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All Who Wander

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I was given an advance copy of this book from netgalley.com and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are truthful and my own.

I enjoyed this book. I am a sucker for all thrillers that take place in Vermont. I know some people don't like dual timelines, but I thought it worked for this story. It was dark and twisty, and an excellent weekend read.

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3.5/4 stars

I liked the writing and was drawn into the mystery, but ultimately was disappointed by the ending and didn’t like any of the characters. The story was gripping and I was able to fly by reading along eagerly waiting to see what happened. When characters are unlikeable it can either make or break the book. In this instance, it was somewhere in the middle. The snow setting gave me chills as it's the perfect environment for things to go wrong. The story does start off slow, but then gets going and twists and turns are at every corner. Some parts didn't have to be included and left some places feeling confusing.

Overall a good book.

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Thank you Netgalley for the ARC of this book. This was an awesome read! The story was told in multiple POVs and timeline. It was part domestic thriller and part mystery. The characters were well done and relatable. Looking forward to more from this author

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A riveting psychological thriller that explores family secrets, betrayal, and the haunting consequences of the past..The suspense builds throughout and the atmospheric setting adds to the tension.
Many thanks to Square Tire Books and to Netgalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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🌟 Just finished "All Who Wander" by Joe Clifford and I'm in awe! 📚 Clifford masterfully weaves together a gripping tale of redemption, loss, and the power of second chances. With vivid prose and deeply nuanced characters, he takes readers on a journey through the heartache and hope of protagonist Mickey's life. From the gritty streets of New Jersey to the windswept coast of California, Clifford paints a vivid portrait of a man searching for meaning amidst the chaos of addiction and despair. If you're looking for a raw and riveting read that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page, "All Who Wander" is a must-read. 📖💫 #BookReview #AllWhoWander #JoeClifford #MustRead #RedemptionJourney #netgalley

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I received an complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Highly recommend this great plot with many twists that will keep you guessing throughout the entire book!!

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This is a story about a brother and sister. Neither one had an easy childhood due to how they were raised. The boy did fairly well for himself with no help from his 'parents'. The girl left their small town seeking something better. All they found of her was her car, that had an accident in a raging snowstorm. I really felt sorry for these two people. A very interesting story about life and how we live it. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

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What a suspenseful psychological thriller with domestic drama and a heart-pounding mystery all rolled into one!

All Who Wander is a deep, dark and dynamic psychological thriller. If you liked Girl on a Train or Gone Girl, pick this one up. I read this in one sitting, I couldn’t find a chapter to stop on that didn’t have me wanting more.

So here is the premise, I don’t want to go in too deep, as not to spoil anything.

In 1998 on a snowy night in rural Vermont Brooke Mulcahy’s car slides off the road. Her car was finally discovered, but there is no sign of Brooke. Her step brother Bobby, her best friend Aaron Reardon and her ex who was very possessive and was an addict are all still reeling from her disappearance 21 years ago.

When a young woman, Lily shows up to Roberts (Bobby) door claiming to be the daughter of Brooke, Robert doesn’t know what to believe. Robert goes back and revisits that night where everything happened. Then he uncovers a horrible deep dark secret. The story is told in a dual timeline and dual POV and is quite the page turner.

Currently on KU for FREE, so if you’re looking for a dark atmospheric read with domestic drama and want to be in the winter season setting, this one's for you!

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Told in the past, leading to the night of Brooke’s disappearance and now, twenty years later. Robert is half brother to Brooke who wants to uncover the reason why and how she disappeared. Mike is suspected having been her on and off bad guy boyfriend last known to have been with her that last night. Aaron, one of the good guys, is her best friend that was in love with her. A young woman seeks out Robert to disclose she is the child of his long missing half sister. He doesn’t take her word since many claims and sightings brought false hope through the years. The ending for all characters dramatically changes in the end which is not at all how I expected.

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One snowy night in 1998, Brooke Mulcahy's car slides off the road in rural Vermont and, although her car is found, she isn't. Twenty-one years later Brooke's half-brother Robert (Bobby), now an esteemed professor at a private Upstate New York university, is paid a visit by Lily, a young woman claiming to be Brooke's daughter.

This book is from my backlog and was published in September 2023. The past story is told mostly from Brooke's point of view and in the present mostly from Robert's point of view. It took me a while to get into the book but eventually I became very engrossed as we learn the truth about what happened to Brooke Mulcahy. All in all, not bad but it was a bit longer than it needed to be in my opinion. 3.5 stars rounded down.

TW. Drug and alcohol use/abuse is a strong theme in the book as well as sexual activity and foul language. This may be just a me thing but there was one part in the book where Brooke confronts a drug dealer who suffers from "cocaine nose" and the description literally turned my stomach. Also, harm to a dog.

Thank you to Square Tire Books via Netgalley for the opportunity to read this novel. All opinions expressed are my own.

