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The Butcher's Hook
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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The debut novel by actress and presenter Janet Ellis. A dark and twisted tale set in 18th century London.Georgian London, in the summer of 1763.At nineteen, Anne Jaccob is awakened to the possibility of joy when she meets Fub, the butcher's apprentice, and begins to imagine a life of passion with him. The only daughter of well-to-do parents, Anne lives a sheltered life. Her home is a miserable place. Though her family want for nothing, her father is uncaring, her mother is ailing, and the baby brother who taught her to love is dead. Unfortunately her parents have already chosen a more suitable husband for her than Fub.But Anne is a determined young woman, with an idiosyncratic moral compass. In the matter of pursuing her own happiness, she shows no fear or hesitation. Even if it means getting a little blood on her hands.A vivid and surprising tale, The Butcher's Hook brims with the colour and atmosphere of Georgian London, as seen through the eyes of a strange and memorable young woman.-~-~-~-~-~- 'Do you know what this is?' He holds a short twist of thick metal, in the shape of the letter 'S', sharpened at both ends. I shake my head. 'A butcher's hook,' he says, testing the tip of his finger against each point. 'A perfect design. Whichever way up you use it, it's always ready. One end to hook, the other to hang. It has only one simple purpose.' He stands on a stool and fixes it over the bar above him. It waits there, empty. He climbs down. 'Pleasing, isn't it?'
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eeclayton
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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#JuneWrapup #bookspinbingo
No bingo, but I'm happy with this month. I finished 6 books, and caught up with my bookspins (although my June bookspin is still in progress).
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!! 2mo
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks thanks, I'm pretty satisfied too 😊 2mo
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eeclayton
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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Pickpick

The plot is a bit predictable after a while, but it's a thought-provoking story with a fascinating psychopath, lots of macabre, and very atmospheric descriptions. It was a great read.

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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This was my August #bookspin selection & it was quite the read. Imagine if you were a young, reasonably intelligent, high spirited teen girl in the 1700s whose father made you quit school to marry an old guy that was a business associate? How crazy would you go? That seems to be the premise of this novel, and the author's conclusion is....very crazy.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Sounds exciting! 2y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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I read three and finished them all.

My Calamity Jane - audiobook - this series gets better and better. So much fun.
The Year of Magical Thinking - audiobook - Vanessa Redgrave's narration really made this one for me.
The Butcher's Hook - fiction - this novel has...one of the most memorable protagonists I've read in a while. Wow.

#bookreport @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I think I want to try all 3 of these.....thanks for sharing ❤️ 2y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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#weeklyforcast

I will definitely finish My Calamity Jane this week - maybe even today. I think this Audible adaptation of The Year of Magical Thinking will be my next listen.

I've just started The Butcher's Hook, which is my #bookspin selection for August - it is shaping up to be an interesting read. Also hoping to get some reading done on The Prettiest Star.

@Cinfhen

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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My #bookspin and #doublespin selections for the month. They look so pretty together! 😍

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Oh wow I love the cover for Of Ice & Shadows! 2y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Here's my June #bookspin shelf. I'm feeling like my reading slump is starting to lift. Will June be the month that I finally finish my book on time? Stay tuned...😆

@TheAromaofBooks

FlowerFairy The Butcher‘s Hook looks fabulous! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Totally confident in you!! 😁 2y
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Birdsong28
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I am using the tagged book for May's prompt for this challenge.

#readwithmrbook
@MrBook

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Birdsong28
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Good. Gritty and atmospheric. I did find the main character really childish and a bit spoiled and there was no need to react the way she did and do the things she did. There could have been a better way to drive her story along.

