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God of the Woods
God of the Woods | Liz Moore
"Extraordinary...Reminds me of Donna Tartt's 1992 debut, The Secret History...I was so thoroughly submerged in a rich fictional world, that for hours I barely came up for air." - Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air, NPR "Riveting from page one to the last breathless word." --Rebecca Makkai, New York Times bestselling author of I Have Some Questions For You "Brilliant, riveting . . . an epic mystery and a riveting family drama." --Miranda Cowley Heller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Paper Palace When a teenager vanishes from her Adirondack summer camp, two worlds collide Early morning, August 1975: a camp counselor discovers an empty bunk. Its occupant, Barbara Van Laar, has gone missing. Barbara isn't just any thirteen-year-old: she's the daughter of the family that owns the summer camp and employs most of the region's residents. And this isn't the first time a Van Laar child has disappeared. Barbara's older brother similarly vanished fourteen years ago, never to be found. As a panicked search begins, a thrilling drama unfolds. Chasing down the layered secrets of the Van Laar family and the blue-collar community working in its shadow, Moore's multi-threaded story invites readers into a rich and gripping dynasty of secrets and second chances. It is Liz Moore's most ambitious and wide-reaching novel yet.
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TEArificbooks
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Pickpick

Soft pick. there were so many characters and character perspectives and time lines it was a bit confusing at time. Slow burn as well.

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jdiehr
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Pickpick

I love a map in a book, and I really loved realizing that this was probably one of the maps drawn by Inspector Luptack.

Two children from the same wealthy family have disappeared - eight year old Bear and then, 14 years later, his sister Barbara.

I had my theories, but I wasn't even close.

This is an excellent mystery/thriller!

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AmyG
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So excited to read these! #BOMC

BarbaraBB I have jus started God of the woods and am super looking forward to the Whitaker as well! 19h
AmyG Enjoy! I just want life to slow down…so I can just read these two. 🤣 @BarbaraBB (edited) 19h
Addison_Reads I recently read both of these and really enjoyed them. Happy Reading! 19h
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AmyG @Addison_Reads Thank you!!! 19h
Suet624 I just purchased God of the Woods. Not even sure why. It called to me, for sure. I hope you like it. 18h
Prairiegirl_reading These are both way outside my comfort zone but I have both ready to be read, just waiting for the time to get to them as well!! 18h
Cathythoughts I‘m so excited too. I have them both waiting 🥰 (edited) 17h
Kimberlone God of the Woods was my BOTM and I won All The Colors from a Goodreads giveaway. Both are still TBR! 16h
AmyG @Suet624 @Prairiegirl_reading @Cathythoughts Hope you all enjoy your books. I look forward to reading what you think. 14h
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marleed
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I knew the tagged favorite of this grid before I‘d even finished all the books and that never happens. Also tagged a series in one rating since I read them back to back.

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Avg C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

BarbaraBB Just started your 5⭐️read! 19h
Cathythoughts Looking forward to Same As It Ever Was 👍🏻 (edited) 17h
marleed @BarbaraBB I‘m looking forward to your thoughts! 9h
marleed @Cathythoughts I love reading this type of story. 9h
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Leftcoastzen
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#BookMail is the best mail ! #BOTM it was a highlight on a tiring day ! So worried about our letter carriers in the extreme heat.

julieclair You are so right about the letter carriers. And everyone else who works outside. 🥵 21h
AmyG I can‘t wait to read the Liz Moore. 20h
Leftcoastzen @AmyG I started it this morning 20h
AmyG Enjoy! I won‘t get to it until August. I got alot going on now….I want some quiet time to savor it. 20h
Leftcoastzen @julieclair it‘s brutal. 17h
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Writeme
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Best read of the summer! “The God of the Woods”, is such a great read! It‘s essentially a mystery (young teen goes missing from summer camp a decade after her brother went missing from the same camp), but with layers of language and subtle themes and multiple perspectives. Best of all: no horror!

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Amie
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This was good, but not as good as I expected, given all the hype it's gotten. Character development was good and I liked how all the different threads of the plot were woven together but I found the ending somewhat unsatisfactory, especially the lack of resolution for some of the threads.

Tamra I‘m glad I saw your post. This is the reason I like to borrow & not buy this genre. 👍🏾 (edited) 3d
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EverydayImReading
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Pickpick

My first and not my last Liz Moore. Very enjoyable thriller. Spans over several timelines and with many voices so I got a bit confused at times. However a fine and satisfying ending.

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Sara_Planz
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Pickpick

Everyone is buzzing about this book for good reason. This is my kind of thriller and mystery. It delves into family, class, and community, and the character development is second to none. By the way, I love when the setting becomes a character in books, and Liz Moore does an incredible job bringing that area of the country to life, a living entity that envelops the entire story. Tis is storytelling at its finest.

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Addison_Reads
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I like it when my husband has dental appointments because I get uninterrupted reading time. 💚

I'm really enjoying the tagged book so far. Has anyone read it?

