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'TWISTY, SLIPPERY, AND FULL OF SURPRISES, THIS WEB OF LIES WILL ENSNARE YOU AND KEEP YOU RIVETED UNTIL YOU'VE TURNED THE FINAL PAGE.'- Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Ink and Bone, on Only Daughter. In real life, they are enemies. Emma the know-it-all, Michael the bully, Fabian the coward, Tessie the weirdo and Sam the mystery. Online they are best friends 'TWISTY, SLIPPERY, AND FULL OF SURPRISES, THIS WEB OF LIES WILL ENSNARE YOU AND KEEP YOU RIVETED UNTIL YOU'VE TURNED THE FINAL PAGE.'- Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Ink and Bone, on Only Daughter. In real life, they are enemies. Emma the know-it-all, Michael the bully, Fabian the coward, Tessie the weirdo and Sam the mystery. Online they are best friends, with one big thing in common: they are all sure they are adopted. When they finally meet, they are horrified to find that the people they have been sharing their souls with are the people they hate. They decide to never speak again.But avoiding each other is difficult in a small mountain town with only one high school. It's also tough to ignore one another when they each begin to realise that what their parents are hiding is much more sinister than just adoption.The five teenagers have a choice to make. Continue to live a lie, or come together to hunt down the truth, no matter how dangerous that may be. Because the real story of their parentage is much more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.It is a secret that goes to the very heart of the town itself. From the author of the acclaimed debut novel Only Daughter comes a book about how much you'd be willing to risk to find out who you really are.


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'TWISTY, SLIPPERY, AND FULL OF SURPRISES, THIS WEB OF LIES WILL ENSNARE YOU AND KEEP YOU RIVETED UNTIL YOU'VE TURNED THE FINAL PAGE.'- Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Ink and Bone, on Only Daughter. In real life, they are enemies. Emma the know-it-all, Michael the bully, Fabian the coward, Tessie the weirdo and Sam the mystery. Online they are best friends 'TWISTY, SLIPPERY, AND FULL OF SURPRISES, THIS WEB OF LIES WILL ENSNARE YOU AND KEEP YOU RIVETED UNTIL YOU'VE TURNED THE FINAL PAGE.'- Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Ink and Bone, on Only Daughter. In real life, they are enemies. Emma the know-it-all, Michael the bully, Fabian the coward, Tessie the weirdo and Sam the mystery. Online they are best friends, with one big thing in common: they are all sure they are adopted. When they finally meet, they are horrified to find that the people they have been sharing their souls with are the people they hate. They decide to never speak again.But avoiding each other is difficult in a small mountain town with only one high school. It's also tough to ignore one another when they each begin to realise that what their parents are hiding is much more sinister than just adoption.The five teenagers have a choice to make. Continue to live a lie, or come together to hunt down the truth, no matter how dangerous that may be. Because the real story of their parentage is much more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.It is a secret that goes to the very heart of the town itself. From the author of the acclaimed debut novel Only Daughter comes a book about how much you'd be willing to risk to find out who you really are.