#lockdownlist
#TwoRoads
#JohnMurrayPress

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Cathythoughts
Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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Thankyou Rachel, the book arrived this morning, with your lovely card & words & gift. You are very good. 👍🏻♥️ There‘s no panic with the Sarah Winman ... take all the time you want , sure we‘ve all read it now 👍🏻 XXX Cathy. #LMPBC

rockpools That was quick! Glad it arrived and really hope you enjoy it 😊 3y
TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 3y
Cathythoughts @TrishB that‘s good to hear .... I don‘t know what to expect .. probably the best way to go in 👍🏻♥️ 3y
Tamra I have had this TBR for so long! Anxious for your thoughts. 3y
Cathythoughts @Tamra yes! Looks good , I will hopefully start in next week or two 🤞🏻.... I‘ll keep you posted 😉 3y
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rockpools
Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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Finally on its way to you @Cathythoughts . I really enjoyed this - v dark and unusual. And I‘ve finally got over it being written by Janet Ellis! Great pick @jenniferw88

And thanks for sending on the next #lmpbc book @jhod - looking forward to it!

rockpools *still completely obsessed with these endpapers though! 3y
jhod Sotry it didnt even come with a note, i only realised when i sent it - not thinking straight! 3y
rockpools @jhod 🤣🤣 With moving & all, I was majorly impressed you‘d read it, managed to find it at the other end AND found my address! 3y
Cathythoughts Thanks Rachel ♥️looking forward to it 👍🏻 3y
jhod 😂 Yes i guess you're right! Next time! X 3y
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Lizpixie
Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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#Stack #closeup No1 This chunk ranges from historical/gothic slasher(The Butchers Hook, The Corset, See What I Have Done)to modern thrillers(The Innocent Wife, Sawkill Girls, The Girls)& Crime/mystery(The Rip, The ABC Murders) plus one of the #ScaryScavengerHunt books(Speaking In Bones). See anything you like? #Scareathlon🎃 #TeamSlaughter

Clwojick I‘ve read See What I Have Done, and enjoyed it! And there‘s a handful of others in this pic that have been on my TBR for a while. 3y
Lizpixie @Clwojick That‘s another signed edition, I seem to be collecting them the last year or two. Both Butchers Hook & The Innocent Wife are signed 1st editions from Goldsboro as well. 3y
Clwojick whoa! That's awesome. I only have two signed books. A graphic novel, and Jackson Galaxy's book. 3y
Lizpixie @Clwojick there‘s 13 signed books just in this stack! Waterstones & Goldsboro always have signed books plus most bookboxes have signed editions now. I also get them from Booktopia.com.au but they only deliver to Aus/NZ 3y
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rockpools
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@jhod Thank yoh so much for the wonderful #lmpbc parcel that just arrived! That bookmark‘s amazing 😊. And I haven‘t read any AC in ages! Good luck with the move 🤞🤞🤞 Let us know!
@jenniferw88 What a beautiful copy - not sure I want to write in this one. Really looking forward to it. Enjoy your holiday!
@Cathythoughts Your next book went in the post yesterday, so will probably reach you early next week. It‘s a good‘un 😉

Cathythoughts Perfect! Thankyou X I‘ve finished Three Daughters ( loved it 👍🏻) & will post it on to you @jenniferw88 September 10th.... when you are back from hols 👍🏻😉. Lovely gifts you received Rachael ✨ 3y
squirrelbrain Lovely gifts! 💕 3y
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jenniferw88
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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Fub knows that he & Anne are playing a #foolishgame of love until she marries Onions & he marries Margaret. #lilithjuly @Cinfhen @KarenUK

KarenUK Great character names! 👍💕 3y
Cathythoughts Looking forward to it 👍🏻♥️ 3y
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jenniferw88
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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#lmpbc #groupy Somewhere between a pick and a so-so, but going with pick as Anne will stay with me for some time. 4 🌟

@jhod will send later next week or early the following week.

@RachelO @Cathythoughts

rockpools 👍 You‘re quick Jenny! I‘m going to have to get my skates on! 3y
Cathythoughts Well done 👍🏻. I better get my skates on too. I‘m hoping to be posting for the end of July/ start of August .... 🤞🏻 (edited) 3y
jenniferw88 @RachelO @Cathythoughts not that quick! I ended up going down research rabbit holes because I wanted to check historical accuracy! Plus my July TBR pile is massive! 3y
jhod Great, thanks Jenny! 3y
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jenniferw88
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis

Hi #LMPBC #groupy friends! Just wondering what colours you're all using to mark-up the books? @jhod @RachelO @Cathythoughts

