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I’ve Read StuffAll These Perfect Strangers by Aoife Clifford
Published by Alibi on July 12, 2016
Genres: Crime, Psychological, Thriller & Suspense
Pages: 416
Format: Kindle
Source: Netgalley
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“This is about three deaths. Actually more, if you go back far enough. I say deaths but perhaps all of them were murders. It’s a grey area. Murder, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.”

Within six months of her arrival at a university campus, three of Penelope Sheppard’s new friends are dead. And only Pen knows why. This isn’t Pen’s first encounter with violence, and she’s an expert at keeping secrets—especially ones as dark and dangerous as her own.

Reputations have a way of haunting you—they’re easy to make, hard to shake. After Pen leaves her isolated hometown to escape the judgmental stares of her neighbors and carve out a new identity for herself, she’s free from the stigma of her past mistakes. At school, Pen is anonymous, surrounded by an eclectic collection of perfect strangers. But when someone begins to uncover the deadly secrets she thought she’d left behind, how far will Pen go to protect her new life?

Six months later, Pen is back home, the victim of a violent trauma and a pariah once again. Now, reluctantly, she must recount her story from start to finish: to her shrink, to the police, even to herself. Because until she tells the whole truth, there will be no escaping the past.


 All These Perfect Strangers by Aoife Clifford was a gripping read in which you are never sure if the narrator is being honest or not. Told in three different timelines it was confusing at first, but then I found myself sucked in. I enjoyed the road Clifford took me down and she has a way of writing that made me able to picture the action. Even thought I never really liked Pen, I was super intrigued by her and wanted to really delve into her psyche. This is a read that you will either love or hate because of the unlikable characters and back and forth time line, but count me in on the love side and I will happily read the next book Aoife Clifford writes.

Favorite Lines – Things don’t go wrong in an instant. There isn’t one single moment when the world suddenly splits in two. Rather, it begins with a minute crack, and then another and another, until they join together, getting bigger and wider, and all the time you keep fooling yourself that this can still be fixed. That you can fill them in and everything will return to normal.


I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’ve Read StuffGood as Gone by Amy Gentry
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on July 26, 2016
Genres: Family Life, Mysteries, Suspense
Pages: 288
Format: Kindle
Source: Edelweiss
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Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic—but Anna, Julie’s mother, has whispers of doubts.  She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter.

 Good as Gone by Amy Gentry reminded me of one of those tragic kidnapping movies on Lifetime in the best of ways. A loving normal family torn apart by the kidnapping of oldest daughter Julie, when eight years later a women claiming to be her shows up at their door. Everyone is thrilled to try to pieces the family back together, but mom Anna can’t fight the feeling that something just isn’t right and Jane, the younger sister who witnessed the kidnapping is slowly unraveling. With the help of a private investigator, the family must choose a scary path to the truth. The writing of Gentry was top-notch and I really felt with the characters. The surprise ending felt a bit rushed, but other that that, this was a read I very much enjoyed.

Favorite Lines – Something breaks off inside. It feels like a piece of my lungs, or like the water in the fountain is boiling and the skin is falling off my foot from the ankle down. That is all an exaggeration. What I should say is that it feels like all the parts of my body are going their separate ways. It feels like I am being abandoned by everything that has ever felt like a part of me. Maybe once you’ve been left by the most important person in your life, you can never be unleft again. Maybe you’re destined to be abandoned even by your own guts, maybe your foot walks off with your thighbone, why not, stranger things have happened.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
  • The Goodreads Challenge

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Posted December 6, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 1 Comment

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