Book Review | The Stranger’s Wife by Anna-Lou Weatherley #NetGalley #Bookouture

Thank you to Bookouture, NetGalley, and Anna-Lou Weatherley for the opportunity to review The Stranger’s Wife!

Book cover of The Strangers Wife by Anna-Lou Weatherly

Author: Anna-Lou Weatherley

Print Length: 305 pages

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: January 16, 2020

ISBN-10: 1838882189

ISBN-13: 978-1838882181

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 Source: I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb

Beth and Cath are leaving their husbands.

This is a story about two very different women.

One is wealthy and having an affair with a man who gives her the kind of love that her cold, detached husband does not.

One is living hand to mouth, suffering at the hands of a violent partner who would rather see her dead than leave him.

You may think you know these women already and how their lives will unfold.

Beth will live happily ever after with her little girl and her soulmate.

Cath will go back to her abusive husband.

And these two women will never cross paths.

But you will be wrong.

On the 3.15pm train from London to Bristol, Beth and Cath are about to meet and discover they share one shocking thing in common.

Quote

“Suddenly a chill comes over her like a cold knife against the back of her neck”

My Thoughts

The Strangers Wife is a tough book for me to review. I liked it but yet I didn’t. About halfway through the book, I got a bit bored. The story didn’t hold my attention, almost to the point of not finishing it. One key point in the story was child manipulation/abuse.  Personally, I can not handle that and is an immediate turn off no matter where the story may lead. The writing itself was good. It was written in multiple points of view. It bounced back and forth between Cath and Beth, and periodically the point of view of Dan (the detective). There really weren’t any surprises or twists.  The Stranger’s Wife is an explanation of a crime the reader already knows about and there is no shortage of bad things happening to any number of characters. Ultimately it’s a story of Cath and Beth, two abused women, getting their revenge because of “one shocking thing in common.”

The Stranger’s Wife is the 3rd book in the Detective Dan Riley Series. I was not aware of this at the time of requesting this book. However, it is a book that can be read as a stand-alone book. After I completed this book, I don’t have any desire to read the other two books in the series.

Rating

❤ ❤ ❤

About the Author

Author, Anna-Lou Weatherly

Anna-Lou Weatherley was born in Hampshire and grew up in London where she still lives with her partner and two children. An award-winning journalist and women’s lifestyle writer for over fifteen years, she is the former editor and acting editor of J-17 and Smash Hits respectively and has written for all the major glossies including, Grazia, More, Company, and Marie Claire among others.(Harper Collins)

 

 

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 Wishing I Could Read You For The First Time #BEspring19

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The daily topic today is, Wishing I could read you or the first time, hosted by Clo @ Book Dragons.  If you would like more information on the Bookending Spring event, it is hosted by Sam at FictionallySam and Clo at Book Dragons. Stop by and check it out. 

Wishing I Could Read You For The First Time

I can honestly say I have never reread a book before. It hasn’t been something I have thought about much as there seems to always be a great new book that I want to read. But, if I were to reread a book, I think that I would reread Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and Gone with the Wind. These three books have been by far my favorite reads and I wouldn’t mind sitting down to read them again, to enjoy them as if it were the first time I was reading them. That would be time well spent.

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Book Review | The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Cover Image of The MIracle Morning by Hal ElrodAuthor:  Hal Elrod

Paperback: 180 pages

Publisher: Hal Elrod; 1st Paperback Edition edition

Publication Date: December 7, 2012

ISBN-10: 0979019710

ISBN-13: 978-0979019715

Buy it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound

 Source: Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Blurb

What’s being widely regarded as “one of the most life-changing books ever written” may be the simplest approach to achieving everything you’ve ever wanted, and faster than you ever thought possible.

What if you could wake up tomorrow and any—or EVERY—area of your life was beginning to transform? What would you change? The Miracle Morning is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more ENERGY, MOTIVATION, and FOCUS to take your life to the next level. It’s been right here in front of us all along, but this book has finally brought it to life.

