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Idaho
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, sing snatches of songs as they while away the time. But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction. In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we gradually learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho.
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TracyReadsBooks
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Went to visit my mom, took 4 books with me. I came home with 7! That‘s what happens when two avid readers get together and talk books I suppose. She sent me home with these two as well as Grass Beyond the Mountains. We also had a great conversation about Women Talking. Fun few days hanging with mom, talking books and more.

Nute Love this post! I really like having reading friends, but oh how I wish that I had an avid reading family member! What a very neat day you had with your Mom?!💕 3w
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emilyhaldi
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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emilyhaldi Thanks to my book 🧚🏼‍♀️, Cindy 😘😘 @Cinfhen 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ve always loved this cover 💛 1mo
Crazeedi I was just going to use this one!!! 1mo
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BarbaraBB I‘ve always loved this one too. 1mo
Megabooks Nice choice! 1mo
youneverarrived I love this 1mo
Cathythoughts I only got half way & bailed 🤷🏻‍♀️. Could well be timing 1mo
Reviewsbylola Loved the cover, hated the book. Imo, @Cathythoughts , it wasn‘t timing. 😆😬 1mo
Mdargusch Nice! 2w
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mobygrapes
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
Pickpick

Absolutely breathtaking. When I was reading this I fully stopped being aware of everything else around me. Definitely teared up at times.

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marleed
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pickpick

I dunno Idaho. This was a beautifully written story, but it‘s just sad, everyday, every year sad. I wanted to change up my fun, light reads so this pick is for my reading experience. Unless you have fluffy kittens and adorable puppies pulling you back to the light, take heed before diving in.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Gorgeous photo!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Good to know bc I bought this book about a couple of months ago. It was a bargain book at my local BN 2mo
marleed @JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you - sometimes my green walls work! I was born and raised in Western Montana so I couldn‘t resist the B&N bargain price of Idaho. I get the DNFs on this book because I think your head has to be in the right place to go there. The writing though kept me hanging on. 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, thank you. That‘s a state I need to see!!! I‘m afraid I‘ll fall in love so much I‘ll want to live there. Lol 2mo
allureofbeauty I actually just found this one at a library book sale and picked it up. Such a lovely cover. 2mo
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allureofbeauty
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Certainly not the best photo but I went to a library book sale today. And even tho I got there three minutes after it opened resellers had already taken boxes out 😕 but I did find these. Spent 8 dollars. Most excited for Sunburn and Idaho I think, it has such a pretty cover. Anyone read any of these?
#librarybooksale #library #booksale #usedbooks #dvds #graphicnovel #thriller #memoir #fiction #ya #youngadult #dvds #houseofcards #bookhaul #haul

BarbaraBB I liked both Idaho and Sunburn a lot! (edited) 2mo
allureofbeauty @BarbaraBB im so glad to hear that 🖤 2mo
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Julsmarshall
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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#bookmail ! Big haul and great deals from Book Outlet. I haven‘t bought books in forever snd did a happy dance when I drive up and saw them on the porch. Happy Friday!

SaraFair Fun! I was unaware of that Jenny Colgan, let us know! 3mo
Julsmarshall @SaraFair It looks like it is a sequel to The Cafe By the Sea which I just finished 😄 3mo
Rachel.Rencher @SaraFair Same! I love her work, but I've never seen this one! 3mo
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kellock
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

There is no doubt that it is a beautifully written book but I like more resolution to stories. Things are hinted at but never fully explored or explained and it was all a bit too vague for me.

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hermyknee
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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(Re)starting this one for my IRL book club. I started it a while ago, but can‘t remember anything or why I put it down 🤷🏻‍♀️

#somethingwittybookclub #somethingwitty

UnabridgedPod I really enjoyed that one!! 3mo
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kellock
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I've drunk way too much spirits to be able to try and understand any of this mind boggling book tonight. Die hard 2 it is!!!

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kellock
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Next up. I'm ashamed to say this is the first book I've borrowed from the library in about 2 years 😱 once I stopped working there I stopped going. In a bid to save money, I'm back!

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razmanda
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pickpick

Starkly written, haunting and beautiful, painful and frustrating - all of these words describe Idaho. Told from multiple points of view, the novel addresses and avoids a central act of horrific violence. And much like life, there is no tidy resolution or explanation. And really, I can‘t think of a single reason that would have made it understandable or more palatable. Definitely need a fluffy palate cleanser for my next read.

