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Ashley Elston is my new all time favorite author.
The Lying Woods is definitely one of my new all time favorite books. It’s the kind of perfect story that once you finish reading it you won’t be able to stop thinking about it. I’m saying this because I recently read this gem of a book and I’m still thinking about all the characters that made this story intriguing and amazing!
This story is about Owen, who is studying at an elite school in New Orleans and who’s life changes drastically when his mother arrives and tells him that his father disappeared with stolen money from the company he owned. And not only did his father ruined his and her mother’s lives but the lives of those that worked for him and trusted him too and now have nothing.
When Owen was in New Orleans the only thing he had to worry about was the fact that his friend Jack was always pranking him and how he would prank him back, but now that he’s back in Louisiana he realizes that his mother didn’t tell her everything. Like the fact that she has been getting threats over the phone…
So once Owen is back in town it’s clear no one wants him or her mother there because everyone believes they know where his father and the money is. Owen manages to get a job at a pecan orchard where a guy named Gus – my new favorite character – lets him work. That’s the place were Owen definitely feels better because he’s doing something for him and her mother.
Ashley’s writing style is amazing.
The Lying Woods has the perfect beginning. It starts in a way that made me laugh and then there was a twist to the character’s life that intrigued me and left me wondering how this story would develop.
This book is told in two POV’s. One is Owen’s and the other one is from a character that plays a huge part in this story. I think the POV’s are definitely one of my favorite things about this story because one of them is from 1999, how amazing is that?!
Ashley balanced both characters POV’s perfectly, the story never felt rushed or like there was something missing because thanks to that POV I was able to understand everything better and it was nice to know things before Owen discovered them!
Owen is an amazing character.
Even when his friends tried to convince him and help him to go back to their elite school he stayed because he didn’t want to leave his mom behind. He was a brave character who, no matter the things they said about him and her mom, always moved forward and proved to be better than his father who he was often compared to.
Gus is another amazing character. I liked how Owen was supported by him, he was, in his way, always there for him. He was mysterious and definitely the character that surprised me the most in this story.
I also loved the fact that this story has the right amount of romance!
One of my all time favorite tropes is when best friends fall in love and Owen and Pippa are perfect together, ALL THE SWOONS. At the beginning Pippa is angry at him because they used to be friends and then he was gone but little by little they become friends again and fall for each other AND THEY ARE SO SWEET!!!
The Lying Woods is a gem of a book. This story surprised me so many times when I least expected, there were so many amazing characters that have a special place in my heart and I really can’t wait for you all to meet them. This story is about family, secrets, second chances and love, this is a book you won’t want to miss.
Author Bio: Ashley Elston
Ashley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband and three sons. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a certified landscape horticulturist and loves digging in the dirt. Her debut novel, THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING was published by Disney Hyperion in 2013 and was a finalist in the Best Young Adult category of the International Thriller Writers Awards.