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Big Woods

(2018)
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When her sister disappears, the only clue Leah has is a cryptic message: Underground. By the Woods.

It's 1989 in the sleepy town of Longview, Texas, when 10-year-old Lucy disappears. Her parents, the police, and the community all brace for the worst, assuming her body will soon be found in Big Woods. Just like the other unsolved kidnappings.

But then Lucy's 14-year-old sister, Leah, starts having dreams about Lucy - dreams that reveal startling clues as to what happened. Leah begins her own investigation, and soon she meets a reclusive widow who may hold the key to finding Lucy...if only she can find the courage to come forward.

Delving into the paranoia surrounding satanic cults in the 1980s, Big Woods is an emotionally wrought, propulsive thriller about the enormity of grief, the magical bond between sisters, and a small town's dark secrets.

Praise:

"Big Woods is perfectly timed to take advantage of the 1980s horror revival. Its historic details are excellent, down to the songs on Leah's car stereo. Cobb paints in Day-Glo and brings terrors of the night to life." (Foreword Magazine)

"Cobb's intense, heart-wrenching debut introduces a courageous, determined teen who must find her lost sister amid a disturbing atmosphere of paranoia and fear, crafting a compelling, suspenseful story reminiscent of William Kent Krueger's Ordinary Grace." (Library Journal, starred review)

"Stephen King's Stand by Me collides with Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects in this exceptional thriller. Gutsy, gripping - and pitch-perfect in its resurrection of an era long gone." (A. J. Finn, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Woman in the Window)

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Big Wood is brilliant! Cobb has crafted a haunting thriller that dives deep into grief, family connections, and the dreadful power of fear. The novel succeeds as a rich exploration of emotion and a not-so-distant time while also shining as a riveting page-turner." - Owen Egerton

"Stephen King's Stand by Me collides with Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects in this exceptional thriller. Gutsy, gripping - and pitch-perfect in its resurrection of an era long gone." - A J Finn

"Compulsively readable." - Rosamund Lupton

"Big Woods is a nuanced family story and also a heart-stopping thriller with surprising twists. Cobb taps into the fabulous 80s sensibility of Stranger Things and also into our deepest fears about safety, evil, trust, and the power of faith in what we don't understand. I couldn't put it down." - Amanda Eyre Ward


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Used availability for May K Cobb's Big Woods

Paperback Editions

July 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Big Woods
Author(s): May Cobb
ISBN: 0-7387-5781-0 / 978-0-7387-5781-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Midnight Ink
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Big Woods
Author(s): May Cobb
ISBN: 1-72137-858-8 / 978-1-72137-858-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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November 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Big Woods
Author(s): May Cobb
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Big Woods
Author(s): May Cobb
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Big Woods
Author(s): May Cobb
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Big Woods
Author(s): May Cobb
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Big Woods
Author(s): May Cobb
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU