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Publisher's Summary

“What a wonderful rabbit hole to fall down.” (Erika Swyler, author of Light from Other Stars and The Book of Speculation)

“A terrifying and timely book.” (Erica Ferencik, best-selling author of The River at Night and Into the Jungle)

“As spine-chilling as it is beautifully crafted.” (Ruth Emmie Lang, author of Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance)

The New York Times best-selling author of The Wicked Deep weaves a richly atmospheric adult debut following three residents of a secluded, seemingly peaceful commune as they investigate the disappearances of two outsiders.

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’ 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.

©2021 Shea Ernshaw (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

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A wild ride

This story has everything: crime, suspense, betrayal, love stories… it reminds me of the movie The Village in places, but still keeps enough differences to be its own story.

I audibly gasped 3 times during this book. I was taken for a ride and I enjoyed every twist, turn, loop and drop. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a good stand-alone, real-world-fantasy story.

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Mesmerizing

This may well be THE best book I’ve ever listened to/read. It had me captured from the 1st chapter. I couldn’t put it down. I loved it and HIGHLY recommend!!
Teresa McC

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A break from reality

I haven’t been so enthralled in a story in a long long time. This story showed me places I want to be, people I want to know.
Loved it to the very end.

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  • 12-23-21

What in the world??

I feel cheated. This book is incorrectly marketed as psychological suspense. It should be labeled as science fiction/fantasy. This is a very stupid, ridiculous story and it makes no sense. It is full of plot holes plugged up with unlikely contrivances. It was a waste of time and money.

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excellent story telling

the story is similar to the village but better. the pave is really good and it keeps you wanting more. i really enjoyed this book

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Good stuff

This is a very twisty and turny book! Very, very good! I highly recommend it!

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Good!

I thought all the twists were really good, did not see them coming. I enjoyed the different readers voices too.

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The title is the best thing about this book.

Sorry is so so. A little derivative but engaging enough. Characters don’t behave in logical ways for a lot of the book. The worst part is the narration. One of the female narrators is super robotic and has some strange voice affect that seems to come and go. It honestly sounds like AI rather than a real person. When we’re with one of the female characters and they’re conversing with male characters, the female take on the male voices is almost comical. Reminds me of Skip from Napoleon Dynamite.

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Eh, this book put me on the struggle bus....

Hear me out, I don't do well with books where I have to suspend reality, especially the reality of my subject matter areas of specialty. So, when lemon trees came up, yet they are in an area that receives snow, the emergency brakes in my brain self deployed. There were other details like that where I just couldn't get past it and I couldn't get into the believability of the story. Now that I have that off my chest, I'll go back to nonfiction.

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Still not sure if I'm satisfied, but I sure did rip through it. Pretty sure I enjoyed it even though at times I struggled to believe in the concepts.

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