The Missing Season
Whenever another kid goes missing in October, the Pender kids know what is really behind it: a horrific monster out in the marshes they have named the Mumbler.That’s what Clara’s new crew tells her when she moves to town: Bree and Sage, who take her under their wing; spirited Trace, who has taken the lead on this year’s Halloween prank war; and magnetic Kincaid, whose devil-may-care attitude and air of mystery are impossible for Clara to resist.Clara doesn’t actually believe in the Mumbler. But as Halloween gets closer and tensions build in the town, it’s hard to shake the feeling that there really is something dark and dangerous in Pender, lurking in the shadows, waiting to bring the stories to life.

The Missing Season Details

TitleThe Missing Season
Author
ReleaseMay 21st, 2019
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062803351
Rating
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

The Missing Season Review

  • Lala BooksandLala
    January 1, 1970
    Her writing talent is undeniable. I fished this book in one day because I was so gripped, just on the edge of my seat. At least for the first half. This mystery revolves around a new girl to town, and an age old monster myth. I was sucked into the story right away, the atmospheric small town on a marsh, the tight knit friend group, the "is this or isn't this paranormal" vibe that I love.Then it did what a lot of YA mystery does, adding cheap thrills, a heavy handed red herring, an unnecessary ce Her writing talent is undeniable. I fished this book in one day because I was so gripped, just on the edge of my seat. At least for the first half. This mystery revolves around a new girl to town, and an age old monster myth. I was sucked into the story right away, the atmospheric small town on a marsh, the tight knit friend group, the "is this or isn't this paranormal" vibe that I love.Then it did what a lot of YA mystery does, adding cheap thrills, a heavy handed red herring, an unnecessary centre-stage romance, and an ending that was BEYOND disappointing. I think this book will still work for a lot of people, especially those new to the mystery genre- it just wasn't for me in the end.I am 100% down to check out anything from Gillian French in the future- the tension building and scene setting was truly impressive.Thank you to frenzy for the early chance to read!
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  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    NOW AVAILABLE!!this is the first book i have read by gillian french, so i don’t know how this one stacks up to her other ones, but i knew she was a pretty popular YA author, i saw a free ARC, i loved the cover, and i grabbed it with my sticky froggy hands. this is YA written for the younger side of the YA curve. and there ain’t nothing wrong with that, but most of the YA i’ve read seems to be aiming for that juicy YA/adult crossover demographic, so the difference is something i noticed when i wa NOW AVAILABLE!!this is the first book i have read by gillian french, so i don’t know how this one stacks up to her other ones, but i knew she was a pretty popular YA author, i saw a free ARC, i loved the cover, and i grabbed it with my sticky froggy hands. this is YA written for the younger side of the YA curve. and there ain’t nothing wrong with that, but most of the YA i’ve read seems to be aiming for that juicy YA/adult crossover demographic, so the difference is something i noticed when i was reading it. on the one hand - that makes it an easy breezy read, but on the other hand, i was missing the depth and richness folks like patrick ness and laini taylor and melina marchetta bring to the YA table.everything about this is fine: the characters are appealing, the atmosphere is developed into a fine weave of horror and realism: halloween slendermannish spookiness in one strand and quirky new girl/friendship/enigmatic-boy crush in the other. even the descriptions work:I swear I’ve been here before. Not Birchwood Terraces, exactly, but other developments like it, named after the trees cut down to build the place: Oakfield, Elm Park, Spruce Way. We’ve moved three times in four years, and twice when I was in elementary school, following Dad’s construction work, but somehow, we always end up right here.i know this girl, i know this place. and i appreciate that the characters are children of lower-middle class/working-poor families, which novelists so frequently turn into stereotypes, but here read like real people, real circumstances, discrete personalities and home lives. all of that is fine - i was really enjoying seeing where it was going, enjoying the journey towards the ‘is it or isn’t it?’ of the supernatural/human reveal. and then it got there.and, wow.this book is like waiting for marriage to lose your virginity - you spend so much time anticipating what’s going to come and then it’s over and you wonder if it was all really worth waiting for. i’m not sure if this analogy holds water, but unlike marriage, i’ve committed to it, so here we are. again, i have the ARC, so page numbers may differ come pub day, but after 280 pages, we come to the big reveal, the big showdown, and it lasts NINE PAGES. nine. pages. and that’s me rounding up the half-pages - it’s actually only seven. which is a truly unsatisfying roll in the hay, by my standards. so, was it worth it? for me, not really. it’s an out-of-left-field answer to a question built up into a lot more than it turned out to be. and it doesn’t even make sense - if the why is the why, then the hazel thing makes no sense at all. none. so, yeah - for me, this one didn’t work. i liked enough of it to give french another shot, considering the high marks her other books have gotten ‘round here, but this one did not stick its landing, which pretty much tainted whatever steps in our courtship i’d enjoyed before we commenced our regrettable wedding night. ***********************************sorry, booknerds - i didn't love this. 3 stars, rounded upreview TK.come to my blog!
