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Gretchen How do you neatly shelve a book that defies genre boundaries and stands in a league all on its own Well, you clearly create a new genre titled WTAF Also I mean that in the highest complimentary way, because it made for an absolutely unputdownable read Gretchen is the title of the book, but the story really focuses on things from Lucy s perspective of her tumultuous life thus far While this is being billed as a psychological thriller, and it is one by all means, I think it falls neatly into How do you neatly shelve a book that defies genre boundaries and stands in a league all on its own Well, you clearly create a new genre titled WTAF Also I mean that in the highest complimentary way, because it made for an absolutely unputdownable read Gretchen is the title of the book, but the story really focuses on things from Lucy s perspective of her tumultuous life thus far While this is being billed as a psychological thriller, and it is one by all means, I think it falls neatly into the horror category as well, but don t let that scare you away if you aren t typically a horror reader As stated about, the story focuses on Lucy and her mother, and the upheaval that they ve experienced in her short life Things are starting to look up when they settle down in New Hampshire, where Lucy even makes a friend around her own age Enter GretchenGretchen is like a pesky case of head lice that you just can t shake Oh sure, it seems harmless at first, and after you treat it you think it s gone, but it keeps coming back due to some unforeseen infestation Now, imagine those head lice are actually a demonic little child who is obsessed with puzzles and you have the disease that is Gretchen.Friends, I cannot emphasize enough what a wild ride this story provides The tension is there instantaneously, but it continues to fester and roil in your gut until the explosive ending, and MY GOD SHANNON KIRK I tip my hat to you woman, because you are a master at writing about the things we pretend are horrifying, but secretly, in our deepest and darkest of hearts, we greedily consume like rubberneckers, and tuck away to tell ourselves that at least we aren t as screwed up as those people Have you met Gretchen yetIf not, I d be happy to introduce you to each other, just know that you can t bring her back here when you re finished with her MuahahahahaMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. 3.5 What Did I Just Read Stars What is it about psychotic children that is so creepy yet appealing Gretchen took disturbed to a whole new level 15 year old Lucy and her mother have been on the run for 13 years 11 states and endless hours cross country in their car later they end up in an isolated, fortresslike place in the New Hampshire woods Their new landlords are a pianist, and his lonely daughter, Gretchen It would be ideal, if each of these families weren t harboring so ma 3.5 What Did I Just Read Stars What is it about psychotic children that is so creepy yet appealing Gretchen took disturbed to a whole new level 15 year old Lucy and her mother have been on the run for 13 years 11 states and endless hours cross country in their car later they end up in an isolated, fortresslike place in the New Hampshire woods Their new landlords are a pianist, and his lonely daughter, Gretchen It would be ideal, if each of these families weren t harboring so many secrets Shannon Kirk has a way of leaving her readers on high alert This story is pure tension You don t know who is crazier each character seems worse than the last But Gretchen she s the worst of them all Gretchen is creepy, has zero social boundaries and is absolutely CRAZY There s no other word for her, the girl is demented I was all in for this one but the end kinda lost some of its mojo for me compared to the lead up in the beginning Still, the book was insane and had me hooked throughout It was like a crazy, far fetched nightmare and I couldn t look away If you like your books with suspense, horror and lots of tension definitely pick this one upThank you to Shannon Kirk, Thomas Mercer and NetGalley for an arc of this suspenseful, chills all around read Wait What I m reading along, reading along, or in this case listening along, loving this story, loving Lucy and her relatable, perfectly snarky self whenWHAM.Someone clearly, around the 75% mark, broke into Shannon Kirk s house, tied her up, and finished this book for her.Hopefully against her will. FOUR ENTERTAINING STARSMag, I hope this isn t weird, and I truly mean it as a huge compliment, but I think you re a Jenny too Maybe even the truest Jenny Are you a Gretchen or a Jenny Sometimes a Gretchen can BE a Jenny And vice versa Got that Shannon Kirk is an outstanding writer She cleverly weaves together a mirrored double plot line that has the reader climbing a ladder of suspense You had best hold onto tight to each rung because when you reach the top, watch out You re about to FOUR ENTERTAINING STARSMag, I hope this isn t weird, and I truly mean it as a huge compliment, but I think you re a Jenny too Maybe even the truest Jenny Are you a Gretchen or a Jenny Sometimes a Gretchen can BE a Jenny And vice versa Got that Shannon Kirk is an outstanding writer She cleverly weaves together a mirrored double plot line that has the reader climbing a ladder of suspense You had best hold onto tight to each rung because when you reach the top, watch out You re about to be pushed off that ladder into a climactic scene I still can t get my head around.I had a difficult time rating Gretchen A Thriller For 75% of the book, I was 120% invested LOVED IT We have an astute and insightful main character, 15 yr old Lucy, who is on