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In the Blood by Lisa Unger

… we draw people into our lives. It’s as though we broadcast our deepest needs,
and certain people hear the signal somewhere in their own subconscious and heed the call.
For better or worse, we attract our teachers, our allies, and sometimes even our nightmares.
Some of us have louder signals.
Some of us have more sensitive receptors.

Such a good book!
There were some elements and mysteries that I was able to figure out right away
but there were others that just kept me guessing.

This novel follows the character Lana who has a secret.
There is a troubled, young boy.
There is murder and lies and a great story.

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I will for sure be picking up more of her novels.

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Tess D’Urbervilles

She knew how to hit to a hair’s-breadth that moment of evening when the light and the darkness
are so evenly balanced that the constraint of day and the suspense of night neutralize each other,
leaving absolute mental liberty. It is then that the plight of being alive becomes attenuated to its least possible dimensions.
She had no fear of the shadows; her sole idea seemed to be to shun mankind-or rather that cold
accretion called the world, which, so terrible in the mass, is so unformidable, even pitiable, in its units.

– Tess D’Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy

I started this book once before but I could not finish it. Once I got into the book I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the story, not the author’s writing. He seems to drag on when he definitely should not. But it was written in 1891 – so that happens. If you’re looking to read a classic I would recommend this one. It follows a young women named Tess through her teenage years and the trouble she has with her family and men. The basic problems – poor family, hard labor and love.

I knew I was enjoying this book when I got thoroughly angry at one part. I’m glad I finally got through this book.