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This book is a thrilling mystery novel that is bound to keep readers engaged until the very end. It follows the story of Robert Kirby, who attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding the disappearance of his stepsister, Brooke Mulcahy. According to the FBI, Brooke may have been kidnapped by a serial killer who resided in the vicinity where she was last seen. However, everything takes an unexpected turn when a woman named Lily comes forward to claim that she is Brooke's daughter.

What sets this book apart from others in the same genre is the author's adept interweaving of Brooke's story in 1998 and Robert's present-day investigation. The characters are multi-layered and complex, and the bleak New England setting adds an extra layer of intrigue to the story.

Although this book has some similarities with other mystery novels, it delves deeply into the psyche of its characters, going beyond surface-level storytelling. Readers will get to know Brooke and Robert intimately and see how they perceive each other differently.

In conclusion, this captivating read is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a good mystery. Readers will find it hard to put down until they uncover the truth about Brooke Mulcahy's disappearance.

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Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. An intriguing mystery if there ever was one. Perfect for a snowy winter's weekend to get you even more into the story. This had me in it from the first chapter.

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This was a good domestic psychological thriller. It makes the reader curious about the mysterious disappearance, and keeps you engaged till the end when you find out what happened.

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I enjoyed this book very much. It’s a mystery about Brooke, who one day just disappears. She gets in her car and just starts driving. She has no specific place she is going to. Her car runs off the road in a snowstorm and she is never seen again. As her brother tries to find her years later, he talks to people who knew her when she was young. Nothing or no one is as they seem. The book will keep your attention.

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Joe Clifford is back with an incredible story that just keeps unraveling the longer you sit and turn the pages. Told from two separate points of view, Brooke and Bobby, stepsiblings and their sad stories that just clash, no thanks to their separate upbringings but also due to their age. Brooke gets into a car accident and disappears without a trace. Robert (Bobby grown up) can't seem to move past this point in his personal life as his professional life takes off. Events unfold that leave Robert chasing leads to hopefully, finally, be able to put his past to rest. Page turning with twists one doesn't see coming.
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my own opinion*

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I was pleasantly surprised with this novel. I do love the past and present telling of the story for those different perspectives. The different narratives kept me guessing until the final few chapters. In saying that, I’m not sure how I felt about the ending, it did leave a little bit open. I think some could have been expanded on in the present, but I guess it’s up for interpretation.

Obviously, I felt more invested in the past narrative because it followed Brooke, the missing young woman, and her story. She does have a sad story and you just hope her story has a HEA and doesn’t end like everyone thinks it is going to. The present, which featured her half brother, left a lot of questions during and at the end. I would have liked to know a bit more about some of the help he had received between the timelines. He’s an interesting character.

I enjoyed the way the story was told and it seemed an appropriately pace. I think I would have liked an expansion on some topics that were brought up but I don’t think it’s completely detrimental to the story. This was my first read by the author, and I would be interested to check out his other works.

Thank you to NetGalley and Square Tire Books for the opportunity to read this book. All opinions are my own.

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I read the first few pages and couldn't bring myself to make it any farther. I did not like the writing style. It felt choppy, and it made the part I did read quite boring. There were also quite a few curse words (more than I anticipated), and though I don't always have a huge problem with that, there were just too many for me to be comfortable with. I did not find the main character to be interesting or compelling, either. I DNF'd All Who Wander. This book may be a good fit for some people, but from what I did read, it was not a good fit for me.

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I personally did not like this book very much, the general idea is fine. I liked the writing but the characters and the pacing just weren't for me. It felt really slow for the majority of the book, to the point that I skimmed some parts, it just felt like it wasn't getting to the point very fast and I feel like it could've been at least 50 pages shorter than it was

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This was a very dark and twisted storyline, I love thrillers and for me even this one was a little darker than I am used to. I would recommend this book to others.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and I am leaving my review voluntarily and the opinion expressed here are my own.

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Brooke Mulcahy leaves home in a dilapidated car during a snow storm at night in Vermont. Her car is later found, but she isn't, leaving her family with no closure. Her family was dysfunctional in the extreme, and her boyfriend was even worse. Drug use, alcoholism, and abuse was common among her family members and in her school. She had a younger brother Bobby (Robert) that she called 'fecto', meaning that he was defective. He did have a physical defect which was remediated with surgery.

Fast forward around 20 years, and Brooke's story is published, bringing it to public attention and digging up old skeletons. In its wake, her brother Robert's stable life where he was a respected college professor begins to fall apart. I wondered at times if perhaps Robert had a psychiatric disorder himself, since he seemed so disassociated from his younger, pre-surgery self.

The ending was a surprise - I didn't see that coming. I received an e-arc from the publisher Square Tire Books via NetGalley. These are my opinions of the book.

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