the run with her mom Her father tried to abduct her when she was a baby and now that mom is in charge, she is not about to let that happen again So, they run And move towns a lot Eventually, Lucy meets Gretchen Gretchen is a weird kid with personality to spare I loved everything about needy little Gretchen until I didn t Okay, now about that last 25% of the novel I admit to some eye rolling and skimming some long passages about bones Yes, bones By the end of the book, you will never look at lemons, jig saw puzzles or skeletons the same ever again I just wasn t crazy about the direction Kirk took with the narrative Despite some convincing writing, it was a tough sell on this psychological suspense fan And I knocked off a whole star for the absurdness of it all I got over it As that great American poet, Cardi B, says, OKURRRRRR The ending is INSANE and scary Pure horror and a bit supernatural It helps me put it into perspective and look at it like a Stephen King paperback Gretchen could actually be a sister to King s creepy Carrie I promise you will be entertained and isn t that what we re all looking for with a summer read Thanks to the author for allowing me to read and review an advanced galley All opinions are mine Gretchen is set for a July 2019 publication date. Shannon Kirk is the queen of W.T.F I fell in love with Kirk s writing last summer with her release of In The Vines In fact, In The Vines was one of my top 10 novels for 2018 So when I heard the fabulous Shannon Kirk was coming out with a new novel for this summer, I knew I needed to drop everything and read it Kirk s upcoming horror novel Gretchen continues to follow in In The Vines s footsteps as she ventures further into the gothic suspense genre Both In The Vines and Gretchen hav Shannon Kirk is the queen of W.T.F I fell in love with Kirk s writing last summer with her release of In The Vines In fact, In The Vines was one of my top 10 novels for 2018 So when I heard the fabulous Shannon Kirk was coming out with a new novel for this summer, I knew I needed to drop everything and read it Kirk s upcoming horror novel Gretchen continues to follow in In The Vines s footsteps as she ventures further into the gothic suspense genre Both In The Vines and Gretchen have similar Ruth Ware vibes, so if you are enjoying Ware s latest novels, then you ll definitely enjoy Kirk s writing Although the story is titled Gretchen , it really focuses on fifteen year old Lucy and her mother Lucy and her mother are basically nomads hiding from their past Lucy s mom refuses to let her get too close to people she has to wear color contacts, she has to lie about her family life, and she can t use the internet without supervision Lucy s mom is terrified of her daughter s father finding them due to his immense power and corruption In fact, they have lived in eleven states since as long as Lucy can remember Lucy and her mom finally settle in rural New Hampshire, hoping that the isolation of this small town will be the destination that they can finally call their mainstay home They find a perfect cottage owned by a single father and his daughter Gretchen They live on the ranch as well with another property nearby, and have a full listing ready for Lucy and her mother to move into As Lucy and her mother settle into their new digs, they start getting to know their new landlord and his daughter Gretchen is around the same age as Lucy, and is desperate for friends Not having anyone besides her mother in her life, Lucy accepts Gretchen s intensity as genuine interest and forges a friendship with her As the two get to know each other, Lucy begins to question her new friend s behavior Gretchen is a very domineering friend, and she has a peculiar obsession with puzzlesI won t go into that obsession further in this review, but let me tell ya, OH BOYThe longer Gretchen and Lucy maintain a friendship, theinformation she finds out about her own life As Lucy begins to uncover the past about her dark family secrets, Gretchen begins to be force to be reckoned with Gretchen is literally the most insane book I ve ever read Shannon Kirk dives deep into the darkness with this story, and I can t get the book out of my head The pacing is very similar to In The Vines, so if you enjoyed how that story was told, you ll definitely be ready for Gretchen The book goes deeper in its characterizations than Kirk s last novel, and it sets the right formula for the reader to fully be immersed into these characters lives As you read the story, you will believe that you know how this story will play out, but listen, you really, really don t There were multiple moments throughout the book where I was genuinely shocked at how the story was progressing, and I legit yelled,What the %multiple times in a good way Gretchen has multiple story arcs that develop throughout the novel, and it allowed for each character to really play a role in the plot, which made for a really enjoyable horror novel I wonder how fans will enjoy this story, and how they would categorize this book I would say this isof a horror novel than a thriller, but it really is in a league of it s own Gretchen will be out July 23, and I want to thank Shannon Kirk for providing me an advanced copy in exchange for a review I can t wait to see what you all think of it, and I can t wait for you to meet Gretchen If I wanted to be mean I d call this book a steaming pile of horse shit but instead I ll be nice and say that this simply wasn t my cup o tea. Audio 5 starsStory 3.5 starsThis story was weird, chaotic, gripping and again weird But I couldn t stop listing to the audio because I wanted to know where the story was going For that alone, I have to round up my rating. Just WOW a