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MyNamesParadise

Joined May 2016

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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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I may be in the minority here, but I didn‘t like this book. It was short & that may have been a detriment. I didn‘t feel a connection with the characters & tried to keep track of everyone as it went back & forth in time. I would still read a book by Woodson but won‘t for a while.

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One Two Three: A Novel | Laurie Frankel
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I‘m glad I listened to this one on audio. I‘m not sure it would‘ve held my attention had I just read it. This was a unique book & my 1st of Frankel‘s. I liked the 3 voice actors for each of the narrators but I kept mixing up the characters. I was able 2 follow the story. it‘s an important 1. The town of Bourne was quirky & an appropriate setting. I enjoyed the ending! there‘s a bonus conversation w/ Frankel on audiobook cd which was informative.

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Take Your Breath Away | Linwood Barclay
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I hadn‘t read 1 of Barclay‘s books in a long time & it felt good to read one of his again! I really enjoyed this 1 & it would make a great movie. I really enjoyed the pace and Andrew as the main character. At times it switched narrators a lot but it all pieced together nicely. I‘ve gone back & bought a couple of his previous novels I didn‘t have in mass market paperbacks. I feel like they‘re such a good deal. I highly recommend this one!

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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This was my 1st of Henry‘s & I really enjoyed it! I thought the characters were strong & likeable. I really enjoyed Nora‘s narration & her relationship with her sister Libby. I thought the pace was good and enjoyed it and the ending. I will be sure to read Henry‘s other books (as I own them) lol.

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Working Gaithersburg Book Festival, I got to attend some panels. I really enjoyed this one with Ashley Winstead and Vera Kurian, author of Never Saw Me Coming. It was great!

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I worked Gaithersburg Book Festival today! I got to see Andrea Bartz speak about We Were Never Here! I was excited to hear her speak because I‘d actually read the book and really enjoyed it!

Alfoster Lucky you! I loved it too!❤️👊 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Such a great festival! Sorry to miss it this year! 1w
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Finished this the other day. What a powerful and well-researched read! We‘ve been doing racial equity work at my work and I decided to read some books that have to do with that topic. Dr. Eberhardt does a brilliant job of mixing personal experiences with studies to uncover how much bias is in every aspect of our lives.

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This book had so many long paragraphs! There‘s a twist 1/3 in & it makes things more interesting. I had issues with the reveal at the end and it kind of leaves you feeling like wtf. I liked how the book switched up narrators. It added 2 the depth of the story. I would‘ve liked more chapters at the end to see what happened 2 some of the characters. I‘m not sure how eager I‘d be 2 pick up another book by this author, but could be convinced otherwise

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Oh this was such a good listen! I really enjoyed it and the different narrators! I will definitely read more by this author. The podcast episodes had music along with them which I thought was an excellent touch! This really digs into both sides of the case and explores the he said/she said dynamic of rape cases. The mystery from the past was also intriguing as well. It had a good ending & I wouldn‘t mind another book featuring Rachel the reporter.

AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH I wouldn't mind that either, I really like this book, too. 1mo
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By Any Other Name | Lauren Kate
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I really enjoyed this book. A fun and quick read. I wish it had actually been a little longer. The ending was almost too quick. I really liked the protagonist and her journey throughout the book. Apparently this is the first romantic comedy by this author, but I would gladly read more rom coms from her!

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I really enjoyed this one! I like the characters of Wilde and Hester. I was genuinely surprised by who turned out to be the killer and the mysteries of Wilde‘s family tree. I enjoyed the different characters that popped up. The world of reality tv was a bit much at times. If you‘re a fan of Coben, you‘ll like this one! I wonder if he will write another book featuring Wilde.

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This book was broken into 2 parts. The 2nd part lost some steam for me but overall still an enjoyable read. This is an example of the book where you‘re put into action 1st & then learn about the characters later. I think that was part of the disconnect for me. Jason being on his own dragged at parts. It had a decent ending. Would make a good miniseries or movie. I did like the book despite what I mentioned earlier.

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The Golden Couple: A Novel | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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This is the 1st book I‘ve physically read by these authors; I‘ve listened to the others. I enjoyed the pace of this one and the two female narrators. The story ended up going in a direction I wasn‘t expecting which is nice. I live in MD so it was cool to read about this couple in the DC area. There were a couple annoying supporting characters but that‘s expected in a book like this. If you enjoyed the authors previous books you will like this one.

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Nine Lives | Peter Swanson
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Very intriguing premise. 9 names on a list & as far as anyone can tell they‘re not connected. But if you‘re on that list then someone wants you dead. I really enjoyed this one! Very fast paced and suspenseful. Swanson brings it to a great conclusion! Would be a great mini series or movie.