Cathythoughts I‘m easy Jenny.... 3y
Cathythoughts I havnt started yet , so I‘ll take whatever is left ( plenty of colours 🙃😘 3y
jenniferw88 @Cathythoughts @jhod @RachelO I haven't started either, but I'm happy to stick with my red pen! 3y
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Cathythoughts Perfect 👍🏻♥️ 3y
jhod Great, I normally grab whatever is closest! 3y
rockpools Yes, any colour‘s fine - I‘ll use whatever I can find. It would be the perfect excuse to invest in some multi coloured biros though... 😉 3y
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Reviewsbylola
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Was Anne a #basketcase, or just your run of the mill psychopath. 🤷🏼‍♀️😆 #lilithjuly

KarenUK I‘m totally intrigued by this blurb.... Stacked! 3y
emz711 Ooo tbr 3y
Kalalalatja I had completely forgotten about Anne! 😅 3y
Cathythoughts We are reading this in #lpmbc looking forward to it 👍🏻 3y
Cinfhen Oh wow! It‘s like radio silence from me....I wonder if there was a Litsy tagging problem??? It‘s wayyyyy too many missed posts xx 3y
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jenniferw88
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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#julytbr Some carried over from May and June!

erzascarletbookgasm Would love to read those cozies. Look fun! 3y
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jenniferw88
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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OK Group Y here's my initial selection. If you don't fancy any of these I'll think again. I'll tag the rest in comments. #LMPBC #round6

@jhod @RachelO @Cathythoughts

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Cathythoughts I‘ve read Burial Rites .. but would gain from reading again. All the other 3 sound like great choices .. Im not sure if I saw Howard‘s End ( getting mixed up ) but I definitely didn‘t read it. I would like too though ! I‘m happy to go with any of your books! Well picked ♥️ 3y
Cathythoughts I suppose I should pick one ... 3y
rockpools Nice selection! I haven‘t read & am happy to read any of them. Probably most intrigued by The Butcher‘s Hook, but really don‘t mind which. 3y
jhod I have read Burial Rites too but very happy with any of thess, great choices! 🤩 3y
Cathythoughts I‘m very happy to go with Butchers Hook too ... 3y
jenniferw88 @RachelO @jhod @Cathythoughts I'm dismissing Burial Rites as it doesn't seem fair on those who have already read it, but I am going to warn you that The Butcher's Hook will be a hardback so will cost you more to send on. I'm not worried about the money, just thought I'd ought to warn you if it was an issue for you 3. 3y
jhod I think you pay on size rather than weight, anyway dont let that effect your choices 3y
jenniferw88 @jhod thanks for that - good to know! I wasn't going to let it affect my choice anyway, just thought it might affect you guys. I'm pretty sure it's going to be The Butcher's Hook - my current choice for #whodunituk author has blurbed for it, as well as Hannah Kent! @Cathythoughts @RachelO 3y
Cathythoughts No worries 😉 all good , it‘s much of a muchness I‘d say 😘 3y
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juliegumdrop
Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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Cat in lap and reading.

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juliegumdrop
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Just opened an amazing package put together by @Laughterhp for winning her #50kbookrecgiveaway. I received two books from my #TBR list. Can‘t wait to get into these. Thank you so much!

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scowler1
Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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What a good read this is. Beautifully written with a brilliant and unexpected ending, unless you've read reviews already - don't! Her first novel too, I look forward to the next.

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scowler1
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I think I'm going to enjoy this. My kind of happy.

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Moray_Reads
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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Look what finally arrived @Kalalalatja! The perfect antidote to a dramatically crappy week. Thank you ❤️❤️

saresmoore Sorry to hear you had a crappy week, but that surely is a lovely surprise! 4y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore nothing like a break in to ruin a week! But books, especially gifts, make everything a bit better 4y
saresmoore Oh, no! I have been through too many of those, so I know how awful and invaded it leaves you feeling. I hope you‘ll be able to return to a sense of security and normalcy very soon. ♥️ 4y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore the police and my letting agent have been fabulous but it was a strange one, they came through the ceiling!@saresmoore the police and my letting agent have been fabulous but it was a strange one, they came through the ceiling! http://litsy.com/p/MkZySkVuQWtV 4y
Kalalalatja I‘m so glad they got to you, and I‘m glad they are helping a bit with your mood 💕 4y
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TrishB
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Pickpick

