The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek: A Novel

From the authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality and creators of the Internet’s most-watched daily show, Good Mythical Morning, a thrilling and darkly funny novel about two best friends fighting the sinister forces at the heart of their Southern town

It's 1992 in Bleak Creek, North Carolina, a sleepy little place with all the trappings of an ordinary Southern town: two Baptist churches, friendly smiles coupled with silent judgments, and a seemingly unquenchable appetite for pork products. Beneath the town’s cheerful façade, however, Bleak Creek teens live in constant fear of being sent to The Whitewood School, a local reformatory with a record of putting unruly teens back on the straight and narrow—a record so impeccable that almost everyone is willing to ignore the mysterious deaths that have occurred there over the past decade.

At first, high school freshmen Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson believe what they’ve been told—that the students’ strange demises were all tragic accidents. But when the shoot for their low-budget horror masterpiece, PolterDog, goes horribly awry—and their best friend, Candice Boykins, is sent to Whitewood as punishment—Rex and Leif are forced to question everything they know about their unassuming hometown and its cherished school for delinquents.

Eager to rescue their friend, Rex and Leif pair up with recent NYU film school grad Janine Blitstein to begin piecing together the unsettling truth of the school and its mysterious founder, Wayne Whitewood. What they find, with Candice’s life hanging in the balance, will leave them battling an evil beyond their wildest teenage imaginations—one that will shake Bleak Creek to its core.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on October 29, 2019 by Crown
ISBN-10: 1984822136
ISBN-13: 9781984822130
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    watercolrwonderFriday, January 17, 2020 at 6:51 am55 stars
    It took me a few days to read the first part of this book and a few hours for the second. I couldn't put it down! You know how in a thriller-mystery novel when you find out the bad guy's motivation and it's kind of a let down every time because it was so much more in your mind? This was probably the first book that I did NOT feel that at the end. It was so good! I would highly recommend this book for high school students due to some language.