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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,634 ratings  ·  332 reviews
An electrifying, page-turning debut about a young woman haunted by her tragic past, who returns to her hometown and discovers that there might be more to her police detective mother’s death—and last case—than she ever could have imagined.

Augusta (Gus) Monet is living an aimless existence with her grifter boyfriend when she learns that her great grandmother—her last living
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Harper Paperbacks
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dining-room-1
This is a juicy mystery thriller that packs a punch, and it will be out in the world next week! Augusta, who goes by Gus, is just getting by. She doesn’t have much to focus on in life, and when her great-grandmother dies, her last living relative, she makes some moves to right her life. She travels home to accept her inheritance, a rundown old house and a dog named Levi.

While searching through her great-grandma’s things, she finds cold case files that belonged to her police detective mom who pas
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a debut thriller that I would describe as solid, but ultimately it was just okay for me. I think Tallo has much promise as an author, but the first part of the book was very slow, and while it did eventually pick up the pace, I still didn't race through it.

Gus Monet, a grifter of sorts, is stuck in an aimless existence with her loser boyfriend when she receives the news that her great grandmother has passed away. Gus lived with her great grandmother for a brief period of time after her m
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this debut! Annnd another Canadian author, yes please!

I really enjoyed the descriptions and the writing style. Flew through this book and enjoyed every minute. Fantastic plot and interesting characters, Gus was such a bad ass!!

Thanks for Sweetreads for including this in their Summer Suspense Box!
Julie (JuJu)
Although well written, I would have enjoyed this debut more if it was faster paced and not quite so lengthy. There were plenty of twists and surprises, but I struggled to stay engaged.

My Rating: 3.5 ⭐️’s (rounding down)
Published: June 30th 2020 by Harper Paperbacks
Pages: 448
Recommend: Yes

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Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, libby
Ohh how I enjoyed this book!! and I was a resister too... if you aren't Canadian, you cannot know the feeling of growing up under CanCon regulations in the 1980s, which required that we didn't lose our Canadian Identity living so close to the United States. We had to listen to a percentage of Canadian music, Canadian tv shows, Canadian Lit in school and there was often a collective groan. When I got ahold of this book, I didn't realize it was Canadian and on the first few pages after reading the ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love small town thrillers and this one certainly did it for me. It was quite the atmospheric read that I buried my nose into this weekend!

Augusta ‘Gus’ Monet learns that her great grandmother—her last living relative—has just died, and returns to her hometown. She inherits an old house, and an old dog named Levi. In her grandmother’s house she discovers some cold case files belonging to her mother who was a detective that died when Gus was eight. A recently discovered body links to her mother
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great debut.
Although the pace is slow the storyline is quite intriguing.
I enjoyed the writing style and the structure and I found the main character to be quite interesting and I wouldn’t mind reading a sequel to see how she will mature.
The ending felt rushed but I found it acceptable.

I do love a story with a dog in it...and Levi the dog was pretty awesome...but then most dogs are.

A small-town girl goes home and stumbles upon the last case that her mother was working on before she was killed in a car acc
Amanda Hupe
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you, Harper Perennial for the opportunity to read this book!

This is the PERFECT October read! Dark August by Katie Tallo is a small-town crime thriller. Augusta Monet goes by Gus. She hasn’t been home in years. Her mother was a detective and she died when she was younger. However, she receives word that her grandmother died and left her an inheritance. So she returns home and while going through her family’s possessions she comes across her mother’s old case that haunted her until her deat
Robert Intriago
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, mystery
A very good debut mystery novel. A young girl's great grandmother passes away and she decides to return home to claim her inheritance. Upon her arrival to her hometown, she decides to reconnect with her past and investigates her mother’s death. A kind of gothic novel with an extravagant and well crafted mystery. It starts as a pure paper trail investigation that eventually turns into a somewhat violent affair as she begins to discover the secrets of a town destroyed by environmental disaster. I ...more
Krystin Rachel
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I normally wouldn’t pick up a book like this because it’s thicc and sounds more like a contemporary with hints of suspense, but it’s set around my hometown in Niagara, Ontario so how and why would I pass up reading that? Obviously, I wouldn’t because here we are.

Do you know how many books are based in the Niagara area? Like, one. This one. Why? Because let’s get real, Niagara isn’t a thriving metropolis.

Maybe it used to be, but by the time I l
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Sadly, I am very disappointed with this book. I am not sure if it was because the previous posters raved about it or because the ending was so macabre and a reminiscent of "Psycho." Also, there were a quite a few things that seemed so unrelatable for a story that is supposed to be taking place in 2018. For example, Calling 411 to find someone's address? 411 does not anymore. If you want to find an address you just Google it, look in or pay for The notion of a check bei ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing debut novel! It started a little slow (honestly, I started and stopped several times before I finally just sat down and read all the way through), but then .... non-stop reading. Enjoyed the mystery and the twists & turns. I did figure out a couple of the twists but it didn't detract my enjoyment of the story. Great story, great characters, great plot. I can't wait to see what this new author comes up with next!

Thank you #netgalley and #HarperCollins Publishers for the eARC.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to Harper for the advance copy of Dark August!

3.5 Stars, rounded up.

As some others have stated, it was a bit slow going at the beginning of the book. However, once it got going I became totally drawn into the story. I absolutely loved Levi, the dog. (Of course!) And I loved how Gus's present-day story started blending with her mom's story from the past as Gus followed the leads her mom had left behind from the last case she was working on before she died.

I hope this isn't too nit-pic
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The description of this book really caught my attention along with the beautiful cover. I love a suspense, or thriller, genre of book. This was right up my alley!

