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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for You'll Thank Me for This: A Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Belle

    Any story set in the Netherlands is an automatic read for me, so when I heard Nina Siegal’s You’ll Thank Me for This was based on the Dutch tradition of dropping kids in the forest to find their own way home—yes, it’s real, and yes, it still happens—I pushed it to the tippy top of my pile. What begins with every parent’s worst nightmare quickly evolves into a twisty, stay-up-too-late stunner, a tense and atmospheric tale that will make you take another look at the people you think you know.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)

    The premise of this book is based on the real-life tradition of "dropping" where the Dutch apparently abandon teens in the woods and leave them to find their own way to a campsite. That sounded interesting, so I requested it. However, this book was not 'pulse pounding' and just felt unrealistic to me. (Aka a twelve year old scaring off a pack of wolves) the dropping part felt realistic, but everything else left me rolling my eyes. If I was a younger reader (like preteen to teen) i would probably b The premise of this book is based on the real-life tradition of "dropping" where the Dutch apparently abandon teens in the woods and leave them to find their own way to a campsite. That sounded interesting, so I requested it. However, this book was not 'pulse pounding' and just felt unrealistic to me. (Aka a twelve year old scaring off a pack of wolves) the dropping part felt realistic, but everything else left me rolling my eyes. If I was a younger reader (like preteen to teen) i would probably be impressed and have enjoyed this story, but it's marketed to adults and reads more like juvenile/YA. The political twist was confusing as well, didn't feel necessary or fully fleshed and plotted out.🤷🏻‍♀️ 2.5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Madis Mysteries

    CW: Abuse of parental power, domestic abuse, drug use Loved the premise of the book!! I would’ve liked a little more kids and a little more time having them go missing and drop off like flies, that’s not really how this storyline went but I would’ve loved it like that!!! It was a very easy & fun read and a good one for maybe your 15 year old? I think it’s age appropriate for that although I don’t know you can decide 😂 I liked the random like foreign spy element to this otherwise cute little juveni CW: Abuse of parental power, domestic abuse, drug use Loved the premise of the book!! I would’ve liked a little more kids and a little more time having them go missing and drop off like flies, that’s not really how this storyline went but I would’ve loved it like that!!! It was a very easy & fun read and a good one for maybe your 15 year old? I think it’s age appropriate for that although I don’t know you can decide 😂 I liked the random like foreign spy element to this otherwise cute little juvenile story. This book was such a nice break while I’m not feeling well and felt like watching a movie which I enjoyed. The story was quite the stretch and what was actually going on was totally not what I was expecting from this YA book but overall I really enjoyed the book it was tons of fun and exactly the nice break I was looking for!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amanda McHugh

