Unspeakable Things

Unspeakable Things

Inspired by a terrifying true story from the author’s hometown in Minnesota -a community where nothing is as quiet—or as safe—as it seems.

Cassie McDowell’s life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome. She lives on a farm, loves school, and has a crush on the nicest boy in class. Yes, there are her parents’ strange parties and their parade of deviant guests, but she’s grown accustomed to them.

All that changes when someone comes hunting in Lilydale.

One by one, local boys go missing. One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn. What happened to them becomes the stuff of shocking rumors. The accusations of who’s responsible grow just as wild, and dangerous town secrets start to surface. Then Cassie’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.

Title:Unspeakable Things
Edition Language:English
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    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 ...

  • jessica

    once i read this was based on a real crime that happened in the authors hometown, a crime that was the inspiration for the podcast ‘in the dark,’ i was sold. unfortunately, the story is more about...

  • MarilynW

    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...

  • Michelle

    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 world is rocked when boys in thei...

  • daph pink ?

    3.25⭐ 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 ...

  • Lawyer

    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 r...

  • Kelli Wilson

    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 did.FYI: The author did not include t...

  • NZLisaM

    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...

  • Kristi Lamont

    Wow was this a really good book about some truly disturbing things. Got it as an Amazon First Read so I went into it with low expectations; whipped through it in a couple of hours this afternoon. Real...

  • Frank Phillips

    3.45 Stars. I absolutely loved our teenage protagonist, Cassie, and empathized for her as she endured the horrific circumstances at home. I did feel that the pacing may have been a bit slow at times, ...