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A History of Wild Places
A History of Wild Places: A Novel | Shea Ernshaw
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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Lizpixie
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Next up in #JumpStart2022 is the new Shea Ernshaw. I loved her first two books, let‘s see what strange delights are in store with this one!

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wildwoodreads
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Panpan

A History of Wild Places disappointed me. I had high hopes for it because I‘ve enjoyed the rest of Shea Ernshaw‘s work. But this just didn‘t work for me.

I loved the setting and learning about the commune, but I found the plot predictable. And it didn‘t unfold in an interesting way. It felt forced. I‘m really sad this didn‘t work for me.

https://wildwoodreads.com/2022/01/24/a-history-of-wild-places-review/

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AmandaBlaze
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Pickpick

This is a beautiful book on so many levels. A twisting plotline kept me engaged to the very end, an ending I didn't see coming. I loved the transcendental nature at the book's heart.

AmandaBlaze That hungover feeling when you stayed up all night to finish a book. :) 1d
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AmandaBlaze
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A little over a quarter of the way through, this book has a hold of me.

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LoverOfLearning
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My next read! 📖📚

Who's read it what did you think? No spoilers please!

Jemgirl2014 I really enjoyed it! 3d
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Christyco125
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Such a beautiful way to describe a murder scene. I hope the rest of the story is this poetic.

JamieArc This makes me want to definitely pick it up sooner rather than later… 3d
AmandaBlaze Reading this one, too. Very well written so far. 2d
Texreader Wow! Already stacked. 2d
Christyco125 @AmandaBlaze it‘s been hard to put down 2d
Christyco125 @JamieArc I moved it up my list as well. It‘s a real page turner. 2d
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BookwormAHN
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This book is really creepy but really good. And the cover is fantastic. Travis Wren is hired to find the lost writer Maggie St. James. He starts searching at a place called Pastoral. Cut to a few years later and one of the members Theo finds Travis' truck and starts trying to solve the mystery of what happened.
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#TheSupernaturalYear #lostshoe @AkashaVampie
#NoShameReadathon22 #thriller @Nessavamusic

Michael_Gee Compelling! 4d
Christyco125 This is on my list. Maybe it needs to move up the ranks. 4d
Nessavamusic I enjoyed this one too! 4d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I got this one as BOTM but still haven't read it!! 3d
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Howseldomtheydo
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“Death has a way of leaving breadcrumbs, little particles of the past that catch and settle and strain.”#firstlinefridays Loving this book so far #currentlyreading Pic is of last wild place I‘ve been!

OriginalCyn620 So beautiful! ❄️ 4d
MadelineMcCrae Wow! It‘s gorgeous! 4d
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Jemgirl2014
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I would categorize “A History of Wild Places “ as more of a mystery than a suspense. Even though the pacing can be rather slow, I was still very much engaged as I read this book. Ernshaw does an excellent job at crafting a solid mystery; I sure as heck didn‘t figure out what happened to Maggie and Travis until it was revealed to me. Talk about a shocker! I‘m glad I picked this as my BOTM. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BookwormAHN
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Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView 😺
1- The Lord of the Rings
2- The Mists of Avalon, although mainly that's due to the author.
3- magical realism in the tagged book.
#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

BiblioLitten Good choice for the 1. 6d
Eggs I have #3-a recent BOTM 6d
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MelKelsey
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Book 8

A History of Wild Places starts out as a mystery about a missing person with a little magical element. It becomes a story about a commune in the middle of the woods. Both are good set-ups but the relationship between the two isn't obvious until the end. It's well-written, and I will read more by the author. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Nessavamusic
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This was a gripping suspense thriller about a mysterious community with something very dark occurring. I am glad I didn‘t know much going in and I highly recommend you do the same! 4.5⭐️
#PopSugar - social-horror
#bookspinbingo square

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Cathyloves2read
Mehso-so

This is the second book I read by this author. I‘ll admit, I liked the first book (Winterwood) better. While I did find parts of this book enjoyable, the story didn‘t always keep me interested. This surprised me, because this book has gotten rave reviews. I didn‘t feel a connection with any of the characters. Bottom line is that I only found this book to be “so-so”.

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wildwoodreads
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Last week was my birthday week, and I wish I could tell you I disappeared because we took an amazing vacation. Unfortunately, that‘s not what happened. I ended up sick. Literally, I have made it through the entire pandemic only to catch it on the week of my 25th birthday. Yay. When I found out I had it I thought I‘d have plenty of reading time. Half of the time I didn‘t even feel like holding a book. So this week I‘m getting back on track.