    Mulholland is one of my favorite publishers, and when I read the blurb for You'll Thank Me for This, I knew I had to request. Forest/survival stories give me nightmares, so I was thrilled to be approved and quickly dove in. Twelve year old Karin is set to embark on her dropping, a Dutch Scout tradition where children are blindfolded and left in the woods to find their way back to base camp. But when things start to go wrong, Karin finds herself separated from her group--but definitely not alone. Mulholland is one of my favorite publishers, and when I read the blurb for You'll Thank Me for This, I knew I had to request. Forest/survival stories give me nightmares, so I was thrilled to be approved and quickly dove in. Twelve year old Karin is set to embark on her dropping, a Dutch Scout tradition where children are blindfolded and left in the woods to find their way back to base camp. But when things start to go wrong, Karin finds herself separated from her group--but definitely not alone. At the same time, her mother, Grace, discovers her second husband might be keeping something from her--a secret that could put Karin in the line of danger. I enjoyed this book. First, the premise is incredibly unnerving and the epitome of tension. Unattended minors lost in the woods equates to endless possibilities for danger. The cultural aspect of the tradition is also interesting, as rarely will you find something like this happen in the US. I loved the exploration of Veluwe and could've read an entire book where the focus was on Karin's survival in the dense, dark woods. Karin's character reminded me a lot of Hannah, the fictional girl raised in the woods by her father after he goes rogue from a dangerous corporation. Her mannerisms felt age-appropriate, and I think readers will relate to her predicament. There were a few things that kept me from loving this book. The story was structured well but I had a pretty good handle on where it was going early on. In terms of readability, the prose felt a little stiff at times. Dialogue didn't seem to come naturally and had a layer of formality that didn't match the flow of every day conversation. I understand this could be a translational thing, as some of the Norwegian and Swedish thrillers I read have that same lilt, but in this case, I found the cadence to be distracting and thought the conversations could've been a little more relaxed. I'm also not sure I loved Karin's voice. At times, the diction (excessive likes or creepys or ums) read as an adult trying to write a child rather than an actual twelve year old, but since her maturity rang true, I don't think this will be a major issue for most readers. Overall, You'll Thank Me for This is a taut, balanced suspense with an interesting twist to the lost-in-the-woods story line. I'd recommend for fans of international suspense, anyone interested in family dramas, or layered survival stories. Big thanks to Mulholland and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for honest review consideration.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    You'll Thank Me for This by Nina Siegal is a tense mystery with stunning twists and cunning turns. Following the Dutch tradition known as dropping, twelve-year-old Karin and three of her fellow scouts are left in the Hoge Veluwe National Forest to find their way to the campsite. This adventure is usually safe with adults following at a safe distance behind the pre-teens. Armed with a map and compass, the four children are supposed to work together on their venture. Instead, two of the group, Dirk You'll Thank Me for This by Nina Siegal is a tense mystery with stunning twists and cunning turns. Following the Dutch tradition known as dropping, twelve-year-old Karin and three of her fellow scouts are left in the Hoge Veluwe National Forest to find their way to the campsite. This adventure is usually safe with adults following at a safe distance behind the pre-teens. Armed with a map and compass, the four children are supposed to work together on their venture. Instead, two of the group, Dirk and Margot, pair up and leave Karin behind with Lotte. After Karin reflects back on her last time in Veluwe with her father Pieter before he passed away, she discovers that Lotte is nowhere in sight. Scared but confident, Karin sets off to find her way to the scout campsite. Meanwhile, her mother Grace returns home to enjoy an evening by herself since her second husband Martijn is one of the parents with Karin and her group.  She also takes the opportunity to find out what keeps Martijn so busy in his “man cave”. Grace’s instinct that she might have made a mistake marrying her current husband appears to be proven true when she uncovers stunning information. Martijun was Pieter’s accountant but why would he have copies of her photojournalist former husband’s photos? And why are there pictures of  them that appear to be taken without her and Pieter's knowledge? Grace is trying to understand this startling turn of events when a phone call about Karin sends her on a panicked drive to the national forest. You'll Thank Me for This is an exciting mystery that is quite engrossing. Karin is a resourceful, intelligent young woman with an extensive knowledge of the Hoge Veluwe National Forest. Grace’s growing uneasiness with Martijn prompts her to do the unthinkable as she searches for answers about him. The shocking information she unearths finally encourages her to act. The storyline is gripping and moves at a brisk pace.  Nina Siegal brings this suspenseful novel to an action-packed conclusion.  I highly recommend this thrilling novel to fans of the genre.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    It was this descriptor that had me wanting to read Nina Siegal's latest novel - You'll Thank Me For This. From Mullholland Books: "A pulse-pounding psychological thriller based on the popular Dutch tradition of blindfolding and dropping teens and preteens in the middle of a forest - and what happens when it goes horribly wrong." Well, it's a real thing! What a great premise to weave a story into. Siegal tells this story from two points of view in alternating chapters - that of twelve year old Kari It was this descriptor that had me wanting to read Nina Siegal's latest novel - You'll Thank Me For This. From Mullholland Books: "A pulse-pounding psychological thriller based on the popular Dutch tradition of blindfolding and dropping teens and preteens in the middle of a forest - and what happens when it goes horribly wrong." Well, it's a real thing! What a great premise to weave a story into. Siegal tells this story from two points of view in alternating chapters - that of twelve year old Karin and her mother Grace. I liked Karin - she has all the attributes you want in a plucky young protagonist - a thinker and ready to act. She's twelve, but I did find her to be a young twelve - a bit too trusting. Initially I thought Grace was okay - she and Karin are part of a new blended family. But as I read further, my opinion changed. She's got rose colored glasses on and seems determined to not take them off. If it happens once, it will happen again. The plot starts off good. There's some conflict within the dropping group, but what could have been some Lord of the Flies territory ended quickly. I found the forest scenes of Karin's journey just too farfetched for me. The wolf scene. C'mon. Really? The 'scary' people in the forest. The plot was pretty predictable after a certain point as well. The final why is a bit of a stretch, but still plausible. I found the writing a bit stilted and choppy. I thought perhaps it was a translation thing, but no, it was written in English. The other thing I checked was what target audience was - adult or YA. It was adult. I found Karin's chapters to be quite juvenile (because she is juvenile, I know), but they just didn't grab me. I wanted 'pulse-pounding', but it never hit that mark for me. Just okay for this reader.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    Twelve-year-old Karin is a member of her local Scout troop and has signed up to be part of their annual “dropping” event, a rite of passage for many Dutch children. She and three other kids are blindfolded and dropped off at a location unknown to them inside the Hoge Veluwe National Forest. All they have are a map of the forest, a compass and basic survival tools. They are to work together to find their way to the base camp, where they will be reunited with their troop leaders and other scouts w Twelve-year-old Karin is a member of her local Scout troop and has signed up to be part of their annual “dropping” event, a rite of passage for many Dutch children. She and three other kids are blindfolded and dropped off at a location unknown to them inside the Hoge Veluwe National Forest. All they have are a map of the forest, a compass and basic survival tools. They are to work together to find their way to the base camp, where they will be reunited with their troop leaders and other scouts who have completed this challenging and daring activity. Unfortunately, things do not go according to plan. Karin’s stepfather, Martijn, is one of the adults who is supposed to supervise the children to make sure that no one gets lost or hurt. However, when a series of unexpected events occur, Karin is left alone and must navigate her way through the forest by herself. The narrative then shifts to Karin’s mother, Grace, an American citizen who is living in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband. She is not comfortable with this ritual but goes along with it because Karin is determined to participate. But when she learns that one of Karin’s shirts has been found in the forest, she panics and heads out to look for her daughter, terrified of what she might find. Although aimed primarily at adults, Nina Siegal’s YOU’LL THANK ME FOR THIS is a wonderful crossover novel for teens. The chapters alternate between the points of view of Karin and Grace; this constantly shifting storyline, in addition to the fast-paced writing and numerous plot twists and turns, will keep readers engaged and on the edge of their seats as they find out what will happen next. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    More like 3.75. Set in a Netherlands national park, this thriller takes place on the weekend 12-year-old Karin participates in her first "dropping." This is a tradition in which a small group of teens or preteens are blindfolded and then dropped off in the woods with a map. The exercise is meant to teach them team work, while they find their way to a base camp, a few miles away. The children are watched from a distance by adult guardians, who ensure their safety. Karin and her fellow scouts are d More like 3.75. Set in a Netherlands national park, this thriller takes place on the weekend 12-year-old Karin participates in her first "dropping." This is a tradition in which a small group of teens or preteens are blindfolded and then dropped off in the woods with a map. The exercise is meant to teach them team work, while they find their way to a base camp, a few miles away. The children are watched from a distance by adult guardians, who ensure their safety. Karin and her fellow scouts are dropped in a park that Karin knows well. She and her late father, a photojournalist, used to camp there often so he could take wildlife photos. Unfortunately, she is paired with three other kids who aren't interested in playing by the rules. To top that off, her creepy stepfather, Martijn, is one of the chaperones. As night falls, Karin realizes she has been separated from her classmates. Despite her knowledge of the woods, she becomes lost and knows she's in trouble. Nothing is going right. Pulling on all her inner reserves she attempts to save herself, despite her growing suspicion that the dangers of the forest are the least of her problems. The general plot was predictable, though there are a few surprises. The characters didn't always act in believable ways, but the suspense and creep factors were well done. I really liked Karin's ability to draw on her knowledge and experience, even when really scared. Maybe not the best thriller you've ever read, but still worth your while. The unabridged audiobook was read by Tavia Gilbert, who did an excellent job with the characterizations, pronunciations, emotions, and tension.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    There is a Dutch scouting tradition known as a “dropping”, in which groups of children, generally pre-teenagers, are deposited in a forest and expected to find their way back to base. It is meant to be challenging, and they often stagger in at 2 or 3 in the morning. In some variations of the challenge, loosely based on military exercises, adults trail the teams of children, but refuse to guide them, although they may leave cryptic notes as clues. To make it more difficult, adult organizers may ev There is a Dutch scouting tradition known as a “dropping”, in which groups of children, generally pre-teenagers, are deposited in a forest and expected to find their way back to base. It is meant to be challenging, and they often stagger in at 2 or 3 in the morning. In some variations of the challenge, loosely based on military exercises, adults trail the teams of children, but refuse to guide them, although they may leave cryptic notes as clues. To make it more difficult, adult organizers may even blindfold the children on their way to the dropping, or drive in loop-de-loops to scramble their sense of direction. This is the story of 12-year-old Karin, blindfolded and dropped into a 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. This is the story of what can go horribly wrong during one of these excursions. The story is well written with outstanding characters. Twist and turns abound in the swirling mist of mystery involving deadly secrets, lies, cover-ups. Riveting from start to finish with an unexpected conclusion. Many thanks to the author / Mulholland Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Perry

