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No electricity, no family, no connection to the outside world. For eight years, Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, have lived in isolation in a remote cabin in the northern Appalachian woods. And that's exactly the way Cooper wants it, because he's got a lot to hide. Finch has been raised on the books filling the cabin’s shelves and the beautiful but brutal code of life No electricity, no family, no connection to the outside world. For eight years, Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, have lived in isolation in a remote cabin in the northern Appalachian woods. And that's exactly the way Cooper wants it, because he's got a lot to hide. Finch has been raised on the books filling the cabin’s shelves and the beautiful but brutal code of life in the wilderness. But she’s starting to push back against the sheltered life Cooper has created for her—and he’s still haunted by the painful truth of what it took to get them there. The only people who know they exist are a mysterious local hermit named Scotland, and Cooper's old friend, Jake, who visits each winter to bring them food and supplies. But this year, Jake doesn't show up, setting off an irreversible chain of events that reveals just how precarious their situation really is. Suddenly, the boundaries of their safe haven have blurred—and when a stranger wanders into their woods, Finch’s growing obsession with her could put them all in danger. After a shocking disappearance threatens to upend the only life Finch has ever known, Cooper is forced to decide whether to keep hiding—or finally face the sins of his past. Vividly atmospheric and masterfully tense, These Silent Woods is a poignant story of survival, sacrifice, and how far a father will go when faced with losing it all.


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No electricity, no family, no connection to the outside world. For eight years, Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, have lived in isolation in a remote cabin in the northern Appalachian woods. And that's exactly the way Cooper wants it, because he's got a lot to hide. Finch has been raised on the books filling the cabin’s shelves and the beautiful but brutal code of life No electricity, no family, no connection to the outside world. For eight years, Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, have lived in isolation in a remote cabin in the northern Appalachian woods. And that's exactly the way Cooper wants it, because he's got a lot to hide. Finch has been raised on the books filling the cabin’s shelves and the beautiful but brutal code of life in the wilderness. But she’s starting to push back against the sheltered life Cooper has created for her—and he’s still haunted by the painful truth of what it took to get them there. The only people who know they exist are a mysterious local hermit named Scotland, and Cooper's old friend, Jake, who visits each winter to bring them food and supplies. But this year, Jake doesn't show up, setting off an irreversible chain of events that reveals just how precarious their situation really is. Suddenly, the boundaries of their safe haven have blurred—and when a stranger wanders into their woods, Finch’s growing obsession with her could put them all in danger. After a shocking disappearance threatens to upend the only life Finch has ever known, Cooper is forced to decide whether to keep hiding—or finally face the sins of his past. Vividly atmospheric and masterfully tense, These Silent Woods is a poignant story of survival, sacrifice, and how far a father will go when faced with losing it all.

