November 25, 2021

She Never Left

She Never Left

by CM Harris

Published November 25, 2021
by One More Chapter

Rating: 3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Fiction

DESCRIPTION
When Jane and TJ agree to attend their high school reunion they never expect to come face-to-face with classmate-turned-stalker Lincoln the moment they return home.

SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN WOKEN

Unspoken words fester between them of the incident in the local woods twenty years ago when Evie vanished in a flash of amber light. They were the last three people to see her alive.

SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN PROVOKED

But the trees have been whispering to Lincoln ever since, and as Jane and TJ arrive back in town, the voices call to him again, hissing three solitary words: she is here.

MY THOUGHTS

CM Harris has written a psychedelic trip of a book! The comparison to Stranger Things is accurate. While I would describe this as more of a sci-fi book, there is an element that you can’t quite put your finger on – is the whole story imaginary? Part of a drug induced dream? Or is there something biological happening as a result of a rare luminescent mushroom that grows in the area? Chemical or other natural factors could describe the events that happen in an area known as The Thicket, but not the bizarre experiences of cousins who go back to their childhood town for a school reunion.

Based on the title, I am still waiting for the author to tell me if one of the characters ever really existed. And perhaps that’s the beauty of her story – we’ll never know 🙂

Thanks to NetGalley and One More Chapter for an advance reader’s copy.

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