Unspeakable Things – Book Review

Title:- Unspeakable Things

Author:- Jess Lourey

Date published:- January 1st 2020

No. of pages:- 296 pages

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall:- 4/5

Inspired by a terrifying true story from the author’s hometown, a heart-pounding novel of suspense about a small Minnesota community where nothing is as quiet—or as safe—as it seems.

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 One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn.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.Less book description

This is going to be a very short review. Since this is based on the true story, had my interest piqued. This author often writes about thrillers, real ones in Minnesota based on true stories that happened in the 1960’s and 1980’s. This story is set during the 1980’s when a group of boys were being abducted and was never found again.

The story is mainly told from Cassie, the main character’s point of view. Though the first part was initially boring, it got interesting towards the middle when the boys started going missing and Cassie is determined to find out what is happening to the boys. The author did a good job of drawing the reader into the story, making the reader feel like they are part of the story. The ending was unexpected.

Overall this worths four stars.

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