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kindergartenkat
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Final Check-In for round 1 #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge
I've had so much fun! Thanks for all the love and encouragement littens!
Goals:
Books: 7 (38 of 20 total)
Workouts: 6 of 4 yay!
@wanderinglynn

See you for round 2!

wanderinglynn Fantastic job! 🙌🏻 4mo
bewareofwords Great job! 👏🏽 4mo
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 4mo
RachelO SO Many books! Good job! 4mo
Clwojick Way to go! Also, Brain on Fire is one of my favs! 4mo
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Tonton
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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mreads Great book 4mo
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Branwen
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I should be getting some cleaning done. I should be going to the gym, or doing the laundry. Instead, I'm enjoying a huge cup of tea and my new library book that I'm super excited about! 😍💕📚 #librarylove

TrishB Sounds much more fun! 5mo
Branwen @TrishB It really is! And it's good to know my priorities are in order! 😁💕📚 5mo
TrishB Definitely! I really enjoyed this book too! 5mo
Branwen @TrishB It's soooooo good so far! I'm totally hooked! 5mo
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Pamwurtzler
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pickpick

This is a beautifully written story of a family tragedy. It‘s told from various points of and a timeline that jumps around. What really happened? I don‘t know . . .
#ReadingUSA2019 #Idaho

jessinikkip Sounds like a good one :) 5mo
squirrelbrain Sounds great! 👍 5mo
Librarybelle Great pick! I really need to read this one soon... 5mo
NatalieR Thanks for reminding me of this book! It‘s in my out of control Audible library. 😬 5mo
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Cathythoughts
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Next up , IDAHO ... 🤞🏻☀️&📖....

Samplergal Loved it. 5mo
Tamra It‘s a terrifically atmospheric story! 😁 5mo
Cathythoughts @Samplergal oh great ♥️👍🏻only starting 5mo
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Cathythoughts @Tamra I like your description ♥️👍🏻 5mo
Oryx Have a great holiday! 5mo
Cathythoughts @Oryx thankyou my friend ♥️👍🏻 5mo
TrishB Loved this one 👍🏻 5mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I really liked the first part ... yet this has gone into #hibernation & I‘m not sure why. Another time perhaps ... 5mo
TrishB Definitely a mood book. Slow and not a lot happens, I think it probably has to grab you at the right time. 5mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I think your right ♥️👍🏻 5mo
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Kalalalatja
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Something beyond awful in this book happens #behindthewheel. Through jumps back and forth in time we learn about the events leading up to the episode and the consequences which follow after.

#MayMovieMagic

Cinfhen Good pick!!! Forgot about this book!!! Great photo 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Haven‘t read this but great pic! 6mo
gradcat Sure is a nice-looking book, but I haven‘t read it either...what kind of person would I be if I read just because I love the cover?!? 😂 (edited) 6mo
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Samplergal
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pickpick

#ReadingUSA2019 #Idaho. Loved this book.

merelybookish Me too! My favorite book of 2017! 6mo
Kaye Great job..... I‘ve sorta dropped the ball on mine. I‘m not very good at sticking to any sort of regimented reading. Good to see others still doing well. 6mo
Samplergal @Kaye I‘m not really good with this either. I‘m such a mood reader, and then the library holds come in and upset my plan. I‘ll likely not finish this, but it‘s fun to try. Join back in! 6mo
Librarybelle I really need to read this one soon! I think you and @Kaye have done great with this! I‘m still at one, and it has to do with library holds and shiny new books distracting me. 6mo
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Samplergal
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pickpick

I stayed up late and got up early to finish this one. I loved it. Such great writing and what a story! #MayMadness #mayScavengerHunt #floweroncover #withadoginit

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Addison_Reads
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

The writing in this book is beautiful. The descriptions transported me to a secluded, forested area in rural Idaho where the lives of several individuals diverge in many different ways after an unspeakable tragedy occurs.

The book lost me though with the time jumps between past, present, and future. Each storyline never seemed to reach its full potential, which left the book feeling unfinished to me at the end.

#ReadingUSA2019 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle I have this on my to read list! Great review! 6mo
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cathysaid
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pickpick

A little bizarre yet strangely appealing. Generations of family members affected by a horrendous crime, each in his or her own way, are presented as vulnerable, caring, manipulative and hateful, depending on the situation. Ending is surprisingly touching if somewhat implausible...but that could be said for many fiction novels, right? 4/5 ⭐️

Cathythoughts I‘ve yet to read this ... but your review is making me very interested 6mo
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ReadingEnvy
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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This book kept me thinking about it long after finishing, and ended up a top read for 2018. On sale today for Kindle for $1.99! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F0ZK7F2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_JoouCbACF711J

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elyseh
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

I gave this book 3 stars. It jumps around everywhere. Different years, different POVs it's a lot to take in. However I still loved this book I'm glad I read it! Have you read it what did you think?