30 review for These Silent Woods

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan's Reviews

    OUTSTANDING! RIVETING! BROKE MY HEART THEN PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN! I'm searching for adequate words to describe this incredibly beautiful, moving thriller about the fierce love of a father for his daughter. No sacrifice was too great for his little girl, and, unfortunately, Cooper would be called upon to prove this. The last few chapters had me choking back tears: I was already dreading the inevitable end to this tale. From the very first chapter, we knew this day of reckoning was coming for C OUTSTANDING! RIVETING! BROKE MY HEART THEN PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN! I'm searching for adequate words to describe this incredibly beautiful, moving thriller about the fierce love of a father for his daughter. No sacrifice was too great for his little girl, and, unfortunately, Cooper would be called upon to prove this. The last few chapters had me choking back tears: I was already dreading the inevitable end to this tale. From the very first chapter, we knew this day of reckoning was coming for Cooper. I was captivated by Cooper's fierce, protective love for his precocious daughter, Finch. Out of the charred remains of his ruined life, Cooper had this one blessing that made all of his previous suffering and losses worth it. As Cooper put it .....becoming a parent - it makes something inside of you bloom and deepen. You love as you haven't loved before." At the final point of reckoning, Cooper reflects on all of his past mistakes. In Afghanistan, he'd had to make a split second decision - that had horrifying consequences - in order keep his friend Jake alive. Jake had been badly injured when he stepped on an IED. Cooper had carried him into an abandoned building where they hid and waited for the cover of nightfall so that they could escape back to their base camp. Cooper admitted that he had many regrets in his life, but this could not be one of them: That part of my saving his life was a deed that would haunt me the rest of my own miserable days. He was worth it: that's what I've told myself, all these years since. (Jake was) Better than me from the start and full of goodness and worth it. . . . . . . . . . . Despite his many self-perceived failings, Cooper was a good, decent man.** (It cracked me up when he wondered why so many strangers would come up to him and unburden themselves to him.) He could never acknowledge anything heroic about himself; but - as I read all his self-blaming words - his innate rectitude, his humility and quiet inner strength were undeniable. I was choking on my own sobs as I read the last few chapters. If any man deserved a celestial intervention or a second chance, surely Cooper was that man. My heart was heavier than lead at this point in the story. Was it really going to end like this!?!.. (Sob, choke, sob!) It would take a real miracle to change Cooper's fate. As Scotland, that sly rascal, so aptly put it: The thing about grace is that you don't deserve it. You can't earn it. You can only accept it. Or not.. I am an emotional wreck. It is midnight as I write this review and I just want to start at the beginning and read this incredibly moving story all over again. This one literally took my breath away, it was that good!!! If you don't read this book, you are committing a crime against yourself! Kimi Cunnigham Grant, that ending was inspired!!! I'm staggering off to bed now with a large box of tissues (to "happy cry!") This was so, so good! 10 out of 5 shining stars.! My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this very fine novel in exchange for an honest review. **The other day I realized that Cooper's character trait (being a good listener) was shared by the main character in the 1999 movie, Mumford - a fabulous comedy that is also a great social commentary. "Transference" gained a new meaning for me after I watched that wonderful film.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wow! This is fascinating! I got the arc in the morning! As soon as I finished my writing assignment, I dived into this beauty and I consumed it so fast! I couldn’t put it down! I got tensed! I could explode! But I kept reading! Because the secrets of Cooper riled me up! I needed to know how this soul crushing, mind churning, intense story will conclude! Interesting fact this book provided me the best claustrophobic cabin in the woods experience, it shocked me with brilliant twist and it made me Wow! This is fascinating! I got the arc in the morning! As soon as I finished my writing assignment, I dived into this beauty and I consumed it so fast! I couldn’t put it down! I got tensed! I could explode! But I kept reading! Because the secrets of Cooper riled me up! I needed to know how this soul crushing, mind churning, intense story will conclude! Interesting fact this book provided me the best claustrophobic cabin in the woods experience, it shocked me with brilliant twist and it made me wail ! It affected me deeper than I thought! It started as slow burn, rich, complex mystery but before reaching the second half it suddenly grew on me more than I expected. The character portraits are perfectly constructed, well relatable. The tense, eerie, scary atmosphere, the wild nature threatening the life conditions of the characters, other inner and outer threats which can ruin everything they have built we’re brilliantly depicted. Cooper and his young daughter Finch have been living in the remote Appalachian mountains for 8 years long since Finch has been born, a secluded, isolated life style: away from the people, comforts of modern world ( electricity, hot water), spending 24 hours together. Finch is so smart for her own age, knows the rules of isolation. Her father did something what he had to do and contacting with outsiders, leaving their households would bring danger into their peaceful world they created together. Their only connections with outer world are Jake, Cooper’s old and only real friend . Cooper saved his life when they fought at the overseas and Jake keeps bringing them supplies to help them survive throughout winter time till his health condition is deteriorated and their eccentric neighbor Scotland who hangs out with his tame crow, reciting Bible verses, keeping jars of bugs in his house to clean the flesh from animal corpses so he can collect the skulls. Interestingly Finch has also skull collection and accepts gifts from their neighbor, forming better relationship with him than her father has. The first day Cooper and Scotland met, both of them aimed guns to each other and Scotland left newspapers for Cooper as gift. All those newspapers were specifically chosen because there were articles about Cooper telling the real reason why he and his daughter hiding in the woods. The story gives you enough creeps to fidget restlessly: you keep asking what Cooper may have gotten himself into. How far did he go to take his daughter and ran away from the civilization? Is he a criminal, a murderer? What has he done? You keep waiting Scotland will do something to ruin their peaceful life. Or another threatening thing will destroy their life: like strangers plan to camp in the woods! What if they see them ? What if they call the authorities? You keep squirming in your seat, biting your cuticles, ordering yourself fake nails from Amazon and return back your restless reading! The conclusion truly shook me to the core! I was planning to give four stars but the last bomb the author threw into your lap was way too much heart wrenching for me. Tears kept rolling into my cheeks! I loved this intense, heartfelt, dark, sad story and the beautifully portrait, genuine characters! I’m rounding up 4.5 stars to 5 I always a big fan of ominous cabin in the woods premise with emotional father and daughter bounding story stars! I highly recommend it to not only the lovers of great mystery lovers, but also readers who may differentiate the great taste literature among the piles of books. Special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/ Minotaur Books for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    4.5 stars, rounded up I don't give 5 stars very often, but this book had everything I needed to get there. This book has a bit of mystery, adventure, survival, and a lot of heart. It's the story of a father, Cooper, who has gone to great lengths to protect his now-eight-year-old daughter Finch. He lives deep in the forest of the Appalachian mountains, off grid in the cabin of his military buddy Jake. Once a year, Jake comes to stock them with supplies, but this year he fails to show. That's only t 4.5 stars, rounded up I don't give 5 stars very often, but this book had everything I needed to get there. This book has a bit of mystery, adventure, survival, and a lot of heart. It's the story of a father, Cooper, who has gone to great lengths to protect his now-eight-year-old daughter Finch. He lives deep in the forest of the Appalachian mountains, off grid in the cabin of his military buddy Jake. Once a year, Jake comes to stock them with supplies, but this year he fails to show. That's only the beginning of a cascade of events. The deep secrets Cooper is hiding, coupled with the near-insatiable curiosity of Finch, begins to threaten their way of life. It's difficult to write a short summary of this book, because the prose is full of nuance. It's not just about the plot, it's about the way it is told and the vivid emotions the story provokes in the reader. This tale is a combination of atmosphere, plot, and characterization. The characters are flawed and feel as if they are real people in difficult situations. I was in tears by the end, because ultimately this is the story of sacrifice in the name of love, and all of the ways that can manifest. What a beautiful book. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    I double dog dare you to make it through the end of this book without a lump in your throat. These Silent Woods is a gem I almost passed up since its title and jacket art had me thinking it was just another bland psychological or procedural thriller. I couldn’t have been more wrong, which is fitting since one of the primary themes of the story is to not judge a book by its cover. In the remote mountains of Appalachia, present day, readers follow the straightforward, linear narrative (hooray!!!) I double dog dare you to make it through the end of this book without a lump in your throat. These Silent Woods is a gem I almost passed up since its title and jacket art had me thinking it was just another bland psychological or procedural thriller. I couldn’t have been more wrong, which is fitting since one of the primary themes of the story is to not judge a book by its cover. In the remote mountains of Appalachia, present day, readers follow the straightforward, linear narrative (hooray!!!) of a man, Cooper, and his 8-year-old daughter, Finch. Their existence is an isolated one, and they are clearly hiding from society… and Cooper’s past. The writing is simplistic yet moving, and the story is familiar yet surprising. Just when I was ready to roll my eyes in anticipation of a cliched ending, author Kimi Cunningham Grant zigged where her more predictable peers would have zagged. The result is a denouement I’ll be thinking about for some time. In a book club and need to select the next read? Here you go. At a mere 288 pages, even the most sluggish readers will make it through this one. And if anyone doesn’t like your choice, it’ll be that one person who always just wants to be a dissenting pain in the patoot, and y’all can use it as an excuse to finally kick them out. You're welcome. All the stars. (Trigger warning for my animal-loving friends: death of a chicken and deer hunting.) Blog: https://www.confettibookshelf.com/

  5. 4 out of 5

    MarilynW

    These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant Bronson Pinchot (Narrator), Stephanie Willis (Narrator) This lovely story starts slowly and keeps that pace all the way to the end. Cooper's telling of his story creates such a melancholy mood and it fits what he relates to us. In fact, knowing everything that has happened up the the beginning of the book, it's a wonder Cooper can sound so sane and calm. Behind Cooper's peaceful demeanor is his PTSD from his time in Afghanistan, from the horrible things These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant Bronson Pinchot (Narrator), Stephanie Willis (Narrator) This lovely story starts slowly and keeps that pace all the way to the end. Cooper's telling of his story creates such a melancholy mood and it fits what he relates to us. In fact, knowing everything that has happened up the the beginning of the book, it's a wonder Cooper can sound so sane and calm. Behind Cooper's peaceful demeanor is his PTSD from his time in Afghanistan, from the horrible things he saw and the horrible things he did. And then later, from the loss that led to Cooper and his daughter, Finch, living a life of isolation in the remote Appalachian mountains. But, Cooper is a good dad and his daughter has the best home education that Cooper, nature, and books can give to her. They have been in hiding since Finch was a few months old. The other people she knows, besides her father, are a crusty old neighbor named Scotland and Cooper's war ravaged best friend, Jake. They see Scotland from time to time although Cooper hates him and sees Scotland as a danger to their safety, never being sure what he wants from them or if he's going to betray them. Jake visits once a year, supplying Cooper and Finch with all the supplies they will need from the outside world. The summer of Finch's eighth year, two more people enter their lives. One is a young woman who is trespassing on their property. Another is someone Jake met once before. Things happen and just as Cooper feared, their life is no longer safe. Until the epilogue we see this story through Cooper's eyes and it's obvious his love for his daughter trumps everything else in his life. The beauty of this story is not just a father's love for his daughter but also a gift of grace given with another kind of love. TW: Hunting, trapping, and nature doing it's thing when it comes to animals. Pub November 16th 2021

