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Unspeakable Things 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 SeemsCassie McDowell S Life In S 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 ThemAll That Changes When Someone Comes Hunting In LilydaleOne By One, Local Boys Go Missing One By One, They Return Changed Violent, Moody, And Withdrawn What Happened To Them Becomes The Stuff Of Shocking Rumors The Accusations Of Who S Responsible Grow Just As Wild, And Dangerous Town Secrets Start To Surface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

10 thoughts on “Unspeakable Things

  1. says:

    Another disturbing, dark, nail biter story based on true events And I loved to spend time at Cassie s head and seeing events at 80 s Minnesota from her eyes She was thirteen, smart, mature from her peers, a little quirky but in an adorable way , coming from not so wealthy and dysfunctional family, dealing with his mostly drunk, artistic father s mood swings and anger management problems as her mother acts like they re perfect and exampled family and nothing is wrong about them.They re living Another disturbing, dark, nail biter story based on true events And I loved to spend time at Cassie s head and seeing events at 80 s Minnesota from her eyes She was thirteen, smart, mature from her peers, a little quirky but in an adorable way , coming from not so wealthy and dysfunctional family, dealing with his mostly drunk, artistic father s mood swings and anger management problems as her mother acts like they re perfect and exampled family and nothing is wrong about them.They re living in a small community Everybody knows everybody and their most of the secrets But the small community s life ruined with disappearance of string of local boys Is it Peeping Tom as the school children gossiped about or is it a real dangerous hunter coming for boys Do you love the dark, ominous, nerve bending atmosphere and heart throbbing stories with smart, riveting narration If your answer is a strong Yessss , this book fits for your expectations.It s gripping, it s intriguing and at some parts it was compelling to read the things Cassie had to witness and endure But it was mostly quick page turner, even though the heavy and creepy stuffs in the book made me a little irritated and gave me several jumps at my seat I ended up sitting cross legged on the floor and consumedwine that I can stomach It was not stressful, agitating journey A quick warning If you re dissatisfied with the haphazard ending of the book There s epilogue was pulled out before the release Please visit the ww.jesslourey.com and request your epilogue so you getsatisfying answers and closure about the characters future stories.Overall I loved Cassie and I loved eerie, complex, captivating writing style Only thing I didn t like was the ending but as soon as I checked the website, that problem is also solved I wished the author or publishers wouldn t pull out this part of the book But I mostly enjoyedthan I expected.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter

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    Cassie McDowell is a twelve year old girl living in rural Minnesota in the 1980s, daughter of well educated, but poor, free living, hippy ish parents You might think that she and her older sister had a blessed life, but there are bad things happening to boys in her area and bad things happening in her own home Cassie lives in fear of her dad coming up the stairs to her room at night, something she tries to fend off by writing stories in her diary And Cassie and the entire town are concerned t Cassie McDowell is a twelve year old girl living in rural Minnesota in the 1980s, daughter of well educated, but poor, free living, hippy ish parents You might think that she and her older sister had a blessed life, but there are bad things happening to boys in her area and bad things happening in her own home Cassie lives in fear of her dad coming up the stairs to her room at night, something she tries to fend off by writing stories in her diary And Cassie and the entire town are concerned that boys are going missing, only to show up again, having been molested by a masked man Rumors are rampant but because the boys are from the poorest side of town, next to nothing it being done about the abuse to the boys Then finally, a boy from the rich part of town goes missing and things start to heat up Things really aren t much better at Cassie s house Her parents hold parties where anything goes and they don t even try to hide it from their daughters Both girls are told they can never speak of what goes on at home, because other people won t understand Smart, creative Cassie is living a nightmare but not able to reach out to anyone about it She decides to solve the mystery of who is kidnapping and molesting her schoolmates but she fears even those crimes may be way closer to home than just in her neighborhood Her father s ever changing moods rule the household and there are so many secrets, including what happens in their dirt basement While this might be a coming of age story, it is for sure a tension filled thriller Every day and especially, every night, of Cassie s life, is spent in fear of the monster who is may come up the stairs and the monster who is taking young boys Cassie s mom won t put a stop to what happens at home and in fact, turns a blind eye to it Cassie s sister is acting out, dealing with everything in the most dysfunctional of ways I felt for all the children, even those that take to striking out at those weaker than them, because they are trapped in a world that puts what side of town one lives in, over actual crimes that need investigating This was a Kindle First Read choice

