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Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.

Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods,
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Published May 1st 2018 by The Parliament House
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Candace Robinson
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was first drawn to this book by the awesome cover! Skulls are just so alluring! When I started this book, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I got a whole lot of awesome.

My favorite kinds of books are character driven, and this book had it! It's also told in first person and dual POV from two boys, which was very cool because I never see that! Tommy and Finn felt incredibly real. They acted like teen boys, made mistakes like teen boys, and grew their characters grew throughout the story.

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Dianne
They were misfits, at school and in the one place they should find comfort, home. Together they found a place to belong, in the dark of the night where only the trees could hear them. And now they were about to unravel a mystery that has haunted their small town for years, and it may cost them their lives.

R.J. Garcia’s NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED is the story of four kids who know pain, loss and have learned loyalty by learning the hard way when others cannot be trusted.
Finn the sheriff
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
T/W- Domestic Violence

3.5 out of 5 stars!

I was part of the promotional blog tour for this book!

This was definitely a storyline that I found to be full of suspense. Scary, creepy with those scenes in particular a good read for around Halloween time. Told from two teen male POVs (which I found really refreshing), Tommy and his sister are sent to live with an Aunt and Grandparents who are completely new to them. This is after social services take them away from living with their Mum. In this new
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Gina Urso
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Edgy read with lots of twists and turn and characters you can't stop thinking about. You're instantly drawn in to heart wrenching tragedy, dark secrets and hope surrounding rural Indiana and the darkness hiding within the small town of Summertime.
Rachael Hansen
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun exciting mystery story! First thing i have to say i LOVE all the pop culture references in this book! Tommy and his little sister are sent to live with their uncle in the small town of Summetime. Tommy finds out pretty quick that something weird is going on in Summertime. He just didnt know how weird. Now i havent watched Stranger Things (yea i know im probably one of the few people you havent) but from what little i know about the series i got that kind of vibe for Nocturnal Meetings of the ...more
Stasia Morineaux
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If V.C. Andrews and Stephen King had a baby…it would be this book! And I mean that only in the very best way! This YA novel is a thrill ride of suspense and mystery from the get-go. Twists and turns abound within layers of intrigue and trepidation. I found myself unable, unwilling, to put this book down. It set my heart to racing with the urgency of the story and the characters. The remarkably well written and developed characters drew me in quickly and made me care. There was such a sense of ...more
Mara YA Reader
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-arc
“I began to wait for Saturday’s and our nocturnal meetings. It was an after-school activity for kids who didn’t join after-school activities. It was a social gathering for kids like me who didn’t play a sport or have any real interest or talents I guess. It could become a kind of regular thing with no rules or expectations.”

Speaking of expectations this quote above is what I thought/believed/hoped Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced was going to be about. But quickly and sadly learned that it
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Casey Millette
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
R. J Garcia`s Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced is a story about four friends bonded together by a neighborhood reeking of the creeps and twisted family relationships. Garcia`s writing is fluent and flexes mastery over small-town life, which is incredibly refreshing to read. As a teenager who`s lived in both the city and tiny towns in the middle of nowhere, I couldn`t help but nod in acknowledgment to the author`s authenticity when telling her story – It`s a difficult thing to find a book that ...more
Dave Wickenden
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced mystery that will leave you breathless!

Tommy and his sister are sent away to live with their uncle. As they try to settle into their new home, Tommy learns of an old mystery that connects him. In a small town that holds a lot of secrets, Tommy and his friends search for more clues. Nothing is as it seems and as the story barrels forward like a runaway train there is no way you can put this story aside. If Tommy doesn’t figure out the mystery, he may be its next victim.

I thoroughly
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Gerardo Delgadillo
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 shining stars!

NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED is one of those novels I won't forget--memorable story with memorable characters. I don't see much YA mystery out there, and I think the world needs more of these kind of novels. This book is astandout in the YA contemporary genre in general. I read it very slowly, savoring every word--speed reading isn't allowed here because you may miss important information. The writingreminded me of "Anatomy of a Misfit" by Andrea Porters, another
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Fangirlinfinity21 (Sarah)
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I received an ARC from Expresso Tours. All opinions are my own. This book was well written and easy to read. I was hooked by chapter one. Tommy, Annie, Silence, and all the main characters in the story were very good and had a lot of character development. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense aspect of the story. This story was right up there with a good murder mystery show like castle, guilt, or any mystery/ suspense show really. I like the characters and how ...more
Stingy Strawberries
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nocturnal Meetings is beautifully written tale. It is told from dual prescriptive. Tommy is the main character who is removed from a drug-addicted mom, who he loves. Finn is the other narrator and Tommy's new neighbor and friend. He's living with an abusive stepfather who he hates. The boys also become close with two girls during late-night meetings in the woods. This story has it all. It is humorous and (warning) very sad at times with suspenseful moments laced throughout! All the pieces come ...more
Nick
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to read an ARC of R.J. Garcia's deeply moving story about new friends meeting in a town with some very old secrets. R.J. Garcia spun an engaging tale that mixed coming of age moments with a thrilling and mysterious spin. I was so engaged during the climax that I completely missed my train stop! Well done!
Bibiana Krall
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia is a slow burner, until it isn’t.

In a nutshell this extremely relatable and easy-to-read novel is about regret, dangerous secrets, love and hope. It effectively rips the lid off the idea that any small town is the sleepy, bucolic village that it initially appears to be.

A realistic situation where an adult falls through the cracks and her children experience the fallout becomes Tommy’s coming of age story, as he and his adorable, sister Izzy are
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Dawn
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced is about some kids in a small town in Indiana who find each other to get through some rough times and to figure out a mystery while they’re at it. In fact, the mystery makes a lot of things make more sense.

Tommy Walker has been through a lot in his short life. Now, he and his little sister have been taken away from their mom because she can’t
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Telma Rocha
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I received a copy of this book from the author.

Tommy and his little sister have had a hard life with their mother who is in rehab. She finally loses custody of the children, and they are sent by the state to go live with an uncle, whom the children do not know, and the uncle’s wife, in a small town.

Although this new chapter in Tommy and Izzy’s life brings forth, a new town, a new home, and new guardians, Tommy and Izzy become comfortable, and Tommy meets some new friends whom he connects with
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Danielle Roux
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this one so quickly, the strongly developed characters really had me ensnared with the first few chapters. I loved the small town with secrets where kids are trying to fix the problems the adults seem to ignore. The thing I enjoyed the most about the book was how it captured the horror of being a teenager. You are at the mercy of the adults around you and even if those adults mean well, they can end up causing harm. I recommend reading this book to anyone who is a fan of mysteries, it is ...more
Jonathan Carter
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a copy for an honest review. This doesn't affect my criticism of the book in any way. Everything I say are mine and mine alone.

If you think it is enough when you fall for the cover of a book. That is wrong in more ways than one.

It is absolutely true when I say that I fell in love with the cover of this book. It is not as grand as some, but it is gorgeous enough to catch a readers eye.

But what can be better than an eye candy of a cover? A ridiculously well laid out story.

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C.M. Turner
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who do you turn to when your stepfather is the local sheriff of the town and also your abuser?

R. J. Garcia’s, “Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced”, is a coming of age story that will take you back to your teens and all the emotions of fear and hopelessness that accompanied such a difficult time of life.

