The Lying Woods

The Lying Woods

Owen Foster has never wanted for anything. Then his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school cradling a bombshell: his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. After using the family business, the single largest employer in his small Louisiana town, to embezzle millions and drain the employees' retirement accounts, Owen's father vanished without a t Owen Foster has never wanted for anything. Then his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school cradling a b...

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Title:The Lying Woods
Author:Ashley Elston
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:136801478X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Lying Woods Reviews

  • Lisa Mandina
    Nov 12, 2018
    The synopsis of this was definitely one that sounded good, but concerned me as one I wasn't quite sure how much I would like it. However my doubts were definitely misguided, because I really enjoyed this one. The author did a great job in throwing in lots of hints and clues throughout ...
  • Kathy Martin
    Oct 12, 2018
    Owen Foster's life makes a U-turn when his mother comes to his elite boarding school and tells him that his father has embezzled from his company, bankrupting it, and leaving his local investors and employees broke too. His father has disappeared leaving Owen and his mother to take the...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    May 31, 2018
    I love a good mystery, especially one that is shrouded in family secrecy and lies. The Lying Woods was so much fun. Great characters that were hard to resist and a storyline that flashed back and forth from present day to the past that was just as captivating and shrouded in myster...
  • Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
    Sep 09, 2018
    Initial Impressions 9/9/18: This was an interesting read! At first it read a little more realistic fiction than mystery/thriller but the end was really packed with punches! There were some clues and the mystery along the way but it wasn't really about investigating and discovering like...
  • Kristin
    Nov 06, 2018
    When Owen is yanked out of his boarding school and told about his father's transgressions, he's hurt and confused. It doesn't help that all the kids and even adults of his hometown despise him and his family over what his father did. As if losing your house and belongings isn't enough,...
  • Nicole Hewitt
    Nov 15, 2018
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction I always think I don?t really like mysteries, but then I read a book like this and it blows me away and I just want MORE! I have no idea how to review this book without giving things away, so I?m actu...
  • Alexa
    Nov 09, 2018
    I?ll be completely transparent with you, friends: the entire reason that I decided to read The Lying Woods was because of my friend Kristin (who constantly champions Elston?s other novel This Is Our Story). She convinced me that it should be my next read on a quiet Friday night, an...
  • Jackie
    Nov 28, 2018
    All I can say is the ending saved this book for me. ?The Lying Woods? begins with Owen?s life falling apart after he learns that his dad ran off after stealing millions of dollars leaving him and his mom to pick up the pieces. As they try to rebuild he finds himself working o...
  • Jen Ryland
    Nov 09, 2018
    A quick aside: I had no idea what this book was about and don't think I've read Ashley Elston before. So if that also describes you, I want to say that this is NOT a paranormal/ghost story/spooky story. Clearly those of you familiar with the author knew what to expect but I did not... ...
  • Stacee
    Nov 09, 2017
    November 2018 finished copy read: I am a huge fan of Ashley?s words, so I was all over the chance to read this story as a beta reader last year and I was especially excited to revisit the finished copy. Owen is a great MC. He?s confused and rightfully angry and hurt and I e...
  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    Nov 06, 2018
    Guys. I rarely read anything outside of fantasy and science fiction but I loved this book. It was absolutely riveting and had me feeling all sorts of emotional and questioning everything. Despite being a mystery, this was a totally atmospheric book that had me feeling some serious Rave...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    Nov 17, 2018
    Oh Ashley Elston, your books keep getting better and better. Owen?s mother pulls him out of boarding school with the news his father has fled town with half the town?s money. Seems his father ran a Ponzi scheme. Now Owen?s mansion has been seized and his mom has been getting t...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    Jan 10, 2019
    This was a pleasant surprise! This story took so many turns I wasn?t expecting, and it kept me guessing til the very end. The last 80 pages or so had me on the edge of my seat. I can?t wait to read more from Ashley Elston in the future! ...
