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Where the heck was Lottie?? It seems weird that wasn't explained after drawing so much attention to it. And I still don't really understand how Frannie's husband drowned - but that doesn't bother me as much as the unexplained disappearance of Lottie in Becca's photos. There's definitely some plot holes in this book - but it was overall very enjoyable.
4.5 stars - WOW! I LOVED this book. It was incredibly suspenseful and engaging the entire time.
Emma returns to Camp Nightingale 15 years after her bunk mates went missing. She is determined to find to find out what happened, but soon after she arrives she feels like she is being watched and old memories come flooding back. She must sort out what happened quickly before history repeats itself.
I couldn’t get enough of this book. There were a few times when the girls dialogue from 15 years ago was a bit unrealistic (“i.e., the major ovaries” comment), but otherwise it was great and I liked the ending. There were plenty of seeds planted along the way and twists to keep me guessing! This is a major binge-worthy book. I highly recommend!
Ok so I was really enjoying this book and then the last 5 pages or so really messed with my head. Specifically when it’s mentioned again how Vivian came back and asked Emma to let her in. What do you think would’ve happened if Emma did? It was just so creepy reading that information again now knowing what Vivian did to the other girls.
I knew I was getting this novel from the description of saying "every Game of Thrones fan new favorite novel." I just finished reading it and I'm just not sure how I feel. Half the reason I love Game of Thrones is because the characters and the connection you build with them and I think thats what I lacked from this. It took me until almost half way in until I was really interested, and even then I was more interested to just see how she ended the story rather than the actual characters. The story was still interesting but I was a little let down.
Is anyone else wanting to stand on the chest of the author and pull the background story out of her head!!! I get the thriller aspect of it but I just want more information to keep me interested in moving forward.
Hey! This is my first book from here and it's been so fun reading the exciting thriller! I look forward to reading all the discussion posts. I want to wait until I finish, so not to read any spoilers! So far the book is great! I love how the author goes back and forth from past to present and leaves you in suspense to why Emma believes she is behind the girls disappearance that keeps you yearning to read further!
I'm trying to find the motivation to continue on with this book and I have none. Has anyone finished it, and if so is it worth finishing?
I LOVED the book! I have 2 questions...what was the whole thing with the hair from a synthetic wig and remnants of a fake i.d. at the end? Also, why did the lady at the gallery at the end say Vivian died 15 years ago? Wasn't that Vivian??
Overall, I loved this book. But there were times when I hated it, and it left some very intriguing unanswered questions. It seemed to almost pander at times to the mystery. The way that Emma took SO long to figure out that what she found in the trunk was a map of the camp after the shape of the lake and the layout of the camp had already been described numerous times, as well as having looked at several satellite images of it. Much of the beginning of the book seemed to repeat itself frequently. There were several paragraphs that said the same thing two to the three times in a row. It was also so painfully obvious that Peaceful Valley was under Lake Midnight, that I didn't realize that Emma hadn't figured that out until she was actually there.
And I'm still left wondering about some things. First, why wasn't Lottie at the lake when the rest of the camp was? Was Vivian in fact stalking Emma at the camp? What exactly did actually happen to Franny's husband? There is still so much mystery!
This book definitely captures that creepy summertime Stranger Things vibe. At first I wasn’t a big fan of the Mean Girls feel but the mystery is so intriguing I found it hard to put down. For all of the excitement it did feel like there was a lot of building up to nothing. The ending was unexpected (and awesome!) but I would have rather had more of that than the drawn out whodunnit at Camp Nightingale. I really enjoyed the cinematic element of the writing. Overall, it was a fun summer read!
I usually don’t read lighter reads, but decided to take a chance with this one (I also got Spinning Silver, which I’m still reading right now). I was pleasantly surprised by this book. There were so many twists and turns but made total sense. It was also interesting to see both sides of the relationship, and how the events affected them emotionally in different ways. Using texts and messages as part of the prose was a nice touch, especially in today’s social media age. Overall, I enjoyed this book, especially since it’s my very first BOTM.
About half way through this book I started skimming. I think at least 100 pages could have been cut and it would have made for a better book.
This was a nice yet predictable story. I couldn't put it down early on but midway through everything turned predictable and just a little cliche. The dialogue was weak at times and sometimes the plot felt disjointed, but overall I did enjoy the book. I didn't LOVE it, but I don't regret picking it as my BOTM.
So who else pictured an old man in Chicago that loves to play checkers, smokes like a chimney and misses the days when he worked at the slaughter house killing cattle the moment the demon’s name was revealed? Haha
I could not put this book down! Cliche as it might have been, it was one of the best books I've received as a BOTM member. I especially enjoyed the time-shifts, they were well executed and allowed the reader to make inferences while still wanting to read on to find the juicy details. I definitely made some assumptions that were correct, but I wasn't upset to find out they were true. Although I could guess what happened, I still wanted to know how and understand WHY.
I especially loved the parallel struggles both Miranda and Joseph faced during their time apart, as well as the reversed situations near the end. First, with Joseph locked away and Miranda sending letters with no response, and then Miranda (who was, in a way, imprisoned by the island upon her return) receiving the postcards from Joseph to which she could not respond.
And of course, who doesn't secretly love a happy ending?
Has anyone else been having the problem of their books arriving with the corners crushed, sometimes even with the covers torn? My books have arrived beat up every month for at least the last 4 months. This used to never happen. It's always so disappointing when they look bad before I even open the shrink wrap. Do I just have terrible luck? :(
I just opened my box and holy moly, the font is LARGE in this book. Anyone else notice this? Almost looks like a kids book or something...