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Publisher's Summary

An Instant New York Times Best Seller 

“A stunning debut.” (Washington Post)

“Haunting [and] powerful.” (The New York Times)

“A modern-day classic.” (Jeffery Deaver, New York Times best-selling author of The Bone Collector)

“Fantastic, I loved it.” (Paula Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train)

She thought she had escaped her past. But there are some things you can’t outrun.

Lex Gracie doesn't want to think about her family. She doesn't want to think about growing up in her parents' House of Horrors. And she doesn't want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped, the eldest sister who freed her older brother and four younger siblings. It's been easy enough to avoid her parents--her father never made it out of the House of Horrors he created, and her mother spent the rest of her life behind bars. But when her mother dies in prison and leaves Lex and her siblings the family home, she can't run from her past any longer. Together with her sister, Evie, Lex intends to turn the home into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her siblings--and with the childhood they shared.

What begins as a propulsive tale of escape and survival becomes a gripping psychological family story about the shifting alliances and betrayals of sibling relationships--about the secrets our siblings keep, from themselves and each other. Who have each of these siblings become? How do their memories defy or galvanize Lex's own? As Lex pins each sibling down to agree to her family's final act, she discovers how potent the spell of their shared family mythology is, and who among them remains in its thrall and who has truly broken free.

For fans of Room and Sharp Objects, an absorbing and psychologically immersive novel about a young girl who escapes captivity - but not the secrets that shadow the rest of her life. 

©2020 Abigail Dean (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Disappointing...

I had high hopes for this book...come to find out it's just a rip off of the Turpin child abuse case from CA. I didn't feel connected with the characters at all and I kept waiting for something to happen but the book overall was very lackluster. Definitely would not consider it a suspense genre. Disappointing overall.

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I don't know

I don't know how I feel about this one. First, I don't know what part of the story had "heart pulsing" part. Not a story with action sequences. It's a slow moving story told a little weird. Each chapter is a different sibling and intertwined with flashbacks.

This is basically the stories of each survivor. Following what happens to kids after that. The summary makes it sound like a borderline horror story. It is, but in a depressing way. Yes what happened was horrible. In this case I'm glad it wasn't detailed.

All that being said, not all the stories were complete. You only get chunks of the life some had afterwards. It's just not the parts you need to know. I still don't know how one ended up where he did. The whole family was horrible to him just because he'll believe anything you say.
The "twist" you can see coming if you pay enough attention to it.

It's well written and a little different than most of what I've gotten lately. It would make more sense if I could have written this without worrying about spoilers.

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Blah

I kept waiting to find out what happened... Like there was a mystery underneath the surface. But then the book ended... What?!

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Not bad

It wasn't the story I'd hoped it would be but it kept me engaged. It left too many unanswered questions.

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Sooo boring

A waste of a credit. So boring and never got to a point. I finished it hoping that there would be a big reveal to get to the point but nope. It took forever to finish.

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deep

makes one wonder at the things humans can do to each other, and what we can survive.

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RIVETING

Once I deciphered between the past and the present, I loved it through to the end.

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This amazing book!!!

I'm not a writer, but if I were, I'd be SO PROUD if this were my creation. This book was amazing. It devastated me. It moved me. It was wonderful. I could feel every page of it.