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Rachel Hawkins

Author of Hex Hall

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Works by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (2010) 2,414 copies
The Ex Hex (2021) 1,404 copies
The Wife Upstairs (2021) 1,399 copies
Demonglass (2011) 1,372 copies
Spell Bound (2012) 856 copies
Rebel Belle (2014) 844 copies
Reckless Girls (2022) 834 copies
School Spirits (2013) 467 copies
The Kiss Curse (2022) 459 copies
Her Royal Highness (2019) 430 copies
Prince Charming (2018) 426 copies
The Villa (2023) 416 copies
Miss Mayhem (2015) 307 copies
Lady Renegades (2016) 189 copies
Journey's End (2016) 88 copies

Associated Works

Grim (2014) — Contributor — 234 copies
Defy the Dark (2013) — Contributor — 86 copies
Two Tales Dark and Grim: The Key / The Brothers Piggett (2014) — Contributor — 13 copies


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Excellent plot with alternating timelines that you never know how are going to intertwine.. The setting was great for the type of thriller and Rachel Hawkins delivered again. 5 stars

Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the ARC.
mookie86 | 35 other reviews | Nov 29, 2023 |
This is an interesting not quite murder story intertwined two different timeline set in the same villa (Villa Aestas, aka Villa Rosato in 1974). Mari, and her stepsister, Lara in 1974. Emily and Chess in the modern day. It is about how women bonded, survived and move forward. Just as I thought the ending is predictable, there was a surprise twist and make me wonder how a simple change of fact altering the fate of someone else history.
Baochuan | 35 other reviews | Nov 29, 2023 |
Camden is the adopted son of Ruby McTavish, one of the wealthiest women in North Carolina. She was also quite well known as the victim of a kidnapping when she was a child and as a widow 4 times over, with husbands dying under mysterious circumstances. Upon her death, Camden inherited the family home and fortune. For his own reasons, he estranged himself from Ruby years ago, as well as his inheritance and lives a modest existence as a teacher, married to Jules and living in Colorado.

When Camden receives a letter from a family member urging him to return to the family estate, Ashby House, which he owns and to put financial concerns in order, Jules encourages him to make the trip with her. She has researched the home and, unbeknownst to Camden, dreams of living there adjacent to the Blue Ridge mountains. Upon their reaching Ashby House, it is soon apparent why Camden wanted to sever ties with his toxic family.

The story unfolds via two POVs, Camden’s and Jules’, as well as news clippings and a series of letters from Ruby to an undisclosed recipient that recount her life story. Like every family and every good thriller, there are lots of secrets here. This Southern Gothic novel has it all…you name it, it is here. Fast paced, I read it in one sitting as I did not want to put it down.

Thanks to #netgalley and @stmartinspress for the ARC.
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vkmarco | 7 other reviews | Nov 28, 2023 |
A fairly breezy read, with predictable plot points and "twists," the apparently-now-mandatory lesbian character, profanity (including the names of God and Christ misused), sexual references and a make-out scene, and - in the audiobook format - truly awful attempts at Southern accents.

There's also a disturbing origin story where God and Satan are presented as equals, more or less, and there's a group of angels that rise above their feud, "refusing to take sides," and they become supernatural creatures like fairies, witches, werewolves, etc. The idea that they know better than God is distinctly heretical.… (more)
RachelRachelRachel | 230 other reviews | Nov 21, 2023 |



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