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annkuch13

annkuch13

Joined May 2016

fantasy, urban fantasy, Star Wars, horror, scifi
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Beers and Fears: The Haunted Brewery | Armand Rosamilia, Tim Meyer, Chuck Buda, Frank Edler
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Mehso-so

This was a fun read of connected short stories. It wasn't really scary at any point, but there is a bit of gore. I think I would have enjoyed this concept more as a novel fleshing out one or two of the stories. This would be good if you want a spooky read that won't leave you scared afterwards.

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Violet | Scott Thomas
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Shelfie Sunday
#shelfie

MrBook Whooaaa!!! 1h
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Iden is very slowly starting to check out the rest of the house. And there's a lot less hissing at the other cats.

MrBook Gorgeous!!! 😻😻😻😻😻 #catsofLitsy 23h
LauraBeth What a beautiful cat! 😻 23h
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The Black Tongue | Marko Hautala
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I love my spooky gourd ghoul. He fits right in with the horror books.

Sace What a cutie! 5d
Texreader He is cute! 5d
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Beers and Fears: The Haunted Brewery | Armand Rosamilia, Tim Meyer, Chuck Buda, Frank Edler
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It's been a really fucking long week. I'm hoping to get some reading done without immediately falling asleep.

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December Park | Ronald Malfi
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My house is officially spooky now!

ladym30 Great photo! 2w
annkuch13 @ladym30 Thanks! 2w
ShyBookOwl Yay! I started pulling out my Spooktober decor today too 2w
Hooked_on_books Ok, those spiders are creeping me out, so nice job! 2w
annkuch13 @Hooked_on_books Yeah I almost didn't get that one, but after a few years it doesn't give me the creeps anymore. 😄 2w
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Slash | Hunter Shea
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My arc of Slash by Hunter Shea came in the mail. I'm so excited to read this one, and the fact that I won it in a giveaway makes it even more exciting!
#bookmail

myellenbee And a very cool pillow too! 2w
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Those Across the River | Christopher Buehlman
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Here's my #spookstack as part of a fun Instagram group of horror readers. These are some of my favorite horror books I've read. (Note: There's no Darcy Coates because I mostly do her on audio, but she's totally in there in spirit.)

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Pickpick

I actually ended up liking this way more than expected. I love zombie books but for some reason this one never seemed like my style. I really enjoyed the main character's POV and thought the pacing of the plot was perfect. Some of the parts with the bad guys felt a little too stereotypical, almost like a caricature of middle eastern people. I know that they were terrorists, but it still felt off. Also, Ray Porter is one of my favorite narrators.

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The Dread | Gail Z. Martin
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I'm excited to see how this wraps up the plot lines from the previous five books set in this world, though I'm sad to see it all end. Also, check out this gorgeous cover!

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Red Rain: A Novel | R.L. Stine
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Panpan

This was very meh. I was intrigued to see what R. L. Stine did with writing for adults. I think it still felt kind of juvenile. I was never actually scared. The descriptions of the horror post hurricane and the murders mentioned in the synopsis were nice and squicky, but otherwise nothing felt adult. It was interesting enough that I finished to see how it all wrapped up. I would suggest this if you want to dabble in horror, but otherwise, skip it.

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Little Girls | Ronald Malfi
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Pickpick

This was a reread. I had forgotten some of the twists and really enjoyed watching it unfold. There's a nice, creepy kid vibe going on along with a little mystery. It's a fun, spoopy read without being scary. The narrator is also very enjoyable.

Beholderess Ooooh, little ghost girls. Classic 1mo
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It took me a while to read this but that has nothing to do with how amazing it is. The worldbuilding is creative, and the magic system is very cool. Plus there's some flintlock fantasy elements. Sykes has such a great sense of humor and excellent sarcastic timing, but he also pulls off deep emotions incredibly well. I went for laughing out loud on one page to intensely sorrowful on the next with beautifully written passages. I highly recommend it!

GrilledCheeseSamurai Great to hear it was good. I'm looking forward to reading it. 🤘 1mo
Beholderess That cover is gorgeous 1mo
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FantasticLand: A Novel | Mike Bockoven
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August Wrap Up

🎧 Dooku: Jedi Lost - Cavan Scott
🎧 Children of Ruin - Adrian Tchaikovsky
🎧 FantasticLand - Mikr Bockoven
🎧 Lock In - John Scalzi
🎧 Head On - John Scalzi
📚 Seven Blades in Black - Sam Sykes

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Head on | John Scalzi
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I really enjoyed the mix of mystery and scifi in this sequel. Getting a deeper look into the worldbuilding and seeing more of all the characters was great. I like how the advanced technology makes it both easier and harder to investigate and solve the case. Plus there's a cat named Donut, so how can anything not be amazing about this book?