Well - that cover is very misleading isn‘t it!? I was expecting a bit of a romance/slightly misguided girl book.
It‘s a lot more than that. Really enjoyed this dark read 👍🏻 thanks Cindy (though I think you didn‘t like it?)

emilyhaldi I loved this one SO much!!! One of my favs of last year 🖤🖤🖤 4y
readordierachel Oh, I've been wanting to read this one. Glad to see a positive review! 4y
mrp27 I really liked this one too, so good and that cover really does stink! 4y
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BarbaraBB I‘ve never even heard of it! Your review and @emilyhaldi ‘s comment make me stack it 😘 4y
emilyhaldi Omg @BarbaraBB I‘m surprised you haven‘t seen either mine or @Kalalalatja raving posts about this book! You should try it, I think you‘ll like!! 4y
LeahBergen That cover is awful! I have the (way more fitting) blue hardcover. 4y
Cinfhen I was so throw off by the cover and I tried reading it a few times but I wasn‘t connecting so I bailed, even though I knew @emilyhaldi LOVED it 😩I‘m really glad you enjoyed it, Trish. 💜 4y
Kalalalatja You HAVE to read it @BarbaraBB ! I‘m always trying to get more people to read it, because it is sooo good! I‘m glad you liked it Trish 👏👏 4y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi That is strange indeed, that I missed your posts about it. Maybe it was in my pre-Litsy life 😂. However, the book is stacked now for sure! 4y
Birdsong28 I have this to read and have heard it's gory, just can't believe it came from a Blue Peter presenter!!! 😂📚📚 4y
TrishB @emilyhaldi @mrp27 @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen @Kalalalatja it‘s a hidden little gem- that I never would have brought with that cover. So dark. 4y
TrishB @Birdsong28 there are a couple of gory bits (I skipped the gory animal bit!) and I know about BP presenter!! Made me laugh - but she has a way with words definitely. 4y
TrishB @Cinfhen some books just don‘t grab you even when you see everyone else seems to love them! 4y
Cinfhen Maybe one day I‘ll try again....with a different cover 😜 4y
Cathythoughts Certainly sounds interesting 👍🏻 4y
emilyhaldi That cover is truly tragic!! I have a much better one- like you, I wouldn‘t have picked your cover up on my own. 4y
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RealLifeReading
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Wandering through the fiction shelves, I spotted this book and liked the first pages I read. Had to put it back though as I have too many library ebooks to read. Have you read this? Would you recommend it?

emilyhaldi Yes!!!! Amazing book!! One of my favorites of last year. I know @Kalalalatja agrees with me ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
JillR Yes! I just read it and really enjoyed it 👍 4y
MamaGina Highly recommend! 4y
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mrp27 Loved it! 4y
Kalalalatja I‘m behind @emilyhaldi 100% 👌 4y
RealLifeReading @emilyhaldi @jillR @MamaGina @mrp27 @Kalalalatja I‘m going to have to go back in and pick that up soon then! Thanks!! 4y
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JillR
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This took me by surprise! A glance at the pretty cover says sweet period drama...don‘t be fooled; this is not that! Rather, this is dark and when it goes dark, it goes very dark and keeps on going. Beautifully written, twisted and macabre. It is a slow burn, but that added to it rather than being a frustration. I loved Anne‘s contradictions, and how well drawn and real the peripheral characters were. Another #blameitonlitsy, another good one!

emilyhaldi Obsessed with this book!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 4y
JillR @emilyhaldi it was a good one! Hoping she keeps writing 👍 4y
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JillR
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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Camping reading in the woods in the Lake District ⛺️ (look at that grey sky rolling in...) I only picked this because it‘s written by Janet Ellis, THE Janet Ellis of my childhood TV viewing memories. Another review said of Blue Peter “...the presenters of that iconic programme stood for a generation as the last bastions of wholesomeness and incorruptibility” - but I get the feeling she might be surprising me with some darkness here!

emilyhaldi Omg I LOVE this book!!! I hope you enjoy 🖤🖤🖤 4y
LeeRHarry I didn‘t know it was THE Janet Ellis, has been on my book radar for awhile. 4y
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Kalalalatja
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I use this book a lot, but Anne Jacobs is the poster child for being #CrazyinLove. Her love for the Butcher makes her do very stupid, and very crazy things. But I do love her anyway 🤷‍♀️😄

