Lilydale is the polar opposite of the idyllic paradise people usually think of when you mention a small town. In this place, there are secretsâ€”lots of secrets. And they begin with the parents of a middle-school girl named Cassie. Though she and her sister appear to be fine, they know they need to keep silent about the goings-on in their own home, mostly centered around their father. A dark threat hangs over them like a poisonous cloud. And, to survive, they must hold their breath.
But then, things become worse. Inexplicably, young boys go missing for a time, then reappear, damaged and sullen. Thereâ€™s a sexual predator loose in the town, and, although the police establish a curfew, they donâ€™t seem to be doing enough to find the villain. Meanwhile, Cassie conducts an unofficial investigation, putting herself in danger and opening doors that are better left closed.
I enjoyed this novel, but I warn you, it is disturbing. Based on a real case, the author Jess Lourey has painted a picture of a slow-burning hell where children are at risk, and most of the adults are corrupt in one way or another. If you enjoy stories of mystery, suspense, and dark souls, thenÂ Unspeakable ThingsÂ is for you. But donâ€™t be surprised if, after reading it, you crave somethingâ€”anythingâ€”to make you laugh.
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Inspired by a terrifying true story from the authorâ€™s hometown, a heart-pounding novel of suspense about a small Minnesota community where nothing is as quietâ€”or as safeâ€”as it seems.
Cassie McDowellâ€™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 parentsâ€™ strange parties and their parade of deviant guests, but sheâ€™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 One by one, they return changedâ€”violent, moody, and withdrawn. What happened to them becomes the stuff of shocking rumors. The accusations of whoâ€™s responsible grow just as wild, and dangerous town secrets start to surface. Then Cassieâ€™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.
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