This Is Not Over: A Novel

This Is Not Over: A Novel

by Holly Brown


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This Is Not Over: A Novel by Holly Brown

You’ll have your deposit within seven business days, just like it says on I’ve put through a refund to your credit card for the full amount, minus $200 to replace the stained sheets...


When 30-year-old Dawn reads Miranda’s email, she sees red. People have always told Dawn she’s beautiful, and she just hopes they don’t see beneath—to how she grew up, to what she’s always tried to outrun. She revels in her getaways with her perfect (maybe too perfect) husband, the occasional long weekend in luxurious homes, temporarily inhabiting other people’s privileged lives. Miranda’s email strikes a nerve, with its lying intimation that Dawn is so dirty you need to throw out her sheets.

Beware of your “host”

I wouldn’t have left a review at all, if I didn’t feel it was my civic duty to warn others…

57-year-old Miranda thought she’d seen it all, but she can’t believe her eyes when she reads Dawn’s review. She’s a doctor’s wife but she needs that rental money, desperately. People might think her life is privileged, but they don’t know what’s really going on. They don’t know about her son. She won’t take this threat to her livelihood—to her very life—lying down.

Two very different women with this in common: Each harbors her own secret, her own reason why she can’t just let this go. Neither can yield, not before they’ve dredged up all that’s hidden, even if it has the power to shatter all they’ve built.

This is not over.

This is so not over.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594858263
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 405,068
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Holly Brown lives with her husband and toddler daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she's a practicing marriage and family therapist. She is the author of the novel Don't Try to Find Me, and her blog, "Bonding Time," is featured on the mental health website

