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The East End by Jason   Allen
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it was amazing
bookshelves: netgallery, family-drama, thriller-suspense

Favorite Quotes:

Time passed as Leo sat cockeyed on one of the lounge chairs beside the pool with an elbow on one knee and the bag of ice pressed to the back of his head, staring at the water, his vision like that of an old television set with poor reception, blurring between two channels.

They stared at each other, locked in that tension like animals at a watering hole— one predator, one prey, but who could say which was which now?

The water kept on running, the pills still cradled in her palm. This loneliness, she thought, should be classified as a disease.

The thing about regrets, Corey— it’s much better to regret something you have done than something you haven’t done.

My Review:

I am in need of a spa day after reading this brilliantly crafted suspense/thriller. It was masterfully written, taut with tension, devilishly paced, and cast with an intriguing set of deeply flawed and fractured characters who were reaching a peak period of crisis or transition, and I couldn’t help but root for them. Each riveting storyline was thrumming with stress and the disses – dismay, despair, discontent, and distress. This tale had a bit of everything; abuse of all types from people to substances, a gamut of personality disorders and vices, blackmail, adultery, bribery, rich vs. poor, and a closeted gay who had more than that one skeleton in his closet.

The writing was simply stellar. Mr. Allen’s writing style was lushly descriptive with evocative and emotive word choices that conjured keen visuals and kept me on edge. I was chewing my lower lip and feeling rather conflicted as while I wanted to savor every well-chosen word, I also felt as if I couldn’t read fast enough as I sensed the build-up to a shattering crescendo. I am doubly impressed since noticing this was his first novel. I hope the cunning Mr. Allen isn’t easily frightened as he now has a rather rabid fangirl…
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Reading Progress

March 25, 2019 – Shelved
May 8, 2019 – Started Reading
May 9, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Nicola Fantastic review DJ! 😊

Norma * Traveling Sister Wonderful review, DJ!

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