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kat (on semi-hiatus for a bit)

    That ending …. I don’t know how to feel! Before I get into that: Cooper and eight-year-old Finch are a dad and daughter living off the land and off the grid in his Army buddy’s cabin in the Appalachian mountains. I won’t give spoilers, but we know that something happened when Finch was a baby, and they’ve been perpetually on guard against threats to their life together ever since. Now, after years of relative quiet, when an unexpected event happens, life as they know it is put to the test. The stor That ending …. I don’t know how to feel! Before I get into that: Cooper and eight-year-old Finch are a dad and daughter living off the land and off the grid in his Army buddy’s cabin in the Appalachian mountains. I won’t give spoilers, but we know that something happened when Finch was a baby, and they’ve been perpetually on guard against threats to their life together ever since. Now, after years of relative quiet, when an unexpected event happens, life as they know it is put to the test. The story is told entirely from Cooper’s POV, and let me say: he’s kind of a mess, though a good-hearted one. Present day chapters are interspersed with those of the past events that got him here. This birds-eye view of his state of mind and thought processes as he struggles to give freedom to bright, inquisitive Finch, while also protecting her from a past he’s largely hidden from her, made me care for both of them. I felt his loneliness, vulnerability and distrust of others, but also cheered his seed of hope that maybe things could be different one day. Other characters - like mysterious and nosy neighbor, Scotland, whose actions and intentions are kept very ambiguous, and Marie, the sister of Jake, Cooper’s aforementioned Army buddy, added some nice intrigue and interaction, as I was never sure who could be trusted or what impact they’d have on Cooper and Finch. All those good things said, I’m so conflicted! It’s an emotionally compelling story about a father’s love for his daughter, and the lengths he would go to to protect her. How could I not love that? The answer is, I do! I fell in love with this pair, and was rooting for them the whole way. Finch’s openness, maturity, affinity for poetry and budding independence were a nice balance to Cooper’s loving, but anxiety-riddled and more jaded view of others. So why not the full 5 stars? As I stated up front, it’s the ending. Let me stress: it’s a good one, and I don’t dislike it, I’m just torn by the decision of one of the characters, which was somehow deeply moving and utterly soul-crushing at the very same time. I understand WHAT was done - I’m just not sure I could fully buy into WHY it was done, despite the character’s explanation. Other readers will likely find it the best part of the story, so it just depends on how you perceive it. It’s a beautiful story which I highly recommend, and I look forward to more by author Kimi Cunningham Grant! For the record, I can totally see this being made into a movie, and I'd be there for it. ★★★★ ½ (rounded down to 4) Thanks to St. Martin’s Press, NetGalley and author Kimi Cunningham Grant for this ARC in exchange for my honest views. This is due to be published October 26, 2021. This and all my other reviews can also be found at: https://acuriouskatreads.blogspot.com/

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    5 stars! Loved this! Connor and his eight-year-old daughter, Finch, live off-the-grid. They have been living alone and isolated deep in the forest for all of Finch’s life - she knows no different. There are reasons that Connor chooses this life of isolation in the remote wilderness, reasons he cannot explain to Finch. I love everything about this authors writing! The thick atmosphere, the unique and root-worthy characters and their relationships, the gritty backwoods plot, the unnerving sense of f 5 stars! Loved this! Connor and his eight-year-old daughter, Finch, live off-the-grid. They have been living alone and isolated deep in the forest for all of Finch’s life - she knows no different. There are reasons that Connor chooses this life of isolation in the remote wilderness, reasons he cannot explain to Finch. I love everything about this authors writing! The thick atmosphere, the unique and root-worthy characters and their relationships, the gritty backwoods plot, the unnerving sense of foreboding, the tension and suspense that builds thicker with each chapter. I felt gripped and on edge for the entire novel. The pace was perfect as the author slowly weaved pieces of Connor and Finch’s backstory into the narrative which seamlessly flowed between timelines. I was hanging on every word. My one teeny tiny critique would be that the very end wrapped up a little too quick and neat, but I super loved the twist! This book had high expectations to live up to after the last release from this author, Fallen Mountains, which is one of my top favourite novels. I’m thrilled to say that while Fallen Mountains remains my favourite by this author, this comes in a VERY close second. Thank you Minotaur Books for gifting me a physical review copy!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    This book is the perfect example of why I enjoy reading so much! 5 stars isn't enough! Living off the land. That is what Cooper, and his daughter did for eight years. His friend, Jake came once a year with supplies, other than that, they were on their own. They had a neighbor, Scotland, who stopped over time to time, and of course, there were the chickens, but essentially, they were alone. They lived a life free of obligation, free of electricity, free of plumbing, free of outsiders. They live in This book is the perfect example of why I enjoy reading so much! 5 stars isn't enough! Living off the land. That is what Cooper, and his daughter did for eight years. His friend, Jake came once a year with supplies, other than that, they were on their own. They had a neighbor, Scotland, who stopped over time to time, and of course, there were the chickens, but essentially, they were alone. They lived a life free of obligation, free of electricity, free of plumbing, free of outsiders. They live in the cabin because Connor has something to hide. It the reason they are living deep in the woods away from civilization. As his daughter gets older, she has questions and a desire to have a friend. When their friend, Jake does not turn up for his yearly supply drop off, everything changes for them. This book was lush with atmosphere, love, relationships and the bond between a father and daughter. As Connor reflects on his life, we learn about his past, his choices, and what drove him to the mountains. We see his love and devotion for his daughter. We see what Connor is willing to risk to keep her safe. This was such a wonderfully written and absorbing book. I was captivated from the beginning, absorbed, and enchanted by the storytelling. This is a book I know will stay with me. I enjoyed the characters, the self-reflection, the mystery, and the resolution. Not only was this book thought provoking, but it was emotion evoking as well. Man, as it got to the end, I was so worried and anxious waiting to see how things would end. The author did a tremendous job of having readers feel for the characters. I was invested in what was happening and what I thought was going to happen. This one packs a punch and left me so very happy that chose to read this wonderful book. This is a perfect fall/winter read. Gripping, Atmospheric and heartfelt. Thank you to St. Martin's Press, Minotaur books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    You’ve probably noticed all the five-star reviews for this book by now. And naturally, you’re wondering…does it really live up to all that hype? One word. YES! It deserves all the stars and praise it’s been receiving. How far would you go to protect your family? Cooper, a decorated Army Ranger had difficulty readjusting to civilian life once back home stateside. Suffering from PTSD, he managed his day to day struggles by putting one foot in front of the other, hoping to keep the nightmares at bay. C You’ve probably noticed all the five-star reviews for this book by now. And naturally, you’re wondering…does it really live up to all that hype? One word. YES! It deserves all the stars and praise it’s been receiving. How far would you go to protect your family? Cooper, a decorated Army Ranger had difficulty readjusting to civilian life once back home stateside. Suffering from PTSD, he managed his day to day struggles by putting one foot in front of the other, hoping to keep the nightmares at bay. Cooper has been raising his daughter Finch in a remote mountain cabin. More or less an island of two, managing to shut the outside world out for 8 years. So secluded, only two people are aware of them at all. The nosy neighbor Scotland, who Cooper can’t bring himself to trust. And Jake, Cooper’s best friend and war buddy who brings them supplies on the same day each year. This year, Jake didn’t show up. But someone else did… Now Cooper’s private world is at risk. Can Cooper keep Finch safe? Or are all his secrets about to be exposed. WOW! What an incredibly thought provoking book about love, family, friendship and sacrifice. I adored Cooper and his desperate struggles to be a good man while fighting back his military demons. And Finch stole my heart in her innocence and wonder. Beautifully written. I highly recommend. A buddy read with Susanne. Posted to: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Thank you to Goodreads and Minotaur Books

