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Two sisters raised in fear are about to find out why in a chilling novel of psychological suspense from the author of The Thinnest Air.

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
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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Felicia
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm sitting here trying to decide how to start this review and all I can think of is "why"?

Everything was going fine. I was actually loving this book, the mystery had me rapt, I had to know what was going on. It was killing me! You know those kind of stories, right? Completely and utterly absorbed in this book.

And then I turned to page 203....

...the final reveal was so far beyond absurd my eyes rolled completely into the back of my head leaving me unable to read the final pages.

In fact, my eye
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Debra
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Raised in isolation, taught to fear the outside world, two teen sisters, Wren and Sage are left alone in their family cabin in upstate New York after their mother leaves seeking medical attention for their younger sister, Evie. Months pass while hope ebbs away, food diminishes, livestock dies, and fall is turning into winter. Then someone knocks on their door.

Nicolette wants to be a foster mother. She and her husband cannot have children. Her husband doesn't seem to be entirely on-board, but she
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Kaceey
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.5*
Two seemingly different, and I mean extremely different stories running side by side. You’ll ask yourself, how on earth can these stories be related? How are they possibly going to merge? There’s just no way.... but hold on!

Nicolette, married to a world class photographer feels her world is crashing down around her. She’s losing the thinnest of threads that are barely holding her marriage together. Unable to have children, she’s desperate to foster a child. Her husband Brant...well, not exac
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Lisa
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Thomas & Mercer, and Netgalley.
I had.decided.not to request this book for review from Netgalley because it seemed a bit overhyped. I really wish I'd stick with my gut instinct! This story was so disjointed and all over the place. The twist? Damn it, woman! I should know better by now. If someone says to watch out for that twist then I should be able to find said reviewer and give them a swift knock upside their noggin! If there's a twist in these type of books, then it's usually one
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Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 Stars

Two sisters alone, kept off-the-grid, hidden secrets, a women on the search to find the secrets her husband is keeping

The Sitllwater girls captured my heart and I was hooked right from the start and wanted to know about them. I was rooting for them, confused by their circumstance and wondering how they came to where there are. The suspense increases as the story goes on and I was questioning how the two storylines are connected here.

Things clipped along at a fast-paced and I raced thro
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Katie B
I went into this with fairly low expectations because I haven't read anything by the author before and given the synopsis I thought there was potential for the story to easily veer into hot mess territory. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this turned out to be a pretty entertaining read. This is not some literary masterpiece (not trying to be snarky, the vast majority of books do not fall into the masterpiece category) but in terms of holding my interest, I was left feeling very satisfie ...more
Susanne  Strong
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.5 stars (rounded down)

An Enjoyable Mystery with an Unrealistic Ending.


Wren, 19 and Sage, 18, are sisters, living somewhere off the grid in the woods of New York. Their Mama and their younger sister, Evie, 9, left them months ago - as Evie was sick and needed medical attention. Fending for themselves, foraging for food, Wren doesn’t know how much longer they’ll survive, when a man breaks into their cabin - though he doesn’t hurt them, both sisters are scared. When it becomes clear he knows thei
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marilyn
Nineteen year old Wren and her sisters Sage and Evie, have been raised by their mother in a cabin in the woods, never meeting another person, and being warned by their mother of the evils and devastation of the former civilization outside of their little world surrounding their cabin. They've been warned never to venture away from their plot of land and that saying at the cabin is the only way to stay safe. But then one day their mother must leave to take Evie for medical care, when she becomes ...more
Kendall
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I have been an absolute huge fan of Minka Kent since I turned that last page of The Memory Watcher. I remember thinking.... have I been living under a rock this entire time not knowing anything about this author named Minka?!

I absolutely loved Minka's first two books The Memory Watcher and The Perfect Roommate. The third book I was disappointed and was hoping that I would fall back in love with her books upon reading The Stillwater Girls. Unfortunately, as much as it pains me to say that I was
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Julie (JuJu)
Short Summary:
An emotional roller coaster ride!

