January 13, 2022

A History of Wild Places

A History of Wild Places

by Shea Ernshaw

Published December 7, 2021
by Atria Books

Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery

Oh my freaking god.

We’re not even two weeks into the new year and I’m calling it now that this will be a top read for me of 2022!

BUT! Stop reading reviews and summaries NOW (except for mine because I’m not going to give anything away!). I feel like so many of the summaries give so much away unintentionally and this is one of those books that going in as blind as possible is truly the best!!

There was so much of this story to love. The magical realism (not overdone, but just enough), the dystopian feel, the insulated community, the focus on only a handful of characters, and the varying viewpoints/narration. Normally, some of these aspects would dissuade me from a book, but they just worked SO DARN well here! I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough and I kept questioning EVERYTHING.

The pacing for this novel was absolutely phenomenal. Lately, I feel like so many books wrap everything up with a clean bow in the last chapter or final 20 pages. Not here! The last 100 pages had me biting my nails and shaking with anxiety fearing what would come next! It was a great unraveling that left me feeling satisfied and breathless – HOLY COW!

This one won’t be for everyone and again, I recommend going in blind. I talked to several people about this book and when they went in expecting a particular storyline or letting it feel familiar, it ruined it for them.

Happy reading!

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