cover image Limetown


Cote Smith. Simon & Schuster, $26 (304p) ISBN 978-1-5011-5564-2

Since the Limetown podcast debuted in 2015, its fans have been waiting patiently to find out what happened to the 300 residents of a secret town who all disappeared without a trace. This capable prequel doesn’t quite answer that question, but it does give some insight into the podcast’s main character, Lia Haddock, and her connection to the mysterious events at Limetown. The story follows Lia and her uncle, Emilie, a resident of Limetown and Lia’s impetus for her quest for answers, through different times until their paths converge, revealing that Lia isn’t just looking to solve a mystery—she may be a key to it. 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. Agent: Eve Attermann, William Morris Endeavor. (Nov.)