Are you ready? The next chapter of YOUR life—the most extraordinary life you’ve ever imagined—is about to begin. Buy the book and WAKE UP to your full potential!

Quote

“You are where you are because of who you were, but where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be.”

My Thoughts

The Miracle Morning was a typical self-help book.  The concepts were basic and the writing was a bit over the top. I feel this book could be easily summarized in just a few sentences.

  • Go to bed the night before thinking positively about the next morning.
  • Wake up with your alarm when it first goes off, no snoozing.
  • Brush your teeth
  • Drink a full glass of water.
  • Get dressed in your workout clothes
  • Follow the acronym S.A.V.E.R.S. (Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing)

It seems to be basic information but for those that love self-help/self-care books, the content makes sense and is organized in a way that it is easy to understand.

Rating

2-stars

 

About the Author

Hal Elrod is on a mission to Elevate the Consciousness of Humanity, One Morning at a Time. As the author of one of the highest rated books on Amazon, “The Miracle Morning” (which has been translated into 27 languages, has over 2,200 five-star reviews and is practiced daily by over 500,000 people in more than 70 countries)… he is doing exactly that.

Hal is grateful to be alive and living his mission alongside his wife and their two young children in Austin, TX.

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March Recap

Blog Update

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This year seems to be flying by! I don’t know how it can possibly be April already! Thank you to those of you that follow, read, comment and like posts on The Bibliovert.  I appreciate it!  This blog started as a way to keep track of the books I’ve read and to share my thoughts. It has become so much more than that because of you. I want to thank you for that support! ❤

Monthly Recap

Reading

In the month of March, I completed six books and didn’t finish one.

Readathon

This last weekend ( 3/30-3/31 ) I participated in a mini-readathon called #8inTwo.  This was coordinated through @25in5 on Instagram.  It was great fun! Saturday I was able to complete 4 hours and 20 minutes.  However, Sunday, when I went to pause my timer, I realized I had cleared it out. So, in all honesty, I’m not sure how much reading was completed on Sunday.  I do know that I didn’t make the full 8 hours. But, it was fun anyway. It was a great chance to interact with others that were completing this readathon and a good excuse to curl up with a book and read.

Reading Challenge Status (*through 3/2019)

Goodreads Reading Challenge *Click here for details on the challenge

  • My goal for this challenge is: 40Goodreads
  • Number of books completed this year: 14
  • Number of books completed this month: 6
    • Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
    • The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
    • How Not To Write Bad by Ben Yagoda
    • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
    • The Night Before by Wendy Walker
    • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • Number of books left to complete the challenge: 26

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  • My goal for this challenge is: 30
  • Number of books completed this year: 9
  • Number of books completed this month: 3
    • How Not To Write Bad by Ben Yagoda
    • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
    • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • Number of books left to complete the challenge: 21

Library Love Challenge by Angels Guilty Pleasures (Any book borrowed from the library in  any format *Click here for details on the challenge)

  • Library Love 2019My goal for this challenge is: 12
  • Number of books completed this year: 6
  • Number of books completed this month: 1
    • How Not To Write Bad by Ben Yagoda
  • Number of Books Left to Complete: 6

Goals for April

  • Read 4 books
  • Continue with WWW Wednesday posts *hosted by Taking on a World of Words
  • Continue with First Line Friday Posts *hosted by It’s Not Hoarding If It’s Books
  • Work to be more interactive on Twitter and Instagram
  • I am going to attend my first book club! This is exciting, yet nerve-wracking.
  • I am jumping back into blog tours! I’m currently scheduled for one at this time, but there may be more depending on openings and availability that fit the niche of The Bibliovert.
  • Bookending Spring 2019 Event: I will be participating in this event that is put on by Sam and Clo, with the collaboration of some other amazing bloggers.  If you’re interested in learning more about this event, visit Fictionally Sam.

