These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant is a suspenseful and atmospheric novel about a father and daughter who live in complete isolation in the Appalachian mountains. Perfect for a cold rainy, or winter day.
For eight years, Cooper has been raising Finch, his daughter, in an isolated forest since she was an infant. They live in a cabin without electricity, running water, and no connection to anyone except an unwanted neighbour. A friend of Finch’s comes by once a year, but the rest of the time, Cooper and Finch live in isolation.
Cooper is content hiding from his past but is slowly realizing he cannot avoid it indefinitely. Not only is Finch becoming more curious as she grows up, but also it is not a sustainable lifestyle. When everything starts spiralling out of control, Cooper must deal with the consequences of his actions much sooner than anticipated.
Thoughts on These Silent Woods
This novel was a quick, moody read that picked up in the last fifty pages or so.
I loved Finch. She is super-intelligent and loves to read anything and everything, including the Ancient Greeks. Finch is also deeply attuned to the forest and reacts as naturally to it as her father, if not more so, which is saying something since he is ex-military.
Indeed, I was very invested in this story about the depths a father would go to when faced with losing everything he holds dear.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Expected Publication: 26 October 2021
Thank you to Minotaur Books/St Martin’s Press for the arc via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinions.
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