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ended and up to your own interpretation and after re reading the prologue and up to your own interpretation and after re reading the prologue once I d finished I concluded it completely worked for me However for those who need of a resolution there is an Epilogue on the author s website I waited a day before reading it and even though it was satisfying and gave me all the remaining answers I think I prefer the ending as isUnspeakable Things has shot straight to the top five of my favourites list for the year It is rare that I write a full review these days I am conscious of all I wish to read yet The clock is ticking I am conscious of growing older I am well aware that time is not regained Why this reviewThis title was an Prime First Read It carries a Goodreads rating of 376 It deserves neitherPerhaps this will eep you from wasting your time in reading
#this book it #book It tragically over written While the subject matter is so significant child abuse and exploitation the author exhibits inadeuate EinfÃ¼hrung in die deutsche Sprache der Wissenschaften knowledge of the problem Worse Lourey shows she performed any research on the topic though material sources have consistently multiplied since the 1980s Rather Lourey cites a single podcast related to a single case involving the abduction of an eleven year old boy whose body was boot discovered till 27 years laterWhat allow me to offer such open criticism of this book I was a career prosecutor for close to 28 years More than 20 years I specialized in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases physical and sexual I received training across the nation And became a trainer of other professionals assigned to present these casesLourey blends offender types both opportunistic and fixated as interchangeable types They are not Lourey has a worried town pointing fingers at stereotypified offendersFor one example of a novel worthy of its subject matter I recommend Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison For one novel involving the random act of the offender unknown to his victim I recommend The Prince of Tides by Pat ConroyFor those interested in reference titles to offenders and victims of child abuse a multitude of the most recent studies are readily found onlineWhat a disappointing book on which to begin the New Year Cassie McDowell is a twelve year old girl living in rural Minnesota in the 1980s daughter of well educated but poor free living hippy ish parents You might think that she and her older sister had a blessed life but there are bad things happening to boys in her area and bad things happening in her own home Cassie lives in fear of her dad coming up the stairs to her room at night something she tries to fend off by writing stories in her diary And Cassie and the entire town are concerned that boys are going missing only to show up again having been molested by a masked man Rumors are rampant but because the boys are from the poorest side of town next to nothing it being done about the abuse to the boys Then finally a boy from the rich part of town goes missing and things start to heat up Things really aren t much better at Cassie s house Her parents hold parties where anything goes and they don t even try to hide it from their daughters Both girls are told they can never speak of what goes on at home because other people won t understand Smart creative Cassie is living a nightmare but not able to reach out to anyone about it She decides to solve the mystery of who isidnapping and molesting her schoolmates but she fears even those crimes may be way closer to home than just in her neighborhood Her father s ever changing moods rule the household and there are so many secrets including what happens in their dirt basement While this might be a coming of age story it is for sure a tension filled thriller Every day and especially every night of Cassie s life is spent in fear of the monster who is may come up the stairs and the monster who is taking young boys Cassie s mom won t put a stop to what happens at home and in fact turns a blind eye to it Cassie s sister is acting out dealing with everything in the most dysfunctional of ways I felt for all the children even those that take to striking out at those weaker than them because they are trapped in a world that puts what side of town one lives in over actual crimes that need investigating This was a Kindle First Read choic. The stuff of shocking rumors The accusations of whoâ€™s responsible grow just as wild and dangerous town secrets start to surface Then Cassieâ€™s own sister undergoes the dark change If she is to survive Cassie must find her way in an adult world where every sin is justified and only the truth is unforgivable. .
For some reason I glanced at this book yesterday and almost set it aside as one I d get to later if I had time But then something ept drawing me to it and after picking it up and putting it down a few times something about it just called to me and I decided to pick this up and once I did I didn t put it down until I was done reading So if you have this on your shelf anywhere I recommend you don t pass this one up and READ IT ASAPI love novels based on true stories As this one is told through Cassie
S Eyes A 12 Turning 13 Yeareyes a 12 turning 13 year girl in the 80s I understood every single reference and remember all the stories of Chester the Molester and when letting your ids roam the streets on their bikes was still safe until it wasn t I also remember being that age where everything frightened you and yet you were also fearless Cassie was this girl Innocent and yet aware of all the weird things going on around her whether within her own family or around her otherwise She becomes her own Nancy Drew and wants to figure out what s going on with these Hai nhÃ kidnapped boys especially when the one that doesn t come back is the one in her romantic mind she was destined to marryI absolutely adore that the entire novel is straight through Cassie You instantly feel a connection with her And all the little clueseep you wondering with her as to who the suspects are and what possible motives there might be You see her grow faster than she needs to be at that age I will say I understand why the ending was the way that it was but I was left feeling a little want luckily I saw novelgossip s review and she mentioned you could get the epilogue so AFTER you ve read the book if you need some answers like I did google Unspeakable Things Epilogue Even with the slight abrupt ending I can t give this book less than the five stars I think it deserves I ll be thinking about this one for a while Wow was this a really good book about some truly disturbing things Got it as an First Read so I went into it with low expectations whipped through it in a couple of hours this afternoon Realized as I was getting toward the end that I was thirsty I needed to go to the bathroom my jaws were locked and my fingers were clenching my iPad very very hard The sense of foreboding Ms Lourey had going on was something else No way in the world was I getting out of my chair until I got to the endI wish Netflix or somebody would make this into a series I see Woody Harrelson as one of the main characters If you read the book tell me your guess as to which one in the comments not gonna do a spoiler hereOh one thing I m uite sure part of the reason I really liked this book is because it was told from the perspective of a female adolescent in the early 1980s I would