  10. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Erwin

    Update: This was by far the best book I’ve read in 2021! It has stuck with me and I find myself thinking about it often. I just pre-ordered 3 copies for Christmas gifts! It comes out November 17th, 2021! Add it to your TBR list now. You have to read this one!! WOW!! I am completely blown away!! These Silent Woods the best book I’ve read in a long time! I could not put it down!! I was hooked from the beginning and devoured it quickly. The best part of this book was the ending, which I did not see Update: This was by far the best book I’ve read in 2021! It has stuck with me and I find myself thinking about it often. I just pre-ordered 3 copies for Christmas gifts! It comes out November 17th, 2021! Add it to your TBR list now. You have to read this one!! WOW!! I am completely blown away!! These Silent Woods the best book I’ve read in a long time! I could not put it down!! I was hooked from the beginning and devoured it quickly. The best part of this book was the ending, which I did not see coming! Totally unexpected and so bittersweet. I shed so many tears! This book really hit me hard in the feelings. Add this to your TBR list now, it is amazing! Thank you to Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC of this book in return for my honest review!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A soldier.......in a place faraway. This one gutted me. Up-ended me in its telling. These Silent Woods scratches at those places in the heart that are sacred. Those dark corners in which we only allow those who hear the same hymn of humanity that we do. That not everything in this world is plainly black and white or can be explained with the given words of others. And the admitting that love is complicated from start to finish. It's as personal as the breath we breathe. Kenny Morrison is one of te A soldier.......in a place faraway. This one gutted me. Up-ended me in its telling. These Silent Woods scratches at those places in the heart that are sacred. Those dark corners in which we only allow those who hear the same hymn of humanity that we do. That not everything in this world is plainly black and white or can be explained with the given words of others. And the admitting that love is complicated from start to finish. It's as personal as the breath we breathe. Kenny Morrison is one of tens of thousands of nineteen year olds who stepped forward to serve his country much like those similar in the Vietnam War. His life was typical in youth when there are not a lot of avenues for those born with limited finances and expectations. Kenny served three tours in Kabul, Afghanistan finishing well in Ranger School during the "War On Terror". But like Vietnam Vets, Kenny experienced the unspeakable. His mind wrestled with his thoughts. The visuals swam back and forth inside his head. Surely, he suffered from PTSD, but like all the others, you swallowed it down. Upon returning stateside, Kenny connected with his high school sweetheart, Cindy. They both existed at different ends of the tangent. Cindy's parents were wealthy and Kenny's mother abandoned him as a child. But they clung together and the result was their infant daughter, Grace Elizabeth. And here's where the story escalates as Kenny runs off with his daughter after Cindy's death. Her parents aimed to take the baby away from him. Kenny now known as "Cooper" and Grace is known as "Finch". They take refuge in a cabin in the Appalachian mountains owned by his fellow military friend, Jake. We will come to know the hardships that face both father and daughter through these years. The only neighbor they have is Scotland who checks on them occasionally. Cooper vows to never reveal their past. Kimi Cunningham Grant is a gifted writer. She has an uncanny way of keeping her finger on the pulse of these individual characters. We will feel "the shift" that is happening as the years go by and the adjustments that must be made to keep Finch safe. The father/daughter relationship is a solid one even though Cooper has not much of a blueprint of what a family actually may be. And when others intrude in this forest hideaway, decisions must be made under heartrendering circumstances. Don't miss this one. It's not just a read but an experience. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Minotaur Books and to Kimi Cunningham Grant for the opportunity.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant is a suspenseful and atmospheric novel about a father and daughter who live in complete isolation in the Appalachian mountains. Perfect for a cold rainy, or winter day. For eight years, Cooper has been raising Finch, his daughter, in an isolated forest since she was an infant. They live in a cabin without electricity, running water, and no connection to anyone except an unwanted neighbour. A friend of Finch's comes by once a year, but the rest of the ti These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant is a suspenseful and atmospheric novel about a father and daughter who live in complete isolation in the Appalachian mountains. Perfect for a cold rainy, or winter day. For eight years, Cooper has been raising Finch, his daughter, in an isolated forest since she was an infant. They live in a cabin without electricity, running water, and no connection to anyone except an unwanted neighbour. A friend of Finch's comes by once a year, but the rest of the time, Cooper and Finch live in isolation. Cooper is content hiding from his past but is slowly realizing he cannot avoid it indefinitely. Not only is Finch becoming more curious as she grows up, but also it is not a sustainable lifestyle. When everything starts spiralling out of control, Cooper must deal with the consequences of his actions much sooner than anticipated. This novel was a quick, moody read that picked up in the last fifty pages or so. I loved Finch. She is super-intelligent and loves to read anything and everything, including the Ancient Greeks. Finch is also deeply attuned to the forest and reacts as naturally to it as her father, if not more so, which is saying something since he is ex-military. Indeed, I was very invested in this story about the depths a father would go to when faced with losing everything he holds dear. Thank you to Minotaur Books/St Martin's Press for the arc via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinions.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Kimi Cunningham Grant has written another beautiful, character rich story. Cooper left his old life 8 years ago after the death of his girlfriend. He and his now 8 year old daughter, Finch, are hiding out in the Appalachian mountains. Grant paints the forest and their life in such a way that you can picture every scene. It’s a quiet, simple life, without any of the frills we have in the “civilized” world. They only see two other people. Jake is Cooper’s ex- military buddy who owns the cabin they Kimi Cunningham Grant has written another beautiful, character rich story. Cooper left his old life 8 years ago after the death of his girlfriend. He and his now 8 year old daughter, Finch, are hiding out in the Appalachian mountains. Grant paints the forest and their life in such a way that you can picture every scene. It’s a quiet, simple life, without any of the frills we have in the “civilized” world. They only see two other people. Jake is Cooper’s ex- military buddy who owns the cabin they live in. And Scotland is their weird neighbor. This isn’t a fast paced mystery. It’s more of a suspenseful story, wondering first why Cooper left and then how long their life can continue before they’re found out, especially when a young woman encroaches on their space. There’s an underlying sense of tension throughout the story. I felt for both Cooper and Finch, for very different reasons. Cooper has made some bad decisions and boxed himself into a corner. Finch is so young and trusting with the high moral certitude of the young. And then they are faced with a moral dilemma. The ending was perfect as it explores what we will do for those we love. My thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advance copy of this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    KaY

