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Safe and Sound

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It's a mystery why and how a young woman was taken from a house while her two younger cousins were asleep in their rooms. This book captured my attention from the very first page and kept it until the end. The author offered several scenarios that could have played out. While trying to unravel the mystery, the reader gets the perspective of the cousins and the young woman who went missing. It's amazing how their perspectives are intertwined throughout the book, periodically switching from present to past. I will definitely recommend this book and author to others!

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WAIT! I wasn’t prepared for this book to end! I absolutely loved this book. It is a twisty tale told in alternating time lines, building the suspense with carefully leaked details…leading to a surprising conclusion. I thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read this fantastic book early. Go get this book!!!

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Laura McHugh is amazing and totally underrated, and I'm hoping that Safe and Sound, her 2024 release, catapults her to the wider readership she deserves.

Safe and Sound is a riveting story about growing up in a small impoverished town, of the secrets that can and do hide in them, about the weirdness and rot that can live in families, and it's all wrapped up in a genuinely gripping mystery. Absolutely outstanding and very highly recommended!

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Let me start by saying I’m a huge Laura McHugh fan. Her books make my dark-loving heart sing, and Safe and Sound is no different. This book, first and foremost, is about sisterly love in all its forms and how secrets can bond or destroy a family. I fell in love with Amelia, Kylee, and Grace and how their strong connection drove the story to its twisty conclusion. Like all of McHugh’s books, this story is character-driven and full of heart as well as heartbreak. I’m already having a horrible book hangover!

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for an early look in exchange for my honest opinion.

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I devoured this book. It kept me interested from beginning to end. I am a big McHugh fan and I think this is one of her best. It deals with some subjects I normally do not like to read about….powerless girls, “bad” mothering, horrible men. While I think the ending was a bit underwhelming, it was a really great read.

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I have read all of Laura McHugh’s books and this one will keep you turning pages until the very end. I gave it 4 stars only because the story dragged in some places, but otherwise GREAT book!! Thanks for the advanced copy!!

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This is a great book!
Amelia and Kylee's cousin Grace disappeared years ago when she was babysitting them and was never found. The two believe that some day she may still turn up. Amelia is doing her very best to work a low paying job to get herself and her sister out of the terrible town and away from the toxic family they live with. When remains are found, the two are more determined then ever to find out what happened to Grace.

This book will keep your attention and keep you wondering until the very end!.#RandomHouse #SafeandSound #Lauramchugh

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I have loved Laura McHugh's others novels, and Safe and Sound is another winner. She does small-town noir so incredibly well, and her character development is top notch. There is also a cinematic quality to her writing that I admire and that helps the reader picture each scene. Safe and Sound feels claustrophobic at times, which is a testament to the author's skill, since that's the feeling the story should evoke. Grace, Amelia, and Kylee are great POV characters. At times this feels like a YA book, but nonetheless it should appeal widely to an adult audience.

Thank you so much to Netgalley, & the publisher for the e-galley; all opinions are my own.

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A very dark, emotional read. Laura McHugh drags you into small town Missouri and shoves your face into how hard life is. When their cousin Grace goes missing while babysitting for them, Amelia and Kylee never lose hope they will find out what happened to her. 6 years later they are on the cusp of escaping, but the mystery of Grace is holding them back. Trigger warnings for child abuse.

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Thank you, NetGallery, for the arc. This was a fascinating read. It delved into the southern noir mystery genre so well. I was happily surprised at home much a liked this book. It was a quick read solely for the fact that I didn’t want to put it down.

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Amelia and Kylee’s cousin, Grace, disappeared several years ago and the hole that she left in their lives as well her own mother’s was vast and painful. As another anniversary of her disappearance is observed, Amelia is determined to figure out what was going on in Grace’s life at the time. The girls all come from poor backgrounds without much hope for bright futures. Likely they will be unable to escape the same fate that their mother and aunt have, living hand to mouth with nowhere to go, raising their own children in the same environment and never leaving their hometown. The story, although depressing, held my attention and wasn’t easily guessed. There are multiple suspects in Grace’s disappearance and the ending a surprise in many ways. Enjoyed the book.

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Laura McHugh is a must-read for me. I swear, no one does depressing small-town atmosphere like this author. You can feel the despair and claustrophobia coming off the pages. Especially the description of the life circle from the hospital to the job at the meat plant to the cemetery. This story centers on Grace, a missing girl who was on her way out to bigger and better things. She goes missing from her cousins' house leaving a lot of blood behind. What happened? Her cousins grow up and decide to try and find out after the discovery of a body. There were so many possible suspects. My first suspicion did turn out to be right, but I was lead on a heartbreaking, page-turning journey to that final conclusion. I loved level-headed Amelia, flighty Kylee and poor doomed Grace. All three were strong, capable female leads. This is a disturbing, dark story and may not be for everyone, but I think fans of Lisa Jewell and the like will especially enjoy this one! My only complaint was no epilogue. I would have enjoyed a little more information and had a few questions, but that is just my overthinking mind. This is a great depressing and heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting story!

