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  • disappointing

    Maybe it's just a personal pet peeve for me, but subtitles on books that make big claims irritate me. Especially when they don't deliver, and this one did not. It started out well enough, but it quickly fizzled, and I didn't find anything particularly gripping or thriller-like. What I found was a story that is more domestic drama than psychological thriller, and a lot of characters that aren't all that likable. There are a number of twists, but to be honest, it felt like the author was throwing everything she could think of at us in the hope that something would stick. Sadly, the result is that very little did, at least for me. Instead, it made for an over the top, convoluted story. Despite that, there was still some lagtime, especially in the chapters dealing with Erin's past. Finally, we come to the ending - and I do mean finally because that's pretty much how I felt - and that ending was lackluster at best. For so much angst, it's all rather simply settled in the end, and it just felt rushed. This is my first read by Jess Ryder, and I will say that she does write descriptively, and I felt like this story did have promise. I just think that sometimes less is more, and this book could've used a bit of that.

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  • girl you gave away

    Thank you netgalley and publisher for this ARC. I have never read anything by this author and I enjoyed reading it. I have a hard time saying it was a thriller tho. I was very Into the book at first and than felt like it dulled out as the book went on.

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  • Wonderful family story full of suspense

    I loved it. Wow!! This is a gripping book that had me reading until the wee hours. From the first chapter I was pulled into the story and didn’t want to put it down. The book goes from Jade to Erin, alternating chapters and years but it blends so smoothly that you don’t notice the change. There is everything possible in this book, mystery, love, heartbreak, twists, blind alleys.... Erin is a married mother of two when she receives a birthday card from the daughter she gave up for adoption when she was 15. As the story progresses we see exactly what Erin’s life was like growing up and you can only like her and want to sit with her and give her a hug and support. The other characters are well developed and some I hated instantly for being arrogant, others for being conniving and yet others for betraying Erin. Jade is an amazing character and my feelings for her changed with each chapter. You will be sucked into their lives and with each new twist you will begin to read faster, anting to find out the truth and also not wanting it to end. The book is one of the best psychological suspense stories I have read. You don’t want to miss out on reading this book. Thank you so much NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book. 5 stars all the way.

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  • You want honesty here it goes

    Is this really supposed to be classified as a thriller? I am a huge thriller fanatic, and this did not excite me , or thrilled me by any means. Organization was lacking in the story , I am very strong opinionated reviewer. For a book to truly passed with me. It has to have extremely good organization, and strong character development. The book was overwhelming, and messy , some unnecessary parts , or scenes added. I say the character development was on a low scale to medium.It was hard to keep up with the characters. The author can write for sure , but writing skills need major improvement Organization skills need major improvement, the author has potential. However I don’t think the author fully put their full potential in the story. I sense that it was rushed and just a bunch of rambling in most parts. Sorry this book wasn’t for me.

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  • Page turner

    It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge. Fourteen-year-old Erin found herself in a very peculiar situation. Typical teen looking for parents attention gets involved with a sketchy crowd. As a result, Erin develops a drinking habit, and the biggest surprise of all - falls pregnant. Underaged teen is unable to keep the child, and without her parents' moral and financial support is forced to place her daughter for adoption. Twenty-six years later, Erin receives a birthday card, signed "the girl you gave away". From that moment forward - her life is flipped upside down and very quickly fills with lies, betrayals, blackmail, and revenge. "The Girl You Gave Away" is full of twists that make the reader glued to the pages, absorbing narrators, and entertaining and mysterious characters. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advanced and free copy of the novel, and Jess Ryder for another phenomenal thriller.

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