A History of Wild Places by: Shea Earnshaw 

This book was a big departure from what I usually read and I really enjoyed it. She Earnshaw has a beautiful way of writing and it was atmospheric, dark, compelling. I spent an entire day reading this book when I planned to do other things, I couldn’t put it down. I kept promising myself one more chapter.

The problem with that? The chapters were potato chip chapters, short and left you ready for the next one.

How do I describe this? We follow a man who was hired by a family to find a missing woman. He’s not a professional but he’s someone that people go to when they’re out of options. And he has a special ability.

When he touches things that other people have touched, he sees glimpses of their lives. Things they’ve done, places they’ve gone. It’s interesting and this ability of his plays a pretty heavy role in his backstory which was heartbreaking.

The characters are interesting but I was more interested in him than anyone else just by virtue of his personality. The book is split into three different points of view and they’re all fairly distinct.

I wasn’t expecting the twist that came in this book. And I actually, audibly, gasped, eyes went wide when I figured it out at the same time the characters did. I love that feeling. The pure actual shock? It’s amazing.

As I said, the chapters are short for the most part. Except for maybe the last twenty percent of the story but even though those are the longer chapters, they feel like they’re nothing at all because of how well paced it all is.

The book is expertly paced with beautiful prose. I have two issues. A lack of diversity and the way a disability is used.

The disability comes in the form of a blind woman. Due to the lack of vision, her hearing has improved. This is a thing that actually happens. I’ve read articles that say when someone looses their vision, the occipital lobes are repurposed for hearing. Cool little science stuff there.

However, it doesn’t turn people into Daredevil and it doesn’t give them super hearing. This character could hear literally everything, the sounds trees were making, worms underground, hearing things she really shouldn’t have been able to.

Disabilities don’t’ give people super powers.

When it comes to diversity, everyone is white. I mean everyone. That’s unbelievable and it always will be. Writers need to do better. I’m never going to let that go.

All in all, a solid four (4) stars.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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