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The new tenants have a terrible secret. So do the landlord and his daughter

Ever since Lucy was two, shes been on the run alongside her mother. Shes never understood the reason for a lifetime of paranoia, aliases, and lies. All she understands are the rules: never lock eyes with strangers, never let down your guard, and always be ready to move on.

Finally, after thirteen
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Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Christiane Mell The whole story was so confusing. I couldn't finish. I read the last chapter and that was even more confusing, so, I was glad I didn't waste any more…moreThe whole story was so confusing. I couldn't finish. I read the last chapter and that was even more confusing, so, I was glad I didn't waste any more time reading the book.(less)

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Felicia
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
*sighhhhhh*

Gretchen.

Ohhh Gretchen.

A lot of us knew a Gretchen back in school.

In my case her name was Francine Sharp (please don't let her be reading this and come butcher me in my sleep). Gretchens are friendless, awkward outcasts with a tendency to glob onto anybody that shows them the least little bit of attention. Oh, and lest I forget, they are always BATSHIT CRAZY.

As fun as Gretchen is she's not the MC. That would be Lucy and it's been awhile since I've loved one as much as I did her.
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Chelsea Humphrey
How do you neatly shelve a book that defies genre boundaries and stands in a league all on its own? Well, you clearly create a new genre titled WTAF! Also? I mean that in the highest complimentary way, because it made for an absolutely unputdownable read. Gretchen is the title of the book, but the story really focuses on things from Lucy's perspective of her tumultuous life thus far. While this is being billed as a psychological thriller, and it is one by all means, I think it falls neatly into ...more
Dita
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Wait! What?

I'm reading along, reading along, or in this case listening along, loving this story, loving Lucy and her relatable, perfectly snarky self when...

...WHAM.

Someone clearly, around the 75% mark, broke into Shannon Kirk's house, tied her up, and finished this book for her.

Hopefully against her will.
j e w e l s
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-bejeweled
FOUR ENTERTAINING STARS

Mag, I hope this isnt weird, and I truly mean it as a huge compliment, but I think youre a Jenny too. Maybe even the truest Jenny.

Are you a Gretchen or a Jenny? Sometimes a Gretchen can BE a Jenny. And vice versa. Got that?

Shannon Kirk is an outstanding writer. She cleverly weaves together a mirrored double plot line that has the reader climbing a ladder of suspense. You had best hold onto tight to each rung because when you reach the top, watch out!!! Youre about to be
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BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
3.5 What Did I Just Read Stars ⭐⭐⭐💫 😳

What is it about psychotic children that is so creepy yet appealing? Gretchen took disturbed to a whole new level.

15 year old Lucy and her mother have been on the run for 13 years. 11 states and endless hours cross country in their car later they end up in an isolated, fortresslike place in the New Hampshire woods. Their new landlords are a pianist, and his lonely daughter, Gretchen. It would be ideal, if each of these families weren't harboring so many
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Michelle
Jul 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs

If I wanted to be mean I'd call this book a steaming pile of horse shit but instead I'll be nice and say that this simply wasn't my cup o' tea.
Dennis
Shannon Kirk is the queen of W.T.F.

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I fell in love with Kirk's writing last summer with her release of In The Vines. In fact, In The Vines was one of my top 10 novels for 2018! So when I heard the fabulous Shannon Kirk was coming out with a new novel for this summer, I knew I needed to drop everything and read it. Kirk's upcoming horror novel Gretchen continues to follow in In The Vines's footsteps as she ventures further into the gothic suspense genre. Both In The Vines and Gretchen have
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Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio 5 stars
Story 3.5 stars