30 review for Mercy Point

  1. 3 out of 5

    Lala BooksandLala

    what a PLOT

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com 3.5 stars Mercy Point is an unsteady tale, full of twists and shocks. It is a novel that works to reveal the hidden secrets and core identity of a group of teens living in the small Australian town.The combination of diverse characters, the slow reveal of deeply entrenched town secrets and a rich atmosphere dripping in suspicion makes Mercy Point a riveting young adult based thriller. Mercy Point examines the existence of an online community that are the very *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com 3.5 stars Mercy Point is an unsteady tale, full of twists and shocks. It is a novel that works to reveal the hidden secrets and core identity of a group of teens living in the small Australian town.The combination of diverse characters, the slow reveal of deeply entrenched town secrets and a rich atmosphere dripping in suspicion makes Mercy Point a riveting young adult based thriller. Mercy Point examines the existence of an online community that are the very best of friends, but enemies in person. When five teens who have only connected via social media finally meet in person, they find the only thing they have in common is the fact that they might all be adopted. It is hard to avoid one another, especially when they live in such close proximity and attend the same school. However, the overwhelming feeling that their parents are concealing something to do with their parentage is difficult to sweep under the carpet. As the group begin to search for the truth behind the lies that they have been told, danger enters their lives. This terrifying secret strikes right at the heart of their town and its residents, including their parents. Mercy Point is a treacherous journey into discovering who you truly are. I have loved both Little Secrets and Only Daughter, the adult fiction releases written by the author of Mercy Point, Anna Snoekstra. I was thrilled to see Anna Snoekstra embrace a different genre and extended her writing to the YA thriller genre. One area in which Anna Snoekstra excels is in her establishment and continuation of her setting. I found this was the case in Snoekstra’s previous novel, Little Secrets. Mercy Point is defined by an eerie and suspicious atmosphere. There are lots of grey areas and unknowns. I thought Snoekstra treated this aspect of the novel very well and it worked to suck me in to the unfolding narrative. The narrative itself is well written, engaging and intriguing. The format, dividing the narration between different points of view based on four key characters works to build a broad picture of the overall story scenario. The characters, all teens from the same high school, are deliberately polarised. We have a bossy figure, a bully, a loner and mysterious player. A breakfast club almost, set in an Australian small town in the present day. I appreciated Snoekstra’s treatment of these varying characters and the dynamics that came hand in hand with this eclectic group of protagonists. Snoekstra taps into the here and now of a teen’s world in current times, but I am sure adults can relate. Snoekstra sets her characters up in an online community, she shows us how easy it is to develop strong bonds online and how much harder it is for our teens to deal with face to face interactions. This one is challenged further by the stifling small town atmosphere and the secrets surrounding the identity of each of these teens. Mercy Point travels in a heady forward direction, serving up some solid twists and interesting revelations. Towards to the close of the Mercy Point I felt the inclusion of a sci fi /fantasy based sub plot didn’t really appeal to me personally, but it may draw in fans of this genre. The ending is quite an abrupt cliff-hanger, which serves up the possibility for a series continuation, if Snoekstra chooses to go this way with her first foray into the YA thriller genre. A book about identity, family, friendships, connection, trust, revelations, small town politics and explosive secrets construes Anna Snoekstra’s young adult first offering. Mercy Point is recommended for readers aged 14 and up. *I wish to thank Harper Collins Books Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes. Mercy Point, is book #80 of the Australian Women Writers Challenge

  3. 5 out of 5

    Frances

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3 stars because it still kept me reading until the end, but surely there is a sequel to this. Anyway, there were a few times where I thought that some events just suddenly happened, a fair few times it was quite convenient. I can’t stop thinking about that librarian, and Michael ‘flirting’ with her! Not all librarians are like this! 😭😅 There was also that not-so-love-triangle (actually perhaps square) with Emma, Sam and Michael (and maybe Fabian?). Maybe there is a thin line between love and hate 3 stars because it still kept me reading until the end, but surely there is a sequel to this. Anyway, there were a few times where I thought that some events just suddenly happened, a fair few times it was quite convenient. I can’t stop thinking about that librarian, and Michael ‘flirting’ with her! Not all librarians are like this! 😭😅 There was also that not-so-love-triangle (actually perhaps square) with Emma, Sam and Michael (and maybe Fabian?). Maybe there is a thin line between love and hate, but it felt a bit plonked on in my opinion. But meh, that’s okay, Michael had his cute moments- the feels were real, albeit a bit sudden, when he felt hurt seeing Emma and Sam together 😭 Surely, there is a sequel, because it can’t end with an underground alien community preparing for war and a hostage of one the main characters! 😅 About the aliens, did anyone find it very ‘out there’ too? I didn’t register any indication that this was going to be a sci-fi thriller until the last 100 pages. Was it meant to be that way? Am I the only one feeling like the build-up to it wasn’t as successful? Or is this very shocking twist at the end an intentional tactic as the introduction to the second book? So many questions. 😅 I might read the next one, but this book wasn’t too bad- just shockingly clichè whilst not clichè. 🤔 Thanks for reading 😂