Johanna414 I hope you're feeling better! 1w
wildwoodreads @Johanna414 Thanks! I‘m feeling a good bit better! 1w
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Linsy I'm so sorry!!!! What's the point of being sick if you can't read? Glad you can finally get to this book. I just got mine in the mail and am so excited! 1w
ozma.of.oz Wishing you a complete and speedy recovery! ❤️ 1w
PurpleyPumpkin Sorry you got sick on your birthday week. That stinks! But glad you‘re on the mend. 😊 1w
ravenlee Sounds like you deserve a do-over! Hope you continue to feel better. 1w
Jas16 So sorry you had such a rotten birthday but glad that you are doing better 1w
marleed Well that sucks. But Happy Birthday and I‘m glad you are on the road to recovery and with a book in hand! 1w
wildwoodreads @Linsy Right?! I hope you enjoy 💕💕 1w
wildwoodreads @ozma.of.oz Thank you! 💕💕 1w
wildwoodreads @PurpleyPumpkin Thank you! 🥰 1w
wildwoodreads @ravenlee I think so too! And thank you 💕💕 1w
wildwoodreads @Jas16 Thanks! 💕 1w
wildwoodreads @marleed Thank you! 💕💕💕 1w
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marleed
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Well, this was not a direction I was anticipating for a missing persons mystery. This was a wild story and I had a great time reading it. It make me curious about some of those quaint mountain Hallmark movie towns - perhaps not all is as it seems ;)

Insightsintobooks I just started this one! 1w
marleed @Insightsintobooks oh have fun! I also loved looking at this cover on cold January days. 1w
Cathythoughts Stacked 👍❤️ 1w
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Levana This sounds interesting. I guess it is one more on the TBR now. 1w
Juliev I‘m starting this today 1w
marleed @Levana Hahaha. You‘re welcome ;) 1w
marleed @Cathythoughts @Juliev oh, I‘ll watch for your thoughts! 1w
vivastory I really enjoyed this one! 1w
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Ramsayh
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Kept me engaged to the end and want to read another of hers. Great book for the start of the year.

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puzzledbooks

She was a shadow. She was the cruel, howling thing that could be heard during a full moon. She was the monster who crept into other children's dreams. But this is how monsters are made: from innocent things.

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Eringogreen
Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings about this. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would, but it was hard to get through during the 2nd quarter. I almost DNFed, but glad I finished it for the ending.

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vivastory
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It's rare for me to read a BOTM selection so soon after receiving it. I moved it up my TBR after reading several rave reviews online. Travis Wren has the ability to locate missing people by touching personal objects. Unmoored by his sister's recent suicide he is reluctantly recruited to locate a children's book author, Maggie St. James, who has been missing for several years. He disappears after he tracks her to the forest near an isolated👇