My thoughts:
This was a not-so-typical suspense. Filled with characters that were so vividly described, I found myself emotionally attached as I was pulled into their heart-wrenching journey. It was a mix of suspense and just the right amount of heartbreak.

This is my first book by Minka Kent, but I have another waiting in my TBR. Her writing style is so captivating. I loved every minute of this book.

Recommend: Yes! Highly recommend to anyone lookin
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Bill Kupersmith
Jul 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
A most engaging and suspenseful read till we reach the final chapters, when we uncover a back story that is so totally preposterous, unethical and unbelievable I’m embarrassed to have to admit I read the book. But even stranger than the ludicrous plot was having a character who had always lived in a cabin in the woods and never seen a flush toilet or a toaster, sit down and read Gone Girl. I’d love to read her review.
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, survival
Two stories intertwine in a shocking way!

First, two girls raised in isolation off the grid find themselves forced to leave the hold home they’ve ever known when a stranger comes to call. Miles away a woman with everything life has to offer questions her marriage, feeling disconnected from her husband and certain he is keeping a secret. With twists, turns, and a fascinating conclusion, I found myself completely engrossed!

I always make sure to put in the book blurb so that the publisher voice is
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Selena
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free e-copy of The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent from NetGalley for my honest review.

This is the first book I have read by Minka Kent. I give it a 3.5 star rating only because I didn't care for the end. I was very excited to read this because I had so many people talking to me about how good it was.

As soon as I opened The Stillwater Girls I was addicted, just like with all of Minka Kent’s books. I found myself wanting to know more with each page as I went and I read this in little
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Tammie
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The Stillwater Girls, a mystery thriller book, was a solid 3 stars.
The story centers around sisters Wren and Sage. They live in a remote cabin with very little knowledge of the outside world. Problems arise when their mother and younger sister (Evie) leave for the hospital after Evie becomes seriously ill-they never return. When the girls situation becomes dire, they bravely set out to find help, landing on Nicolette’s doorstop. As their story gets out to the public, the girls (really young wom
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Mackey
The Stillwater Girls, my first book by Minka Kent, is a solid 3 star: a good read, interesting, but quite flawed.

Stillwater is a forest in upstate New York in which two girls, Sage and Wren, have lived with their mother and younger sister, Evie, for their entire lives. They, quite literally, have had no contact with civilization. There are no cell phones, radios, televisions, internet - nothing. They never have seen another human being outside of the women in their cabin. At least, not that the
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♥ Sandi ❣
3.25 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes April 9, 2019.

Minka Kent is a new author for me. I find her to be easy reading, expansive and imaginative. She writes with the expressiveness of an old soul. One who has seen way more than would be normal. I believe she captured the pure essence of her characters and set them on the best path for telling this story.

The novel starts out in two distinctly different ways. You think you are
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Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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This was a gripping and engrossing read that captured my attention almost instantly.
I really liked the two separate narratives almost like separate stories, originally seeming poles apart but connected and eventually merging into one shared conclusion.
I liked the back and forth style of narration adding tidbits and clues, drip-feeding the reader and creating a sense of mystery and intrigue.
So you have Wren and Sage living off-grid isolated with there mother and younger sister.
When their younger
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Mary  Carrasco
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really great story about Wren, Sage and Evie. Sisters who were kept isolated from the world by their mother. Until one day when their mother leaves with Evie and never comes back. Again, a great story with an unfortunate, meh kind of ending. I just felt like everything fell in to place way too perfectly. I think with a few tweaks to the end this could have been a five star because most of it was well written. 3.5 stars rounded up.
Amy
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5/5

This blurb is weird, it’s accurate and all but it leaves out something pretty big and I really don’t understand why?! So many times I feel like blurbs actually spoil things and I’ve even cut parts of them out for my reviews, but this time I’m just scratching my head wondering why. What they left out that I think is important for you to know is that besides the story of the sisters there is another main character that you hear from in alternating chapters. Nothing is ruined by knowing this,
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Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: April 9, 2019
Genre: Domestic Drama
Actual Rating: 4 stars

