A Good Family
Beth is the darling of God Halsa, a pharmaceutical giant, and she’s got the outrageous salary and lifestyle to prove it. Until she lands in white-collar women’s prison, thanks to a high-profile whistleblower suit.Sam, Beth’s husband, is the golden boy who has never had to do anything for himself. Until his wife goes to jail, and he’s left to raise two daughters on his own.Lise, the au pair, is the whistleblower. But is she? Everyone knows she’s not clever enough to have done it alone.Hannah, Sam’s sister, is devoted to her family. There’s nothing she wouldn’t do for them.Eva, Beth’s sister, is the smart one. (Read: not the pretty one.)Martin, Beth’s brother, is the firstborn, the heir to it all. But what is he hiding?Someone knows something. Someone betrayed Beth.This is the story of the Min-Lindstroms. This is the story of the all-American family as it implodes under the weight of secrets, lies and the unchecked desire for wealth and power.

A Good Family Details

TitleA Good Family
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 14th, 2020
PublisherGraydon House
ISBN-139781525804588
Rating
GenreFiction, Mystery, Adult Fiction

A Good Family Review

  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    A beautifully written debut from A.H. Kim that I really wanted to love, but in the end, while I didn't dislike it, I just found myself somewhere in the lukewarm middle. I kept reading that it was "a domestic suspense that will keep you guessing." While it is truly a domestic suspense ripe with secrets, lies and deception; unfortunately, it did not keep me guessing. If you read many suspense/thrillers, the ending will not really surprise you, as the clues were pretty easy to follow. The book begi A beautifully written debut from A.H. Kim that I really wanted to love, but in the end, while I didn't dislike it, I just found myself somewhere in the lukewarm middle. I kept reading that it was "a domestic suspense that will keep you guessing." While it is truly a domestic suspense ripe with secrets, lies and deception; unfortunately, it did not keep me guessing. If you read many suspense/thrillers, the ending will not really surprise you, as the clues were pretty easy to follow. The book begins with the pretentious Min-Lindstrom clan gathering at their plush vacation home to say farewell to one of the family members, Beth, who is heading to prison as the result of a whistle-blower suit. Beth Lindstrom, wife to Sam Min, and mother to two young daughters, is also a top marketing executive at a big pharmaceutical company, who has been charged with deceptively marketing a popular attention deficit disorder drug, which led to at least one death. Held up as a public example of corporate greed and executive excess, Beth receives a lengthy prison sentence. The family all gathers to say good-bye and to discuss how to keep the family together for the girls' sake. I thought it was all a bit confusing and jumbled from the get-go. The story is told in alternative POVs from Beth, and Hannah Min, Sam's sister. Hannah is a single, unassuming, legal librarian, and extremely devoted sister to Sam and aunt to Sam and Beth's two daughters. Once Beth goes to prison, Hannah also becomes Beth's lifeline to the outside world, and eventually Beth asks Hannah to help her figure out who in her inner circle betrayed her. There are numerous suspects - Beth's jealous sister, Eva; shady lobbyist brother, Martin; ex-lover Charlotte; and even Sam himself. This is where I found the waters just a bit too murky. The other characters all sort of blurred together, as none of their stories really stood out to me, and the relationship between Beth, Charlotte, and Sam was just bizarre. I did enjoy Beth's chapters in prison - that is where Kim shines - they were believable, interesting, and not too over-the-top. While none of the characters are extremely likable, I grew to begrudgingly respect Beth. On the other hand, I couldn't stand Hannah, which I don't think was Kim's intent; but her character turned me off in every way. Eventually, the truth comes to light and motivations become clear, and everyone must come to terms with the consequences of their actions and how those actions impact their relationships with each other. Overall, a well-written debut that has moments of brilliance, but I just couldn't fully embrace it for some reason. Most other reviewers seem to have found it much more compelling than I though, so take it for what it's worth, but for me, it was a solid 3-star read.