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A Head Full of Ghosts
A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel | Paul Tremblay
A chilling domestic drama that blends psychological suspense with a touch of modern horror from a new, brilliantly imaginative masterThe lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.To her parents' despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie's bizarre outbursts and subsequent descent into madness. As their home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts' plight for a reality television show. With John, Marjorie's father, out of work for more than a year and medical bills looming, the family reluctantly agrees to be filmednever imagining that The Possession would become an instant hit. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie's younger sister, Merry. As she recalls those long-ago events from her childhoodshe was just eight years oldpainful memories and long-buried secrets that clash with the television broadcast and the Internet blogs begin to surface. A mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising disturbing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.A Head Full of Ghosts is a terrifying tale told with inventive literary flair and unrelenting suspense that craftily, cannily, and inexorably builds to a truly shocking ending.
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Redfern85
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Intense read told from the point of view of a second grader whose 14 year sister may or may not be possessed by a demon.The family signs on to have their lives taped for a paranormal TV show in which an exorcism will be performed.

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DarkMina
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Eggs Tremblay!!! Great choice 😱🖤👍🏼 1mo
DarkMina @Eggs Thanks! 1mo
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OutAndAbout
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I love when a book lives up to the hype. Excellent writing - “glasses with thin silver frames that boxed in his nervous eyes”. Compelling plot - the exorcist as told by a little sister. And the little sister is a character development trilogy - shows 3 sides of her, a nod toward the holy trinity and a hint that perhaps she‘s a bit of an unreliable narrator. (Picture of Jesus of the Ozark for attention, taken as we left Eureka Springs today.)

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AFrostCauseReads
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Wow, I loved this book! It walked the line of real possession vs mental illness, and I loved the balance of different times (being in the past as it happened, and current time of the interview of what happened). I also adored the nerdy blog posts analyzing everything. I def have to read more by this author!

#wickedathon #scarathlon2021 @StayCurious
#screamathon @4thhouseontheleft
#RoaringWolf (Family Affair) @Roary47 @Littlewolf1

Roary47 Awesome! 1mo
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OutAndAbout
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Gorgeous fall day in the woods, reading the tagged book. It‘s a lot of scare for a chilly October day. Excellent afternoon. #13 #halloween

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OutAndAbout
Head Full of Ghosts | Paul Tremblay
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Staying in a cabin in Eureka Springs this weekend for a wedding. (Picture - every girl obviously wants a dead deer watching her in the hot tub.) Gorgeous area and beautiful cabin. But so many dead animals! Fortunately I didn‘t bring a scary book to read or anything. 😏 (see tagged book for irony). Bring on Halloween!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 😆 very relaxing. 🦌 1mo
kplovesbooks I mean the deer display is gorgeous...but WHY THERE?! 🤦😂😂 1mo
OutAndAbout @kplovesbooks I know right? Probably should be rereading The Only Good Indians! 1mo
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DebinHawaii
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#haunted

I read them years apart but I feel there is a similarity in these books with whether the #ghost or spirits haunting the houses are real or not, so I‘m picking them both for today‘s prompt.

Eggs Really like Tremblay 🖤👻👏🏻 1mo
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DGRachel
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Bailedbailed

This started off super creepy (possessed kids scare the 💩 out of me), but now I‘m bored. The narrator is becoming less reliable and I really hate Marjorie. I think there‘s a twist coming but I‘m no longer interested in seeing what that is. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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BookDragonNotWorm
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A family falling apart. A teenage girl who descends into madness – or not. Because she might be possessed – or not. Luckily, it was all documented by a reality TV show. Now, fifteen years later, the girl‘s younger sister struggles to reconcile what she thought she knew with what happened – or not! Suspenseful & chilling in that ‘is it or isn‘t it?‘ way that crawls under your skin & gives you chills!

