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PERfunctory afFECTION

Narrated by: Traci Odom
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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Is it better to live a lie of perfection when the truth is too ugly to survive? 

Meg wants a normal life. Her new artistic style, born in the depression of her mother's death, is poised to take the art world by storm, if she could just overcome the debilitating anxiety caused by the car accident that scarred her boyfriend, Austin. Encouraged by her therapist, Meg pushes outside her comfort zone to befriend Haley, a guest instructor at the university where Meg teaches. Haley is everything Meg wants to be: charismatic, confident, and perfect, but when Austin expresses his worry that Haley is changing Meg too fast, Meg kicks him out of her life. Or at least, she tries.  

Kim Harrison, author of the number one best-selling urban fantasy Hollows series, brings to life a world terrifyingly near to our own, where what's real and what shouldn't exist twine together in the madness of a troubled mind desperate for a way out. But when the truth is revealed, the question remains, is it better to live a lie of perfection, or cleave to an ugly reality that will destroy you? 

Contains mature themes.

©2019 Kim Harrison (P)2019 Tantor

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Amazing Story

I wasn't sure about this book when I first started reading it. I love the Hollows and was ok with the Drafter. This story was amazing. Without giving spoilers, what you think the story is about changes several times.
I went from not being sure about this novel to hoping there will be another book as I am curious what will happen next. I would suggest this book to others. Give it a chance. It may not be for everyone but I think it's one of the best books Ive read this year

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Compelling Story

Well written and good characters. This book leaves me wanting more of Meg's story. I hope there is another forthcoming.

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not the hollows

This is not the hollows but then nothing else is. although predictable the story held my interest. while the characters are less charming the subject is real and you don't need to suspend your disbelief too far.

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a strange fever dream

what did i just listen to? was it a psychological thriller? urban fantasy? commentary on mental illness? i don't know and that's not a bad thing necessarily. im left with more questions than answers about this story and again, that's not a bad thing. definitely unexpected from my favorite author!

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Not for me

I really tried to like this book but I couldn't. I didn't like any of the characters and couldn't finish the book.

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