek, Angie Kim turns the missing-person story into something wholly original, creating an indelible tale of a family who must go to remarkable lengths to truly understand one another.
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Readerann
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I liked this a lot, although could have done without the heavy-handed foreshadowing. Too much “Given everything that came later, I wish”… or “I should have…” blah, blah, blah. Fascinating subject matter, though, and I‘ll think about communication in a new way.

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HeatherBookNerd
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This is sort of a mystery wrapped up in a family drama. A father goes missing, and his nonverbal son Eugene is the only one with answers about his disappearance, but the boy is unable to communicate. The family rallies around Eugene to protect him while trying to find the Dad. There were so many issues around disability and communication and family dynamics that made this book especially fascinating.

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MicheleinPhilly
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Mehso-so

I absolutely loved Miracle Creek so this was definitely a “sophomore slump” for me. While I appreciated the care she took in portraying Angelman Syndrome families, I think centering the novel from Mia‘s perspective was a mistake. I wanted insight into John and Hannah‘s thoughts too. The footnotes were a distraction.

squirrelbrain I really felt that the footnotes were a distraction too, particularly on audio. I didn‘t know when Mia had actually finished waffling on! 1mo
BarbaraBB I skipped the footnotes 🤦🏻‍♀️ @squirrelbrain 1mo
Caroline2 Argh that‘s disappointing! 🙄 1mo
Cathythoughts I preferred Miracle Creek. I enjoyed this one too though. 1mo
Suet624 I‘ve avoided this one. Not sure why. You make me feel okay with my decision. 1mo
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Ruthiella
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#LitsyToB24

A soft pick. The story was great and while the narrator, could be annoying, she does show growth by the end. I didn‘t mind the footnotes. I think Mia is also neurodivergent and this helped demonstrate it. But for such a propelling plot (a dad goes missing and the only witness is his severely, non-speaking autistic son), it was too long and I really disliked the foreshadowing - just tell the story- the reader can figure out the rest.

squirrelbrain Great review! I listened to this and it felt overlong on audio. 2mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! I am glad I read it, especially for its insight into autism and non-speaking autism. 2mo
BarbaraBB I am a hundred pages in and liking it, although I already feel it‘s goin to be looong 2mo
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Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I found it to be a worthy read, but for its mystery premise, too slow. 2mo
Tamra Agreed! 2mo
Ruthiella @Tamra Nice to be on the same page! 😃 2mo
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Ruthiella
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#weekendreads

Hoping to wrap up my two #LitsyToB24 books this weekend. Still plugging away at my #ClassicLSFBF but considering DNFing it. 🫢 Continuing with #TheBros chapter a day read along. 👍

vivastory Is that your first Delany? He's a writer I've been wanting to try for awhile. 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘m starting Happiness Falls. Are you enjoying it? 2mo
Ruthiella @vivastory It is my first, but from what I understand, it‘s not typical of his normal SF books. So I will definitely try something else at some point. 2mo
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Ruthiella @BarbaraBB It‘s okay. It has more foreshadowing than I like personally, but the story is interesting, particularly as it pertains to disability and our assumptions about people who are differently abled. (edited) 2mo
RamsFan1963 @Ruthiella I can understand, Dhalgren is definitely not an easy read, it's very confusing as surreal. I won't be surprised by anyone who DNFs it. 2mo
Ruthiella @RamsFan1963 I think I‘d get more out of a good review from someone who really loved it than I would reading it myself. But I definitely want to try some of his more conventional SF. 2mo
Megabooks Have a great weekend! 2mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks Thanks!😊 2mo
batsy Ooof, Dhalgren and The Bros at the same time is a lot! 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy Yes, I‘m afraid one of them has to go…but I do still have the book out from the library, so we‘ll see. I have to adjust my expectations maybe. 2mo
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GinaKButler
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Up next on audio 🎧

My book club‘s February pick! This one will give me a bingo!

#bookspinbingo

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Tamra
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This is a qualified pick. I listened to the audio and while the diversions were maddening because it slowed down the pace of the “mystery” plot, I give it a thumbs up for having an intriguing character who is nonverbal. That aspect of the novel was interesting and so was the author‘s afterward.

