The Shadows We Know by Heart

The Shadows We Know by Heart

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In this haunting and luminescent debut novel, a girl's complicated family life starts to unravel after she finds herself falling for a mysterious boy who lives in the forest behind her house. Leah Roberts's life hasn't been the same since her brother died ten years ago. Her mother won't stop drinking, her father can't let go of his bitter anger, and Leah herself has a secret she's told no one: Sasquatches are real, and she's been watching a trio of them in the woods behind her house for years. Everything changes when Leah discovers that among the sasquatches lives a teenager. This alluring, enigmatic boy has no memory of his past and can barely speak, but Leah can't shake his magnetic pull. Gradually, Leah's life entwines with his, providing her the escape from reality she never knew she needed. But when Leah's two worlds suddenly collide in a deadly showdown, she uncovers a shocking truth as big and extraordinary as the legends themselves, one that could change her life forever.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 147 x 211 x 25mm | 431g
  • English
  • 1481463519
  • 9781481463515
  • 1,351,271

Review quote

"Cardinal Rule One: Don't lie. God will know and I will, too. Cardinal Rule Two: Don't go into the woods. Ever." Ten years after her brother was killed, Leah is breaking both of her father's rules in order to escape her broken family, meet with her crush Ben, and see the creatures only she knows exist: Sasquatches. But when she discovers a human teenage boy living with the creatures, everything Leah thought she knew about her family, her friends, and her town comes crashing down around her. Adding Sasquatches to an otherwise realistic story about a pastor's daughter is an unusual choice that doesn't quite pay off until the last third of the book. Though readers may be tempted to give up as Park very slowly builds the tension, both romantic and interpersonal, her deftly paced reveal of what happened to Leah's brother so many years before and her satisfying conclusion will reward readers captured by her sad but strong protagonist and her strange love triangle. -- Snow Wildsmith--Booklist "February 1, 2017"
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276 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 34% (94)
4 29% (80)
3 28% (76)
2 8% (21)
1 2% (5)
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