Title: Unspeakable Things
Author: Jess Lourey
Release Date: January 1st 2020
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 One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn.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.
When a book is a thriller and also has “based on true events’ attached to it, I’m going to want to read it.
The story is told through Cassie, who is a child. Every day she survives school and especially her home life. She knows her father isn’t like other fathers. When something starts to happen to local boys, Cassie wants to solve the case.
Cassie is a smart child. She’s bright and I loved how confident she is at such a young age. I did cringe for her at the way her dad acted towards her and her sister. There’s also a bit of nostalgia because of when the story took place. From the first page, I was totally engaged. The mystery of what was happening to the local boys, kept me from putting this book down. I needed to know what would happen next! So many people under suspicion and just when you think you know, the story takes another turn. The book and the characters are well written. If you’re a fan of thrillers, I highly recommend checking this one out. I give this 5 stars.