The Plot (from Goodreads):
Naomi Shaw used to believe in magic. Twenty-two years ago, she and her two best friends, Cassidy and Olivia, spent the summer roaming the woods, imagining a world of ceremony and wonder. They called it the Goddess Game. The summer ended suddenly when Naomi was attacked. Miraculously, she survived her seventeen stab wounds and lived to identify the man who had hurt her. The girls’ testimony put away a serial killer, wanted for murdering six women. They were heroes.
And they were liars.
For decades, the friends have kept a secret worth killing for. But now Olivia wants to tell, and Naomi sets out to find out what really happened in the woods—no matter how dangerous the truth turns out to be.
This book was so sneakily good! I requested the audio from Macmillan on a whim, and listened to it while getting ready for my office’s holiday party this year. I ended up absolutely blowing through most of the audiobook in a matter of hours!
I’m a big fan of listening to podcast-based books as audiobooks, and What Lies In The Woods was no exception. While we didn’t hear a lot of Ethan’s actual podcast, the audiobook still gave this thriller the creepy vibes it deserved. Karissa Vacker killed it as usual.
Naomi was a great main character. She’s clearly damaged, but she’s also resilient and determined to figure out the truth. I found her very interesting to read, and her character was well-developed.
The reveal got me in this book! Everything was revealed at the perfect pace–I was never bored with the plot or overwhelmed by the twists. I didn’t know who to suspect but enjoyed how all of the twists were explained.
This is a quick read that had me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed What Lies In The Woods so much that I picked up a copy from Book of the Month this month as well.
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