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The Stillwater Girls

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  852 ratings  ·  330 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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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
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
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
Brenda - Traveling Sister
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
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
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
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
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
JuJu (Julie)
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
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
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
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
♥ 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
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
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 th ...more
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
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I don't need comfort. I only need to survive."

WOAH! I really, really, really enjoyed this book. I didn't expect to like it that much either. With multiple POV's and something constantly going on and happening, I had a really hard time putting The Stillwater Girls down. If any one is looking for a quick read, mystery/thriller type book, this one is definitely for you! 

I think what I liked about this was how outside of the box the plot-line was. It wasn't necessarily out there or something that i
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.
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.

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
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 pe
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,
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Sisters Wren and Sage have been living with their mother and younger sister, Evie, in a cabin in the woods. When Evie gets ill and needs medical attention, their mother and Evie leave Wren and Sage behind. It’s been over two months and their mother and little sister haven’t returned, leaving Wren and Sage to fend for themselves. Their mother told them never to go past the woods and never ever let a stranger into the house, under no circumstance. With the winter closing in and the food dwindling, ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is anything but 'still water'. A perfectly woven story with such well-developed characters that you will surely lose hours at your first sitting. Another must read for me from one of my favorite creative minds.
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Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Minka Kent has done it again. I really enjoyed this book, so much so I read it in one sitting. It was simultaneously tragic, mysterious, exciting, disturbing, and enthralling. There was definitely a level of complexity of many of the characters in the novel that I enjoyed. Every time I thought I knew what was going on, it felt like a new twist or wrinkle was added that made me re-think everything.

The family dynamics throughout this novel is very dark and telling, and I felt an emotional connect
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Raised off the grid in isolation in a cabin in upstate New York, sisters Wren, Sage and Evie have no clue of the outside world. When the youngest gets sick the mother leaves with the girl to get help but never returns. Months later and food running out a stranger shows up looking for their mother and refuses to leave forcing the sisters to escape into the woods and a world they have never known. Then you have Nicolette, a wealthy and privileged woman married to a famed photographer named Brant w ...more
4.5/5 stars

I really liked this book!

This book is a psychological thriller/suspense/mystery. It is my fourth book by this author. I have read: The Memory Watcher, The Perfect Roommate and The Thinnest Air. The author also writes under the name Winter Renshaw.

This book has two 1st person POVs: Wren (19 year old girl) and Nicolette (30 something year old woman).

The story starts off with what seems like two completely separate stories. We have Wren and her sister Sage living alone in a remote cabin
I remember when I first picked up Minka Kent’s The Memory Watcher and thought – wow! This is an author I will have to look out for! As I had hoped, Kent drew me in immediately with her latest story. There is something totally irresistible about a crazy survivalist theme, and as soon as we meet the two girls Sage and Wren alone in their primitive cabin in the woods, anxiously waiting for their mother to return, I was hooked!

The story initially rolls out in two very separate narratives. Here we ha
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ehbooklover, margaret, booksandchinooks
I went into this book based on the recommendation of a fellow book blogger on Twitter. Word of mouth books are the best, aren't they? I hadn't read anything by Minka Kent in the past so knowing my fellow book blogger and I had similar tastes, and with a brief read of the blurb, I grabbed a copy. Going in, I expected a creepy suspense read and ended up with a hard-to-put down domestic thriller with a twist that I didn't see coming.

The plot has two, equally balanced, story lines. The first, has a
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