#HeatofJuly

Kalalalatja @Barbarabb and @Cinfhen, I‘m sure you already know this, but the tagging is weird today, so all I can do is tag you here in a comment 🤷‍♀️ 4y
GypsyKat Great shelves! 4y
emilyhaldi Ahhh yes, perfect for this prompt! And so many others!! 🖤🖤🖤 4y
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batsy This cover! 4y
ephemeralwaltz The cover💙💙💙 4y
Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi It pops into my mind so often for prompts! 4y
sudi 💚💚💚 4y
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Kalalalatja
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For @LibrarianRyan ‘s #RoadtripGiveaway I would recommend Can‘t Buy Me Love by The Beatles (https://youtu.be/srwxJUXPHvE), and The Butcher‘s Hook. The song always makes me move along with it, which makes it a good roadtrip song imo. The MC of the book says you #cantbuymelove to the man her father wishes her to marry, and instead she follows her heart. The books is darker and weirder than the song, but both song and book are really great!

#HeyJune

Cinfhen Nice!!! The Beatles do make for awesome car jams!!! 4y
LibrarianRyan You can never go wrong with the beetles. 4y
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Lauren_reading
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It was really dark - I love a psychotic main character! The book was really slow at times, often gruesome- but totally worth reading.

Reviewsbylola You summed it up nicely! Great book! 🔪 4y
emilyhaldi Yes!!! I LOVED this book 🙌🏻 4y
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Kalalalatja
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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A little stack of books with #singleladies MCs with dark and twisted fates and actions 👯‍♀️👯‍♀️

#Aprella

Cinfhen Still want to read 4y
SilversReviews Burial Rites is a terrific read. 4y
Reviewsbylola Lovely spines! The Butcher‘s Hook. 😍😍 4y
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emilyhaldi Yes!!! My fav! ❤️ 4y
Mdargusch The Butchers Hook and Burial Rites are on my TBR pile👍🏼 4y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen do you own a copy? Because otherwise I might just have to send you one! 4y
Kalalalatja @SilversReviews it really was great! @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi now we just need @Mdargusch to love it too! It is awesome 👌 4y
Cinfhen I don‘t @Kalalalatja but I‘ll only accept if we can do a swap....💋💋💋 4y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen well, I was just thinking about sending you one from BookDepository, since I can‘t bear parting with my own 😅 but I‘m always up for a little swap 😘 (edited) 4y
Cinfhen Hahaha!! You‘re so sweet....please don‘t part with yours....I spy a bunch I own already on your Litsy TBR but I‘m wondering how up to date it is.... 4y
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen I thought you read this for some reason and didn't like it? Am I making this up? I hope I'm wrong!! 4y
Cinfhen I do own Butchers Hook & I bought it because of you & Steph but I‘m not feeling it @emilyhaldi ....Katja & I are discussing 4y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I just had a look (I was in doubt myself!), and it was actually pretty updated, I just had to remove a few books 👍 4y
Cinfhen I‘m curious if @Mdargusch will love BH... 4y
Cinfhen Ok....I‘m going back to check....you‘re so sweet and I was so happy to be reunited with my mug today ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen awww, I‘m so glad you like it ☺️ 4y
Cinfhen Ok, I‘m all good on my end....found a few that will work....and hubs likes to see when shelf space opens up....#LittensAreTheBest 4y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen haha, just don‘t mention the fact it‘ll fill up again 😄😄 4y
ephemeralwaltz Gorgeous! 4y
Mdargusch I‘ll let you know @Cinfhen 😬 4y
Caroline2 I loved burial rites! 💔 4y
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Redwritinghood
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This book is a rather twisted tale, but I felt that the portrayal of the protagonist was lacking in some depth. I just didn‘t feel what was driving her to the actions she took. Maybe she was just a psychopath, but I didn‘t get that from the text either. Otherwise, this was well written and entertaining. 3.5 ⭐️

emilyhaldi Nice review. I LOVED this one! 😄❤️ 4y
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Redwritinghood
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Working on this book while enjoying some Victorian London fog tea. The tea fits both the book and the weather outside my house this morning.