vivastory community called Pastoral. Years later Theo, a guard at Pastoral, discovers Travis' truck down the road & this creates more doubts in his mind as he has been slowly exploring beyond the borders of Pastoral. This is forbidden due to the trees around the community being infected & outsiders not being allowed inside the community. I wouldn't say that Ernshaw's book is fiendishly clever. I did guess one of two major plot twists. However, I thought it 2w
vivastory was very well constructed & it has a different vibe to it from a lot of the other thrillers being published nowadays. Kudos for that. I would have easily finished this book a couple of days ago had I not been exhausted from dealing with covid outbreaks at work. (Image Credits: Google Images) (edited) 2w
Leftcoastzen Sorry you are dealing with that , every business seems to riding this roller coaster of absences. 2w
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Suzze I realized today I have 48 BOTM books and have not read A SINGLE ONE! Not a surprise with over 500 unread books, but still seems wrong. I have this one in the pile. 2w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Thanks. One of my co-workers had submitted a 30 days notice but only completed 2 wks of it, leaving us in the lurch too. I work in the health department at my agency, so it's been rough. I don't do the actual testing myself, but my supervisor does perform frequent testing & I assist with providing PPE supplies to the facilities as needed. This week was the worst I've ever seen it. 2w
JamieArc I rarely read BOTM books soon after I get them too, so one of my few bookish goals this year is to read at least 12. I need to make sure this is one of them. 2w
vivastory @Suzze If it makes you feel better I still have some unread ones from when I first joined BOTM 5 years ago 2w
vivastory @JamieArc I want to read a lot more new books this year. I feel like I'm always a year or two behind everyone else as I'm trying to catch up with the backlist. (edited) 2w
vivastory Have you read this one @hooked_on_books I think you'd like it... 2w
JamieArc @vivastory I have the opposite goal: to read less of the new books and more older, obscure titles. 2w
Hooked_on_books It‘s on my radar and now I‘m even more interested! It sounds terrific. 2w
Reggie Today I showed up to work and our whole tables section (blackjack and roulette) was closed because they‘re all being quarantined because a couple of them got it. 2w
batsy That's pretty scary wrt the outbreaks at work. Stay safe (as much as you can under the circumstances 😟) @vivastory @Reggie 2w
peaknit I really enjoyed this one! Ordered the authors first one from the library right away! 2w
vivastory @batsy Thanks! I have reverted to pre-vaccine safety precautions (no movies at the theater & carry out only at restaurants) at least for the next 4-6 weeks until omicron dies down a bit. I hope that you're doing well. (edited) 2w
vivastory @Reggie Stay safe! It's scary times. 2w
Reggie @batsy @vivastory this one woman a month ago refused to put a mask on while playing a machine. Our security kept telling her and finally they called our tribal police. Tribal took her to the back, they banned her from the Pueblo, and when she asked for her money($400) that she left at the slot machine they told her she forfeited that the moment she chose to not obey our rules. Then they told security that if anybody needed to talk to someone👇🏼 2w
Reggie about not wanting to obey our mask rules that they could just have them call their phone and they would advise them. (edited) 2w
batsy @vivastory @Reggie That is tough. Mask mandates are really necessary. I'm lucky to be freelancing & not having to go into an office or workspace regularly. I'll be really anxious in your place. I hope this bout of Omicron eases off real soon 🙏🏾 2w
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sparky89

"No matter where you go, there are cracks in the plaster, nails coming loose, you just have to decide where you want to piece yourself back together. Where the ground feels sturdiest beneath your feet."

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sparky89

"...I wonder if we will tear each other apart someday. If love like this -- deep and painful and reckless-- can last."

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Linsy
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I'm very late in posting, but here's my list for January's Book Spin! I really want to prioritize it this year as I'm trying to read more of the books I already own. The tagged book is my #bookspin and Parakeet by Marie Helene-Bertino is my #doublespin.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Glad to have you along!!! 2w
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swishandflick
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WOW I loved this book! Honestly my favorite #BOTM pick in quite some time, reminding me of a bygone era when they consistently introduced me to books I wouldn't have otherwise read, and then completely fell in love with. I found the concept fascinating and unique, the setting atmospheric and tangible, and the writing and characters compelling. A great first book to kick off 2022! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

vivastory I *almost* read this one yesterday but opted for another BOTM which I enjoyed. I will def be reading this one soon after yr glowing review! Plus, that cover! 3w
Jess I know right?! I picked this on a whim last month since I have to start using the 19 credits I have stored up. I have 100 pages to go and I‘m really liking it. It is hard to put down! 3w
TheDaysGoBy This sounds right up my alley! *stacks* 3w
jlhammar So great to hear. Really looking forward to this one! 3w
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Marybaby94
Pickpick

Just started this but it‘s so good so far

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Moonprismpower
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Pickpick

Finished my first book of 2022! I really enjoy Ernshaw‘s beautiful writing style. She sets a mood so well. I uncovered the plot twist early on but this book wasn‘t really about the twist. It was about the people and how life changed them. I enjoyed this book very much.
Happy 2022 #LitsyLove !!
❤️🥂🎇🎆🎉🍾🍾🥳

BookBosomed1 Happy 2022! I have this book on my TBR shelf. 3w
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erank58
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With her first adult novel, I can now happily say that Shea Ernshaw has officially become a favorite author of mine. This started out a bit slow, and then left me breathless when it all came together.

Writing style and atmosphere aside, this is probably one of the best cult novels I've ever read, too. Lots of Midsommer vibes, but with a dark beauty that shines with hope. I'm so happy to end the year with a new favorite 💙

tokorowilliamwallace O.o Midsommar vibes. I didn't anticipate that. Interesting. 2w
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ICantImReading
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Rich in atmosphere, I was completely immersed in the dreamy forest setting of this slow-burning mystery as the idyllic tips over into madness. I didn‘t predict the twist, but I wasn‘t quite fully satisfied with the ending. #BOTM

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Traci1
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this one but not as much as it seems most people have. It was good, but not my favorite of the year or even the month. Still, a fine book, and the audio was very well done.

