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Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast

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From the creators of the #1 podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over three hundred people have disappeared—including her uncle—with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town.

On a seemingly ordinary day, seventeen-year-old Lia Haddock hears news that will change her life f
Audible Audio, 11 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Simon Schuster (first published October 30th 2018)
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Tori Story Limetown is originally a fictional podcast series following an investigative journalist Lia Haddock. Season 2 just started recently. This book is a…moreLimetown is originally a fictional podcast series following an investigative journalist Lia Haddock. Season 2 just started recently. This book is a prequel to the podcast series! =)(less)

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Mariah Roze
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
APR Investigative Journalist Lia Haddock delves into the mystery of what happened to the entire population of Limetown that disappeared without a clue.

Season 1 was sooooo good! I hope there is a second season.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I am a podcast fan, and a fan of fiction, so it should come as no surprise that the moment I got access to Limetown’s prequel novel also titled Limetown I dug right in. Because it is a novel connected to a podcast I’ve chosen to break this into two parts: a book review, and a review of how they connect.

I’m going to warn potential readers and listeners that the book does spoil major portions of the podcast. I've attempted to keep my review as spoiler free (for the book) as possible.

The book

Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Limetown is one of my favorite podcasts and I was absolutely thrilled to be approved for this prequel novel on NetGalley. While I liked the premise of the this story, it never managed to quite live up to the premise or my expectations. It tries to copy the style of the podcast, but here it comes off as too choppy for my tastes and it doesn't quite pull off the sense of unease as the original podcast. Plus, there seemed to be some
Anna Denney
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Unrealistic, however I was still compelled to finish it
Diane Hernandez
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Fans of the Limetown podcast rejoice! Many of your lingering questions are answered within these pages. Plus there are no spoilers for future podcasts.

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 thei
I listened to all of Limetown Season 1 in a day and was immediately devastated to be finished with it, so when this popped up on NetGalley, I was thrilled! The book follows Lia Haddock and her uncle, Emile Haddock, on their alternate journeys to discovering Limetown.

Unfortunately, I think the book is not nearly as good as the podcast. Each podcast episode ends on a slight cliffhanger, where the listener (or the reporter) is just discovering something deeply unsettling. The book tries to replica
I received a copy of an uncorrected proof at NYCC this year - thank you to Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to read this book!

Overall, I enjoyed this book. The first few chapters had me a bit concerned - I don't know why I didn't expect the alternating narratives, and both Lia and Emile's high school days were a bit slow to get through. That being said, around 100 pages, this book really got interesting. I definitely preferred Emile's story, and kind of wish it had just been Emile for the
Calista Andrechek
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley, Cote Smith and Simon & Schuster Canada for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review.

Seventeen-year old Lia’s life is rocked when she finds out that the entire populations of the small research facility in Limetown have disappeared without a trace. Among the missing is her uncle, Emile Haddock. It’s all everyone can talk about, except Lia’s family, the refuse to discuss anything that has to do with it. With Lia wanting to be a journalist, she delves into her own i
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s a mystery and supernatural literary tale, Limetown cloaked in mystery and secrecy, there will be discoveries, dreams lost and found, love unrequited, love lost and found, a myriad of theories and practices, the facility, the people.
Lia in search of fact or fiction of the mysterious facility that conducted experiments, and in search of what her mother had become, and where her uncle was.
The research, the search for truth, things lost, forgotten, the jigsaw assembled and the narrative nicely
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, sci-fi
I absolutely adore the Limetown podcast. In fact, after reading this, I'm going to give it a second listen, something I never do with podcasts. I jumped at the chance to read this prequel novel, told in alternating POVs of Lia and her uncle, Emile. I was enthralled with the plot and how it all set up the podcast so beautifully without really giving anything away. Some of the major reveals were actually helpful in connecting dots in the audio narrative. I think everyone would love this podcast, e ...more
Patricia Romero
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To set this up for you, Limetown is a successful podcast that is both weird and creepy. This would be the prequel to what is on now.

Lia Haddock is a student when the entire population of Limetown disappears off the face of the earth. Every one is just gone. One of those is Lia's Uncle Emile.

There is a lot of speculation about what is going on at what was really a research facility and people are talking. Well, except for Lia's parents. They are not saying a word.

Lia's investigation into what hap
Donna Hines
Limetown Tennessee has been put on the map when 300 people residing at the research facility vanished.
Among them Lia Haddock's uncle Emile Haddock.
Where have they gone? What is Limetown hiding?
Lia leads the investigations into the mystery but she's not alone in her efforts as Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie have a story to tell.
What's owed to family may find it's way to the forefront here.
The story alternates between Lia and Emile with plenty of perspectives and finger pointing.
The group was treated
Kathleen Gray
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Right up front- I'd not even HEARD of the podcast before reading this intriguing and at times frustrating novel (?). Told in dual voices and time lines, it's the story of Emile, who vanished, and his niece Lia who is searching for information about him. Is this horror or sci-fi? Not clear but it was a good read. Thanks to net galley for the ARC.
Paul Pessolano
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Limetown”created by Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie with Cote Smith, published by Simon and Schuster.

Category - Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – November 13, 2018.

I honestly don’t know what category this actually fits into, it could be considered horror or even supernatural. This is listed as, “The Prequel to the #1 Podcast”, which means absolutely nothing to me. I can only tell you that this book kept pulling me in and before I knew it, it ended.

Lia Haddock’s life gets completely changed when s
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This is incredible!!!
Thanks so much to both NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for sending me an eARC of this book!

