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Alice in the Country of Hearts, Vol. 1
QuinRose, Beni Axia Conrad, Soumei Hoshino
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Scott Lynch, Michael Page
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Marion Zimmer Bradley
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn wrote that other book. You know which one I'm talking about. The only comparison I'm  going to make to that other book is...... Gillian Flynn can take a story with completely unlikable characters and make it compelling. I don't necessarily need likable characters if the plot and pacing are on point I'm fine with it. I also feel my days are spent with unlikable people so it just feels more realistic.


Dark places had a nightmarish quality to me. Maybe not my nightmare, but someone's. As I mentioned early the characters weren't likable they even felt loathsome to me. I ended up having trouble feeling any compassion for them. So the story was unsympathetic people making one bad decision after another. I still really liked it. The mystery had me guessing up till the end. So this one was definitely a hit for me, although it left me yearning for something a bit fluffier.