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HaleyG14

HaleyG14

Joined January 2017

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HaleyG14
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I enjoyed John Douglas‘ Mindhunter but I think I enjoyed this book even more. This seemed to be able to go deeper into killers psyche‘s since it focused on a few specific cases but also related the case to other known killers and cases. If you have an interest in psychology and what makes people do what they do, I would recommend this read!

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I enjoyed this read. I knew this story but not all of the details. It was interesting to learn how the prison employees not following the rules and being susceptible to being used by the manipulative inmates aided in their escape. I was also fascinated to learn how the town was basically shut down and people were in fear. I‘ve read about prison escapes but I hadn‘t thought about those affected due to proximity. Now to check out the TV show...

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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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I absolutely loved this book! Two of my favorite genres combined true crime meets teen romance. Even though the end wasn‘t completely unpredictable, I could not put this book down. There were things that kept me surprised and turning the page to the very end!

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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I really enjoyed this book! It was so hard to put the book down, so I rarely did. The pacing of this novel is perfect. While reading I thought this is like reading a movie. It‘s paced perfectly for it to be a film. Not surprised to read that Taylor Adams studied screenwriting and has worked in the film industry. This book has so many twists and turns that every second something hits you that you didn‘t see coming!

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The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith
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Another interesting who-dunnit by JK Rowling. The MO was very unique and I wasn‘t close to guessing the criminal. My only complaint is that I was wishing for something more with Robin and Strike. I know where that relationship is leading but I hope there‘s more substantial build up before that happens.

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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There were definite aspects to this book that I enjoyed. I enjoyed the variety of characters, and there dynamics with one another. However, the plot was a bit out there and the ending left me wanting something more...or different?

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I didn‘t know what to expect from Hank Green‘s first novel, but I am glad I picked it up. It perfectly depicts how social media has become a way for notoriety, fame, and projecting a brand instead of the true person behind the profile. It also displays how it can ban groups of people together for a cause, even though it almost always connects a group in opposition. I just hope there is a sequel, because the ending leaves you hanging.

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This story was definitely over the top, but I enjoyed the interesting mash up of genres. It is like The Devil Wears Prada meets Gone Girl.

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A Judgement in Stone | Ruth Rendell
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I enjoyed this book! Even though we know what will happen by the end of the novel, it was interesting to find out what happened leading up to the end. And a very unique way to examine how one‘s life can be altered based on their education or lack thereof.

SqueakGirl I'm glad you enjoyed it! 9mo
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It | Stephen King
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I remember watching the 90s It movie when I was a kid and enjoying it, but the book was so much better. It was a little daunting to start reading due to the shear volume of pages but I never felt like it dragged on. Stephen King always finds a way to scare us through monsters or the supernatural, yet deep in his stories you can find the truly scary aspects of real life, and It was no exception.

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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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I enjoyed this book. I kept thinking I could see this as a movie while I read.

Dr._Who_number10 This book sounds amazing!!😱 10mo
HaleyG14 It definitely kept me reading! 10mo
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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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I thought the characters and story were intriguing but the mystery aspect wasn't there for me. My favorite part about mysteries is that you have to work to figure out what happened. It's pretty clear from the start what happened that there weren't any major surprises.

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"She wept when they gave birth to daughters, knowing that to be born a woman meant a life of humble hardship." And yet all the women in this novel are strong despite their hardships.

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Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, easy read. Coming to the end of it, I couldn't help picture this as a movie.

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Crazy that I just finished this book last month and now they have the Golden State Killer in custody by DNA match! I know authorities have said that it had nothing to do with Michelle's book. Maybe nothing from the content of the book, but I choose to believe her determination, and keeping this case in the public eye helped ensure that even after 40 years that it wouldn't stay cold. Them using the moniker she coined gave her credit...

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This was the best true crime novel I ever read. The way she was able to plot out the crimes, make us feel for the victims, and relate to her obsessive attitude towards true crime - this crime in particular. It was sad to read the parts that Michelle's loved ones had to write after her passing. But this story and Michelle's work was fascinating to read.

