The Five Things by Beth Merwood

I received a copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are, of course, my own.
I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for including me on this tour.


The Five Things

Book Details

Genre: Historical Fiction/Thriller
Publication Date: May 3, 2021
Length: 215 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
ISBN: 9781509234998

Book Description

For nine-year-old Wendy, the summer of 1969 will never be forgotten.

Local kids have always told stories about the eerie wood on the outskirts of the village, and Wendy knows for sure that some of them are true. Now the school holidays have started and she’s going to the wood again with Anna and Sam, but they soon become convinced that someone is trying to frighten them off.

When a terrible event rocks the coastal community, the young friends can’t help thinking there must be a connection between the incident, the tales they’ve heard, and the strange happenings they’ve begun to witness. As glimpses of a darker world threaten their carefree existence, they feel compelled to search out the underlying truth.


Beth Merwood is from the south of England. The Five Things is her debut novel. Follow Beth on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and her website.

My Thoughts & Takeaways

The Five Things is a historical thriller based around the life of a nine-year-old in a small town. Wendy doesn’t scare easily but it doesn’t take long for her and her friends to realize something is trying to scare them off. Wendy is determined to figure out what exactly is happening in the woods and her town.

I found Merwood’s writing to be engaging and descriptive, with a well-maintained pace throughout, and great characters. I don’t think child MCs always work, but this one definitely does! This is Merwood’s debut novel but you wouldn’t have guessed it and I look forward to reading more from her in the future! Definitely recommend for fans of thrillers, mysteries, and those who like things that go bump in the night.

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