05 May 2015

Silent Woods by Ofelia Gränd

 When Daniel’s husband Anders takes the family camping in the woods, Daniel can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right.

He almost dismisses his fears as nothing more than his dislike of the great outdoors, but when the couple’s five-year-old son Axel goes missing, his worst fears are confirmed.

A search party reveals something more sinister than either man could ever have dreamed of encountering in the woods. Can they find Axel and save him before it’s too late?
My first book by this author and I have to say I was expecting so much more. Maybe because it’s only a novella and that’s why I felt it was lacking. But the whole thing I didn’t feel anything for any of the characters, and I thought I should have especially since a child went missing, I should have felt the anguish, right? Also, who keeps a staple gun in the trunk of their car? Other than those points I did like the fact that the bond these men clearly had, the family they have created. I liked the wooing touch they did, by playing the violin. And then the twist at the end.
Ofelia Gränd is Swedish through and through. She lives in a small west coast town with her husband and their three children. She has absolutely no time to write, so, naturally, that’s what she wants to do. Have you ever tried to write something with one child in your lap and two more standing around wanting attention? Ofelia does all the time—try, that is.

She could give up her glamorous life as a stay-at-home mum, and go back to her work as a teacher. But why not take advantage of the situation when she’s living in a parental leave utopia? Enough about her being a parent, you think, and you’re quite right. Ofelia is a no-poo follower, a pescatarian who bakes her own bread and makes her own soap—now, you wished that we’d stuck to the children, don’t you?
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