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When a devastating earthquake - the Big One - hits Los Angeles, two strangers are brought together by an act of violence and must help each other survive the wrecked city. Beegie is riding the bus when the quake hits. The teenager was heading back to her unhappy foster home, but then she’s thrown into a broken world. Roads crumble, storefronts shatter and people run wild. De When a devastating earthquake - the Big One - hits Los Angeles, two strangers are brought together by an act of violence and must help each other survive the wrecked city. Beegie is riding the bus when the quake hits. The teenager was heading back to her unhappy foster home, but then she’s thrown into a broken world. Roads crumble, storefronts shatter and people run wild. Dessa, a single mom, is enjoying a rare night out when it strikes. Cell towers are down, so without even knowing if her 3-three-year-old daughter is dead or alive, she races to get back across town. As danger escalates in the chaotic streets, Beegie and Dessa meet by a twist of fate. The two form a fragile partnership, relying on each other in ways they never thought possible, and learn who they really are when there’s only one goal: Just get home.


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When a devastating earthquake - the Big One - hits Los Angeles, two strangers are brought together by an act of violence and must help each other survive the wrecked city. Beegie is riding the bus when the quake hits. The teenager was heading back to her unhappy foster home, but then she’s thrown into a broken world. Roads crumble, storefronts shatter and people run wild. De When a devastating earthquake - the Big One - hits Los Angeles, two strangers are brought together by an act of violence and must help each other survive the wrecked city. Beegie is riding the bus when the quake hits. The teenager was heading back to her unhappy foster home, but then she’s thrown into a broken world. Roads crumble, storefronts shatter and people run wild. Dessa, a single mom, is enjoying a rare night out when it strikes. Cell towers are down, so without even knowing if her 3-three-year-old daughter is dead or alive, she races to get back across town. As danger escalates in the chaotic streets, Beegie and Dessa meet by a twist of fate. The two form a fragile partnership, relying on each other in ways they never thought possible, and learn who they really are when there’s only one goal: Just get home.

30 review for Just Get Home: A Thriller

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY*** This was a wonderful Christmas present -- even in the midst of being somewhat busy with Christmasy things, I started this book. I have never read Ms. Foley, but the premise drew my attention right away. Everyone has heard that at some point much of the coast of California will fall into the ocean, after a major earthquake. In this book it just has!! Some “catastrophe” books as I call them, as well as movies are over the top with details of sounds, the chaos of people ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY*** This was a wonderful Christmas present -- even in the midst of being somewhat busy with Christmasy things, I started this book. I have never read Ms. Foley, but the premise drew my attention right away. Everyone has heard that at some point much of the coast of California will fall into the ocean, after a major earthquake. In this book it just has!! Some “catastrophe” books as I call them, as well as movies are over the top with details of sounds, the chaos of people and cars everywhere, tons of noise and crashing buildings. This book does have some of those elements and it is very well done. For me the strength of this book was in it’s characters. That’s a very good thing for me!! I need to love or at least understand the characters in books for me to really enjoy a novel. Dessy is a single mother, working full time with a 3 year old little girl, Olivia. She has a very complicated relationship with the little girl’s father. She gets an invitation for a dinner with some of her old best friends that she hasn’t seen in years. She almost cancels when her usual sitter is not available but then she finds a new babysitter, Hailey. She seems confident and nice and Dessy decides to give herself this one night out!! This is the reason that Dessy was catching a subway home from dinner when the foreshock and then the earthquake hit!! I just have to share a few short sentences to help you see how wonderfully descriptive Ms. Foley’s prose is: “Dessa burst through the water right next to a scrabbling cluster of rats. The animals were squeaking. Panicked. Clawing at each other . . .An island of terrified rodents. Then they were swimming towards her, squeaking. Claws biting into her hair”. Terrifying to me!! Our other main protagonist is Beegie. She is a teenager, wise beyond her years, who has been in many foster homes. A lot of hurt has come from her various foster care givers, and she is a traumatized young woman. We meet her as she is deciding to take the night off from her domineering foster mother, Barb. All she has is a bus ticket so she is riding the bus throughout it’s entire route and back just to have somewhere to be alone. Beggie has had some very awful experiences in her young life, some involving men and other life changing incidents such as the death of those close to her. She is in this bus when the earthquake hits. She ends up buried underneath a monumental amount of rubble. It all happens so fast, within minutes the world around these women and millions in the LA area, has changed for them forever. How Dessy and Beegie meet, stay together, and endure throughout the days after the earthquake, I will let you discover. I went into this one blind and I couldn’t put it down. This is a novel about relationships which may never have evolved without the earthquake. There are racial issues explored here. I will tell you that there is a rape scene, as I know this is a trigger for many people.There are truly terrifying episodes in this novel and there is always something going on, which I really enjoyed. The relationships in this novel are exceptional, I really felt as though I could envision what these characters were living through. This ended up being a very emotional novel and extremely well written! Wonderful!! I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss. This novel is set to publish on April 13, 2021

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Just Get Home by Bridget Foley is a disaster thriller that gives an imagining of what could happen if the Big One, a massive earthquake, hit Los Angeles, CA. The first thing I would say is this isn’t the pretty side of humanity in this story so it would definitely be best said that this one needs a trigger warning, the biggest with rape. Dessa is a single mother that’s life revolves around her young daughter but has taken a rare night out after securing a babysitter for her little girl. When the Just Get Home by Bridget Foley is a disaster thriller that gives an imagining of what could happen if the Big One, a massive earthquake, hit Los Angeles, CA. The first thing I would say is this isn’t the pretty side of humanity in this story so it would definitely be best said that this one needs a trigger warning, the biggest with rape. Dessa is a single mother that’s life revolves around her young daughter but has taken a rare night out after securing a babysitter for her little girl. When the earthquake happens the only thing on Dessa’s mind is her daughter, not knowing if her daughter is ok or safe after the earthquake is the one thing keeping Dessa moving on her way home all the way across the city. Beegie is a young teenager who has seen her share of horrors already in her short life growing up in foster care. Beegie’s current foster situation has her not wanting to return so she finds herself out on a city bus away from home when the earthquake hits. As Beegie and Dessa both find themselves fighting for survival they find their paths crossing and may just need each other to survive. One would hope that if any true disaster happened in the real world that it would be far far away from most author’s imaginations, including this one, and the people of the world could pull together. However, living in a city where the news is not pretty every day I wouldn’t at all be surprised if things did take a quick, dark turn as they do in this book giving it a realistic but scary and often cringeworthy feeling as reading. I got off to a bit of a slow start with this one so in the end I landed on 3 1/2 stars. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: December 7, 2020 Publication date: April 13, 2021 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 once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book fro Date reviewed/posted: December 7, 2020 Publication date: April 13, 2021 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 once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. 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 😸. When a devastating earthquake—the Big One—hits Los Angeles, two strangers are brought together by an act of violence and must help each other survive the wrecked city. Beegie is riding the bus when the quake hits. The teenager was heading back to her unhappy foster home, but then she’s thrown into a broken world. Roads crumble, storefronts shatter and people run wild. Dessa, a single mom, is enjoying a rare night out when it strikes. Cell towers are down, so without even knowing if her three-year-old daughter is dead or alive, she races to get back across town. As the danger escalates in the chaotic streets, Beegie and Dessa meet by a twist of fate. The two form a fragile partnership, relying on each other in ways they never thought possible, and learn who they really are when there’s only one goal: just get home. We all know that eventually California is going to fall off the map and that has been proven in the movies 2012 and San Andreas so why not a book for those who like to read. The book's premise was masterfully handled and the story is tense and tight. I had problems with the character's names (Beegie?? It all but make me lol) but that is my issue. A great read for the spring to take outside (use an umbrella as you might get caught up in the book and get a sunburn) and be glad that your backyard has not slid into the ocean. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🏖️🏖️🏖️🏖️🏖️