1+5(impulse)+(8hoursx9thonsx10)=726
#wintergames #mistletoemaniacs
@Clwojick
#wintercosy @PuddleJumper #littenlisten @aperfectmjk #wrapitupreadathon @keys_on_fire #bookspin #christmasfilms #merrybookmas #comfortandjoy #csreadathon #averymerryreadathon @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Awesome! 1mo
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Tera0707
Pickpick

Started off a bit slow but once it picked up, I didn‘t want to put it down.

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j9brown
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Really good creepy atmospheric mystery, a little magical realism, a little horror, and a cult. A good #botm pick!

A TBR read, too, some winter games points!

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Tayostling
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My #BOTM finally arrived! I‘m not sure what the box had to endure, but it made it. 😂 I have so many books on my #tbr list and I just can‘t decide where to start. Have you read either of these picks yet?

Tera0707 I‘m reading A History of Wild Places. Not too far in yet, but I‘m really enjoying it! Hope you do as well ☺️ 1mo
tokorowilliamwallace A History of Wild Places was my December pick (an unusual pick for me, not usually a genre I read in) because it gave me Shyamalan vibes. But I haven't started it yet. I have a BOTM backlog still. 1mo
Tayostling @tokorowilliamwallace oh I think you might be right about the Shyamalan vibes. I‘m traveling in the next couple days and it‘s going to be my plane read. We‘ll see! 1mo
tokorowilliamwallace @Tayostling, last time I was on a plane two Januarys ago, a third to half of my luggage was books and I had to pay extra for the weight, and so was my carry on, and I had bought an 800-page epic fantasy (and maybe something else) at the airport (which I still haven't finished by the way; also the books I bought at the Amtrak auto train station this past February). 1mo
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TheLibrarian
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I‘ve been reading this book the past couple days. Hoping to finish it today!

Cat update: Don‘t believe when a shelter says a pair is bonded. They may have been dropped off together but they don‘t get along. I have to split my time between them and it‘s nerve wracking, causing stress and anxiety, plus guilt.

Picture: top is Alice and bottom is Sally

kspenmoll I am so sorry! We were lucky; our feral brother & sister are bonded, but the male does at times chase the female , try to mount her & bite her in her neck which hurts!!!!You just never know with shelter cats. 1mo
TheLibrarian @kspenmoll Thanks! They hide together semi-okay but I always feel bad that one always gets left out. I definitely could be overthinking/feeling this since I was so used to one cat. Glad yours mostly get along! 1mo
mcipher I wouldn‘t worry too much - I have three and the attention level varies greatly among them depending on day and their moods, but they are all happy and get plenty of love without seeming to get jealous at all ♥️ I tend to have the two that don‘t get along as well cuddled up on my lap every evening and my third who‘s less snuggly sits by my head 😆 1mo
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TheLibrarian @mcipher I‘d love to get at that level. These 2 don‘t like being on the same furniture together even if I‘m in between them. They are about to spend a week without me and aren‘t going to enjoy it. My husband will be home for the majority but they don‘t like him much yet. 1mo
mcipher I hope it gets better! 1mo
TheLibrarian @mcipher Thank you! It‘s interesting that they lived together before, were kept in the same cage at the shelter, and were labeled as a bonded pair. I‘m like definitely not bonded 🤣 1mo
Bette I hope Alice and Sally are getting along better. I got caught up in your thread…we just got kitten siblings. And boy, they are really bonded. We‘ve had to make many vet trips, they yell if they are separated so they both go in the same carrier. We would take Molly into a separate room to give her meds and could hear Joey howling. And then Molly cries when we take Joey. It‘s been an 4w
Bette Adjustment, let me tell ya. 👍🤞 4w
TheLibrarian @Bette Sadly they are not. Maybe one day. Awww I‘m glad your kitten siblings get along so well!! It‘s great they have such a special bound. As they get older they will hopefully won‘t get so stressed being apart. 4w
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ErraticElle
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Eerie, creepy, & mesmerizing. This book had suspense, the confusion factor, & a cult setting. The less you know going in, the better. The setting was wonderfully atmospheric. A perfectly dark read. A little bit horror, a little bit scifi, a touch of magical realism, & a lot of suspense. The writing is fantastic & gripping. One of those reads that kept me up late devouring page after page, not wanting to put it down.

