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A History of Wild Places
A History of Wild Places: A Novel | Shea Ernshaw
136 posts | 92 read | 1 reading | 87 to read
As spine-chilling as it is beautifully crafted. Ruth Emmie Lang, author of Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance The New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep weaves a richly atmospheric adult debut following three residents of a secluded, seemingly peaceful commune as they investigate the disappearances of two outsiders. Travis Wren has an unusual talent for locating missing people. Hired by families as a last resort, he requires only a single object to find the person who has vanished. When he takes on the case of Maggie St. Jamesa well-known author of dark, macabre childrens bookshes led to a place many believed to be only a legend. Called Pastoral, this reclusive community was founded in the 1970s by like-minded people searching for a simpler way of life. By all accounts, the commune shouldnt exist anymore and soon after Travis stumbles upon ithe disappears. Just like Maggie St. James. Years later, Theo, a lifelong member of Pastoral, discovers Traviss abandoned truck beyond the border of the community. No one is allowed in or out, not when theres a risk of bringing a diseaserotinto Pastoral. Unraveling the mystery of what happened reveals secrets that Theo, his wife, Calla, and her sister, Bee, keep from one another. Secrets that prove their perfect, isolated world isnt as safe as they believedand that darkness takes many forms. Hauntingly beautiful, hypnotic, and bewitching, A History of Wild Places is a story about fairy tales, our fear of the dark, and losing yourself within the wilderness of your mind.
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Lauranahe
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Not what I was expecting, but in a good way! Travis has a knack for finding people, so he‘s hired to find Maggie, who‘s been missing for 5 years. His search leads to him into the woods…where he disappears. A couple years later, Theo, Calla and Bee are questioning their life in the secluded community of Pastoral, and they start to find clues about Travis and Maggie…very good mystery, some fun twists, definitely recommend!

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cariashley
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This was more of a page turner than I thought it would be, and I enjoyed it while I was reading. But it‘s only a light pick for me - there were just a lot of plot holes and odd threads that didn‘t really come together. The handful of excerpts from Maggie St. James‘s children‘s book didn‘t really add anything, in my opinion. Still entertaining. #botm

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Sargar114
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My friend lent me this book and I went into it blind…and to be honest…that feels like the best way to tackle this one. I feel like most descriptions would lend itself to spoilers and while I was able to predict a lot of them, by the second half of this one I still didn‘t want to put it down. #doublespin for August

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This one is still waiting to be read on my shelf lol 1mo
CBee I felt the same! Loved it after the first half. Definitely wasn‘t what I was expecting. 😊 1mo
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Sargar114
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CBee Are you liking Wild Places? I really enjoyed it! 1mo
Sargar114 @CBee I‘m in the middle of it…it‘s pretty wild and not sure quite what to make of it. I like it but definitely processing everything. 1mo
CBee @Sargar114 I felt like that too, was a bit slower to start and then things got more interesting and wacky 😂 1mo
Sargar114 @CBee Very Wacky! Still good…will probably finish the second half tonight 1mo
CBee @Sargar114 great! Will look for your review! 1mo
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CBee
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I had no idea what to expect when I started this - or if I did, I was totally caught off guard when it veered in another direction. Amazing slow burn mystery, damaged characters, idyllic setting, atmospheric writing. Really loved it once I got past the first few chapters. This counts for #booked2022 #aboutacult and is also my #bookspin! 😊😊

Cinfhen Woohoo!! Great review!! You‘ve peeked my interest ♥️ 2mo
persephone1408 I absolutely love her writing! So dark and surprising.🖤📚 2mo
CBee @Cinfhen it was really good! I love when I start a book expecting one thing, and that thing turns out to be wrong 😊 2mo
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CBee @persephone1408 yes! I loved The Wicked Deep as well! 2mo
persephone1408 @CBee yes! & I share a birthday with the swan sisters as well😉 2mo
CBee @persephone1408 oooo that‘s creepy cool!!! 🙂🙂🙂 2mo
ShelleyBooksie I think I'm one of very few ppl who didn't love this one. 2mo
CBee @ShelleyBooksie I didn‘t know if I would but I ended up really enjoying it 🙃 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! This one is on my shelf!! 2mo
CBee @TheAromaofBooks hope you enjoy! 😊 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage This one is on my shelf and now I'm even more excited about it! 2mo
CBee @BarbaraTheBibliophage hope you like it!! 2mo
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ShelleyBooksie
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Mehso-so

This book started strong for me. Then the other 3/4 of the book was like rewatching a certain M. Knight Shamalan movie. Predictable!

ozma.of.oz Your review made me laugh out loud! 2mo
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magyklyXdelish
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This was better than I was expecting! I loved how atmospheric it was. It kept me guessing. The character development was great. I loved the ending too.