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I rounded up.Clara is used to being the new girl, as her family moves quite often to follow her dad's construction jobs. But she's never a big fan of the adjustment period, waiting to see how people will treat her, whether she'll be the loner with no friends or be lucky and make a friend or two, only have to abandon the relationship when she moves away again. It never fails.When she moves to Pender, a depressed New England town, she expects it to go the same way i I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I rounded up.Clara is used to being the new girl, as her family moves quite often to follow her dad's construction jobs. But she's never a big fan of the adjustment period, waiting to see how people will treat her, whether she'll be the loner with no friends or be lucky and make a friend or two, only have to abandon the relationship when she moves away again. It never fails.When she moves to Pender, a depressed New England town, she expects it to go the same way it always does. She's surprised when she strikes up a friendship with Bree and Sage, and they start including her in things, like cutting out of school to grab lunch, hanging out at the skate park to watch the boys—even some high-level pranks. She and Bree even have a crush on the same guy—the mysterious Kinkaid, who comes and goes as he pleases, breezing by on his skateboard.The thing about Pender, though, is that kids have disappeared, or have been found dead through the years, particularly around Halloween. While the adults in town have a perfectly good explanation for these tragedies—drug overdose, getting hit by a freight train, running away from town—the kids have another explanation. They believe it's the work of the Mumbler, a monster man who lives out by the marshes, for whom they leave offerings from time to time.People—including Kinkaid—say they've seen the Mumbler, but Clara doesn't believe the legend is true. However, she's starting to think something isn't quite right in town, especially when another girl from school disappears. In the midst of the chaos, she finds herself unable to resist Kinkaid's appeal, despite the problems it might cause in her friendship with Bree. But her desire to help Kinkaid solve his own problems may prove to be what harms the potential for their relationship to go anywhere.As the town tries to figure out an explanation for the latest disappearance, Clara is starting to feel more afraid, but she doesn't know whom to fear—the Mumbler, or something worse, someone more real? And when another girl even closer to home goes missing, Clara finds herself in the middle of a dangerous situation—one she might not survive.I thought The Missing Season had a very Stephen King-like vibe when I started reading it. You know, small New England town, unexplained disappearances, grisly deaths, etc.? But the book is more than just a story of a potential monster—it's a complex story about growing up, friendship, love, family, and the decision whether or not to speak up when things don't seem right.I felt this sense of impending doom as I read this book, and French really did a great job with her imagery, as the whole book seemed very dark and creepy. Like I do with most mysteries and thrillers, I suspected absolutely everyone, and while I'll admit I wasn't thrilled with the ending, I thought this was a really compelling read. I liked the balance of YA and mystery/thriller very much.This is scary but not too scary, and a good story to boot. If you like this genre, pick up The Missing Season . And stay away from the marsh!!See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    What a lovely surprise this book was! I have been itching to read some Gillian French as I have had her books in my TBR for what seems like forever so when Edelweiss had a copy of this available I snatched it right up and since it takes place at Halloween I just had to dive in right away. I am still not ready to let Halloween go and for for the "other" holidays to take over my mind, body, soul, and wallet. "Mumbler, Mumbler, in your bed,Mumbler, Mumbler, take your head,Eat your nose, Gobble you What a lovely surprise this book was! I have been itching to read some Gillian French as I have had her books in my TBR for what seems like forever so when Edelweiss had a copy of this available I snatched it right up and since it takes place at Halloween I just had to dive in right away. I am still not ready to let Halloween go and for for the "other" holidays to take over my mind, body, soul, and wallet. "Mumbler, Mumbler, in your bed,Mumbler, Mumbler, take your head,Eat your nose, Gobble your toes, And bury you where the milkweed grows." Clara is the new kid in town and starting classes late makes her want to hide in the shadows but she is quickly befriended by Bree and Sage and their group of misfits that include Trace (Sage's boyfriend), Moon, and the mysterious Kincaid. While hanging out at the local skate park the crew informs Clara about The Mumbler that takes kids away on Halloween night. Clara being the intelligent young lady that she is doesn't believe them and knows they are just trying to mess with her but when a fellow classmate goes missing she has to ask herself if the rumors just may be true. "And this is it. I can feel it. The dark and massive thing I've sensed riding my back since morning; stretching, blocking out all light, some huge black bat at full wingspan, jaws lowering down on my head - not just our stupid Saturday night prank, but something hungry and idiotic and cruel, and it's starting. It's starting right now." Gillian French knows how to write teenagers. They were all so authentic and genuine that it reminded me of my friends back in those long lost days of high school. I adored Clara. She was smart, funny, and most of all kind. The connection she makes with the aloof Kincaid put butterflies in my stomach. Oh, how I remember those days of first crushes and wanting nothing more than to relive every word spoken, every touch made. To ache for someone while also feeling so insecure that you've got it all wrong. I also loved the misdirection that Ms. French does here. She had me thinking one thing through the entire book and then she pulls the rug out from underneath you with a conclusion that I never saw coming and one that I enjoyed immensely! 4 stars! Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Teen for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Travel.with.a.book
    January 1, 1970
    So so happy to have read another book by Gillian French honestly everything the author writes I will be in the first line to read.I love her style of writting is so unique that it won't take you so long to fall in love with the story.I have read "The Lies They Tell" that book is my first read of Gillian French and I absolutely loved it!The author is not just talented but highly talented in writting books that in my taste or my opinion are the books I can easily call the best.The author uses a te So so happy to have read another book by Gillian French honestly everything the author writes I will be in the first line to read.I love her style of writting is so unique that it won't take you so long to fall in love with the story.I have read "The Lies They Tell" that book is my first read of Gillian French and I absolutely loved it!The author is not just talented but highly talented in writting books that in my taste or my opinion are the books I can easily call the best.The author uses a technique that you won't even know the ending even not think of what the ending will be.I fell in love with Clara's story it was kind of the same as mine being a teenager and in high school being smart, funny, experiencing life, exploring the universe.I miss the time when we used to be worried only for having good times with friend and enjoying our drinks and talking about our future. Another brilliant book by Gillian French, at first the book was kind of settling with the main character and getting to know her and the other that surrounded her, then the story follows her when she falls in love with a guy and after this we have the 'This Falls' it was the part of the story that I wanted to read, an unexpected mystery.I give the book 5 easy stars. If you liked her previous book "The Lies they tell" you will definitely like and this one. The synopsis of the book: > "The Missing Season" <Whenever another kid goes missing in October, the Pender kids know what is really behind it: a horrific monster out in the marshes they have named the Mumbler.That’s what Clara’s new crew tells her when she moves to town: Bree and Sage, who take her under their wing; spirited Trace, who has taken the lead on this year’s Halloween prank war; and magnetic Kincaid, whose devil-may-care attitude and air of mystery are impossible for Clara to resist.Clara doesn’t actually believe in the Mumbler. But as Halloween gets closer and tensions build in the town, it’s hard to shake the feeling that there really is something dark and dangerous in Pender, lurking in the shadows, waiting to bring the stories to life!