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    ❐ Overall Rating 4¼⭐ | Narration 😁 = Very Good ❐ Narrated by Abby Marks & LaQuita James ❐ Listening Length: 9H 6M ❐ Natural Disaster Survival Story ❐ Los Angeles Earthquake --The big one?? ❐ Dual Point of Views Fraught with danger and life or death decisions...a look at what might happen when the big one hits from the point of view of one woman and one teenage girl. The descriptions especially when the earthquake first hit were daunting and easy for me to picture in my mind. At least from the POV ❐ Overall Rating 4¼⭐ | Narration 😁 = Very Good ❐ Narrated by Abby Marks & LaQuita James ❐ Listening Length: 9H 6M ❐ Natural Disaster Survival Story ❐ Los Angeles Earthquake --The big one?? ❐ Dual Point of Views Fraught with danger and life or death decisions...a look at what might happen when the big one hits from the point of view of one woman and one teenage girl. The descriptions especially when the earthquake first hit were daunting and easy for me to picture in my mind. At least from the POV of Dessa. I was cringing right along with her. The other POV, Beegee’s, was always five steps behind Dessa’s POV, which confused me. Thankfully though it doesn’t take long for their paths to cross and then they’re on the same timeline. Dessa is determined to just get home to her daughter and those three words become her mantra...Beegee just wants a place to belong...together they brave the streets of LA and along the way they forge a bond that gives them each the wherewithal they need to attain what they both need most. 🅒🅐🅦🅟🅘🅛🅔 8.43/❿ 🅒haracters → 8.5 🅐tmosphere → 8 🅦riting → 9 🅟lot → 7.5 🅘ntrigue → 9 🅛ogic → 9 🅔njoyment → 8

  5. 4 out of 5

    Calista Andrechek

    Thank you to NetGalley, Bridget Foley and Harlequin for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review. I struggled with the beginning of this book for some reason, there is plenty of action and it is interesting, but I just didn't connect with either character on their own and I almost gave up. But I am glad that I didn't. I pushed through and once you get a little further in, it gets much more interesting and I really enjoyed the characters together and how they pushed, but yet supported one Thank you to NetGalley, Bridget Foley and Harlequin for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review. I struggled with the beginning of this book for some reason, there is plenty of action and it is interesting, but I just didn't connect with either character on their own and I almost gave up. But I am glad that I didn't. I pushed through and once you get a little further in, it gets much more interesting and I really enjoyed the characters together and how they pushed, but yet supported one another. There were so many pulse pounding moments in the last half and I rushed right through it to see if they would get a happy ending. Definitely recommend to those who like a slower paced thriller with lots of action.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    It was riveting...exhausting...compelling...and disheartening... and oh so shrewdly and cunningly paced. I have to say that Bridget Foley is quite the storyteller. Dessa is enjoying a rare night out when an earthquake strikes. Anxious to get home to her daughter...Dessa learns that sometimes we have no control over our lives no matter what we try to do. Fate throws Dessa a curve when the victim of one of the crimes that the chaos has unleashed ...a smart-talking 15-year-old foster kid named Beeg It was riveting...exhausting...compelling...and disheartening... and oh so shrewdly and cunningly paced. I have to say that Bridget Foley is quite the storyteller. Dessa is enjoying a rare night out when an earthquake strikes. Anxious to get home to her daughter...Dessa learns that sometimes we have no control over our lives no matter what we try to do. Fate throws Dessa a curve when the victim of one of the crimes that the chaos has unleashed ...a smart-talking 15-year-old foster kid named Beegie... shows up in the role of savior, linking the pair together. Beegie is an obviously very troubled young girl with a relentless sense of humor and a resilient spirit that enables them both to survive. Both learn to rely on each other in ways they never imagined possible, to permit vulnerability, and embrace the truth of their own lives. A bit longer than it really needed to be but a very enjoyable story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Keelin Rita

    There are a litany of trigger warnings for this book. TW: rape, sexual assault, earthquake/natural disaster, suicide, abuse, rats, dementia, general violence?, child abuse, guns, physical assault, death This story is incredibly done. It was visceral. My anxiety spiked, my breathing was rapid, I was right there with them, experiencing this with them. This is a difficult read for many of the topics in the trigger warnings. There’s probably more that I didn’t even pick up on. I think if you can hand There are a litany of trigger warnings for this book. TW: rape, sexual assault, earthquake/natural disaster, suicide, abuse, rats, dementia, general violence?, child abuse, guns, physical assault, death This story is incredibly done. It was visceral. My anxiety spiked, my breathing was rapid, I was right there with them, experiencing this with them. This is a difficult read for many of the topics in the trigger warnings. There’s probably more that I didn’t even pick up on. I think if you can handle them, this is absolutely worth the read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rose Ann

    I received a digital ARC of this title from the publisher through Edelweiss. The stories of 2 women converge in the aftermath of a terrible earthquake in Los Angeles. Dessa only want to get back to her 3-year-old daughter, while Beegie only wants to escape her past & the bad things that have happened to her. The women forge a relationship & each one becomes protective of the other in unforeseen ways. I was drawn to both characters, they engaged me at every level. A really good read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne (It's All About Books)

    Finished reading: April 8th 2021  "It could be her mantra. Something she could say with every step. A walking prayer. Just. Get. Home. Each word a footfall." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and MIRA in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I admit that it was hook, line, and sinker as soon as I read the blurb of Just Get Home. Between the earthquake and the promise of an action-packed disaster thriller with an almost dystopian feel, I Finished reading: April 8th 2021  "It could be her mantra. Something she could say with every step. A walking prayer. Just. Get. Home. Each word a footfall." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and MIRA in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I admit that it was hook, line, and sinker as soon as I read the blurb of Just Get Home. Between the earthquake and the promise of an action-packed disaster thriller with an almost dystopian feel, I knew I simply HAD to read this story. And my instinct didn't lead me astray, as Just Get Home turned out to be an absolutely fanastic story that I was unable to put down until I reached that final page. It's a story that crosses genre boundaries to create a plot that is both unique, intense and basically an emotional rollercoaster. As I already mentioned, it is really hard to place Just Get Home into just one neat little genre box. Is it a disaster thriller? Yes. Is it an action thriller where the main characters have to face one dangerous situation after the other? Yes. Does it have a dystopian feel about it? Absolutely. But does it also focus on the background of the characters and include a variety of different elements including (child)abuse, foster homes, cheating and difficult family situations? Without a doubt. What might seem like a simple story that focuses on the aftermath of an enormous earthquake ended up being so much more, and Just Get Home will offer you so many different layers to unwrap along the way... Trust me, this book isn't just pure adrenaline, but offers so much more! Talking about the earthquake: I think the descriptions of both the event and the aftermath are very well done and are used perfectly to show human nature and how people might react in similar situations. Sure, certain parts of the plot might feel a bit farfetched, but somehow I personally didn't mind as it only helped shaping that image of human turned monster once disaster strikes. This lack of compasion, survival instinct and violence also returns in the tragic home situation of Beegie, which was likewise heartbreaking to read about. Just Get Home is most definitely not a happy read, and while it has moments of hope shine through, as a whole it is the dystopian feel and disaster thriller that set the tone for the story. The two main characters are total strangers that are suddenly pushed together as they try to survive. Both teenage Beegie and single mom Dessa have complicated backgrounds; especially Beegie has a tragic past and trigger warnings are in place for (child) abuse and rape. The character development is realistically done and it was fascinating to see the two interact and react to the things happening to them. They were definitely part of the reason this story ended up working this well, and I really liked how the plot was wrapped up in the end. In short, Just Get Home turned out to be an absolutely fascinating story that defies genre boundaries. It offers us a disaster thriller with an almost dystopian feel, a lot of action and a lot of dept as well as a range of further elements... If you are looking for a little something different that will keep you on your toes and on the edge of your seat the whole time, Just Get Home is an excellent choice. (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    Just Get Home by Bridget Foley is a highly recommended heart-pounding thriller of a disaster novel. “All that stuff about making sure you have enough bottled water and a bugout bag? It’s horse pucky. Propaganda to make it seem like the people in charge can do anything about it. Just wait patiently, Good Citizen. Help will arrive.” She saluted, the cherry tip of her cigarette making an arc through the air. “When it happens... It will be chaos for days. Weeks. There will be looting. Riots. The eart Just Get Home by Bridget Foley is a highly recommended heart-pounding thriller of a disaster novel. “All that stuff about making sure you have enough bottled water and a bugout bag? It’s horse pucky. Propaganda to make it seem like the people in charge can do anything about it. Just wait patiently, Good Citizen. Help will arrive.” She saluted, the cherry tip of her cigarette making an arc through the air. “When it happens... It will be chaos for days. Weeks. There will be looting. Riots. The earthquake isn’t the real disaster, Dessa. The disaster is what happens after.” Dessa is a single mom living in Van Nuys, California, who is having a rare girl's night out. She has her three-year-old daughter, Olivia, all ready for bedtime when the new babysitter arrives and she heads to downtown Los Angeles to meet her friends. She is leaving the restaurant/bar where she met her friends when the ground first begins to shake. Beegie is a young teenage girl who is escaping her current foster mother by riding the bus. She returns to her previous foster home to collect her things that the sexually abusive older son took from her and then gets back on the bus, planning to ride it all night. Beegie is on the bus when the earthquake hits. These two women end up helping each other survive after the Big One hits Los Angeles. Dessa has one goal - to get home to her daughter and make sure she is okay. While trying to get home, Dessa witnessed Beegie being raped. She hid, uncertain how to help the girl and then didn't see her afterward. Beegie, however, finds a way to stop the man she saw attacking Dessa. Dessa recognizes her purse and knows she is the girl she saw, although she does not say anything to Beegie. The two travel together, trying to get home, as the streets become increasingly dangerous. Both Dessa and Beegie compartmentalization their lives. Sure, they are compartmentalizing very different things, and live very different lives but they share this approach to life and the challenges they face. This probably helps them as they work together to get home, although if home is an answer or safe or there is a question always present. Foley does a great job developing these two characters, making them individuals but also showing their inner thoughts and a basis for their friendship through the trauma and ordeals they both experience. The pace of the plot moves quickly through all the different challenges and encounters the women face in this natural disaster novel of the predicted Big One finally hitting California. This is a survival novel featuring two females overcoming the disaster and fighting their way through insurmountable odds to find their way to safety, or, for Dessa, back home to her daughter. Obviously, Dessa displays a strong example of the maternal bond and how mothers will try to overcome all odds to make sure their children are safe. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of MIRA Books in exchange for my honest opinion. http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2021/0...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality One of the things I liked about yesterday’s book was that even with werewolves in the mix the author made it clear that monstrosity and monstrousness was really a human condition. No werewolves – or any creature that goes bump in the night – need apply, because we’re nasty enough on our own. Just Get Home is a story about the evil that men – and women, but mostly men – do when the restraints of so-called civilized society are stripped away. It’s a story abou Originally published at Reading Reality One of the things I liked about yesterday’s book was that even with werewolves in the mix the author made it clear that monstrosity and monstrousness was really a human condition. No werewolves – or any creature that goes bump in the night – need apply, because we’re nasty enough on our own. Just Get Home is a story about the evil that men – and women, but mostly men – do when the restraints of so-called civilized society are stripped away. It’s a story about what happens when the world comes to an end – at least temporarily. And this story is all the more monstrous for feeling so close to the real and the here and the now. Escape Rating B: I have more feelings about this book than I do coherent thoughts, so I’m putting the rating up early. I don’t read a lot of thrillers, and I was expecting this one to more about the journey and the unlikely partnership between Dessa and Beegie, and less about the messes their lives were in before. This is also a book where I recognize that it’s good of its type and that lots of people are going to love it from the edge of their seat, but that I’m not the right reader for it. YMMV. It doesn’t help my own reading of the story that Beegie and Dessa are hot messes long before the story opens. And that so much of the mess of Dessa’s life was of her own making. She had – and still has at least before the quake hits – PLENTY of options. I’d have felt more sympathy for her if she’d tried and failed than that she doesn’t seem to have tried at all. But where Dessa is in her mid-late 20s, Beegie is a decade younger or a bit more. She’s been bounced around the foster care system for reasons that are not of her making, and it feels like her life is in the situation it’s in before the story opens because her choices have been so limited by race, by poverty, by age and by gender. She isn’t making good choices, but she is also so stuck in so many different ways that it’s no surprise that she lashes out the few times she can. One of the things this book does well, when it focuses on the immediate present and not either character’s past, is the immediacy of all the ways that civilization and civilized behavior break down in the wake of a disaster. The frightening thing is that if the “Big One” really does hit California things will likely be even worse. For this reader, the harrowing nature of their journey drove home that life at its best and certainly at its worst is considerably more dangerous for women in so many ways that their situation forces them to think about constantly. And us too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Bridget Foley's latest novel, Just Get Home is an emotionally compelling read, one that merges mystery, suspense, and thriller elements all into one. Beegie and Dessa are two complete strangers. They couldn't have less in common with each other if they tried. Yet one disaster is about to bring them together. Beegie is a teenager hopping from foster home to foster home. Her life has been full of trauma and betrayal. Perhaps, in a way, that helped prepare her to survive the events that are about Bridget Foley's latest novel, Just Get Home is an emotionally compelling read, one that merges mystery, suspense, and thriller elements all into one. Beegie and Dessa are two complete strangers. They couldn't have less in common with each other if they tried. Yet one disaster is about to bring them together. Beegie is a teenager hopping from foster home to foster home. Her life has been full of trauma and betrayal. Perhaps, in a way, that helped prepare her to survive the events that are about to happen. Though even she wasn't expecting an earthquake to hit while she was on the bus. Dessa is a single mom in desperate need of a night off. So that's what she did – she hired a babysitter and went out with her friends. After all, one of her best friends is about to get married, which must be celebrated. Only...Dessa isn't celebrating now. All she wants to do is make it home. “Beegie had kept the bags because she'd been around long enough to know that sometimes it doesn't work out.” Just Get Home is a dark and dramatic tale that shows the lengths that two women can and will go through to make it home. This is a novel that shows the best and worst that humanity has to offer. Before I begin my review, I should mention that many sensitive subjects come up in Just Get Home. Rape, assault, affairs, and abuse all play significant roles in what happens inside these pages, so consider yourself warned. The story is told through two different perspectives, Beegie and Dessa. I love how different their views and experiences are. It makes for such a compelling read, even while it broke my heart at times (for Beegie's sake, that is). I'll confess that it did take me a little while to get into Just Get Home, but I think once I was around three (ish) chapters in, I found myself invested in both of their stories. Though I was still trying to figure out their past – it took a while before I could puzzle it all together. Something that was clearly done with intent. Just Get Home is so full of twists, turns, and surprises that it was almost difficult to keep up with at times. Almost. There's no shortage of drama or terrifying scenarios in this tale. Not to mention plenty of heartbreaking revelations and moments to make a reader stop and think. Thanks to MIRA and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own. Check out more reviews over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elli (Kindig Blog)

