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By: May Cobb
“Stephen King’s Stand by Me collides with Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects in this exceptional thriller. Gutsy, gripping — and pitch-perfect in its resurrection of an era long gone.”—A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
It's 1989 in the sleepy town of Longview, Texas, when ten-year-old Lucy disappears. Her parents, the police, and the community all brace for the worst, assuming her body will soon be found in Big Woods. Just like the other unsolved kidnappings.
But Lucy's fourteen-year-old sister, Leah, isn't ready to give up. After receiving a strange computer message from Lucy, Leah begins her own investigation. As she searches, Leah meets a reclusive widow named Sylvia who may hold the key to finding Lucy—if only she can find the courage to come forward.
Delving into the paranoia surrounding satanic cults in the 1980s, Big Woods is an emotionally wrought, propulsive thriller about the enormity of grief, the magical bond between sisters, and a small town's dark secrets.
"Big Woods is a nuanced family story and also a heart-stopping thriller with surprising twists. Cobb taps into the fabulous 80s sensibility of Stranger Things and also into our deepest fears about safety, evil, trust, and the power of faith in what we don't understand. I couldn't put it down."—Amanda Eyre Ward, author of The Nearness of You and The Same Sky