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Just a Cat and a Book By Her Side
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Every once and a while, you read a book and then realize it's from a debut author and your mind is blown! That's the case with Sarah Bailey's THE DARK LAKE from Grand Central Publishing​. This intriguing and compelling mystery centers on the death of popular yet mysterious teacher Rosalind Ryan, whose body is found floating in a lake. Detective Gemma Woodstock and her partner Felix are called to investigate. Gemma knew Rosalind from school and the case--and the novel--intersect impeccably between Gemma's past and present. Gemma's a great narrator, the story itself is wonderful, and best of all, I had no idea who killed Rosalind or where everything was going to go. I found myself genuinely shocked by several of the novel's twists and turns. Highly recommend this one! Full review at the blog. #thedarklake #sarahbailey #mystery #thriller #bookblogger #review #books

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Every once and a while, you read a book and then realize it's from a debut author and your mind is blown! That's the case with Sarah Bailey's THE DARK LAKE from Grand Central Publishing​. This intriguing and compelling mystery centers on the death of popular yet mysterious teacher Rosalind Ryan, whose body is found floating in a lake. Detective Gemma Woodstock and her partner Felix are called to investigate. Gemma knew Rosalind from school and the case--and the novel--intersect impeccably between Gemma's past and present. Gemma's a great narrator, the story itself is wonderful, and best of all, I had no idea who killed Rosalind or where everything was going to go. I found myself genuinely shocked by several of the novel's twists and turns. Highly recommend this one! Full review at the blog. #thedarklake #sarahbailey #mystery #thriller #bookblogger #review #books

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Zoe Whittall's latest has received a lot of hype lately and it's certainly timely. For me, it didn't live up to all the chatter. George Woodbury is a beloved teacher and father, until he's arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with several teenage girls during a school ski trip. His wife, Joan, doesn't know what to believe; his daughter, Sadie, is ostracized at school; and older son, Andrew, is forced to return home to help his family. The book moves at a glacial pace, mostly covering the year awaiting George's trial. None of the characters are particularly sympathetic -- even Sadie and Joan start to get on your nerves after a while. The book is somewhat intriguing and gets you thinking at times, but if you want a book that truly delves into the sexual assault topic/crisis, I'd pick up one like THE NOWHERE GIRLS from Amy Reed instead. Full review at my blog. #thebestkindofpeople #zoewhittall #books #review #fiction

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Zoe Whittall's latest has received a lot of hype lately and it's certainly timely. For me, it didn't live up to all the chatter. George Woodbury is a beloved teacher and father, until he's arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with several teenage girls during a school ski trip. His wife, Joan, doesn't know what to believe; his daughter, Sadie, is ostracized at school; and older son, Andrew, is forced to return home to help his family. The book moves at a glacial pace, mostly covering the year awaiting George's trial. None of the characters are particularly sympathetic -- even Sadie and Joan start to get on your nerves after a while. The book is somewhat intriguing and gets you thinking at times, but if you want a book that truly delves into the sexual assault topic/crisis, I'd pick up one like THE NOWHERE GIRLS by Amy Reed instead. Full review at my blog. #thebestkindofpeople #zoewhittall #books #review #fiction

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One of the most powerful and timely books I've read this year, Amy Reed's THE NOWHERE GIRLS centers on three female teens, Grace, Rosina, and Erin, who form an unlikely union and create a secret group to protest the horrible culture at their school. It's this culture that condones actions such as rape and sexual assault and allowed for another girl, Lucy, to be shunned after accusing several popular boys of rape.

