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On the Savage Side by Tiffany McDaniel

trvshbvt's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

I read Betty right before this which was my first introduction to Tiffany McDaniel. I loved Betty so much that I pushed On the Savage Side to the top of my to read list and once again, I am left in awe of Tiffany McDaniel’s storytelling.

This is another book that will stay with me forever. I feel like I know every single character as if I’ve met them in real life. I had no idea addiction played such a large part in this book, which is something that hits close to home. I appreciated the way McDaniel gave these women such detailed and moving backstories, showing that they were so much more than their addictions.

I thought I had a good idea of how the story would end but the actual ending had me audibly say “WHAT” to myself more than once.

An easy 5/5

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alex130792's review

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5.0

This was an absolutely devastating read. The writing was sensational, and it left me feeling incredibly sad for these women.

smilesgiggle's review

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5.0

I loved Betty - could not wait to grab this new release from McDaniel.
First - thank you for writing a story that must be heard. We must have more women's stories; we must change the narrative - inspire our cultures to protect their women, their future.
Inspired by the Chillicothe Six, McDaniel gives them a voice - we MUST LISTEN.
Arc has carried the women in her life always - her mother and Aunt Clo, her group of sisters on the street. Dual timeline - showcasing Arc's beginning and end.
Addiction has a start - childhood most often the catalyst, abuse in the dark. Violet's began with the birth of her daughter - a prescription from her trusted dr.
Harsh. Brutal. A MUST READ. Poetic. Gentle as the river.

nicolebonita's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

bookapotamus's review

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5.0

This is not an easy world to get consumed in, but you won’t be able to stop yourself. And you won’t stop thinking about it long after finishing.⁣

Six women gone missing. A vicious generational cycle in a town that makes people disappear. Mothers. Daughters. Sisters.⁣

"Life is a beautiful war.”⁣

After being emotionally gutted but the astonishing story of Betty, I find myself struggling to find the words to describe how my heart feels after reading another Tiffany McDaniel novel. How can anything I say illuminate the grace and beauty between these pages? Every word is carefully and thoughtfully placed on the pages with resounding purpose, to honor the heartbreaking story of these women.⁣

On the Savage Side is inspired by the Chillicothe Six and the mystery of their unsolved murders in Appalachian Ohio. It follows twins Arcade and Daffodil who are born into circumstance that in short - swallows them whole. They cling to as many things on the beautiful side as they can - love, friendships, each other, and Mamaw, as they wrestle with the savage side of drugs and abusive men. And they try like hell to remember that they matter, but for all their efforts, they are only someones in this sometimes life that has those two heavy and conflicting sides. Two sisters, fending for themselves in a world of addiction, and how it latches on and doesn’t let go.⁣

Reading this was a devastating collision of so many emotions. Laden with the perils of trauma, addiction, and the dangerous affliction of being a woman, it’s a gorgeous tribute to the spirit and value of the six souls who deserve justice and to never be forgotten.

ecbook27's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.25

megan_kiwi's review against another edition

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dark sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

3.0

novelesque_life's review

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dark emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

ifcupid's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.25

tarah_'s review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

3.0