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    1980 s Lilydale, Minnesota Twelve year old Cassie and her older sister Sephie grew up poor with an artist father and their mother, the sole provider, a teacher Their world is rocked when boys in their neighborhood begin getting attacked by a man in a mask These victims aren t the same after and Cassie wants to solve the mystery and catch the attacker The yuck factor in this book was a bit too much for me and that has nothing to do with the boys being attacked Are swingers and sex parties rea 1980 s Lilydale, Minnesota Twelve year old Cassie and her older sister Sephie grew up poor with an artist father and their mother, the sole provider, a teacher Their world is rocked when boys in their neighborhood begin getting attacked by a man in a mask These victims aren t the same after and Cassie wants to solve the mystery and catch the attacker The yuck factor in this book was a bit too much for me and that has nothing to do with the boys being attacked Are swingers and sex parties really necessary to tell this story Also, the culprit really comes as no surprise Anyhoo, what really pissed me off is the ending Or the lack of one Apparently the author decided to leave out the epilogue in favor of readers forming their own opinion You can access the epilogue via her website to get some sort of resolution This was an arc that was provided to me for free but had I of purchased this book I would have been really angry that I now have to go to her website to be provided the ending in which I already paid for I hope they change this before publication 2 stars Thank you to NetGalley and and Thomas Mercer for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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    Wow This is really dark folks Pretty disturbing things happening And somehow the way the words are written gripped me and I needed to finish it out I m glad I did.FYI The author did not include the epilogue in the book itself It is available only on her website Wow This is really dark folks Pretty disturbing things happening And somehow the way the words are written gripped me and I needed to finish it out I m glad I did.FYI The author did not include the epilogue in the book itself It is available only on her website

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    It is rare that I write a full review these days I am conscious of all I wish to read yet The clock is ticking I am conscious of growing older I am well aware that time is not regained Why this review This title was anPrime First Read It carries a Goodreads rating of 3.76 It deserves neither.Perhaps this will keep you from wasting your time in reading this book It is tragically over written While the subject matter is so significant child abuse and exploitation the author exhi It is rare that I write a full review these days I am conscious of all I wish to read yet The clock is ticking I am conscious of growing older I am well aware that time is not regained Why this review This title was anPrime First Read It carries a Goodreads rating of 3.76 It deserves neither.Perhaps this will keep you from wasting your time in reading this book It is tragically over written While the subject matter is so significant child abuse and exploitation the author exhibits inadequate knowledge of the problem Worse, Lourey shows she performed any research on the topic, though material sources have consistently multiplied since the 1980s Rather, Lourey cites a single podcast related to a single case involving the abduction of an eleven year old boy whose body was boot discovered till 27 years later.What allow me to offer such open criticism of this book I was a career prosecutor for close to 28 years More than 20 years I specialized in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, physical and sexual I received training across the nation And became a trainer of other professionals assigned to present these cases.Lourey blends offender types, both opportunistic and fixated, as interchangeable types They are not Lourey has a worried town pointing fingers at stereotypified offenders.For one example of a novel worthy of its subject matter I recommend Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison For one novel involving the random act of the offender unknown to his victim I recommend The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy.For those interested in reference titles to offenders and victims of child abuse, a multitude of the most recent studies are readily found online.What a disappointing book on which to begin the New Year

