The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent

Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Expected publication: April 9th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
About the Book:
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.

Minka Kent has done it again. I really enjoyed this book, so much so I read it in one sitting. It was simultaneously tragic, mysterious, exciting, disturbing, and enthralling. There was definitely a level of complexity of many of the characters in the novel that I enjoyed. Every time I thought I knew what was going on, it felt like a new twist or wrinkle was added that made me re-think everything.

The family dynamics throughout this novel is very dark and telling, and I felt an emotional connection towards the characters. The writing was exceptional and the story-line flowed well. The story was gripping and refreshing... the mystery of it all dragging you with it. I seriously enjoyed the book and Minka Kent never fails me. Overall it was a very intriguing novel, I would definitely recommend it.

Thank you NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Minka Kent for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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