Limetown by Cote Smith


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 forever: three hundred men, women, and children living at a research fac...

Details Limetown

Release DateNov 13th, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreMystery, Fiction, Science Fiction, Horror

Reviews Limetown

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    As someone who has never listened to a podcast before (I know, I know.. I'll get there!), I was a little hesitant to read this book. However, as a prequel, it states you don't need to listen to the podcast to read this. I'm not sure I entirely agree with that, but how could I really know since I never listened to it, right?There's two POVs - Emile and Lia, uncle and niece. He's disappeared in the mystery that is Limetown and Lia is looking for an...
  • Matina
    I am a podcast fan, and a fan of fiction, so it should come as no surprise that the moment I got access to Limetowns prequel novel also titled Limetown I dug right in. Because it is a novel connected to a podcast Ive chosen to break this into two parts: a book review, and a review of how they connect.Im 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...
  • Mariah Roze
    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.
  • Aerin
    When this book came out, a couple of months ago, Audible recommended it to me. I had never heard of the podcast it's based on, but I was entranced by that cover. So I spent the next few weeks catching up on the audio program.Limetown (the podcast) is fascinating. The format, at least in Season 1, is that of an NPR-style longform investigative radio show (à la Serial), in which reporter Lia Haddock looks into the mystery of Limetown. Ten years ag...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum confess Id never heard of the Limetown podcast, but when this prequel novel arrived for me by surprise from the publisher, I thought it might be worth checking out. Apparently you could read it independently of the podcast, and I figured even if I had no idea who all the character were or the background of the story, the fascinating premise should at least help carry me t...
  • 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 th...
  • Molly
    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 some...
  • Abigail
    DNF page 160These people know how to make an amazing podcast, one of my all-time favorites. I am sorry not to find out what the characters actually discover re: Limetown in this novel. But once I realized I cared about absolutely nobody, was tracking all the ways this book didnt follow the things I learned in my fiction writing class, was not enjoying the journey, and was only in it for insights about the podcast, I quit. Who knew psychic powers ...
  • Anna Denney
    Unrealistic, however I was still compelled to finish it
  • Diane Hernandez
    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 uncles origin stories are told in flashbacks. What type of experiments were done at Limetown? Who were ...
  • Brittany (UnderTheRadarBooks)
    3.5 stars
  • Wendy
    Oof, this was disappointing. This is a prequel to the hugely popular podcast, which tells the parallel stories of Lia Haddock and her uncle Emile. Flipping back and forth in time, from the perspectives of Lia and Emile, we learn about Lia finding out about the disappearance of the citizens of Limetown and the events that led Emile to the founding of the city.I was very excited when I heard about this book, because I adored season one of the podca...
  • The Library Ladies
    (originally reviewed at )Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for sending me an eARC of this book!As the resident podcast junkie on this blog, it may be a bit surprising that until recently I hadnt set aside time to listen to Limetown. For those unfamiliar, Limetown is a fictional thriller/supernatural podcast that is written in a Serial-esque format, following journalist Lia Haddock as she investigates the mysterious...
  • Kyle
    A novel based on a #1 podcast is sure to create a buzz, but does this buzz live up to the hype? Check out my review at or by CLICKING HERE
  • Caitlyn
    At times I felt like this was slow but in the end really enjoyed it. I feel like it's really nicely interwoven with the podcast - answers some 'why' questions, raises many more.
  • Loring Wirbel
    There are aspects of this prequel that deserve four stars for intriguing twists and plot development, but I've always suffered a bit of trepidation regarding novels developed around existing podcasts. It isn't so much that the books are poorly written, or the podcasts themselves are thin gruel to wrap a book around. Rather, the books often gain undue popularity because of the popularity of the podcasts. No better case can be made than It Devours!...
  • Meghan
    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 stor...
  • Calista Andrechek
    Thank you NetGalley, Cote Smith and Simon & Schuster Canada for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review.Seventeen-year old Lias 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. Its all everyone can talk about, except Lias family, the refuse to discuss anything that has to do with it. With Lia wanting to...
  • Melanie
    In the years before the incident at Limetown, Emile Haddock seeks ways to cope with his strange ability to hear other's thoughts that leads him down a winding path and ultimately to the heart of the Limetown experiment. Years after the incident, Emile's niece, Lia, wades through young adulthood, trying to understand the secret history of her family and what it has to do with the mysterious mass vanishing of the population of Limetown. The book is...
  • Erikka
    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 narr...
  • Patricia Romero
    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 n...
  • 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 pers...
  • Bam cooks the books ;-)
    *3-3.5 stars. I was offered an arc of this prequel to the popular Limetown podcast series from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review. I had never heard of this series but the premise sounded quite intriguing so I accepted: Three hundred people living near a research laboratory in Limetown, TN, suddenly disappear without a trace. Among them is Lia Haddocks' uncle, Emile. The government is not releasing much information and her parents w...
  • Carla
    'Limetown' is a prequel to a hit podcast by the same name. I've never heard of it, and while only recently starting to listen to podcasts, I really enjoy them. The story centers around three hundred people who disappear from a research facility 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 a...
  • Lisa Robbins
    I listened to the podcast and enjoyed it. When I heard there was a prequel book I was really excited to read it. It alternated between Emile and Lia. Emile's story started when he was in high school and slowly revealed his life from then until Limetown. Lia's story started right around the time things went down at Limetown and followed her search for answers about her family. As much as I wanted to like this book, I really had a hard time getting...
  • Kathleen Gray
    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.
  • Emily Farmer
    I loved the Limetown Podcast, and was really excited to read the prequel. Honestly, the first few chapters dragged a little, but then it picked up and I enjoyed it a lot, especially the parts about Emile and the lead up to Limetown. I think listening to the audiobook made all the difference, and I plan on re-listening to the Limetown podcast now!
  • Sharla
    This is more like 3.5 stars, but that's not an option. I love the Limetown podcast so I was excited to pick up the prequel novel of the same name. To my disappointment, the book took a while to find its rhythm as it went through Leah and Emile's early stories. Although I knew they were connected and new where their paths would eventually lead them, I was not drawn in during the first act.Once their stories began to intertwine more, the story did ...
  • Stefanie
    A fascinating look at the events leading up to Limetown. I loved seeing how Emile ended us as the man everyone was there for, and I loved seeing what Lia is really like and how involved she truly is. It didn't answer all my questions but it definitely felt just as exciting and intense as a season of the podcast.
  • Andrea
    Limetown was one the first podcasts that I listened to and it is still one of my favorites. I was so excited to hear it was coming back, but I thought I could pass on the book. I was so wrong! There is so much background information that is really pretty essential to understanding the whole story. This book is as good as the podcast. It is a must read!