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Nowhere Like Home

By Sara Shepard
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"Twisted friendships, toxic pasts and tangled motives—this is Sara Shepard doing what she does best!"—Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars Sara Shepard's next adult novel follows a group of mothers living in a mysterious “mommune,” each of whom is running from something


When Lenna gets a call from her old friend Rhiannon, she is startled; Rhiannon disappeared years ago without a trace. But Lenna is even more startled to learn that Rhiannon has a son and that she lives off the grid with a group of women in a community called Halcyon. Rhiannon invites Lenna, a new mother herself, to join them. Why suffer the sleepless nights by yourself? It takes a village, after all.

Lenna decides to go and hopefully repair her relationship with Rhiannon, but as she drives into the desert and her cell service gets weaker, she becomes suspicious. Who are these women and why did Rhiannon invite her here? And that is before she learns about the community's rules (no outside phone calls, no questions about people’s pasts) and the padlock on the gate that leads out to the main road. But Lenna has other concerns, secrets from her past she is terrified will come out. When a newcomer arrives in the community, Lenna’s worst fears are confirmed—she was brought here for a reason.

Nowhere Like Home tackles themes of complicated friendships and trauma but all with Sara Shepard’s expert twists that you don’t see coming.

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12 Reviews

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“When Lenna abruptly leaves her husband, taking her young son along, she embarks on a journey to reconnect with her estranged friend Rhiannon. To her surprise, Rhiannon now resides in an off-grid commune called Halcyon, alongside her own son. Lenna's main intention is to mend their friendship and confess a secret in hopes of reconciliation. However, Rhiannon seems elusive, always out of reach whenever Lenna seeks her out.As the plot unfolds, it becomes evident that there's more to Halcyon, Rhiannon, and their past than meets the eye. While a bit lengthy, Nowhere Like Home by Sara Shepard offers a bit of mystery emphasizing on the complexities of adult friendships intertwined with secrets. I'm giving it 3 stars because, although the book held my interest throughout, I found the ending to be too implausible for my taste. I would like to thank PENGUIN GROUP Dutton, Dutton & NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review”
“This story had so many different things happening and was all over the place but in a good way?? Everything came together and was so good! It had creepy moments for sure but thriller is a little strong I think. I’m surprised at the lower ratings I thought it was good!”
“This novel is wild. You have to suspend your disbelief to such a high level in order to enjoy the plot of this book, that it becomes almost impossible to ignore all the elements of it that are just ridiculous. However, I really did try to do that, and for the most part, I enjoyed the ride here. While it makes absolutely no sense that Lenna would pick up and leave her entire life at the drop of the hat because of ONE meeting with her old friend Rhiannan, as the plot moves forward, Shepard does a decent job showing the reader Lenna's motivations for her decision making. That being said, it's such a stretch, and what happens through the rest of the book is even more of a banana pants impossibility that it becomes almost comical. And there are zero characters here that you can root for as a reader, because they are all either completely nuts (unbelievably so) or so naive as to be silly (in Lenna's case). But again, I had fun with this one. I still found myself invested in the story and the characters enough to continue even as I was laughing to myself at the ridiculousness throughout. So, enter at your own risk I guess, but I did enjoy it.”
“I never read or watched Pretty Little Liars so I wasn’t sure what to expect from Sara Shepard. It seems to be a popular trope these days to run off to a commune of sorts to escape your past. This is a decent novel but I felt like so much more could’ve been developed, especially with the side characters outside of Lenna, Rhiannon, Gillian, and Sadie. The characters motives were kind of weak and I kept expecting more to happen, especially at the end. The buildup was great and effectively disconcerting, but the follow through was a little disappointing. It was a solid read though, and maybe I will give her PLL series a shot since I’m actually not spoiled. Thank you to NetGalley and Dutton for providing this arc in exchange for my honest review.”

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