Johanna414 This book really stuck with me - I read it a few years ago and still think about it frequently. 3mo
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Book.n.Beach
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I didn't find this Scary but it was definitely Creepy. I felt Full Moon Tea and Skull Cookies was Perfect to Pair with the Book 🤣

reluctantangeleno Those cookies 😍 9mo
ajmayorquin I love tame wild tea! The cookies are so cute! 9mo
Book.n.Beach @reluctantangeleno delicious too lol 9mo
Book.n.Beach @ajmayorquin ikr it's my favorite blend of all their teas ❤️ 9mo
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Skyrimir
Head Full of Ghosts | Paul Tremblay
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A lot of the used books I‘ve been ordering have started coming in with these HUGE stickers on the barcode, which means I can‘t just scan them into my library app. Super annoying! 😡

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ElleSkel
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This week was awesome for reading! The #AnyWayYouReadathon really helped! Ok so here we have 5 towards #LitsyAtoZ , Lab Girl and The Breakdown for #Booked2021 , The Harpy for #BookSpin , The Breakdown for #DoubleSpin. No #BookSpinBingo yet, but I am on my way. Thanks to @TheAromaofBooks , @BookishMarginalia @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft and @BarbaraTheBibliophage , @kimmypete1 @Eggbeater and @MidnightBookGirl for hosting all the fun!!

kimmypete1 You‘re a rockstar! 11mo
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 11mo
4thhouseontheleft 🙌🏽🙌🏽 11mo
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Eggbeater Great job!🎉👏👏👏 11mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!!! Crushed it ❤️🙌🏻🎉🎉🎉 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 11mo
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AlisBookNookCorner
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ https://suspensebookreviews.home.blog/2020/12/10/a-head-full-of-ghosts-by-paul-t...

Wow!!! What a read! This psychological thriller had me hooked from beginning to end! I loved every minute reading this fast - paced mind blower. The characters were amazing, I loved the descriptions, I loved how real the family dynamics were! The ending left me shocked!

#bookworm #thriller #mustread

Vanillacourt If someone was forcing me to pick one favorite book, I just might have to pick this one. 11mo
AlisBookNookCorner A friend of mine was reading this the same time I was, so we were able to discuss. This book left me speechless! Definitely earned its place on my shelf. 11mo
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AlisBookNookCorner

A hundred pages in so far and it is so eery!!! Very creepy in the best way. It is a fast-paced easy read, with twists in every chapter! Can't wait to see how this one ends.

#currentread #paultremblay #horror #creepy #currentlyreading #checkitout #bookblurb

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AlisBookNookCorner
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After bailing on my last read, I decided to go with my 25 cent library sales rack find. I'm not familiar with #PaulTremblay but it sounds like a rather interesting read. Reviews are all over, yet it is summarized to be a bit of horror, suspense and drama. This one has been on my TBR for some time now, egar to start.

#currentlyreading #AHeadFullOfGhosts #Horror #currentread #PaulTremblay

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BookishTrish
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1 /2. I‘m not sure if it‘s the scariest but I can read it over and over and get something out of it each time. 3. Jason in Space rules and I would kill (pun intended) for one of the sweaters they wear! 4. Mr Jason Voorhees and his mama 5. Funkos, bookmarks, books, records, Fast & Furious anything

FantasyChick I'm with you with Jason X! I'm not usually into sci fi but, come on. That was fun! 12mo
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litenthusiast
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This was such a good book. I have never read Paul Tremblay before and thanks to a friend recommending him I finally read this one. The book is about two sisters, Merry and Marjorie, and a possession. It takes a lot to frighten me and the description of the possession terrified me. 😱 Also, I found the ending surprising.

BookishTrish I have read this one three or four times and love it every time. In fact, it might be time for a reread... 13mo
litenthusiast @BookishTrish This is definitely a book I will read again. I initially borrowed it from the library and halfway through I decided I needed to own a copy. 12mo
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DarkMina
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I am not sure what to make of the ending of this book. There are several ways to interpret it. 🤔
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#paultremblay #horror

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DarkMina
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magicalshelves
Head Full of Ghosts | Paul Tremblay
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Wow. I‘m still not quite sure what I think about this book. It was definitely entertaining and the ending was shocking. I found the blog posts annoying but that may have been due to the audiobook narration. What I liked the most and what also aggravates me is that the author really leaves you to make your own judgements about what is true/ fake about Marjorie‘s story and her “possession”/mental illness.