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kbuggle
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Some M.Night Shyamalan‘s The Village and cult vibes here.. really enjoyed this one, although I don‘t know if this is the ending I would have wanted; but! I didn‘t write the book, so.. 😉
#botm

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iamcourtneyb
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Excited! 📚

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TorieStorieS
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I can see why this is a December #BOTM pick! I enjoyed Ernshaw‘s debut adult novel. It opens with a missing author, and a man with a special knack for tracking down the missing. But soon after Travis sets off on Maggie‘s trail, he too goes missing. The book picks up in Pastoral- a cultish community tucked away in the wild woods of California. Soon there are clues uncovered involving both Maggie and Travis. A page turner with beautiful writing!

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reading_rainbow
Pickpick

Super predictable but it didn‘t stop me from enjoying the story
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mpcacher
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This one is atmospheric, a little creepy and a great story. It involves a missing woman, a man hired to find her and a isolated commune. I loved the characters and while part of the ending was predictable, there was still a surprise. This is for readers who like the unusual, but like it to be still an easy read. I gave it 4/5.

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Branwen
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I got home from work to discover that my Book of the Month box arrived! 🎉🎉🎉 Whoo hoo! I was getting a bit worried, since it usually gets here pretty early in the month...but I'm just glad it arrived safe and sound! ❤📖❤ #botm #bookmail

BookBosomed1 Mine was delayed, too! I also chose “A History of Wild Places.” 1mo
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EatSleepRead
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Mehso-so

Just finished this one. Good story with beautiful writing. It just felt a bit too familiar to be truly original to me.

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Kimberlone
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I do love cider, so hopefully this book (one of my BOTM picks for December) will be right up my alley 🍺

#WinterGames #TeamGameSleighers

BeeMagical This one sounds so good!📚 2mo
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tokorowilliamwallace
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BOTM book mail! A History of Wild Places gave me vague M. Night Shyamalan The Village vibes, so I went to for a movie-ish selection! Adorable, feel-good coming-of-age new adult sibling story and essays on marriage to round out the order.

Go and watch Adam Driver's The Report on the Senate investigation on the 9/11 detainment program!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great #bookmail 📚🙌🏻 2mo
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reading_rainbow
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Only a few pages in and I think I‘m going to really like this one …. 🌲🌲🌲

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TheReadingRaccoon
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Pickpick

Like her previous novels A History of Wild Places has Shea Ernshaw‘s skill with creating a mood and giving unsettling vibes.
Overall, this was a atmospheric and suspenseful read about manipulation, found family and discovering your true place in life. 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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candc320
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Santa and Mrs. Claus were happy to pick up my #botm box and deliver it right to me today 🤣

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome 💚❤️ 2mo
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Suzze
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I couldn‘t make up my mind, so I picked two! #botm

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ICantImReading
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I‘m soooo excited for my December #BOTM picks! I also already had “The Holiday Swap” audiobook on hold from Libby. I hope I get it before Christmas! (Isn‘t the cover for “A History of Wild Places” stunning?!)

tokorowilliamwallace This was my pick, too, though an unusual pick for me, but I wanted to see if it actually had a movie-ish cult & historical-cultural commentary feel (Think M. Night Shyamalan, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, A Clockwork Orange, and The Truman Show) or not. 2mo
ICantImReading @tokorowilliamwallace I‘m not quite sure what to expect with this pick, either! I hope you enjoy it!! 2mo
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LeslieO
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Once again I couldn‘t decide so picked two. There wasn‘t any message about picking a BOTY. Does anyone know how that works? #TBR #BOTM

mdm139 When I checked the cart there was a add BOTY option. Also there was a section under the “all books” and the “December” tabs on the bottom of the app. 2mo
LeslieO @mdm139 Hmmmmm. I see nothing. But the same thing happened my birthday month. I guess I‘ll have to call. 2mo
ICantImReading I picked the same two! 😊 2mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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What did you pick this month?
#BOTM

Avanders Same! 😁 2mo
Chrissyreadit Same too! 2mo
Laughterhp I picked this one too! 2mo
JamieArc Same! This one really intrigued me. 2mo
sprainedbrain I got that one, too! 2mo
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