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"Unspeakable Things" by Jess Lourey

3 out of 5 stars Published by Brilliance Audio on January 1st, 2020 Genre: thriller Format: ebook from NetGalley Read in 10 days Read in 6 sittings 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 One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn.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) REVIEW: *thank you to the author and NetGalley 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)


My favorite part is the smart young main character.


My least favorite part is the writing style. It was very confusing at time with details that weren't really necessary for the story.


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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