The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent
Published April 9th, 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
Genres Mystery, Suspense
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.
I am a sucker for any fiction involving people off the grid or living in isolation, so when I read the synopsis of this book, I knew I wanted to read it ASAP. And I was not disappointed. This is the first book I have read by the author, Minka Kent, and I really enjoyed it.
The book is told from two different perspectives and switches back and forth every other chapter, which I really enjoyed. I have seen some criticism that this book was really predictable and I have to disagree with that. It is obvious from the beginning that at some point, the two characters who perspectives we are reading from, are going to interact, but beyond that, I really didn’t find it predictable. Like most thriller or suspense books, I spent a good deal of time in the second half of the book trying to figure things out or guess the ending. Some things I figured out, but there were many that I didn’t.
I like Wren as a character and I enjoyed the chapters from her point of view. It was interesting to hear what she was thinking going from living in complete isolation to being exposed to the outside world. Actually, I really enjoyed all of the characters in the book. The plot moves along at a steady pace and I ended reading this book in 2 days because I just needed to know what happened. I don’t want to give anything away in the review, I think it’s better to read the synopsis and not much more before reading the book. I definitely recommend this one and I can’t wait to read some of the author’s other books in the future.
Thank you to the publisher, Thomas & Mercer, and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book.