Thank you so much to #Netgalley, Laura McHugh and Random House Publishing Group for this ARC! All opinions are my own.

I will post my review to Amazon, Instagram and other retail and social media sites upon publication.

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I’m a fan of this author, so I was excited about this book. But I’ feel let down after reading it. It almost felt like a YA book at times.. Thank you NetGalley for this ARC.

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Oh my goodness! Laura McHugh, absolutely never disappoints, and because of that fact, I went into her latest novel, Safe and Sound completely blind.

This fast paced novel centers around Amelia and Kylee, teenage sisters, that dream of escaping their one-track town. Six year prior their older cousin Grace mysteriously disappears. Grace was nearing the end of her senior year, and was looking forward to college, which made her disappearance all the more puzzling. Now present day the town is in a frenzy when human remains are found wondering if it’s Grace. With a lot of unanswered questions still surrounding Grace, the girls make it their mission to figure what happened to their cousin once and for all.

This 5+++ star novel played out like a movie in my mind from start to finish! The characters are extremely well-developed, and Laura McHugh did a fantastic job of conveying their experiences and emotions. Told through alternating viewpoints, the storyline bounces between the past and present, which adds more intrigue and suspense to this epic read! I have adored every single one of Laura McHugh’s prior novels, and I think Safe and Sound is my new top favorite from her! I really think Safe and Sound would make a fantastic book club selection- a true must read!

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Laura McHugh delivers another gripping rural noir thriller! The story bounces back and forth between past and present. Sisters, Amelia and Kylee are searching for answers about their missing cousin, Grace. Multiple suspects and questions pop up throughout their search, and leave the reader guessing til the end about what really happened to Grace.

McHugh describes rural Missouri with superb accuracy. She sheds light on the good, the bad, and the ugly of small town life using dark humor and disturbing details. McHugh shows how strong family bonds can be, especially between sisters. Also, the rough side of family ties is well represented.

An epilogue or more thorough ending is the only thing that left me wanting in this novel.

*Trigger warning: Child sexual abuse*

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McHugh's newest is heartbreaking and filled with grace notes, as a sister duo try to find the body of their beloved cousin. Small town Missouri springs to life, as well as the emotions and personalities within a family whose destiny seems forgone. McHugh is a master of small details that build to create a vivid picture of a person and a place. The rising tension, the slow creep toward a place where you almost want to look away, all make this one highly recommended.

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Six years ago, on the verge of being able to finally escape the small town she lived in, Grace disappears, leaving a whole lot of blood behind. Her two younger cousins, sisters Amelia and Kylee were in the house but unharmed.

Now, Amelia and Kylee long for that same thing… to get out of their town that holds people back, trapping them in mundaneness. When human remains are found in town, the sisters are determined more than ever to find out what happened to their cousin.

This was such a great story, filled with despair, grief and secrets that could potentially bury them. No matter what, though, they do whatever they can to protect one another and to find out the truth. I read this in a day because I couldn’t put it down.

Trigger warnings for child sexual abuse.

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I have been a big fan of Laura McHugh's writing since I read her debut years ago. I just love the level of character development and descriptive atmosphere that she is able to achieve. I feel like the book played out in my mind like a movie while I read it. This book kept me engaged throughout while told by sisters, Amelia and Kylee, and their missing cousin Grace, each narrating several chapters at a time in alternating timelines. Their stories are just captivating and heart breaking. The story kept building steadily in this setup and leads to a conclusion that you won't see coming.

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This book is fantastic! This story is only made better by the deep family bonds, the haunting storyline and the great ending.

Safe And Sound is told in three voices, past and present. Grace is the intellectual, the caregiver of her cousins, and the girl who wants to leave her small town life and make something of herself. Kylee is scrappy, loud and not afraid to say what’s on her mind. And Amelia is the introspective sister who tries to keep Kylee in check and on the right path.

When Grace disappears, leaving a blood trail behind, the whole town comes together and mourns the loss. Kylee and Amelia want to solve the mystery of their cousin’s disappearance and won’t let anyone get in their way. They uncover many untold secrets and persevere until the end.

It’s impossible not to get caught up in the suspense of this thriller and cheer for each of the characters. I highly recommend this 4-star book. Thank you, NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for the ARC.

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5 stars-A small town with a diner, a meat packing plant, a strip club…and 3 girls who just want to get out and do more with their lives. Laura McHugh writes with such depth, and makes us feel the pain and the triumph of each character. Told in the viewpoints of the two girls left behind and the one that is missing, this book will haunt yo u long after you finish the last page. I would like to give my extreme gratitude to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC. It was a pleasure to read and review.

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