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WeirdAtHeart
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I am always at my happiest when I have my nose stuck in a book. This book isn't very scary but it is well written.

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WeirdAtHeart

Finally able to log in again... sooo many books to add!

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CJRwriting
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Panpan

This book has been pitched to me as 'one of the scariest modern works' on more than one occasion, but it certainly didn't live up to the hype.

I liked Tremblay's characters, and the idea itself is solid, but everywhere else it just fails for me. The constant references to pop-culture, and literature far better and scarier was obnoxious at best.

However, despite this decidedly scathing review, I will give Tremblay another chance.

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JoeMo
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I have to admit I was completely engrossed by this book! I wouldn‘t really categorize it as horror... it‘s more about a family‘s struggle with mental illness. It is certainly haunting, sad, and tragic in many ways. Oh and then there‘s that ending! I understand why it frustrates some and leads others to hating the book. To me, the ending works and makes sense even if I didn‘t love it.

246 points thanks to the readathons!

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JoeMo
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In addition to #Screamathon and #Scarathlon2020, why not do more readathons? Because tracking things and doing math is fun, right? Actually this weekend‘s audio-athon (#littenlisten) sounds fun since it‘s all audiobooks and then I just found out about the 9-day #OutstandingOctober and thought “oh hell, why not?” My goals for that are to simply read as much as possible as I‘ve already wandered really far off my TBR list for the month. #teamharkness

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck. 😊👍 Great multitasking. 14mo
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Linda_Bloodworth_Author
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Bailedbailed

I couldn't get into the story. Maybe I'll come back to this, but slow burns aren't my thing.

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JoeMo
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Here‘s my TBR list to join Screamathon 2020 and tweak my list slightly for Scarathlon. There‘s still no way I‘ll make it through the whole thing, but options are great for indecisive readers! 😂🎃 #screamathon

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looks good! 🎃😱 14mo
Michael_Gee I love that Goosebumps and Bunnicula are represented! I will be rereading some goosebumps in October. 14mo
JoeMo @GhostStories I hope they hold up compared to how I remember them! In addition to the nostalgia factor, I wanted some variety on my list. 14mo
4thhouseontheleft That is quite a collection of scary covers! 14mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I pulled out a huge stack, have a few ebooks, and signed up for a library card just in case. I only read a few books each month. 🤣 14mo
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ferskner
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A pretty good representation of my ideal Halloween aesthetic! Thanks for the prompt @wanderinglynn! #hauntedhollowswap

wanderinglynn 🎃🖤🧡☠️ great collage! 13mo
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Mccall0113
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I found this one underwhelming at best. What did you think?

DimeryRene I quite liked it!! Read it ages ago. 1y
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Michellesibs
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Mehso-so

This is the story of a teenage girl thats possessed, or is she? Is it the Father? This book was so readable but im left confused.

I did really like the comparison and tie ins with the Exorcist and I just loved the blog posts finding the similarities between the two.

Male author, female lead doesn't always work but this one was ok, not perfect as the authorial voice was very male which made the female lead feel a little off but it was workable.

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khooliha
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I liked this book, but I didn't love it. To be fair to it, it's a pretty hyped book. I guess I expected... something different I guess? from the ambiguous ending. And maybe being able to keep up with this highly referential work meant I was the step ahead of it it doesn't mean you to be. But I'm excited to go to a book club about it and eventually read more from this author!

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Jenken1998
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My TBR cart stares me down as i sit here and add 15 new requests to my library card 😁

Ladygodiva7 Yup. 😂 1y
Reggie Lol 1y
SW-T LOL! 😂 1y
janeycanuck That‘s why I always sit with my back to my TBR! 1y
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Haley_Noel
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I read this a while ago but was just talking to a friend about how sadly few contemporary horror books there are that don't treat their female characters like garbage. This one was great about it, as well as genuinely creepy and compelling.