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I have played a zillion games of scrabble, done a zillion crosswords and I AM BORED!!!)I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the aut When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I have played a zillion games of scrabble, done a zillion crosswords and I AM BORED!!!)I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.Keep your family close and your enemies closer.Beth is the darling of God Halsa, a pharmaceutical giant, and she’s got the outrageous salary and lifestyle to prove it. Until she lands in white-collar women’s prison, thanks to a high-profile whistleblower suit. Sam, Beth’s husband, used to be the town’s most eligible bachelor, and he’s never had to do anything for himself. Until his wife goes to jail, and he’s left to raise two daughters on his own. Lise, the au pair, is the whistleblower. But is she? Everyone knows she’s not clever enough to have done it alone. Hannah, Sam’s sister, is devoted to her family. There’s nothing she wouldn’t do for them.Eva, Beth’s sister, is the smart one. (Read: not the pretty one.) Her life seems perfect on the surface, but sibling rivalry runs deep. Martin, Beth’s brother, is the firstborn, the former golden boy turned inside-the Beltway businessman. But what is he hiding?Someone knows something. Someone betrayed Beth.This is the story of the Min-Lindstroms. This is the story of the all-American family as it implodes under the weight of secrets, lies and the unchecked desire for wealth and power.This is a great family drama - it sucks you in and makes you thank the powers that be that YOUR family is almost ... normal. (I cannot imagine calling a company GOD Halsa ... does someone have a GOD complex?!)The characters are well written and the storyline sucks you in until you finish the book. It is a great read: I would expect nothing less from a Harvard graduate who went to Berkley Law! I can see discussing this at a book club as we ladies (and gentlemen) love to discuss the book's and their own family drama and other people's problems ... wine makes it even better!! This book comes out in July: I would normally say take this book to the beach with a tonne of SPF1000 sunscreen as you will lose track of time and end up fried to a crisp as a result. BUT, since we are supposed to be in self-isolation, read it on the porch, balcony, backyard, or even your bedroom!)As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🏖️ 🏖️ 🏖️ 🏖️ 🏖️
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  • Hannah Bae
    January 1, 1970
    I am so excited to see A.H. Kim's addition to Korean American literature with "A Good Family." This is a delicious thrill of a domestic drama, full of brewing mystery over who sent Beth, an ambitious, gorgeous wife, mother, sister-in-law and pharma executive, to prison. At the center of this book are Beth and Hannah, two sisters-in-law bound together by their love for their family. Hannah is a Korean American law librarian, and her discoveries take surprising turns throughout the pages of "A Goo I am so excited to see A.H. Kim's addition to Korean American literature with "A Good Family." This is a delicious thrill of a domestic drama, full of brewing mystery over who sent Beth, an ambitious, gorgeous wife, mother, sister-in-law and pharma executive, to prison. At the center of this book are Beth and Hannah, two sisters-in-law bound together by their love for their family. Hannah is a Korean American law librarian, and her discoveries take surprising turns throughout the pages of "A Good Family." Kim writes with so much wit and with keen powers of observation -- it's obvious to the reader that this author knows the world she is depicting with hilarity, accuracy and, yes, a sharp-edged love. Irreverent, sexy and rooted in real emotion, "A Good Family" hooked me from the beginning. I found myself wanting to return to Beth's luxurious, privileged world, skewered through Hannah's wry point of view. I found Hannah's struggle to keep her family together in crisis to be admirable, and I know this character will invite empathy from anyone who's fought that good fight.
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  • Stephanie Wildman
    January 1, 1970
    I highly recommend this compelling story. A. H. Kim artfully weaves together the lives of Hannah, the shy librarian, and Beth, her incarcerated sister-in-law. Someone set Beth up, and Hannah is the person Beth trusts to figure out who did it.
  • NorCal
    January 1, 1970
    Received an advance copy of the book, due out on July 14, 2020. This is a fun read, full of complex characters. This book is a mystery: who sent the beautiful corporate executive Beth Lindstrom to prison? There are many suspects in her past idyllic life, each person not as perfect as they seem at first glance. I enjoyed how the author told this story from alternate points of view, including transcripts from the depositions. I also loved that the story was non-linear so we moved from present to p Received an advance copy of the book, due out on July 14, 2020. This is a fun read, full of complex characters. This book is a mystery: who sent the beautiful corporate executive Beth Lindstrom to prison? There are many suspects in her past idyllic life, each person not as perfect as they seem at first glance. I enjoyed how the author told this story from alternate points of view, including transcripts from the depositions. I also loved that the story was non-linear so we moved from present to past, putting the puzzle pieces together. A great debut novel!!If you are curious whether you will like A Good Family, you can visit the author's website at ahkim.net and read her blog posts. I haven't read them all (yet) but she has a very accessible, engaging writing style.