The Stillwater Girls was an unexpected surprise for me. I went into this book thinking it would be a psychological thriller but found that it's actually not. Instead, this is a domestic drama about a woman who desperately wants children only to find two mysteriously appear on her doorstep. Unfortunately, with these girls comes shocking revelations and deep seated secrets to come to life that will surprise all readers. I
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Dennis
I've never read anything by Minka Kent, but everyone is always telling me, "Dennis, you need to pick up something by Minka Kent! She's always writing the most twisted mysteries and you'll love them!" The Stillwater Girls is my first read by the author, and for the most part, I enjoyed this story. I would've rated this book higher, but there's a major twist that changes the entire narrative, and it just didn't work for me. I found it to be a little too unbelievable for me, and my interest in ...more
Jo
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great, short read. I devoured it in one sitting. Lots of happy coincidences, but I was willing to overlook those because I cared for the characters. I dare you not to fall in love with Wren.
Leah Bayer
May 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
One of the all-time stupidest twists I’ve ever read, which is saying something.
Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)
3.5 rounded down.

I love Minka Kent - love her writing, her story telling, the way she makes me forget I’m reading fiction, and the way I literally can’t put her books down. I also loved this book.... until 80% in. And while I still cried and enjoyed it overall, the twists in the last quarter of the novel were just too much for me. I still recommend this book and I will absolutely pick up the next Kent book the second it’s available, but this one just didn’t quite do it for me.

Thank you to Netga
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Lou
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bestselling author Minka Kent returns with a story based around an unconventional off-the-grid family living in the beautiful seclusion of a hunting cabin in what can only be described as a clandestine compound where they appear to be living under some extent of brainwashing. I couldn't help but get hints of cult influence throughout which led to a chilling and oppressive claustrophobia and a sense of total unpredictability in terms of the way the plot may have been heading. With books such as t ...more
Cam
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Found this book on kindle..... fiction book about children that were kidnapped and taken out into the woods to live believing that the woman that was raising them was there mother. They didn’t know what television, modern bathrooms, toaster etc were. One of the younger children got sick and had to be taken to the hospital. The kidnapper never returned which left the other 2 children to survive on there own. They finally leave to seek help and learn about being kidnapped from the woman that takes ...more
Debbie DiFiore
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome story!

This wasn't what I expected. I love mysteries and I thought I'll take a chance and I really loved it. Grant and Nicolette are married and he is acting strange. She thinks he's cheating. Meanwhile there are two young girls in a cabin slowly dying of hunger since their Mother took their sick sister Evie to find a doctor. It's been 73 days. They have never been far from the cabin and their Mother told them the world was disease filled and everyone was evil or dying so they ha
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Rachel
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

This 4 Star book crossed several genres; it could qualify as a psychological thriller, suspense, family drama and/or a love story. At just short of 250 pages, was a quick read. In fact, I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in just one day.

SUMMARY
This story is told by two narrators, living vastly different lives.

Narrator one, Wren, lives way off the grid in Upstate New York with her mother and sisters, Evie and Sage. They live such an isolated life that the girls have never eve
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Kim
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-read
In an isolated cabin in the woods, teenage girls Wren and Sage await the return of their mother. They have never lived anywhere else and know nothing of the outside world. But their younger sister Evie was taken ill and their mother decided she had to take her to town to seek medical advice - but that was 63 days ago and their mother has still not returned. Food is running low and Wren does not know what to do. Then a decision is forced on them when a large man forces his way into their cabin, l ...more
Myla
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Stars
"We're not going to die. Not here. Not like this."
Wren and Sage were left to fend for themselves in a secluded cabin when their mom left them together with their youngest sister Evie. They haven't returned and the food supplies are getting low. Wren is worried when it's all really gone. Will she be brave enough to go to the outside world?
"All I know is I have to try... because I'm losing him."
Nicolette is desperate to have a child. And her husband is not keen to the idea of adoption. H
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