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What a sweet and cute read! I went through this one pretty quickly. Katy has just lost her mother and they were so very close. They had planned to go to Italy together but when her mom passed Katy decided to go on the trip herself where she encounters a younger version of her mother! Really heartfelt and with some romance, this makes for a good read. Now I need to read her book In Five Years which I actually own!

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Finished listening to this one today! Out of all the Megan Miranda books I‘ve listened to, this one is my favorite. There was more suspense in the story from the beginning which I felt lacking in some of her other books. Olivia changed her name since she was rescued as a child to get away from all the press, but when a dead body from her previous life finds its way to her new life, the race is on to find who killed him. Could it have been her?

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One Step Too Far | Lisa Gardner
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This is the 2nd Frankie Elkin book & I really enjoy them! This series is the only books I‘ve read by this author. A man goes missing in the Wyoming mountains on his bachelor weekend & inexperienced Frankie joins the search. Definitely thrilling moments in this one & it would make an excellent film. I hope Gardner writes more of Frankie!

TrishB Whilst you‘re waiting read the DD Warren series 😁 2mo
MyNamesParadise @TrishB thanks for the recommendation! 😊 2mo
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The Night Shift | Alex Finlay
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This book was such a quick read! I literally read it in a day! I‘m definitely a fan of Alex Finlay‘s writing. When an eerily similar crime occurs several years apart, the survivor of the first crime must face her trauma and relive the experience to see if she can help in the investigation. I really enjoyed the FBI Agent in this story. The story comes to a satisfying conclusion. Definitely recommend!!

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This was the 1st of Silver‘s where I read the physical book. I listened 2 1 Day in December & own The 2 Lives of Lydia Bird but haven‘t read it yet. This was a cute story about a woman trying to find herself when she goes to an island off the coast of Ireland for a work assignment & is forced to share living quarters with a man who is a descendant of the islanders & can‘t accept that his marriage is over. It makes for a good read & of course love!

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The Dilemma | B.A. Paris
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Just by reading the premise of the book you wouldn‘t think it would make a suspenseful read but it does! B.A. Paris pulls this off spectacularly well with the husband trying to cover up tragic news at his wife‘s birthday party & the wife keeping a scandalous secret about their daughter. These were well developed characters and you really felt for them as they battle how to tell the other person. Not sure this would make a great film/tv adaptation

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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The first book by Foley that I‘ve read and I would go back and read her other books and look forward to her future books. This was suspenseful told from the various tenants points of view. This would make a good thriller movie or mini series. It had a good ending.

Redy2trvl Thanks for your review. This book is up next in my TBR. 2mo
MyNamesParadise @Redy2trvl not a prob! Oh enjoy it!! 2mo
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Dear Edward: A Novel | Ann Napolitano
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I really enjoyed the sections of the book dealing with Edward and his journey. The sections dealing with the flight before the crash were a hit or miss for me. I wasn‘t as invested in those characters. It would‘ve been fine for it to all be Edward‘s story. I really enjoyed Shay‘s character. I would read more from this author!

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When Twilight Breaks | Sarah Sundin
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Even though this is considered Christian Fiction & that isn‘t my thing, I gave this 5 stars! The author did a brilliant job of lining up factual events w/ suspense & you really cared about the characters! This takes place in pre World War 2 in Germany. It has a great ending, even when the world is on brink of war. I highly recommend this one & would read more from the author. It was interesting to read about a career woman in the 1930s!

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The Slow March of Light | Heather B. Moore
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This was an informative read & based on Bob Inama‘s experiences during the Cold War in Germany. The Christian faith played a big role in his life & at times those passages grew tiresome. I enjoyed Luisa‘s story more (a fictional character). The chapters each started with an epigraph that provided context into the Cold War. It took me longer to read than I would have liked. I recommended if you want to learn about the Cold War or enjoy that era.

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Gone for Good | Joanna Schaffhausen
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This was a great book featuring detective Annalisa Vega. I‘m glad it‘s going to be a series. She investigates a recent killing that looks like the Lovelorn Killer is back, someone who killed someone close to Vega when she was younger. There‘s the perfect balance of character development and mystery/suspense. I was genuinely surprised with the end and eager to see how the fallout from the end impacts Vega in future installments. I recommend!