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FantasticLand: A Novel | Mike Bockoven
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I got some excellent book mail today! I'm excited to read the bottom two. I listened to the audiobook for FantasticLand, and I loved it so much that I had to buy a physical copy.

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Insurance Update:
The doctor's office has to do credentialing under their new tax ID so things were being set as out of network until that happens. Once all the bureaucratic hoops have been jumped through, everything will be in network again.

Thank you to everyone that had kind words and support during my panic last night. I really appreciate this community. 💜

Megabooks Great! 2mo
BookwormAHN 👏🏻🍀 2mo
JoScho 🖤 2mo
Tamra 👏🏾 2mo
QuietlyLaura Yay! 👏 2mo
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Things are looking up. Iden has decided she trusts me now. #catsoflitsy

8little_paws So pretty!! 2mo
Bklover She‘s beautiful ! 2mo
MeganAnn 😻😻😻 2mo
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Tamra 😻 2mo
BookBabe Gorgeous kitty! 😻 2mo
BookwormAHN 😻😻😻 2mo
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I just found out my doctor is now out of fucking network because their practice was bought by a different parent company. Same building. Same doctor. Can't fucking see her anymore. She's been my doctor for like 4 years and her partner for the 10 before that. Now I get to try and find someone new who believes all my bullshit medical issues. Fuck our fucking healthcare system.
Anyway. Have some cute cats or whatever.

BookwormAHN My sympathies. Finding a dentist on my plan was nearly impossible 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2mo
annkuch13 @BookwormAHN Thanks! I guess I'm just kind of shocked. 2mo
marleed Oh no that‘s terrible. I‘m sorry. 2mo
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Megabooks I empathize! It‘s stupid. It sucks, and I‘m sorry you‘re starting at square one! 💜 2mo
annkuch13 @Megabooks @marleed Thank you! I'm talking with the insurance company and they're looking to see if there's any other way the doctor can code/bill it to get in covered. 2mo
annkuch13 UPDATE: I'm negotiating with the insurance company. There may be a way to bill it/code it differently. Still dumb this is something people have to worry about. 2mo
Megabooks @annkuch13 I really hope you can keep your doctor!! 2mo
LauraBeth Oh no - that sucks! Sorry that you have to go through that! 2mo
annkuch13 @LauraBeth Thank you. It's really stressful but might have a chance to work out okay ☹ 2mo
Tamra That is ridiculous! I hope somebody at the insurance company is human and humane. 2mo
Erofan So sorry! ☹️ 2mo
annkuch13 @Erofan Thanks! It turns out the doctor had to do some paperwork filing that makes them out of network until it's complete. Everything's going to work out okay! 2mo
annkuch13 @Tamra They actually were! Everyone ended up being very helpful and kind, and we got everything sorted out. 😊 2mo
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Lock In (Lock In, #1) | John Scalzi
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Pickpick

I finished this reread yesterday to refresh for the sequel. It was just as good as the first time through. Scalzi pulls off a cool mix of scifi worldbuilding and procedural mystery.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff The sequel is so good! 2mo
annkuch13 @chaoticgoodhufflepuff I started it on my commute today and am really liking it! I'm glad to hear it stays good! 2mo
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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I'm at that point where I only have 150 pages left in my current read and start getting excited about what to read next. I want to pick up some of the one books in this stack, but let's be honest. I'm probably going to pick up one of the new Star Wars books first.

JulietBooks I do the same thing... 2mo
rather_be_reading omg those stacks!! 😍 2mo
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Not book related, but my new kitty finally came out of hiding after a week. Her name is Iden after Iden Versio in the tagged book.
#catsoflitsy

Tamra 😽 2mo
xicanti She looks Very Serious. 2mo
annkuch13 @xicanti Haha! She really does. 2mo
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Texreader ❤️😻😻😻 2mo
JulietBooks She's pouting about something it seems. 2mo
QuietlyLaura So pretty! Hello, Iden! 😻❤️ 2mo
Bookzombie She is so cute! 2mo
Erofan 😻 2mo
annkuch13 @JulietBooks I think she's pouting that I stopped giving her treats. 😄 2mo
annkuch13 @Bookzombie She really is! I can't wait until she is settled more and comes out for cuddles and pictures. She's still very shy, but it's only been a week. 2mo
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FantasticLand: A Novel | Mike Bockoven
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Pickpick

This was fantastic! The slow build of the horror is so good. I really enjoy the fake journalism style of narrative (similarto World War Z). There are moments that left me speechless in shock. I came to care about some characters so much and be terrified by others. I definitely cried a few times by the end. The audiobook was amazingly narrated by Luke Daniels and Angela Dawe and was incredibly hard to put down.

TW: graphic violence, torture, gore

ReadingOver50 This looks amazing! 2mo
annkuch13 @ReadingOver50 It was so good!! 2mo
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Children of Ruin | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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This sequel was amazing! I was so curious where the author would take the story after Children of Time and it was so fascinating. The ideas he has about different life and technology and ways of thinking are just so impressive. The narrator for the audiobooks is equally amazing. I will never hear the phrase "we're going on an adventure" again without being creeped out. I really suggest giving these books a try even if you're not big on scifi.

Squidapus We just picked up Children of Time at the bookstore! Squidapus is eager to read it if both are so good! 2mo
annkuch13 @Squidapus I hope you like it!! 2mo
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I love when you're in the middle of a floppy paperback book and it stays open by itself. It leaves your hands free for petting kitties!

GrilledCheeseSamurai How'r you liking this so far? Should I be hype? 2mo
annkuch13 @GrilledCheeseSamurai It's taking me a while to read because of life stuff, but I'm loving it! I would be hype. Sam Sykes is hilarious but there are also some really beautiful and heartbreaking moments. And the worldbuilding is cool. 2mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @annkuch13 Good to hear. This will be my first Sam Sykes novel. I follow him on Twitter (he's hilarious) but have never actually read anything of his before. 👍 2mo
annkuch13 @GrilledCheeseSamurai Same! I haven't gotten around to reading him before but love his Twitter. The premise of this one just really grabbed me and I'm glad it did. 2mo
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Today sucked but at least there was some good book mail.
#bookmail

Libby1 ⭐️🦋💜🌈💕🌸 2mo
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This Dark Earth (Original) | John Hornor Jacobs
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Time for a Sunday Shelfie. I did a little rearranging of the top four horror/ new weird shelves here so I could actually see more titles. Not because I was worried the shelves were getting dangerously bent by the weight of all the double stacked books. Definitely not that.
#shelfie #sundayshelfie

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Beru is the cutest reading buddy. Except when she gets between you and your book...
#catsoflitsy

HeatherBlue Beautiful!! 2mo
Squidapus Oh Squidapus was curious about this one 2mo
annkuch13 @Squidapus It's really great so far! 2mo
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I really enjoyed getting some more Prequel era history. The glimpses into temple life were great. Dooku also seems like slightly less of a jerk than before I read this.

I did find out that I don't like audiobooks with full sound effects and music and such. I was too easily distracted, especially by trying to pick out the different musical themes. It also made it more difficult for me to listen in the car. The performances were quite good though.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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The hype for this book is real! I read it in one day. And don't let the YA like cover fool you. This is definitely an adult book. It's an incredibly adorable romcom with a fair share of steamy scenes. It also hits on some very deep issues around identity, coming out, and privacy. I laughed out loud and cried multiple times.

marleed I predict a movie coming to theaters near you soon! 2mo
annkuch13 @marleed Definitely! I'll be really surprised if it isn't made into a movie. 2mo
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I'm really enjoying this one so far. There's also something very comforting about carrying around a chunky fantasy book. Fun fact, this book is almost as big as one of my cats. (Beru's nickname is Tiny Cat. Or Jerkface.)

GrilledCheeseSamurai I have this one too. Hoping for a fall time read! ❤️ 2mo
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Wolf: Jack Caffery | Mo Hayder
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This is the most recent Jack Caffery book. I don't think I liked the main mystery in this one quite as much as some of the others, and I missed Flea. But I did really enjoy this. I saw the twists coming but it was still interesting to see how it unfolded. And omg the revelation in the last chapter blew me away! One of those endings where you can't think about anything else or start a new book for a bit.

TW: torture

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Ancestral Night | Elizabeth Bear
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Pickpick

This is a phenomenal scifi! The audo narrator is absolutely fantastic. The worldbuilding was enthralling and all the various alien species felt believable. Plus there are ship cats! I really recommend this one and can't wait for the next in the series!

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Excellent book mail today! I'm really excited to see where this one goes.
#bookmail

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This was just as good as the other mysteries in this series. I did get enraged about how some of the characters talked about rape, which was the impetus for the revenge murder. I've really enjoyed following these characters. I am bummed that the next book isn't in audio yet.

