What the Woods Keep is the stunning debut of Katya de Becerra, who combines mystery, science fiction, and dark fantasy in a twisty story that will keep you mesmerized right up to the final page.
On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.
Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it’s all catching up with her: her mother’s mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father’s outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden’s own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.
As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible—something that threatens reality itself.
I received an ARC copy of What the Woods Keep for an honest review.
Like any ARC I receive, I did not read the blurb about this book, which allowed me to start this story with a completely open mind and I was pleasantly surprised by the story. The story is a contemporary sci-fi, Nordic/Germanic mythology mix.
What The Woods Keep’ is the story of eighteen-year-old Hayden, who at a young age lost her mother and was taken away from the only home she ever knew by her father. A man who is obsessed with Nibelung, to the point that it has consumed his life and him ostracized from the scientific community.
On her 18th birthday, Hayden receives a gift from her mother along with a letter, that will change her life and world forever. Her mum has gifted her the family Manor, along with a request to finish what she started.
Hayden isn’t alone in her journey to Promise, her friend and roommate Del is coming with her. Del has become a lifeline and support system for Hayden. But in truth, Hayden has kept Del at arm’s length, in somewhat of a safety mechanism.
Every element of this book heightens the tension and mystery, there is also this wonderful us of mix mediums. You get to see documents, letters intertwined with the story.
The only real downside to the story was the ending. There was such an amazing build up but then it just ended. To my knowledge this is a stand allow book, however, I would love there to be a sequel.
Overall, this book is a beautifully haunting and atmospheric story that combines, science and mythology to create a world that encases you and has you wanting more.