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Unspeakable Things

(2020)
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Inspired by a terrifying true story from the author’s hometown, a heart-pounding novel of suspense about a small Minnesota community where nothing is as quiet—or as safe—as it seems.

Cassie McDowell’s life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome. She lives on a farm, loves school, and has a crush on the nicest boy in class. Yes, there are her parents’ strange parties and their parade of deviant guests, but she’s grown accustomed to them.

All that changes when someone comes hunting in Lilydale.

One by one, local boys go missing. One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn. What happened to them becomes the stuff of shocking rumors. The accusations of who’s responsible grow just as wild, and dangerous town secrets start to surface. Then Cassie’s own sister undergoes the dark change. If she is to survive, Cassie must find her way in an adult world where every sin is justified, and only the truth is unforgivable.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Unspeakable Things is an absolutely riveting novel about the poisonous secrets buried deep in towns and families. Jess Lourey has created a story that will chill you to the bone and a main character who will break your heart wide open." - Lou Berney

"Jess Lourey does a masterful job building tension and dread, but her greatest asset in Unspeakable Things is Cassie—an arresting narrator you identify with, root for, and desperately want to protect. This is a book that will stick with you long after you’ve torn through it." - Rob Hart

"With Unspeakable Things, Jess Lourey has managed the near-impossible, crafting a mystery as harrowing as it is tender, as gut-wrenching as it is lyrical. There is real darkness here, a creeping, inescapable dread that more than once had me looking over my own shoulder. But at its heart beats the irrepressible—and irresistible—spirit of its 12-year-old heroine, a young woman so bright and vital and brave she kept even the fiercest monsters at bay. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time." - Elizabeth Little

"Part suspense, part coming-of-age, Jess Lourey’s Unspeakable Things is a story of creeping dread, about childhood when you know the monster under your bed is real. A novel that clings to you long after the last page." - Lori Rader-Day

"A noose of a novel that tightens by inches. The squirming tension comes from every direction—including the ones that are supposed to be safe. I felt complicit as I read, as if at any moment I stopped I would be abandoning Cassie, alone, in the dark, straining to listen and fearing to hear." - Marcus Sakey

"Inspired by a true story, Unspeakable Things crackles with authenticity, humanity, and humor. The novel reminded me of To Kill A Mockingbird and The Marsh King’s Daughter. Highly recommended." - Mark Sullivan


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November 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Unspeakable Things
Author(s): Jess Lourey
ISBN: 1-5420-0878-6 / 978-1-5420-0878-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
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Audio Editions

January 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Unspeakable Things
Author(s): Jess Lourey
ISBN: 1-978683-71-5 / 978-1-978683-71-6
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January 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Unspeakable Things
Author(s): Jess Lourey
ISBN: 1-978683-72-3 / 978-1-978683-72-3
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January 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Unspeakable Things
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ISBN: 1-79972-568-5 / 978-1-79972-568-8
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January 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Unspeakable Things
Author(s): Jess Lourey
ISBN: 1-79972-570-7 / 978-1-79972-570-1
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January 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Unspeakable Things
Author(s): Jess Lourey
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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January 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Unspeakable Things
Author(s): Jess Lourey
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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January 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Unspeakable Things
Author(s): Jess Lourey
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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January 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Unspeakable Things
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Kindle Editions

January 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Unspeakable Things
Author(s): Jess Lourey
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
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