TW: rape, sexual violence

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Overall I enjoyed this mystery. The setting was atmospheric and captured that small town feeling. The ending felt very rushed, though. There was a great build of the tension and budiling of clues, but everything wrapped up too quickly and a bit too conveniently in the last 50 pages.

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Happy Caturday from Leia. She's making it hard to finish the last 50 pages of this book!

Erofan 😻 3mo
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This was my last reread before the next book in the series. This mystery is very twisty and has a fun flashback element to a similar crime in the previous century. This isn't my favorite of the books, but it is still a really good read/listen.

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It's the perfect time of day to read outside. Now if only it wasn't quite so fucking hot. I'm going to hide inside and read about murder instead.

Tanisha_A This picture is perfect colours. 3mo
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I'm really enjoying my current read so far. It has the start to a few good mysteries, and the writing flows really well. Plus I'm a sucker for mysteries set in the bayou.

britt_brooke Cool photo! 3mo
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Time for a Sunday shelfie, featuring my fantasy shelves and my favorite dragon.
#shelfie

AkashaVampie Wow.... I love ur bookshelves and organization!!!! The dragons are awesome too! 3mo
BookwormAHN 😻😻 3mo
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AkashaVampie @annkuch13 ur welcome hun! do they go all the way around the room? it looks like it does! 3mo
annkuch13 @AkashaVampie There's two more that don't show here. 😁 3mo
AkashaVampie @annkuch13 wow. that way more than i have. i have only 2 little cases! i mostly read on my tablet!! 3mo
annkuch13 @AkashaVampie I'm not good at reading on my tablet and our county library system is not very good, so I've ended up buying a lot of books instead of borrowing. I'm trying to read more backlist and thrillers from the library though. 3mo
AkashaVampie @annkuch13 that sucks about your library. i gotta get to mine more often!! 3mo
Nute Yay! Dragons!🐉 3mo
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The Bird King | G. Willow Wilson
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This was such a magical story. The concubine Fatima and her magical mapmaker friend, Hassan, go on an adventure to escape the Spanish Inquisition. It's a beautiful story about the love of friendship and the power of belief. There are jinn and monks and a magical island. It has almost a fairytale feel and it very captivating. I definitely fell in love with Fatima and Hassan and their journey together. I would definitely recommend this.

chapter_fifty2017 Have really wanted to read this for a long time have had on order from my library for awhile love your bookslves and dragons 3mo
annkuch13 @chapter_fifty2017 Thanks! I hope your library hold comes in soon! 3mo
Nute Wonderful review! 3mo
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The Bird King | G. Willow Wilson
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"And she had escaped: she was free, and though freedom was neither happiness nor safety, though it was in fact a crueler and lonelier thing than she could have imagined, it was real..."

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I am so excited for this book mail! I've really enjoyed kicking off that summer reading feeling with the new Riley Sager book the last two years. Hopefully this year is just as good.

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Panpan

I didn't end up enjoying this one. It wasn't as funny as the blurb led me to believe. There were some very clever ideas and thoughtful passages, but it felt like it was trying too hard. It was kind of depressing and there was a lot more sexual violence discussion than I went in expecting. I did like how the book was laid out structurally in four big sections, each focusing on a relationship and/or home she was cleaning.

TW: rape, child abuse

EKonrad Didn‘t love this one either. 😢 3mo
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June Reads

Craven Manor by Darcy Coates
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson*
In the Dark of the Night by John Saul
Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed
Vacuum in the Dark by Jen Beagin

*Technically I only read 600 pages of Oathbringer this month and the other 600 in April.

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I'm still not sure how I feel about this book 25 pages in. I like the concept but just haven't had the chance to sit down and get into it this week. Since it's only 200 pages or so, I'm probably going finish it off tonight regardless.

kalinichta That cover, though. 👌 3mo
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This is now one of my favorite Star Wars books! The plot follows a special intelligence squadron after the battle of Endor. I loved how each chapter is divided into perspectives from the different pilots, and you little glimpses of the larger puzzle as you get to know each character. Also, pilot angst! I highly recommend this one. You don't need to have read any other Star Wars books to jump into this. I laughed, cried, and just really loved this!

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Today's #riotgrams prompt is library books. This is my current stack.

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This was a reread. I listened to it on audio on a trip between home and school. It was just as good the second time around. It's a fun, summery thriller with a supernatural, serial killer adjacent twist. I recommend it as a great creepy read for the summer time.

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