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The Fury
by Alex Michaelides

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A masterfully paced thriller about a reclusive ex-movie star and her famous friends whose spontaneous trip to a private Greek island is upended by a murder. This book was nothing as I expected. It continued to be surprising, but not in a typical murder mystery way. You feel like you are listening to a friend tell a story and watching a play and reading a murder mystery all in one. This one left my head spinning in the best way. Much different than Alex Michaelides ever popular “The Silent Patient” this book leaves you wondering and guessing. I finished and still have some questions on how he wrote this book so clearly yet so surprising. Definitely recommended to anybody who likes to feel like they have it figured out…until they don’t!

North of Normal
by Cea Sunrise Person

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This gripping memoir follows the life of a young girl and her family who chooses to live off grid in the wilderness of Canada during the 1970s. Led by her unfit mother and her plethora of male friends, Cea is often without a home, an education, and a stable family unit. This book follows Cea's journey from young wilderness child to grown adult learning to navigate the world and her relationships in a healthy way.

Mislaid In Parts Half-known
by Seanan McGuire

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Dinosaurs and portals, and a girl who can find both in the latest book in the Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning series. Another amazing installment! I loved this volume just as much as the rest of the series.

by Grace Draven

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In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis has unleashed a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, the younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness and on the brink of war. His human wife, Ildiko, must decide if she will give up the man she loves to secure his throne. I didn't love this one as much as the first, but it was still well written and interesting. This is much less of a romance and more fantasy war.

by Karen Kingsbury

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This is the first book in the "Firstborn series," which follows the Baxter Family Drama. This book centers around Dayne Matthews, the long-lost brother of the Baxter family. The book centered around fame and how it impacts Dayne and could possibly impact Katy, a local children's theater producer. The colliding of Hollywood and small-town America is well-written, leaving readers feeling as though they have a glimpse into two different worlds within the pages. I am giving this book 3 out of 5 stars, as I do wish there was more closure at the end of the novel...I guess you will just have to read the next book in the series to find out what happens!

The Woman In Cabin 10
by Ruth Ware

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Wow! I didn’t want to put this one down. This book centers around Lo, a reporter who goes on a cruise in order to capture the magnificent maiden voyage of “Aurora.” However, this luxury journey ends up being a nightmare as murder, lies, deception, hurt, and loneliness surround Lo and grow increasingly intense. This book had me guessing until the end, with a surprising ending. Highly recommend to any fellow mystery lovers!

A Game Of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin

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A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here, an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. I've meant to read Game Of Thrones for years and finally had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook at work. I ended up liking this book far more than I expected to. The world building is fantastic and I was enamored by the expansive world Martin has created. There's such a strong cast of characters and despite the large number of them, I found every one of their point of views enjoyable. I typically check out once fantasy politics come in, but for the first time I was sucked in and actually enjoyed it. I was also completely thrown threw a loop at all the plot twists. I hadn't watched the show or been spoiled for anything in this book, so let's just say I was really shocked at some of the events that took place. I'll definitely be reading the second book soon.

The House Across The Lake
by Riley Sager

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3/5 stars for this highly recommended novel. Although the plot, characters and style of writing kept me engaged, I was disappointed with the ending a bit. It seemed a bit outside of reality and a stretch to make the pieces fit together. However, for those who have wild imaginations, you may enjoy this thriller. The book takes place at Lake Greene, where Casey spends her days on the porch watching, as the title suggests, the cabin across the lake. Questions brew the longer she looks and she cannot help but get involved in the drama. However, this leads to crime, blood, scary situations and the fight for life.

Women And Girls On The Autism Spectrum, Second Edition
by Sarah Hendrickx

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Very good resource for articulating the experiences of autistic women, throughout their life. Would also serve as a good guide for neurotypical individuals who wanted to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by autistic woman in navigating their lives.

She's Not Sorry
by Mary Kubica

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This was a page-turner! The book takes place from Meghan's perspective, a nurse who is taking care of a patient who jumped off a bridge and was found with multiple life-threatening injuries. As the book continues, it becomes apparent that it was not a jump, but rather criminal activity was involved. As the pages turn, the questions continue - Did someone push this patient off the bridge? Is this person connected to the other murders that have been happening in the Chicago area? Are the visitors who come to see his patient involved? This one had me guessing right up until the very end, with twists and turns on every page! This book is highly recommended to those who have some time on their hands, as you will not want to put this down until it is finished!