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Charlie (who‘s a girl) agrees to ride with a stranger named Josh to go home from college; the drive is from New Jersey to Ohio. She doesn‘t know if she can trust him after signs suggest he could be the Campus Killer. But she doesn‘t know if she can trust herself bc she has “movies in her mind” where she dissociated from reality & will admit it was an overused trope. It does have some good twists with a decent ending. I‘d read more of Sager.

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The Half Sister | Sandie Jones
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Thought this was going to be more of a thriller. It‘s really more of a mystery but that‘s fine with me. It became quicker paced towards the end. It made for a good listen. Kate and Lauren are two sisters who have differing views of their parents and the girl who shows up on their parents doorstep claiming she‘s their half sister. There are twists and turns in this book. Trigger warning for an emotionally abusive relationship in the book.

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The Collective: A Novel | Alison Gaylin
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Went through this one quickly! A woman who‘s lost her daughter from a privileged young man joins an online group that exacts revenge on those who have murdered their children. This was well paced & you cared for the lead as she navigates this group & it had a surprising ending. Would make a great movie. I would read more from Gaylin. Might check out some of her previous books. I recommend this one.

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My first of Grady Hendrix. I loved the premise & I‘d definitely see the movie version if they make one. The pacing was a little slow at 1st & the narrator Lynnette was repetitive at times, but overall enjoyed this book. It‘s definitely more plot driven than character driven. I‘d read another from this author. I did go through it fairly quickly but it stalled at a couple of places throughout. I could‘ve done without the final twist/reveal.

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I really enjoyed this one, although the pacing in the beginning and the middle seemed slow to me at first but then it really picks up in the end. It‘s interesting how all of the characters tie together. If you‘re reading this one and have reservations about finishing it, just trust me that the ending is worth it. Mary Kubica delivers!

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I‘m a bit surprised at the low-ish rating on Goodreads/Litsy. Yes, the plot was a bit ridiculous, but wow this was a page turner! I flew through this one! Despite her indiscretion you can really root for Abigail as she goes on her honeymoon on this remote island. I could tell things were off with Bruce from the beginning & was eager to see how it all panned out. The end was kind of sudden. I wanted more! I‘ll be reading more Peter Swanson!

SilversReviews I had wanted to read this book, never got to it. Thanks for your thoughts. 5mo
MyNamesParadise @SilversReviews you‘re welcome! I feel that way with a lot of books! 5mo
SilversReviews @MyNamesParadise Oh yes…many!! 😊 4mo
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Had to read this 4 work. Hence the post-its! This was an informative read & one that working people should read. I‘ll admit some of the chapters were triggering for me bc of where I‘m at in my career & past decisions, but overall am glad I read it. The illustrations make it a very readable book.

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We Are the Brennans | Tracey Lange
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1st read of 2022! Oh how I loved this book! It was a clever style choice to have a quote said at the end of a chapter 2 be the starting point 4 the following chapter & then be from that character‘s perspective. I really enjoyed the pacing & the character development. It‘d make a great mini series. I liked how the ending made u wonder more & what was going to happen to the characters. I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author!

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Friends Like These: A Novel | Kimberly McCreight
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I went through this one rather quickly, but that being said, it was hard to connect to the characters, although the premise & plot points were interesting enough. I rated this as a so-so bc the ending just did not do it for me at all & it didn‘t really make sense to me. I‘ve read the author‘s work before & have enjoyed it so I will still look for future work by this author. I expected more I suppose from this one.

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We Are Not Like Them | Christine Pride
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Finished this on Dec. 23rd. I‘ve heard the criticism that this book‘s intended audience is for white women in book clubs & I can see where that is accurate. Definitely a hot topic for a book: a friendship between a white (Jen) & black woman (Riley) is put to the test when Jen‘s husband is a cop who is charged w/the murder of an unarmed black teen. The story alternates between Jen & Riley.I found the ending to be too neat for this complex a topic.

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The Therapist | B A Paris
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Finished this on Dec. 23rd. I enjoyed the narration. I especially liked how the word “murder” was pronounced. At times the language was repetitive as we are in the narrator‘s head. While I saw part of the end coming, there was one part that I definitely did not. I‘ve had mixed feelings about this author‘s work in the past but I‘ve checked out other audiobooks by this author to give a listen to. It‘s an intriguing premise & would make a good movie

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Finished this on Dec. 11th. Oh how I loved this book! It had a similar plot to a book I‘d read earlier in 2021 called Irena‘s War, but this book was based on the real life actions of Irena Sendler who assisted with the smuggling of Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto. Having been to Warsaw studying the Holocaust in college I feel a deep connection to the place and it‘s history. Just read this book. It will move you!