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I loved this book. It was such a cute and sweet story. This is how you write teens. Every character had depth, and I absolutely loved every part.

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Still Me | Jojo Moyes
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I enjoyed this book even though I hadn't read any of the others. It was a quick read, and I became very invested in Louisa. I was rooting for her the whole way through and am happy at the ending.

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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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This was actually better than I had expected, I was worried since it is such an old novel that it would be hard to get through but it wasn't. I love that Tolstoy let us into the heads of his characters so we would know their motivations and struggles, and could come to understand their actions.

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I saw the movie and loved it so I had to read the book too. And I loved the book just as much!! Aciman writes beautifully about the process of falling in love for the first time, discovering your true self, and the heartache that can come with both. Many of the lines in the book I had to underline because everything was said so elegantly, that I know I will want to go back through and enjoy them a second time.

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As a true crime fanatic and an Indiana native, I really enjoyed this book. These crimes from years ago are explained with evidence from old newspapers and historical collections. This collection of crimes gives an interesting glimpse into the people from the past and the crimes they were involved with.

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I absolutely hated this book and unfortunately for many reasons. It was predictable, and tried to emulate old thrillers without adding anything new. There was one small inconsistency but it was big enough that it angered me the writer forgot about something he wrote just a few pages before. And I usually don't complain about word choice but really after two characters get it on how is "'my robe is smeared across the floor like a skid mark." Ok?

britt_brooke I love honest reviews! 👏🏻 1y
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HaleyG14
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I picked up this book after watching the Netflix series. As a true crime fan I loved it. I found every case fascinating and how detailed the profiles for the unsubs could be! If you are a fan of true crime, I highly recommend this book!

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Reconstructing Amelia | Kimberly McCreight
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I had really high hopes for this book based off its summary. However, the delivery fell so flat. It felt like the writer forgot completely about how real teenagers behave, adults bad actions had no consequences, and character's odd actions were never explained or were explained by adding a characteristic that conveniently didn't show up until 200 pages in when it was needed. Very disappointing read.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery! Agatha Christie never fails to make you think you have it all figured out, to be pleasantly surprised she tricked you. She is a true master of the mystery genre. I definitely will have to read more of her stories.

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Gulliver’s Travels | Johnathan Swift
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I enjoyed this book even though at some points the writing seemed a bit dry, but at other times quite amusing. I had only known about the story about a giant in a land of tiny people. I enjoyed all the other stories and the social commentary that is quite obviously behind each one.

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Chalk Man | C J Tudor
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Overall I would say this book is a pick but I still disliked some parts. The Who dunnit became a bit predictable I thought but the exact how and the why kept me reading. The very end still shocked me greatly even though the book definitely left enough clues to make me feel I should have known this is what happened to it all along.

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Into Thin Air | Jon Krakauer
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I thought this book was fascinating! I didn't know much about mountaineering or facts about Everest. I loved reading about what it takes to climb at that high altitude. A lot of which I never even thought about before. Very sad story but interesting how psychologically the victory of climbing the highest peak can cause such determination.

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HaleyG14
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I enjoyed this book. Some stories fell a bit flat, while others were great short stories that kept you wanting more. I think this book will require a special taste for short stories or for Tom Hanks...luckily I had both.

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This book was a gut wrenching and deeply personal memoir of a daughter, whose mother was taken from her by murder, when she was just 12 years old. This memoir skips back and forth between before she was murdered and after. Sarah Perry puts her whole life on display, and really puts a focus on the aftermath that comes from tragedy.

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I loved this book. An interesting drama that explores all of the characters deeply. It's so amazing to read a novel where almost every character is flushed out completely. Their attributes, their flaws, and the well placed flashbacks that help explain the characters life experiences that shape their actions in the present story. If you enjoy character heavy novels, I would recommend this one.

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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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This book left me a bit disappointed. It was a clever idea of creating a whodunnit based off the scary movie cliche of the final girl. However, the book moved a bit slow and the shocking ending seemed thrown together just for the shock value.

