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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Book Review: Surviving Dirty John by Debra Newell, William Phelps

 I appreciate getting to hear the victims' actual stories. I really am bothered by anyone who blames the victim. I believe it happened a lot with this case. Until you have been in an abusive situation, you have no idea how hard it is.

Ms. Newell made unwise decisions, mainly because she was manipulated and scared. John could have slaughtered her family and she did what she thought was best to protect them. I truly hope Ms. Newell can move on and find happiness. I appreciate the work she and her daughter are doing to help other victims.

If you have seen the tv show and want more insight into what actually happened, this book will give you a new perspective.

* Thank you to Netgalley, Debra Newell, William Phelps, and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book.

Book Review: The Night Swim by Megan Golden

 I liked the idea of a podcaster helping to solve a crime. The two storylines and the past and present got a bit confusing for me. There were so many characters that it was hard for me to figure out who went with what story. It wasn't hard for me to figure out the bad guy.

Goldin is a good writer. I loved her first book. I understand why the two stories were included. I just with there would not have been so much to keep track of. 

I will read her next book.

*Thank you to Megan Goldin, Netgalley, and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book.

Book Review: Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult

 I really enjoyed this story, it got me out of a reading slump! It is hard to write a review of this without spoilers, and this zone is spoiler free!

With a few small changes this would be a five star read! The pandemic is such a hard subject. I felt the author handled it quite well. 

The ending was perfect! My favorite so far this year!