book cover of The Wonder State
Added by 3 members

The Wonder State

A novel by

From the author of Girl One comes a spellbinding adventure about a strange power lurking in the Arkansas Ozarks, and the group of friends obsessed with finding it.

Five friends arrive back in Eternal Springs, Arkansas, the small town they all fled after high school graduation. Each is drawn home by a cryptic, scrawled two-word letter that reads, You promised.

It has been fifteen years since the summer that changed their lives, and they’re anxious to find out why Brandi called them back, especially when they vowed never to return.

But Brandi is missing. She’d been acting erratically for months, railing at whoever might listen about magic all around them. About a power they can’t see. And about strange houses that appear only when you need them . . .

Told in two enthralling timelines,
The Wonder State is a gorgeous, immersive, speculative Gothic tale about searching for home. Sara Flannery Murphy has created another brilliant, genre-blurring novel—an adventure story laced with nostalgia, exploring belonging and the lasting power of community.

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"Reading this novel was like finding a haunted passageway through the fiercest heart of the Ozarks. It's full of creepy houses, broken promises, and the kind of thorny secrets that bind a small town for generations. Provocative, melodic, and surprising, The Wonder State led me into its sparkling dark and still hasn't let me go." - Amy Jo Burns

"The Wonder State is a startling feat of-and feast for-the imagination, filled with intoxicating mysteries, devastating secrets, and prose as beautiful and magical as the story itself. Its setting is both deeply familiar and uniquely fantastical, and it's the atmospheric page-turner of my dreams." - Megan Collins

"The Wonder State is a slippery, twisty tale about friendship, power, and belonging. Sara Flannery Murphy's worlds are never quite what they seem-this one in particular is electrifying and scary and utterly thrilling." - Anton DiSclafani

"Sara Flannery Murphy's The Wonder State is many things: a bittersweet coming-of-age tale, an engrossing portrait of life in the small-town Ozarks, and a brilliant allegory in which childhood longings for permanence and stability take a concrete form. It reminds me of some of the books I've loved the longest, including the Chronicles of Narnia and Donna Tartt's The Secret History, and yet it offers its own unique form of magic. Above all, it speaks to our secret yearnings for a place where the past might be waiting for us to step into it again." - Polly Stewart

Visitors also looked at these books

Used availability for Sara Flannery Murphy's The Wonder State

About Fantastic Fiction       Information for Authors