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    Wow was this a really good book about some truly disturbing things Got it as anFirst Read so I went into it with low expectations whipped through it in a couple of hours this afternoon Realized as I was getting toward the end that I was thirsty, I needed to go to the bathroom, my jaws were locked and my fingers were clenching my iPad very, very hard The sense of foreboding Ms Lourey had going on was something else No way in the world was I getting out of my chair until I got to the Wow was this a really good book about some truly disturbing things Got it as anFirst Read so I went into it with low expectations whipped through it in a couple of hours this afternoon Realized as I was getting toward the end that I was thirsty, I needed to go to the bathroom, my jaws were locked and my fingers were clenching my iPad very, very hard The sense of foreboding Ms Lourey had going on was something else No way in the world was I getting out of my chair until I got to the end.I wish Netflix or somebody would make this into a series I see Woody Harrelson as one of the main characters If you read the book, tell me your guess as to which one in the comments, not gonna do a spoiler here.Oh, onething I m quite sure part of the reason I really liked this book is because it was told from the perspective of a female adolescent in the early 1980s I would ve been I guess five years older than her then,like her sister s age, but could still totally relate to SO many things hot rollers and Farrah Fawcett hair, anyone But thank GOD I ve never had to butcher a chicken

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    In the summer of 1983,evilexists in the small farming community of Lilydale, Minnesota Boys are being abused by an unknown, almost supernatural, sexual predator, but the police and adults are not convinced he exists 12 year old Cassie McDowell is certain he does though She already believes in monsters, lives in constant fear of her alcoholic, paranoid, domineering father, and his various mood swings, and dreads thepartiesher parents sometimes throw The boys who ve beentakenreturn In the summer of 1983,evilexists in the small farming community of Lilydale, Minnesota Boys are being abused by an unknown, almost supernatural, sexual predator, but the police and adults are not convinced he exists 12 year old Cassie McDowell is certain he does though She already believes in monsters, lives in constant fear of her alcoholic, paranoid, domineering father, and his various mood swings, and dreads thepartiesher parents sometimes throw The boys who ve beentakenreturn angry and withdrawn, and Cassie has recently witnessed the same changes in her older sister Sephie Cassie s determined to help the boys of Lilydale, so she begins her own investigation to unmask his identity, and seek justice.Unspeakable Things is drama, abuse, tragedy, crime, suspense, 1980 s nostalgia pop culture, small town life, first crush, friendship, school life, childlike experiences of summer, and coming of age all rolled into one It goes without saying that there are some graphic passages relating to both Cassie s home life and the sexual abuse of her classmate s, but the focus is on her fight or flight responses, the emotional and physical toll, and psychological effects of growing up in a dysfunctional family environment Like 12 year olds on the cusp of teenagehood, Cassie s main goals are to act normal at least outwardly and fit in, and hang out, with her peers, and a large part of the plot centers around this Due to the age and innocence of the narrator, some of what s going on around Cassie goes over her head, or is too traumatic for her to even think about or give voice to, therefore some of thedisturbing themes are barely touched on, or occur offsite I m loath to encourage anyone to read this if the topics are likely triggering, but as a regular reader of crime thrillers I ve read a lot worse than this, particularly in police procedurals.In her author s note Jess Lourey mentions that even though this novel is based on real people and events in particular the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling in 1989, and the kidnapping of boys in the midwest in the mid to late 80 s the story, and Lilydale are entirely products of her imagination.Our heroine Cassie is incredibly resilient, strong, and brave She stands up to her father as much as she can, never excuses or condones his actions, continuously begs her mother to leave him, reaches out to her aunt for help, protects her sister from her father s wraith, and is determined to bring down the person attacking vulnerable boys in her community She is very intelligent, and often uses wit and imagination as coping mechanisms She s let down by the majority of the grown ups surrounding her as they have a tendency to be corrupt, enablers, oblivious, scared, weak, choose not to get involved, or outright monsters There are some good, kind adults to be found, but like most victims of abuse, Cassie has been continuously told that she won t be believed if she tells.The close of the novel is deliberately left open ended and up to your own interpretation, and after re reading the prologue again once I d finished, I concluded it completely worked for me However, for those who needof a resolution there is an Epilogue on the author s website I waited a day before reading it, and even though it was satisfying and gave me all the remaining answers, I think I prefer the ending as is.Unspeakable Things has shot straight to the top five of my favourites list for the year

