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  • First Lie Wins

    7.2/10

    First Lie Wins

    I think I’m the only person who has not loved this book that much. I think it’s a good book to get you out of a reading slump, but it’s just so absurd. It also includes technical references by an author who does not seem to be especially savvy or bother researching (think referencing hacking by constantly referring to firewalls) which irked me more than it should have. It’s all plot and no character development which means it moves quickly and stays engaging, but the plot is pretty clumsy at times.

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  • The Guest

    6.5/10

    The Guest

    At first this was annoying because it was one of those situations where the whole thing could be sorted out with a conversation. Then it took a turn I didn’t expect and I got hopeful. And then it was just weird with 5 story lines being tied up in the epilogue.

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  • Listen for the Lie

    8.9/10

    Listen for the Lie

    I really enjoyed this. Had a male and female narrator which I appreciated. It’s the true crime podcast trope, but it was fast moving and stayed interesting.

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  • The Fury

    6.9/10

    The Fury

    Boy I was sick of this book by the time it was over. It’s like a choose your own adventure book except you have to have them all. I find the BUT ACTUALLY plot twist style to be pretty lazy. I did find the first half charming so I won’t dock as many points and I really enjoyed this narrator. I don’t know if I would have finished it on Kindle.

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  • Glossy: Ambition, Beauty, and the Inside Story of Emily Weiss’s Glossier

    7/10

    Glossy: Ambition, Beauty, and the Inside Story of Emily Weiss’s Glossier

    This felt like it should have been a Vanity Fair article. The author wants to come off as likable and doesn’t let herself go full Tina Brown, but still wants it to be a salacious story even when it’s maybe not. Also if you look into how this book came about – I don’t love that. Ultimately it’s a book about Emily, and not Glossier. It’s very well written and was good on audiobook.

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  • Wrong Place Wrong Time

    9.7/10

    Wrong Place Wrong Time

    Came highly recommended by both @sarahflippingpages and @beachreadsandbubby and has been my favorite thriller in a long time. Not super dark, but super gripping. Original concept.

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  • The Good Sister

    8/10

    The Good Sister

    Enjoyed this. Suspect not thriller. Helped me get back on the reading bandwagon. No wait at my library. @beachreadsandbubbly rec.

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  • Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421

    7.9/10

    Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421

    Needed a book to break a reading slump after Iron Flame (review coming) and I needed a book that would grab me fast. The plane is crashing on page one, so safe to say this did it. Finished in two days. It’s nothing groundbreaking but PERFECT if you’re trying to get back into reading. Reading really helps my anxiety because it’s the only thing I do in my downtime that requires my entire focus. Quiets that intangible dread feeling. Read on Kindle via Libby.

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  • The Cage

    9.4/10

    The Cage

    Really liked this. For most of the book there weren’t “twists” as much as it was a story that moved through plot and introduced new characters/places at a good pace which was something I don’t see a lot in thrillers. It’s more of a legal thriller, but if you’re an attorney you’ll probably find a lot of the parts frustrating. Not scary. The end started to have more aspects of a psychological thriller and twists, but they weren’t TOO ridiculous relative to the rest of the story.

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  • Stash: My Life in Hiding

    9.3/10

    Stash: My Life in Hiding

    I really enjoyed this book. It’s super quick but incredibly poignant. I don’t know why I love reading about rich people’s addictions so much, but I do. And this one delivered. Had incredible depth and I thought was funny and emotionally honest. On Kindle from Libby.

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  • None of This Is True

    9.1/10

    None of This Is True

    I saw this (specifically the Audible version) recommended by @thebuyguide and I loved it. I haven’t enjoyed a fiction audio book this much in a long time. It has a full cast and sound design. The story was interesting and engaging. I think the only bad thing I could say is it felt like it had four natural conclusions at the end but then kept going. Not for a long time. I just kept thinking “this is it” and then another chapter came. Definitely recommend though. Would be a great book club book because there’s a lot to discuss at the end.

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  • You Shouldn’t Have Come Here

    4/10

    You Shouldn’t Have Come Here

    This read like a Lifetime movie script that got passed on. Absurd and not in a fun way. ChatGBT would have written a more cogent story.

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  • Truly, Darkly, Deeply

    9.1/10

    Truly, Darkly, Deeply

    I enjoyed this and blew through it. There’s maybe one twist and you kind of see it coming so I wouldn’t call it twisty, but I would say it’s extremely gripping. The author’s ability to keep you questioning the same things over and over without it being tiresome is impressive.

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  • Mrs. Nash’s Ashes

    8.3/10

    Mrs. Nash’s Ashes

    This was good. I think it may even be great, I was just the wrong audience. It’s very sweet, tender and emotional, which is not my favorite, but it was still enjoyable. I think people who enjoyed The Notebook will love this. I wouldn’t call it a romcom. I would say it is a romance novel with a few spicy scenes. I listed on Audible.

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  • The Chateau

    7.9/10

    The Chateau

    This was a quick enjoyable read. The twists have a scooby-doo vibe to them. It’s all a far fetched ‘I’ve brought you here to tell you all something, but it must be in person and I will keep putting it off for no reason until something terrible happens’ premise. But, if you go into thinking Clue and not Gone Girl it will be much more enjoyable.

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  • What Lies in the Woods

    8.9/10

    What Lies in the Woods

    Really enjoyed this thriller. Very twisty. You can see most of the twists coming, but that’s because the author stays true to the characters. I’m always a bit annoyed when a character turns on a dime or changes out of left field just to get in a twist that you didn’t see coming. This book stayed far away from that while remaining very gripping. A @beachreadsandbubbly rec.

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  • Drowning Erin

    5/10

    Drowning Erin

    Was this good? No. Did I read it in a week? Yes. Would I recommend it? No.

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  • The True Love Experiment

    9/10

    The True Love Experiment

    Stayed up too late to finish this. Super cute and light. Very mild spice. Not 23 year olds. No dumb miscommunication tropes. Fun female main character. Very enjoyable read.

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  • A Deal With The Devil

    8.7/10

    A Deal With The Devil

    Love a B.R.A.D. with a normal looking cover. I really like this one. Lighter on the spice side and leaned more contemporary romance, but was pretty well written. Immediately read the next book in her series.

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  • Unscripted

    8.1/10

    Unscripted

    They really positioned this book as a real life Succession, which I understand, but I think if you go into it expecting that – you’re going to be disappointed. The only significant family fighting is really a woman and her father who is barely functioning. BUT if you like corporate gossip – this was very juicy. Listened on Audible. Worth the credit.

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  • The Maid

    7.1/10

    The Maid

    I didn’t love. It wasn’t bad but didn’t live up to the hype for me. I listened and while I didn’t mind the narrator at all – the speaking pattern of the main character became grating after the first half. Felt like the author got to the last few chapters and needed to throw in some random curve balls. Skip.

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