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    If you enjoyed Gillian French's The Lies They Tell, you'll definitely be in for a treat with The Missing Season ! Crafted with the same atmospheric content from her 2018 release, The Missing Season is fine-tuned just perfectly for the reader to enjoy. Essentially a young adult novel geared for anyone 13 and above, I had to take that into consideration when reading this crime-fiction mystery. Without going into too much detail, the story takes place in a town that is struggling to survive—it's If you enjoyed Gillian French's The Lies They Tell, you'll definitely be in for a treat with The Missing Season ! Crafted with the same atmospheric content from her 2018 release, The Missing Season is fine-tuned just perfectly for the reader to enjoy. Essentially a young adult novel geared for anyone 13 and above, I had to take that into consideration when reading this crime-fiction mystery. Without going into too much detail, the story takes place in a town that is struggling to survive—it's a fallen town, to say the least, and a majority of the households are ranging between lower/middle class incomes. When Clara and her family relocate to the town for work, her new group of friends inform her about the town's urban legend-the Mumbler. The Mumbler takes children yearly, and it has spawned a cult-like following every Halloween with the nearby towns. Clara doesn't believe that this myth is an actual creature, but suspicions and fears definitely grow more intense as the Halloween season begins. Does this creature actually exist, and what does it want?I really got Riverdale vibes while reading this novel! It's pacing is a slow-building suspense, and definitely worth a read for those who can't stomach graphic/super violent thrillers. I think The Missing Season will be what Two Can Keep a Secret should've been (no shade, just being honest). I'm excited for this title's release, and I think it'll definitely resonate with readers who enjoy dramas with a little flair.
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    Having enjoyed French's other mysteries I was really excited to see The Missing Season and knowing that another good YA mystery would be on the horizon.I think I might have gone into this one with my expectations being just a little bit too high.This book started out great. I loved the small town going under setting. The background on the Mumbler and the whole mystery behind the missing and dead kids and then...I don't know exactly what happened.The mystery sort of..fizzled a bit. Things weren't Having enjoyed French's other mysteries I was really excited to see The Missing Season and knowing that another good YA mystery would be on the horizon.I think I might have gone into this one with my expectations being just a little bit too high.This book started out great. I loved the small town going under setting. The background on the Mumbler and the whole mystery behind the missing and dead kids and then...I don't know exactly what happened.The mystery sort of..fizzled a bit. Things weren't as scary or as well plotted out as I can usually expect from French. It seems like by the end, even though things came together, they still felt off. Like maybe the ending wasn't quite the ending the author had fully wanted as well. Like maybe it surprised us all. I think this turned into less of an urban legend story or even a ghost story or even a story told at night around campfires to scare small children and the new girls, and more of a romance story, expect even the romance aspect of it, wasn't all that exciting. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad story, not really at all, just not what I was hoping or even expecting it to be. And that's okay it does happen and I do think many people will really like this one, it just maybe didn't work all that well for me. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    January 1, 1970
    Clara’s the new girl in the town of Pender , her family had to relocate for her fathers job. The town is struggling and it’s filled with households that are lower and middle class. Clara soon discovers friends and their a group of some troublemakers that pull pranks and hang out at the skate park , and she’s taken under their wing. Her new friends begin to tell her about the local urban legend called The Mumbler. You see The Mumbler takes children ever year and it’s around Halloween and they beg Clara’s the new girl in the town of Pender , her family had to relocate for her fathers job. The town is struggling and it’s filled with households that are lower and middle class. Clara soon discovers friends and their a group of some troublemakers that pull pranks and hang out at the skate park , and she’s taken under their wing. Her new friends begin to tell her about the local urban legend called The Mumbler. You see The Mumbler takes children ever year and it’s around Halloween and they begin to tell her about all the teens who were taken and possibly murdered.Soon after being told about The Mumbler Clara starts feeling like she’s being watched and also chased in the woods. Soon October comes along and another teen goes missing and Clara begins to question is The Mumbler real or is something more sinister behind the missing teens? I normally don’t read YA books often but I found myself lost in Claras story and the Urban legend of the Mumbler. The author did amazing job taking me into the day to day life of Clara and her friends and I soon myself wondering if The Mumbler was behind the mysteries in the town of Pender! I give this book four stars and a huge thank you the author and publisher for my advance copy! This book is available May 21 2019!! Will you be adding The Missing Season to your list of books for May?
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  • rachel
    January 1, 1970
    ✨ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram
  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Suspense, Thriller*Rating* 3-3.5*Thoughts*Gillian French's The Missing Season is set to the backdrop of a small town working-class town in Maine with a colorful cast of characters and an unsettling past that features a character named Mumbler. Pender is like so many other towns in America—a small factory town with a failing economy confronting unemployment and drug abuse—a setting we rarely see in YA fiction. Once again, Gillian has perfectly captured this *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Suspense, Thriller*Rating* 3-3.5*Thoughts*Gillian French's The Missing Season is set to the backdrop of a small town working-class town in Maine with a colorful cast of characters and an unsettling past that features a character named Mumbler. Pender is like so many other towns in America—a small factory town with a failing economy confronting unemployment and drug abuse—a setting we rarely see in YA fiction. Once again, Gillian has perfectly captured this unglamorous but very realistic setting. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...
