Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast

Limetown by Cote Smith, Zack Akers, and Skip bronkie

From the creators of the #1 podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over three hundred people have disappeared—including her uncle—with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town.

On a seemingly ordinary day, seventeen-year-old Lia Haddock hears news that will change her life forever: three hundred men, women, and children living at a research facility in Limetown, Tennessee, have disappeared without a trace. Among the missing is Emile Haddock, Lia’s uncle.

What happened to the people of Limetown? It’s all anyone can talk about. Except Lia’s parents, who refuse to discuss what might have happened there. They refuse, even, to discuss anything to do with Emile.

As a student journalist, Lia begins an investigation that will take her far from her home, discovering clues about Emile’s past that lead to a shocking secret—one with unimaginable implications not only for the people of Limetown, but for Lia and her family. The only problem is…she’s not the only one looking for answers.

Authors: Zack Akers, Skip Bronkie (creators), with Cote Smith

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Rating: 4/5

Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster, and the authors for allowing me to read a copy of this book pre-publication.

This book was a really fun read, especially for October. It’s the perfect thriller mystery for a cozy night curled up on your couch with a nice drink.

I first listened to season one of Limetown, a fiction podcast told in an investigative journalism format. It features reporter Lia Haddock as she attempts to figure out how over 300 people living in Limetown disappeared into thin air — not a hair or fingerprint left over to prove they’d ever been there at all. Her uncle, Emile Haddock, was among them. It was very, very well done, and I highly recommend listening. It was creepy (but not in a horror way, which isn’t my style) and exciting and leaves you wanting more immediately. It’ll only take you three-ish hours, and season two will be out on Halloween.

The book (out November 13) is a prequel to the podcast and follows Lia as she first hears about Limetown, graduates high school, begins her interest in journalism, and starts to search for answers. The prequel unveils so many more connections and mysteries than I ever would have imagined. It also ended on a cliffhanger, which was very unexpected, because season one of the podcast offers no answers about how the prequel ended. I can’t wait to listen to season two and hopefully get some answers!

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