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By Erin E. Adams
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Publisher Description

RECOMMENDED BY GILLIAN FLYNN ON THE TODAY SHOW A young Black girl goes missing in the woods outside her white rust belt town. But she's not the first—and she may not be the last. . . .

“I read this thriller that is Get Out meets The Vanishing Half in one night.”—BuzzFeed

“Extraordinary . . . A terrifying tale of fears and hatreds generated by racism and class inequality.”—Associated Press



It’s watching.

Liz Rocher is coming home . . . reluctantly. As a Black woman, Liz doesn’t exactly have fond memories of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a predominantly white town. But her best friend is getting married, so she braces herself for a weekend of awkward, passive-aggressive reunions. Liz has grown, though; she can handle whatever awaits her. But on the night of the wedding, somewhere between dancing and dessert, the newlyweds’ daughter, Caroline, disappears—and the only thing left behind is a piece of white fabric covered in blood.

It’s taking.

As a frantic search begins, with the police combing the trees for Caroline, Liz is the only one who notices a pattern: A summer night. A missing girl. A party in the woods. She’s seen this before. Keisha Woodson, the only other Black girl in Liz’s high school, walked into the woods with a mysterious man and was later found with her chest cavity ripped open and her heart removed. Liz shudders at the thought that it could have been her, and now, with Caroline missing, it can’t be a coincidence. As Liz starts to dig through the town’s history, she uncovers a horrifying secret about the place she once called home. Children have been going missing in these woods for years. All of them Black. All of them girls.

It’s your turn.

With the evil in the forest creeping closer, Liz knows what she must do: find Caroline, or be entirely consumed by the darkness.

87 Reviews

Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“First of: I loved, loved, LOVED the writing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was hooked from the very first chapter. The book sucks you in and has a lot of suspense in store. Adams is great at addressing real-life issues Blacks and POC know all too well. The story is original and the ending was satisfying and unpredictable. Congratulations Adams: This debut was amazing!”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenSuspensefulTwistyRealistic settingThought-provokingRacism
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“i’ve just started really reading horror books this year and i’ve learned i really like social horror books. i loved how this book tackled the suffocating feel of small town america and the racism as well as the us verses them rhetoric that is really prevalent there. adding to it the dark cosmic aspect that lurks in the shadows of this book, i was captivated.”
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Slightly Smiling Face“what a great debut! i’m not a big horror reader so i wasn’t sure what to expect but this was a lot better than other suspense novels i’ve read”
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Multi-layered charactersUnpredictableDark settingBigotryMisogynyRacismViolence
Slightly Smiling Face“I’m normally not a big fan of horror novels but this one was excellent. The use of different perspective was amazing in helping to move the story further. I also love that the story uses cosmic horror.”
Reviewed in:Black to Front
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingOriginal writingAddictiveSuspensefulRealistic settingDarkRacism
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“As I’m starting to get more into horror, this might be one of the best. I loved how thorough the author was in tackling the important topics of racism in small-town America, how the traces of separation between class and race are still seen and felt today, and of course, the crimes against Black (and brown) girls that are easily swept under the rug. But besides that, this was an amazingly tense horror/thriller/mystery with paranormal elements and amazingly well developed characters. Loved it!”
Reviewed in:Black to Front
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenSuspensefulImmersive settingDarkHeartbreakingRacism

About Erin E. Adams

Erin E. Adams is a first-generation Haitian American writer and theatre artist. She received her BA with honors in literary arts from Brown University, her MFA in acting from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, and her MFA in dramatic writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. An award-winning playwright and actor, Adams has called New York City home for the last decade. Jackal is her first novel.

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