Stranger Things meets Men in Black in this funny and eerie young adult novel.
WHAT’S GOING ON IN BONE LAKE? THE TRUTH WILL SURPRISE YOU.
In small town Michigan, Penny Hardjoy, an aspiring journalist, teams up with the nerdy boy next door and the town’s star quarterback to find her conspiracy theorist father after he goes missing and several other people turn up dead in the woods.
The deeper she digs, the weirder things start to get. Townspeople repeat the same phrases—verbatim. Men in black suits stroll around Main Street. Chunks of Penny's memory go missing.
Pretty soon, her research leads her to the long-ago meteorite crash in Bone Lake’s woods, and she’s going to have to reconsider her definition of “real” if she wants answers. . . .
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)|
|Age Range:||13 Years|
About the Author
Lindsey Klingele, author of The Marked Girl and its sequel, The Broken World, as well as The Truth Lies Here, was raised in Michigan and now lives in Los Angeles. She has worked in television, in addition to writing YA novels. You can visit her online at www.lindseyklingele.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Oh, look, a highly anticipated read that didn't fail me. Call me impressed. As you can see, my pre-read review was allllllllllllllllll the fangirl feels since the premise was literally alllllllllllll of my buzzwords? I was like, all this book needs is some Bigfoot and it would be good, and how does this book start???? MC AND DAD ON A BIGFOOT HUNT. Omg, I was having a moment, y'all. Me was in the corner, heavy breathing because I just can't. Overall, though, besides hitting all of my buzzwords, it was a pretty good read. There were a few parts that I thought could have grazed deeper than just the surface, but otherwise, I was vibing this story. I really liked the storyline. I really wasn't quite sure where it was going. I was honestly thinking, is it aliens?? government mind wipe?? middle grade emotional Bigfoot - oh, wait, wrong book. I really couldn't figure out where this story would lead, and I was super enjoying the journey of Penny on the search for her father, trying to find out why all of the townspeople say the say things over and over, and what is really going on with all of the burned bodies. There were a lot of little things that added up to a bigger mystery, and I was in deep with all of them. The characters were pretty good. I would have liked to dive a little deeper with them, but they were pretty good. I liked Penny well enough, and I thought she was a good main character. I got her motivations, and her journey with how she was a believer to being a not a believer to maybe a believer brought a lot of depth to her and made me really root for her. Dex was a nice character, but I would have liked a bit more from him. Reese was kind cartoonish for most of the time, but I got the psychology behind her. The dynamics between everyone was really interesting, too, and it definitely brought the interconnected small town feels. The thing that I loved the most about this book was the setting/atmosphere. This honestly just felt like an X-Files episode sans Scully and Mulder. It had the same spookyish, fall atmosphere that brought the creepy small town feels. It bordered on the edge of is this normal/is this paranormal? It would bring intriguing plot twists and turns that you weren't expecting at the unexpected moments. It really was the closest I felt to The X-Files without honestly watching it. I was loving the mood it brought and it was perfect for spooky readathon and the start of fall. The romance was okay. I wasn't vibing, but it was okay. The writing was pretty easy to read as well. It flowed nicely and everything came together in a believable, complex but easy way. Overall, this was a pretty good read. It lagged in a few places, but I really enjoyed it. It's definitely a great gateway to get into the fall, spooky season, but also brings a last little bit of summer. It has a cool vibe to it and it totally feels very X-Filesish. 4 crowns and an Ariel rating!
When I saw the tag line of “Stranger Things meets Men in Black” I was 100000% here for it. Sadly, it was fairly disappointing for me. I liked Penny well enough. Her struggle to fit back into a small town life felt realistic and I really enjoyed her tenacity. Dex was sort of adorable and I would have liked something a bit more tangible between them. There are a few other characters, but no one really stood out. Plot wise it lagged a bit. I was all in on this concept, but at the halfway point, I could have easily set the book down and never finished it. The story lacked the tension and build up I expected and though the reveal was mildly interesting, by then I was just ready for it to be over. Overall, it was an intriguing idea, but the execution just didn’t work for me. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**