The God of the Woods: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Staff Reviews

"A young girl goes missing at a summer camp in the Adirondacks and she happens to be the daughter of the wealthy family that owns the camp.  Adding to the drama is that her brother also disappeared some years back.  Liz Moore once again flawlessly gives us a gripping suspenseful novel with complex characters, a fantastic setting and a brilliant and twisty plot.  This book is intelligent as it weaves relationships and conflicts into an incredible story.   I was totally absorbed from the beginning and could not put it down!"

— From Kathy's Staff Picks

"I love this book! What I appreciate about Liz Moore’s books is that each one is different from the others, all with unusual protagonists and gripping plots. 

The God of the Woods weaves different time periods in the history of a family and the camp that they own in the Adirondacks. Part mystery, part family saga, it’s a compelling read. Just make sure that you pay attention to the timeline at the head of each chapter. Each character is well drawn and plays a part in the mystery that draws you in. Like me, you may keep guessing what really happened and who is responsible until the very end. And the resolution is satisfying!"

— From Sandy's Staff Picks


"Riveting from page one to the last breathless word."—Rebecca Makkai, New York Times bestselling author of I Have Some Questions For You

“Brilliant, riveting .. an epic mystery, a family saga and a survival guide...I loved this book.” —Miranda Cowley Heller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Paper Palace

When a teenager vanishes from her Adirondack summer camp, two worlds collide

Early morning, August 1975: a camp counselor discovers an empty bunk. Its occupant, Barbara Van Laar, has gone missing. Barbara isn’t just any thirteen-year-old: she’s the daughter of the family that owns the summer camp and employs most of the region’s residents. And this isn’t the first time a Van Laar child has disappeared. Barbara’s older brother similarly vanished fourteen years ago, never to be found.

As a panicked search begins, a thrilling drama unfolds. Chasing down the layered secrets of the Van Laar family and the blue-collar community working in its shadow, Moore’s multi-threaded story invites readers into a rich and gripping dynasty of secrets and second chances. It is Liz Moore’s most ambitious and wide-reaching novel yet.

About the Author

Liz Moore is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Long Bright River, which was a Good Morning America Book Club pick and one of Barack Obama’s favorite books of the year, as well as the acclaimed novels Heft and The Unseen World. A winner of the 2014-2015 Rome Prize in Literature, she lives in Philadelphia.

Praise For…

Praise for The God of the Woods:

"Rich in background detail and secondary mysteries. . .this ever-expansive, intricate, emotionally engaging novel never seems overplotted. Every piece falls skillfully into place and every character, major and minor, leaves an imprint."
—Kirkus, STARRED review

"Riveting from page one to the last breathless word, The God of the Woods is about the many ways we find and lose both ourselves and others. This book flew by at lightning speed, but will stick with me for a very long time."
—Rebecca Makkai, New York Times bestselling author of I Have Some Questions For You

“A brilliant, riveting fox-trap of a novel — an epic mystery, a family saga and a survival guide. Liz Moore shows us how easy it is for any of us to get lost in the woods, and what to do if you want to be found.  I loved this book.” 
—Miranda Cowley Heller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Paper Palace

“A riveting tale of a missing child that widens into a vast, acute portrait of youth, friendship, family secrets, and conflicting social circles. Intelligently done, and with a gimlet eye for telling detail, it’s a brilliant trap full of secrets and lies.”
—Douglas Stuart, Booker Prize winning author of Shuggie Bain
A rare gem, an immersive and enthralling literary thriller: a novel about love in the aftermath of tragedy, and about families of the very best – and the worst – kind.”
—Paula Hawkins  #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593418918
ISBN-10: 0593418913
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2024
Pages: 496
Language: English