Big Woods

Midnight Ink. Jul. 2018. 312p. ISBN 9780738757810. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738759234. M
OrangeReviewStarIn 1989, ten-year-old Lucy Spencer disappears while walking to school in Longview, TX. The police and her parents fear the worst, that her body will be found in Big Woods like previous kidnapping victims. But thanks to her vivid dreams, 14-year-old Leah is convinced her little sister is alive and pushes to continue the search. As the months pass and her parents sink into despair, Leah hunts for evidence. While the local community believes a satanic cult is behind the kidnappings and murders, a reclusive elderly widow thinks otherwise. Although the police won't listen to Sylvia, Leah is willing to latch onto any clue.
VERDICT Cobb's intense, heart-wrenching debut introduces a courageous, determined teen who must find her lost sister amid a disturbing atmosphere of paranoia and fear, crafting a compelling, suspenseful story reminiscent of William Kent Krueger's Ordinary Grace.
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