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Kalalalatja
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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Anne Jacobs doesn‘t have any wish to be a #polyesterbride. She wants to go her own way, and marry for “love” and not status and money. However, being a woman in Victorian England makes that harder than she would like it to be. And from there things take a dark turn

#FierceFeb

batsy Great description, I'm "hooked" and would stack it again if I could ?? 4y
Redwritinghood I‘m planning to start this one today! 4y
Cinfhen Just loaned this to a friend today, since I couldn't get into it!!! 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good, stacking. And pretty photo:) 4y
Kalalalatja @batsy ha! Love the word play 👏😂 @Redwritinghood hope you like it! 🤞 @Cinfhen that‘s kind of you, maybe your friend will have better luck! And maybe it just wasn‘t the right time for you to read it? @erzascarletbookgasm thank you! ☺️ I really hope you like it, but prepare for weird! 4y
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LeahBergen
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Hour 42 challenge for the #24in48 readathon: Favourite and least favourite cover from your shelves.

Do I need to tell you which is which? 😂😂

Leftcoastzen Was that published between 1968 and 1972?😂 5y
swishandflick That's pretty bad 😂 5y
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drokka It's like a train wreck. 😲 5y
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 5y
merelybookish It has a certain je ne sais quoi. 😆 5y
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen 1969. You‘re good! 😂😂 5y
LeahBergen @drokka Isn‘t it? You try to look away but... 😆 5y
LeahBergen @merelybookish It‘s slightly compelling in its hideousness. 😆 5y
DebinHawaii That is amazingly bad! 🤣🤣🤣 5y
Kalalalatja I can‘t even come up with a good comment for how bad that cover is 😂😂 5y
Melissa_J Have you read any of the Angelique books? I have the first one but have yet to read it. 5y
LeahBergen @Melissa_J I‘ve read the first 5 and they are wonderfully old-fashioned bits of historical fiction. They have quite the cult-following, too! 5y
Sydsavvy Oh my Temptation of Angelique cover is So much better!!! I‘ll post soon. 5y
LeahBergen @Sydsavvy Isn‘t it bad?? 😂 I actually love its horribleness. 5y
Sydsavvy @LeahBergen oh yes, me too!!! 💃🏻😂 5y
Sydsavvy I mean - vavavoom!!! 5y
Sydsavvy Oh I forgot to post this! I‘m on it! 5y
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emilyhaldi
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#shesgotclaws - both Anne Jacob, this amazing book‘s narrator, and Willa (pictured 😻). This made my favorites list of 2017 and if you haven‘t read it yet- do!!
#nuyear

Dolly 😻🖤 5y
Mdargusch It‘s on my list! 5y
Cinfhen It's on my list too @Mdargusch ❤️ 5y
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TrishB It‘s in mine now too 👍🏻 5y
Meredith3 🖤🐱🖤 5y
AnnieD On mine too! A badass bitch named Anne sounds perfect for me 5y
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JillR
Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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Bookish gift #3: for my mum who enjoys historical fiction, then passes them to me when she‘s finished - bonus! These are both #blameitonlitsy choices, plus she‘ll remember me watching Janet Ellis presenting TV show Blue Peter when I was little 🎄

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Rcoco
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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Mehso-so

This book was very original, I‘ll give her that. Like a bad car wreck I had to see how it ended. Everyone in this book was terribly unlikeable. Interesting but I can‘t quite recommend.

Mdargusch Oh no 🤦🏼‍♀️ I had this next up on my TBR pile. 5y
Rcoco @Mdargusch it‘s creepy! But very readable. I just can‘t quite decide if I actually liked it. 5y
Mdargusch Now I‘m very intrigued. 5y
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Lizpixie
Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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#EyeCandyGiveaway Firstly, Happy Birthday lovely! I‘m so glad that there are so many Littens willing to #payitforward its fantastic. I‘ve acquired so many beautiful books lately it was really hard to choose. There‘s the Bloomsbury Modern Classics (gorgeous) The folio Edition Of The Remains Of The Day (fabulous) but I‘ve gone with the 10th Anniversary Edition Of The Name Of The Wind & the Goldsboro First Edition Of The Butchers Hook (signed too!)