    Oh, you got me Kimi Cunningham Grant!! I was so sure this is a 3-3.5 star book, and she brought me to tears just before the book ends. A very small cast of characters, Cooper and his eight-year-old daughter, Finch live off the grid in an Army friend's (Jake) remote cabin in the Appalachian mountains. Jake delivers supplies on an annual basis. They have a creepy neighbor, Scotland. Cooper has PTSD from his deployment in Afghanistan and resulted in panic attacks from time to time. It's very sad wh Oh, you got me Kimi Cunningham Grant!! I was so sure this is a 3-3.5 star book, and she brought me to tears just before the book ends. A very small cast of characters, Cooper and his eight-year-old daughter, Finch live off the grid in an Army friend's (Jake) remote cabin in the Appalachian mountains. Jake delivers supplies on an annual basis. They have a creepy neighbor, Scotland. Cooper has PTSD from his deployment in Afghanistan and resulted in panic attacks from time to time. It's very sad when Finch has to witness these episodes. I enjoy their simple daily life in the wild. I won't spoil you with why they are living in the deep forest, but this is a thriller worth reading. I started with reading this book on a kindle and really enjoyed it. Hooked. But with a hectic schedule, I switched to listening for the remainder of the book and have to admit I have moments where I was bored. I would recommend reading this one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    A favorite, perfect for fall reading. leaves 🍁 🍁 🍁 🍁 🍁 Kimi Cummingham Grant’s Fallen Mountains is another favorite of mine. Grant is the queen of atmospheric stories. These Silent Woods is set deep in the Appalachian mountains. Cooper and his daughter Finch live in a remote cabin with no electricity. Why? Because Cooper is hiding. Finch is an avid reader, and she starts asking questions and is seeking more freedom. Only two people know their location, and when one doesn’t arrive with their supp A favorite, perfect for fall reading. leaves 🍁 🍁 🍁 🍁 🍁 Kimi Cummingham Grant’s Fallen Mountains is another favorite of mine. Grant is the queen of atmospheric stories. These Silent Woods is set deep in the Appalachian mountains. Cooper and his daughter Finch live in a remote cabin with no electricity. Why? Because Cooper is hiding. Finch is an avid reader, and she starts asking questions and is seeking more freedom. Only two people know their location, and when one doesn’t arrive with their supplies, things erupt quickly. A stranger moves into the woods, and that only adds fuel to the fire. The tension builds from the very first page. Full of emotion and masterful storytelling, I absolutely loved this book. Thank you to the author for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  16. 5 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    These Silent Woods is a phenomenal story of a father and daughter, living off the grid in the Appalachians, that I will not soon forget! It's one of those stories written so exceptionally well that it felt like one of those beloved classics we are forced to read while in school. The story revolves around Cooper, who is a veteran with PTSD, and his eight-year-old daughter Finch, who have lived in his friend’s cabin since Finch was a toddler. They live a life of simplicity and isolation, which is These Silent Woods is a phenomenal story of a father and daughter, living off the grid in the Appalachians, that I will not soon forget! It's one of those stories written so exceptionally well that it felt like one of those beloved classics we are forced to read while in school. The story revolves around Cooper, who is a veteran with PTSD, and his eight-year-old daughter Finch, who have lived in his friend’s cabin since Finch was a toddler. They live a life of simplicity and isolation, which is exactly how Cooper wants it. You see, Cooper did something eight years earlier that forced him into hiding. Nobody knows where he and Finch are, except Jake, a fellow veteran and owner of the cabin, and his neighbor, a local hermit named Scotland. Jake makes the 9-hour journey to the cabin annually, providing them with enough supplies to last the year, until this year when he doesn’t show. Knowing exactly what this means, Cooper is forced to make the journey for supplies on his own, risking exposure. To add further complication, a local wildlife photographer wanders into their woods and then inexplicably disappears, leading to multiple search parties in the cabin’s immediate area. As the investigation into the young woman's disappearance intensifies, and the tension escalates, leading Cooper to make a life-altering decision. A heartbreaking, sacrificial decision he’s been dreading for eight long years. What is it that Cooper is hiding???!! Talk about a richly atmospheric, compulsively readable, suspenseful mystery!! I could not put this book down the final 100 pages! It’s one of those books you know will leave you gutted, and you dread finishing because of it, yet must keep reading because you just must know how it all unfolds – I LOVED it!! By the conclusion of this novel, I realized I had fallen in love with all the wonderfully fleshed-out characters, especially, and surprisingly, Scotland! Talk about an intriguing, complex character. If I'd have to give any critique, I'd say I wish Scotland's character were given a voice - every scene he was in was entertaining, to say the least! To give others some idea, if I had to compare this to a recent novel, I would say it reads like a favorite of mine, Where the Crawdads Sing, which is an incredible feat in itself! This will undoubtedly and undeniably go down as one of my top five best reads of the year, hands-down!! This probably goes without saying, but I’m a new fan of Kimi Cunningham Grant’s – it’s insane this was her debut! I’m on pins and needles in anticipation of her next release!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dem