I recall DNFing Miracle Creek.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one. But I think I preferred Miracle Creek. 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts I can‘t recall what I wasn‘t enjoying about Miracle Creek. Maybe it was the vibe. 🤷🏾‍♀️ 2mo
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fredthemoose
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I enjoyed this novel about a family reacting to the father going missing and what‘s uncovered while searching for him. I found the middle 70% or so the strongest—it was a little slow to grab me and then meandered toward the end, but overall I liked it and appreciated some of the things it left me thinking about related to disability and language. I probably wouldn‘t have picked it up if not for #LitsyToB24, but I‘m glad I did!

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Kristy_K
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Mehso-so

While a mystery, this reads more like a contemporary family drama. I was pulled into the Parson‘s lives &their search for their dad as well as their somewhat difficult family dynamic. Eugene has Angelman Syndrome &as the last person 2 see their father, I felt for both him &the others as he had seemingly no way 2communicate what happened.
Mia as a narrator grated on me. Her endless tangents & immature decisions made it hard 2 enjoy or stay engaged.

Jas16 Mia drove me crazy too. 2mo
Megabooks Oh yeah. She was a super annoying narrator! 2mo
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Kristy_K @Jas16 @Megabooks Glad I‘m not the only one who felt that way! 2mo
fredthemoose I just finished this and agree! Especially the beginning and end. I did better with the middle where there was more happening and less emphasis on Mia‘s musings and her pop psychology lessons. 2mo
Kristy_K @fredthemoose Yes, the middle was definitely the strong point of the book! I got through that portion a lot quicker than the rest. 2mo
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Deblovestoread
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Mehso-so

Another #LitsyTOB off the list. This was slow going and a bit convoluted. 3 🌟

Ruthiella Hmm. I was kind of looking forward to this one because the author is new to me. 2mo
squirrelbrain I listened to this on audio and the ‘footnotes‘ didn‘t really work in that format. 2mo
BarbaraBB Another one I still have to read but I will temper my expectations! 2mo
BkClubCare I‘ve been “just starting” this for a whole week now 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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jen_hayes7
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I‘m about one third of the way through this and have absolutely no idea what is going on. #huey #catsoflitsy

Bren912 Your kitty and my kitty could be family!! 2mo
jen_hayes7 @Bren912 oh my gosh, they could!! Orange kitties unite!! 🐈 2mo
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Jas16
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I keep going back and forth on my rating for this one. I think I appreciate this book more upon reflection than I actually enjoyed reading it. I expected more of a mystery and liked that it was a much more than that but had issues with the pacing and found the narrator really annoying. An unlikable character can be great but I really needed a break from her. A light pick. #litsytob24

BarbaraBB One I still need to read. I will temper my expectations! 3mo
squirrelbrain I agree - I liked it but there were some issues too. 3mo
Megabooks I really was tired of her by the end! This was definitely bottom half of the choices for me. Nice review! 2mo
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CatLass007
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#ReadAway2024 #LitsyToB24 This is the story of a family. There‘s a mystery inside but this is not a mystery. I‘m going to give this book 4.5⭐️ Points off for chapter 33. Mia, the narrator of the story, spends a lot of energy with analytical introspection. The chapter is 35 minutes long and I almost skipped to the final chapter after the first 10 minutes. The final chapter redeemed the book, but it was a close thing.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf! 3mo
DieAReader 🥳Great 3mo
squirrelbrain I found the introspection (and footnotes) rather distracting. 3mo
CatLass007 The footnotes didn‘t bother me because they were not that long. The chapter that I mentioned was all introspection. That bothered me. 3mo
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TFrizzle89
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I adored this book! From Goodreads: “When a father goes missing, his family's desperate search leads them to question everything they know about him and one another--both a riveting page-turner and a deeply moving portrait of a family in crisis from the award-winning author of Miracle Creek.”

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Night_Reader
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3.5/5 🌟

I found the first half more enjoyable, starting off well with the narrator's youthful voice and perspective. I appreciated the insight into the experiences of non-speaking individuals and their treatment by society. However, the mystery surrounding the dad in the second half disappointed me.