LiteraryinLawrence What a nice view for reading! 7d
Bookwormjillk Waiting for my daughter to come home from camp tomorrow then I will! 7d
Addison_Reads @Bookwormjillk I can understand why you'd want to wait to start this one. 6d
BarbaraBB Looking forward to this one! 6d
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angel1
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Tell me you‘re a book lover without telling me you‘re a book lover…the first thing I do when I get to my Pigeon Forge Tn vacay is a book photo shoot! And I absolutely am loving this book!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Christine
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Hype-deserving, for sure! Loved the mystery and setting, but more than that loved the female characters and how their experiences, though constrained in a few times and places, were so expansive in what they conveyed about being a woman. Excited for Liz Moore and about the well-earned praise she's already getting for this!

LiteraryinLawrence Yay! I can‘t wait to start it later this month! 1w
Karisa Oooh, sounds great! Putting in a library hold now. Thanks! 1w
marleed I can‘t imagine this book getting kicked off my list of favorite books of the year. I loved it and want to know what happens with these women beyond August 1975! 1w
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Cathythoughts I‘m really looking forward to it ❤️ 1w
Christine @LiteraryinLawrence An excellent thing to look forward to!! 7d
Christine @Karisa It really was great! Met my high expectations. 7d
Christine @marleed I‘m right there with you re: all of that! 7d
Christine @Cathythoughts I hope (and expect) you‘ll love it! 7d
Karisa @Christine Must be an “it” book. 11 week library hold wait! Thanks for putting that on my radar. 😊 7d
Christine @Karisa Willing them to acquire more copies so your wait is shorter! 🤞 6d
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marleed
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This is such a great story. There are a couple of mysteries (1961, 1975) to flush out while reading the individual stories of intriguing characters. The current-day setting is 1975 and I‘m glad there was no epilogue because many of these characters are so deserving a sequel - both for the immediate aftermath and all the way to 2025! Easily among my favorite books of the year!

jdiehr I'm starting this today 🙂 1w
squirrelbrain It‘s up there in my favourites of the year too! 1w
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ I have it on my present stack. 1w
marleed @jdiehr @Cathythoughts ohhh, you‘re gonna love this! Actually, I‘ll be watching for some mediocre reviews to see if anyone else‘s thoughts can tame my enthusiasm on this one! 1w
marleed @squirrelbrain Ha -we read alike! 1w
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ICantImReading
God of the Woods | Liz Moore
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This literary mystery enveloped me completely in its world, drowning out everything else with the richly drawn characters, immersive setting, and layered plot. I was spellbound. The audiobook narration is also fantastic. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up, but be prepared that you won‘t want to put it down, and it will linger long after turning the final page. 🎧

marleed I just finished this, as well. It‘s so good. I can‘t say what I want for spoilers sake but I sure hope this book gets a sequel- the characters are so deserving to be told beyond 1975! 1w
BirdLaVie You sped through this big boy! Thrilled that it cast a summer spell on you 🌲 🛶 🔥 1w
ICantImReading @BirdLaVie I hope you enjoy it, too! I think you‘re right that it does kind of give Tana vibes! ✨ 1w
ICantImReading @marleed I‘m so glad you also loved it! I agree - I would absolutely continue to follow these characters in a sequel! I think I would be especially interested in seeing more from Judyta 🙂 1w
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LittlePixels
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(Re. 12 and 13-year-old girls )
“…she watched them quietly, fondly, recalling what it was like to be in this moment of life that was like a breath before speech, a last sweet pause before some great unveiling.”
Such an apt description!

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Avanders
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Received #botm #bookofthemonth 👏🏽👏🏽

And what I assume is my #staycationintime package, @Chrissyreadit ? 💃🏽🪩🕺🏿 I‘ll be sending mine out soon! Need to get just 1 more thing….

Aaaaaand, shipped my #cbbc #coffeebeanbookclub package this morning! ☕️🫘📖♣️💌 @Mommamanzi

Mommamanzi I did too! So excited! 1w
Chrissyreadit @Avanders It‘s your super belated bday gift!!! OPEN ASAP 🎉🎉🎉🎉😘😘😘😘😘😘 1w
Avanders @Chrissyreadit omg so exciting!! lol all your caps & gifs 🤣🤣😘 (edited) 1w
Avanders @Chrissyreadit duuuude… it is 1000% amazing.. but I feel I should wait to post? 😶‍🌫️ 1w
Chrissyreadit up to you!!! 1w
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jlhammar
God of the Woods | Liz Moore
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July #BOTM box arrived today 💙 Great options this month!

JamieArc Mine arrived today as well with 4 books! I never add that many! 1w
Avanders Do I now regret not ordering a full box? Maybe… maybe… 😜 1w
BkClubCare I am barely “in the know” and that looks like an AWESOME collection 1w
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Cathythoughts Exciting 👍🏻♥️ 1w
readmyeyes What a great box! I‘ve read two of them and two more are on my tbr. 6d
Amor4Libros I love all the covers! 😍 10h
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ladym30
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Book mail!❤️❤️❤️

Amor4Libros Love that cover! 😍 2w
ladym30 @Amor4Libros Me, too!❤️ 1w
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squirrelbrain
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I couldn‘t put this down! The Van Laars own a camp in the middle of the woods. In 1975 Barbara, their daughter, is missing from her camp bunk. 15 years earlier her brother, Bear, also went missing in the woods and was never found. Are the two disappearances connected?