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lysandra

    ARC kindly provided by A&R in exchange for an honest review. Mercy Point is a well written book that details areas of modern day that many people wouldn't normally consider. The issue of loneliness and growing up thinking one thing and then finding another is often one that is difficult to elaborate on, however Snoekstra described these issues with fluidity, and it helped continue the story a long. The other main area that it touches upon is social media. With the constant reminder in our wor ARC kindly provided by A&R in exchange for an honest review. Mercy Point is a well written book that details areas of modern day that many people wouldn't normally consider. The issue of loneliness and growing up thinking one thing and then finding another is often one that is difficult to elaborate on, however Snoekstra described these issues with fluidity, and it helped continue the story a long. The other main area that it touches upon is social media. With the constant reminder in our world that everyone isn't always who they seem, this book reflects on that in a well elaborated manner. Whilst the topics were well researched and parts of the book had well entertained and timed humour, there was a feeling of, this book is going to fast, and, I don't quite understand how that fits in here. Whilst there were several moments where thoughts like these came to mind, the overall concept of the book was well achieved. Another area of the book that was well done was areas that involved the fantasy/ sci-fi genre mix in them. The modern/reality of the book is not wasted, however the parts of the book that involved the aspects of the two genres were spectacularly added. There could have been more of these moments, but overall the genres were well matched. Finally, the emotions in the book were well placed at moments, however multiple of the climactic moments either died out suddenly or were not used, not to say some all of them weren't used, but there were several moments where an anticlimax was suddenly dropped on us.  Over all the book was successful in covering genres and topics, and the book was enjoyable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    mary

    thank you to the publisher and netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book! i tried so hard to finish this but everything about it is infuriating, the writing seems aimed more at middle school kids than young adults and to me it seems like the author is writing how they think teenagers think/talk but is completely missing the mark. it’s also taking a really long time to get to any real mystery stuff. i think the storyline is probably interesting but unfortunately i couldn’t get past thank you to the publisher and netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book! i tried so hard to finish this but everything about it is infuriating, the writing seems aimed more at middle school kids than young adults and to me it seems like the author is writing how they think teenagers think/talk but is completely missing the mark. it’s also taking a really long time to get to any real mystery stuff. i think the storyline is probably interesting but unfortunately i couldn’t get past the writing. dnf @ 53%

  6. 3 out of 5

    Sarria Butler

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Now I liked the beginning. And only the beginning. Our four main characters had a wonderful depth to them and created a lifelike group of ill suited friends. But that is all that I enjoyed. The ending to Mercy Point was rushed, unsatisfactory and juvenile. The protagonists seemed to abandon the entirety of their development seen in the rest of the novel to follow blindly when they were clearly uncomfortable and stressed. They meet the creatures in the last thirty pages; why let the most dramatic Now I liked the beginning. And only the beginning. Our four main characters had a wonderful depth to them and created a lifelike group of ill suited friends. But that is all that I enjoyed. The ending to Mercy Point was rushed, unsatisfactory and juvenile. The protagonists seemed to abandon the entirety of their development seen in the rest of the novel to follow blindly when they were clearly uncomfortable and stressed. They meet the creatures in the last thirty pages; why let the most dramatic event happen without giving yourself ample time, as the author, to investigate? The coverup spoken very quickly by Emma's mother is notably ignored and not spoken of between the remaining three characters, when the entire plot has been to uncover their own origin. I am incredibly disappointed. I wasted my time on this novel, the beginning had such promise but with an ending that leaves you more irritated by it's lack of depth where do you go from there?

