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This Might Hurt

By: Stephanie Wrobel
Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
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Publisher's summary

“You’ll be gripped in this clever exploration of fear and vulnerability right until the flawless ending - one you’ll most certainly want to talk about.” (Ashley Audrain, New York Times best-selling author of The Push)

Named a most anticipated book of 2022 by NewsweekParade ∙ Katie Couric Media ∙ Betches ∙ Criminal Element ∙ Shondaland Bustle and more!

From the USA Today best-selling and Edgar-nominated author of Darling Rose Gold comes a dark, thrilling novel about two sisters - one trapped in the clutches of a cult, the other in a web of her own lies.

Welcome to Wisewood. We’ll keep your secrets if you keep ours. 

Natalie Collins hasn’t heard from her sister in more than half a year.

The last time they spoke, Kit was slogging from mundane workdays to obligatory happy hours to crying in the shower about their dead mother. She told Natalie she was sure there was something more out there. 

And then she found Wisewood.

On a private island off the coast of Maine, Wisewood’s guests commit to six-month stays. During this time, they’re prohibited from contact with the rest of the world - no internet, no phones, no exceptions. But the rules are for a good reason: to keep guests focused on achieving true fearlessness so they can become their Maximized Selves. Natalie thinks it’s a bad idea, but Kit has had enough of her sister’s cynicism and voluntarily disappears off the grid.

Six months later, Natalie receives a menacing email from a Wisewood account threatening to reveal the secret she’s been keeping from Kit. Panicked, Natalie hurries north to come clean to her sister and bring her home. But she’s about to learn that Wisewood won’t let either of them go without a fight.

©2022 Stephanie Wrobel (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"The mastermind behind last year's Darling Rose Gold returns with a second, equally sinister feat…Fans of Liane Moriarty's Nine Perfect Strangers will adore this." —Newsweek

“Wrobel once again proves to be a master at crafting thrillers.”—Shondaland

"With shades of Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half and Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers, This Might Hurt is a tense psychological thriller with an eye towards larger themes."—PureWow  

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Do not waste your time

I don't write many reviews but please save your credits. This book was back and forth and the story was painfully slow. Predictable. Not recommended.

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seriously???

this was a real disappointment.
maybe reading it instead of listening to it would have made more tolerable, but i doubt it. confusing, ridiculous plot, and completely unsatisfying.

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Disappointed

I really enjoyed this author's first book "Darling Rose Gold" so I thought this book would be a winner too. The whole story was a bit confusing with the back and forth and lack of suspense, and ungodly slow story. Overall, it was very disappointing. Narration was great, story not so much.

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twisty

The narration of the abusive father were arduous. Once I got through this I was hooked and couldn't wait to hear what would happen next.

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Ehhh not bad....but?!

You mean to tell me that she gets so brainwashed that the ending was the best she could come up with?! How selfish....so good but raw

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Not for me

I am not typically a picky reader but I did not like this book at all. I finished it because I didn’t want to waste a credit. It was hard to follow and not very interesting. I had a hard time staying engaged with it. It was hard to keep up with who was talking because the entire book was in the first person, from the viewpoint of several different characters. It might be better reading it from the actual book and not on audible. I’m not sure, but I really didn’t like this book. Sorry!

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Great story until the end

I enjoyed the story, right up until the end! I was so excited to read this book but was really disappointed by the ending. The narrator, however, was excellent!

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Hate that I wasted a credit!

Narration was very good and pleasant. Story line was extremely long and hard to follow at times.

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Confusing

Very confusing and slow , but interesting concept. There are multiple narrators which can get confusing but I think that was intentional by the author.
I just think if you are going to make a story so confusing at least have a more juicy plot.

Interesting enough to listen to, but likely wouldn’t listen again.

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I enjoyed this story

I enjoyed listening to this story and while I rarely write reviews I fee like the reviews I read for this before weren’t completely right. The story jumps around and you never know who the story belongs to. It keeps you on your toes! Loved it

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