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  • The Library Ladies
    January 1, 1970
    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com )Thank you to Edelweiss+ for sending me an eARC of this novel!I’ve been racking my brain, but given that I lived in a fairly large metro area when I was a kid (and still do for that matter) I can’t think of any ‘urban legends’ that were prevalent in my hometown during my childhood. The closest I can come is when two mean girls in first grade tried to convince me that at midnight if you looked up at the sky you’d see a star that would automatically ki (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com )Thank you to Edelweiss+ for sending me an eARC of this novel!I’ve been racking my brain, but given that I lived in a fairly large metro area when I was a kid (and still do for that matter) I can’t think of any ‘urban legends’ that were prevalent in my hometown during my childhood. The closest I can come is when two mean girls in first grade tried to convince me that at midnight if you looked up at the sky you’d see a star that would automatically kill you and everyone you loved, and yes, I totally fell for it. But in terms of rumors turned folklore, I can’t recall any. But I’ve always been fascinated with localized urban legends, even back then, so finding books that have those themes are always going to grab my interest. That’s why I was so eager to read “The Missing Season” by Gillian French, a YA mystery thriller that includes tales of a mysterious figure called “The Mumbler” that supposedly snatches teens up during Halloween season. I went in expecting a mystery thriller with ambiguous horror elements. But instead, I got… a mishmash of themes that didn’t work for me.“The Missing Season” takes place in the smallish town of Pender, and our protagonist Clara has just moved there due to her father’s somewhat nomadic career in construction. As our main character, I will say right off the bat that I liked Clara and I liked following her story and point of view. She lacks the luxury of being able to make connections because of the chance she might be moving again, so when she does make these connections there is a palpable fear of losing them, even if it isn’t outright said. The biggest conflict of this kind is the friendship between her and a girl named Bree. Bree, along with another girl named Sage, takes an immediate shine to Clara, and their friendship is a mix of the rush of having a girl pal, and the angst of competing with that girl pal in ways that were unanticipated. I know this familiar feeling all too well from my adolescent years, and I thought that French did a great job of showing it instead of telling it. The conflict in this case is the competing affections for local mysterious outsider Kincaid, who is the deepest in The Mumbler mythology of all the friends that Clara makes. The underlying tension and hurt between the two friends was the strongest aspect of this book, and the ways that Clara did, or in some cases didn’t, deal with that conflict felt very realistic.But here is the problem with “The Missing Season”: it is very much marketed as a mystery thriller, and the description makes it sound like a new missing kid case is the center of the novel. But it’s very much not. The center of the novel is Clara’s relationships with the kids in town, and how she navigates her friendship with Bree and her need to fit in as those things come in conflict with the relationship she wants with Kincaid. Sure, another kid goes missing, and sure, there’s a question of what happened to her, but it wasn’t focused on nearly as much as I thought it was going to be. Instead, most of the conflict was Clara worrying about what Kincaid’s deal was, and what was going to happen to her new friendship with Bree if Clara and Kincaid did pursue their mutual feelings for each other. It wasn’t until the last fifth of the book that a full conflict with another child kidnapping raised the tension and thriller stakes, and even by then it was wrapped up VERY quickly, so quickly it almost felt like the author realized that oh yes, this was supposed to be a mystery thriller, better toss in a climax and wrap it up as quickly as possible. Even the ultimate solution felt tossed in there, with a couple of hints and clues scattered early on in the book, but not in a way that felt cohesive to a mystery. I kept waiting for the mystery and tension to build, but it plateaued very early at a level that wasn’t terribly high. I would be more inclined to call this book a contemporary realistic YA fiction book with some mysterious elements, but not enough for it to be considered an actual ‘thriller’. And because of that, I was totally let down by “The Missing Season”. If I had gone in with the expectations of this being about a teenage girl’s bildungsroman I think I would have enjoyed it much more than I actually did, but as it was I couldn’t enjoy the story. I felt too duped.I hesitate to write off “The Missing Season” for everyone, because my expectations were in a completely different place than they should have been. If you go in without the supposition that it’s a thriller, it may be more appealing. But, given that it’s trying to portray itself that way, I don’t feel comfortable recommending it as it’s presented.
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  • Katherine Iorio
    January 1, 1970
    While The Missing Season by Gillian French is on the younger side of YA novels, this book seriously brought back some fun memories of my high school days! As much as I enjoyed the memories, this book had a rather disappointing ending!Clara is a high school senior who has had a difficult childhood, having to move all the time and trying to fit into new schools. Now at a new small town, Clara has fallen in with a group of kids who hang out at a skate park. She eventually also falls for a dark skat While The Missing Season by Gillian French is on the younger side of YA novels, this book seriously brought back some fun memories of my high school days! As much as I enjoyed the memories, this book had a rather disappointing ending!Clara is a high school senior who has had a difficult childhood, having to move all the time and trying to fit into new schools. Now at a new small town, Clara has fallen in with a group of kids who hang out at a skate park. She eventually also falls for a dark skater boy all her fellow friends have a crush on. He then starts to tell Clara of the local urban legend called the Mumbler. This supernatural entity is the reason so many kids go missing and wind up being found mutilated. While the adults in the town speculate over why these things keep happening to the children, the local teens know who, or rather what, is doing this — The Mumbler.While I found the naivety of Clara to be immature at times, the writing had its comedic relief with the local kids getting up to no good. From vandalism, pranks, even drinking, like I said, it brought back some fond memories of my high school days!This is my first Gillian French novel, and I’m grateful I received a copy from her and her publishers. I truly enjoyed French’s writing style; even the pacing was intriguing in the first half. The chemistry between all of the characters was delightful. The only aspect I would forewarn other readers about is this book does not venture on the adult side; it is straight up young adult.As much as I enjoyed this story, the ending was very rushed. There was quite a build-up leading to a rather frustrating ending. I wanted more of the backstory of the Mumbler, there were so many questions unanswered, I wanted the origin of this urban legend. That would be my major complaint about this book.All things considered, The Missing Season by Gillian French was an enjoyable read. It brought back some fun and humorous memories of my days back in high school, it captivated my imagination of the urban legend and it was a page-turner. Besides the rushed ending, I think many would find this pleasant.Thank you to Harper Teen and Gillian French for sending me an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    3.5⭐The Missing Season was my first Gillian French book, and it was an entertaining read! This is a YA mystery with light horror tones set in a small town. I liked the gloomy setup and characters. The descriptions of the setting are done well, and it was easy to get invested in everything that was going on. I wish that the story would have been more focused on the friendship between Clara, Bree, and Sage instead of on Clara's romantic relationship. I feel like there was a missed opportunity here 3.5⭐The Missing Season was my first Gillian French book, and it was an entertaining read! This is a YA mystery with light horror tones set in a small town. I liked the gloomy setup and characters. The descriptions of the setting are done well, and it was easy to get invested in everything that was going on. I wish that the story would have been more focused on the friendship between Clara, Bree, and Sage instead of on Clara's romantic relationship. I feel like there was a missed opportunity here; an awesome friendship stands out to me so much more than another basic relationship. I liked the characters in this book. I was not thrilled about the final reveal. I don't feel like there was enough leading up to it, and it was kind of disconnected from the rest of the story. Although I had some issues, I did enjoy this book, and I would like to read more from this author.
