Monkey Farm by S.A. Check
How do you convince your best friend you’re responsible for their murder when they won’t even admit they’re dead?
Ask any kid in Rumors Mill and they’ll tell you the same thing, playing anywhere around the old Monkey Farm was completely off limits. The dark branches of the woods surrounding the abandoned lab held whispers of secret government experiments and creatures that lurked the property at night on both two legs and four. So, it was no real surprise when Effin and his friends decided to spend one fateful summer day in those same woods, one of them didn’t make it out alive. That day cost Effin his family, his friends, and more than a bit of his sanity. When he left town to go live with his aunt, he never looked back.
Ten years and a sketchbook full of nightmares later, Effin’s past finally caught up with him. A little girl’s gone missing in those same cursed woods. He knows returning home means facing his own tortured past, but someone, or something, is calling him back. With the help of the only two people who still believe in him, the ghost of his long-lost best friend, and the girl he left behind, Effin begins a search for a missing child but ends up unlocking the secrets of the Farm’s checkered past and his own lost childhood.