#LMPBC

magyklyXdelish @Bookish_AF mailed this out today 🤗 2mo
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GodsLioness
Pickpick

I read this in stops and starts. Not a completely original story, but I still enjoyed it

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KatieDid927
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Thanks for the fun #SpookySummerSwap package @LeslieO ! @paperwitchs

LeslieO 💜 3mo
Chrissyreadit Hi friend! Hope you are well! 1mo
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Victoriahoperose
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This is not what I expected and I loved it. This was such a creative story about a community in the woods and it had so many twists in it that I never saw coming. I loved the writing and the story behind it. It reminded me a bit of The Village, but so much better. I could not out this book down. Read it in less than 24 hours. If you haven‘t read it - you should. Why is no one talking about this book?!!!

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Melkyl
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This was a good slow-build mystery. I really liked the way the author brought the reader around to figuring out what was going on. I liked the characters and was interested to find out how everything would end up. #BOTM

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BookishBelle
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I finished this today at my favorite breakfast spot. It was so good! Makes me want to live out in the middle of nowhere even more…

BookishBelle …without the psycho control freak killer/leader of course. And definitely closer to the amenities of civilization. 4mo
Graywacke Nice! Happy Saturday 4mo
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MoonWitch94 That danish 🤤😍 4mo
kspenmoll Looks delicious! Breakfast is my favorite meal! 4mo
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bookandbedandtea
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Mehso-so

Finally read this after saying, for weeks, I was going to & it was underwhelming. I really liked the beginning. Travis's voice & story had me hooked but then we lost his POV. I was still ok with that because I figured the new people would collide with him & blend all their stories. And they did! But the way it happened was pretty weird. Also, the source of the "rot" was clear from early on so that reveal lost something for me. Spoiler below ⬇️

bookandbedandtea I know nothing about hypnosis but is it really possible to hypnotize so many people for so long? Into losing their sight? Into forgetting themselves? Maybe it's possible 🤔 but I found it hard to take. 4mo
Kimberlone @bookandbedandtea the hypnosis stuff was just too unbelievable 4mo
bookandbedandtea @Kimberlone would infinity have preferred your mind altering drug angle 4mo
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Kimberlone @bookandbedandtea would have made more sense! Also I was disappointed that Travis‘s supernatural power was not really explained and how did it just completely go away with the hypnosis? 4mo
jlhammar Beautiful photo and great review! I felt the same way about this one. 4mo
bookandbedandtea @Kimberlone Yes! Could one lose that gift by being made to forget they had it?? 4mo
bookandbedandtea @jlhammar Thank you! ⚘️ It's good to know other littens feel the same way. 4mo
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Kimberlone
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Final #BookspinBingo results for May. I finished both my #Bookspin and #Doublespin and got a bingo! May was a really good month for reading.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month!! 4mo
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KateD1
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I loved this book. I loved her writing style. I love how it kept you on edge the entire time.
I also think you could spin-off the first chapter into its own book.

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Kimberlone
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Mehso-so

The Village comparisons are apt, but perhaps give too much away about the mystery at the heart of the community of Pastoral. While I enjoyed this book, and it had a really interesting premise, I feel like it left too much of the world building out of the narrative in order to make the mystery more mysterious. Despite that, I still was able to guess at the main twist. I was more interested in the framing device than the mystery of Pastoral.

Kimberlone I thought the reveal of Levi controlling the community with hypnosis to ultimately be pretty silly. My guess was that it was some sort of mind altering drugs and/or supernatural time travel element, but the actual explanation just didn‘t work for me. In The Village they only needed the story of the beasts in the woods to keep the community members in fear, and that almost would have been better (if very unoriginal). 4mo
bookandbedandtea Yes! I just finished this and these are my thoughts exactly! 4mo
Kimberlone @bookandbedandtea agree with your review as well!! 4mo
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Kimberlone
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Getting Sunday started off on the right foot.

Saknicole ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
vivastory Are you liking this one? I was really surprised by it 4mo
Kimberlone @vivastory literally just started so I don‘t know yet! 4mo
Librarygal08 I loved this book! 4mo
Kimberlone @vivastory conflicted feelings about this one, will be posting my review later today! 4mo
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TheSpineView
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I read this for #LMPBC and it is the best of the group so far. The prose was fabulous! The characters are well done and it has just the right amount of creepy in it. 4⭐️

persephone1408 I absolutely agree 4mo
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TheSpineView
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#WondrousWednesday @eggs

1. Tagged ~ 4⭐️
2. Upgrade
3. My new horse Spicy 💚🐎

Kimzey Congratulations on your new horse! 4mo
MoonWitch94 Ohhh what a fun name! 🐴 4mo
Eggs 🤎🐎💚 4mo
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BiblioLitten Congratulations on your new horse😊 4mo
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TheSpineView
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#WeekendReading @Andrew65

