Book Review

A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw | ARC Review

Title: A History of Wild Places

Author: Shea Ernshaw

How did I get it? I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

What’s it about?

Travis Wren has an unusual talent for locating missing people. Hired by families as a last resort, he requires only a single object to find the person who has vanished. When he takes on the case of Maggie St. James—a well-known author of dark, macabre children’s books—he’s led to a place many believed to be only a legend.

Called “Pastoral,” this reclusive community was founded in the 1970s by like-minded people searching for a simpler way of life. By all accounts, the commune shouldn’t exist anymore and soon after Travis stumbles upon it… he disappears. Just like Maggie St. James.

Years later, Theo, a lifelong member of Pastoral, discovers Travis’s abandoned truck beyond the border of the community. No one is allowed in or out, not when there’s a risk of bringing a disease—rot—into Pastoral. Unraveling the mystery of what happened reveals secrets that Theo, his wife, Calla, and her sister, Bee, keep from one another. Secrets that prove their perfect, isolated world isn’t as safe as they believed—and that darkness takes many forms.”


I honestly don’t know how to review this without spoiling it so I will apologize in advance for how vague this will be. I highly recommend going into this one as blind as possible and just enjoy the ride. I absolutely loved this twisty chilling read about a mysterious commune that is surrounded by a forest. This is one of the most atmospheric and unsettling books that I’ve read in a while that had such a unique plot to it. It was creepy, bizarre, and that ending just…wow. It caught me off guard. I wasn’t expecting it. This was such a riveting story with so many twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I could not put this one down.

I know this one won’t be for everyone. You only have to see the reviews on Goodreads to see this one is a polarizing book. You are either going to hate it or love it. I love it. LOVE IT! I really think the people that don’t go into this one with certain expectations of what the story would be and that ruined it for them. Please go into this one as blind as possible. Let yourself get immersed in the characters and plot and have fun trying to guess what is really happening. Trust me it will keep you guessing. I know I’ll be thinking about this one for a while. I am hoping I’ll get to add it to my re-read list for 2022.

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!


1 thought on “A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw | ARC Review”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.