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This final girl story is fine. It jumps between present tense and past, to about 10 years before. The main character was present for a bloody event known as Scarlet Christmas. She doesn't remember what happened but knows enough to feel guilty about it. Much of the text is her conversations with her therapist, which I guess are supposed to advance the plot but aren't very compelling. She has a prominent, wealthy fiance and is successful in her own right, but another woman who was also involved in Scarlet Christmas is making a movie, threatening to dredge up the past.

I didn't find this very suspenseful. The reveal was fine. There are many better amnesia/big looming secret/final girl stories out there.

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. i purchased a copy for my library.

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I really enjoyed this thriller. I love the dual timeline and the secrets people were hiding. There were a few twists that I didn't see coming. I enjoyed the mystery of what really happened that night. The ending was a little lackluster and left me with a few questions. Overall, I had a fun time reading this book. I look forward to read more from Jenny Hollander.

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This was a solid thriller. This books started off strong and was really easy to enjoy and get into but got very out there as the story went along and the reader got closer to the end. I loved the suspense in this book and the twists during the first half of the book kept me intrigued and wanting more. Though, in the second half of the book the reveals and twists didn't have the same impact as some the early ones had which cause me to lose interest in the story. Definitely recommend giving this one a read if you enjoy short thrillers with some fun twists at the beginning of the story.

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This is one of those times where I'm happy I disregarded the reviews on Goodreads. This book has a pretty low overall rating, but I loved it! I thought the premise was super interesting, and there were twists that I didn't see coming. The best part was that I think Hollander did a really good job illustrating the effects of trauma on a person's mind. There were very accurate descriptions of panic attacks and flashbacks, and I think these symptoms are extremely hard to write about in a realistic way. I get that some people are saying there are plot points that are unbelievable, and it is somewhat of a slow burn. However, the characters felt three-dimensional to me, and I was intrigued on how Hollander would tie everything together in the end (which she did pretty masterfully in my opinion). Definitely a book I'd recommend for someone that wants a creepy, suspenseful read.

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2 stars

I didn't particularly care for this book by the time I was done with it. It started out well enough but it kind of just went out in smoke I guess would be a good way to describe it. I didn't like the characters, the fact that we don't actually find out what actually happened at "Scarlet Christmas" until the end of the book and it didn't make sense to me. Plus all the substances they were using the fact that anyone remembered anything was a bit sus.

I would like to read something else by this author as this was her debut novel. The actual writing was good it was a quick and easy read it just didn't end up working for me and that's ok.

Thanks to Minotaur and Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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In “Everyone Who Can Forgive Me is Dead,” Charlie grapples with a traumatic event from her past while navigating her seemingly perfect present life. As she faces the possibility of reliving the past through a movie adaptation, Charlie’s efforts to suppress her memories unravel, revealing her struggles with survivor’s guilt and the complexities of British identity. Told through a mix of present-day narrative, media excerpts, and therapy sessions, the story unfolds with compelling pacing and a nuanced portrayal of trauma. While some readers found the conclusion too neatly wrapped up, others appreciated its satisfying resolution and unexpected twists. Overall, the novel offers a gripping exploration of memory, identity, and the consequences of trauma.

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The blurb of this book really caught my attention. So I went into it with so much excitement.

Unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations.

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Gosh I found this book to be so disappointing. I get what the author was trying to do; hint at this terrible thing that happened to keep us guessing for the big reveal. But you can't keep what actually happened from us while hinting that "things are not as they seemed." I don't know. I was bored for most of this book just waiting for the "what happened" to be revealed. And when it finally did, it was... lackluster. Meh. Then the twists and drama that occurred seemed so silly because the stakes seemed so low. Nothing wrong with the writing, I guess, but the story was so unfortunate.

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The synopsis really grasped my attention, so I think this was a really good idea for a book. It was a rather quick binge and started super strong for me. The author did a great job building the suspense. I felt on the edge of my seat to continue reading about Scarlett Christmas. After the 50% mark I thought the execution started to lack clarity, though. It was hard to understand each character's motives, so unfortunately it left me uneager to find out the twists. This was just okay for me and I would recommend on a situational basis.

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Good story of how a traumatic event can affect lives for years after occurring, and how lies can confuse the trauma even more. Story is of the discovery of a truth from ten years before. I liked the writing, and the resolution.

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Thank you to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for my eARC. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

I liked this one overall. It was a nice thriller-mystery with an unreliable narrator -- my favorite! -- and we also had dual timelines. If a story were a recipe, this one had the right ingredients to be a favorite. However, there were some things that I struggled with.

It was a little slow. I like when thrillers are so engrossing that I can't put them down and just fly through them. Her relationship with her fiance is a bit strange.

All in all though this was a decent read and I can't wait to see what Jenny Hollander comes out with next.

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First of all the title. Gripping. Told through Charlie's eyes, as she experiences the whole gamut of PTSD, survivor's guilt and debilitating loss, all while trying to plan a wedding and keep the job she loves, I was instantly pulled in. The story is told in the present day, although we do get snippets of past events through Charlie's recently-recalled memories. The reader experiences glimpses of the events and is forced to make assumptions, as Charlie does, until the truth is revealed. The details of what really happened remain a mystery until the final pages and the tension slowly builds until Charlie remembers what took place and, finally, the reader is caught up as well. Overall, It was a page-turner, full of appropriately intriguing twists and turns. This is my preferred genre and I'm always happy to find a new author to follow.

