This book was a very suspenseful and gripping thriller. It merged together two strangely different narratives and wrapped it all together with a massive ‘happily ever after’ at the end. The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent was a captivating book, but the ending was way too unrealistic.
Nicolette is married to a world class photographer, but she feels like her world is disappearing all around her. She’s barely able to hold together her marriage with Brant. Unable to have any children, she’s desperate to have a foster child. Her husband, however, is not so keen. He’s content traveling the world taking photographs.
Wren and her little sister Sage are living in a cabin out in the forest, and they’re quickly running out of supplies. Their mother left them some months ago with their other sister, Evie, who is desperately ill. The only instructions their mother gave them was to never open the door to anyone but her. When will she return? Will they survive with the little supplies that they have, or will they freeze in the frigid cold? Then comes the impending late-night knock on their door.
These two narratives are completely different. It was like a jigsaw puzzle and I was trying to figure out how these two story-lines were going to come together, but once they were, it was clever and the story left me eager to keep reading. It was intriguing and I found myself hooked. It wasn’t until the end that I found myself rather disappointed by this book. I’m not going to spoil the book so I’ll leave it there.
Besides the unrealistic and disappointing ending, I truly found The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent enjoyable. I rushed through it in one sitting and found myself captivated by where the author was taking us. I thought the characters were fantastically well written and the dialogues where charming. I would definitely read another book by Minka Kent, but I will say, she needs to work on her endings.
Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Minka Kent for an ARC to read and review. This will be published April 9, 2019.