  7. 3 out of 5

    Casey

    Was expecting this to be a great little standalone and think it could have worked perfectly as one, I was super thrown by the ending and it left me feeling meh about the story. It’s a super quick read though so that’s a plus I guess.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tadashi Hamada

    UPDATE: After learning that there is actually a sequel to this (and a third book), I'm changing this rating to 3 stars just because I felt like it only being a first book to a trilogy justified how slow it was. I'm hopeful that the second and third books are better and less slow. -- I won a copy from an Instagram giveaway held by the author, so... you can imagine how I kinda feel guilty for giving this a 2-star rating. It was just... slow. And boring. But I guess that's due to the fact that I maybe UPDATE: After learning that there is actually a sequel to this (and a third book), I'm changing this rating to 3 stars just because I felt like it only being a first book to a trilogy justified how slow it was. I'm hopeful that the second and third books are better and less slow. -- I won a copy from an Instagram giveaway held by the author, so... you can imagine how I kinda feel guilty for giving this a 2-star rating. It was just... slow. And boring. But I guess that's due to the fact that I maybe had the wrong idea with what this book is about. I was expecting a thriller, but instead I was met with a contemporary that looked more at the lives of the four characters and how they interacted with the people around them, their relationships with their family and friends, instead of the actual truth behind their existence. The latter didn't come in until the last few chapters of the book. This book had one thing going for it, and it was the revelation. It was insane. I was truly disappointed that it only came at the end and it wasn't what the majority of the book was about.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shreema

    My rating: 2.5/5 stars ARC kindly provided by A&R in exchange for an honest review. I have to start this review off by saying how eye-catching the cover is, despite the dark colours, the contrast is quite stark and I personally think it really matches the story, though I must say I’m not exactly too sure who or what it is on the cover :P The world setting of the story was really odd because it was like 99.99% real-world drama, but the whole plot was based on sci-fi and fantasy mixed together, My rating: 2.5/5 stars ARC kindly provided by A&R in exchange for an honest review. I have to start this review off by saying how eye-catching the cover is, despite the dark colours, the contrast is quite stark and I personally think it really matches the story, though I must say I’m not exactly too sure who or what it is on the cover :P The world setting of the story was really odd because it was like 99.99% real-world drama, but the whole plot was based on sci-fi and fantasy mixed together, if that makes any sense! I feel like the story could have been more enjoyable – for me at least – if the sci-fi and fantasy parts of the book were made more apparent. I believe the scene should have been set a bit more before the reader was plunged straight into the storyline. The lack of clarity in the theme just made it a hodgepodge of genres, although I could see where Snoekstra was heading and I liked the notion. The first half of the book went pretty fast, though it felt like not much was happening, and the second half was too predictable, so that kind of ruined the fun and mystery :( I also felt that the ending was kind of abrupt and that there should have been more to neatly wrap up the ending. I know that this novel is a single-standing one, however it felt like the first in a series because Snoekstra had left so many possibilities in my mind of what might have happened. I absolutely loved the diversification of the protagonists and Snoekstra ensured that each of their differences were duly noted and celebrated by the reader. What made this even better was the fact that there wasn’t only one main protagonist in the whole group and that everyone had something valuable to contribute in their own way. This made me think about how people see who you are so differently, whether it be in a positive or negative way, to how you see and believe yourself to be. This made me realise that the differences in perceptions all came down to the communication between the people. On the whole I enjoyed myself while I was reading Mercy Point and would like to commend Anna Snoekstra on finishing such a great novel, as I’m sure it was no small feat. Shreema

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura (thechronicbookworm)