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  • Sujung Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Highly recommended first novel by A.H. Kim. Suspenseful, witty, gripping narrative and surprise ending. Kim does a masterful job getting us hooked to her complex but realistic characters, whom we simultaneously love and hate. The way she seamlessly weaves in the past to give meaning to the moment the reader is engulfed in adds intensity and drama to the story. I literally could not put the book down. Kudos on a superb story!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for review. Ms. Kim's debut novel, A Good Family, is a compelling family drama that I enjoyed very much. Deeply devoted to her family, Hannah steps in and becomes the person the Min-Lindstroms depend on when her sister-in-law, Beth, is sent to jail for insider trading. Beth also enlists Hannah to uncover the identity of the whistle-blower in her case. I found this to be a fun read with intriguing characters and twists that kept me invested Thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for review. Ms. Kim's debut novel, A Good Family, is a compelling family drama that I enjoyed very much. Deeply devoted to her family, Hannah steps in and becomes the person the Min-Lindstroms depend on when her sister-in-law, Beth, is sent to jail for insider trading. Beth also enlists Hannah to uncover the identity of the whistle-blower in her case. I found this to be a fun read with intriguing characters and twists that kept me invested in the story until the end! I'll definitely be on the look out for more from this author.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.This is one of the most solid family dramas I've read in a bit, with a combination of plot points that were occasionally a bit predictable and others that didn't go anywhere near where I'd expect. The high drama of Hannah trying to help her sister-in-law figure out which family member was involved in putting her in prison (and as a law librarian, being particularly suited to doing the research) made for a great sto Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.This is one of the most solid family dramas I've read in a bit, with a combination of plot points that were occasionally a bit predictable and others that didn't go anywhere near where I'd expect. The high drama of Hannah trying to help her sister-in-law figure out which family member was involved in putting her in prison (and as a law librarian, being particularly suited to doing the research) made for a great story. This is a definite pageturner, and I'd be happy to read more books by this author!
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  • Cari
    January 1, 1970
    My review will appear in Booklist. Great read. I tore through it!
  • Corrie Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book, it is part family drama and part mystery as we try to figure out which family member conspired with Beth's nanny Lise to whistleblow on her work with her pharmaceutical company. The book is told from two different perspectives, beautiful, rich and successful Beth, and her sister-in-law Hannah. Most of Beth's scenes are told while she is in prison which I thought was really interesting and gave the story a bit of an "Orange is the New Black" vibe.Most of the characters I really enjoyed this book, it is part family drama and part mystery as we try to figure out which family member conspired with Beth's nanny Lise to whistleblow on her work with her pharmaceutical company. The book is told from two different perspectives, beautiful, rich and successful Beth, and her sister-in-law Hannah. Most of Beth's scenes are told while she is in prison which I thought was really interesting and gave the story a bit of an "Orange is the New Black" vibe.Most of the characters were very flawed. Based on the number of characters, it took me a little to get the family tree fully figured out and I felt like some of the secondary characters could have been a little better fleshed out. I really enjoyed the plot in general as well as digging through the family's dirty laundry to try to find the rat. Excited to go to the book discussion on this in a couple weeks with Angie Kim at Old Town Books!
