The White Forest by Adam McOmber
A Novel

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If you are looking for a spine-tingling story to read this autumn, The White Forest will really set the mood. It's the perfect read for the start of chilly nights and colder days. It has romance, mystery, betrayal, suspense, violence, and a quirky heroine with supernatural powers. What more could you ask for?
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In this hauntingly original debut novel about a young woman whose peculiar abilities help her infiltrate a mysterious secret society, Adam McOmber uses fantastical twists and dark turns to create a fast-paced, unforgettable story.

Young Jane Silverlake lives with her father in a crumbling family estate on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Jane has a secret—an unexplainable gift that allows her to see the souls of man-made objects—and this talent isolates her from the outside world. Her greatest joy is wandering the wild heath with her neighbors, Madeline and Nathan. But as the friends come of age, their idyll is shattered by the feelings both girls develop for Nathan, and by Nathan’s interest in a cult led by Ariston Day, a charismatic mystic popular with London’s elite. Day encourages his followers to explore dream manipulation with the goal of discovering a strange hidden world, a place he calls the Empyrean.

A year later, Nathan has vanished, and the famed Inspector Vidocq arrives in London to untangle the events that led up to Nathan’s disappearance. As a sinister truth emerges, Jane realizes she must discover the origins of her talent, and use it to find Nathan herself, before it’s too late.
 

About Adam McOmber

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Adam McOmber teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago and is the associate editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika. Stories from his collection, This New and Poisonous Air, have been shortlisted for Best American Fantasy and nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in 2012. Visit AdamMcOmber.com.
 
Published September 11, 2012 by Touchstone. 320 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Christina on Sep 17 2012

If you are looking for a spine-tingling story to read this autumn, The White Forest will really set the mood. It's the perfect read for the start of chilly nights and colder days. It has romance, mystery, betrayal, suspense, violence, and a quirky heroine with supernatural powers. What more could you ask for?

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