Oryx I almost added that edition of The Name of the Wind to my pic. It's gorgeous. 5y
Kalalalatja I just ordered that edition of Name of the Wind with some of my birthday money. And I love that edition of The Butcher's Hook 👌 5y
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Cinfhen
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#FridayFlowers #BookMail #BookDepository 💝💝My weekend is off to a great start 😃

batsy 😍🌻🌼 5y
TrishB Enjoy ❤ 5y
Cathythoughts 💖🌺🌷🌹🌸 5y
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Kalalalatja Oooh, lucky you! 😍 5y
AmyG Oh, he Anthony K book. Please let me know if it's wort reading. Enjoy! (edited) 5y
Cinfhen Will do...it‘s been on my list for ages!!!! @AmyG 5y
Cinfhen I think I still have one more coming from #BookDepository @batsy @TrishB @Cathythoughts @Kalalalatja 🤗🤗🤗🤗 5y
TNbookworm Love your photo, such beautiful 💐 5y
Reviewsbylola I‘m nervous for The Power after reading some negative reviews. I️ hope you enjoy The Butcher‘s Hook as much as Emily and I️ did! 5y
emilyhaldi Start with Butcher's Hook!!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
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Lizpixie
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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More pictures of this glorious piece of #BookMail The sprayed edges look fantastic against that turquoise/teal and just look at those endpapers! Plus it's No152 of 250 numbered First Editions. Books just don't get better than this, especially at this price! I'm seriously tempted to join their Book Of The Month club where they send you a signed first edition of a new release book they think will become collectible. Sign me up! #shutupandtakemymoney

JacqMac So pretty! 5y
LeahBergen Oooo! I have the regular hardcover of this but this edition is a beauty! 5y
emilyhaldi This book is SO GOOD 🙌🏻 5y
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DrJAdMerricksson Oooh! What book club is this? 5y
Lizpixie @DrJAdMerricksson Goldsboro Books online store run their own Book Of The Month club, just go to goldsborobooks.com and follow the links.👍 5y
DrJAdMerricksson @Lizpixie thanks, mate! 5y
Lizpixie @DrJAdMerricksson no worries cobber!🐨😁 5y
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Lizpixie
Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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#BookMail has been glorious today! First up from Goldsboro books (they have gorgeous signed first editions of some amazing books) is this so so pretty edition of The Butchers Hook by Janet Ellis. Honestly, I would have bought it just for the cover alone, but the story itself has also come highly recommended by @SavidgeReads & a few other booktubers & Littens. Such a happy camper right now. #droolworthybooks

Bklover This looks fascinating! (edited) 5y
emilyhaldi It's an amazing book- and beautiful edition! 5y
Kalalalatja It is such a great book, and very beautiful edition 👏👏 5y
ScorpioBookDreams Goldsboro can be a rabbit hole! 🙈🙈 5y
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Kalalalatja
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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This #firstsentence from The Butcher's Hook gave me the feeling I were in for a strange, weird and kind of dark read. It intriqued me and I just had to know more!

Thanks for the tag @BarbaraBB and @Cinfhen 💜💜 if any littens have a great first line the want to show, consider yourself tagged by me 👍

JillR I‘d had this stacked anyway but now I‘m double stacking it (if that‘s a thing) as I‘ve just realised the author is THE Janet Ellis ie presenter of UK children‘s TV show Blue Peter when I was a child... 😬 5y
mrp27 I just recently finished this one, very good! 5y
BarbaraBB Another one that pulls me in right away...! 5y
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emilyhaldi This book!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 I want to read it all over again 5y
Cinfhen Waiting for my copy to arrive...can't wait!!! 5y
Kalalalatja @JillR I haven't seen the show, but I did know she had been a host at a children's show. This is not for kids, though 😄 5y
Kalalalatja @mrp27 it is so great! 5y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB it is so dark and twisty, and sooo good 👌 5y
Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi I know what you mean! I'm thinking about reading it again in the beginning of the new year. 👏👏 5y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen really hope you enjoy it!! 🤞🤞 5y
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Kalalalatja
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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I love discovering great debut authors, and these debut novels all have me craving more from these authors! 📚

Great idea @Cinfhen and if anybody else feels like showing their #5towatch debut authors, consider yourself tagged by me! 👏