 

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Book Review: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

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Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Mariner Books; Revised ed. edition (June 9, 2015)

ISBN-10: 9780544484092

ISBN-13: 978-0544484092

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Source: I purchased this book.

Blurb

In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop — the only bookshop — in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors’ lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence’s warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn’t always a town that wants one.

This new edition features an introduction by David Nicholls, author of One Day.

Quote

“Surely you have to succeed, if you give everything you have.”

“Gentleness is not kindness. His fluid personality tested and stole into the weak places of others until it found it could settle down to its own advantage.”

My Thoughts

Fast Read, Frustrating, Heartbreaking

The Bookshop is a well-written story.  The main character, Florence Green, is a strong-willed lady with the idea of opening a bookshop, in Hardborough, in 1959.  She faces many obstacles and injustices along the way.  However, If you are looking for a happy ending to this story, you have the wrong book. Overall, The Bookshop, is a sad book, beginning, middle, and end. There is no happiness to be found in this book which made it a bit difficult to digest.

Rating

Pace: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Plot / Conflict: ❤ ❤ ❤

Characters: ❤ ❤ ❤

Setting: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Enjoyability: ❤ ❤

Ease of Reading: ❤ ❤ ❤

Overall Rating:

3-stars

About the Author

Penelope Fitzgerald, author of The BookshopPenelope Fitzgerald was an English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer. In 2008, The Times included her in a list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. In 2012, The Observer named her final novel, The Blue Flower, as one of “the ten best historical novels”.

Fitzgerald was the author of nine novels. Her novel Offshore was the winner of the Booker Prize. A further three novels — The BookshopThe Beginning of Spring and The Gate of Angels — also made the shortlist.

She was educated at Wycombe Abbey and Somerville College, Oxford University, from which she graduated in 1938 with a congratulatory First.

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Book Review: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

Cover Image of the book, The Perfect Girlfriend, by Karen Hamilton

Author: Karen Hamilton

Print Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Graydon House; Original edition

Publication Date: March 26th, 2019

ISBN-10: 152583150X

ISBN-13: 978-1525831508

Pre-Order it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound

 Source: I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb

A “twisted page-turner that should appeal to fans of You”.—Entertainment Weekly.com

YOU’VE NEVER READ A LOVE STORY AS TWISTED AS THIS.

Juliette loves Nate.

She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

Quote

“If you love someone, set them free.
If they come back, they’re yours.
If they don’t, make them.”

My Thoughts

Highly Recommended!  This has been my favorite read this year!

Juliette appears to be a sweet, intelligent and a “normal” young lady, but she is delusional and obsessive! Even though Nate has broken off the relationship with her, she just knows that their love for each other was meant to be and she has a plan to get him back. He is everything she could ever want and she is the only one that could ever make him happy. Her infatuation with Nate is over the top, crazy and the level of deception is beyond imaginable. This book will leave you with a feeling of uneasiness.

Juliette is driven with a plan that she will see through to the very end.

Rating

Pace: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Plot / Conflict: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Characters: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (*I would have liked to see some more fight in Nate.)

Setting: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Enjoyability: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Ease of Reading: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Overall Rating:

5-stars

I could not put it down! I LOVED it. This book was amazing and can be counted among my favorites. Highly Recommended!

About the Author

Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect GirlfriendKaren Hamilton caught the travel bug after an early childhood spent abroad (Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Belgium, and Italy) and having worked as cabin crew for a major airline.
In 2006, she and her husband put down roots in Hampshire UK and four years ago, she later gave up flying to raise their three sons and concentrate on her writing.
In 2009, she decided to ‘become a writer.’

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January and February Recap

Blog Update

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This year seems to be flying by! I don’t know how it can possibly be March already! Thank you to those of you that follow, read, comment and like posts on The Bibliovert.  I appreciate it!  This blog started as a way to keep track of the books I’ve read and to share my thoughts on books. It has become so much more than that because of you. I want to thank you for that support! ❤

Going forward I will be posting recaps at the end of each month.  This will be the first one of the year. So, this post will encompass the monthly reading recaps from January and February, an update on reading challenges to date, and goals for March.

