I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.You'll Thank Me for This by Nina Siegal
Published by Mulholland Books on March 23, 2021
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A pulse-pounding psychological thriller based on the popular Dutch tradition of blindfolding and dropping teens and pre-teens in the middle of a forest — and what happens when it goes horribly wrong. Twelve-year old Karin is blindfolded and dropped into the Hoge Veluwe National Forest with three other children. With nothing but a few basic supplies and emergency food, the children are tasked with working together to navigate one of the Netherlands' most beautiful and wild locations and return to where their families are anxiously waiting. Karin quickly finds herself at odds with two of the older teens, and suddenly looks up to see that the other children have vanished. As Karin struggles against the elements to find her way back, she soon realizes that something far more sinister lurks in the woods. Grace, Karin’s mother and an American married to a Dutch husband, has been nervous about this practice from the start. At first she tells herself the space is good for her daughter, but as the hours begin to tick by and the children fail to arrive at their designated campsite, she becomes certain something has gone horribly wrong. As Karin fights for survival, and Grace hastens to find her daughter, the night culminates in the reveal of a deadly secret—and a shocking confrontation—that will push each of them to her edge.
Here is what I thought
This sounded like it was going to be really interesting because it was about the Dutch tradition of dropping your preteen or teen kid in the woods and they have to make their way back to camp on their own, but it feel a bit flat.
Grace is an American who is married to a Dutchman and she is not real sure about letting her kid get dropped off in the middle of the woods. Karin’s real dad has past away maybe a year ago or so and she is trying to settle in with the new stepdad but she hears things, and how they don’t seem to get on. She wants to do the dropping so she convinces her mom to let her do it.
Karin asked to be dropped in a specific park because it was one that her and her dad use to go to fairly often and she thinks it will be good for her and make her feel close to her dad. She is dropped off with three other kids and once they are sent off on their own with no adults that is where things start to go downhill. First, off the one older boy and girl seem to like each other and don’t want the twelve year old’s with them so they soon split. Karin is then left with one other girl but it didn’t take long before she was gone too and Karin has no idea what happened to her but now she is all alone.
There is also the POV of the mother and that is when it gets real confusing because I had no clue what any of what she was discovering had to do with dropping her kid off in the woods. I mean I had my suspicions but still it was rather confusing. It seems that Karin and her husband have been having some good fights and he has a place where she is not allowed so she goes snooping and finds pictures of her and her first husband that this guy shouldn’t have and it just gets stranger from there and she gets worried about what it is her husband is into and the fact that Karin is off in the woods.
Karin was a pretty resourceful character for a twelve year old. Her father taught her very good at about how to be out in the woods and she could remember markers and things that kind of helped her along the way since they had used that park before. Even when things got scary she kept a level head and used her brain which not all kids her age would do.
Lets just say that it isn’t as big of a pulse-pounding thriller as the blurb wants you to think and even if I didn’t realize what was going on with the husband at first it was pretty easy to guess what was going to happen in the woods. I think this had a good premise but was just not executed very good. Parts of it was interesting while other parts were kind of boring and confusing.
I think the Dutch tradition is pretty crazy but I guess it’s a good learning experience so that was kind of interesting to learn about. The adults are never very far away but even then it goes to show you that things can still go wrong. I wouldn’t say don’t read it but I can’t recommend but I do know we all have different taste, so you might like it.