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  • S.M. Parker
    January 1, 1970
    Another brilliant mystery by Gillian French!!!
  • Book Smeller Jessica Prien
    January 1, 1970
    I opened this book on a cold, chilly and windy night. That should have been the first indication I was in for a scare. The weather outside matched the overall feel of the book, giving me goosebumps. I didn’t want to put this book down, because I wanted to meet the creature lurking in the wooded area near the marshes. This monster is known as the Mumbler and to find out exactly what this Mumbler wanted with these naughty teenagers. Clara and her family recently moved to town after Clara’s father I opened this book on a cold, chilly and windy night. That should have been the first indication I was in for a scare. The weather outside matched the overall feel of the book, giving me goosebumps. I didn’t want to put this book down, because I wanted to meet the creature lurking in the wooded area near the marshes. This monster is known as the Mumbler and to find out exactly what this Mumbler wanted with these naughty teenagers. Clara and her family recently moved to town after Clara’s father receives a new job. Although Clara generally struggles in making new friends, she quickly befriends Bree and Sage. The girls introduce Clara to their hangout spot, a skate park that Sage’s boyfriend, Trace, and his friends skate at. One of the guys is Kincaid, and this boy pushes the boundaries on being creepy, yet alluring. Kincaid is absolutely fascinated by the very thing that scares the rest of the teenagers in town, the Mumbler. The Mumbler is blamed for the deaths of teenagers around Halloween, who vanish under mysterious terms. This horrifying beast is found lurking behind the trees in the wooded area that wraps around town. Teens can be found chanting….“Mumbler, Mumbler, in your bed,Mumbler, Mumbler, take your head,Eat your nose,Gobble your toesAnd bury you where the milkweed grows”This twist of an ending will have you picking up your jaw. I love each Gillian French book I have read, and this one did not fail. One of the aspects I enjoy most about this specific author is her vivid imagination. I highly recommend “The Missing Season”. I LOVED it!!!
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    This is probably closer to a 2.5 but we’ll leave the stars where they are for now. “The Missing Season” blends urban legends and true crime when Clarabelle tries to start over in a new town when she quickly falls in with the troublemaker crowd who are happy to let her in on the local lore surrounding the missing kids each Halloween When someone goes missing and Clara feels like she’s being watched from the woods after her encounter at the marsh, the group must decide if there’s any truth behind This is probably closer to a 2.5 but we’ll leave the stars where they are for now. “The Missing Season” blends urban legends and true crime when Clarabelle tries to start over in a new town when she quickly falls in with the troublemaker crowd who are happy to let her in on the local lore surrounding the missing kids each Halloween When someone goes missing and Clara feels like she’s being watched from the woods after her encounter at the marsh, the group must decide if there’s any truth behind the tale of the monster. I don’t know this was one I was really excited for as it had everything I love in the synopsis but once I started reading it was really hard to settle into the story and get consumed by the atmosphere for the scares, however minimal they are, to pay off. This is less of a ghost story or that of a thriller and instead a pretty tame contemporary until it remembers its trying to be something else. We get the quick introduction campfire story style in the beginning to introduce both our lead and the readers to the local legend and the history of missing or dead kids before it quickly fades into the background for your run of the mill story where the new girl makes friends and falls for a guy before making a sharp turn back into that of the strange and unusual for the final 3/4 chapters only to wrap it up pretty quickly and give casual exposition for the motive in a nicely wrapped bow for the conclusion. I feel like this book had all of the pieces for something great but didn’t know how to put it together and plot things out in a way that makes sense for it to be scary or engaging, in other words this book made me nearly fall asleep instead of making me fear the dark and all things that could be lurking just out of reach. **special thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review*
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  • Brianas_best_reads
    January 1, 1970
    A huge thank you to Gillian French and Harper Teen for sending me a free ARC of “The Missing Season”. Every town has one- their own monster that lurks in the shadows. So many stories are passed on about this monster to the point where no one knows what to believe. Is he real? Does he wait out in the woods? Every October in the town of Pender another kid goes missing. Parents are unsure what to believe, but the teens of the town know exactly who took them- a horrific monster known as the Mumbler. A huge thank you to Gillian French and Harper Teen for sending me a free ARC of “The Missing Season”. Every town has one- their own monster that lurks in the shadows. So many stories are passed on about this monster to the point where no one knows what to believe. Is he real? Does he wait out in the woods? Every October in the town of Pender another kid goes missing. Parents are unsure what to believe, but the teens of the town know exactly who took them- a horrific monster known as the Mumbler. After moving several times in her life, Clara’s family comes to Pender and she immediately falls in with a new crew of friends. They show her where they hang out and tell her tales of the Mumbler and the victims he has already claimed. Soon, October rolls around and another kid goes missing. Was it the Mumbler or is something more horrifying happening in the town of Pender? 📚 📚I haven’t read a YA mystery in a long time, but this was just the one to get me back into them! Reading this book transported me back to when I was a teen and my neighbors and I would spend all day and all night outside hanging out. I saw pieces of myself in some of the main characters and really enjoyed following their stories. Both spooky and chilling, there were parts of this story that made me jump and want to check under my bed and in my closet. The mystery really kept me guessing all the way until the end and each time I thought I had it figured out it turns out I didn’t. Overall this book receives 4 ⭐️ from me for being a fantastic and spooky mystery! I would highly recommend this book to lovers of YA books or anyone who enjoys a good mystery. “The Missing Season” is on sale 5/21/19 so don’t miss out! 👻🎃
