All Ginny Anderson wants from her summer is to relax. But when Ginny's father—a respected restoration expert in Chicago—surprises the family with a month-long trip to Michigan, everything changes. They aren't staying in a hotel like most families would. No, they're staying in a mansion. A twenty-six room, century-old building surrounded by dense forest. Woodmoor Manor.
Locals claim the surrounding woods are inhabited by mutated creatures that escaped a mad scientist over a hundred years ago. And some say campers routinely disappear never to be seen again.
When the creaky floors and shadowy corners of the mansion seem to take on a life of their own, Ginny uncovers the wildest mystery of all: there's more than one legend roaming Saugatuck, Michigan, and they definitely aren't after campers.
They're after her.
Format320 pages, Paperback
Expected publication: September 14, 2021
by Sourcebooks Young Readers
This book was wacked out spooky in parts. I started reading in the dark when insomina hit, well I definitely couldn't fall back to sleep for a while.
The whole book isn't always spooky but rather a great mystery with a ghosty presence and a 12 year old Agatha Christie fan. Ginny didn't want to spend a month in this house when her plans for the summer included a writing class and hanging out with friends back home.
This is my my first time reading Lindsay Currie and I enjoyed the ride. It was descriptive, setting the vibe for an old mansion with secrets and red herrings. With a small town setting, new friends - both real and not, this book is geared for a middle grade audience. It's a story of family and friends, sacrifice and acceptance with closure.
What Lives in the Woods releases in a couple days.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Kids for a digitial ARC (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.