When Simon and Schuster sent me an invitation to read LIMETOWN by show creators Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, and author Cote Smith, I knew that now it was time to finally listen to the fictional podcast of the same name. I'd heard of the LIMETOWN podcast here and there, but never found a slot in my podcast rotation to give it a go. But that changed when this book ended up in my email box. So after listeni
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Talk about a wild ride. Limetown is the book prequel to a podcast that I’d never heard of. It is a head scratching, mind bending, amazing trip through the lives of Lia and Emile. Lia is Emile’s niece. Of course that’s probably the easiest thing I can explain about this book. You’ll have to read the book to get the rest.

We start with Lia, in high school, writing for the school paper. We start with Emile, in high school, considered a weirdo and a loner. His only friend is his brother Jacob. J
Edwin Howard
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
LIMETOWN, by Cote Smith, follows Lia and her Uncle Emile as the both search for the truth and the purpose of Limetown. A facility clouded in mystery as to it's true purpose, Limetown is where Emile, whose has psychic gifts, ends up as a young man, and Lia stumbles upon it through some cryptic messages and some not so coincidental clues. Their unique bond becomes clear and their purposes become intertwined, but the real question is, to what end?
Lia and Emile's struggles to find themselves mirror
Deedi (DeediReads) Brown
All my reviews can be seen at

Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster, and the authors for allowing me to read a copy of this book pre-publication.
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 o
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
When I found out that Limetown was finally coming back after a three year hiatus with a new book, I was pretty excited. I started really getting into podcasts last year, and listened to season one earlier this year.

I honestly had to go back and research the story to make sure it was fiction, and that I hadn't missed out on a major news story when I was thirteen. So, needless to say, Limetown had become important to me.

I was pretty pumped to finally learn more about Emile, Lia's mysterious uncle
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
On an ordinary day, over three hundred people disappear from a research facility and town in Limetown, Tennessee. One of the people who disappeared without a trace was Lia Haddock's uncle Emilie. Lia is captivated by the mystery of the missing people, spending all of her time looking for both answers and Emilie. Her parents refuse to talk about Limetown and Emilie, leading Lia further into her search for answers. 'Limetown' is a prequel to the hit podcast by the same name and builds quite a bit ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the author. I had the opportunity to review or not.

Limetown is an intriguing book. It is the prequel to a Podcast series and helps set up the remainder of the tale. I read the book unaware that there was a podcast and was delighted to find there was more to this story. The book introduces us to Lia and her family. Particularly her uncle Emile, her father’s brother, who has disappeared under strange circumstances.

Lia’s mother has spent many years searchin
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As I am a big fan of chronological order, when I heard this book was available, I decided to read it before listening to the podcast. This way, I am reviewing the book on its own merits. However, I felt like the book relied too much on the reader already having listened to the podcast. It seemed like there were some serious gaps in information where I had to make bigger assumptions and take greater leaps of faith than I would expect. I assume these gaps will be filled in once I start listening t ...more
I honestly was not sure how I would feel about this book. I have listened to the first season of the Limetown podcast and loved it, but sometimes prequel stories can fall flat. I am happy to report that I quite enjoyed this book despite my hesitation.

I found the alternating dual perspectives very successful. In this way the authors are able to give more background for both the main protagonist and the leader of Limetown. There were also a couple intriguing plot twists that I didn't expect and t
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This novel is a prequel to a podcast, a very famous podcast which I’d never heard of. In my opinion, the hallmark of a good book series is when any volume can be read as a stand-alone without any obvious gaps or repetitions; establishing the relationships amongst the characters, their history and personality with just a few strokes. This same principle would apply here. Limetown is not repetitive but I’m afraid that I had no idea what was going on. A teenage girl who wants to be a journalist fol ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a satisfying, gorgeous read. I'm a fan of the podcast, and I went into this unsure of how it could top the mysteries established by the disappearance of Limetown. And I'll say upfront that it doesn't have the bombshell mystery of the podcast. But it does have other mysteries that are much more nuanced. We get to know Lia and how she became the dogged reporter at APR, we get to know Emile and how he became The Man They Were All There For, and we get answers about how Limetown even c ...more
Becky Baldridge
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Limetown was a slow starter for me, and it took me a while to get into it. It does build in intensity as the story progresses, but there were still times that it lagged. Lia's chapters felt stilted and sometimes convoluted. I felt like maybe the author was trying to convey her thought process, but it missed the mark with me. Mostly, it just felt like someone talking at me rather than to me. Emile's timeline was much more interesting, and his character felt more approachable. There are a few thin ...more
C. Purtill
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't know anything about the podcast when I requested this book from Netgalley so I went into it with fresh eyes. It was a bit confusing so perhaps someone familiar with the story might have an easier time with it.

Lia was a fascinating character: independent, intelligent, and curious but also a tad bit unlikeable and I appreciate that the author allowed her to be three-dimensional like that.

There were a lot of unusual activities, unusual events that had no explanation. I don't require being
Kim McGee
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a great pick if you love conspiracy theories, the Bermuda Triangle or are a fan of Stranger Things. Lia is a budding journalist who just wants a straight answer about what happened to the uncle she barely remembers and her parents won't talk about. Why did her uncle Emile and scores of others simply vanish one day from a strange nearby facility? Why won't her parents tell her anything?
We alternate between present day and Lia's search for truth and what happened years before when Lia's da
David V.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started 10-11-18. Finished 10-14-18. All the members of a secret community of scientists and subjects disappear and for years the mystery continues. A young reporter begins to investigate; one of the missing is her uncle. I had the same feeling while reading this book as I had while watching the TV series "Lost" several years ago----that the writers were writing one episode (chapter) ahead of their viewers (readers), and that they were purposely stretching ...more
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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 FiveChapters, among other publications. His first novel, Hurt People, was a Finalist for the 2017 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Pr ...more