This story was weird, chaotic, gripping and againweird! But I couldnt stop listing to the audio because I wanted to know where the story was going. For that alone, I have to round up my rating.
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☕️Hélène⚜️
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just WOW! a creepy thriller a read done with a Buddy Read on Instagram. The first part was slow though Id leave it but thank god i stuck with it.
The beginning was weird had weird characters especially the relationship between mother and daughter it was so strange it made you think are they really but the following parts you found out the truth about everything! It does leave you wondering what happened to a few major characters! I do recommend this book!
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Kimberly Belle
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me just say, I'm so glad I read this during the daytime, when the sun was shining and I was in a plane full of people bc OMG. This book is creepy in the best possible way, and waaaaaay scarier than what I'm used to reading. The poor lady sitting beside me had her arm grabbed more than once because we've all known a Gretchen, a strange loner who turns out to be a batshit loon, only mine was named Pamela. Pamela, if you're reading this, I'm talking about a different Pamela. 😬 Five terrifying ...more
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
Ughh. What a shame! The beginning was so creepy & fun... I couldn't put it down! I loved certain characters & thought maybe i was going to be an outlier- & was getting excited cuz i could totally see it being a great 1!! But then i got bored.. The middle felt tedious & repetitive, & then the last bit was utterly ridiculous. Such a tease to have such an intense, creepy setup... & then bam, silliness. & did i mention that parts of the "mystery" (the parts that weren't ...more
Jamie beauty_andthebook_
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
2.5 Stars for Gretchen by Shannon Kirk.

What should have been a slow burn gothic thriller turned into a tedious, dragging story with twists that I saw coming a mile away.

Mother daughter duo are on the run - from what exactly we don't know - but they rent a cabin from Gretchen and her father. Gretchen seems to lack any sense of social convention and oversteps boundaries more than frequently. Told in alternating perspectives from mother and daughter (Lucy), we begin to unravel why they are
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Bridgett
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
The winter owl banked just in time to pass and save herself from breaking window glass. --Robert Frost

Fellow readers, I honestly don't know how I feel about this book. My gut seems to be leaning more negative than positive. There were just so many competing story lines, at times, it felt...tortured. You know what I mean, right? Like, when you keep curling your hair, but it's not laying the way you desire, so you curl it some more...then some more...and pretty soon, you're rocking a frizzy,
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Aga Durka
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Gretchen... Gretchen...Gretchen *shaking my head*...what have you done?!

There is a SPECIAL kind of CRAZY for people like Gretchen, thats for sure! I have read a lot of crazy, twisted, far-fetched, rolling my eyes kind of psychological thrillers in my life, but this book is on a quite different level, way over the PSYCHOLOGICAL line.

Ok, so here is the thing: I really thought this was a pretty good read, like 4 stars good (which is very good for a book in this genre, since there is so many of
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Kristina
I received Gretchen: A Thriller by Shannon Kirk as a Goodreads Giveaway. My sincere thanks for the free book, and Id love to be able to write a positive review, but its so awful I couldnt finish it. If it were a physical book, Id at least skim through it, but I find skimming ebooks to be difficult so Im abandoning it because life is too short to read books this incredibly bad. There is nothing I like about this book. The plot is ridiculous, the dialogue is terrible, the prose is terrible and I ...more
Tammy
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had no idea what this book was about going in. As I was reading, I kept thinking the story reminded me of a twisted episode of The Twilight Zone. I raced through most of the story but was a bit disappointed in the ending.
Emily Carpenter
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gretchen terrified me, made me laugh, made my jaw hit the floor. How can a book do all three? Ill tell you how, because it comes from the brain of Shannon Kirk, one of the most gifted, original horror writers working today. This book is a nightmare, a delight, and a mischief-making, nasty-nice fairy tale pixie, all wrapped into one insidious package. As I got lost in the book, like in Gretchens puzzle-like hallways of her uber-freaky house, I had to wonder what kind of sorceress Kirk is, to have ...more
Lavender
Well, this was a weird story. I loved Kirks Method 15/33 and I was really looking forward to this book. In Method 15/33 we met a genius girl who used what she got at hand to free herself from her kidnappers. In Gretchen we meet at last 4 females who are capable of extraordinary things.

At first this story seems to be the one of a girl who is always on the run with her mother. She has to keep her head low, has to wear contacts to hide her violet eyes. Her mother fears constantly that someone will
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Christi M
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
Gretchen is a gripping thriller that is extremely creepy and disturbing at times. It was so good that I read most of it in one sitting. If you enjoy thrillers, dont miss out on this one.