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MicheleinPhilly
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ICantImReading
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I love seeing people‘s roundups of their favorite reads of the year, so here are some of my favorite fiction reads in 2023! Lots of #BOTM and #Aardvark picks! 🙂

Plus a few favorites that I read via ebook:

Midnight is the Darkest Hour
Big Swiss
Tell the Wolves I‘m Home

Wishing everyone lots of five star reads in 2024! 🎉

BeeMagical Swamp Story - hilarious 😂 4mo
Suet624 Tell the Wolves and Big Swiss were great!!! Lovely stack of books in the photo. 4mo
ICantImReading @BeeMagical that book was just wild and fun, different from anything else I read this year! 😆 4mo
ICantImReading @Suet624 thank you!! Those both really stood out to me, although of course they‘re very different from each other! 🙂 (edited) 4mo
Lesliereadsalot Just noticed this post. I loved Tell the Wolves I‘m Home. Still thinking about it years later. Glad you got to Shark Heart…such an interesting book. 2mo
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AmyG
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I like the story but I wasn‘t a fan of how it was written. Too much “fluff”.

@Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain

Megabooks Agree. Too fluffy for me, too. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
BarbaraBB I still need to read this but if you and @Megabooks think this way I‘ll temper my expectations!! 4mo
sarahbarnes Interesting. I‘m on the list at the library for this one and agree with @barbarabb. 4mo
AmyG @BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes I would say go in without any expectations. Some love this one, some don‘t. It could go either way for you. 4mo
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RealLifeReading
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Well, the bad news is that I got Covid (after the husband and 10yo), and the good news is that despite the exhaustion and cough, I started and finished this book yesterday. It is absolutely brilliant, very smart, and also a whodunit. The pages flew by and I just marveled at how engrossing this story is.

AmyG Feel better! 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence Get better soon! 4mo
LeeRHarry Hope you‘re feeling better soon. 😊 4mo
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Leftcoastzen I‘m sorry that happened to you, hope you feel better soon. 4mo
kspenmoll I hope you keep healing- i am glad you had a great book to read. 4mo
BarbaraBB Wishing you a speedy recovery and I am looking forward to reading this too. 4mo
LeahBergen I‘m glad you‘re not too ill! 4mo
batsy Wishing you a speedy recovery! 4mo
JessClark78 Hope you feel better soon. 4mo
MaureenMc Wishing you a speedy recovery ❤️‍🩹 4mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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#ToB24

I absolutely adored Angie Kim‘s earlier novel, Miracle Creek and was very excited to pick this one up. Firmly recommend this one as well, but it still plays second fiddle to her earlier novel for me.

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mcipher
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Happy Thanksgiving! I couldn‘t quite finish this ambitious plate, but made room for some pie anyway, and then started the tagged book post-second dinner (we ate early so we could go back for more later!). Hope everyone else had a similarly relaxing day (whether you celebrate this weird holiday or not) ♥️

candc320 That looks so good! Happy belated Thanksgiving!! 5mo
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Eggs
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So many shades of Red
❤️💄💋🎒🌹🌺🍎🍒🍓☎️⏰🧲🎈📕🖍️🛑♥️

#RedStack

#HumbleHarvest

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

JenReadsAlot Pretty! 5mo
Eggs @JenReadsAlot ❤️💕❤️ 5mo
keys_on_fire I loved both Arsenic & Adobo and Peach Blossom Spring!! 5mo
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Eggs @keys_on_fire ♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you ❤️🍎♥️ 5mo
Gissy And those glasses❤️👌 5mo
Eggs @Gissy aren‘t they great? From Zenni.com 5mo
WaterVixxen I have been wanting to read Arsenic and Adobo! I hope you enjoy it. 5mo
Eggs @WaterVixxen it‘s really good! The whole trilogy is good 😊 5mo
WaterVixxen @Eggs thank you! I just ordered it 5mo
Gissy @Eggs Fabulous! 5mo
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nitalibrarian
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#audiopuzzling
I found these Christmasy Puzzle Snax at Lewis Drug. They call them "Snax Size" puzzles at 100 pieces. I picked the cupcakes and the ice skating flamingos. Super cute.
I have 3 hours left of this audiobook.