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  • Terrie Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    "A Good Family" by A.H. Kim was a book I enjoyed!The author writes this family drama with humor and depth as she shares a detailed backstory with the reader. Hannah and Beth, the two main female characters, are sister-in-law opposites the reader gets to know easily as the alternate narrators through this book. Sam, Beth's husband and Hannah's brother, are who brings these two women together along with the love of family. And, there's also the whistle-blower lawsuit that sends Beth to prison for "A Good Family" by A.H. Kim was a book I enjoyed!The author writes this family drama with humor and depth as she shares a detailed backstory with the reader. Hannah and Beth, the two main female characters, are sister-in-law opposites the reader gets to know easily as the alternate narrators through this book. Sam, Beth's husband and Hannah's brother, are who brings these two women together along with the love of family. And, there's also the whistle-blower lawsuit that sends Beth to prison for ten years. Yep, there's that too! This is a family drama where deception, lies and untold truths begin to unfold and continue with just enough twists here and turns there to keep the reader invested to the end. The hunt to find the "real whistle-blower" is the goal but there is so much other "stuff" going on in the meantime....lots of "bits & pieces" and "odds & ends" that makes for great family drama!This is a book I would definitely recommend to others. Disclosure: I received an Advanced Reading Copy labeled as "Uncorrected Proof" from a Goodreads Giveaway. This is my honest review.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes I open a book and find a great surprise. This was a totally interesting story about a family Involved in a twisted web of lies. The story is narrated by Hannah and Beth. It is Hannah who is certainly the heroine of the novel, or not? Their lives revolve around Sam, Hannah’s brother, married to Beth. There are twists and turns but this is not a traditional mystery, nor is it easily explained as a family saga. I was engrossed in the plot. I have had trouble reading during these weeks in Sometimes I open a book and find a great surprise. This was a totally interesting story about a family Involved in a twisted web of lies. The story is narrated by Hannah and Beth. It is Hannah who is certainly the heroine of the novel, or not? Their lives revolve around Sam, Hannah’s brother, married to Beth. There are twists and turns but this is not a traditional mystery, nor is it easily explained as a family saga. I was engrossed in the plot. I have had trouble reading during these weeks in quarantine, but I couldn’t put this down, quite a compliment. There are references to the concept of Big Pharma, prison life and unusual sexual exploits. It’s meaty and easy to read. The writer has the ability to make each setting come alive, filled with details that draw the reader into the fascinating plot. Thank you Netgalley for, for providing me with this totally enjoyable novel.
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  • Sujin P.
    January 1, 1970
    I watch and read a lot of mysteries, suspense and thrillers, so this book was right up my alley. I was so emotionally invested by the end that I couldn’t wait to see how it ended! Beth was my favorite character— well-illustrated backstory and enjoyed her bursts of snark. Can’t wait to read more AH Kim books!
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  • Dkbbookgirl
    January 1, 1970
    Two narratorsComplicated family drama
  • Lainey Cameron
    January 1, 1970
    I read a review that said this novel would make great television and I couldn’t agree more. It’s an engaging read, with a big cast of characters, that thrusts you into a super privileged world, and also provides interesting sneak-peek insights into prison life.I believe anyone who enjoys a good mystery, family drama, along with lovers of Crazy Rich Asians will truly enjoy this one!
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  • Marla Bradeen
    January 1, 1970
    A GOOD FAMILY is an intriguing story about secrets and loyalty. The characters are well-crafted, and their complicated interpersonal dynamics kept me turning the pages. I found the conclusion to be both surprising and satisfying, a pleasant end to an enjoyable tale.Disclosure: I received a free, uncorrected proof of this book.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I devoured this book. The characters are revealed gradually, and I can't say more or I'll spoil it. A smart, fun, complicated read.
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. The story was a little far fetched, but the writing kept me going to find out what really happened. Hannah was very naive. I wanted her to tell off Sam. The use of Lise's testimony was a good way to give clues to the story.
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  • Darlene
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Goodreads for the ARC. This book held my interest from the beginning and surprised me at the end. I loved it! I can't wait to see what this new Author writes next.
  • Ilyssa Wesche
    January 1, 1970
    Even though some of the clues were HIGHLY telegraphed, there was still enough mystery for me to enjoy this to the end. I liked all the characters, except for Sam obviously, even the mother. A good weekend read.
  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    I was chosen to receive this book in a goodreads drawing.Ms Kim is a good writer but parts of the book were a bit confusing because there was no break in the printed format when the story line changed in some parts of the book. This interfered with the flow of the story and caused some confusion as to what was happening. The story was interesting but I found none of the characters likeable. I did find the women's prison interesting and was the main reason I finished the book.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book overall though I had the ending figured out pretty early. Great writing and an excellent debut!
  • Aichi Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    I am recommending this book to everyone and will buy copies for my close friends as soon as it is out in stores. Major applause to the author for this debut book! I enjoy her style of writing, detailed observations, and witty comments. The story will keep you guessing until the end. As I was reading, I can see the movie version of this play out in my head. Make the movie happen! Step aside, Crazy Rich Asians. I can’t wait for more from A. H. Kim!
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  • Samantha Warren
    January 1, 1970
    I received this as an ARC from NetGalley. Hannah is the rock for her family when her sister-in-law goes to jail for insider trading. The mystery to be solved: who gave the whistle blower the damning information? Hannah tries to investigate while taking care of her nieces and their father, her brother. Is Beth really guilty or was someone out to get her and ruin the perfect life? Complex, witty, and keeps you guessing until the end. Definitely recommended.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    I am recommending this book to all my friends! This is a fun, captivating read with many twists and turns as the story unfolds. I could not put it down!
