by Ofelia Gränd
Genres: M/M, Contemporary, Suspense, Fantasy
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?
SILENT WOODS is the story of a contemporary couple who take their family camping in the Swedish forest. Their weekend getaway turns into every parent's nightmare when their son disappears. Desperate to find their child, they are blindsided when the search turns into a mystery of mythological proportions!
What I loved most about SILENT WOODS is that it is first and foremost a suspense filled mystery. Daniel and Anders are typical parents. The day to day activities of raising young children take up most of their time. The quiet moments they are able to spend as a couple are treasured just as much as time spent relaxing as a family.
Based upon Swedish folklore, the mystery has a unique spin that I have not encountered before. I enjoyed this well written and edited novella. Ofelia Gränd's work is new to me and I'm looking forward to reading more of her stories in the future.
Ofelia Gränd lives on the southern west coast of Sweden with her husband and their three children. At the moment she's on parental leave. She could give up her glamorous life as a stay-at-home mom, and go back to her job as a teacher if she wanted to. 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 practiser, 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?