Thoughts:

Although the book is named Gretchen, the main character is actually Lucy. Or at least, the book is seen and told mostly from her perspective and not Gretchens. The other perspective the book is told from is Lucys mother shifting back and forth between the two, but most of the time the story is with
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Heidi
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
How crazy was this book????? I think I still have vertigo from the nosedive into the insanity of Gretchens world and the events that took place in the last 25% of Kirks latest creation. After reading IN THE VINES last year, I knew I would be in for a treat, but had little idea of what exactly I was letting myself in for with this one.

I immediately liked Lucy, the 15-year-old MC who is narrating most of the story. Lucy and her mother have been on the run for 13 years, ever since Lucy was two. She
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Tucker
Apr 30, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: reviewed
Well, I do know who is narrating this novel.. I'm super pumped!
Ludwig
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Readers: Shannon, how much are you planning to disturb, unsettle and creep us out with your next thriller?

Shannon: Yes.

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"What the ever-living hell have we gotten ourselves into?"

Another thriller, another creepy house full of secrets. A mother and daughter on the run for thirteen years.
What are they running from?
Will they finally settle at the Sabins Property, even though the owners are the oddest people they've ever met?


Leave it to Shannon Kirk to
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The Cats’ Mother
I have mixed feelings about this one, which I requested having seen some intriguing and quite polarised reviews. Im not sure that I can say I enjoyed it, but I was certainly glued to my kindle to find out what the hell was going on, and then how it would all turn out. Id bought and enjoyed Method 15/33 by this author a few years ago, but this one ramps up the WTFery with a blend of psychological suspense, horror and action that only half works.

Fifteen year old Lucy has spent her life on the run
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Tracy Robinson
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review soon! Definitely between 4-5 for me

Okay - Ive had a few days to think this over, and Im going to go with 4.5 rounded up to 5. I dont really do that often, but for me this was so close to being perfect that I just couldnt have it any other way.

I havent read Kirk before, a misstep Im definitely regretting. I already have eyes on her 15/33 novel. GRETCHEN is a very dark suspense/thriller, chock full of female characters I loved, hated, and was terrified of. There are some scenes involving
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David
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shannon Kirk does it again. Gretchen is psychotic perfection loaded with extra helpings of bizarreness and a couple of pounds of fried bacon thrown in. I loved it!
Emily
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
"She feels like a tempting game. Or she and I are a tempting game. Two trains about to collide. A beautiful horror. An irresistible, bad, bad addiction. I can't look away."

Gretchen is kind of a blend of things (or a puzzle, which is a major theme in the book) - it's gothic and psychological horror, and also a suspense novel. I really enjoyed this story, and putting all the pieces together to figure out what was going on. There are several different storylines happening in this book, but
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Laura Peden
WTF did I just read? Idk but I liked it... This is most definitely going to be hit or miss for most people I think. Its a hard book to review because it IS so different. I can say its a thriller, it has a couple really good twists, and I snickered a lot. I love Lucy and I wanna be like her when I grow up. Gretchen on the other hand....shes such a wack-a-doodle 😱 I seriously questioned what drugs Kirk couldve taken to come up this stuff. Its that bizarre at times but I couldnt put this down and ...more
Tracey
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I just do NOT even know what happened here?!? I was completely on board this crazy train for about 3/4 of the book, then it went in a direction that I can't even comprehend. I really want to give this a rating of 1 star, but the writing was good, so...
Denise
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gretchen may be a little strange, but she's harmless -- right?

If you haven't yet seen buzz about this book, believe me, you will. It's one of those that you go into without any preparation or expectation so that you can be properly blown away by it. It's not often that a book surprises me, but this was masterful writing and incredibly entertaining. I was hooked immediately and couldn't put it down until I had finished. Let my breath go. And read the supplemental material that is best saved for
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Hannah Mary McKinnon
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spine-tingling and deliciously creepy, Shannon Kirks Gretchen has a way of getting into your head, making you frantically turn the pages to find out what shell do next, and who shell let live. Even if youre a master at expecting the unexpected, you might want to read with the lights on. ...more
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