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This Is Not Over: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The reactions of both women are very realistic, for I've seen my friends have similar reactions to email and texts. I read Girl On a Train after this book, and I must say that I liked This is not Over a whole lot more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much like a soap opera
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a little like roadkill; you know you shouldn't look yet you're compelled to back the car up and study it closer. All of the characters were intensely unlikable and the plot made me feel claustrophobic, but I read it in 1 sitting. Fairly satisfying ending, all in all a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caught my attention from the first page. Great read.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Two women, one owns a home and rents it out like AirBnB and the other woman is the one who rented it - a dispute happens and it spirals from there. Both women get a chance to tell their side of the story in alternating chapters and I would say the moral of the story is, you just don't know what is going on in another person's life. Miranda is a doctor's wife and being seen as the perfect doctor's wife and family means everything to her, even enough to lie to everyone close to her to keep it up. Dawn is hiding a hurtful past from those closest to her and maybe isn't her true self even in her own home. They end up meeting and interacting and eventually combusting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely give a novel 5 stars, but this story, combined with the author's writing style, hooked me within the first few pages. The book was fast-paced and believable, with in-depth, multi-layered characters. Looking forward to more from this writer.
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5 So, have you ever stayed in a Bed and Breakfast or booked a few nights in an Airbnb? Ever have any problems? Well, a problem with a rented stay is the the starting point for Holly Brown's new novel, This is Not Over. Dawn looks forward to her 'getaways' with her husband Rob. A weekend rental in a luxurious home is a chance to imagine what life might be like for them. It's also a large financial outlay for them. So, when their latest 'host' Miranda deducts $200.00 from their deposit to 'replace the stained sheets', Dawn sees red. She knows that they did not ruin the sheets. And the rental was not perfect...... And so begins a war of sorts. Escalating nasty emails and texts, online stalking and more that threatens to consume each woman and their lives. Neither can let it go. They are each adamant that they are right and neither will back down. This is not over.... Each woman has a voice and as readers, we become privy to the details of their lives. We're observers, along for the ride, as the misconceptions compound and the resentment grows. I use observer as that was what I felt like as I read. I didn't become invested with either character as they are not likeable in any way, shape or form. I felt a bit like a rubbernecker, driving by an accident, unable to turn away but wanting to know what happened. I was curious as to where Brown was going to take things from that initial set of emails. I had my suspicions about the ending as things progressed and I wasn't far off. I do feel the back and forth between the two women went on a bit too long in my opinion and could have tightened up a bit. And some of the plot devices need to be taken with a grain of salt. But that being said, I can absolutely see how this would happen. Social media has become the public ring for battles of all sorts. Read an excerpt of This is Not Over. Brown is a practicing therapist and her descriptions of Dawn and Miranda's thinking and 'logic' benefits from her expertise. In the acknowledgments, Brown writes: "Thanks are also due to my 'host', who shall remain nameless. Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places, and I am so grateful for that."
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
This Is Not Over by Holly Brown is a recommended novel (highly for the right reader) of domestic suspense. Dawn Thiebold, 30, is incensed when she reads Miranda Feldt's email informing her that her security deposit, minus $200 for the stained sheets which had to be replaced, will be refunded to her within seven business days. Dawn and Rob, her husband, rented the Santa Monica beach house as a mini-vacation for Dawn to escape from her real life and pretend to be something better, something more than her reality. Dawn is always trying to outrun her past - as well as her complexion. Although she's married to a perfect man, they live in a tiny run-down apartment in Oakland. Dawn isn't working while she finishes her degree in communications, so essentially Miranda is stealing from her husband. She decides to write a negative review about renting Miranda's house because it did not live up to her fantasies. Miranda rents out the Santa Monica beach house that she inherited from her parents (for $600 a day) because she needs the money. Sure her husband is a doctor and it appears that her life is one of privilege and ease, but appearances aren't everything. She needs that income for her son, Thad. She can't allow one bad review out about her property since it could threaten future income. The rental income is her only source of funds that she can siphon money from to send her son. She cannot allow Dawn's negative review to stay posted. The chapters alternate between the two characters. Each chapter opens with some form of contact by one, and then the interpretation or misinterpretation of the communication by the other as she goes about her daily life. The chapters then provide insight into each woman. Slowly backgrounds and personal information is revealed which offers some explanation for their reactions. I really liked the concept of this book and could totally see how a partial return of a security deposit and a negative rating could send two people into battle mode. If you've ever worked closely with other people (on a job, sat on a board or a committee, in any service-industry, etc.) you've seen people get angry over various minor perceived injustices or opinions that differ from their own and have the discussions escalate into the absurd, ridiculous, and petty. The ability today to take these opinions and disagreements online and not in person (email, social forums, Facebook, twitter, texting, etc.) is a situation almost guaranteed to have some people go to extremes. I'm sure almost everyone has some stories to tell along this line; I know I have some great ones. The problem I had with This Is Not Over lies neither with the writing, which is good, nor the initial hook. I started it and was eager to finish it. I had two problems with it. The first is that the characters are not likeable, and, in fact, were both a bit whinny and narcissistic. It became increasingly difficult to care what happened to either of them - or their husbands. The second problem ties into the first. The novel started to feel repetitive and overly long. In the end, the promised suspense was pretty mild considering how minor disagreements can explode into huge battles anymore (see the local news). Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars This is Not Over is a different book. Written about two women who have never met yet have a hate for each beyond anything I have ever seen. I felt like it was 2 teenagers acting out yet these women are grown, adults, married, and insane. I wanted to choose a side, pick a winner but both of these women deserved nothing…NOTHING! Dawn and Miranda could have been people I know. They were married, Miranda has a son, they volunteered and went to school, they seemed normal if you take away all the emails, texts, and website posts. These posts, emails, and text messages were the focus of the book. Neither could believe they were wrong or even partially wrong, they were sure they were right, 100% right. No room for discussion, no doubt, and no giving in. When I finished the book I just sat back and thought Oh My, what did I just read? I will admit that I am not sure yet I could not stop turning the pages. Holly Brown had me from the first email and kept me entertained until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting this to be so good because of the hype and subject matter. I had to actually sit and force myself to read read read to see if that would help with the interest level. At least I finished it, but can't say i would recommend it to anyone at all. Disappointing.