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Janelle Brown

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Welcome to my home on Goodreads.

A little about me: I'm the author of the novels PRETTY THINGS, WATCH ME DISAPPEAR, ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING, THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE. My books have been New York Times bestsellers and published in a dozen countries around the world. My books tend to be page-turners with dysfunctional family relationships at their hearts; while my first two books were more satirical, my latest two are suspense. I'm also very much a California writer, and my books are set across the state.

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Janelle Brown Thank you so much, so glad you enjoyed Pretty Things! I am working on another book right now -- it's a bit more of a mystery -- but I've got a ways to…moreThank you so much, so glad you enjoyed Pretty Things! I am working on another book right now -- it's a bit more of a mystery -- but I've got a ways to go. Hoping to have it finished next year! Stay tuned...(less)
Janelle Brown So glad that you enjoyed Watch Me Disappear! I thought I knew the ending when I started... but it ended up changing. Three times, in fact. So the book…moreSo glad that you enjoyed Watch Me Disappear! I thought I knew the ending when I started... but it ended up changing. Three times, in fact. So the book evolved a lot as I wrote it, and the twists and turns evolved with it. I've found that to be true for all three of my books, actually - they change organically during the writing process, as the characters come to life.(less)
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Pretty Things

3.94 avg rating — 42,549 ratings — published 2020 — 20 editions
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Watch Me Disappear

3.71 avg rating — 26,858 ratings — published 2017 — 13 editions
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All We Ever Wanted Was Ever...

3.25 avg rating — 6,769 ratings — published 2008 — 30 editions
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3.20 avg rating — 1,792 ratings — published 2010 — 17 editions
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Then you'll love my books because that's exactly my M.O.! Watch Me Disappear and Pretty Things are both what I would call "literary suspense" - lots of twists and turns, but also lots of character development. This Is Where We Live and All We Ever Wa See Full Answer
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“It's easiest to judge from distance. That's why the Internet has turned us all into armchair critics, experts at the cold dissection of gesture and syllable, sneering self-righteously from the safety of our screens. There, we can feel good about ourselves, validated that our flaws weren't as bad as theirs, unchallenged in our superiority. Moral high ground is a pleasant place to preach, even if the view turns out to be rather limited in scope.”
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“Maybe when you're young, you love people as much for their potential as for who they are right now. And if that's the case, what happens to love when time passes and that potential starts to shrivel and fade? Does love die with it?”
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“When you're documenting everything you do, you stop living life for yourself and start living it as a performance for others. You're never in the actual moment, just the response to the moment.”
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