Book Review: A History of Wild places by Shae Ernshaw


Title: A History of Wild Places

By: Shea Ernshaw

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 354

Release Date: December 7th, 2021

Publisher: Atria Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Travis Wren has an unusual talent for locating missing people. Hired by families as a last resort, he requires only a single object to find the person who has vanished. When he takes on the case of Maggie St. James—a well-known author of dark, macabre children’s books—he’s 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.

Hauntingly beautiful, hypnotic, and bewitching, 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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I'm having a hard time thinking of a catchy head line for this book.

The pacing of this story was super slow, even in the most interesting parts. I had a hard time focusing on what I was reading, but the story itself reminded me of the M. Knight Shymalan movie The Village. No one goes into the woods due to a disease the trees possess. A disease that kills people if they contract it. This sickness keeps people out of the woods and secluded in the town. This story even has a blind woman.

I gave this story a 3 out of 5. I'm on the fence with it. It was slow but interesting.

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