A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw

Naturally, when I saw that his novel promised some fantastical elements, suspense, and mystery, I was drawn to read it. It certainly did not disappoint! While doing some research on putting my review together, a critic compared it to “falling down a wonderful rabbit hole!” Gosh! I could not agree more!

Wild Places begins with an excerpt from a book named Eloise and the Foxtail Series by Maggie St. James. Based on the excerpt, the reader can conclude that the series is quite dark, but it is meant for a young adult audience. The reader’s conclusion is correct; St. James has caused quite a stir with her series because of its dark, sinister, and nightmare-ish type imagery. Her books take place in a fictional world called the underground. St. James received some backlash from her books because one day, one of the readers of her book ventured into the Alaskan Wilderness in search of the underground. When he did not return home, a search resulted in finding the boy’s body 7 days later; he had died of hypothermia. We also learn soon after that Maggie St. James is missing.

Travis Wren, an individual blessed (or cursed) with the ability to hold onto a missing person’s possessions and know what happened to them. When the St. James family learns of Wren’s abilities, he is hired to find Maggie. Travis agrees and begins to retrace Maggie’s footsteps until the fateful day of her disappearance. He feels as if he is making progress until Travis himself disappears.

This book is full of twists and turns and will keep you guessing until the very end. New worlds and people will be introduced and they are not who you initially think they are. The effect it had on me (and my mom), we did not get much done for a few days because all we wanted to do was read this book and find out what happens. I highly recommend this book!

Published by sarah_rose

Special education teacher. Avid reader. Wife. Advocate. Cat mom.

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