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Lovely Girls: A Thriller

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Her bid to escape it is nothing short of terrifying in a heart-pounding novel of suspense by Washington Post and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Minka Kent. You could tell they were best friends, but they all had stuff amongst them that was personal to each one of them". Kate Turner and her daughter, high school senior and serious tennis player Alex, have just moved from Buffalo to bucolic, upscale Shoreham, Florida. While Kate is fast to make friends Alex struggles to be accepted, in fact, the queen bee's of the school are down right hostile to her.

Still, this women-centric novel is an entertaining mystery, a quick read, and a good February First Read choice. Her characters are, for the most part, engaging and either likeable heroes and supporting characters or detestable villains. Michaelides takes a literary turn in his latest novel, employing an unreliable narrator, the structure of classical drama, and a self-conscious eye to dismantling the locked-room mystery. After the sudden death of her husband, Kate Turner is looking for a fresh start for herself and her teenage daughter, Alex.

I was still on board since I love a catty neighborhood - especially one poised on the brink of chaos with a powder keg in development. Through Kate’s eyes, Shoreham, Florida appeared to be just the kind of new town that both Alex and her needed. Mean girls on speed, a very toxic community with three mean friends and mean moms in the mix that Alex and Kate get caught up with. Kate brushes off Alex’s concerns—until she receives a series of chilling warnings about the clique of moms from other parents and neighbors. Unfortunately for Alex, their group of daughters have targeted her and are typical "mean girl bullies.

That fresh start brings with it some “lovely girls” who really aren’t so lovely after all, neither to Alex nor to Kate. In Florida, Alex makes instant enemies of three popular girls who catch her filming them on her phone for her video diary, which is part of her therapy.And let's not forget the book was supposed to be a thriller but there was nothing thrilling about it, no shocking plot twists. The end and the beginning become one in a heart-pounding coming-of-age mystery about the power of friendship, fate, and inexplicable second chances.

The next day, Gina lectures Willie and Tommy about men's unrealistic expectations of women set by supermodels and pornography. I will remember the lesson of Lovely Girls the next time I am on vacation and think, I should move here . The novel starts off with a murder, and with seven people trapped on an isolated Greek island lashed by a "wild, unpredictable Greek wind. You will hopefully cringe at the unnecessary fatphobic comments that added absolutely no value to the story itself. Dillon-Reams and MacKerron promise laughter, dance and wine to people on the first row (a note to my future self more than anything) and they bloody well deliver.Chess and Cristina open up the confusing pot of contradictions, clichés and expectations, that face women today; Have lots of sex and be sexy, but not too much. This was a quick page turner and read like a Cozy but topics of bullying, emotional abuse of a child, and murder contrasted the disarming writing style. Although Kate makes fast friends with a trio of fellow moms, their daughters take an instant dislike to Alex, who attempts to document their bullying in her video diary. It also doesn’t help that Alex is hiding the bullying that she is enduring-afraid that if her mom interferes-it will only make things worse. It gives you a plate of armour, an undeniable good feeling in your bones that makes you want to dance wildly, too.

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