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Only The Trees Know (Heather Hansen) ARC review

*I received an Advanced Reader Copy through Booksirens

Sensitive topics in the book: Abuse, Self-harm, Violence, Suicidal Thoughts

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Format: EPUB (From Booksirens)


Four friends head to the Yosemite forest for one last trip together. Their friend group had been falling apart slowly, this was their chance to glue the group back together-except it goes horribly wrong when three of them end up dead. Now the only survivor is on trial for the murder of his friends, with strong evidence against him, his fate lies in the hands of the court.

This book is why I don't go camping; instead, I stay in my room and read books about people getting murdered when camping.

I was so immersed in the story I did what I hadn't done in months-I stayed up all night sacrificing my sleep and sanity to finish it, which means that the author did an amazing job. I am writing this at 6:18 AM and I haven't slept in 30 hours, I think. The beginning was a little weak and kinda repetitive, but the book got really good really quickly and uh here I am.

The writing is simple, the characters were...they weren't loveable but I think that's the point. They all had bad qualities, you do kinda root for the main character but he's not a hero by any means. I loved the plot and premise, and the skipping between present-day at his trial and the past in the forest. Usually, I don't love jumping between timelines but this really captured my attention so I didn't mind it as much (not sure if it's because of a lack of sleep or what idk atp)

A mystery/thriller that will make you want to drop everything and keep reading, I definitely recommend it if you're looking for a quick few-hour read that will have you on the edge of your seat!

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did yall miss my sleep-deprived book reviews, i think it adds to the authenticity of the whole thing, i'm not as chaotic as i could be though



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