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The Stillwater Girls

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  34,908 ratings  ·  2,752 reviews
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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Published April 9th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Danica No, he didn't have to. He just didn't want to keep eating eggs and potatoes. He clearly wasn't concerned with how that might affect the girls; he wasn…moreNo, he didn't have to. He just didn't want to keep eating eggs and potatoes. He clearly wasn't concerned with how that might affect the girls; he wasn't planning to leave them there anyway and obviously wasn't going to take the goat. But he was a jerk, definitely.(less)
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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
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Really strong beginning, disappointing ending imo
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
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
2 stars feels generous, tbh. This was bad. Bad bad bad.

TW: infertility, hysterectomies, death of an animal, kidnapping
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
♥ 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
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

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
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it

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,
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
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.
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
I really enjoyed this one! It centers around two storylines, one focuses on a woman who is worried her husband is having an affair, and the other on two sisters who live alone in a remote cabin with no electricity or modern day amenities. It’s all they’ve ever known. After their mother goes out and never returns, they are on their own. When the sisters are forced to leave the cabin, the two storylines intersect and things get good!

This is more of a light mystery than a true thriller, with the q
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sisters Wren, Sage, and Evie have been raised off-the-grid in a cabin in upstate New York by their mother. Every so often their mother meets with a man for supplies such as fabric and medicine. When Evie becomes dangerously ill, their mother has no choice but to take her child to the nearby town for help. Wren and Sage have been instructed to wait at the cabin.
Months pass. Supplies become dangerously low. Livestock are dying. Winter is approaching. Then a man arrives looking for their mother. W
Elle G.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
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
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a read, three little girls with different names living together in the woods, one got sick the mother of them went to town and never came back. The two lived alone to servive on own tell a man came, they ran and got help.
My second audio book and i like this one.
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
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
What to do? What to do? This is my fourth Minka Kent novel (all of which I've enjoyed), but I'm very unsure what to rate The Stillwater Girls.


While it's a fun read, I didn't find it to be particularly gripping. I mean, yes, I did read it in about 4 hours, spread over 2 days. But that was more because it's a fairly short book than because it was so engrossing I couldn't put it down.

I think my biggest complaint is the plot just never quite came together for me. Told from dual
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.
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