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What Lies in the Woods

By Kate Alice Marshall
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Publisher Description

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

438 Reviews

Expressionless Face“I'm not quite sure if I'm reading the same book that everyone else is raving about. The reviews that claim this book to be "SCARY!" and "OMG I slept with lights on!" seem like a bit of an exaggeration to me. While the beginning of the book shows promise, the lack of any real action or suspense in the following 60 pages left me feeling underwhelmed. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be finishing this one.”
Unengaging charactersUnsatisfying plot
Slightly Smiling Face“I picked this on a whim to listen to while I finished off a crochet WIP and man am I happy I did! The book was propulsive and kept me engaged. I felt betrayed each morning when my commute was over and I had to put it down to go to work. Some parts definitely felt a little predictable but in a way that was exciting because I felt rewarded for putting the pieces together on my own. I loved the little bit of will they won’t the romance and all the twists and turns meant there were no dull moments.”
Multi-layered charactersEasy to readAddictiveSuspensefulTwistyAbuseSelf-harmSexual assaultViolence
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Kind of predictable but overall enjoyed”
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Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I went into this book with a list of predictions. Most were right. I absolutely loved this book!!! It was such a fun read. Even though I was able to predict what happened for the most part I was still shocked that I was right.”
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Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I had heard a lot about this book on Tik Tok so I added it to my TBR. I listened to it on Audible and it was very well done. Definitely could be a quick read especially with all its twists and turns. This book made my jaw drop so hard it went to the center of the earth. It seemed to be a slow build up but I promise, stick around for the end. 4/5!!!”
Descriptive writingEasy to readUnpredictableImmersive settingSelf-harmSexual assaultViolence

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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