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khooliha

My local indie bookstore is starting up a number of bookclubs and the one "genre" one is horror, which suits me just fine. This is the first selection. I have never bookclubbed before and I am anxious but excited!

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Addison_Reads
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#SocialMedia is integrated into this story in ways that actually worked well will with the plot.

#BoundTogetherJune @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 1y
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Rissa1
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I really don't know what made me borrow this book. I hate possession stories, the really get to me. This one definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I am still not sure who is truly the villain of 5he story. I have a lot to ponder still.

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Rissa1
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Today I am broken. I went to my basement this morning to check on Haze and found that he had passed on. I miss him so much.

Slajaunie I‘m so sorry! Was he sick? ❤️🐾☹️ 1y
TheQuietQuill So sorry to hear this...It‘s never easy to lose our furry loved one ❤️ 1y
Rissa1 @Slajaunie he came running out from under my bed last week freaking out. After he calmed his breathing was not normal, we thought maybe he got stung by a bee or something. Took him to the vet and she thought asthma, but warned us that it is rare, but some cats hearts just grow wrong and can be fine one minute and be gone the next. His breathing normalized but he was not the same. I checked on him at 11pm and th AM he was gone. 1y
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Megabooks I am so very sorry. 💕 1y
BethM I‘m so sorry. All the hugs. 1y
Reggie Oh, nooo. I‘m so sorry. 1y
JoScho I‘m so sorry for your loss. 🖤 1y
Kaila-ann So sorry for your loss 💔 1y
Slajaunie That is so sudden! My heart goes out to you and your family. 💙🐾❤️🐾 1y
audraelizabeth Im so sorry 1y
Caroline2 I am so sorry for your loss. 💗 1y
BookwormM So sorry for your loss 1y
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whofan4life

I finished this a while back, and I thoroughly enjoyed it to the very end. I am going to read everything that Mr. Tremblay has penned.

phantomx Check out Paul Tremblay's new book, which comes out in July 1y
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kaykay521
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In a small New England town 14 year old Marjorie begins to hear voices, and exhibit odd behavior. Psychiatric help isn‘t helping.When her father suggest contacting their priest to perform an exorcism, the mother is at first hesitant. Then a tv crew agrees to film the family through the ordeal. All of this culminates in a tragedy. 15 years later marjorie‘s younger sister recounts the events for a new book being written about the family.

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SaraHasClass
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Wow! With a nod to pop culture horror, this book will not disappoint those who like classic horror books. With a traditional storyline (family of four, old home, priest & excorcism) and a new take (reality t.v. & events as told by an eight year old) this book will have you asking possession or mental illness? The end will have you asking what the hell just happened?

ChasingOm Loved this one. 2y
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ctenas
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Prime horror read right here fam! I love horror as a genre but it's a real art to stray away from tackiness. This book has a fresh POV, and an ending that leaves you flat on the floor!

JessTedrick Super glad you liked it! #litsywelcomewagon 2y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗📚🥳 2y
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whofan4life
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I am about a quarter of the way through, and I can only read it in short chunks, because it is creeping me out! Anyone else have this issue?

SaraHasClass Absolutely, had to out it down several times... and reread the end. Whoa! 2y
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rajithr
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I liked Paul's writing in Cabin at the end of the world. Loved this novel, so heart breaking. Will remain one of my favorites, I guess.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This is my favorite so far of his! 2y
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Joysiam
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Scary but in a different kind of way.

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Settings
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Panpan

Meh. Rather silly in a lot of places and the child protagonist isn't convincing - lots of random asides such as her picking the egg/cheese out of a sandwich that just call to attention how unconvincing she is.

Borrows its plot points from other books. Possibly using that intentionally to try to start a commentary but the commentary falls flat.

ljuliel I‘ve started this several times and couldn‘t get into it. Stephen Zwingli really likes this author, so I guess I was expecting something more “ enticing”. 2y
Settings Never heard of Stephen Zwingli. Second book I've read by this author but the first was an audiobook I didn't give my full attention. 2y
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VeryLazyDaisy
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Best book so far this year, and I have a feeling it will stay in my top five