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What Lies in the Woods

By Kate Alice Marshall
What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall digital book - Fable

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They were eleven when they sent a killer to prison. They were heroes . . . but they were liars.

Kate Alice Marshall's What Lies in the Woods is a thrilling novel about friendship, secrets, betrayal, and lies - and having the courage to face the past.

"Clever and deliciously dark.” —Alice Feeney, bestselling author of Rock Paper Scissors
“Unexpected plot twists, deep psychological perspicacity, and an endlessly interesting dance between past and present...evokes the dread and intensity of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.” —New York Times Book Review

Naomi Shaw used to believe in magic. Twenty-two years ago, she and her two best friends, Cassidy and Olivia, spent the summer roaming the woods, imagining a world of ceremony and wonder. They called it the Goddess Game. The summer ended suddenly when Naomi was attacked. Miraculously, she survived her seventeen stab wounds and lived to identify the man who had hurt her. The girls’ testimony put away a serial killer, wanted for murdering six women. They were heroes.

And they were liars.

For decades, the friends have kept a secret worth killing for. But now Olivia wants to tell, and Naomi sets out to find out what really happened in the woods—no matter how dangerous the truth turns out to be.

What Lies In the Woods is a gorgeous fever dream of a novel about the dangers lurking in the hearts and imaginations of little girls. Kate Alice Marshall deftly charts a winding path through her creepy woods, doubling back and changing course to build a labyrinth of secrets and lies in which I was delighted to lose myself for hours. Hands down, it's the best thriller I've read in a long, long time.”—Chandler Baker, bestselling author of The Husbands

“Shines an incisive light on the secrets of a small-town community...Great writing and boldly drawn characters bring a terrifying tale to all-too-vivid life.” Kirkus, starred review

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2511 Reviews

3.5
Thumbs Up“Your typical predictable popcorn thriller. Average at best, but still a good enough time to keep you engaged. Glad I did this one on audiobook.”
SuspensefulPredictable
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This book started off a bit slow for me but once it picked up, I did not predict any of the twists. 👏🏽👏🏽”
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Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersEasy to readAddictiveFast-pacedDark settingDarkThought-provoking
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I loved this book! Naomi was a likeable character who’s sly sense of humor I throughout enjoyed. We got to witness her development through out the book as well as watch her friendships between Cass and Liv change over time. The entire time I thought I knew what was happening and though I knew who did what but I was mistaken at every turn. I couldn’t put this book down until I found out what happened and when I did, I couldn’t believe it. I did not see that ending coming. My favorite of 2024.”
Diverse charactersLikable charactersEasy to readFast-pacedSuspensefulUnpredictableSelf-harmViolence

About Kate Alice Marshall

Kate Alice Marshall is the author of multiple novels for younger readers. She lives outside of Seattle with her husband, a dog named Vonnegut, and her two kids. What Lies in the Woods is her thriller debut.

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