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  • 3 Meh Stars

    I had high hopes for The Argument. I was instantly intrigued by the book description and the premise of the tale. Initially, the story was very compelling and I thought I was going to love the whole book. However, by the midway point, the writing style seemed to change from quick and concise, to a slow-moving narrative and I began to lose interest. When I finally reached the end of the book, the author rushed through the story in an unrealistic fashion. I liked this book but did not love it. I wish the writer would have spent less time on some of the unnecessary information in the middle of the story and more time constructing a compelling and convincing end. On the positive it was an easy read and it held my interest - I just found myself wanting to get to the end.

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  • Domestic Drama with a Psychological Thrill!

    As readers, Jenkins leads us to believe that this story is mostly about a dramatic teenager, a sulk gone too far. An argument and a typical teenage outburst of ‘I hate you. You’ve ruined my life. And I’m never speaking to you again.’ As a mother of three, I dread these words. Which mother wouldn't? We know the teenage years are coming, but can we ever truly be ready for them? Having read The Argument, I only wish this were the case for teenager Olivia and her little sister Rosie. Sadly, this couldn't be farther from the truth. I enjoyed the mystery of the diary pages, the little snippets here and there leaving you guessing who wrote it. Was it teenaged Olivia? Or was it her mother, Hannah? Personally, I wasn't fond of Hannah's character from the get-go. I know I can be a strict mom from time to time, but Hannah always seemed to take it too far. Always assuming guilt for reasons unrevealed until the latter part of the book. Additionally, I would have loved a chapter dedicated to Rosie and her journey; in the end, I feel like that would have tied everything together nicely, giving the reader a perspective from a much younger mindset. All-in-all everything came together quite well with enough backstory to provide an understanding of the characters - not an agreement by any means, but at least an eye-opener into particular sick and twisted, misguided minds. More times then not, I can usually guess the ending or 'twist,' this time, however, I did not see it coming! I was able to figure out one of the reveals regarding Olivia's parentage, but that twist was something else. For the first almost three-quarters of the book, it felt like I was reading a family drama. I knew there was supposed to be a twist at the end, something psychological, but going in, I had no idea just how fast-paced and truly shocking the last quarter would play out! I commend Victoria Jenkins for throwing me for a loop, dragging me along only to leave me utterly jaw-dropped! I enjoyed The Argument, I liked trying to figure out exactly where it was going. I rated it four-stars. I would happily recommend this book to anyone looking for a family drama mixed with psychological thriller because let's face it - that last quarter was a pure psychological thrill! Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and the author Victoria Jenkins for providing me with an advanced reader copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. I just reviewed The Argument by Victoria Jenkins. #The Argument #VictoriaJenkins #NetGalley #Bookouture #MistysCornerReviews

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  • One of the best books I have read.

    Okay, any parent of teens know what silent treatment is. That is the premise of this incredible psychological thriller by Victoria Jenkins. Olivia, 15-years-old, came home from a party late one night. She knew she was going to be in big trouble, but she really didn't care. However, her actions led to a major rift with her mother and they then got into a huge argument. Olivia leaves the room furiously, determined not to speak to her mother any time soon. Ever, in fact. Her mother, Hannah, has a hard time trying to figure out why Olivia is so different from her younger sister, Rosie. Olivia is headstrong, argumentative and difficult. Conversely, Rosie is sweet and gentle. The girls get along just fine. However, Olivia does not get along well with their parents. Hannah thinks things will blow over in a few days and then get back to normal. After a week or so passes, she becomes very unsure. Her husband is always working away from home, leaving Hannah with the bulk of care when it comes to their home and daughters. A family drama? Is that what this book is? Notice the genre, a psychological thriller. Why is that? Things begin the become revealed in this story. Shocking, jaw-dropping things. I do not want leave a single spoiler in this review. Suffice it to say that the author has floored me with this story. It took a sharp turn at some point. So sharp in fact that it took my breath away. I nearly dropped my device because I was so thrown off. So, kudos to Ms. Jenkins for cutting me off at the knees with this fantastic book. I cannot wait to see what she has to offer next to us greedy readers. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Loved!!!!!

    OMG!!!!! This book is in my top 10 for 2019. This is a definite must read. Victoria Jenkins does not disappoint. This is the first book I read from her and boy she really hit this one out of the ballpark. It is a stand alone novel that deals with issues that are tough to talk about. This book was about a rebellious teen daughter who defies her loving, caring mother by going to a party. After the teen gets caught she gets into it a fight with her mom. The daughter refuses to speak to both of her parents after this. Why did the teen stop talking? What exactly happened at this party? What is she hiding? I want to start off by saying that I really thought this book was going one way but it really through me for a loop and went another way in the end. I still can not believe the ending of this book. I read it in 2 days but would have kept going the first day but I needed to eat and sleep. As each chapter went on I just could not believe the surprises that kept coming. It was like opening presents on a Christmas morning. All the characters through me for a loop. The person I thought was bad actual turned out good and the person who was good turned out bad. Victoria Jenkins really out did herself with these characters and all the twists that kept coming at me the entire book. I can not wait to read more of her books. Between the plot, characters and all the twists in this book it made it an easy and fast read. I would definitely recommend it and happily give it 5 Hearts❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  • Not one of my favorites

    This was a hard book to review. I had a hard time getting into it until almost the half-way mark when it suddenly became a page turner. The first half seemed to be a lot of banter between a helicopter mum and a rebellious bratty teenager. Once things started to fall into place, I really liked it. It is a complicated story with lots of surprises. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this interesting book in exchange for an honest review. I will give it 3-1/2 stars.

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