    An enjoyable novel set in the remote Appalachian Mountains. I enjoyed the setting of the novel and the sense of time and place, the plot was suspenseful and entertaining and kept me interested throughout, having said that there were a couple of happenings in the novel that I just didn’t find believable hence my 3 star rating as opposed to 4. Firstly I have to admit I was completely drawn in by the stunning cover of this book. I really enjoyed the Father / daughter relationship and understood Coo An enjoyable novel set in the remote Appalachian Mountains. I enjoyed the setting of the novel and the sense of time and place, the plot was suspenseful and entertaining and kept me interested throughout, having said that there were a couple of happenings in the novel that I just didn’t find believable hence my 3 star rating as opposed to 4. Firstly I have to admit I was completely drawn in by the stunning cover of this book. I really enjoyed the Father / daughter relationship and understood Coopers reasons for bolting. I loved the slow pace of the story and it helped connect with the remote setting and of the novel. The characters were interesting and vivid and came alive in the book. However for me there were a couple of happenings in the story that didn't feel believable and I struggled with the ending of the novel. An enjoyable read but not a book for my real life bookshelf.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    4.5 Stars ’I am larger, better than I thought, I did not know I held so much goodness.’ -- Walt Whitman Set in the remote regions of the Appalachian mountains, Cooper and his daughter, Finch, have lived in these woods for eight years as this story begins. Cooper, a war veteran with a history of PTSD, has a secret about his past that he is hiding from Finch, who was just an infant when her mother died shortly after Finch was born, a car accident that took her life. There is an older neighbor nearb 4.5 Stars ’I am larger, better than I thought, I did not know I held so much goodness.’ -- Walt Whitman Set in the remote regions of the Appalachian mountains, Cooper and his daughter, Finch, have lived in these woods for eight years as this story begins. Cooper, a war veteran with a history of PTSD, has a secret about his past that he is hiding from Finch, who was just an infant when her mother died shortly after Finch was born, a car accident that took her life. There is an older neighbor nearby, who goes by Scotland, one who Cooper doesn’t trust - and who would, the way he arrives without a sound warning them that an intruder is on the property. Property that doesn’t technically belong to them, but to the family of a friend of Cooper’s from the war, Jake, who tells him he is welcome to stay there as long as he needs. It is a simple life, devoid of things we take for granted, family and friends, although they do not yearn for more than they have. They have enough to eat, chickens to raise, books for Finch to read, and woods to protect them from the world. For Cooper, to hide from the past. Until one year, after losing two of their chickens, Jake doesn’t arrive, as he has every year before, to deliver their annual food and supplies. He is forced to go to a Walmart far enough away and early enough in the day not to be crowded, not to be noticed. But Finch is now old enough to question why her father won’t take her into stores, leaving her hiding under covers in the back seat while he shops. Out in the woods, hunting, they hear a noise, and then a voice. The voice of a girl, not a child but not quite a woman yet, taking photographs in the woods nearby. Finch becomes obsessed with her, creating her own fairy tale for this elusive young woman. To Finch, she is a princess trying to escape the confines of her life, to know what lies beyond the gates of her kingdom. Soon, she begins to wander through the woods despite her father’s warnings, putting their fragile life into danger. Soon, Finch isn’t the only one obsessed with this young woman. Her family has been searching for her, and the search for her begins in the woods that surround the home where Cooper thought they were safe from those who could take it all away. He must make a decision, to continue to hide from his past, or to finally expose his past to Finch and the world, and face the consequences. While there is an atmosphere of tension and suspense as this story, especially as this story draws to a close, I wouldn’t classify this as a thriller. It is, however, a heartfelt story of sacrifice, a father whose love for his daughter is strong enough to forsake his own happiness to ensure hers. Published: 16 Nov 2021 Many thanks for the ARC provided by St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Talk about an emotional and atmospheric read that left me with a huge book hangover. It's been a while since a book has made me cry as much as this one did. I was truly immersed in this story from start to finish, and I felt like I was deep in the Appalachian woods with Finch and Cooper. There is just so much to love about this book. The writing is taut with tension that gradually builds throughout the story. I absolutely adored Finch and Cooper as well as their interactions with each other. Coo Talk about an emotional and atmospheric read that left me with a huge book hangover. It's been a while since a book has made me cry as much as this one did. I was truly immersed in this story from start to finish, and I felt like I was deep in the Appalachian woods with Finch and Cooper. There is just so much to love about this book. The writing is taut with tension that gradually builds throughout the story. I absolutely adored Finch and Cooper as well as their interactions with each other. Cooper's PTSD was portrayed realistically and his anxiety was palpable. I do wish more would have been shared about Scotland's past since I found him to be such an interesting character. Once again, I recommend skipping the synopsis. The audiobook is wonderfully narrated by Bronson Pinchot. Now that I've devoured this story, I don’t want it to be over. I just want to crawl back inside this book and hang out with Finch and Cooper a little longer. This will be one that I actually purchase for my bookshelf to reread at a later date. I could ramble on, but the bottom line is that I loved this book. 5 stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    JaymeO