    4.5/5 Mercy Point was an amazing page-turner; the last hundred pages just flew by. I really hope there is going to be another book, as the ending finishes on a cliffhanger and I feel like there is more to explore with the story. Mercy Point dabbles in a few genres while mostly being a thriller, it could be considered sci-fi/fantasy. The writing was engaging and the story is told from the perspective of the four main characters; Tessie, Emma, Michael, and Fabian. I grew to love the characters over 4.5/5 Mercy Point was an amazing page-turner; the last hundred pages just flew by. I really hope there is going to be another book, as the ending finishes on a cliffhanger and I feel like there is more to explore with the story. Mercy Point dabbles in a few genres while mostly being a thriller, it could be considered sci-fi/fantasy. The writing was engaging and the story is told from the perspective of the four main characters; Tessie, Emma, Michael, and Fabian. I grew to love the characters over the course of the story. The strong friendship that develops between Tessie, Fabian, Emma, Sam, and Michael was enjoyable to read. Friendship and loneliness were two of the main themes throughout the novel. Sam is the only main character, who does not have any point of view chapters. This means we learn more about his character through each of the other characters perspectives. Mercy Point leaves you wanting more stories about these diverse characters because they were relatable and felt realistic. Overall, Mercy Point was an amazing thriller which is definitely worth a read. Thank you to HarperCollins Australia for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    We bought this for our high school library as our students are really into mystery with secrets/lies thrown in at the moment and this looked like it met those criteria. And for the majority of the book it did. Five teens all find out they are adopted and go in search of the truth. I found the TRUTH to be a laugh out loud / you've-gotta-be-kidding-me / fairly juvenile twist. If it was a Year 8 students writing I would edit the crap out of it and put words like "plausibility" and 'really?" all over We bought this for our high school library as our students are really into mystery with secrets/lies thrown in at the moment and this looked like it met those criteria. And for the majority of the book it did. Five teens all find out they are adopted and go in search of the truth. I found the TRUTH to be a laugh out loud / you've-gotta-be-kidding-me / fairly juvenile twist. If it was a Year 8 students writing I would edit the crap out of it and put words like "plausibility" and 'really?" all over their draft and then help them workshop different twists and a different ending. Apparently there is a sequel, which for those readers who loved it (and there are many) is a good thing. It won't be one I pick up though. I'm not sure about which Genre it should go in in our library - fans of Mystery/Suspense like myself may be very disappointed by the tangent this takes (which warrants a different genre altogether). Feedback on where to put it Genre-wise from people who have read and enjoyed it welcome. :-)

  12. 3 out of 5

    Emily

    Mercy point is a great book, it’s full of action and its a friller. Emma finds out she was adopted and she then meets the message board who are people living in the area in the same situation. Online they feel like a family but when they meet they hate each other. They have to choose whether to meet up to solve their adoption or don't meet up again at all. I would recommend this book to all teenagers as the protagonist in this goes through what every teenager does but they find a way to solve it Mercy point is a great book, it’s full of action and its a friller. Emma finds out she was adopted and she then meets the message board who are people living in the area in the same situation. Online they feel like a family but when they meet they hate each other. They have to choose whether to meet up to solve their adoption or don't meet up again at all. I would recommend this book to all teenagers as the protagonist in this goes through what every teenager does but they find a way to solve it, and overcome it. Overall the book in my opinion was brilliantly set and written. It was full of action and at the end Snoekstra included sci-fiction and fantasy to the book which made me want to know what happened to them till the very end. I rate this book 4.5 stars out of 5, the only thing that i didn't really like was how it ended on a cliffhanger. Overall the book was super enjoyable it keep my hooked till the very end.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Claire

    I went into reading this with trepidation because I really didn't like the last book I read by this author, but wanted to give this one a go and I'm so glad I did because I really enjoyed it. From reading the reviews on here it seems it is either loved or not. Well I for one am hoping there is a sequel to this because by the time we get to the end and find out what the secret is that these teenagers have been searching for, that their parents have found the need to keep tightly held between them I went into reading this with trepidation because I really didn't like the last book I read by this author, but wanted to give this one a go and I'm so glad I did because I really enjoyed it. From reading the reviews on here it seems it is either loved or not. Well I for one am hoping there is a sequel to this because by the time we get to the end and find out what the secret is that these teenagers have been searching for, that their parents have found the need to keep tightly held between them, we are left wondering what next? I wouldn't really put this in the thriller category, for me it sits more the mystery, suspense category and it sits here well. This story drew me in, held my attention and left me wanting more. Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins AU for a copy in return for an honest review.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Jamison

