Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Mini Review: The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston

Title: The Lying Woods
Author: Ashley Elston
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Disney-Hyperion (November 13, 2018)
Genre: YA Mystery
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4 Stars


Book Description:
Owen Foster has never wanted for anything. Then his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school cradling a bombshell: his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. After using the family business, the single largest employer in his small Louisiana town, to embezzle millions and drain the employees' retirement accounts, Owen's father vanished without a trace, leaving Owen and his mother to deal with the fallout.

Owen returns to Lake Cane to finish his senior year, where people he can barely remember despise him for his father's crimes. It's bad enough dealing with muttered insults and glares, but when Owen and his mother receive increasingly frightening threats from someone out for revenge, he knows he must get to the bottom of what really happened at Louisiana Frac--and the cryptic note his father sent him at his boarding school days before disappearing.


Owen's only refuge is the sprawling, isolated pecan orchard he works at after school, owned by a man named Gus who has his own secrets--and in some ways seems to know Owen better than he knows himself. As Owen uncovers a terrible injustice that looms over the same Preacher Woods he's claimed as his own, he must face a shocking truth about his own past--and write a better future. 











I love a good mystery, especially one that is shrouded in family secrecy and lies. 

The Lying Woods was so much fun. Great characters that were hard to resist and a storyline that flashed back and forth from present day to the past that was just as captivating and shrouded in mystery as the present day mystery. 

I loved how not only the stories but the characters themselves intertwined and came together. With shocking discoveries and revelations, this one kept me turning the pages and on my toes. 





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

38 comments:

  1. I also love a good mystery and it's a new one to me

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    1. It was definitely different and unique in a lot of ways.

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  2. A well-written mystery! YES! I need it!

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  3. I liked her last book a lot so I am excited for this one. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I need to read more by her, for some reason she was new to me.

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  4. I really love mystery/suspense stories too. I'm listening to one now. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. I especially love them this time of year. ;)

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  5. I love it when a story keeps me glued to the pages wanting to figure out what happened. Sounds like a great mystery!

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  6. Mystery, board school, NOLA, secrets and lies..oh yeah. This sounds good Ali.

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    1. Oh yeah! I really do love all those tropes.

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  7. Oh wow this looks really good Kindlemom thanks for sharing

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  8. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm always asked for mysteries and thriller books by my teens. I'll add it to my pile.

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    1. That was my favorite genre when I was in high school so I love that you do that!

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  9. I love books with family secrets. This sounds interesting.

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  10. I like family secrets and lies too! :) Sounds like a good mystery, I'll definitely add this one.

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  11. Sounds like you found a good one! I am glad it has great characters and kept you on your toes.

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  12. The cover gives me a kinda Octoberish-vibe, the tree just makes me think of that evil tree in Harry Potter Lol

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  13. Ooh I think I'd like this one. I do enjoy a good mystery.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  14. Love the cover, and the story piqued my interest!

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  15. Well this sounds fun. I can’t resist a good mystery.

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  16. The cover is simple, yet creepy. There's just something about it that's unsettling. I'm really glad you enjoyed this one! It's not one I knew about, but I'll consider adding it to my list. I love shocking stories, but I think I need a break from intense mysteries -- phew!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. I agree about the cover and I can't even say why it feels that way but you are right, it really does!

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  17. There are so many buttons this book pushes for me. The first is the cover. Woods and trees...they stop me in my tracks every time.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  18. Its short but I love that it was able to caught your attention. I'll definitely get a copy soon ;)

    xx
    Vanessa
    www.blushinggeek.com

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    1. The book wasn't that short or are you talking about my review LOL! There wasn't too much I could say, without giving something away. ;)

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  19. I like the cover and the plot sounds very interesting darling
    Thanks for share with us
    xx

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