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"Unspeakable Things" by Jess Lourey

3 out of 5 stars

Published by Brilliance Audio on January 1st, 2020

Genre: Mystery/ thriller

Format: ebook ARC from NetGalley

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Sat on TBR for 3 months

"Cassie McDowell's life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome. She lives on a farm, loves school, and has a crush on the nicest boy in class. Yes, there are her parents' strange parties and their parade of deviant guests, but she's grown accustomed to them.

All that changes when someone comes hunting in Lilydale.

One by one, local boys go missing. One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn. What happened to them becomes the stuff of shocking rumors. The accusations of who's responsible grow just as wild, and dangerous town secrets start to surface. Then Cassie's own sister undergoes the dark change. If she is to survive, Cassie must find her way in an adult world where every sin is justified, and only the truth is unforgivable." (Goodreads)


*thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

The plot is dark, slow-burning, and disturbing. I didn't have a lot of interest in this one, so I found myself skimming most of the pages. I also thought the ending was a bit abrupt and desired more of a resolution with the characters. (+0)

The small-town world that Lourey creates seems to come right out of a retro '80s movie. Everyone knows everything about everyone, and all the neighbors know of the creepy man at the edge of town. (+1)

The writing style can be a little odd at times. There were many sentences that I had to read multiple times to comprehend them. (+0)

The book is organized and straightforward. (+1)

The main character is smart, mature, and brave despite her dysfunctional family. I enjoyed reading the book from her perspective as she slowly pieced together who was attacking the boys in the town. (+1)

Overall, this book was a 3 star read for me. If you are looking for a dark and disturbing mystery, then this one is for you.

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