📖 A History of Wild Places

raymond_frank Harry Potter and the cursed child 4mo
TheSpineView @m.a.maqbool 👍📖 4mo
ATB My Policeman… gotta read it before the movie is released. 4mo
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TheSpineView @ATB Yes.. always read the book before seeing the movie! 4mo
bthegood The Man Who Died Twice and The Guncle - make a great day 🌞 4mo
TheSpineView @bthegood Thanks! 🥰 4mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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This is a great palate cleanser for me, after several nonfiction books. I needed a bit of “out there” fiction and this delivered. I‘ve seen this compared to The Village (film) and that works. Don‘t want to say too much about plot, other than a children‘s book author goes missing and a private detective is hired by her parents to find her. Other characters are introduced and the story unfolds from different perspectives. Really liked the ending!

ChaoticMissAdventures I really liked this one too! 4mo
Megabooks Just checked it out! Thanks! 4mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Soccer mom status ⚽️

BookBosomed1 Loved that book! 4mo
Tamra ‘Tis the season ⚽️ 4mo
Santie I sometimes scroll through Litsy mindlessly but I can always tell when a post is yours. You have a unique style and I can identify it! Then I look up at the profile and go ‘yup, I knew it‘s Chelsea‘ 4mo
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Chelsea.Poole @BookBosomed1 I just finished it—it was so good! 😊 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Tamra LOVE soccer season! ☺️ 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @SantieWantie lol thanks!! ☺️ 4mo
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TheSpineView
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

"Death has a way of leaving breadcrumbs, little particles of the past that catch and settle and stain."

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TheSpineView
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#LMPBC Group L @persephone1408

Jenna, it came today! I see the postmark is May 2nd. That is 10 days to make it from your house to mine. I think a snail would have been faster! 😂

persephone1408 @TheSpineView thank God it finally came! I was starting to worry😂 5mo
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Linsy
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I've recently been catching up on the #fantasticstrangelings book club picks. I really enjoyed this one. Now I need to go back and read her witchy YA series. 🌲

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Laughterhp
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I had no idea this was narrated by 5 people. I thought it was narrated by 3 🤦‍♀️.

I really enjoyed this book. I got it from #BOTM but decided to listen to the audio. I wasn‘t sure where the story was going but I was riveted. I didn‘t expect the twist but loved it.

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Kimberlone
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Fresh #BookspinBingo card for May. Mostly #BOTM holdovers from last month, plus a couple others from my #TBR I‘d like to prioritize this month.

BookSpin: A History of Wild Places
DoubleSpin: Cloud Cuckoo Land

I also have a bunch of library borrows I‘m hoping to use for my free spaces. Fingers crossed that 3 free spaces on one line means I‘ll actually get a bingo this month 🤞🏼

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!! 5mo
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persephone1408

@TheSpineView this book goes to you right?? Sorry I'm in 2 groups... Lol I'm sorry I realized that the post office is closed on Saturday so I wont be able to get it out until Monday!

TheSpineView Yes, you are correct. 5mo
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persephone1408
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MegsBooks
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Pickpick

I know this one‘s been a bit controversial but I really enjoyed it! The ominous undertones just pulled me in. I loved living in that space of not knowing. Though it was predictable, it was also an entertaining experience. :)
#botm

TheNeverendingTBR Damn, you returned after years. Well, I'm glad you're back. Thanks for following. 🙋 6mo
MegsBooks @TheNeverendingTBR haha I did! Better late than never. 😁 Absolutely, happy reading! 6mo
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Samary
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Mehso-so

I love the cult and manipulative aspects to it but the ending, to me, felt kinda preachy almost… like “in case you didn‘t get it, this is what happened”

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GidgetsTreasures75
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3-31-22: My March Book Wrap Up! 👏🏼📖⭐️

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GidgetsTreasures75
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3-29-22: My 29th finished book of 2022! Travis can find people by touching objects and he has been hired to find the author, Maggie St. James. After getting his truck stuck in the snow, Travis disappears, as well. Meanwhile, out past that truck is a place called Pastoral, where people live by the land and fear going past its borders. The story comes together beautifully as we follow the lives of Calla, Theo and Bee. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣2️⃣9️⃣

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hes7
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I don‘t know if it‘s my mood or if I‘m just picking up good books, but I‘ve been loving everything I‘ve been reading this weekend. #20in4

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bookandbedandtea
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Bailey is curious about the book I've chosen to read next.

