- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501155644
- ISBN-13: 978-1501155642
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast Hardcover – November 13, 2018
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“Readers will have a hard time putting this story down, even as it pulls them deeper into the rabbit hole that is Limetown. The book is appropriate for listeners and nonlisteners alike, and its publication is timed to the Halloween launch of the podcast’s second season, so new fans will have hope that their questions might soon get some answers.”
“Though this book is a prequel to the podcast of the same name, it can be read independently….entertaining….a breezy lead-in to the second season…its family themes come across strongly and at times affectingly.”
About the Author
Cote Smith grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas, and on various army bases around the country. He earned his MFA from the University of Kansas, and his stories have been featured in One Story, Crazyhorse, and Third Coast, among other publications. His first novel, Hurt People, was a Finalist for the 2017 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction.
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This book was a really fun read, especially for October. It’s the perfect thriller mystery for a cozy night curled up on your couch with a nice drink.
I first listened to season one of Limetown, a fiction podcast told in an investigative journalism format. It features reporter Lia Haddock as she attempts to figure out how over 300 people living in Limetown disappeared into thin air — not a hair or fingerprint left over to prove they’d ever been there at all. Her uncle, Emile Haddock, was among them. It was very, very well done, and I highly recommend listening. It was creepy (but not in a horror way, which isn’t my style) and exciting and leaves you wanting more immediately. It’ll only take you three-ish hours, and season two will be out on Halloween.
The book (out November 13) is a prequel to the podcast and follows Lia as she first hears about Limetown, graduates high school, begins her interest in journalism, and starts to search for answers. The prequel unveils so many more connections and mysteries than I ever would have imagined. It also ended on a cliffhanger, which was very unexpected, because season one of the podcast offers no answers about how the prequel ended. I can’t wait to listen to season two and hopefully get some answers!
Lia wants to be a reporter. Her first investigation is of the missing residents of nearby Limetown. She discovers that her Uncle Emile is somehow involved, which makes it personal. Her father and uncle’s origin stories are told in flashbacks. What type of experiments were done at Limetown? Who were the people behind the experiments? What were their motivations? Why was Lia’s family so intimately involved?
I had heard of the Limetown podcast but hadn’t listened to any episodes before acquiring this book. I had only read about 20% when I decided I couldn’t wait any longer and binge listened to season 1. The podcast is formatted as interviews with survivors of the Limetown disaster. This book starts before Lia is a reporter or Emile has joined the Limetown project. By looking back, the podcast is inherently more mysterious and shocking than the book that is more linear. However, they complement each other well regardless of the order they are imbibed.
If you like mysteries with a creepy scientific setting, both the Limetown book and podcast are highly recommended. 4 stars! If you are already a podcast fan, you have to read this book!
Thanks to the publisher, Simon & Schuster, and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
This one definitely had me hanging on the edge of my seat for a while! The end seemed a bit abrupt though. I am hoping for a sequel.
Otherwise, the resolution just wasn't a satisfying one for me. I hate spoilers, so I don't want to disclose my actual thoughts on the exact confusion of the last page or so... I will just say that I think it is referring back to the dream of another character and the reader just has to connect the dots--which, if this is the case--was very clever!!! Thank you to NetGalley and Cote Smith for the ARC.
Pacing is awful, characters are inconsistent with the show and inconsistent in the book itself, and it’s kinda ruined my love for the show.
If you loved season 1 of Limetown, don’t read this.
Two POVs and two timeframes. Some chapters got a bit confusing, but relatively easy to read through.
Give this book a try, you may like it much better than I did. Maybe because I’d never heard or heard of the Limetown podcast.
I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, NetGalley/ Simon & Schuster!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.