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Stephanie Schmidt



A great read following One by One, a book I personally did not enjoy. The It girl had you guessing up until the very end and as a young woman a few years out of college I felt like I could relate well to the main characters and the dynamics in their friend group.

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The It Girl

Books | Ruth Ware

Overall it was a good read, but it didn't feel original because the plot lines are incredibly similar to the Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse so much so that I thought I was reading the same book. That being said it is better than the Sanatorium and if you want to read a book about people being trapped in by an avalanche being picked off by a murder one by one, I would recommend this book over the Sanatorium.

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One by One

Books | Ruth Ware

This book was a quick read and a unique perspective of a young girl on the edge of adolescence teetering between her life at home and her life in the cult. I really enjoyed how the author built parallels between the Manson family and The girls, but the sexual descriptions were uncomfortable to read given the age of the characters.

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The Girls

Books | Emma Cline

Such a good read for both a fledging or seasoned ornithologist. Leigh is a skilled science communicator and she uses her experiences owling to inform readers of the unique plight of the owl and the work scientists are currently involved in to better understand their behaviors and challenges. Her writing style also sparks a romanticized interest in the beauty and mystery of these cryptic birds. I would highly recommend this quick read to anyone interested in science, birds, or nature.

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The Hidden Lives of Owls

Books | Leigh Calvez

One of Ruth Ware's best novels! I loved seeing the drama unfold from Isa's perspective and hearing her inner thoughts as the story traversed between the past and the present. I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy female-centered mysteries, psychological dramas and suspense, and a surprise ending!

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The Lying Game

Books | Ruth Ware

This book was a RIDE start to finish. My heart was racing as the story accelerated and I could not believe what I was reading. I think this book can be best compared to a Quentin Tarantino film because WOW what a finale!

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No Exit

Books | Taylor Adams

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