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    Unspeakable Things is out today and man you guys, this one was such a different read from the type of book I ve been gravitating towards lately It s a mix between a coming of age story and suspense and is set in 1980 s Minnesota and follows a thirteen year old girl named Cassie She lives in a small town and suddenly a string of local boys start to disappear, but most of them return quickly They re all changed and haunted by whatever happened while they were gone and Cassie is terrified by wha Unspeakable Things is out today and man you guys, this one was such a different read from the type of book I ve been gravitating towards lately It s a mix between a coming of age story and suspense and is set in 1980 s Minnesota and follows a thirteen year old girl named Cassie She lives in a small town and suddenly a string of local boys start to disappear, but most of them return quickly They re all changed and haunted by whatever happened while they were gone and Cassie is terrified by what s going on in her town Terrifying, right It s also inspired by true events making it all thecreepy This one went super dark, and had an overall sense of foreboding, hints of menace and just the general feeling that something was off I found it to be atmospheric and eerie and really emotional all at the same time It almost had a literary feel to it as the author has a beautiful way with words and the angst and emotional turmoil Cassie was facing added so much depth and heartbreak to a really gripping story.The ending of this wasn t my favorite, I was disappointed until I found out the author had originally written an epilogue then decided to pull it before publication She has it up on her website and after reading it and getting somefirm answers I was satisfied Don t read it first though, there are huge spoilers for the book Other than that minor gripe that was easily resolved for me I really enjoyed this one

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    For some reason, I glanced at this book yesterday and almost set it aside as one I d get to later, if I had time But then something kept drawing me to it and after picking it up and putting it down a few times, something about it just called to me and I decided to pick this up and once I did, I didn t put it down until I was done reading So if you have this on your shelf anywhere, I recommend you don t pass this one up and READ IT ASAP.I love novels based on true stories As this one is to For some reason, I glanced at this book yesterday and almost set it aside as one I d get to later, if I had time But then something kept drawing me to it and after picking it up and putting it down a few times, something about it just called to me and I decided to pick this up and once I did, I didn t put it down until I was done reading So if you have this on your shelf anywhere, I recommend you don t pass this one up and READ IT ASAP.I love novels based on true stories As this one is told through Cassie s eyes, a 12 turning 13 year old girl in the 80s, I understood every single reference and remember all the stories of Chester the Molester and when letting your kids roam the streets on their bikes was still safe. until it wasn t I also remember being that age where everything frightened you and yet you were also fearless Cassie was this girl Innocent and yet aware of all the weird things going on around her whether within her own family or around her otherwise She becomes her own Nancy Drew and wants to figure out what s going on with these kidnapped boys especially when the one that doesn t come back is the one in her romantic mind she was destined to marry.I absolutely adore that the entire novel is straight through Cassie You instantly feel a connection with her And all the little clues keep you wondering, with her, as to who the suspects are and what possible motives there might be You see her grow faster than she needs to be at that age I will say, I understand why the ending was the way that it was but I was left feeling a little want luckily, I saw novelgossip s review and she mentioned you could get the epilogue so AFTER you ve read the book, if you need some answers like I did, google Unspeakable Things Epilogue Even with the slight abrupt ending, I can t give this book less than the five stars I think it deserves I ll be thinking about this one for a while

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    This book sorely disappointed me Based on a true story, it was only about a third of the book The crimes weren t really revealed and whodunit was easy to figure out 2 3rds of this book was way over descriptive sentences where the author fancied herself witty It took me far too long to read this book, dragging myself along and honestly for the synapsis it was boring Do not recommend.

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