    “There is a word for such unmerited favor. That word is ‘Grace.’ The thing about grace is that you don’t deserve it. You can’t earn it. You can only accept it. Or not.” Cooper, a war veteran dealing with PTSD, has been raising his daughter Finch in a remote cabin in the Appalachian woods for eight years. No one knows where they are except for his friend Jake, who brings supplies once a year, and a mysterious man named Scotland, who pops by unannounced when he least expects it. When Jake doesn’t s “There is a word for such unmerited favor. That word is ‘Grace.’ The thing about grace is that you don’t deserve it. You can’t earn it. You can only accept it. Or not.” Cooper, a war veteran dealing with PTSD, has been raising his daughter Finch in a remote cabin in the Appalachian woods for eight years. No one knows where they are except for his friend Jake, who brings supplies once a year, and a mysterious man named Scotland, who pops by unannounced when he least expects it. When Jake doesn’t show up with supplies and they see a strange woman wandering the woods, Cooper realizes that their lives are about to be turned upside down. Soon, Jake is confronted with a very difficult choice. Should he continue hiding or face the consequences of what he did all those years ago? These Silent Woods is definitely not an edge of your seat type of thriller. In fact, it is more of a slow burn story with a pinch of suspense. Typically, this is not my favorite type of read, but I was pleasantly surprised with how invested I was in these absolutely phenomenal characters. The writing is fantastic! It will grab you from the very first page and pull you into the atmospheric and haunting story, which is filled with so much emotional depth. Do not expect a survivalist story. Cooper and Finch live in an upscale cabin, have plenty of money, and never seem to want for anything. They even take a trip to Walmart! Instead, Grant explores the themes of war, love, friendship and religion in this book. However, a few points made me lower my rating just a bit. Finch is only eight years old, but seems much more mature than her age through her words and actions. She is homeschooled by her father, but only has the books left in the cabin by Jake’s family to read and study. Most of which are books of poetry. Also, there is a fair amount of time spent hunting and describing dead animals. These sections did not appeal to me at all. I was absolutely blindsided by the ending! I loved how all of the pieces of the plot came together and it was very satisfying. I even enjoyed the epilogue! I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy more “feel good” types of books, but this savvy thriller lover is now a fan as well! 4.5/5 stars rounded down Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the ARC of These Silent Woods in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    Many say, there is no greater love or greater bond than that between a parent and their child. Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, proved the strength of this bond as they lived and grew in a secluded cabin in the woods of Appalachia. For Cooper, fearing that Finch would be taken away by his recently deceased girlfriend's parents, needed to act rashly and quickly for he knew he was about to lose Finch, powered by the knowledge her rich parents hated him. So far his plan has worked. He has prov Many say, there is no greater love or greater bond than that between a parent and their child. Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, proved the strength of this bond as they lived and grew in a secluded cabin in the woods of Appalachia. For Cooper, fearing that Finch would be taken away by his recently deceased girlfriend's parents, needed to act rashly and quickly for he knew he was about to lose Finch, powered by the knowledge her rich parents hated him. So far his plan has worked. He has provided for Finch both emotionally and educationally, but the seclusion he so needs is about to crash around them. Cooper has an ex army friend, the owner of the cabin, Jake, who once a year provides needed supplies for the duo. However, when he doesn't show up one year, Cooper is forced to go into town with Finch in tow. Finch has never seen anyplace outside her woods, and she starts down the path to wonderment. Why are they tucked away, anonymous, and looked after by a local hermit, Scotland, who always seems to know their actions? It's a coming of age story where a child longs for a friend and seems to find one secretly in her woods. However, when the friend is found dead, the door opens wide for so many to enter and Cooper's plan to hide away seems to come to a crashing end. I, so enjoyed this story of this father and daughter, longing to be together, fearful of the future, and coming to terms with the ides of real friendship, love, and human emotion. Particularly wonderful and emotional, that ending will leave you in tears with an understanding of laying one's life down for another. Highly recommend this one! The characters bare their souls and show the goodness inside that we all should hope to attain.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant is a thriller novel. This one starts off right away with an animal death that almost had me tossing it to the side so that brings me to a trigger warning for not only for that but PTSD, mental health, kidnapping. Cooper, an ex-soldier, has lived off grid with his young daughter, Finch, for the last eight years in the northern Appalachian woods. Living off the land and out of sight is the way Cooper wants to keep it as he has a past that he’s been hiding These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant is a thriller novel. This one starts off right away with an animal death that almost had me tossing it to the side so that brings me to a trigger warning for not only for that but PTSD, mental health, kidnapping. Cooper, an ex-soldier, has lived off grid with his young daughter, Finch, for the last eight years in the northern Appalachian woods. Living off the land and out of sight is the way Cooper wants to keep it as he has a past that he’s been hiding from all these years. Cooper and Finch have survived all these years with a little help from one of Cooper’s old friends, Jake. The cabin and land they live on belongs to him and the few supplies they do need were delivered regularly until this last delivery date when Jake didn’t show up. Now Cooper needs a plan to stay hidden without Jake’s help. As I said These Silent Woods got off to a rocky start for me with an opening of an animal death but once past that I then became engaged in the story. I would put this one in a more slow building category as it does unravel the past and the incidents behind this unconventional family of two. For a thriller read though it does get emotional and pull at the heartstrings too which I actually enjoyed but others may not. On top of it all though this one does have the tension and twists that kept me engaged too. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  23. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    This is character-driven suspense at its finest. Kimi Cunningham Grant brought Cooper and Finch to life in these pages and they stomped all over my heart. There is so much to discover in this book and I am going to keep my comments short so as not to spoil the experience for others. Ponder this: you are a young father with PTSD about to lose your infant daughter. As a former Army Ranger, you have substantial survival skills. What would you do? As you read this book, you will get an intimate look This is character-driven suspense at its finest. Kimi Cunningham Grant brought Cooper and Finch to life in these pages and they stomped all over my heart. There is so much to discover in this book and I am going to keep my comments short so as not to spoil the experience for others. Ponder this: you are a young father with PTSD about to lose your infant daughter. As a former Army Ranger, you have substantial survival skills. What would you do? As you read this book, you will get an intimate look inside the remote cabin where Cooper and Finch have taken shelter for eight years. Get to know them. Let Cooper tell you his story. Have your tissues handy. This book is perfect for fans of Charles Martin, Allen Eskens, and Ordinary Grace. One of my favorite books of 2021. Thank you to Minotaur Books and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Cooper is on the run from his past. He, along with his eight year old daughter, who he feared would be taken away from him..have been living totally off the grid in a cabin in the woods since she was a baby. Cooper is ex military and his old army Buddy comes out once a year to bring food and supplies. This year his Buddy doesn’t show up for his yearly visit and then a young woman shows up in their woods.. taking photos and camping out on their land.. is she going to expose them? This was well writt Cooper is on the run from his past. He, along with his eight year old daughter, who he feared would be taken away from him..have been living totally off the grid in a cabin in the woods since she was a baby. Cooper is ex military and his old army Buddy comes out once a year to bring food and supplies. This year his Buddy doesn’t show up for his yearly visit and then a young woman shows up in their woods.. taking photos and camping out on their land.. is she going to expose them? This was well written, atmospheric and absorbing! 4.5 Thank you to Netgalley, St Martin’s Press and Minotaur for the ARC!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Miya

    My brain is on overload! How. What. When. I flew through these pages. Like stay up all night kind of book. I didn't expect this to live up to the nonstop hype, but IT DID!! I can't even. I loved it, and I need more. This was so freaking good! Hop on this for everyone's holiday gifts lol!! They will be grateful!! My brain is on overload! How. What. When. I flew through these pages. Like stay up all night kind of book. I didn't expect this to live up to the nonstop hype, but IT DID!! I can't even. I loved it, and I need more. This was so freaking good! Hop on this for everyone's holiday gifts lol!! They will be grateful!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie (JuJu)

    After reading a sample a few months back, I was captivated and had to finish the rest of the story. This isn’t your typical thriller. It leads to a roller coaster of emotions as the author takes us on the journey of Cooper and Finch. You won’t want to quit reading until you find out what Cooper has done and is willing to do for his daughter. A must-read of 2022! #thesesilentwoods #justfinishedreading #mustread #audiobookreview #psychologicalthriller #libbyapp #libraryrental #bookstagrammer #kimic After reading a sample a few months back, I was captivated and had to finish the rest of the story. This isn’t your typical thriller. It leads to a roller coaster of emotions as the author takes us on the journey of Cooper and Finch. You won’t want to quit reading until you find out what Cooper has done and is willing to do for his daughter. A must-read of 2022! #thesesilentwoods #justfinishedreading #mustread #audiobookreview #psychologicalthriller #libbyapp #libraryrental #bookstagrammer #kimicunninghamgrant #minotaurbooks ********************************************** I read a sample of this in The Minotaur Sampler, Volume 3. This small sample grabbed my attention immediately. Cooper and Finch are living off the grid and relying on Cooper’s friend Jack to bring them supplies once a year. Cooper is Finch’s father and we’re given a brief explanation for their isolated lifestyle, but I’m dying to know more! The sample ends when Jack doesn’t show up one year. This one is definitely a TBR!! Available: 10/26/21 Pages: 288