    Just Get Home is one step down from an apocalyptic dystopian novel – a disaster survival story set in LA. We meet mother Dessa who is trying to get home to her daughter from a night out downtown and Beegie who was riding a bus when the world turned upside down. I really liked the partnership between the two female characters; their backgrounds and way of seeing the world are so different and it really felt like they learned something from each other in the end. I also enjoyed how their stories w Just Get Home is one step down from an apocalyptic dystopian novel – a disaster survival story set in LA. We meet mother Dessa who is trying to get home to her daughter from a night out downtown and Beegie who was riding a bus when the world turned upside down. I really liked the partnership between the two female characters; their backgrounds and way of seeing the world are so different and it really felt like they learned something from each other in the end. I also enjoyed how their stories were interwoven at the beginning without you really realising it at first. Also please note that there should be a trigger warning for sexual abuse and rape in this book. My main criticism of the book was something that I had to check with other people before I wrote in this review! The earthquake itself happens in a place that usually gets small scale earthquakes a few times a year (although nothing on this scale). Although the earthquake is very bad, it is not a global catastrophe and even suburbs around the city are unaffected. It therefore seemed very unrealistic that in the 5 minutes after the earthquake hit people were raping, pillaging and looting places and everything had turned into an ‘only out for yourself’ scenario with added American terror of guns. I would have understood if this had been a global event where everywhere was affected or if this event had been a few months in the past and we were in the middle of a dystopian society but it just seemed bizarre at how quickly human levels of depravity were raised. Usually when an earthquake hits other parts of the world there are stories of people coming together to help and care for their fellow humans which did not seem to be happening here. It also felt like the story was trying to point out how evil men can be; and as a woman I totally get that, but I found it a little unfair. The only men we meet in the book are terrible; either wielding guns, raping the women or manipulating the world around them which felt unbalanced. I also thought that although the ending had a nice climax to the events, it seemed a little too wrapped up and ‘happy ever after’. Overall, Just Get Home is a simple story of survival, but hyperboles events to get its point across. Thank you to NetGalley & Harlequin Mira for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review. For more of my reviews check out www.kindig.co.uk

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Dessa, mum to three-year-old Olivia, hasn't had a night out for ages. She receives an invitation to go for dinner from her friends Heidi, Gretchen and Laurel. The women met in Venice Beach, California, while they were students at University. The evening is a hen night for Heidi who is soon to be married and after their meal, they head off to a club for dancing. Sipping her drink and realising she is drinking her cocktail more quickly than she should be she heads outside and takes a call from her Dessa, mum to three-year-old Olivia, hasn't had a night out for ages. She receives an invitation to go for dinner from her friends Heidi, Gretchen and Laurel. The women met in Venice Beach, California, while they were students at University. The evening is a hen night for Heidi who is soon to be married and after their meal, they head off to a club for dancing. Sipping her drink and realising she is drinking her cocktail more quickly than she should be she heads outside and takes a call from her babysitter, who relays the news that Olivia is sick. Dessa rings Joe, Olivia's father and starts to walk home when a devastating earthquake strikes. The earthquake had immediate calamitous effects that threaten to overwhelm Dessa, but she remains focused on getting to Olivia. Meanwhile, streetwise Beegie, fifteen, wakes up in a world where everything has turned white and someone is calling her Queen Elizabeth. She had been travelling on a bus to avoid the foster home she lives in but is badly treated in the hours immediately following the earthquake. Both Dessa and Beegie continue to experience gross abomination as they deal with the earthquake's after-effects. Set In LA, main protagonist Dessa, a single mother working full time, has a complicated relationship with Olivia's dad. The other main character is spirited teenager Beegie who is wise beyond her years and has been in many foster homes. A lot of hurt has arrived at her door from her various foster caregivers, and she is a traumatised young woman. The reader meets her as she is deciding to take the night off from her domineering foster mother, Barb. Beegie has been through some dreadful experiences in her young life and endured other life-changing events such as the death of those dear to her. Dessa and Beegie meet and support each other throughout the days after the earthquake. A novel about relationships, some weighty topics are mixed into the melting pot and I couldn’t put this book down. There was always something going on, along with some truly terrifying episodes and Bridget Foley's portrayal of Beegie and Dessa's gamut of emotions were so well portrayed that I felt as though I could envision what these characters were living through. A super, compelling, engrossing and highly affecting novel that, in my opinion, is a must-read. A special thank you to MIRA Books and the author for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request, received via NetGalley. This review is my unbiased opinion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: Sometimes there is a recognition between two people that hastens their transition from strangers to friends. Like falling in love, but without the hormones. It will be chaos for days. Weeks. There will be looting. Riots. The earthquake isn’t the real disaster, Dessa. The disaster is what happens after. What must it be like to have that power? To not be afraid, but to have others be afraid of you? Not just right now on this dark street, but on all the dark streets. Beegie’d never tho Favorite Quotes: Sometimes there is a recognition between two people that hastens their transition from strangers to friends. Like falling in love, but without the hormones. It will be chaos for days. Weeks. There will be looting. Riots. The earthquake isn’t the real disaster, Dessa. The disaster is what happens after. What must it be like to have that power? To not be afraid, but to have others be afraid of you? Not just right now on this dark street, but on all the dark streets. Beegie’d never thought of it before, but she realized most people sounded like animals when they laughed; Barb sounded like a donkey, brays with big deep breaths in between. And Eric sounded like a chimpanzee, kinda screaming and baring his teeth. You know only white people camp, right? … Camping, hiking… all that is a white thing. Black people, Mexicans, Latinos, whatever, we don’t do shit like that… It’s rich people pretending to be poor. Sleeping outside. Eating on the ground and shit. Only white people are crazy enough to play homeless for fun. All ‘getting in touch with nature.’ Brown people, uh-uh. We don’t pretend. We don’t get in touch with nothing. My Review: Wow, this was a tense, insightfully observant, and all too realistic and disturbing revelation of the unchecked inhumanity and brutality once terror and lawlessness are unleashed following a natural disaster. Dessa was socializing with friends on one side of LA while her toddler was at home with a new babysitter when an earthquake rips the town apart. The challenges from the lack of resources, destruction, and environmental hazards were a lesser impediment to her attempts to return to her child than the dangerous, surreal, malicious, and uninhibited cruelty and barbarism of the citizens she encountered along the way. Bridget Foley ever so aptly captured the fractured underbelly of all levels of society while exposing their anxious inner musings, memories, biased observations, regrets, poor choices, and base natures. The storylines were fraught with distress and taut with angst and impending peril with each encounter. It was riveting, exhausting, compelling, and disheartening, and oh so shrewdly and cunningly paced. Ms. Foley is quite the storyteller, but her evocative words are not ones I’d want to peruse before heading off to the land of nod least I thrash in my sleep.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Stone

