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A History of Wild Places: A Novel

A History of Wild Places: A Novel

by Shea Ernshaw
A History of Wild Places: A Novel

A History of Wild Places: A Novel

by Shea Ernshaw

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You might recognize Shea Ernshaw as the YA fantasy author of the novel Winterwood. Here, Ernshaw brings the magic of her pen to an adult mystery/thriller. Never has the search for a missing person sent us on so many tangents. We are excited to be part of the search. Of course, THIS is the true magic of reading — and writing. Well done, Shea Ernshaw, well done.

In this “riveting, atmospheric thriller that messes with your mind in the best way” (Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author), three residents of a secluded, seemingly peaceful commune investigate the disappearances of two outsiders.

Travis Wren has an unusual talent for locating missing people. Often hired by families as a last resort, he takes on the case of Maggie St. James—a well-known author of dark, macabre children’s books—and is soon led to a place many believed to be only a legend.

Called Pastoral, this reclusive community was founded in the 1970s by like-minded people searching for a simpler way of life. By all accounts, the commune shouldn’t exist anymore and soon after Travis stumbles upon it...he disappears. Just like Maggie St. James.

Years later, Theo, a lifelong member of Pastoral, discovers Travis’s abandoned truck beyond the border of the community. No one is allowed in or out, not when there’s a risk of bringing a disease—rot—into Pastoral. Unraveling the mystery of what happened reveals secrets that Theo, his wife, Calla, and her sister, Bee, keep from one another. Secrets that prove their perfect, isolated world isn’t as safe as they believed—and that darkness takes many forms.

“As spine-chilling as it is beautifully crafted” (Ruth Emmie Lang, author of Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance), A History of Wild Places is a story about fairy tales, our fear of the dark, and losing yourself within the wilderness of your mind.


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ISBN-13: 9781982164805
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 12/07/2021
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 5,195
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Shea Ernshaw is the author of A History of Wild Places, the New York Times bestseller The Wicked Deep, Winterwood, and A Wilderness of Stars. She is the winner of the 2019 Oregon Book Award. She lives in a small mountain town in Oregon and is happiest when lost in a good book, lost in the woods, or writing her next novel.

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