This novel is well-written and encapsulates the struggle felt by teens and young women in dealing with sexual assault, rape, and violence against women. Its strength comes from its characters (I defy you not to fall for these three girls) and its brutal honesty. It can be a bit slow-moving at times, but it's a powerful read and there's something about it that will leave you with hope, despite the horrors covered, and that's so important right now. Definitely worth a read. #thenowheregirls #amyreed #fiction #ya #books #review

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One of the most powerful and timely books I've read this year, Amy Reed's THE NOWHERE GIRLS centers on three female teens, Grace, Rosina, and Erin, who form an unlikely union and create a secret group to protest the horrible culture at their school. It's this culture that condones actions such as rape and sexual assault and allowed for another girl, Lucy, to be shunned after accusing several popular boys of rape. This novel is well-written and encapsulates the struggle felt by teens and young women in dealing with sexual assault, rape, and violence against women. Its strength comes from its characters (I defy you not to fall for these three girls) and its brutal honesty. It can be a bit slow-moving at times, but it's a powerful read and there's something about it that will leave you with hope, despite the horrors covered, and that's so important right now. Definitely worth a read. #thenowheregirls #amyreed #fiction #ya #books #review

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The 25th (!) book in Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series finds our formidable heroine dusting off a case from 1979 involving a group of male teens from a private high school found responsible for killing a fellow female classmate. Several went to prison and now the one deemed responsible for the murder, Fritz McCabe, has been released. His parents hire Kinsey to assist them with a blackmail case--these juvenile delinquents apparently made a sex tape before the murder, and it's turned up upon Fritz's release. Kinsey's also dealing with Ned Lowe, the hateful villain from X.

The result is a two-pronged story as Kinsey tackles the McCabes and the blackmail/extortion plot, delving deeper into the 1979 murder, but also a continuation of the Ned Lowe saga. There's a lot going on in this one, and the novel gets off to a slow start and never quite recovers. Alas, while the story picks up by the end, it doesn't have quite the zing of most Kinsey novels. Let's hope that Z ends on a high note befitting our beloved heroine! Full review at the blog. #kinseymillhone #yisforyesterday #suegrafton #mystery #books #review

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When they pull Natasha out of the river, she's been dead for thirteen minutes. She has no memory of how she got there, but she's pretty sure two of her closest friends had something to do with it. So, after the incident, she finds herself drawn to a former friend, Becca, she'd "dropped" years earlier. Together, the two start to investigate exactly what happened.

This is a very YA novel, but it's well-written and captures the teenage voices within its pages quite easily. It's tense, compelling, and a fast read. I had a decent idea how it would play out early on, but it didn't stop me from reading. It was probably a little young for me overall, but it's a great read for teens. Full review at my blog. #SarahPinborough #13Minutes #books #ya #review

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When they pull Natasha out of the river, she's been dead for thirteen minutes. She has no memory of how she got there, but she's pretty sure two of her closest friends had something to do with it. So, after the incident, she finds herself drawn to a former friend, Becca, she'd "dropped" years earlier. Together, the two start to investigate exactly what happened.

This is a very YA novel, but it's well-written and captures the teenage voices within its pages quite easily. It's tense, compelling, and a fast read. I had a decent idea how it would play out early on, but it didn't stop me from reading. It was probably a little young for me overall, but it's a great read for teens. Full review at my blog. #SarahPinborough #13Minutes #books #ya #review

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I'm so totally in love with Gilly Macmillan​ and her writing, and if you follow the blog, you know that's something I don't say lightly. I received an ARC of her new novel, ODD GIRL OUT, then realized it was part of a series, and so picked up the first book, WHAT SHE KNEW. In it, Rachel and her son Ben are walking in the park when she allows him to run ahead to the rope swing. That's the last she sees of Ben; it's as if he's vanished into the thin air. The police are quickly involved and the investigation is handed to DI James Clemo: his first major investigation as lead. As days pass by without a break in the case, the media quickly turns its harsh gaze on Rachel, while Jim finds himself increasingly desperate to find Ben. This is such a great thriller: character-driven, but powered by a slow-burning mystery as well. Macmillan is just an excellent writer, and she had me totally stumped. Really enjoyed this one--full review at the blog! #gillymacmillan #whatsheknew #books #review #mystery
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