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to HarperTeen for the free copy in exchange for my honest review3.5 stars - rounded up for ratingLast year I had read THE LIES THEY TELL by Gillian French and loved it, so when I read the synopsis for THE MISSING SEASON I was so excited when I received a copy. A small town with an urban legend that lurks in the woods. As you know, I’m a huge fan of anything reminiscent of Slenderman and urban legends in the same vein. So this was a must-read for me.This one is set in a small town and we s Thanks to HarperTeen for the free copy in exchange for my honest review3.5 stars - rounded up for ratingLast year I had read THE LIES THEY TELL by Gillian French and loved it, so when I read the synopsis for THE MISSING SEASON I was so excited when I received a copy. A small town with an urban legend that lurks in the woods. As you know, I’m a huge fan of anything reminiscent of Slenderman and urban legends in the same vein. So this was a must-read for me.This one is set in a small town and we see solely from Clara’s perspective. As the new kid in school she struggles to find friends until she meets Bree and Sage. We get to see as their friendship blossoms and how Clara is accepted into their group with Trace and Kincaid. When Clara is told the urban legend of The Mumbler she begins to see things in the woods and hear things at night in her room. They say he only gets his power if you believe in him – once you know it can’t be unknown.We get the high school crushes and they drama that goes along with two girls liking the same guy – and then the subsequent fallout when he chooses one over the other. The teenage pranks pulled on their high school around Halloween time. The superstitions around Halloween that they all have about The Mumbler and when he strikes – multiple kids have been killed over the years and despite them being considered freak accidents, the kids all know it’s The Mumbler.The only thing that brought my rating down a bit was that I found it so hard to concentrate in the beginning. It was a slower build to the eerie and creepy events that I was anticipating. Once the action and suspense picked up, I was sucked in and was able to finish up the last half of the book in an under two hours. I wasn’t expecting that ending, at all. I wish there was a little more to it than the last chapter or two, but it definitely tied together everything that had been happening in this quiet little town.Overall, a solid YA mystery and perfect for those that are fans of the genre or for someone wanting a lighter mystery to read. A creepy urban legend, dark and dense woods, and disappearing teenagers. What more could you want?
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  • ElphaReads
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Edelweiss for sending me an eARC of this novel!If I find out about a book that has an 'urban legend' element to it, I'm probably going to want to read it. So when I read about THE MISSING SEASON by Gillian French, I was absolutely fascinated by the premise of kids who go missing during the Halloween Season and the supposed 'Mumbler' that is rumored to take them. Hoping for a solid mystery with creepy elements, I was lucky enough to receive access to an eARC thanks to Edelweiss. I final Thanks to Edelweiss for sending me an eARC of this novel!If I find out about a book that has an 'urban legend' element to it, I'm probably going to want to read it. So when I read about THE MISSING SEASON by Gillian French, I was absolutely fascinated by the premise of kids who go missing during the Halloween Season and the supposed 'Mumbler' that is rumored to take them. Hoping for a solid mystery with creepy elements, I was lucky enough to receive access to an eARC thanks to Edelweiss. I finally sat down to read it, and while I went in with high hopes I'm sorry to say that they were a bit dashed.Clara has jumped moved to Pender, and immediately falls in with a group of kids that seem exciting. Bree and Sage are there for her right from the get go, Trace is the troublemaker who is in charge of the annual October prank war at school, and Kincaid is mysterious enough that he catches Clara's attention. All of them tell her that during the Halloween Season a creature called The Mumbler leaves the swamps and takes local kids, with a few tragedies in the past pointed to as The Mumbler's victims. Clara doesn't believe in any of this of course, but it's a fun camp fire tale. Until a classmate goes missing. Then Clara starts to wonder if The Mumbler is really just an urban legend, or if there's some truth behind it.I don't really know what to make of this book, because while it was marketed as a mystery thriller, I felt that those aspects of the book were quite muted. It felt more like a contemporary YA novel for most of it, and even then the focus seemed muddled to the point where I kept waiting for action to start, but it never really did. Because of this it felt slow moving, and by the time we did get to the more 'thriller' aspects of the novel it felt too little, too late. Especially since the big climax of it was revealed and wrapped up with very little exposition and in a few pages time. I did like Clara as a protagonist and I felt that the various circumstances and hardships she was dealing with felt realistic (be it the socioeconomic difficulties of her family or her complicated relationships with her new friends), so I kept going because of her. Overall, THE MISSING SEASON was a let down.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Clara is the new girl in a struggling town. She's used to having to move around wherever her father can get a job tearing down buildings. She's not into making friends but easily falls in with a group of kids that hang out at a skate park and drink and pull pranks. She falls for the mysterious skater boi her new gal pal has been crushing on forever. He's a storyteller who explains all about the supernatural entity known as The Mumbler being the reason for kids going missing and being found mutil Clara is the new girl in a struggling town. She's used to having to move around wherever her father can get a job tearing down buildings. She's not into making friends but easily falls in with a group of kids that hang out at a skate park and drink and pull pranks. She falls for the mysterious skater boi her new gal pal has been crushing on forever. He's a storyteller who explains all about the supernatural entity known as The Mumbler being the reason for kids going missing and being found mutilated around town. Supposedly scary, right?It's hard to review this book. Because I thought I would really enjoy it and I didn't. I've read this author's other books and liked them. And I am grateful for the chance to read any ARC. It wasn't terrible but maybe it just wasn't for me. I'm not trashing it, it just felt like a mix of things that didn't come together. I was over a hundred pages in before I felt like it might be going somewhere and I was less annoyed with it. But I still wasn't feeling the characters, they all seemed one-dimensional. Nothing really happens and then the ending comes at you and feels tacked on, unrealistic and unsatisfying. All of that sounds so negative and I'm sorry! I really didn't hate it, I think it would be enjoyable to other people. I did appreciate the fact her parents weren't toxic and actually liked her and each other. They all made it work despite trying to make ends meet and never staying in one place for very long. So that was a nice surprise. Overall, it's a three star read for me because it was just okay. Thank you to the publisher for the ARC.
