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List: Dark Woods
These Silent Woods
Grant, Kimi Cunningham, author.
A father and daughter living in the remote Appalachian mountains must reckon with the ghosts of thei... More
A father and daughter living in the remote Appalachian mountains must reckon with the ghosts of their past. 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. Less
The Year of the Witching
Henderson, Alexis, author.
Immanuelle Moore's very existence is blasphemy. The daughter of a union with an outsider that c... More
Immanuelle Moore's very existence is blasphemy. The daughter of a union with an outsider that cast her once-proud family into disgrace, Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the women in the settlement. But a chance mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still walking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the diary of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood. Less
The Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America's Wildlands
Billman, Jon, author.
In April 2017, 22-year-old Jacob Gray, whose case forms the heart of this beautifully written chroni... More
In April 2017, 22-year-old Jacob Gray, whose case forms the heart of this beautifully written chronicle from Billman, disappeared while cycling in Olympic National Park in Washington State. It would take 18 months before his body was found on a mountainside, and it remains unclear whether his death was suicide or caused by hypothermia. Billman describes how red tape and the lack of National Park staff hampered the search, and how he accompanied Jacob's father, Randy Gray, to Olympic National Park, and then to other places Jacob might have traveled to. Less
Katsu, Alma, author.
Evil is invisible, and it is everywhere. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes t... More
Evil is invisible, and it is everywhere. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the wagon train known as the Donner Party. Depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of a little boy have driven the isolated travelers to the brink of madness. As members of the group begin to disappear, the survivors start to wonder if there really is something disturbing, and hungry, waiting for them in the mountains and whether the evil that has unfolded around them may have in fact been growing within them all along. Less
Chbosky, Stephen, author.
Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher,... More
Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It's as far off the beaten track as they can get. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again. Less
The Bear and the Nightingale
Arden, Katherine, author.
In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, a stranger with piercing blue eyes pr... More
In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift. It is a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay. Less
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
Fu, Kim, author.
A group of young girls descend on Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest. Their... More
A group of young girls descend on Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest. Their days are filled with swimming lessons, friendship bracelets, and camp songs by the fire. On an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home. Nita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina, and Siobhan survive the trip, and as the following years bring successes and failures, loving relationships and heartbreaks, we see the many ways a tragedy can alter the lives it touches. Less
What Should Be Wild
Fine, Julia, author.
Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at h... More
Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family's manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie's father, an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter, has warned her not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. But one day Maisie's father disappears, and she must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life to find him. Less
The Last Woman in the Forest
Les Becquets, Diane, author.
An endangered wildlife protector on assignment in northern Alberta falls in love with her brilliant ... More
An endangered wildlife protector on assignment in northern Alberta falls in love with her brilliant mentor before a tragic accident and disturbing inconsistencies trigger her suspicions about his possible role in four murders. Less
Smith, Michael F. (Michael Farris), 1970- author.
In 1975, when Colburn returns to Red Bluff after years away, he is not the only lost soul drawing at... More
In 1975, when Colburn returns to Red Bluff after years away, he is not the only lost soul drawing attention in the now-faded town. A disheveled man, woman, and boy living out of a dead Cadillac are committing strange and desperate acts that the veteran sheriff, Myer, can't begin to figure out. A married man who has obsessed over Celia, owner of the town bar, since grade school is pushed to the edge when she begins a complicated relationship with the taciturn Colburn, whose father, Colburn learns, consorted with Celia's fortunetelling mother. Less
In the Night Wood
Bailey, Dale, author.
American Charles Hayden came to England to forget the past. Failed father, failed husband, and faile... More
American Charles Hayden came to England to forget the past. Failed father, failed husband, and failed scholar, Charles hopes to put his life back together with a biography of Caedmon Hollow, the long-dead author of a legendary Victorian children's book, In the Night Wood. But soon after settling into Hollow's remote Yorkshire home, Charles learns that the past isn't dead. Less
Solomon, Rivers, author.
Vern escapes the religious compound where she was raised and gives birth to twins in the forest, rai... More
Vern escapes the religious compound where she was raised and gives birth to twins in the forest, raising them away from the influence of the outside world. Her community won't let her go that easily, however, and as they pursue, she breaks the boundaries of humanity, changing her body in uncanny ways in order to protect her family. Less
In the House in the Dark of the Woods
Hunt, Laird, author.
In colonial New England, a law-abiding Puritan woman goes missing. Or perhaps she has fled or abando... More
In colonial New England, a law-abiding Puritan woman goes missing. Or perhaps she has fled or abandoned her family. Or perhaps she's been kidnapped, and set loose to wander in the dense woods of the north. Alone and possibly lost, she meets another woman in the forest. Then everything changes. Less
Quiet in Her Bones
Singh, Nalini, 1977- author.
When socialite Nina Rai disappeared without a trace, everyone wrote it off as another trophy wife ti... More
When socialite Nina Rai disappeared without a trace, everyone wrote it off as another trophy wife tired of her wealthy husband. But now her bones have turned up in the shadowed green of the forest that surrounds her elite neighborhood, a haven of privilege and secrets that's housed the same influential families for decades. The rich live here, along with those whose job it is to make their lives easier. And somebody knows what happened to Nina one rainy night ten years ago. Less
Leave No Trace
Mejia, Mindy, author.
Ten years ago a man and his son trekked into this wilderness and never returned. Search teams found ... More
Ten years ago a man and his son trekked into this wilderness and never returned. Search teams found their campsite ravaged by what looked like a bear. They were presumed dead until a decade later the son appeared. Discovered while ransacking an outfitter store, he was violent and uncommunicative and sent to a psychiatric facility. Maya Stark, the assistant language therapist, is charged with making a connection with their high-profile patient. No matter how she tries, however, he refuses to answer questions about his father or the last ten years of his life. But Maya, who was abandoned by her own mother, has secrets, too. And as she's drawn closer to this enigmatic boy who is no longer a boy, she'll risk everything to reunite him with his father who has disappeared from the known world. Less
Through the Woods
Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-... More
Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong. Less