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  1. A Darkly Beating Heart
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  2. A Darkly Beating Heart

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A troubled girl confronts her personal demons in this time-travel thriller alternating between present day and 19th century Japan.

No one knows how to handle Reiko. She is full of hatred; all she can think about is how to best hurt herself and those people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt at her home in Seattle, Reiko's parents send her to spend the summer with family in Japan, hoping she will learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping backward in time into the nineteenth-century life of Miyu, a young woman even more vengeful than Reiko herself. Reiko loves escaping into Miyu's life . . . until she discovers Kuramagi's dark secret and must face down Miyu's demons as well as her own.

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Lindsay Smith
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Roaring Brook Press
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed this book. Women in fiction are always expected to be sweet, the caretakers, etc. If they're troubled, then they're the 'strong, independent' type. Reiko's type of character is always relegated to villain, and usually has all the depth and interest of a wet sheet of paper. But Reiko was hella interesting. She's angry, she feels trapped and unappreciated, like the freak and loser everyone puts up with. Her parents are rigid, and their attitudes led to her and her brother treating each other horribly. She made impulsive choices, bad choices, and trapped herself in a dark spiral. I loved how the end played out, I really really did. This was a great example of unreliable narrator and I loved that to death.

Women in society are always taught to be anything pretty much anything but angry. We bury it, choke on it, etc. The moment our anger comes out we're labeled crazy, overreacting, 'that time of the month' etc. So I loved seeing a young woman who was hurt and... Read more
After letting it sit, this has become one of my favorite books of 2016. Amazing job and I really enjoyed Reiko and Miyu and all the work Lindsay put into creating the world and history between the two girls. Absolutely loved it.
bisexual Japanese American girl revenge thriller. A lot of anger. I love Reiko. More angry girls in books please.
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