Being a teenager in Summertime, Indiana, the fear of growing up is all too real. As a small group of friends in the book begin to discover old secrets and mysteries of the town—they also become
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Sandra Ramirez-Noguchi
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book so much! A group of four friends – misfit kids from broken homes and out of place at school - have late night meetings in the woods where they can just hang out and be themselves. As their meetings progress, they start investigating a cold case where a woman was kidnapped and murdered. Slowly they begin to uncover dark secrets that lead them to dangerous places. This atmospheric book was filled with mystery and suspense. A story of undying friendship amid a small town where ...more
Angela Ramirez
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Some of the stars are long gone by the time their light reaches the earth."
When I first started to read this book I could not stop. I finished this book in one day because it fascinated me so much. The author put so many details into each sentence and it made you feel as if you were in the story yourself. This book has so much mystery and suspension, these are the types of books that teenagers today would love to read. I've read so many books and I know that this has to be the best one yet. I
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C. Lewis
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Give me a sinister tale full of twisty turns and I'm hooked. This book really did pull me into the lives of Tommy, Finn, Silence, and Annie. I kept visualizing this creepy teen movie that has music playing in the background telegraphing danger is near. I couldn't stop reading! I knew something sinister was brewing underneath the surface and boy oh boy was there. This is definitely a cautionary tale. One that just might have you questioning that crazy relative that is always telling wild stories ...more
S. Sollay
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given ARC of this book for an honest review. It may be my new favorite book! Tommy and his little sister are sent to live at a relative placement in the country by social services. The plot is suspenseful and riveting, keeping you wondering what is going to happen next. It is more than that. It is really about the four main characters getting to know one another during their late-night meetings. I almost got to know them better than I know some of my friends.

Tommy is the main character
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Christina
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This YA contemporary story opens with intrigue(like its cover!) and adds suspenseful layers all the way to the tumultuous end.

Tommy is a realistic, likeable character who’s concerned for his mother (newly arrested for drug abuse) and his littler sister as they are sent to stay with an uncle and aunt they don’t know, in a small town in Indiana.

Once they arrive, Tommy ends up making new friends and getting himself involved in the investigation of a cold murder case from years before. The answers
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Erica Mae Campos
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at my blog for Xpresso Book Tours: https://bookishpuffcorn.wordpress.com...

Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia is a book about a group of friends who meet up late at night in the woods.

Tommy, with his little sister Izzy is sent to live with his uncle and uncle’s wife due to his mom having failed drug testing. There, he meets Finn, his neighbor who’ll later become his bestfriend.

The author successfully developed strong characters, each of them having their
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Lisa D.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second time reading R.J. Garcia's debut novel. I enjoyed it all over again, because her storytelling is so good (I also enjoyed and recommend her second novel, The Call of Death, out now!).
If you've not read Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced, I advise you do. This is middle-school, young adult suspense worthy. Young siblings Tommy and Izzy have it rough. They've been in foster care due to their mother's drug addiction. Originally from Chicago, the two are sent to a couple in
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Sarah Helm
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first review so I hope I do this book justice. Nocturnal Meetings left me happy and sad and wanting more of these incredible characters. The story opens when Tommy Walker and his little sister, Izzy move in with their Uncle and his wife that they never even met, after their mom's arrest. Tommy soon meets his neighbor, Finn. They are going through a lot and have this beautiful, cool connection and friendship. I even shipped them at first. The boys meet up with two girls in late night ...more
Dillon Walker
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story comes with plenty of twists and turns and really keeps you on your toes. The characters are incredible and relatable and I couldn't get enough of them. They honestly reminded me of some of my best friends. Throughout this entire book, I was biting my nails, rooting for romances, and crying through tragedies right along with the characters. I honestly cannot thank the author enough for giving me the privilege of not only getting this book for free but for the fact that she trusted me ...more
SassyGirl
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book for so many reasons! The story is haunting with fun and sad moments. It makes you experience the story with the characters who are well-developed. I loved Tommy because he was such a good big brother and sympathetic protagonist. Finn is so likable and charismatic. Annie was my favorite. I was angry at Silence a few times but also felt for her. I was shipping certain relationships and glued to the page. I can't recommend this enough.
Heather
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book keeps you guessing the whole way. Tommy and his little sister move from big city Chicago to a small town in Indiana. However this small town isn't all that it seems. Soon Tommy and his friends are on the hunt for a kidnapper and murderer. Make sure you have a free day to read this, because you won't want to put it down!
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R.J. Garcia is a wife and proud mom. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces. She has been writing short-stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!

If you would like to learn more about R.J.'s break out novel, Nocturnal
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