Title: These Silent Woods
Author: Kimi Cunningham Grant
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: November 16, 2021
Page Count: 279
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
A father and daughter living in the remote Appalachian mountains must reckon with the ghosts of their past in Kimi Cunningham Grant’s These Silent Woods, a mesmerizing novel of suspense.
No electricity, no family, no connection to the outside world.
For eight years, Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, have lived in isolation in a remote cabin in the northern Appalachian woods. And that’s exactly the way Cooper wants it, because he’s got a lot to hide. Finch has been raised on the books filling the cabin’s shelves and the beautiful but brutal code of life in the wilderness. But she’s starting to push back against the sheltered life Cooper has created for her—and he’s still haunted by the painful truth of what it took to get them there.
The only people who know they exist are a mysterious local hermit named Scotland, and Cooper’s old friend, Jake, who visits each winter to bring them food and supplies. But this year, Jake doesn’t show up, setting off an irreversible chain of events that reveals just how precarious their situation really is. Suddenly, the boundaries of their safe haven have blurred—and when a stranger wanders into their woods, Finch’s growing obsession with her could put them all in danger. After a shocking disappearance threatens to upend the only life Finch has ever known, Cooper is forced to decide whether to keep hiding—or finally face the sins of his past.
Vividly atmospheric and masterfully tense, These Silent Woods is a poignant story of survival, sacrifice, and how far a father will go when faced with losing it all.
These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant is a thriller novel. This one starts off right away with an animal death that almost had me tossing it to the side so that brings me to a trigger warning for not only for that but PTSD, mental health, kidnapping.
Cooper, an ex-soldier, has lived off grid with his young daughter, Finch, for the last eight years in the northern Appalachian woods. Living off the land and out of sight is the way Cooper wants to keep it as he has a past that he’s been hiding from all these years.
Cooper and Finch have survived all these years with a little help from one of Cooper’s old friends, Jake. The cabin and land they live on belongs to him and the few supplies they do need were delivered regularly until this last delivery date when Jake didn’t show up. Now Cooper needs a plan to stay hidden without Jake’s help.
As I said These Silent Woods got off to a rocky start for me with an opening of an animal death but once past that I then became engaged in the story. I would put this one in a more slow building category as it does unravel the past and the incidents behind this unconventional family of two. For a thriller read though it does get emotional and pull at the heartstrings too which I actually enjoyed but others may not. On top of it all though this one does have the tension and twists that kept me engaged too.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Kimi Cunningham Grant is the author of two books. Silver Like Dust is a memoir chronicling her Japanese-American grandparents and their internment during World War II. Her second book, Fallen Mountains, is a literary mystery set in a small town in Pennsylvania, where fracking has just begun. Kimi is a two-time winner of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize in Poetry and a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship in creative nonfiction. Her poems and essays have appeared in Fathom, Literary Mama, RATTLE, Poet Lore, and Whitefish Review. She studied English at Bucknell University and Messiah College. She lives, writes, and teaches in Pennsylvania. You can find her at https://www.kimicunninghamgrant.com.
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