Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced

Editorial Review

by C.K. Brooke 

C.K. BrookeI was the editor of this novel for The Parliament House Press. All opinions are my own and my role in no way influenced my review.

Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced (The Parliament House Press, 2018) by R.J. Garcia is my favorite book I’ve edited to date – and one of my all-time favorite novels ever. This unputdownable debut blends my favorite elements of YA, horror/mystery, small towns, a group of friends, and a creepy, but at times also humorous and romantic, Stranger Things vibe to create one of the most memorable books I’ve ever read.

The story is told from the POV of Tommy Walker, a fifteen-year-old boy whose mom has a drug problem and can no longer care for him and his little sister. They’re sent to live with a kind, young uncle and aunt they’ve never met before in the small town of Summertime, Indiana. There, Tommy befriends his neighbor, Finn – a lovable, geeky, and incredibly brave Ron Weasley-esque boy, who was easily my favorite character. Finn’s stepdad is a flawed and abusive man…and he’s also the town sheriff.

Tommy begins meeting up with Finn and Finn’s friends, two girls named Silence and Annie, at late-night meetings in the woods. However, these meetings quickly turn from lighthearted to sinister, as the misfit group begins to unravel clues to a cold case local murder and kidnapping that had happened decades ago. No one believes them, but the kids are in danger. And Summertime holds darker and more personal secrets than Tommy ever could’ve imagined.

I honestly can’t praise this book enough. It’s a haunting and phenomenal story, with unforgettable characters – even the side ones – that I still think of from time to time. If you’re looking for a solid read with an empathetic, young male lead, a small-town murder mystery, deadly secrets, complex characters, and a hint of humor and touching YA romance, you need to add Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced to your TBR, like, yesterday.

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Introductions

NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED

If you’re a fan of creepy small towns, unsolved mysteries, and meddling kids, you might want to check out this haunting tale. Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced is a roller coaster of crazy that the four main characters endure. Let me introduce you to them.

Tommy Walker

Tommy Walker

Tommy Walker

Tommy grew up quickly in Chicago caring for his little sister and covering for his drug-addicted mother. After Tommy’s mom is arrested, he and his sister are sent to live with relatives they have never met.

Tommy is fiercely loyal, braver than he realizes and smart when he has to be. He has his fair share of angst., but also has a sense of humor that helps him deal with things.

Finn Wilds

Finn Wilds

Finn Wilds 

What can I say about Finn? He has a lot of heart but is rebellious and at times acts before he thinks. He is brave because he doesn’t know any better. He doesn’t over think things, but goes on instinct..

After his mom remarried the town sheriff and had a slew of beautiful blonde haired babies, Finn is literally the red-haired stepchild. His abusive stepfather never lets him forget it. This leads Tommy to question if it is harder to be removed from a screwed up home or to be left in it. The boys bond over their heartache.

                                                                                    Silence Harper

Silence Harper

Silence Harper

Silence’s “go eat shit and die attitude” could be registered a lethal weapon. She is tough because she has to be. She’s twelve years old going on thirty. She also appears older than her physical age, and is tall and beautiful. Named Silence to let her mother’s kidnappers know the secret would never be told, things aren’t easy for her.

Silence is a hardcore realist while her best friend, Annie is the exact opposite, dreamy and optimistic. The two bicker like an old married couple. Silence might love Finn, or Tommy, but is twelve and changes her mind as she goes along. She does care about her mother and her friends, but feels the world has let her down.

Finn first saw Silence on the baseball field in little league. He thought she was either a pretty boy or fierce girl and had it bad for her ever since. Tommy also develops strong feelings for her early on that confuse him at first. Even Annie idolizes her.

                                                                                    Annie Riker

Annie Riker

Annie Riker

Last but not least, there’s Annie. Annie is small in stature and often overlooked. Because she is a wallflower, she’s always changing her hair, and style, trying to be seen. Despite being a work in progress, she knows who she is deep down. Hippie-like, she loves her friends and the planet. Having gay mothers in a small town hasn’t always been easy. More than likely the kids sensed how soft and sweet she is and gave her a hard time because they could.

Annie is immediately infatuated with Tommy who doesn’t seem to notice her. She later becomes interested in Tommy’s older and criminal friend Simon, who comes to visit. Undenounced to Annie, Tommy begins to not only count on her, but see her as everything that is good with the world.

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Questions for Casey

Questions for Casey Casey pic

Writers and Wallflowers is excited to have its first  interview with 16-year-old Casey Millette, author of Cursed the Hunter Inside! This book is going to be epic!

  1. What advice do you have for other young writers?

Find a  “flow time.” Set aside 1-2-3 hours every day and get the job done. Every. Single. Day. You`ll be amazed at how effective setting a goal for yourself is. If you`re a night owl, work until midnight; if you`re a morning person, be like me and get up at 4. Anything is possible as long as you work hard enough. In a world dominated by school, work, friends, and family, it can be incredibly difficult to find time to write, so make it!

 

  1. If you went to Hogwarts, what house would you be in?

Gryffindor. Hands down. I`m comfortable with called myself a brave person, willing to make risks, but that can often come back to bite me in end.

 

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?

It takes a lot to make me cry. When I do release the water works, it`s more commonly over the death over a treasured animal rather than a person! I`m going to have to say Where the Red Ferns Grow.

 

  1. What is your biggest distraction when writing?

Sometimes the internet, but mostly my slightly demonic cat.

 

  1. Tell us 3 things about yourself people might not know.

I`m a blackbelt Taekwondo instructor with my own school, I`m passionate about playing cello, and one of my biggest goals in life is to climb Mt. Everest!

 

  1. How did you come up with the title for your debut novel, Cursed: The Hunter Inside? Cursed Hunter Inside

The story came first. Afterward, I took major keywords from the work, as well as assessing what the characters were doing specifically to each book. Having finished the Cursed series finished definitely helped, as I knew the book`s core and what separated the series from other fantasies. I knew the title had to stand out!

Cursed the Hunter Inside from the Parliament House is available March 27th wherever books are sold!

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