  • Su
    Dec 08, 2018
    The writer is such a good storyteller because I was absorbed in every single page of this book. The main character is Owen who was at the boarding school and the biggest thing he had to worry about was what kind of prank his roommate/best friend would pull to get back at him. Until...
  • Grace P. (gracefulreads)
    Nov 09, 2018
    3.75-4 Stars Wow. Owen?s story is not the only story in THE LYING WOODS. It is told in alternating chapters of Owen?s present-day high school experience in Lake Cane and two other teens? experience there before Owen was born. THE LYING WOODS is a not a frightening thriller ...
  • Christy
    Nov 28, 2018
    If Ashley Elston is writing it, I am reading it. I have become such a fan of her unputdownable books with good endings. What do you do if you?re a rich kid who is suddenly the outcast after your father screws over an entire community? You suck it up and face it. You try to fi...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Jan 21, 2019
    While I do wish we had gotten a little bit more of a concrete resolution in the end, this was WILD and I really, really enjoyed it! I think I've come to find that I just really love contemporary books set in the south. Need more nowwwwwww. ...
  • Skye
    May 11, 2017
    Anything Ashley writes gets auto-added to my "must-read" list. Her books are all awesomely suspenseful YA. UPDATE 5/2/18: So I just got done reading the ARC... Go preorder it. Now. I'll wait. Man, this book was frickin fantastic. ...
  • Pamela Groseclose
    Dec 20, 2018
    I wanted to read this book, because I thought it was a thriller. This book does have a few twists and turns, but it is more of a romance story then anything. It was reminiscent of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Even though it wasnt what I expected, I really enjoyed this one. It was a fun and...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    Oct 21, 2018
    I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into this book. I requested it because it was listed as a mystery. I feel like it was so much more though. It wasn't a mystery in the same way as some of the books I read. This one had such a focus on relationships, especially family. ...
  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    Nov 09, 2018
    I really loved this book. That?s about as eloquent as I?m capable of being after that emotional rollercoaster. ...
  • Jay G
    Oct 06, 2018
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... 3.5/5 Stars *Thank you to the publishers for the copy in exchange for my honest review* Owen Foster has everything he's ever wanted but, one day it's all taken awa...
  • Resch Reads
    Oct 08, 2018
    4.5 STARS I immensely enjoyed this book, as my first Ashley Elston book, it blew me out of the water! Ashley truly has a craft for flawlessly combining overlapping story lines, tangled emotions, and complex characters into a cohesive story that hooks the reader and leaves you captiv...
  • Michelle
    Nov 14, 2018
    Review also found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress... Thank you to Disney Hyperion and Netgalley for my eARC copy of this book. Forced to leave the elite boarding school he has attended for the past several years, Owen has no choice but to withdraw from the ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Oct 10, 2018
    I went into this book expecting a light, mysterious read, based on Elston's fierce following, but I had no clue it would be THAT good. Seriously, how have I not come across her books before now? I need to immediately scour her backlist and catch up on all her other books that I've miss...
  • megs_bookrack
    Oct 10, 2018
    The Lying Woods follows teenage protagonist, Owen Foster, in the aftermath of his Father being exposed as a white-collar criminal. Mr. Foster steals millions of dollars from his company, the largest employer in town, and leaves Owen and his mother behind to pick up the pieces of their ...
  • may ❀
    Jan 17, 2019
    ashley elston is becoming one of my favourite authors for YA thrillers (is that a thing?? it totally should be) i read her previous book, This is Our Story (can we just appreciate how the covers match so well?? even though they aren't connected or related, i totally LOVE it) and was...
  • Wing-yee (bibliomeds)
    Jul 05, 2018
    my body is ready for this one. COME AT ME BRO ...
  • Niki
    Aug 08, 2018
    I believe this officially makes Ashley Elston my favorite Young Adult Thriller writer. Possibly favorite YA author period. Not only are her mysteries twisted and surprising every time, her teenage characters are so real and it always surprises me. My number one pet peeve in YA myst...
  • Amanda
    Nov 28, 2018
    Wow, this book was fantastic! Owen Foster is only worried about the next prank his friend is going to pull on him at the prestigious boarding school he attends when he gets news that will change his life forever. His dad has been accused of embezzling money from his company and flee...