Monthly Reading Recap

In the month of January, I completed 2 books.

In the month of February, I completed six books.

Reading Challenge Status *Through 2/2019

Goodreads Reading Challenge *Click here for details on the challenge

Beat The Backlist hosted by The Novel Knight (Any book published in 2018 or before  *Click here for more details on this challenge.)Button for the 2019 Beat The Backlist hosted by Novel Knight

Library Love Challenge by Angels Guilty Pleasures (Any book borrowed from the library in  any format *Click here for details on the challenge)

Goals for March

  • Read 4 books *2 that are ARCs due to be reviewed in March
  • Get ahead of my ARCs so that I have them read, reviewed and scheduled to post a month in advance.
  • Continue on with WWW Wednesday posts *hosted by Taking on a World of Words
  • Continue with First Line Friday Posts *hosted by It’s Not Hoarding If It’s Books
  • Work to be more interactive on Twitter and Instagram

 

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Book Review: Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward #NetGalley #BeautifulBad

Cover image of the book Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Author: Annie Ward

Print Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Park Row

Publication Date: March 5, 2019

ISBN: 9780778369103

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery

Buy it here: Amazon | Indie Bound | Barnes & Noble

Source: I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Recognition

 March 2019 Indie Next selection  March 2019 LibraryReads selection

Blurb

In the tradition of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train comes the psychological thriller everyone is talking about, a twisted novel about a devoted wife, a loving husband, and a chilling crime that will stun even the cleverest readers.

There are two sides to every story… And every person.
Maddie and Ian’s love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas, while she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

*Blurb is from Amazon.com

My Thoughts

How well do you know your significant other?

Do you know what are they capable of?

Beautiful Bad is a well written, twisted tale about the main characters, Maddie and Ian, their relationship and the trials along the way. Maddie has had a traumatic brain injury that leaves her with panic attacks and other struggles. Ian has witnessed the carnage of war first hand and upon returning home struggles with flashbacks, survivors guilt, and adjustment back to his home life.  These struggles put stress on their relationship but not only for them. Ian and Maggie have a little boy named Charlie.

Overall, I did enjoy this book! Early on I had figured out “who’d done it” and the outcome. However, for me, it was more of a story about how it was going to play out and how “she/he” were going to get away with it.  The main characters are well developed, as are the secondary characters. The story itself did jump around a bit.  There were past and present scenes, a countdown to the murder and time lapses after the murder.  Lastly, the ending left some open-ended events that I would have like to have known more about.

Many thanks to Annie Ward, Harlequin Books, Park Row, Netgalley. I was given this book in return for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Quote

“I sometimes feel like my mind is possessed by another person or creature.”

Rating

4-stars

About the Author

Annie Ward, author of Beautiful Bad

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Annie received a BA in English Lit with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UCLA and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. While studying at AFI, she sold her first short screenplay to MTV/ BFCS Productions. Starring Adam Scott, STRANGE HABIT became a Grand Jury Award Winner at the Aspen Film Festival and a Sundance Festival Official Selection.

After film school, Annie moved to Eastern Europe to work for Fodor Travel Guides, covering regions of Spain and Bulgaria. She remained in Bulgaria for five years spanning a civilian uprising and government overthrow. The novel THE MAKING OF JUNE, which Annie wrote with the Bulgarian revolution and Balkan crisis as its backdrop was sold to Penguin Putnam and published to critical acclaim in 2002.

During Annie’s five years in the Balkans she received a Fulbright Scholarship, taught at the University of Sofia, and script doctored eight screenplays for Nu-Image, an Israeli/American film company that produced a number of projects in Bulgaria for the SyFy Channel. She was later the recipient of an Escape to Create artist residency.