AlaMich The Butchers Hook is the only one of these I'd never heard of and it sounds really interesting. 5y
Cinfhen #screenshot 🙌🏻I‘ve read The Fisherman ~ loved it😀I‘ve ordered The Butcher‘s Hook💜 5y
emilyhaldi The Butcher‘s Hook is everything! 🙌🏻 I have to stop myself from using it for every single prompt 😂 5y
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Kalalalatja @AlaMich it is such a great book, and I'm sure @emilyhaldi will back me up on this too 😄👌 5y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen you won't regret it (I hope! 🤞) it is pretty awesome 👏👏 5y
Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi I know that feeling all too well. Seeing it all over Litsy these days has put me in the mood for a reread, so I need to see if I can sneak it in somewhere 😄 5y
emilyhaldi @AlaMich After reading it I was shocked that I hadn‘t heard more about it on Litsy or elsewhere... it deserves way more attention! Definitely give it a try 👍🏻👍🏻 5y
2BR02B These posts are setting my TBR on fire. Thanks, but also, how could you? 😬 5y
Kalalalatja @2BR02B I would like to say I'm sorry, but I'm not, really 😄😬 5y
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Cinfhen
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@Reviewsbylola #LookwhatYouMadeMeDo your recent review of the Butcher's Hook sent me right to BookDepository 🙈🙊#ZeroSelfControl and these other books were already in my cart 🛒 so #WhyNot I'm definitely going to have a #PissedOffHubby 🤷🏼‍♀️😬I wouldn't splurge for the nicer Butcher's Hook cover though....it was a $6.00 difference 🤑

Librarybelle Oh...I really liked 5y
Cinfhen Good to know @Librarybelle I really liked 5y
Librarybelle @Cinfhen I really liked that one too! One of the books I'm constantly recommending to people 5y
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Mdargusch That Scar Tissue cover 🙈 5y
Libby1 I agree with @Librarybelle . The Hannah Kent book is so well written, @Cinfhen . 5y
TrishB Good picks 👍 5y
Reviewsbylola I hope you love it too, despite the heinous cover! I'm always glad to enable book buying. 😀 5y
Cinfhen Thanks @TrishB @Libby1 @Reviewsbylola book buying is too much fun!!! And I'm 😍😍over the Scar Tissue cover @mdargusch 5y
emilyhaldi Yay! Can't wait to hear how you like it. 5y
LeahBergen Oops!! 😆😆 5y
minkyb 😂😂😂 5y
BarbaraBB Now you can finally read the Kiedis autobiography 😍 5y
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Reviewsbylola
The Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
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Pickpick

It's rare for me to finish a book and not know what to say, but here we are. This book is just so well done, that I can't really put it into words. The first few chapters had me nervous, and I wasn't sure where Ellis was going with her protagonist, but as the story developed, it got creepier and more grotesque. I was uncomfortable by the end, but in a good way. We become desensitized to violence in books after awhile, but this was so raw.

Reviewsbylola And whatever you do, don't judge this book by its #uglycover. 5y
Booksnchill You have me intrigued- I would have passed that cover right by- what is this one about? (edited) 5y
xicanti Oh my. The cover had me convinced this was a romance novel, but it sounds a hell of a lot darker than your average romance. 5y
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Reviewsbylola Don't judge it by its unfortunate cover. Every other version of the cover I've seen is 10x better than this. @xicanti @Booksnchill It's about a young woman in London in 1763 that falls in love with a butcher's apprentice. Her home life and childhood have jaded her and she decides to take her destiny into her own hands, no matter the cost. That includes murder. 5y
Ms_T Great review! 5y
emilyhaldi Great review! So glad you loved this one- it‘s a GEM!! ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
minkyb Excellent review! 5y
Cinfhen I'm soooo hooked!!! It's going in my MUST BUY list!!! 5y
Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi and I both have it five stars so I hope you love it too! @Cinfhen 5y
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen it's one of my favorites of the year 👍🏻👍🏻 5y
Mdargusch Sounds too gory for me. 5y
Reviewsbylola Yeah I'm not sure you would like it. @Mdargusch 5y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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My #bookhaul for today. My tbr pile just keeps growing and growing. . .

emilyhaldi The Butcher's Hook!!🙌🏻 5y
ElishaLovesBooks @emilyhaldi I can‘t wait to read it! 5y
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