Friday, April 10, 2015
IN WILDERNESS By Diane Thomas
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Rating: 3 Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️
About the Book:
For readers of Amanda Coplin and Chris Bohjalian, In Wilderness is a suspenseful and literary love story—a daring and original novel about our fierce need for companionship and our enduring will to survive.
In the winter of 1966, Katherine Reid receives a shattering diagnosis. Debilitated by a terminal and painful illness, Katherine moves to an isolated cabin deep in Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains. There, with little more than a sleeping bag, a tin plate, and a loaded gun, she plans to spend the few short months remaining to her in beautiful but desolate solitude. Her isolation brings her peace, until the day she realizes the woods are not as empty as she believed. A heartbeat in the darkness. Breathing in the night. Katherine is not alone. Someone else is near, observing her every move.
Twenty-year-old Vietnam veteran Danny lives in the once-grand mansion he has dubbed “Gatsby’s house.” Haunted by the scars of war and enclosed by walls of moldering books, he becomes fixated on Katherine. What starts as cautious observation grows to an obsession. When these two lost souls collide, the passion that ignites between them is all-consuming—and increasingly dangerous.
Suffused with a stunning sense of character and atmosphere, Diane Thomas’s intimate voice creates an unforgettable depiction of the transformative power of love, how we grieve and hope, and the perilous ways in which we heed and test our hearts.
In Wilderness is a very dark and intense story set in Georgia’s Appalachian mountains during the 1960’s. This is the tale of two lost and complex souls who enter into a very strange and obsessive relationship, both carrying demons of the past.
The premise of the story pulled me in, but unfortunately this book was not for me. With very explicit sexual scenes and profanity, this book might not appeal to many – definitely for mature readers. This was not a fast paced book, but a storyline that builds slowly, perhaps too slowly.
On a positive note, the writing is very descriptive, with lyrical qualities. And emotions were brilliantly expressed through the two riveting characters, Danny and Katherine. They were strange, dark, and quite odd, but I might add - they were characters that you won’t soon forget. My rating is 3 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of this book as an Early Reviewers winner from LibraryThing.