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Into the Darkest Corner
4.09
liked it
**spoiler alert** Started out really well but seemed to go on for a long time without a whole lot new happening. Something about the structure (very s ...more
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Jun 27, 2012
 
Future Perfect
3.05
it was amazing
This is a WALLOP of a teen book and I can't wait to sell it! More comments to follow when it's out.

OK, here we go. I enjoyed Larsen's memoir, and I k
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Jan 2015
May 02, 2015
 
Starglass (Starglass, #1)
3.65
it was amazing
Wonderful voice, wonderful worldbuilding. The main character becomes a botanist, and the sensory detail about plants is gorgeous.

Starglass captures t
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not set
Jul 20, 2013
 
A Dark-Adapted Eye
3.98
**spoiler alert** I basically feel Ruth Rendell can do no wrong, and I particularly love all the Vine books. This one's my least favorite, though. Tha ...more
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Feb 15, 2012
 
When Breath Becomes Air
4.32
Kalanithi had so much to say, and so little time to say it in! In thinking about this book, I feel I'm thinking about a person. The person and the boo ...more
not set
Jan 08, 2016
 
Under the Influence
3.81
I'm a huge fan of Maynard's early books, BABY LOVE and TO DIE FOR, which feature rather strange story lines and show characters in all their twisted, ...more
not set
Jan 25, 2016
 
My Cousin Rachel
3.90
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Really, really enjoyed this. These old novels have the best structures. I love the way this one is all about the landscape and the s ...more
not set
Oct 19, 2015
 
Little Pretty Things
3.46
it was amazing
Rader-Day's first novel, THE BLACK HOUR, was wonderful. So is this book, but in quite a different way. LITTLE PRETTY THINGS starts out feeling a lot l ...more
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May 07, 2015
 
The Day I Died: A Novel
3.74
it was amazing
Update: just a couple more comments.

“On the day I died, I took the new oars down to the lake.”
The first time you see this line, you may think it’s a
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Dec 08, 2016
Aug 14, 2016
 
The Child's Child
3.12
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine fascinates me. She seems to have a very rich conversation with other novelists, sometimes very explicit, a ...more
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Dec 07, 2012
 
The Search for Anne Perry
3.25
liked it
I'm not sure the extensive summarizing of the novels really works, but I have difficulty imagining how the book would have come across without them. I ...more
May 27, 2014
May 25, 2014
 
The Black Hour
3.40
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** "That was the thing I'd come to understand about this place. I'd only scratched the surface of what there was to know, but even a su ...more
Aug 04, 2014
Oct 21, 2013
 
Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood
3.64
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I'm rounding up to four. The main issue for me was that the book could have used fleshing out to the tune of about 40 pages. However ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Nov 15, 2013
 
Behind Her Eyes
3.78
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This is what they mean when they talk about an addictive read. I really loved the characters and the story sustained itself wonderfu ...more
Feb 10, 2017
Jan 14, 2017
 
The Girl on the Train
3.88
liked it
**spoiler alert** So, is this a new thing-- a hybrid mystery/thriller? I like the idea that things are happening both in real time and in the past, i. ...more
not set
Dec 28, 2014
 
Dark Places
3.92
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This may be my favorite of Flynn's books. Sharp Objects was too much of a gross-out fest for me, although I admired aspects of it. T ...more
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Jun 04, 2012
 
The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)
4.11
liked it
**spoiler alert** I can see why people are excited about this book. It's almost the definition of a page-turner, packed with hooks on micro and macro ...more
May 10, 2013
May 06, 2013
 
Innocent Blood
3.72
liked it
**spoiler alert** How to rate this? The good parts are amazing and the bad parts are awful. The plot was, to me, very reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's st ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2012
 
Before the Poison
3.69
liked it
**spoiler alert** I like the premise of this book and, after a grindingly slow start, the plot becomes unexpectedly rich. I am of two minds about the ...more
Mar 08, 2012
Dec 26, 2011
 
Pomegranate Soup
3.58
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Oh dear. Ageism, sizeism, looksism. Apparently physical infirmities, such as urinary incontinence, are also signs of moral failing. ...more
Oct 26, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
 
The Ex
3.71
it was amazing
Loved this book! I saw a review which described it (rough paraphrase) as being about the effects of technology on people's lives and thought, hmm, it ...more
not set
Jan 08, 2016
 
Gone Girl
4.03
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Starts out like the underside of a Scott Person or Casey Anthony story-- this guy's family member has gone missing and there he is, ...more
Jun 06, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
 
A Terrible Beauty (Lady Emily, #11)
3.68
**spoiler alert** I ultimately had a problem with this book-- hence no star rating, because overall it was quite interesting and I don't want to give ...more
not set
Aug 04, 2016
 
He Said/She Said
4.16
**spoiler alert** I was in love with this book initially-- the eclipse motif; the nuanced treatment of the rape, the wonderful characters and the unex ...more
Jan 10, 2017
Jan 04, 2017
 
We Were Liars
3.85
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Ended up being much better than I expected. The middle part was sloggy, especially considering how short the book is. The retold fab ...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
 
Dare Me
3.24
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this. Sort of true crime (Pamela Smart) meets MISS PYM DISPOSES. The voice reminds me of Joyce Carol Oates but with ...more
Mar 22, 2013
Aug 11, 2012
 
A Dangerous Age
3.03
As a fan of RHONYC, I was attracted to the book because it seemed to promise an insider view. It kind of delivers, but aspects of it are really half b ...more
Jul 14, 2016
Jun 14, 2016
 
All Fall Down
3.61
it was ok
Yeah, this one didn't do it for me. Mostly, I think, there are so many recovery memoirs out there that have the fact they they are true-- or supposedl ...more
Sep 23, 2016
Sep 22, 2016
 
The Goldfinch
3.87
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I'm glad I read this book, although there were long stretches where I was not enjoying myself, exactly. I like a novel you can live ...more
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May 17, 2014
 
The Swans of Fifth Avenue
3.57
I came to this having read such books as SLIM and THE TWO MRS. GRENVILLES. I'll be interested to see how it strikes people who aren't familiar with th ...more
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Jan 14, 2016
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