  27. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    "The thing about grace is that you don't deserve it. You can't earn it. You can only accept it. Or not." Another addition to my 2021 favorites list! There was nothing I didn't love about this book - the writing is flawless, the characters are raw and real, the setting is savagely beautiful, and the plot is gut-wrenchingly believable. From the start, I felt like I was in the woods with a birds eye view of the remote cabin in the woods and Cooper and Finch who are hiding out there. You know from th "The thing about grace is that you don't deserve it. You can't earn it. You can only accept it. Or not." Another addition to my 2021 favorites list! There was nothing I didn't love about this book - the writing is flawless, the characters are raw and real, the setting is savagely beautiful, and the plot is gut-wrenchingly believable. From the start, I felt like I was in the woods with a birds eye view of the remote cabin in the woods and Cooper and Finch who are hiding out there. You know from the beginning that Cooper is an Afghanistan war veteran, who did something violent in his past as a means to keep his daughter, Finch, with him. Their only connection to the outside world is Jake, Cooper's Army Ranger buddy, who comes once a year in December to deliver supplies; and an extremely eccentric, nosy neighbor, Scotland, whom Jake doesn't trust at all. One December, Jake doesn't show up, and things quickly change for Cooper and Finch - especially when a teenage girl is spotted near their cabin, and with whom Finch becomes fascinated; and another woman unexpectedly delivers their annual supplies. Soon Cooper finds himself at a crossroad of moral decisions that will change their peaceful, isolated way of life forever. You get an uneasy feeling from the beginning that there's no way this story can end well for Cooper and Finch, but you desperately want it to. You have no idea what to think of the secondary characters - Scotland, Marie, the mysterious teenage girl - are they trustworthy, do they have ulterior motives, are they even good people? Cunningham Grant does an amazing job at tightly weaving the characters' thoughts and emotions so that they are almost palpable. I found myself having to put the book down to wipe my eyes several times. As I just lost my very best friend, my dad, a few weeks ago, the relationship between Cooper and Finch warmed my heart and made this story even more unforgettable. And the ending - oh my! I don't want to give anything away, but I was stunned. I am generally not a fan of epilogues either, but this one was both touching and fitting. This is a spellbinding story of sacrifice, survival, forgiveness, and just how far a father will go for his child when faced with losing everything. Please, do your heart and soul a favor and read this book! Thank you, Kimi Cunningham Grant, for writing a book that felt like a precious gift in a difficult time in my life. All the stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    These Silent Woods was an excellent book—emotional, suspenseful, and it packed a real punch. Definitely one of the best I've read all year. Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, have lived off the grid in a remote cabin in the Appalachian woods for eight years now, since Finch was an infant. They survive off the land, raising a few chickens, and Cooper’s best friend Jake delivers a massive amount of supplies once a year. The only other person they see is their neighbor, Scotland, who seems to These Silent Woods was an excellent book—emotional, suspenseful, and it packed a real punch. Definitely one of the best I've read all year. Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, have lived off the grid in a remote cabin in the Appalachian woods for eight years now, since Finch was an infant. They survive off the land, raising a few chickens, and Cooper’s best friend Jake delivers a massive amount of supplies once a year. The only other person they see is their neighbor, Scotland, who seems to be a thorn in Cooper’s side more than anything. Is he spying on them for a reason? It’s not an optimal existence, particularly not to raise a young girl in, but it’s all Cooper can do. Because to come out of hiding would mean the secrets he’s kept would be revealed, and it would jeopardize his ability to raise, or perhaps even see, his daughter. “A small and insulated world for both of us, and there is a simplicity to it that makes it difficult to explain the complexities of life. The unreliable and often shifting line between right and wrong.” This year, Jake doesn’t show up. They knew this could happen one day but it necessitates Cooper taking actions he wasn’t prepared to. And when a stranger appears in the woods, a stranger Finch becomes fixated on, the whole life Cooper has so carefully prepared for him and his daughter could be totally upended. I’ve been waiting to read this for so long, since so many others on Bookstagram received advance copies. And boy, it lived up to the hype in every way. (There are some very brief scenes of animal death but you can skim them easily.) What a gorgeous, lyrical, suspenseful, thought-provoking book. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susanne

    Review posted to blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Wholly unexpected and oh so Fabulous! First, let me say that this was not on my radar and all. I had absolutely no plans at all to grab this until Kaceey convinced me to do so. I must, therefore say a huge thank you to her as this fantastic character driven fiction and garnered a great discussion between the two of us. Cooper and his daughter Finch live off the grid and have done so for years. Isolated in a remote cabin in the Appalac Review posted to blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Wholly unexpected and oh so Fabulous! First, let me say that this was not on my radar and all. I had absolutely no plans at all to grab this until Kaceey convinced me to do so. I must, therefore say a huge thank you to her as this fantastic character driven fiction and garnered a great discussion between the two of us. Cooper and his daughter Finch live off the grid and have done so for years. Isolated in a remote cabin in the Appalachian woods, their life is about survival, sacrifice and deep, fierce love. At eight years old, Finch is only now beginning to question their way of life and want for more. Cooper however is desperate to protect his daughter from the outside world and from the sins of his past. To say that this book gutted me is an understatement. I was unprepared for the impact it would have. I adored all of the characters in this novel equally and was stunned by the writing. Kim Cunningham Grant, I am now a big fan of yours. A fantastic buddy read with Kaceey! Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the arc. Published on Goodreads and Twitter.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    I have just read These Silent Woods by Author Kimi Cunningham Grant. I really did not know what to expect going into this book after reading the Publisher notes, however really enjoyed it. This was an excellent read! It was almost spiritual, and so much about lost love and a father’s love for his young daughter. Set in the Appalachian mountains for many years, living a very isolated life. The bond of this family is very touching. A father and nature that teaches so much. Thank you to NetGalley, Auth I have just read These Silent Woods by Author Kimi Cunningham Grant. I really did not know what to expect going into this book after reading the Publisher notes, however really enjoyed it. This was an excellent read! It was almost spiritual, and so much about lost love and a father’s love for his young daughter. Set in the Appalachian mountains for many years, living a very isolated life. The bond of this family is very touching. A father and nature that teaches so much. Thank you to NetGalley, Author Kimi Cunningham Grant, and St. Martin's Press for my advanced copy to read and review. #NetGalley

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