Book Rewind Review: The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston

Crushed on by Christy Jane, on February 28, 2019, in Book Rewind, Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Rewind Review: The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston

If Ashley Elston is writing it, I am reading it. I have become such a fan of her unputdownable books with good endings. After adoring This is Our Story, I knew I had to pick up The Lying Woods. No doubt I love thrillers but Ashley brings the characters next level, leaving me thinking about them long after I’ve closed the book. Check out my full thoughts below!

Book Rewind Review: The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston

The Lying Woods

by Ashley Elston
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
on November 13, 2018
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 336

Owen Foster has never wanted for anything. Then his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school cradling a bombshell: his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. After using the family business, the single largest employer in his small Louisiana town, to embezzle millions and drain the employees' retirement accounts, Owen's father vanished without a trace, leaving Owen and his mother to deal with the fallout.

Owen returns to Lake Cane to finish his senior year, where people he can barely remember despise him for his father's crimes. It's bad enough dealing with muttered insults and glares, but when Owen and his mother receive increasingly frightening threats from someone out for revenge, he knows he must get to the bottom of what really happened at Louisiana Frac--and the cryptic note his father sent him at his boarding school days before disappearing.

Owen's only refuge is the sprawling, isolated pecan orchard he works at after school, owned by a man named Gus who has his own secrets--and in some ways seems to know Owen better than he knows himself. As Owen uncovers a terrible injustice that looms over the same Preacher Woods he's claimed as his own, he must face a shocking truth about his own past--and write a better future.


What do you do if you’re a rich kid who is suddenly the outcast after your father screws over an entire community? 

You suck it up and face it. You try to find your scumbag father and figure out how he could do such a thing. And you find yourself going down the longest rabbit hole, unraveling a decades-old mystery that left me saying O M G what!

Owen is tenacious and lovable. I fell for him right away. His whole world has been shaken and he’s figuring out the how and the what and the why. The WHY is stellar. Ashley Elston crafted a mystery that I had NO idea was coming. Next level, for sure.

What I love most about her books is the ability to leave us readers feeling ok at the end. Usually thrillers leave you a little broken but not this one. Can’t wait for what’s next!

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