ve been i guess five years older thanbeen I guess five years older than then like her sister s age but could still totally relate to SO many things hot rollers and Farrah Fawcett hair anyone But thank GOD I ve never had to butcher a chicken Wow This is really dark folks Pretty disturbing things happening And somehow the way the words are written gripped me and I needed to finish it out I m glad I didFYI The author did not include the epilogue in the book itself It is available only on her website Another disturbing dark nail biter story based on true events And I loved to spend time at Cassie s head and seeing events at 80 s Minnesota from her eyes She was thirteen smart mature from her peers a little uirky but in an adorable way coming from not so wealthy and dysfunctional family dealing with his mostly drunk artistic father s mood swings and anger management problems as her mother acts like they re perfect and exampled family and nothing is wrong about themThey re living in a small community Everybody nows everybody and their most of the secrets But the small community s life ruined with disappearance of string of local boys Is it Peeping Tom as the school children gossiped about or is it a real dangerous hunter coming for boysDo you love the dark ominous nerve bending atmosphere and heart throbbin Unspeakable Things is out today and man you guys this one was such a different read from the type of book I ve be 325 I finished this book a month ago I guess so I don t remember much because it was a pretty basic read though I remember one thing the book is very personal for the author as it is inspired from her own child. Inspired by a terrifying true story from the authorâ€™s hometown a heart pounding novel of suspense about a small Minnesota community where nothing is as uiet or as safe as it seemsCassie McDowellâ€™s life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome She lives on a farm loves school and has a crush on the nic. Hood the fictional story was sort of her way to express
that events from herevents from her childhood so that was intersting in itself and that was the only factor which compelled me to it apart from being a small town mystery with dysfunctional families and ids The writing was solid and intriguing there is this constant sense of suspense where you want to Falling Through Clouds know what s happening and you just want to finish it tonow the truthIt was uite painful to read because the subject dealt was uite dark and touching like you might have guessed from the titleNow there are a few things I disliked about this book like the extremely slow pacing I felt it was like ripping off a bit while I was reading it where you can t decide whether you want to go slow or fast but you weirdly wanna see what s underneath it and I dislike that feeling it s like I am only reading it because I want to finish it and I am not enjoying the storyline Lot of things went unsaid that you are waiting to be resolved and nothing really happens by the end and there are story notches that weren t completed and I found then really frustrating and this wasn t an open ending at allI don t think I will recommend this not because it s bad but because my thoughts are uite polarising about this book right now TW sexual assault child abuse verbal abuse homophobic slurs bullying 1980 s Lilydale Minnesota Twelve year old Cassie and her older sister Sephie grew up poor with an artist father and their mother the sole provider a teacher Their In the summer of 1983 evil exists in the small farming community of Lilydale Minnesota Boys are being abused by an unknown almost supernatural sexual predator but the police and adults are not convinced he exists 12 year old Cassie McDowell is certain he does though She already believes in monsters lives in constant fear of her alcoholic paranoid domineering father and his various mood swings and dreads the parties her parents sometimes throw The boys who ve been taken return angry and withdrawn and Cassie has recently witnessed the same changes in her older sister Sephie Cassie s determined to help the boys of Lilydale so she begins her own investigation to unmask his identity and seek justiceUnspeakable Things is drama abuse tragedy crime suspense 1980 s nostalgiapop culture small town life first crush friendship school life childlike experiences of summer and coming of age all rolled into one It goes without saying that there are some graphic passages relating to both Cassie s home life and the sexual abuse of her classmate s but the focus is on her fight or flight responses the emotional and physical toll and psychological effects of growing up in a dysfunctional family environment Like 12 year olds on the cusp of teenagehood Cassie s main goals are to act normal at least outwardly and fit in and hang out with her peers and a large part of the plot centers around this Due to the age and innocence of the narrator some of what s going on around Cassie goes over her head or is too traumatic for her to even think about or give voice to therefore some of the disturbing themes are barely touched on or occur offsite I m loath to encourage anyone to read this if the topics are likely triggering but as a regular reader of crime thrillers I ve read a lot worse than this particularly in police proceduralsIn her author s note Jess Lourey mentions that even though this novel is based on real people and events in particular the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling in 1989 and the The Art of Acquiring kidnapping of boys in the midwest in the mid to late 80 s the story and Lilydale are entirely products of her imaginationOur heroine Cassie is incredibly resilient strong and brave She stands up to her father as much as she can never excuses or condones his actions continuously begs her mother to leave him reaches out to her aunt for help protects her sister from her father s wraith and is determined to bring down the person attacking vulnerable boys in her community She is very intelligent and often uses wit and imagination as coping mechanisms She s let down by the majority of the grown ups surrounding her as they have a tendency to be corrupt enablers oblivious scared weak choose not to get involved or outright monsters There are some goodind adults to be found but like most victims of abuse Cassie has been continuously told that she won t Est boy in class Yes there are her parentsâ€™ strange parties and their parade of deviant guests but sheâ€™s grown accustomed to themAll that changes when someone comes hunting in LilydaleOne by one local boys go missing One by one they return changed violent moody and withdrawn What happened to them becomes.childhood so that was intersting in itself and that was the only factorso that was intersting in itself and that was the only factor compelled me to