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  • Crystal Zavala
    January 1, 1970
    The Missing Season is about a High School Senior named Clara. Clara has moved frequently as a child and she is always trying to fit in at her new school. The town she moves to is very small town USA. I grew up in a similar town. This town has an urban legend about "The Mumbler". The Mumbler likes to take children in October. However, the adults in the town have excuses for why all of these children go missing and/or pass away - they ran away, overdosed, were hit by a train etc. The local teens k The Missing Season is about a High School Senior named Clara. Clara has moved frequently as a child and she is always trying to fit in at her new school. The town she moves to is very small town USA. I grew up in a similar town. This town has an urban legend about "The Mumbler". The Mumbler likes to take children in October. However, the adults in the town have excuses for why all of these children go missing and/or pass away - they ran away, overdosed, were hit by a train etc. The local teens know that the adults are wrong - it's The Mumbler.Clara is a bit naive and immature in her relationships with boys and friends. I don't think that is surprising since she has moved so much. I felt like I could relate to her struggles. Clara and her new friends do commit a bunch of vandalism and it was fun to read. But I'd be pissed if my own kids were doing what they we doing. 🤣🤣This is my first Gillian French book. I really enjoyed her writing style and the pace. This book is definitely YA, not a boundary crossing YA to Adult. I was just fine with that.I have to add that I finished the book and I could not figure out what the title had to do with the book. What season was missing? The entire book is set in October? OHHH! I figured it out, it is the season when children go missing. 🤦‍♀️
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  • Teenage Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Plot:Clara was always the new kid, the new kid that is almost instantly hated. Her father works for Cuso construction, a demolition company that makes Clara’s family move all over the New England area. With three moves in four years, Clara family comes into an area where many people lost their job with whatever her father is tearing down. Thus, Clara was surprised when Bree and Sage took her in so soon, turning their duo into a trio. Calling her Clarabelle, they take her into the skate park to i Plot:Clara was always the new kid, the new kid that is almost instantly hated. Her father works for Cuso construction, a demolition company that makes Clara’s family move all over the New England area. With three moves in four years, Clara family comes into an area where many people lost their job with whatever her father is tearing down. Thus, Clara was surprised when Bree and Sage took her in so soon, turning their duo into a trio. Calling her Clarabelle, they take her into the skate park to introduce her to the boys: Trace (Sage’s boyfriend), and Kincaid (Bree’s longtime crush). Once her eyes landed on that blond hair ragged skater Clara’s heart was also stolen: “Even though Bree and I are in this crush together, on this odd-duck boy who makes monsters out of shadows and marsh woods” (73). Bree and Sage got Kincaid to tell her about the Mumbler, the monster from the marsh. Taking from an old child’s tale, the Mumbler takes a bad Pender kid each year in late October, and drowns them in the marsh, with their bodies rarely found. Clara had a hard time believing it, as it sounded like any other story parents tell their child to get them to behave. When Ivy twin goes missing, and she asks everyone if they knew where she was, everyone believe the Mumbler took her. Free falling for Kincaid, trying not to let Bree know, Clara is one wrong step away from being snatched by the Mumbler.Thoughts:Gillian French writes this thriller story of teenagers high on fireball whiskey and adrenaline, running through the woods away from a monster they created. French worked her hardest on character development, giving us nothing-but-trouble girls like Bree and Sage, a rebel for the fun of it, Trace, and our odd-duck lover boy Kincaid. Giving us the extra drama of Clara crushing on Bree’s boy, you cannot help but love Sage and Trace’s fun-loving relationship. Kincaid was the most interesting character, with lines like this: “Be moral, or be a monster. The choice is what makes us human” (122). You wish French wrote this novel from the point of view of Kincaid instead of Clara. The worst part of this story was the ending, as it was a cop out, rushed, and overall left you scratching your head. It just did not make sense, as the Mumbler’s motive were not clear, or even semi-clear through the story. This story is worth the read if you love the late night adventures of young teenagers, planning pranks and taking over Perfect street, kissing in the woods and running from the marsh.
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  • Thamy
    January 1, 1970
    I feel this could have been better.Clara has just moved to a new town, as usual, but unlike all the other times she was able to find a new group of friends—even if some may say they're not a good one—and even a crush. But this town is hunted by an urban legend, the Mumbler, who is said to take a victim every Halloween.I really liked The Lies They Tell by this same author but I found it difficult to get into her style for this book. The elements are even similar, girl getting mixed with a possibl I feel this could have been better.Clara has just moved to a new town, as usual, but unlike all the other times she was able to find a new group of friends—even if some may say they're not a good one—and even a crush. But this town is hunted by an urban legend, the Mumbler, who is said to take a victim every Halloween.I really liked The Lies They Tell by this same author but I found it difficult to get into her style for this book. The elements are even similar, girl getting mixed with a possibly bad crowd and even more with a possibly bad guy, but the story itself differs a lot.We have the mystery surrounding the Mumbler and the many deaths/disappearances, but it's not as present as the romance between Clara and one of the boys, plus the triangle that comes to be since one of her friends also has a crush on him. In other words, the story has an eerie atmosphere but the core is a typical romance, and one that didn't really make my heart palpitate.I still think it deserves three stars because we have some interesting characters, there is the whole mystery that is solved eventually, so I do see value in the whole plot, but it was surely average in all the genres it attempted.Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.