Gus inherits her great grandmothers house when she passes and finds information on an old cold case file her mother hid in her childhood trunk. Gus cant help herself and starts following in her mothers footsteps. It did start a little slow for my taste. It didnt really pick up until close to 30% into the book. Id love a quicker start t
Tracy Greer- Hansen
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
First off this is a debut novel.
This Canadian author is amazing! Love the Tim Hortons references and Canadiana lingo.

Augusta Monet, is a 20 year old who returns to her great-grandmother’s hometown, upon her death. Augusta (Gus) has had a traumatic childhood where her mother and father were killed as RCMP officers. She delves into their history as well as a corrupt family living within the town. Gus becomes obsessed and can trust no one.

This would of been 5 stars but it started slow. It does w
Barbara Senteney
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
This is the story of a young woman age 21 named Augusta (Gus) for short. Her great grandmother dies and the housekeeper calls her home to take care of things. Early morning she slips out leaving her loser drug dealing boyfriend relieving him of $400 and heading for a town in Canada.

Gus, an orphan lost her parents both in tragic accidents. She stayed with her grandmother for a time, but due to the housekeepers whining she was carted off to boarding school, and once she was kicked out, she made a
Tina Wright
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read the first couple of chapters of this book and almost didn't continue. The story is written in third-person PRESENT tense, which I do not enjoy. Additionally, I found the author's writing style offputting. Only because I was given an ARC of this novel by NetGalley and the publisher did I feel obligated to push on....And I'm glad I did.

With each chapter, the story gained momentum and turned into a captivating and well-crafted suspense novel that was hard to put down. Our protagonists, 20-y
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Far too long, far too silly, and, ultimately, far too nice to be a satisfying thriller. But Ms. Tallo's desire to protect her main characters from anything too terrible compels me to forgive her for the chapter-length exposition, hysterically convenient placement of major pieces of evidence ("what is this solid rectangular object in the freezer where I just stuck my face to overcome the sedative I've been given?"), and sentence fragments. Lots of them. As if the author couldn't wait to finish th ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With a lead character named Monet, I expected Dark August to be written in a subdued, atmospheric style reminiscent of the painter with the same name. Instead, Dark August is more reminiscent of Seurat. Katie Tallo paints with words. Vivid dots that pack an emotional punch. The staccato style is full of gripping, raw emotion that will keep you turning the pages. Once Katie Tallo has laid the last dot you will appreciate Dark August for what it is – a masterpiece.
Lori Jean
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great read! Intensely raw and suspenseful story that will keep you up reading into all hours. The intimate connections to the characters and surrounding areas of Ottawa makes this book extra special. Having known Katie for many years, it's exciting (but no surprise) to see her creativity and sharp literary skills come to life on these pages. So proud! Highly recommend! ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was really good! I knew within the first 5 pages it would be a story I couldn’t put down. And I was right. The story telling is amazing and the characters are real. Lots of twists and turns. Was going to give it four stars but the last 10% of the book catapulted it. Very, very good! Will definitely recommend to friends to read! #netgalley #darkaugust
Jul 19, 2020 added it
This is a DNF for me at page 150, so I will not rate it. The DNF is enough. Although the writing was not bad, my interest was flagging greatly, and, at 437 pages long, I did not have the motivation to slog through it.
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I got quite wrapped up in this thriller pretty much from the beginning, possibly because it takes place in and around Ottawa, so the constant references and details were super-interesting to me. And I also quite enjoyed the mystery. Augusta Monet is a 20 year old who, after her great-grandmother dies, returns to Ottawa and starts looking into why and how her mother died years earlier. I didn't really connect with Augusta but I was rooting for her! The writing is fine, nothing to say either way a ...more
Kate Webb
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. I was excited to read before bed every night. Lots of twists and turns.
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fantastic debut! This was incredibly well written and suspenseful. I was thoroughly perplexed by the mystery and enjoyed the first hand seat as it unraveled. This was an edge of my seat read with a very satisfactory ending. The twists were well timed and caught me by surprise. I am wholly impressed by this debut and look forward to reading more by this author! My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know, I know, another thriller. A female protagonist hunting down some ark secret from her past. A female author. It all sounds so familiar, like it’s been done and done and done (pun it) to death. And yet…these books when done right can be so much fun and this one, I’m happy to report, was one right. Not perfect, it’s a debut and has some debut quirks (more on that later), but really good all the same.
So meet Augusta (Gus) Monet. Beloved daughter of two cops and now a 20 year old orphan who
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Katie Tallo is an award-winning screenwriter and director who has decided to try her hand at writing a novel, a thriller. Dark August is the result. The August of the title might refer to the month when much of the action takes place or it might refer to the main character. Maybe it is meant to be ambiguous.

That character's name is Augusta but she goes by Gus. She is the twentyish daughter of two police officers both of whom are dead in tragic circumstances. Her father was shot and killed on the
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
loved it.great story.
Katherine Younkin
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thriller
I always enjoy reading a mystery that tells an interesting story but doesn’t skimp on character development, or plot. This book is the whole package. Augusta (Gus) Monet goes back to the house where she spent a few years of her childhood. Her great grand-mother Rose took Gus in after her parents died. Now Rose, Gus’s last remaining relative has died too. She finds she has inherited Rose’s house, belongings, and much to her initial chagrin, her old dog, Levi. The timing could have been worse. Gus ...more
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Katie Tallo has been an award-winning screenwriter and director for more than two decades. In 2012, Katie was inspired to begin writing novels. She won the Mslexia Women's Novel Competition in 2013. Dark August is her debut novel. Katie has a daughter and lives with her husband in Ottawa, Ontario. ...more

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