    "What made a twelve year old kid think they had to go off and face their personal demons in the dark like that?" Participating in a Dropping is a Dutch tradition so it is no surprise to Grace when her twelve year old daughter Karin wants to take part. Along with a few of her peers, they are blindfolded and dropped in the middle of the Hoge Veluwe National Forest. They must use the few supplies they have been provided to find their way to a pre-designed campsite. What could go wrong? You'll Thank M "What made a twelve year old kid think they had to go off and face their personal demons in the dark like that?" Participating in a Dropping is a Dutch tradition so it is no surprise to Grace when her twelve year old daughter Karin wants to take part. Along with a few of her peers, they are blindfolded and dropped in the middle of the Hoge Veluwe National Forest. They must use the few supplies they have been provided to find their way to a pre-designed campsite. What could go wrong? You'll Thank Me for This was thoroughly entertaining. Told from the dual POVs of Grace and Karin, this one was a page-turner. I loved the short chapters that kept the plot at a quick pace. A few parts were a bit predictable, but other parts took me by surprise. I was completely transported to the forest setting and felt a sense of adventure while reading. I wanted to be amongst the trees and the animals. Pretty sure there is a trip to the Netherlands in my future. I loved Karin and Grace both as main characters. Their strength and bravery was admirable. I couldn't imagine how I would handle being lost in the woods at twelve, or knowing that my daughter was alone in the woods somewhere. Overall, I really liked this one and couldn't put it down! Thank you to Mulholland Books for copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Coulter

