Book Review: The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston

Posted 7 March, 2019 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in 2018 Reads, Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Book Review: The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston
Title: The Lying Woods
Author: Ashley Elston
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Date Published: 13 November, 2018
Pages: 336
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery
Format: Print ARC
Source: Disney-Hyperion
Purchase: Amazon~ B&N
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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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author/Disney-Hyperion and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.

This is my first book by this author, and it was quite enjoyable! I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t sure what I was going to think of this book. The cover isn’t the most appealing, and it was a young adult mystery geared for ages 14+. But, I gave it a go and was pleasantly surprise!

I didn’t like Noah’s character, but that was to be expected, trying to piece the puzzle together of whether he committed a crime or not. I did, however, love Owen. I felt for him so much as he had to come to turns with things he learns about his father. Both characters, however, were chiseled beautifully for their roles.

The plot line is a gripping, roller coaster of a story. The ups and downs with which Elston weaved this story together, was fantastic. This is the kind of tension-filled, mysterious read that I would have loved to have had in high school.

If you have a young person in your life that loves to read, add this 4 star book to their collection. It’s page turning, heart-pounding suspense that will keep them guessing til they reach the end. Elston is now an author I will be looking forward to reading more works by.

About Ashley Elston

Ashley Elston is the author of several novels, including THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING (a finalist in the Best Young Adult Novel category of the International Thriller Awards) and THIS IS OUR STORY. She graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Ashley worked for many years as a wedding photographer before turning her hand to writing. Ashley lives in Louisiana with her husband and three sons.

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