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message 1: by Rachel Jorquera , Moderator (new)

Rachel Jorquera  (racheljorquera) | 3017 comments Mod
Discussion for Sweet Little Lies starts here!

Discussion questions will be posted as well!

message 2: by Rachel Jorquera , Moderator (last edited Aug 31, 2019 01:04PM) (new)

Rachel Jorquera  (racheljorquera) | 3017 comments Mod
Discussion questions are shared from Lit Lovers generic discussion Q's for this genre type!

1. Talk about the characters, both good and bad. Describe their personalities and motivations. Are they fully developed and emotionally complex? Or are they flat, one-dimensional heroes and villains?

2. What do you know...and when do you know it? At what point in the book do you begin to piece together what happened?

3. Good crime writers embed hidden clues in plain sight, slipping them in casually, almost in passing. Did you pick them out, or were you...clueless? Once you've finished the book, go back to locate the clues hidden in plain sight. How skillful was the author in burying them?

4. Good crime writers also tease us with red-herrings—false clues—to purposely lead readers astray? Does your author try to throw you off track? If so, were you tripped up?

5. Talk about the twists & turns—those surprising plot developments that throw everything you think you've figured out into disarray. Do they enhance the story, add complexity, and build suspense?
Are they plausible or implausible? Do they feel forced and gratuitous—inserted merely to extend the story?

6. Does the author ratchet up the suspense? Did you find yourself anxious—quickly turning pages to learn what happened? A what point does the suspense start to build? Where does it climax...then perhaps start rising again?

7. A good ending is essential in any mystery or crime thriller: it should ease up on tension, answer questions, and tidy up loose ends. Does the ending accomplish those goals? Is the conclusion probable or believable? Is it organic, growing out of clues previously laid out by the author (see Question 3)? Or does the ending come out of the blue, feeling forced or tacked-on? Perhaps it's too predictable. Can you envision a different or better ending?

8. Are there certain passages in the book—ideas, descriptions, or dialogue—that you found interesting or revealing...or that somehow struck you? What lines, if any, made you stop and think?

9. Overall, does the book satisfy? Does it live up to the standards of a good crime story or suspense thriller? Why or why not?

message 3: by Rachel Jorquera , Moderator (new)

Rachel Jorquera  (racheljorquera) | 3017 comments Mod
I tried with this book but I really could not get into it. I gave it about 45 pages but it was dragging for me and for some reason I could do it :(

I may try one more time since I am very much preoccupied with the Harry Potter and lunar chronicles series right now, but hoping to maybe get to this again sometime in the near future.

message 4: by Margot (new)

Margot (margotmontreal) | 165 comments I feel relieved you can't really get into it. I have the audio-book and I have started and stoped and started again (at the begining because I could not remember a single thing!)
I don't know if I will even try it again.

message 5: by Kristine (new)

Kristine | 23 comments I did the audio and actually read it in August for Pop Sugar Challenge (something with "sweet" in the title). I do remember it being a bit slow in the beginning but I really liked it. I'm also a fan of police/murder/mysteries. I'd say worth the read but I know there's so many books out there - I gave it 4 stars.

message 6: by Rachel Jorquera , Moderator (new)

Rachel Jorquera  (racheljorquera) | 3017 comments Mod
I’m a huge fan of those types of books so I was really bummed I couldn’t get into it. I think once things slow down I’ll give it a go again!!

message 7: by Rachel Jorquera , Moderator (new)

Rachel Jorquera  (racheljorquera) | 3017 comments Mod
Margot! I’m glad I am not the only one that felt the same way!! I was the exact same. I read like thirty pages and was like wait what just happened...

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