    Book: Just Get Home Author: Bridget Foley Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Mira Books, for sending me an ARC. I’m just going to be honest. I had no idea what to really expect when I picked this one up. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. It was super fast paced and action packed. It gave me more movie vibes than it did book vibes. It’s not a bad thing though. I loved how fast paced this was. The plot was pretty simple. As the title implies, it is ab Book: Just Get Home Author: Bridget Foley Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Mira Books, for sending me an ARC. I’m just going to be honest. I had no idea what to really expect when I picked this one up. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. It was super fast paced and action packed. It gave me more movie vibes than it did book vibes. It’s not a bad thing though. I loved how fast paced this was. The plot was pretty simple. As the title implies, it is about a woman and her quest to get home. An earthquake as struck and the main quest of the woman is to get home to her daughter. Throughout the whole book, the quest remains clear. Not only do we have the journey of a mother to get back to her daughter, we also get to see what a disaster can do to a person. We see her hide when something terrible happens to another woman. We see the best of people come out as well as the worse. We get to see people just doing anything that have to survive. Some of the things in this book are going to leave you with a sick feeling in your stomach. Yet, at the same time, it will really make you question yourself and make you wonder what you would have done had you been put into the same situation as these characters. We have a very small cast of characters. I was fine with this. In a disaster story, you really don’t need a huge cast of characters, at least that’s what I think. By having a small cast of characters, you are given the chance to really form deep bonds with them. You get a chance to truly experience the events with them. You will find yourself cheer for them and will feel all of their pains. I like getting all of these feelings from my books. It shows me that I am fully invested in what is going on. The reason I gave this a four star instead of a five star was because, even though I enjoyed it, I just felt that this storyline has been done before. While it is a pretty strong novel, it just felt like we’ve seen both this plot and characters before. I would have liked to see something a little bit different or the ending go a different direction than it did. Anyway, I had a fun time with this one. It comes out on April 13, 2021. Youtube: https://youtu.be/QPeuWpl0grc

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Just Get Home by Bridget Foley Earthquakes in California are real…and there is always the underlying thought of, “What if this is the big one?” as the earth rumbles and shakes. Having been through a few and seen the damage they can wreak makes this story all the more real and…”earthshaking” to think about the “what ifs” should a HUGE trembler ever hit California. Two people form an unusual alliance as they make their way through devastated Los Angeles to reach safety and what they face is thought Just Get Home by Bridget Foley Earthquakes in California are real…and there is always the underlying thought of, “What if this is the big one?” as the earth rumbles and shakes. Having been through a few and seen the damage they can wreak makes this story all the more real and…”earthshaking” to think about the “what ifs” should a HUGE trembler ever hit California. Two people form an unusual alliance as they make their way through devastated Los Angeles to reach safety and what they face is thought provoking, dark, and sometimes painful to read. What I liked: * Beegie: fifteen, orphan, in the foster system, hard backstory, a survivor, strong, resilient, and deserving of a better future. * Dessa: single mother, conflicted, in a dead-end relationship, treading water, difficult relationship with her deceased mother, both parents deceased, loves her daughter, grew on me over time. * That I found the story believable and could imagine finding myself in such a situation. * The way the difficult situations were written * Knowing the location well so being able to visualize where the two women were * That both women were stronger than they realized and grew stronger as the story propgressed * The alliance/friendship that developed between the two women * Thinking about what the future for the women might be – hope it is better than their past * Seeing glimpses of both of their lives before the earthquake * That they both survived the ordeal and found a way forward…at least for awhile What I didn’t like: * Beegie’s rotten luck in life: mother, foster parents, social worker, what happened to her the night of the earthquake * Dessa’s mother, the man who fathered her child, that she was a bit wishy-washy, and her reasoning was so much different than I wanted it to be * Not knowing what happened later – an epilogue might have been nice * That human beings in a chaotic situation can be so horrible to one another – opportunistic hedonistic and ruthless Did I enjoy this book? I did but found myself skimming at times Would I read more by this author? I might Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin-Mira for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Steffany .O (coffee over apples)

    3.75 stars Thank you to Harper Collins Publishing for giving me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. A thriller on the verge of dystopian horror, Just Get home was anxiety inducing as we are following two character's timelines that meet during the hours following a cataclysmic earthquake in L.A California. There are some serious trigger warnings in this book to please be aware of them before going in: Rape Murder Violence Child Abuse Ableist Language It took a while for me to get into th 3.75 stars Thank you to Harper Collins Publishing for giving me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. A thriller on the verge of dystopian horror, Just Get home was anxiety inducing as we are following two character's timelines that meet during the hours following a cataclysmic earthquake in L.A California. There are some serious trigger warnings in this book to please be aware of them before going in: Rape Murder Violence Child Abuse Ableist Language It took a while for me to get into the story as I was unsure of how to feel about the dual timelines and the events leading up to our characters present day. At first I did not see the background context as necessary and did not feel any connection to either of the characters. If anything I pitied Beegie and found Odessa as uninteresting. But when things began to explode, that all changed. It later became readily apparent as to why we needed the background context to understand our protagonists mental state during the apocalypse. Conversations were had on the "white savior narrative" that were real and raw. If Odessa's actions do not seem to make sense in the beginning, give it time, as by learning more about her as a person, things start to fall into place. This story really examines the speed at which society falls apart in the face of disaster. When faced with extreme circumstances, how do our morals hold up to the mirror of our expectations? A mother's story of going to great lengths to be reunited with her daughter, we are on our edge of our seats as obstacle after obstacle is placed in the path of Dessa and Beegie, who simply want to get "home" in whatever sense that means for them. Bridget Foley asks us to reflect on each of the situations our characters endure to determine what actions we would take in the face of such grave dangers. This was an adult thriller that I might recommend as an introduction for adult readers into apocalyptic horror.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Trader (RedHotBlueReads)