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Daughter of Fortune | Isabel Allende
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...Knowledge was little use without wisdom, and there was no wisdom without spirituality, and that true spirituality always included service to others.

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HaleyG14
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I absolutely loved this book. It was such an open and honest telling of a behind the scenes job we don't often get a glimpse into. Told by a truly inspiring and hilarious women. I felt empowered, I laughed, and yes I even cried.

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I loved this book. I don't know if it's because of my love of true crime or I'm married to a firefighter but this true story was riveting to me. I just wanted to learn more about the volunteer firefighters and what made these arsonists tick. I enjoyed how the story was laid out. Even though you know from early on who done it, I kept wanting more.

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I really enjoyed these Sherlock stories. Even though they have been around for ages they still connected especially to the true crime fan in me.

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Overall I enjoyed this book. It was a little slow in the beginning. But once things got moving I had to see what came next. Some parts of the story I did sit back and think could that really happen...but overall the mystery and action was fun to read.

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Valley of the Dolls | Jacqueline Susann
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This book wasn't my favorite. I think I expected a little too much when I picked it up. I can appreciate the subject matter and how it tried to be feminist especially since the era it was written. However, it being dated those themes fell a bit flat.

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The Fountainhead | Ayn Rand
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Mehso-so

This book was a bit hard to want to finish. I get the concept of wanting to be an individual but there were many points that I don't agree with Ayn Rand on. And for the couple in love... I wasn't really wanting to root for them after that rape scene.

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HaleyG14
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After watching the series on Netflix and loving it, I had to read the book. And just like the series it was a great story. It's been awhile since I read a book in one day and this book kept me turning the pages even though I knew the end.

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American War | Omar El Akkad
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War broke them the same way. In times of peace and good fortune they were nothing alike, but stripped of these things they were kin. The universal slogan of war, she'd learned was simple: If it had been you, you'd have done no different.

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I hadn't heard of these crimes or how the FBI was involved in its early days but it was a fascinating story. It is so sad what this group of people had to go through and the lasting impact this Reign of Terror had on the Osage.

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Hitchcock At Work | Bill Krohn
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I love classic movies and have always enjoyed Alfred Hitchcock films. This was a great read to glimpse the masters filmmaking process.

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Because sometimes that is the only way to remember what is in your bones. You must peel off your skin, and that of your mother, and her mother. Until there is nothing. No scar, no skin, no flesh.

daf_fields Thank you for reminding me of this quote. Such an amazing book! 2y
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Marlena | Julie Buntin
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When you grow up, who you were as a teenager either takes on a mythical importance or it's completely laughable. I wanted to be the kind of person who wiped those years away; instead, I feared, they defined me.

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I admit it! I am a fan of Amy Schumer and after reading this book even more so. Many times I felt like she was expressing experiences I had or experiences I couldn't imagine in a way that lets you laugh at tragedy. I felt like she bared her soul and reminded me even though we all have flaws, we all should know we can be beautiful, brave, and worthy. Worthy of whatever we dream.

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Sybil | Flora Rheta Schreiber
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This book is so hard to read due to the detailed abuse of Sybil. But I found it so fascinating how a person can try to defend themselves from abuse by breaking apart inside into separate personalities. Whether you believe in Dissociative Identity Disorder or not this is an interesting analysis of child abuse and it's correlation with mental illness.

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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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I had to think about this book for a minute before I could grasp whether I liked it or not. I liked it but there was this feeling of what the hell did I just read. That's how WTF the ending was for me. Sarah Pinborough takes the bones of a psychological thriller and adds a supernatural twist. It may not be for everyone but I bet you won't see the ending coming!

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The Canterbury Tales | Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Tyrwhitt
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I definitely enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Some of the stories actually were funny, amusing, and an interesting insight into different people from a by gone time.

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I enjoyed this book! Even though it is a work of fiction it is inspired by the real highest paid women in advertising. It was a great tale of a old women that reflects upon her past, and illustrates that hardships that face women, and what a strong women looks like.