In the Dark, In the Woods

Eliza Wass


The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark. 


Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Casper, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.


Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But, at school, they’re still the freaks they’ve always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice.


Castley’s world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father’s grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Just as she begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven. With time running out on all of their lives, Castley must expose the depth of her father’s lies. The forest has buried the truth in darkness for far too long. Castley might be their last hope for salvation.


Haunting, unexpected, beautifully written…. one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Louise O’Neill, award winning author of Asking For It
Louise O’Neill , award winning author of Asking For It

As dark and lovely–and at times as chilling–as a midnight stroll through deepest woods. Wass is a startlingly brilliant new voice, with a can’t-miss debut.

Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken
Kiersten White , New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken


Young Adult / Crossover

UK Publication

Hachette Children's / Quercus: April2016

US Publication

Disney Hyperion: 7 June 2016

Rights Sales

North American: Disney Hyperion
UK & Commonwealth: Hachette Children's / Quercus
Audio: Audible
German: Magellan Verlag
Italian: Il Castoro
Portuguese (Brazil): Verus Editora
Spanish: Ediciones B
Taiwanese: Star East