She lives in Kansas City, Kansas with her family.

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Book Review: Elevation by Stephen King

Elevation Cover Image

Author: Stephen King

Print Length: 161 pages

Publication Date: October 30, 2018

ISBN: 9781473691520

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Literary fiction

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Source: I borrowed this book from the local library

Blurb

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

From Stephen King, our “most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work” (The Guardian), Elevation is an antidote to our divisive culture, as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

My Thoughts

A married lesbian couple moves to town and opens a restaurant. They struggle with the stigma that the townspeople have of them. That stigma causes struggles in keeping the restaurant afloat. Scott, a neighbor of the ladies, is also struggling with a phenomenon where he’s losing weight quickly yet his body remains the same. The unlikely trio, despite their previous disagreements, becomes friends and help each other with their struggles.

This isn’t a typical book written by Stephen King. It doesn’t have any blood or gore.  But, it does have characters that are insightful, brave and seek out unity and tolerance.

This was a great quick read. There was room to expand on this story more if King wanted to. But nothing felt as if it was missing even though it was so short.

Quote

“Gravity is the anchor that pulls us down into our graves.”

Rating

4-stars

About the Author

Author Stephen KingStephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bill Hodges Trilogy, Revival, and Doctor Sleep. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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Book Review: The Heavens by Sandra Newman | ARC

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Author:  Sandra Newman

Print Length: 272 pages

ISBN: 9780802129024

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)

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 Source: I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb

New York, late summer, 2000. A party in a spacious Manhattan apartment, hosted by a wealthy young activist. Dozens of idealistic twenty-somethings have impassioned conversations over takeout dumplings and champagne. The evening shines with the heady optimism of a progressive new millennium. A young man, Ben, meets a young woman, Kate—and they begin to fall in love.

Kate lives with her head in the clouds, so at first Ben isn’t that concerned when she tells him about the recurring dream she’s had since childhood. In the dream, she’s transported to the past, where she lives a second life as Emilia, the mistress of a nobleman in Elizabethan England. But for Kate, the dream becomes increasingly real, to the point where it threatens to overwhelm her life. And soon she’s waking from it to find the world changed—pictures on her wall she doesn’t recognize, new buildings in the neighborhood that have sprung up overnight. As Kate tries to make sense of what’s happening, Ben worries the woman he’s fallen in love with is losing her grip on reality.

Both intoxicating and thought-provoking,The Heavens is a powerful reminder of the consequences of our actions, a poignant testament to how the people we love are destined to change, and a masterful exploration of the power of dreams. The dream sequences seemed to be much more vivid than the portrait of her real

My Thoughts

I liked this book, but not at first.  I felt the book started off a bit slow and I found it a bit frustrating as I wasn’t sure where this book was going. The plot developed rather slowly. The transitions between Kate’s dreams and reality were a bit confusing. I found that  Kate’s dreams were vivid in comparison to the portrayal of her perceived reality.

I found this book, The Heavens, to be a difficult book to review.  Personally, I have never read a book like this before and it’s hard for me to really describe how I feel about it.  It was bothersome, fascinating, captivating, sad, complicated, and a bit bizarre. My recommendation is to not read too much into this book before reading it. Which sounds odd, but it is a book that you will want to experience for yourself.

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley, in return for an honest review. I would like to thank Grove Atlantic, Sandra Newman and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.

Quote

“Kate was a money suck, a time suck, an energy suck. As Sabine put it, she was human quicksand.”

Rating

3-stars

About the Author

Sandra Newman is co-author of How Not To Write A Novel. She is the author of the novels The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done and Cake, as well as the forthcoming memoir Changeling. She has taught writing and literature at Temple University, Chapman University, and the University of Colorado, and has published fiction and non-fiction in Harper’s, Granta, and London’s Observer, Telegraph, and Mail on Sunday newspapers, among other journals and newspapers.

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