I loved all of the characters (or loved to hate some of them!) and there were so many twists and turns, which I didn‘t see coming at all.

Highly recommended!

bookaholic1 Sounds like my kind of book!! 2w
TrishB Keeping my eye on this one - but definitely a future read 👍🏻 2w
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ I just received it in the post today 🥰 2w
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squirrelbrain Oh good @Cathythoughts - I think you‘ll really like it! 2w
TheLudicReader I read a review that said this was super slow. What did you think? 1w
squirrelbrain No, I didn‘t think it was slow @TheLudicReader 🤔 I was going to comment that it was a ‘quiet‘ book, for a murder mystery / thriller but couldn‘t think how to explain myself properly. I found that it added to the book though, not detracted from it and I certainly wouldn‘t call it slow. 1w
TheLudicReader Thanks, @squirrelbrain . I don‘t mind a slow book at any rate. Lol. 1w
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ErikasMindfulShelf
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Pickpick

This was great! Couldn‘t stop reading.

AmyG I can‘t wait to read this! 2w
ErikasMindfulShelf @AmyG I hope you will like it as much as I did. 2w
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Amie
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#botm arrived today! I've been hearing lots of hype about both of these, so I hope they live up to it. They're also both long (All the Colors is almost 600 pages!).

AmyG I am getting the same box. So very excited! 2w
TrishB All the Colours doesn‘t feel like a long book! 2w
Amie @TrishB that's good to hear 😄 2w
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Amie @AmyG same name, same taste in books 😄 2w
AmyG 👊🏻🙌🏻 2w
eskoch28 I ALMOST got god of the woods. Literally in love with that cover 5d
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TorieStorieS
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Pickpick

Opening in 1975, a teenage camper is missing. This kicks off not only the present investigation but also the 1961 story of another disappearance in the same family. Told across multiple perspectives, this makes for a riveting read! I can certainly see why this was a #BookOfTheMonth selection since it‘s sure to start interesting discussions! Moore‘s characters all come to life and even camp legends are deftly solved in this satisfying summer read!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Can‘t wait for this one ☝️ 📚 2w
TorieStorieS @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!! 🥰 2w
LiteraryinLawrence I‘m excited to read mine from BOTM!! Eeeee! 2w
TorieStorieS @LiteraryinLawrence That beautiful cover tempted me to order it through there, though I have a digital copy! 2w
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Branwen
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I am SO PSYCHED that this book came out today! 🥳🎉🎉🎉 Long Bright River really blew me away when I read it after it first came out, and I have been eagerly awaiting Liz Moore's next book ever since! There is something about her writing that is so compelling! And damn, can this woman write complex and fascinating characters! I can't wait to see where this book takes me!

LiteraryinLawrence I didn‘t read her previous book but I ordered this from BOTM and I‘m really excited! 2w
TheKidUpstairs I'm slightly obsessed with this cover 2w
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Kimberlone
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My #BOTM choice for July. Sounds great!

LiteraryinLawrence Mine too! I‘m intrigued… 3w
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JenReadsAlot
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My #botm picks! I honestly could have added more!

BarbaraBB Three great reads! 3w
JenReadsAlot @BarbaraBB Good to hear! 3w
BarbaraBB I havent read them, but I want to 🤣 2w
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LeslieO
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I was hoping for one of these two this month. I was also hoping to only get one book this month. Oh well! #BOTM

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LiteraryinLawrence
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I went with this one for my July #botm because I‘ve heard great things! It sounds like a book I‘ve read before but we‘ll see how this author covers that topic. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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MaleficentBookDragon
God of the Woods | Liz Moore
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It‘s a great month to use up half of my #BOTM credits. If every month was like this I wouldn‘t plan on quitting!

Is anyone else excited about the month‘s offerings and add ons? What are you getting? Or are you skipping?

Avanders I know!! Isn‘t July usually a slow month in “quality” (from your & my perspective at least 😉) publishing? 😎 3w
vivastory I was def surprised by this month's selections! I selected the Liz Moore as my main selection & Josh Malerman as the add-on 3w
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AmyG
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Oooooo am I excited for my July BOTM box.

Erinreadsthebooks I‘m halfway through All the Colors…and it is fantastic! 3w
Avanders I know right??? {little happy dance} 3w
AmyG @Erinreadsthebooks I have heard wonderful things! And YES!!! @Avanders 3w
dabbe Fun! 🤩🤩 3w
Cathythoughts Can‘t wait to read these two ♥️♥️ 3w
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Sace
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My picks for #BOTM. Honestly I wanted almost all of them but I needed to have some semblance of self control ($$$$), so I prioritized. I heard about the tagged book on a podcast last month so I‘m pleased to see it as one of my options. All my add-ons are #BlameItOnLitsy picks. 😂