    I love great action in my reading, and when I saw the blurb for this title I was definitely intrigued having read earthquake disaster books in the past. When an earthquake hits Los Angeles, two young women are left to their own devices to Just Get Home. If you've ever been in a situation where all that you need is suddenly cut off, I was expecting a tense and potentially dangerous situation for the two heroines in this story -- and this story delivered on that. Beegie and Dessa face some very ser I love great action in my reading, and when I saw the blurb for this title I was definitely intrigued having read earthquake disaster books in the past. When an earthquake hits Los Angeles, two young women are left to their own devices to Just Get Home. If you've ever been in a situation where all that you need is suddenly cut off, I was expecting a tense and potentially dangerous situation for the two heroines in this story -- and this story delivered on that. Beegie and Dessa face some very serious situations as they try to get back home after the big one. As one might expect, this book might be difficult for some because of the content. There's chaos and crime, rape and violence against women, so this tale is not for everyone. This sort of gritty realism is done very well in this book, but some readers may find it uncomfortable. Just a little word to the wise on that topic. After a bit of a slow start, once the earthquake hits the story becomes harrowing, emotional and at times suspenseful. Told in dual point of views, Beegie and Dessa's backgrounds contribute to the decisions they make today. The story really moves along nicely when dealing in the current time period. This is a tale of survival -- or maybe more accurately, a handbook for compartmentalizing the things in life that can take you down. There is almost an apocolyptic feel to what happens in this story and the action is what makes things move along nicely. I found Beegie and Dessa's relationship interesting to follow as they handle the situations they find themselves in. Overall, an exciting reading experience. If you are in the mood for a suspenseful disaster story with two strong lead characters, you might like Just From Home. A complementary copy was provided for review by the publisher.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    ORIGINAL POST: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** As a big fan of disaster movies, I had never read a book about a natural disaster, so when I saw Just Get Home I figured it was the perfect time. The movie follows two characters, Beegie and Dessa as their paths cross after a terrible earthquake in Los Angeles. Dessa trying to get home to her daughter, comes across Beegie a few times and the ORIGINAL POST: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** As a big fan of disaster movies, I had never read a book about a natural disaster, so when I saw Just Get Home I figured it was the perfect time. The movie follows two characters, Beegie and Dessa as their paths cross after a terrible earthquake in Los Angeles. Dessa trying to get home to her daughter, comes across Beegie a few times and the two end up traveling together in hopes of making it where they need to go. Right from the jump I love Dessa. She’s a single mom who is doing what she needs to do to raise her child. Beegie is an orphan who hates going back to her foster home. These are two unlikely allies that come together to survive a real life booby trapped city. There’s some really dark situations that are brought to light in this story. Aside from the obvious death of many people from buildings falling and other earthquake related things, Dessa and Beegie show incredible strength that as a reader I’d hope I had in their situation. These characters had deep backgrounds that we got to witness through flashbacks and memories. Foley has a great writing style that made me want to keep reading without taking a break. Darn my human body for needing sleep. The pages flipped fast and I never hit a lull where I was bored. I loved the characters and I loved their back story. I’d strongly recommend this book for anyone who loves strong women characters. Dessa and Beegie are incredibly strong and I love watching them survive this crisis and risk their lives to save each other over and over. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if they would make it home and I loved hearing their backstories. If you are looking for an intense read, check it out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    When an earthquake hits Los Angeles, Dessa finds that she is too far from her two-year-old daughter Ollie. Dessa left Ollie with a new babysitter for an unusual night out. The earthquake had immediate devastating effects that traumatize Dessa, but she remains laser focused on getting to Ollie. Another person dealing with the earthquake in this story is Beggie, a teen foster child who was riding around on public transportation in order to avoid the foster home that she lives in. She is badly treat When an earthquake hits Los Angeles, Dessa finds that she is too far from her two-year-old daughter Ollie. Dessa left Ollie with a new babysitter for an unusual night out. The earthquake had immediate devastating effects that traumatize Dessa, but she remains laser focused on getting to Ollie. Another person dealing with the earthquake in this story is Beggie, a teen foster child who was riding around on public transportation in order to avoid the foster home that she lives in. She is badly treated and thus finds herself away from safety now that she is out on the streets. Both Dessa and Beggie experience unspeakable horror as they are dealing with the after effects of the earthquake. Dessa is using any means she can to get home to Ollie, and at some point she runs into Beggie. The two reach an unspeakable pact and begin traveling together. Dessa just wants to get home, and tries many times to contact Ollie and the babysitter by cell phone. However, with cell towers being down, Dessa is left in the dark as to the safety of her toddler. Beggie's journey is of a different nature, and what ensues is a sad look at her tragic past. Her connection to Dessa during this tumultuous journey is wrought with danger, but they unite in a way that reaches the deepest levels, both of sadness and trust. Just Get Home is a tension-filled, dramatic and emotional read that was utterly compelling. I was very drawn to both Dessa and Beggie and their individual plights, as well as what ultimately brought them together. As a mother, I could only imagine being separated from my young child due to distance and tragedy, all the while finding unbelievable strength to get to my child. I don't read many disaster books, but this one was truly exceptional. The writing was remarkable, the character development was fabulous and the pacing was precise. The emotional edge in this story never once let up, thus giving me all the feels in this amazing book that I simply could not put down. Many thanks to MIRA and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  22. 5 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com JUST GET HOME by Bridget Foley is a completely engrossing and unique suspense/thriller by a new-to-me author that I could not put down! Starting with “The Big One”, this story brings together two disparate characters who are trying to survive the lawlessness, chaos and devastation to just get home. Dessa is enjoying a rare night out with her best friend and fellow bridesmaids. When her babysitter calls to let her know her three-year Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com JUST GET HOME by Bridget Foley is a completely engrossing and unique suspense/thriller by a new-to-me author that I could not put down! Starting with “The Big One”, this story brings together two disparate characters who are trying to survive the lawlessness, chaos and devastation to just get home. Dessa is enjoying a rare night out with her best friend and fellow bridesmaids. When her babysitter calls to let her know her three-year-old daughter is sick, she immediately leaves for home. Before she can get to her car, the earthquake hits. With all communication down, Dessa races to get home not knowing if her daughter is dead or alive. Fifteen-year-old Beegie is riding a city bus to escape an unhappy foster home until morning when the earthquake hits. She has had terrible experiences in foster care and awakens to being pulled from the bus by two men. All she wants is to get to her foster home and hide. Dessa and Beegie are thrown together on the desperate city streets and form a fragile partnership to help each other to just get home. You will need to put time aside to read this book because once you start, you are not going to be able to stop. Ms. Foley has written two protagonists that come to life on the page. Completely realistic, and at times disturbing characters, situations and an emotional rollercoaster takes you from page one to the end. Ms. Foley does not shy away from the dark issue of rape during this lawlessness, an uncaring foster system and racial issues. None of this is handled salaciously, but with a realistic outrage against the perpetrators and empathy for the victims. I highly recommend these unforgettable protagonists and this emotionally well written story!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    First and foremost I must thank Bridget Foley, Harlequin Books for this ARC and inclusion in this Winter 2021 blog tour . This book has me shook! Yes, absolutely nerve wracking. It's actually one of my reasons for not going to California is due to these earthquakes. Heck, I had a hard time with the EF2 Tornadoes the past few years here in Pennsylvania so I guess I'm weak in the knees. Speaking of which, the set of characters are mind blowing in this one. Bridget Foley does justice with them and thi First and foremost I must thank Bridget Foley, Harlequin Books for this ARC and inclusion in this Winter 2021 blog tour . This book has me shook! Yes, absolutely nerve wracking. It's actually one of my reasons for not going to California is due to these earthquakes. Heck, I had a hard time with the EF2 Tornadoes the past few years here in Pennsylvania so I guess I'm weak in the knees. Speaking of which, the set of characters are mind blowing in this one. Bridget Foley does justice with them and this amazing setting that makes you feel the ground moving and the Earth shaking with every twist and turn. Dessa and Beegie connect on different levels but the experiences they both have had is something to behold. Beegie is a teen in a foster home that doesn't sit well with her. She was on her way back to this location on the bus when the earthquake struck. Meanwhile, Dessa is a single mom of Olivia and trying to simply survive. After all isn't that what we're all trying to do is simply survive and thrive?! The interaction between these two characters and the additional ones that partake in the plot were tenacious and lively. Sadly, what must be noted is the child abuse/sexual abuse and the infidelity and so proceed with caution if triggers are an issue. I'll be honest this was an explosive novel that started off strong and ended with the same sense of urgency and preparedness. I don't recommend reading this when your teen daughter is out driving to the dentist and the words, "Just Get Home" continue to appear as it's quite the blender of emotions to endure. Needless to say, I hope everyone has a chance to read this wonderful new piece from Bridget Foley and Harlequin Books.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    No word of a lie - I read Bridget Foley's new book, Just Get Home in a day (and a bit of the night!) See the crack on the cover? Uh huh - earthquake time in Los Angeles. Single mom Dessa is on a rare night out with her friends, having left her young daughter with a new babysitter. Beegie is a foster home runaway who is headed back as she has nowhere and no one else. Now, I have no experience with earthquakes other than the news. But Foley's descriptions were terrifying. Even more disquieting is t No word of a lie - I read Bridget Foley's new book, Just Get Home in a day (and a bit of the night!) See the crack on the cover? Uh huh - earthquake time in Los Angeles. Single mom Dessa is on a rare night out with her friends, having left her young daughter with a new babysitter. Beegie is a foster home runaway who is headed back as she has nowhere and no one else. Now, I have no experience with earthquakes other than the news. But Foley's descriptions were terrifying. Even more disquieting is the behaviour of those who see this disaster as a chance to loot - and worse. (Gentle readers take not that there are more than a few triggering situations in Just Get Home.) "The earthquake isn't the real disaster, Dessa. The disaster is what happens after." Initially the two characters are each on their own. Their paths cross more than once and they end up travelling the same way together. It is the action and danger that propels the book forward at a breakneck speed, but Foley has also developed her characters. Dessa loves her daughter Oliva to the moon and back, but she is struggling mentally and financially. Beegie's story broke my heart - "Because if you care about something it has power over you. Caring can give someone else the ability to control you and the only real way to own yourself was to let go." Their journey is fraught with danger at every turn. I (barely) resisted the urge to flip ahead in the book to see if things worked out the way I wanted. Just Get Home reads like an action movie - and I can absolutely see it on the big screen. Five stars as I couldn't put it down.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Adamson Stars in Her Eye

