ARC Review: The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston

Hi All!  It’s Becky.  I was a big fan of Ashley Elston’s This is Our Story so I was thrilled when I found her new book The Lying Woods on NetGalley.  I had high expectations for this book but sadly I was a little disappointed.

33803125Title: The Lying Woods
Authors: Ashley Elston
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange in for an honest review.

Summary: Owen Foster has spent the last six years at the prestigious Sutton School.  Owen has a good life and has never wanted for anything.  However, everything changes when Owen’s mother appears one day to pull him out of the school.  Owen’s father has embezzled  millions of dollars from their family business before going on the run.  Owen’s father has destroyed their small town and Owen must return to try to clear his family’s name.

Review: After I first finished The Lying Woods I tried to decide why I didn’t love this book.  The premise and the story were just fine and as compelling as Elston’s other books but I never felt like I really got to know the characters.  Owen, his mother, and his friend/ love interest Pippa got only the slightest of slight character descriptions and development.  Their story was just never compelling enough to make me feel like I was completely drawn into the mystery.  I also found the flashback to the Noah storyline to be jarring and completely pulling me out of the flow of Owen’s story.  However, my biggest issue with the book was the that resolution to the mystery felt anticlimactic and more than a little unresolved.  There is a decent mystery in this book but it just didn’t, for me, live up to the other books by this author.

Final Rating: 3 out of 5

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