Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Wiersema Goodreads Author. Eleven-year-old Brian Page spends every waking moment in the forest behind the house where he lives with his father.
But forests are always deeper than anyone can know.
Secrets are hidden in the eternal twilight of the trees. Those secrets emerge into light when Brian disappears in the forest, as his father did three decades before. His father, however, came home with no m Eleven-year-old Brian Page spends every waking moment in the forest behind the house where he lives with his father. His father, however, came home with no memory of the events in the depths of the forest. What has drawn Brian away?
Will he emerge, shuddering and broken, as his father did, or will the forests close around him, as they have done so often before? Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 7.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 09, Steve Lowe rated it really liked it. Robert J. It is focused, straight forward, clean, and above all, full of depth and meaning. The story revolves around Jeff, a divorced dad, and his year old son Brian. One day, Brian does not come home from his regular trek into the woods. He speaks of a strange girl, Carly, the day before he disappears. The two storylines follow Jeff as he and his ex-wife cope with the search for their missing son, and Brian in the days leading up to, and including, his disappearance.
We learn along the way that Jeff himself was once lost in the same woods when he was the exact same age as Brian, and that he also knew Carly at that age. Carly is a mysterious girl who seems to materialize from the forest and takes Brian on amazing journeys therein, discovering a different world within the trees that he did not see before.
Brian begins to care for Carly and wants nothing more than to be with her, but he is to move to Vancouver with his mother. Then he walks off into the forest one day and does not come back, sparking the search.
To me, the forest signified the transition from childhood to adulthood. Jeff got lost in the forest at 11, as does his own son. What you enjoyed as a child changes as you mature, and Carly represents an opportunity for them to stay a child. The parents divorced, Brian would be moving in with his mom, leaving behind the woods and Carly, or in other words, leaving behind his youth and losing that part of him, probably forever, and that frightened him more than anything.
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The story is well told and moving. And the economy of words shows up well in this example: Jeff is staring out his kitchen window at the gathering dark as the search teams tromp through the forest.
The light is waning, as are the hopes of finding Brian before the cold dark of night descends. When the boy leaves, a man barely recognizable replaces him. Toward the end of the story, there are one or two mistakes — a typo, a shift in tense. I note them simply to note them. Shit happens. Overall, the editing and production of this book are very good.
And for an independent publisher, the book itself is striking and impressive, and worth the money paid for a physical copy. Overall, this is an emotional, intense, fast read that will likely linger with me for some time. The story follows a young boy from a fractured, loving family as he seeks solace and freedom in the expansive woods behind his house. In the woods, he's befriended by a young presence who reveals the mysticism of the forest to him.
The relationship between the boy and the presence develops like two children slowly becoming best friends. It's natural and well done. The mystic parts of the woods are handled simply, focusing on beauty and appreciation rather than throwing back the veil and revealing a wild phantasmagoria. I liked that, that discretion runs through the whole tale. When the boy fails to return home a search is undertaken and his father realizes he'd also been befriended by the presence in his youth. I'm not going to get into the ending, but to say it was multi-layered and satisfying.
This is a simple tale of guilt and loss and wonder, made rich by Wiersema's character development, setting and eloquent prose. I spent a lot of time in the woods as a kid in a town not terribly unlike the one in this story. It held a certain nostalgia for me that could only be conjured by someone who had the same intimate knowledge of those places and the people that populate them. To that end, this volume also includes an essay exploring how fictional environments become doppelgangers of their real counterparts.
I snagged this for an afternoon read on the Kindle and discovered a writer I will keep an eye on going forward. Mar 14, Nathan Burgoine rated it really liked it. As a lover of short fiction as well, I wasn't daunted by the slim volume, and will say that Wiersema has once again managed to blend quality characterization and a mystical plotline into one. What appears to be at first a very simple plot hook - child goes missing in the woods behind his home - soon turns into a mystery with a sense of supernatural foreboding to it, Having read and loved BEFORE I WAKE by Wiersema a few years ago, I was quite pleased to see this title become available.
What appears to be at first a very simple plot hook - child goes missing in the woods behind his home - soon turns into a mystery with a sense of supernatural foreboding to it, as the father comes to grips with the fact that something similar happened to himself when he was younger - and he can't remember it.