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  • Allison Aldridge
    January 1, 1970
    SPOILER FREE WEBSITE REVIEW COMING SOON!2.5 Star Read (I wish I could give half stars on the reviewing system!) Light Spoilers in this review but nothing really crazy! ....I really wanted to love The Missing Season, but it fell flat for me. I was expecting a thrilling lightly horror based young adult novel, but it read more like a contemporary for me. The Mumbler monster wasn't fleshed out enough, and by the end of the book when the reveal about the monster is given, I was disappointed because t SPOILER FREE WEBSITE REVIEW COMING SOON!2.5 Star Read (I wish I could give half stars on the reviewing system!) Light Spoilers in this review but nothing really crazy! ....I really wanted to love The Missing Season, but it fell flat for me. I was expecting a thrilling lightly horror based young adult novel, but it read more like a contemporary for me. The Mumbler monster wasn't fleshed out enough, and by the end of the book when the reveal about the monster is given, I was disappointed because there were no real indicators of the idea that was given. Also, I couldn't connect with any of our main characters. The romance was very instalove, and I don't enjoy that kind of love story. I wish I loved this novel more, but it was not the one for me, unfortunately.
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  • abdulia ortiz-perez
    January 1, 1970
    I received this from author for honest review. What a great thrill and suspence it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The thrill, the suspence, the psychological, and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beatting so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page, every chapter was I received this from author for honest review. What a great thrill and suspence it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The thrill, the suspence, the psychological, and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beatting so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page, every chapter was a page turner. I couldn't believe my eyes what I was reading. I highly recommend everybody get this book and read it. It will surprise you in every way.
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  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first Gillian French book and I really enjoyed it! It's a YA mystery with just a dash of horror. This is a true YA book with no crossover adult themes. The writing is excellent! I was invested in the characters and their story. Very atmospheric! This is a perfect book to read by a fire with hot cocoa.
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  • Shanah
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 50%. The writing just wasn’t for me. It felt unpolished and I didn’t enjoy the characters enough to finish. Choosing to DNF because I wasn’t the right audience for this one sadly
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss Plus for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.I was not sure where this book was going at first. I couldn't tell if it was a supernatural horror story (there is a creature in the woods!) or a serial killer type of mystery (watch out for those sketchy loners; they'll get you every time!) and it took a while to figure out. Even at the very end, you still aren't sure if you should be afraid of the creature in the wood Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss Plus for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.I was not sure where this book was going at first. I couldn't tell if it was a supernatural horror story (there is a creature in the woods!) or a serial killer type of mystery (watch out for those sketchy loners; they'll get you every time!) and it took a while to figure out. Even at the very end, you still aren't sure if you should be afraid of the creature in the woods or if there is just a depraved human after you. But, even with all of that, I still liked this book overall. The characters take a bit to get developed, and they read more like an adult thriller type (think Gillian Flynn), but they still work. There is some teenage angst/drama mixed in with the kids who are fearing for their safety, and overall the balance actually seems to work. One critique: the last couple of pages felt too much like a "happy ever after" everything got completely wrapped up in a nice bow, type of thing. Recommended for grades 9 and up due to violence, drug use, and some sexual references.
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  • Brenna Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for this ARC! This book was the epitome of a slow burn! We are dropped into a sleepy, small town with an air of tragedy that fills the lungs, hearts, and minds of the friend group we follow. Clara is desperate to fit in and make friends, and as the daughter of a construction worker who moves from site to site, dragging his family along for the ride, she is well versed in determining personalities and what makes people tick. It’s not long until she worms h Thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for this ARC! This book was the epitome of a slow burn! We are dropped into a sleepy, small town with an air of tragedy that fills the lungs, hearts, and minds of the friend group we follow. Clara is desperate to fit in and make friends, and as the daughter of a construction worker who moves from site to site, dragging his family along for the ride, she is well versed in determining personalities and what makes people tick. It’s not long until she worms her way into her neighbor’s life. Bree introduces her to Sage, Trace, and Kincaid; all rich and beautiful characters, and not one of them like the other. Clara falls for Kincaid, who divulges the secrets of this town’s past. There is an omniscient presence of a supernatural force that is named The Mumbler. Clara plays the part of the stalwart sceptic, but as Halloween approaches (the Mumbler’s favorite season) she is thrown into a horror that she could have never imagined. I liked the slender man-esque lore in this, but I think what I enjoyed most is the lengths people will go to in order to make sense of the very real things that do go bump in the night. I can assuredly day I did not expect the ending, and I was left on the edge of my seat after every page, waiting alongside these kids to figure out what exactly is terrorizing this town. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Ti West’s films!
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    Gillian French has a place on my bookshelf (and my heart). I loved her novel "Grit" so much that I am constantly recommending it to others and gifting it to people in my life. This book is no different...set in Maine (which I am lucky enough to have visited twice in the past couple of years) and I can completely see how this story would be believable in the dark, mysterious woods of Maine. When Clara moves, again, she is determined to make friends even if she leaves them in a year or so for her Gillian French has a place on my bookshelf (and my heart). I loved her novel "Grit" so much that I am constantly recommending it to others and gifting it to people in my life. This book is no different...set in Maine (which I am lucky enough to have visited twice in the past couple of years) and I can completely see how this story would be believable in the dark, mysterious woods of Maine. When Clara moves, again, she is determined to make friends even if she leaves them in a year or so for her father's work. As she falls into a group of kids her age, she is told the story of the Mumbler, the local legend that takes teens and eat them to sustain itself. Clara doesn't quite believe the local legend but she is finding it hard to disagree with especially when Kincaid, the local boy that has caught her eye, seems to believe enough for the both of them. French has woven a dark, beautiful mystery that held me captive until the very last page..and boy oh boy was that ending something I didn't see coming!Thanks to HarperCollins for the ARC!
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