TrishB I loved it 💕 9mo
Cinfhen This was a really bleak read but the writing was lush!!! I‘m curious to see what she writes next 9mo
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m.galehuxley
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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50 pages in and so far, so sad.

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Victoriahoperose
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

Great writing and very descriptive but so slow. I really got lost quite a few times with the way it jumped around from one time to another. It just was hard to stay focused on when reading.

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Kalalalatja
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Through this book, Wade is #FallingSlowly more and more into his dementia, while we as readers slowly learn about a terrible tragedy involving Wade‘s two little girls. This is a beautiful book, and one I would like to revisit at some point

#MusicalNewYear

batsy Love the photo! 🌿 9mo
BarbaraBB Well chosen. Loved this book. 9mo
Cathythoughts Still need to read this one 👍🏻♥️ 9mo
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Mc_cart_ny Currently reading this! 9mo
Tamra Loved it too! 9mo
vivastory Can't wait to see what her next one will be 9mo
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Mc_cart_ny
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Got some reading done while out at a birthday party today!

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Thousand-Lives
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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A new book, a quiet house, and my Netflix fire 🔥

Tamra Perfect setting for it! 10mo
elyseh Have you finished it? I'm super curious about this book! 9mo
Thousand-Lives @elyseh Yes and I loved it! It‘s very character driven with a non-linear storyline. The writing is beautiful. If that sounds like your style of book, definitely check it out! 9mo
elyseh I will!! I'm excited for it now! 9mo
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Ash.on.the.line
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Look what came in the mail today? Thanks @TheLibrarian for this! Very excited to read it!

TheLibrarian Hooray! Glad you got it. 11mo
mreads Great book😁 11mo
Emilymdxn I loved this book! Hope you like it 11mo
Ash.on.the.line @Emilymdxn @mreads I‘ve heard great things so I‘m very excited to get to it! 11mo
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Emilymdxn
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pickpick

This was such a gorgeous book, so slow and sad, but it had a lot of hope in it as well. Very still, full of character, I adored how meditative and beautiful it was instead of just being dark and bleak.

Kat_H Oh I loved this!! 11mo
BarbaraBB Me too, a favorite this year! 11mo
Tamra Ahhhhh, the writing 💜 11mo
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Emilymdxn
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Quick bit of lunchtime desk reading! This book is so beautiful, slow and meditative it feels like a crime to read it in dribs and drabs like this

Tamra Such wonderful writing! 11mo
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Emilymdxn
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Next book from my library pile! I know very little about this, I just had it recommended to me, so I‘m gonna plunge in and see what happens. I‘ll start it properly on the way to work tomorrow but just a few pages before bed

Jee_HookedOnBookz It always starts with 'just a few pages' 😉 11mo
mreads It's fantastic 11mo
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Kat_H
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pickpick

I had to wait an eternity for some MONSTER to return this to the library (they'd had it overdue for THREE MONTHS. The rage!). But it was worth the wait. I'd heard many good things about this and it really got me in the gut. What a sad, powerful story about the fallout from a senseless, violent crime. So lyrical. Reminds me very much of Marilynne Robinson and Alice Munro. My only little criticism is I felt the middle could have been trimmed a bit.

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britt_brooke
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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DAY 9: The writing in this debut is so gorgeous, but that one inexplicable, gruesome moment is so fucked up. It totally ruined the book for me.