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marleed
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I read just a chapter or two at a time from this book because the single POV of 20 yo Mia was so over-analytical. I didn‘t want to read too quickly and start skim her thoughts and felt I owed it to Mia to remain engaged in her telling. Both she and 14 yo Eugene intrigued me.

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nitalibrarian
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Took advantage of Spotify's new audiobook feature on my road trip to visit friends this weekend to start this book. I really like the narrator and I'm enjoying this family drama/mystery story. Five hours to go!

RamsFan1963 How does it work? I have Spotify Premium also, but I haven't tried the audiobook option yet. Do you just pick anything or does it have to be off a certain list? 5mo
nitalibrarian @RamsFan1963 They have an audiobook section that looks extensive when I browse. I saw a lot of currently popular books. With Spotify Premium, you get essentially 1 free audiobook a month as long as that audiobook is less than 15 hours. Anything more than 15 hours you have to pay extra. 5mo
RamsFan1963 @nitalibrarian Thank you for the info, I'll give it a try when I finish my current audiobook 5mo
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Anna40
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Bailedbailed

I love the premise & the thoughts on communication, immigration, language & what it means for us if we cannot communicate because of language barriers or because of who we are. But the narrator‘s voice was irritating, worse was the going off topic especially at the beginning when I felt it needed to pick up pace…even though I‘d love to know what happened, I don‘t think I‘ll pick this up again. Not for me.

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kspenmoll
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Finished:A Dirty Death & A Shameful Murder. Plan to review both books soon

In Process: On ch 8/34 Happiness Falls; Started Her Lost Words; Finished the Victorian and Edwardian (British) section of Big Book of Female Detectives

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kspenmoll
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#bookreport
Finished the top row, 3 books,& am at various stages with the bottom row, 3 books.

Cinfhen How are you doing?! Glad to see you‘re back to reading 🤓💖 6mo
kspenmoll @Cinfhen I am in 5th week of recovery- seeing MD this Friday. Thank you for thinking of me amidst the nightmare u & Israel are living right now. Sending 💙💙 (edited) 6mo
Shemac77 I had no idea you were ill. I haven‘t been on here as much as I would like. I hope you have a speedy recovery! 💚💚 6mo
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kspenmoll @Shemac77 Thank you so much! I had rotor cuff surgery - totally torn tendon & bicep muscle tear. There is so much going on in the world right now it seems like a small thing. 6mo
Shemac77 It‘s never a small thing. Rotator cuff injuries are a beast! Sending you much love! 6mo
kspenmoll @Shemac77 Thank you! I appreciate your compassion! 6mo
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Mdion1993
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Mia‘s father is missing, and only her nonspeaking brother, Eugene, knows what happened.

Voice ✨ Neurodivergent ✨ Analytical

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Zbayardo
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This is a great mix of mystery, family drama, & also an important message about intelligence connected to verbal communication.

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kspenmoll
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#weeklyforecast #porchlife
this is the view from my porch. Autumn is here, but very few trees have turned yet just some yellow and some like mine have a lot of brown leaves already. I hope we get some red and orange eventually. 🍁🍂🍁
Cindy I hope you & your family & friends are safe. I am sending love and prayers and I‘m sure many of us are.

Cinfhen Thank you so much, Katherine! Your reaching out is so appreciated and heartfelt ♥️ I need all the strength and support to believe in humanity 6mo
marleed @Cinfhen Cindy, I‘ve been thinking of you constantly these last couple days. 6mo
Cinfhen @marleed 💜💜💜thank you 6mo
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Tayselly
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Incredibly well thought out. I loved loved loved this book.

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Sara_Planz
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This book pushes the reader to question everything in this story. This mystery delves into topics like immigration, disability and ableism, family secrets and trust. What an incredible work that made me look at my own ideas of truth, lies and protecting your own. Fantastic read!

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Tiffiney
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Mehso-so

While I liked the story overall, I found much of the dialogue to be bloated and technical to the point of boring. Also, it takes place in 2020…far too much talk of Covid, masks, etc. I lived it…don‘t care to live it again. It‘s just an “eh” book for me.