    I really enjoyed this novel. Admittedly I found it hard to get into at first, for no other reason than I didn't like Emma's POV to begin with. However as more POVs were introduced and as the plot developed I quickly became hooked. The book is heavily character driven and extremely well developed in that sense. It's written as a thriller and has one heck of a plot twist at the end, and though I'll admit I did predict the plot twist before it happened it was still super tense and engaging to read! I really enjoyed this novel. Admittedly I found it hard to get into at first, for no other reason than I didn't like Emma's POV to begin with. However as more POVs were introduced and as the plot developed I quickly became hooked. The book is heavily character driven and extremely well developed in that sense. It's written as a thriller and has one heck of a plot twist at the end, and though I'll admit I did predict the plot twist before it happened it was still super tense and engaging to read! And everyone else I talked to was super shocked. I absolutely devoured the book and can't stop thinking about the ending. I already miss the characters so much. This book is a great YA. It's a great Australian YA. The characters are relatable and it feels very home grown. I loved it a lot and am definitely so keen for the sequel, whenever that may come!

  15. 4 out of 5

    David Linwood

    On the one hand this book probably wasn't written for people like me and some readers might find it satisfactory. I won't be too harsh because certain parts (the beginning in particular) were well written and managed to keep me reading. It's been a while since I was a teenager I confess but I can't imagine any teenagers acting the way the characters of this novel did. This feeling that the author was a little out of touch lingered and grew the longer I stayed with the book and the conclusion was On the one hand this book probably wasn't written for people like me and some readers might find it satisfactory. I won't be too harsh because certain parts (the beginning in particular) were well written and managed to keep me reading. It's been a while since I was a teenager I confess but I can't imagine any teenagers acting the way the characters of this novel did. This feeling that the author was a little out of touch lingered and grew the longer I stayed with the book and the conclusion was even more unconvincing. It was rushed. This could have been one of those 'YA' novels that I actually enjoy but on the whole it left me wanting.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kat Mullen

    I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS! A quick read and character driven. Mercy Point felt real in the sense that it felt like the setting was an authentic Aussie town. Thrillers aren’t usually my thing, but I was definitely invested in these character’s lives.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Garry Weatherburn

    Loved this book! It is so exciting - an absolute page turner. The teenage characters are all well-drawn, believable and you feel empathy for them. I also found the plot to be intriguing and original.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Nancarrow

    Really engaging and I couldnt put it down 5 stars!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Exciting, different story with unexpected twists. Great characterisation.

  20. 3 out of 5

    Hannah

    3.5 I need a sequel

  21. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

    I enjoyed most of this book, it had some interesting elements, but the 'ending' lost me. It didn't feel as though things were resolved, more as though it was setting up for a sequel. I hate starting a book that finishes with loose ends, especially if I don't realise that it is going to be the first in a series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    From the very first chapter this author has created a tense and suspicious atmosphere that builds throughout the novel. This small town, seemingly like every other small town on the surface, holds some deep dark secrets; secrets that a select group of parents hold. A mining tragedy at Mercy Point some years ago has shaped the town and its secrets and overshadows all the town’s residents. Five teens, each at different times, feel very different from their families and have a sense that they do not From the very first chapter this author has created a tense and suspicious atmosphere that builds throughout the novel. This small town, seemingly like every other small town on the surface, holds some deep dark secrets; secrets that a select group of parents hold. A mining tragedy at Mercy Point some years ago has shaped the town and its secrets and overshadows all the town’s residents. Five teens, each at different times, feel very different from their families and have a sense that they do not belong. This quest for answers leads them to an online chat group. Over time the five have poured out their feelings and emotions to each other not believing they will ever meet. When the opportunity comes to meet they are completely shocked to find out to whom they have been chatting. They have been airing their secrets to people they would never normally speak to or have anything in common with. Although the first meetings do not go well, each teen begins to feel sudden body changes including intermittent blindness and deafness, so they are drawn to each other for answers. It soon becomes apparent that their parents know what is going on and they are part of a much bigger ecological and social conspiracy than they first thought. This is a gripping thriller that will appeal to readers of this genre and we are looking forward to its resolution in book 2.

  23. 3 out of 5

    Ryan

  24. 5 out of 5

    naomi lee

  25. 5 out of 5

    Merryn

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cyber

  27. 3 out of 5

    Sarah Robinson-Hatch

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  29. 5 out of 5

    Viviana

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emmy9394

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