Krista’s CBR-III Review #20 – Where Things Come Back, John Corey Whaley

I don’t even know how to describe Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. I received a galley of it to read and review from Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program and normally, I think its description wouldn’t sound like something I was interested in. But it was a really, really good read with very few faults.

Here’s how I can describe it in a nutshell: Cullen is a 17-year-old optimist with a very active imagination, living in a tiny little town in Arkansas. Benton is a teenager experiencing a crisis of faith. There’s a crazy man who’s come to town, proclaiming that a rare, believed-to-be-extinct bird is living in the Arkansas city. Cullen’s younger brother disappears one day, and how he is or isn’t found is told when Cullen and Benton’s stories merge.

— Krista


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