    This book is way depressing and shows the worst side of humanity. Dessa, a single mom, is enjoying a rare night out with her girlfriends when an earthquake hits. And not just a tremor. The city devolves into chaos and Dessa is having a hard time getting home to her three-year-old daughter. Tragedy causes Dessa to cross paths with Beegie, an orphan ring to escape the torture of her foster home. Despite the difference in skin color and perceived places in life, the two join together to Dessa's chil This book is way depressing and shows the worst side of humanity. Dessa, a single mom, is enjoying a rare night out with her girlfriends when an earthquake hits. And not just a tremor. The city devolves into chaos and Dessa is having a hard time getting home to her three-year-old daughter. Tragedy causes Dessa to cross paths with Beegie, an orphan ring to escape the torture of her foster home. Despite the difference in skin color and perceived places in life, the two join together to Dessa's child. This is the most depressing book I've read in years. Page after page, author Bridget Foley introduced the characters to the worst of humanity. With the earthquake, people became animals. Even Fred Rodgers would have found it hard to look for the helpers. This lowered my bond and kept me from wanting to turn the page and see what catastrophe would happen next. The best part of the novel is that it gives you a good look at the disparity in our life. Certain sections of cities aren't cared about and those are typically poor and housed mostly minority. But it also challenges people against basing ideas on how people present themselves. Dessa was decked out in her only good jewelry for a special occasion but everyone thinks she is rich when she is barely managing to keep her apartment in a poorer part of town. Foley challenges the reader to truly understand the characters she presents. Overall, this isn't something I'd recommend. I already know how horrible the human race is. But this would be a good book to include in book clubs that are only used to one certain kind of life. I received an ARC from the publisher; all opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jill Jemmett

    Dessa is a single mom, who was out with friends when the earthquake hit. Fifteen-year-old Beegie had run away from her foster home and was on the bus during the earthquake. Dessa doesn’t know if her three-year-old daughter is dead or alive because the cell towers are down and the streets are a disaster. Beegie and Dessa are brought together in these chaotic circumstances, and they have to travel across L.A. to find Dessa’s daughter. This story was about the big earthquake that is predicted to hit Dessa is a single mom, who was out with friends when the earthquake hit. Fifteen-year-old Beegie had run away from her foster home and was on the bus during the earthquake. Dessa doesn’t know if her three-year-old daughter is dead or alive because the cell towers are down and the streets are a disaster. Beegie and Dessa are brought together in these chaotic circumstances, and they have to travel across L.A. to find Dessa’s daughter. This story was about the big earthquake that is predicted to hit California one day. I’ve only experienced a very small earthquake in Toronto years ago. I can’t imagine what kind of devastating situation like this earthquake could create. The actual earthquake wasn’t the problem. The disaster came in the aftermath, with buildings and infrastructure destroyed and people breaking laws. In this story, people went crazy looting buildings, robbing people and attacking people. People behaved horribly to each other. It was really upsetting to read, but especially after the pandemic of the last year, I’ve noticed that people really don’t care about protecting others by changing their behaviour. It was difficult to read, but, unfortunately, it was an accurate depiction of human nature. There were some very difficult scenes to read. Some of these scenes included rape, abuse, murder, suicide, and discussion of abortion. I definitely think these things were part of an accurate depiction of the after effects of a natural disaster, but they were still difficult to read. This was an intense earthquake story. Thank you HarperCollins Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    Thrown together amidst chaos, two strangers from completely different walks of life must come to each other's aid. Dessa had gone to a party, and Beegie had been riding a city bus, when the “Big One” struck Los Angeles, a massive earthquake that wiped out the downtown district and destroyed countless houses and businesses. Dessa’s car has been crushed, and she has no choice but to walk back to her apartment, a distance of about 20 miles. Beegie’s bus is totaled, and she, too, must continue her jou Thrown together amidst chaos, two strangers from completely different walks of life must come to each other's aid. Dessa had gone to a party, and Beegie had been riding a city bus, when the “Big One” struck Los Angeles, a massive earthquake that wiped out the downtown district and destroyed countless houses and businesses. Dessa’s car has been crushed, and she has no choice but to walk back to her apartment, a distance of about 20 miles. Beegie’s bus is totaled, and she, too, must continue her journey on foot. Dessa needs to find her way back home to get to her little girl, who she left with a babysitter, while Beegie must return to her foster home. It’s a perilous trek, not only because of the fallen debris and the chances of aftershocks causing more damage, but because it seems the whole city has gone crazy. When Dessa and Beegie come together unexpectedly, they must help each other survive and achieve some semblance of order. Author Bridget Foley tackles many subjects in JUST GET HOME: disaster preparedness (or the lack thereof), cultural and economic differences, racism and racial prejudices, violence, infidelity, friendship and foster care. These issues are seamlessly woven into the narrative, but they are addressed in such a way as to force readers to confront them on some level. The story is told from the alternate points of view of Dessa and Beegie, which provides a fuller glimpse into their minds. Short chapters and fast-paced writing, well-developed characters and a compelling storyline make it a memorable read that book clubs will want to discuss. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tessa (Talks Books)

