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What hurts the most

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This was a great book. I loved every paragraph, every sentence and every word of this masterpiece! I read it in 12 hours, which is a lot for me to do! It had everything and more laid out in the novel! I sure hope There is more to come from this author! I am totally hooked!

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What a great read.
In the beginning you are confronted with a few storylines but as you read, they start to merge into one and make sense. So many twists and turns until the end where a few came out of nowhere to surprise the reader.
Am rather pleased to see this is a series, so looking forward to diving into the next one soon.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me to read this book.

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This story switches back and forth between the high school years and when the characters are nearly 40. It does keep one guessing and most likely you will be wrong. There are many twists and turns to this tale. I do look forward to reading the next one in this series. I definitely need a break first with something lighter as this one is rather intense. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.

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Another intriguing Willow Rose book. This was my first Mary Mills mystery book. I found Mary to be rather brash. A lot of backstory in this relating to the past.
One of the main things that bugs me is when a medical provider is explained incorrectly. A heart catheterization doesn’t require a chest incison.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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This book is the first in a new series for the author, Willow Rose. And it is a good start. The characters are well-written and the storyline is great. She knows how to get the readers attention! For me, I could not put the book down and read it quite quickly. I am looking forward to more in this series. I do recommend this book!

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this is an action packed book full of twists......I love Willow Rose' writing style!!!! I'm looking forward to reading more of her books!!!!

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Am I Pretty?
After reading this book I will always get a chill hearing those words!

This was my first Willow Rose book and it did not disappoint. The character development made you feel like you really knew some of the characters- but you will never guess who’s the killer. Don’t worry though you won’t have to wait until the last chapter for all the excitement in this book- there are lots of twists and turns along the way to keep you wanting more. If you love a great suspense book this is the one you!

Publisher Buoy Media
Author Willow Rose
Categories General Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

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Loved being introduced to Mary Mills and as a fan of Willow Roses Eva Rae Thomas series another series from her is exciting. Great characters, and as usual great storyline

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This book is set in Cocoa Beach, which always reminds me of the places we used to visit in Florida when I was growing up - small towns, with Mom and Pop motels right across the road from the beach. However, there is a very dark side to this small town.

This is the first book in the Mary Mills series. Mary has just lost her job in NYC when she receives a phone call from her father asking her to come home. Her brother has been arrested for murder. Mary has bad memories from living in Cocoa Beach, but she returns for her family, along with her young son and their dog. She discovers that a lot of her old high school friends are still in town, but so are some of the worst bullies. She and her friends begin their own investigation to try to figure out who had reason to want to kill the murdered person.

This book alternates between the past and the present, with different points of view. There are a lot of twists in this book, particularly the final one that I never saw coming.

I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher Buoy Media via NetGalley, and voluntarily read and reviewed it.

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This book is so good! It is the first book in the Mary Mills series and since finishing it, I have purchased the second book. Mary, who is estranged from her father, gets a call saying her brother has been arrested for murder. She and her son Salter head back to Florida to try to help her brother. After getting there a string of murders keep happening. Can Mary free her brother?

This is a book you won’t want to put down. I know I didn’t. I wasn’t able to guess all the key players either. Which I really liked.

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Just at the moment when Mary gets fired from her job at the NYT, she receives a phone call from her father that her brother has been arrested and charged with murder. Mary packs up the car with her son and dog and drives down to Florida to figure out what happened and how she can help her brother.

When Mary gets to town, people she knew from high school start getting murdered, and her old high school gang (the 7th street crew) launch into investigating what happened.

This story is told through multiple POVs and various timelines. The conclusion of the “who dun it” does tie everything together…. But wait!! Then there was a twist that no one saw coming!!! Can’t wait to read the sequel in this series.

This ARC was provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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Synopsis (From Netgalley, the provider of the book to review)
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Am I pretty? Imagine being asked that question standing face to face with a killer. What would you answer?
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While her life is going from bad to worse, journalist Mary Mills receives a disturbing phone call from her father. Her brother was arrested, and charged with murder. Mary decides to go back to her hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, which she left twenty years back and has never visited since. Working with her old friends in from High School, she tracks down the most disturbing and surprising killer this town has ever faced before a shocking conclusion turns everything upside down for them.

Determined to solve the murder and to have her brother acquitted, Mary, is forced to face demons from her past she never thought she would have to again. What Hurts the Most is a chilling, fast-paced story of the power of friendship, but also murder and revenge. Note: it’s the first in Willow Rose’s new series about Mary Mills and her childhood friends from Cocoa Beach

I know I read this when it first came out and I thoroughly enjoyed this from page one to its shocking ending. It is highly recommended to read a first and a second time down the road!
#shortbutsweetreviews

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A great who done it type of story. Lots of suspense and random information about alot of different characters and then there is also a couple of timeliness. Not an easy read but not bad. Worth the read.

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This is the first book in the series and the first book I've read by this author. There were a lot of characters introduced and some were like able. It was an easy book read that I read in one sitting. I cant wait to read more books by this author.

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I liked this book but I just couldn't get into the story. I didn't like the writing style but overall the story was good.

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"What Hurts the Most" by Willow Rose is a chilling and gripping thriller that takes readers on a suspenseful journey into the dark corners of a seemingly peaceful town. The story revolves around journalist Mary Mills, who is thrust back into her hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, when her brother is arrested for murder.

From the moment Mary receives the disturbing phone call, the tension begins to mount, and the author skillfully maintains it throughout the narrative. The small-town setting is vividly depicted, creating a sense of familiarity that adds to the story's unsettling atmosphere.

The character of Mary is a compelling protagonist, and her determination to uncover the truth and prove her brother's innocence is both relatable and admirable. As she reconnects with old friends from high school, the dynamics of their relationships and the secrets they harbor become central to the plot.

Willow Rose excels in creating a web of mystery and intrigue, as Mary delves deeper into the investigation, uncovering shocking revelations and confronting demons from her own past. The pacing of the story is well-executed, with each chapter delivering new twists and surprises that keep readers eagerly turning the pages.

The novel explores themes of friendship, betrayal, and the lasting impact of past actions. It also delves into the darkness that can hide beneath the surface of a seemingly idyllic community.

"What Hurts the Most" is a thrilling and suspenseful read that will have readers guessing until the very end. Willow Rose masterfully combines elements of mystery, psychological suspense, and family drama to create a story that is both emotionally resonant and highly entertaining. If you're a fan of fast-paced thrillers with well-developed characters and a riveting plot, this book is a must-read.

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It was fun to read. Loved the characters too. Enjoyed till the end. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a free e-book.

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Did not expect so much story from this one! It was a wild ride with many twists and turns.... and bumps. Overall, I really liked the quick and fun writing style and I look forward to reading more from this author.

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WOW!! What an awesome, action packed mystery!!
Several timelines of different characters to lead up to an outstandingly twisted ending!
I was not able to put this book down, at first I couldn’t keep up with all the characters due to the timelines but it quickly moved on in year 2015.

Mary just lost her job in New York and her brother is in jail for murder. She comess back to Cocoa beach to stay with her father to try to help her brother. She is separated from Joey, but quickly starts to confide in him for comfort while trying to piece together her brother's prison sentence and the ongoing murders of a group of friends who went to her high school decades ago.

There’s a serial killer who’s picking off one by one that her close friends from high school knew. Mary and Joey’s friends join up surfing and supporting one another through the murders when it becomes dangerous for all of them.

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Any book by Willow Rose is a masterpiece and this one is no exception. What a great story !!! This is part of the Mary Mills series and is a great addition to the series

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