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Hooked_on_books
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This book starts as the hunt for a missing person, then takes a turn into a commune-like community clearly run by a cult leader. The development of the story is fascinating, making me not want to stop reading. But when the how of it all is revealed, I struggled with the feasibility of it. I‘m choosing to go with it, though, since I think overall the book is really well crafted.

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sprainedbrain
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#TarotTakeover

The tagged book, which I finished last night, fits three of swords perfectly, since isolation, heartbreak, and betrayal are pretty much the plot. 😬

Thanks for doing this Erin!

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sprainedbrain
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I was up until 2 am this morning because I COULD NOT put this book down. And I think I may be getting too old for that sort of behavior. 😂

I really can‘t say much without giving things away, but this book is very mysterious, dreamily atmospheric, a little creepy, and beautifully written.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#LMPBC #GroupL I hope you all like it as well!

vivastory I really enjoyed this one! It was a nice surprise 6mo
persephone1408 I seriously cant wait to get this one! 6mo
BookishBelle Ooh! I‘m excited to read it! 6mo
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mabell I was always too old for that behavior, I think. I get the sleep version of hangry 😆 6mo
sprainedbrain @mabell I had a rough Sunday, so I don‘t think I‘ll be doing that again anytime soon. 😅 6mo
persephone1408 @sprainedbrain did you send it?? Mom said I got a book today and I was hoping for yours but it was the one from my other group. 6mo
sprainedbrain @persephone1408 yesterday was the mail day… and yes, I did! Tracking says it will be there early next week. 😉 6mo
persephone1408 Yay! I cant wait! 6mo
sprainedbrain @persephone1408 I hope you love it like I did. 🤞🏻 6mo
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Laughterhp
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I‘ve been catching this way too often in books lately… The wrong name of the character…

The guy‘s name is Theo and it says Travis…

Jennaree3 I catch screw-ups all the time! Who pays these editors?!?! 6mo
UwannaPublishme Nowadays they try to save money by NOT hiring enough editors! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 6mo
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BookwormAHN
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Day 4 of #TarotTakeover
This book is about Maggie who disappears and Travis who is hired to find her and how they both end up in a commune/cult complete with creepy over controlling religious leader.
@ErinSueMreads

Trashcanman 🤗 6mo
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therubberduckninja
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Mehso-so

The story starts with Travis Wren, a man with a pretty cool ability, searching for a missing woman. Right as I started getting interested, it completely shifts, and the rest of the story is told from the perspective of three people in a commune.

I figured out the twist early on, which was fine, and it seemed blatantly obvious who the villain was… but when it was explained *how* it was done… I didn‘t buy it. Nope, sorry, no way, not possible.

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jlhammar
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Mehso-so

The first part of this book was so promising! Wish we could have stuck with Travis using his gift to find missing persons. Overall though, ended up just being an okay read for me. Far-fetched with too many plot holes. I quickly lost patience with the residents of Pastoral. It was all a bit overwrought. #BOTM

therubberduckninja I thought Travis‘ gift was one of the most interesting things in the book and I was disappointed it didn‘t come into play more. 7mo
jlhammar @therubberduckninja Yes, totally agree! I had a very similar thoughts to yours. Good to know I'm not alone. 7mo
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BookBosomed1
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⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Hot darn! This is a fantastic book. If you enjoy mysteries and a smidge of magical realism, stop reading my review & go get yourself a copy. The writing is fast-paced, atmospheric, character driven, and kept me guessing. The story is told from alternating POVs, which I like, but I know can be an annoying writing style for some readers. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56898223

wanderinglynn Great review! Stacked 📚 7mo
BookBosomed1 @wanderinglynn Hope you enjoy it! 7mo
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AllGrainyDays
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“There is no history in a place until we make it, until you live a life worth remembering. We have made a history here-some of it was more folklore than truth, more fear than anything else. But some of it was good. Some of it lives inside each of us, the history of this wild, wild land.”

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corireadslife
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Mehso-so

Rating: 3.5 🌟
Book: 9 of 2022

After seeing this book literally everywhere, I grabbed it on Libro.fm to listen. My final thoughts - I loved the characters and liked the story and LOVED the narrators. I wonder if I read the book if I would have been as eager to read. But I found this story to be a hard sell. How one man hypnotized an entire town and then suddenly, everyone just started remembering.. that was hard for me to wrap my head around.

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LeslieO
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Dark and twisty with a strong sense of foreboding. Took a little turn at the beginning that I wasn‘t expecting but liked. #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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corireadslife
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Another puzzle completed this weekend while listening to the tagged read. It is called “Book Nerd” and a tough one without a doubt but totally worth it 🤓

Nessavamusic I love this puzzle!! 7mo
Nessavamusic And…I ordered it 🤣 7mo
corireadslife @Nessavamusic lol yay! it‘s so worth it!!! I hope you enjoy 🤓 7mo
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