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The First Mistake | Sandie Jones
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Finished this one on Dec. 8th. I enjoyed this one a lot! It had twists that I didn‘t see coming. I must admit that I felt more sympathetic towards Beth and I enjoyed her part of the story more than Alice‘s. I‘ve checked out another audiobook by this author to listen to. I recommend this one.

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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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Read this one bc it was a Reese‘s Book Club pick. It was a good read. Although I wouldn‘t call it a page turner like reviews said. Trigger warning for rape and sexual abuse. Also, the ending of the book was flat for me, like it just ended. Not sure I‘d be in a hurry to pick up something else by this author. Finished reading it on Dec. 4th. I‘m behind on my Litsy reviews!

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I really enjoyed Ng‘s second novel. I‘ll admit I wanted to read it before I watched the tv mini series. It took a little bit to get into it but then I really enjoyed the pace of the novel and the character development and interactions. I was satisfied with the ending.

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The Stranger in the Mirror | Liv Constantine
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This is the first book I‘ve read by this author and I will read future books of hers. I enjoyed the back and forth of the narrators and all of the twists and turns. This would make a good movie. I flew through this one really quickly.

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L.A. Weather | Maria Amparo Escandon
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Picked this up b/c it‘s a Reese‘s Book Club pick & im trying to read books by more people of color. I will say that it was difficult getting through the first 100 pages. After that the pace started to pick up & it the characters were developed more. Each character had so much drama going on with them. Bit of a crazy read but one I overall enjoyed.

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Desperate Girls | Laura Griffin
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Really enjoyed this one and it was a good listen, although I think I would‘ve enjoyed it just as much if I had physically read it. There‘s enough suspense (and some of the romantic variety) to keep you on the edge of your seat, eager to read more. The main characters are people you root for and there are some surprises along the way. I would definitely pick up more by the author!

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Every Last Fear | Alex Finlay
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This was a good, fast paced thriller. You really felt for the main character as he navigates the loss of his family. I have to admit I didn‘t see the end coming. I look forward to reading more from Finlay.

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The Lion's Den | Katherine St. John
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This is St. John‘s debut & I really enjoyed it! I‘d previously read The Siren & loved it. This is perfect escapism! For some reason I‘ve always enjoyed reading about the Uber rich lol. Belle was a real character you could root for. This book takes the term frenemy to a whole new level. If you‘re looking for something fun with some darker undertones then this is for you! I‘m eager for the author‘s next book!

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Girls Like Us | Cristina Alger
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Really enjoyed this one! Quick read! It‘s important to note that the author was inspired by real life cases when writing this book. I would‘ve liked to know more about Nell & would like to read more books with her as the protagonist. Not sure if the author wants to write another one. There are twists that you truly don‘t see coming! Once you get through the 1st 25 pages or so, it really picks up the pace! Would make a great film.

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I really enjoyed this one!! I haven‘t read Bartz‘s previous novels but I want to now! This is about the dark side of friendship & traumatic events that bind them. I really enjoyed Emily‘s narration & u could really root for her. As the story unfolds her BFF Kristen becomes more & more possessive & suffocating. The tension really escalated throughout & then it all comes to a head. This would make a great movie or mini series. I recommended it!

kplovesbooks It WOULD make a really cool movie!! 8mo
MyNamesParadise @kplovesbooks I saw on the author‘s Instagram where a movie adaptation is in the works at Netflix so that is exciting! 8mo
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In the Clearing | J.P. Pomare
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It was a quick read overall. I haven‘t read Pomare‘s previous work Call Me Evie, which was on my TBR list @ 1 point. I‘m not really a fan of stories involving cults, so it‘s not surprising that I gave this one 3 out of 5 stars. I didn‘t really care for the characters. There was a disconnect for me. I enjoyed the Australian setting though. I think I‘m still going to read Call Me Evie & check out his future work. Hopefully not more about cults lol

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I flew through this one in a few days! I love how Holly Jackson writes! I will definitely check out her future work. This is the final AGGGTM book, which is kind of sad bc they‘re so good, but it‘s better 2 end it the way the author wants 2 b4 the stories start to drag. There is something that happens midway through that surprised me & I was a bit unsettled at how the rest of the story panned out. It seemed unlike Pip, but overall a satisfying end

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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Not my favorite of Moriarty‘s, but I definitely enjoyed it! There was definitely a lot of tennis references so if you‘re into tennis that should add extra appeal. There is some suspense as you try to figure out what happened to Joy. The ending was satisfying. If you‘ve read Moriarty‘s other books then you should enjoy this one. It‘s not as absorbing as Big Little Lies or The Husband‘s Secret, but is definitely readable.