creepy thriller a read done with a Buddy Read on Instagram The first part was slow though I d leave it but thank god i stuck with it The beginning was weird had weird characters especially the relationship between mother and daughter it was so strange it made you think are they really but the following parts you found out the truth about everything It does leave you wondering what happened to a few major characters I do recommend this book The New Tenants Have A Terrible Secret So Do The Landlord And His Daughter Ever Since Lucy Was Two, She S Been On The Run Alongside Her Mother She S Never Understood The Reason For A Lifetime Of Paranoia, Aliases, And Lies All She Understands Are The Rules Never Lock Eyes With Strangers, Never Let Down Your Guard, And Always Be Ready To Move OnFinally, After Thirteen Years And Eleven States, Their Next Hideaway Seems Perfect An Isolated, Fortresslike Place In The New Hampshire Woods Is The New Home They Share With Its Owner, A Gentlemanly Pianist, And His Lonely Daughter, Gretchen She S Lucy S Age And Soon Becomes Lucy S First Real FriendBut Gretchen And Her Father Have Secrets Of Their Own And An Obsession With Puzzles That Draws Lucy Into A Terrifying New Game Of Hide And Seek Lucy S Dark Past Is About To Come Calling And This Time, For Her And Her Mother In The House On The Hill, It Might Be Too Late To Run [PDF] ↠ Como fazer Investigação, Dissertações, Teses e relatórios Author Maria José Sousa – 9facts.co.uk She S Been On The Run Alongside Her Mother She S Never Understood The Reason For A Lifetime Of Paranoia [EPUB] ✶ As Receitas da TV Author Maria de Lourdes Modesto – 9facts.co.uk Aliases [Ebook] ↠ Os Objetos Supremos (Mundo de Bhardo, Author Livia Stocco – 9facts.co.uk And Lies All She Understands Are The Rules Never Lock Eyes With Strangers ☄ Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, PDF / Epub ✓ Author Sapir Englard – 9facts.co.uk Never Let Down Your Guard [[ Download ]] ➾ The Dog Who Spoke and More Mayan Folktales Author James D. Sexton – 9facts.co.uk And Always Be Ready To Move OnFinally [BOOKS] ⚡ Angular 2 Book ✯ Nathan Wu – 9facts.co.uk After Thirteen Years And Eleven States [BOOKS] ⚣ The State of Creativity Author James Griffin – 9facts.co.uk Their Next Hideaway Seems Perfect An Isolated [Download] ➺ Haywire Author Brooke Hayward – 9facts.co.uk Fortresslike Place In The New Hampshire Woods Is The New Home They Share With Its Owner !!> Reading ➽ A Mothers Confession ➶ Author Kelly Rimmer – 9facts.co.uk A Gentlemanly Pianist [PDF / Epub] ✑ The Secret Daughter ☄ Kelly Rimmer – 9facts.co.uk And His Lonely Daughter !!> Reading ➹ Simply Stylish Black White Wavy Line Scalloped Borders ➱ Author Melanie Ralbusky – 9facts.co.uk Gretchen She S Lucy S Age And Soon Becomes Lucy S First Real FriendBut Gretchen And Her Father Have Secrets Of Their Own And An Obsession With Puzzles That Draws Lucy Into A Terrifying New Game Of Hide And Seek Lucy S Dark Past Is About To Come Calling And This Time Read ➫ Madeleine McCann - The Disappearance Author Danny Collins – 9facts.co.uk For Her And Her Mother In The House On The Hill [Ebook] ↠ The Fairy Fellers Master Stroke Author Mark Chadbourn – 9facts.co.uk It Might Be Too Late To Run Let me just say, I m so glad I read this during the daytime, when the sun was shining and I was in a plane full of people bc OMG This book is creepy in the best possible way, and waaaaaay scarier than what I m used to reading The poor lady sitting beside me had her arm grabbedthan once because we ve all known a Gretchen, a strange loner who turns out to be a batshit loon, only mine was named Pamela Pamela, if you re reading this, I m talking about a different Pamela Five terrifying s Let me just say, I m so glad I read this during the daytime, when the sun was shining and I was in a plane full of people bc OMG This book is creepy in the best possible way, and waaaaaay scarier than what I m used to reading The poor lady sitting beside me had her arm grabbedthan once because we ve all known a Gretchen, a strange loner who turns out to be a batshit loon, only mine was named Pamela Pamela, if you re reading this, I m talking about a different Pamela Five terrifying stars


About the Author: Shannon Kirk

My top 14 books of all time are as follows, in the following order as in, if I was allowed only 14 books to bring to a deserted island where I was marooned for the rest of my life, these are what I would pack 1 Love in the Time of Cholera Gabo 2 Orphan Master s Son Adam Johnson 3 The Mummy Market Nancy Brelis , tragically out of print, which makes ZERO sense because it s a classic4 The Incarnations Susan Barker AMAZING5 Life of Pi Yann Martel 6 Night Circus Erin Morgenstern 7 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden 8 Swamplandia, and every single word ever written by Karen Russell 9 Everything is Illuminated Jonathan Safran Foer 10 The Keep, Jennifer Egan11 The Sea John Banville 12 Someone Else s Love Story, Joshilyn Jackson.13 Kiss the Girls Patterson 14 The Great Alone, Kristin HannahFurther to my literary likes, I consider Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Charles Dickens to be actual, literal geniuses if we had brain scans of their brains, we wouldn t understand what we re seeing I preferprose than dialogue prefer poetry over intricate plot, but love if I can have both hence, Love in the Time of Cholera being 1 and Orphan Master s Son 2.But I m never really consistent with this anyway If I m pulled to keep reading the book, I ll keep reading the book.My reviews are all and will only ever be of books I love I do not finish books I don t like, so it s not fair for me to review them.


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