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Charlie Colbert has it all, or so it would seem from the outside. She is an incredibly successful magazine editor, engaged to an extremely eligible bachelor, and the world is her oyster. It's a far cry from her low-key British background and a particular far cry from the night 9 years ago known as "Scarlet Christmas", when she survived a horrific event at her grad school. There are cracks in the perfect picture, though, and a possible film about the event, made by someone who was there, is threatening to tear those cracks wide open.

This is a banger of a book. Jenny Hollander grabs you, pulls you right in to the cutting board where she's chopping literary onions, and then ever so slowly peels another layer of that onion back. My shoulders were up around my ears every time I read a section of the book (they're there right now while I'm typing). Nothing at all is really what it seems here, and I was completely unprepared for a couple of the lovely twists that Hollander serves up while she's flaying your expectations.

My only quibble, which knocks this down to a 4 star for me, is that I still haven't figured out exactly how the key events play out. There's still a piece missing for me logically. (which probably means I need to re-read the book!).

Looking for a heart-racing thriller? This one will do!
Thanks to Net Galley and Minotaur for the e-arc

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Everyone Who Can Forgive Me is Already Dead, a suspense/psychological thriller was a challenging read for me. The storyline felt disjointed and it was hard for me to connect with the characters. The concept of living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the protagonists work with her therapist to recover lost memories was very realistic and engaging. So, the book had its ups and downs and I rated it at 3.5. Thanks Netgalley for the digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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9 years ago, Charlie fled. Was she a witness, or was she more involved in the grisly crime on her college campus?

It was a fun read but it didn't quite hit the spot for me. The pacing was a little off and I had trouble getting invested in the story, which really surprised me considering the subject matter. Overall, it was a bit of a let down.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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I was hyped to dive into this book, but it fell short of my expectations. It dragged on for what felt like ages, taking forever to get to the good stuff. Despite the slow burn, the plot twists kept me hooked and pushing through the sluggish parts.The author nails the gritty reality of suppressed memories and trauma. The main character's protective instincts and tendency to push away loved ones felt all too real. The lengthy conversations, while sometimes dull, mirrored the therapeutic process of digging up buried memories. Trauma hits hard, and the author skillfully guides readers through the gritty depths.Overall, it was a decent read, but it left me wanting more punch and less drag.

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Christmas Eve 9 years ago, The Cornell School of Journalism was the scene of a nightmare. Dubbed "Scarlet Christmas" for the bloody scene that unfolded. Charlie was witness to the events that took place. She's worked hard to move past the events and heal however, when a classmate makes moves that could shatter everything she worked hard for.

Everyone Who Can Forgive is Dead started off strong for me, I enjoyed how it alternated from past to present. However, around half way I started to lose interest, there was just too many moving parts that I didn't care for.

Thank you netgalley and St. Martin's Press for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Debut Thriller Alert!

I love debut thrillers because it's all of the author's hopes and dreams spilled out on the page for us to read her work for the first time. Exciting stuff!

But have we seen this plot before? We have Charlie Colbert, the sole witness to the "Scarlet Christmas" a massacre that occurred at her private school nine years before that left three people dead. The problem: She doesn't remember any of it. And...... she may be responsible for all of it. Now fast forward and she has made a successful life for herself but it looks like someone else not only knows what happened that night but is making a movie about it. Charlie may be flushing her whole life down the drain if she is responsible for those killings. If she could just remember!

Hello, old reliable plotline I would have said I missed you but one of the books I read last month had almost the same plot. Which is really not a bad thing if the book is "thrilling"

The book is not bad for the most part and I really enjoyed most of it. It just ran out of steam at the end. It has two timelines and the one in the past leading up to the massacre is more YA while the present timeline is YA + one year. She is in the weirdest relationship with her boyfriend and only remembers pieces of what happened on the "Scarlet Christmas" when she speaks with her psychiatrist.

On the whole it's 3.5 stars and good for a beach read. I would be a solid 4 if not for running out of steam and not sticking the landing.

I really appreciate St. Martins Press / Minotaur Books for giving me the opportunity to read the book for free for a honest review and it's out now.

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I really wanted to love love this book, but something about it just don’t hit the mark for me, I think it was just a bit too long/took too long to get to the point, and I’m a little bummed by that. I did love all the twists and turns, it made it an enjoyable read that kept me going. It just felt like it dragged too often and too long. It was just one of those books where I didn’t feel satisfied once finished, but overall not bad.

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Who’s in the mood for a good thriller? I went into Everyone Who Can Forgive Me Is Dead blind when @stmartinspress and @netgalley offered me the eARC. Thank you so much!

Charlie is a successful editor at a magazine and is engaged to a darling of society. So, she has it all, right? Right? Right?

Except, Charlie has some majorly deep trauma from being part of a fatal event dubbed “Scarlet Christmas” back in her college days. And now there’s going to be a new movie about it??? No, no, no, no…Charlie is not ready to dredge up those old feelings or emotions. Or has she ever been able to get past them?

I enjoyed this one a lot, though there were a couple areas that dragged for me a bit. There was a twist in the end I didn’t see coming. I liked it, so bravo for that! I recommend this one for thriller lovers.

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