Waiting on Wednesday (75): A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:

by Lindsay Smith
Release Date:  October 25, 2016
Published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan

A time-travel story that alternates between modern day and 19th century Japan as one girl confronts the darkness lurking in her soul.

No one knows what to do with Reiko. She is full of hatred. All she can think about is how to best hurt herself and the people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt, Reiko’s parents send her from their Seattle home to spend the summer with family in Japan to learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping back in time into the life of Miyu, a young woman even more bent on revenge than Reiko herself. Reiko loves being Miyu, until she discovers the secret of Kuramagi village, and must face down Miyu’s demons as well as her own. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)


I haven’t read any of Lindsay Smith’s other books yet, but I want to read several of them. And this one sounds really good to me because I LOVE time travel and I really love all things Japan. I love the food, the culture, the country (although I have yet to visit), and the language (I took Japanese in college and don’t remember much but I’d love to one day take more classes). And this book just sounds really cool, even without the Japan aspect.

What book are you waiting on?  Let me know, or leave a link to your WoW post in the comments, and I’ll try to stop by your blog! 


  1. vvb32 reads

    June 22, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Looks good. I like the Japanese aspect of this too.

  2. Ronyell (a.k.a. Rabbitearsblog)

    June 23, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Oooh! Japan! Now I'm really interested in this book! Here’s my WoW!

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