    Just Get Home by Bridget Foley is a thriller that held me in its grip even when I desperately wanted to run and hide. What I Liked The intensity of the story is absolutely incredible. Human predators and animal predators abound in this epic survival tale of the aftermath of a natural disaster. The horror of the LA earthquake is described so well that I felt like I was there experiencing it with Dessa and Beegie. At various points, I didn’t know if I could take it anymore. The story wouldn’t let me Just Get Home by Bridget Foley is a thriller that held me in its grip even when I desperately wanted to run and hide. What I Liked The intensity of the story is absolutely incredible. Human predators and animal predators abound in this epic survival tale of the aftermath of a natural disaster. The horror of the LA earthquake is described so well that I felt like I was there experiencing it with Dessa and Beegie. At various points, I didn’t know if I could take it anymore. The story wouldn’t let me turn away, though. I sped through the pages hoping that there was a light at the end of the tunnel that I was in – a rat-infested, quickly filling with water tunnel. I loved how well the characters of Dessa and Beegie are developed. No aspect of their persona was left unexplored. It resulted in two characters who inspired empathy and a determination to survive. The many layers of bother characters are raw and tragic, and I want to say their plights were unbelievable. Still, I know they are both genuine for people in our society. My heart bled for both of them as their stories unfolded. They found each other during such a tragic time. This story has all the violent triggers – including sexual - so readers need to know they are picking up a graphically intense tale. If they have any problems with triggers, they need to proceed with caution. I felt like I almost developed triggers where none existed from the power of this tale. I don’t often include trigger warnings, but I think they are needed before entering this novel’s world. I’m leaving this review relatively short, as there are so many spoilers that I do not want to give away, but that is in no way reflective of how much this story holds between the covers. I could write pages upon pages about it if I did include spoilers. To Read or Not to Read If you can handle the power of a survival story that feels disturbingly real and offers so much to take away, this is a novel that you won’t want to miss!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kara Harte (KattitudeReads)

    𝘑𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘎𝘦𝘵 𝘏𝘰𝘮𝘦 by Bridget Foley was a hybrid of genres: suspense, dystopian, mystery, and thriller. It was a heavy, hard read, and honestly there were a few times I found it to be too much, had to take a break, and wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish it. There are a few trigger warnings to be aware of: sexual assault, abuse, and other intense forms of violence. While this was a harder read for me, 𝘑𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘎𝘦𝘵 𝘏𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝐰𝐚𝐬 a well-written, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat story, an exploration of 𝘑𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘎𝘦𝘵 𝘏𝘰𝘮𝘦 by Bridget Foley was a hybrid of genres: suspense, dystopian, mystery, and thriller. It was a heavy, hard read, and honestly there were a few times I found it to be too much, had to take a break, and wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish it. There are a few trigger warnings to be aware of: sexual assault, abuse, and other intense forms of violence. While this was a harder read for me, 𝘑𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘎𝘦𝘵 𝘏𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝐰𝐚𝐬 a well-written, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat story, an exploration of humanity’s darkness centering around two women who team up after living through a natural disaster and the lengths they will both go to survive and get back to the ones they love. Beegie and Dessa were great, fully explored characters and I really liked them, individually and together. All of the relationships in this book were done well, and I felt like I knew these characters. I was definitely invested in their stories. Overall, 𝘑𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘎𝘦𝘵 𝘏𝘰𝘮𝘦 is an electric, stark novel that will have your heart thumping out of your chest and mind whirling. It’s the definition of ‘page-tuner.’ While I strongly advise everyone to heed trigger warnings, I do very much recommend picking up Bridget Foley’s 𝘑𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘎𝘦𝘵 𝘏𝘰𝘮𝘦! 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏 𝒆𝑨𝑹𝑪 𝒄𝒐𝒑𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒃𝒚 𝑯𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒒𝒖𝒊𝒏 𝑻𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝑷𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈/𝑴𝑰𝑹𝑨 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌𝒔 (𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌-𝒚𝒐𝒖!). 𝑨𝒍𝒍 𝒐𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒗𝒐𝒍𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒎𝒚 𝒐𝒘𝒏. 𝑻𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌-𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒐 𝑯𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒒𝒖𝒊𝒏 𝑻𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝑷𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈/𝑴𝑰𝑹𝑨 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒊𝒏𝒗𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒎𝒆 𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒃𝒍𝒐𝒈 𝒕𝒐𝒖𝒓!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Saleeby

    What you do if there was a devastating natural disaster and you were not near your loved ones? What are the lengths you would go to, in order to JUST GET HOME? While this book is fiction; it has some major trigger warnings for readers. Rape, Violence, Child Abuse as well as racial bias. While reading this story, Ms. Foley, had me questioning what I would do in the same circumstances. Would I help others or keep going home? Would I be afraid because I was in a rough neighborhood? Would I steal or What you do if there was a devastating natural disaster and you were not near your loved ones? What are the lengths you would go to, in order to JUST GET HOME? While this book is fiction; it has some major trigger warnings for readers. Rape, Violence, Child Abuse as well as racial bias. While reading this story, Ms. Foley, had me questioning what I would do in the same circumstances. Would I help others or keep going home? Would I be afraid because I was in a rough neighborhood? Would I steal or just keep going because I was hungry? These are just a few of the questions that you face while reading this book. You are following the lives of two, very different but, determined people. Dessa a single mother and Beegee a teenager. Both of these individuals, cross paths twice, the first unknowingly and the second is because Beegee comes to Dessa's aide. The bond they form is everlasting and life changing...you HAVE to read the book to figure out why and how their lives change forever. Thank you Bridget Foley for making me question, what I would do in similar circumstances. Your book made me wonder if I could do, anything close, to what Dessa and Beegee accomplished.

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