#debbiedowner #nofemmeber

Cathythoughts On my TBR ... interesting, my curiosity is up... 😬.. I think (edited) 11mo
britt_brooke @Cathythoughts I‘m always curious to see what people think of this one. The writing really is impressive. 11mo
Tove_Reads I‘ve been meaning to read it soon! 11mo
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britt_brooke @Tove_Reads I‘d love to hear what you think when you do! 11mo
BarbaraBB Which moment? I don‘t remember much of this book though I really liked it. 11mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB The part where the mom impulsively, but savagely kills her daughter. 11mo
Joanne1 I felt entirely the same. That was so brutal and inexplicable that I just couldn‘t reconcile it. There was no sense made of it by the author and because of that the story was senseless, everything else was ruined and you‘re right the writing was beautiful. 11mo
britt_brooke @Joanne1 Thank you for backing me up! 💚 Seems like a lot of folks really liked this one, but that incident was so brutal. It never made sense and didn‘t seem like something that would ever really happen. (edited) 11mo
Billypar I didn't read the spoiler, but I hadn't heard about this in connection with the novel- I will have to bear in mind if I pick it up. 11mo
HKGirl Oh man...this was on my to-read list because a friend highly recommended it, but seeing that's there's a "brutal and inexplicable" moment in it makes me rethink wanting to read it. I don't think I could handle whatever it is. 11mo
BarbaraBB I kept wandering why that happened but I still enjoyed this book a lot! 11mo
britt_brooke @HKGirl It‘s truly a well-written book, but that one instance really threw me off. Take that out and it‘s a five-star read. 11mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB I enjoyed everything else in the book, but that was just so weird and disgusting. I just couldn‘t imagine it really happening either. 11mo
Cinfhen I actually enjoyed this book despite that horrible moment because the unraveling of the story and the prose was so gorgeous. Beautiful graphics 💚 11mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I look forward to seeing what she does in the future. Her writing really is beautiful. I just need a different story. 11mo
Cinfhen Totally respect that, Britt! Hope you had a wonderful birthday 💋 11mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thank you! It‘s was a great day .... and extending it through the weekend. 💃🏼 11mo
Reviewsbylola Hated this one. The writing style wasn‘t for me. 11mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Happy to know I‘m not the only one who didn‘t love this. I liked the writing style, but I really need a different story. 11mo
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TaciturnWhenReading
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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So happy to just lay low and start this tonight while battling the sniffles. #cureforthecommoncold

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you feel better soon 💛 12mo
Jas16 Hope you get well soon 12mo
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Julsmarshall
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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1. Five Little Peppers
2. Pie
3. Photography
4. Idaho
5. @Ireadkidlit
@howjessreads #friyayintro

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Lauren890
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

The writing is beautiful and it made for a rich reading experience. I liked the imaginings of the second wife as she‘s tried to figure out what happened. The author really rounded out the characters - even giving minor characters a brief part from their point of view. It started so well but I did feel like it slowed down in the middle so much I had to push myself to finish. I‘ll be interested in what she writes next.

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hermyknee
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Rainy Saturdays are for reading 📖
#rainydayreading

Tamra Such a good one! 13mo
ephemeralwaltz True! 13mo
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BooksGirlsCats
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pickpick

Read all of Idaho in one sunny weekend on the beach! Gripping and evocative, I didnt want it to end and am still thinking about the characters a week later! Warning, you will want to move to Idaho after reading.

Book 26 of #52Booksin2018

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BooksForEmpathy
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pool day at the Sun Valley Resort!

saresmoore Mmm, is that pickled jicama on top? 1y
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perfectlywinged
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

While this had a really masterfully built suspense I was trying to speed through it to be done with it. I knew the premise of a wife trying to find out how his previous husband‘s daughter died wasn‘t going to be a mystery. I knew this was going to be literary fiction about characters and none of the characters but Jenny really grabbed me? The woodsy setting though...on point.

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julia-gulia
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
Panpan

The cover made me buy this book. I gave up half way. I was so bored 😴

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Soubhiville
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I went to check out Scruffy City Books today and picked up just a couple. (Tiny bookhaul thanks to my husband being there... tried to keep myself in check since he was paying and also didn‘t want to make him stay there too long, no reader that he is.)

Super affordable place to shop if you‘re ever in Knoxville- $3 or under for most books, and they had a pretty good selection!

Chelsea.Poole Nice choices! I enjoyed both of these 😊 1y
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Cconnolly
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Trying to relax on vacation, nice drizzle of rain in the background. The book might be a little too heavy for relaxation. Gonna switch to Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan. Just want to zone out for a few days....

ElenaBaer Almost all my reads are to help me zone out. Life is too crazy already. 🤪 1y
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Kalalalatja
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Ann could use a lot of #help. With a husband with rapidly loss of memory and a dark past, she tries to keep everything together, all alone, on top of a mountain.

#HeyJune

GypsyKat That sounds interesting! 1y
BarbaraBB All the love for Ann! 1y
Tamra Loved this! 1y
Kalalalatja @GypsyKat it was a really great read! @BarbaraBB @Tamra I had so much sympathy for Ann ❤️ 1y
Tamra @Kalalalatja yes! I‘m not sure I‘d have handled the situation with as much grace. 1y
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Katiesbookishlife
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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AshleyC816
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pickpick

This was so well done, a slow suspense. I really liked the way she switched between time and characters.