  • Peter
    January 1, 1970
    Gripping novel by a talented author with poignant passages and unforgettable characters!
  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    I still can't believe this is a debut novel for this new author A.H. Kim because she has so much talent in directing the story, hitting the marks, and landing those plot twists with precision.Snitches get stitches as they say so be careful when you're a full fledged career woman trying to earn a living with a side order of fraud thrown in...Heck, this is the story of family trust, drama, and corporate greed that revolves around a pharma company that Beth works for and has full reign.Sam seems to I still can't believe this is a debut novel for this new author A.H. Kim because she has so much talent in directing the story, hitting the marks, and landing those plot twists with precision.Snitches get stitches as they say so be careful when you're a full fledged career woman trying to earn a living with a side order of fraud thrown in...Heck, this is the story of family trust, drama, and corporate greed that revolves around a pharma company that Beth works for and has full reign.Sam seems to be the go along guy and Lise is the Au-Pair along with Hannah -Beth's sis whose single & has given up her career to help raise Beth's children.The siblings here are catty including Eva and Martin with Beth on the receiving end of some of the meltdowns.Beth of course is taken down by a whistle blower complaint with Lise dishing it out like candy.What readers are pondering is whether or not Lise acted alone?It's a whole lot of mess, hot seats, and drama to the hilt but one thing is certain there's always a price to pay..The biggest piece if the use of the which family member is the culprit that spilled and why?As this story progresses it's told from two different and varied interest with Beth and Hannah and the before prison v after scenario which created a whole new bar to reach.Thank you to Bibliotheca for this e-read copy in exchange for this honest review.I can't wait to hear what you think...
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  • Nancy Mijangos
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Lots of unexpected twists in this novel about greed and pretences. I loved Hannah and grew to love Beth.
  • Lectus
    January 1, 1970
    Not a fan of this one. I was a fan of Beth. I liked her character (she was a gorgeous bitch and she knew it, but she wasn’t mean or evil!). I really didn’t care for the other characters, specially Hannah. I liked the prison life; I found it to be realistic (not that I’d know), and no Orange is the New Black” at all (which I thought it would turn into). I suspect that I didn’t like this book because of the family narrative; I am not a fan of reading how Thanksgiving or Christmas is spent; what t Not a fan of this one. I was a fan of Beth. I liked her character (she was a gorgeous bitch and she knew it, but she wasn’t mean or evil!). I really didn’t care for the other characters, specially Hannah. I liked the prison life; I found it to be realistic (not that I’d know), and no Orange is the New Black” at all (which I thought it would turn into). I suspect that I didn’t like this book because of the family narrative; I am not a fan of reading how Thanksgiving or Christmas is spent; what the children are painting and such. The story goes back and forth (the past - how Beth got to her position and jail; and the present- Beth in jail). So who betrayed Beth and send her to jail?Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this title.
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  • Neelam Babul
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good mystery revolving around the complexities of a family. Beth works at God-Halsa, a pharmaceutical company. Because of her hard work and dedication towards her job, Beth is able to live a luxurious life in a beautiful mansion, vacations, clothing and anything else she wants. Sam is her husband who is not as strong willed as Beth and acts more like an aide who does everything at Beth's orders. I wished he was stronger and able to stand up for himself but he is a pawn that Beth uses This was a good mystery revolving around the complexities of a family. Beth works at God-Halsa, a pharmaceutical company. Because of her hard work and dedication towards her job, Beth is able to live a luxurious life in a beautiful mansion, vacations, clothing and anything else she wants. Sam is her husband who is not as strong willed as Beth and acts more like an aide who does everything at Beth's orders. I wished he was stronger and able to stand up for himself but he is a pawn that Beth uses for her own needs and wants. Hannah is Beth's single sister who gives up her life to help raise Beth's children after she is imprisoned for using her position to sale drugs that are harmful to users and enabled her pharmaceutical firm to earn huge profits. Beth ends up in a white-collar prison as the result of a whistleblower lawsuit. Lise, her au pair was the whistle-blower. The story is told from multiple viewpoints with bits of drama. The story line and plot were exciting. I loved how the story unfolded. One thing that made it hard to focus on the story was the lack of a breaking point between the past and present. It was quite confusing for me to know when one timeline was over and the other began. Nonetheless, it was a good dramatic story.
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