August 10, 2021

#BookReview: Litani by @jesslourey

Synopsis: The Amazon Charts bestselling author of Unspeakable Thingsand Bloodline explores the darkness at the heart of the rural Midwest in a novel inspired by a chilling true crime.

In the summer of ’84, fourteen-year-old Frankie Jubilee is shuttled off to Litani, Minnesota, to live with her estranged mother, a county prosecutor she barely knows. From the start, Frankie senses something uneasy going on in the small town. The locals whisper about The Game, and her mother warns her to stay out of the woods and away from adults.

When a bullying gang of girls invites Frankie to The Game, she accepts, determined to find out what’s really going on in Litani. She’s not the only one becoming paranoid. Hysteria burns through the community. Dark secrets emerge. And Frankie fears that, even in the bright light of day, she might be living among monsters.

This title will be released on October 19, 2021. 


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review:  This was one killer thriller that I couldn't put down.  I loved the small town feel and this story that made me sleep with the lights on. (just kidding). Secrets and darkness are full on this story with monsters lurking around every corner man this one will stay with you long after you are finished. 


“A riveting and disturbing thriller. With Litani, Lourey truly cements her position as the queen of melding small-town suspense and coming-of-age stories that creep into your bones and refuse to leave. Lourey’s masterful pacing and prose create a captivatingly claustrophobic atmosphere that hooks you from the very first page and tightens the noose with every shockingly chilling reveal. While secrets and lies fester at the heart of the novel, it is Frankie, the engaging young protagonist, who becomes a reminder that humanity can exist even in the darkest of places. This is one that’s going to stick with you for a long time. An absolute must-read.” ―Brianna Labuskes, Washington Post bestselling author of Girls of Glass

“Writing about real monsters lurking in Minnesota’s small towns is Lourey’s specialty. The sinister, eerie feeling you get while reading this creepy story…well, that’s another unnerving tendency. In Litani, Lourey is at her terrifying best. A heart-pounding story of suspense.” ―Kaira Rouda, international and USA Today bestselling author

“Move over, Stephen King. Jess Lourey is a master at evoking the horror that lurks beneath the surface of a sleepy all-American small town. Vivid, consuming, and terrifying, Litani will haunt your dreams.” ―Michele Campbell, internationally bestselling author of It’s Always the Husband

About the Author

Jess Lourey is the Amazon Charts bestselling author of BloodlineUnspeakable ThingsThe Catalain Book of Secrets, the Salem’s Cipher thrillers, and the Mira James mysteries, among many other works, including young adult, short stories, and nonfiction. An Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Lefty Award nominee, Jess is a tenured professor of creative writing and sociology and a leader of writing retreats. She is also a recipient of The Loft’s Excellence in Teaching fellowship, a Psychology Today blogger, and a TEDx presenter. Check out her TEDx Talk for the inspiration behind her first published novel. When she’s not leading writing workshops, reading, or spending time with her friends and family, you can find her working on her next story. Discover more at

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