Author: Kimi Cunningham Grant
Published by: Minotaur Books on Aug. 10, 2021
Format: ARC, Paperback
Source: Minotaur Books
Book Rating: 9/10
Private Investigator Sharon McCone goes undercover to investigate the murders of two Indigenous women in remote Northern California in this gripping, atmospheric mystery in the New York Times bestselling series.
When the bodies of two Indigenous women are found in the wilderness of northern California, it is only the latest horrific development in a string of similar crimes in the area. Despite all evidence to the contrary, officials rule the deaths isolated incidents, which soon join the ranks of countless other unsolved cases quickly dismissed by law enforcement.
In a town where too many injustices are tolerated or brushed under the rug, only a few people remain who refuse to let a killer walk free. But Private Investigator Sharon McCone is one of those few. She is hired by an organization called Crimes against Indigenous Sisters to go undercover in Meruk County—a community rife with secrets, lies, and corruption—to expose the truth.
In an isolated cabin in the freezing, treacherous woods, McCone must work quickly to unravel a mystery that is rooted in profound evil—before she becomes the killer’s next target.
Subtle, forbidding, and incredibly atmospheric!
These Silent Woods is a heart-tugging, engrossing, suspenseful thriller that takes you into the life of Cooper, a former, scarred Army Ranger who, after losing his fiancee in a tragic accident, flees with his baby daughter Finch to the Appalachian wilderness where they live a content but solitary existence, until one day a young hiker wanders across their path, violence strikes and everything he has tried to protect and keep hidden for the past eight years finally must come to light.
The prose is vivid and rich. The characters are complex, flawed, and vulnerable. And the plot is a sobering tale of tragedy, heartbreak, guilt, redemption, survival, hope, PTSD, and the all-encompassing, unconditional love a parent has for their child.
Overall, These Silent Woods is a tight, engrossing, reflective thriller by Grant that was, honestly, not at all what I was expecting and yet so much more than I ever could have imagined, and I highly recommend it.
This novel is available on October 26, 2021.
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Thank you to St. Martin’s Press – Minotaur Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.