I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Stillwater Girls by Minka kent
Published by Thomas & Mercer on April 9, 2019
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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Two sisters raised in fear are about to find out why in a chilling novel of psychological suspense from the author of The Thinnest Air.
Ignorant of civilization and cautioned against its evils, nineteen-year-old Wren and her two sisters, Sage and Evie, were raised in off-the-grid isolation in a primitive cabin in upstate New York. When the youngest grows gravely ill, their mother leaves with the child to get help from a nearby town. And they never return.
As months pass, hope vanishes. Supplies are low. Livestock are dying. A brutal winter is bearing down. Then comes the stranger. He claims to be looking for the girls’ mother, and he’s not leaving without them.
To escape, Wren and her sister must break the rule they’ve grown up with: never go beyond the forest.
Past the thicket of dread, they come upon a house on the other side of the pines. This is where Wren and Sage must confront something more chilling than the unknowable. They’ll discover what’s been hidden from them, what they’re running from, and the secrets that have left them in the dark their entire lives.
Wren and her sister, Sage live in a remote cabin in the woods in the state of New York. Cut off from the rest of society, the sisters were ignorant of the outside world. Their mother always told the girls that the outside world was an evil place and they were not allowed to go past the forest. For the past sixty three days, Wren and Sage have been left alone in their tiny cabin while their mother left with their youngest sister, Evie who needed medical attention. Before their mother left, she instructed Wren to never open the door for strangers. With supplies dwindling down and a harsh winter about to set in, their world is starting to take a deadly turn. Then, late one night a knock sounds at the door. A strange man claims to be looking for their mother and wants to take the girls away from the only home they have ever known. Instead of leaving with the stranger, Wren and Sage make a run for it. But, is the outside world all they were taught to believe?
Nicolette has been married to her photographer husband for over ten years. Their marriage has been perfect up until now. Her husband is hiding secrets and Nicolette is feeling the strain of their marriage. Her world is slowly starting to crumble, but just when she thinks she has it all figured out, Nicolette stumbles onto something least expected.
I really love how two different storylines are explored in The Stillwater Girls. I was left wondering how both stories would converge and while I had my own theories, I was quite shocked at the turn out. Honestly, I had a hard time figuring out the twists until they were finally exposed. Minka Kent did such a wonderful job at keeping me guessing all the way up until almost the end. Quite a few times I wanted to just take a peek at the ending, that is when I knew how much I loved this book.
I really felt sorry for Wren and Sage living off the grid thinking the world basically ended and living in such a remote cabin in order to survive. It is pretty sad to see two young girls and know they have missed so much growing up. Mika Kent has really penned such three dimensional characters with the girls and I could not help but feel empathy for them. I also feel Nicolette was also a stand out character as I delved into her life and that of her marriage to Brant.
While there were some issues with the story, I don’t think it took away from my enjoyment at all and found I could look past it for the most part. Unfortunately, it is not something I can even point out as it would also point out a major spoiler in the book. Regardless, I found the story to be suspenseful and engaging enough to keep me up way past my bedtime. I would definitely recommend to read The Stillwater Girls. It is a book a highly enjoyed!