    You'll Thank Me for This, by Nina Siegal, has an intriguing premise: along with some other children, 12-year-old Karin is blindfolded and dropped into a national forest in the Netherlands. They are supposed to find their way out as a kind of rite of passage for Dutch youth. Reviews of this novel have called it suspenseful and a can't-put-it-down thrill ride. The story didn't hit those notes with me. At first, I thought it was going to echo some plot points from The Hunger Games or even Lord of t You'll Thank Me for This, by Nina Siegal, has an intriguing premise: along with some other children, 12-year-old Karin is blindfolded and dropped into a national forest in the Netherlands. They are supposed to find their way out as a kind of rite of passage for Dutch youth. Reviews of this novel have called it suspenseful and a can't-put-it-down thrill ride. The story didn't hit those notes with me. At first, I thought it was going to echo some plot points from The Hunger Games or even Lord of the Flies, but then, in chapters that alternate between Karin and her mother, it turns into a mystery with Karin as the quarry of a dangerous predator. There's a scene with a wolf pack that is too easily resolved. Also, something happens in the forest that is unbelievable--it's such an incredible coincidence that it took me out of the story. I'm not sure if this is marketed as an adult book or YA, but it certainly seems like a coming-of-age story, which may limit its appeal to some readers. The "Aftermath" chapter reminded me of those detective stories where the person who solves the mystery just stands up and explains the whole thing at the end. It was too much of a summary, with everything wrapped up too easily and quickly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hermione

    The opening pages drop you right in the story, and the book swiftly sends you down a winding, twisting plot. This is a really entertaining, short domestic thriller with an intriguing premise. I had never heard of this practice of dropping children in the forest to find their own way. It seems like a pretty neat way for kids to come of age, and yet if things did go wrong, you know they'd go wrong very badly. (In actual fact, there are safety measures in place, so in real life things rarely go wro The opening pages drop you right in the story, and the book swiftly sends you down a winding, twisting plot. This is a really entertaining, short domestic thriller with an intriguing premise. I had never heard of this practice of dropping children in the forest to find their own way. It seems like a pretty neat way for kids to come of age, and yet if things did go wrong, you know they'd go wrong very badly. (In actual fact, there are safety measures in place, so in real life things rarely go wrong) I find that domestic thrillers have some unlikely or unusual plot twists, and this has those. But the characters feel very real and relatable, which keeps it all earthed and it never gets too out there. The characters give us little hints and tidbits of information, which is fun. Keeps you guessing. It went in some directions I wasn't expecting, which is what is really enjoyable about these kinds of stories. When you don't see it coming. On the whole, a good little ripping yarn. The domestic thriller genre can be a little cliche and tired, even while being entertaining. But this feels intriguing and fresh. Recommended for fans of the genre. Thank you to the publisher for the copy of this book for review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stacy40pages

    You’ll Thank Me For This by Nina Siegal. Thanks to @netgalley and @mulhollandbooks for the e-Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Karin and a group of fellow pre-teens are dropped in the woods to find their way out, based on a Dutch tradition called “dropping”. After tension with the other kids, Karin finds herself alone. Meanwhile, her mother Grace finds suspicious information from her past. I loved the parts where Karin was in the woods. It was very exciting but I did wish there was more time with the other kids. It had You’ll Thank Me For This by Nina Siegal. Thanks to @netgalley and @mulhollandbooks for the e-Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Karin and a group of fellow pre-teens are dropped in the woods to find their way out, based on a Dutch tradition called “dropping”. After tension with the other kids, Karin finds herself alone. Meanwhile, her mother Grace finds suspicious information from her past. I loved the parts where Karin was in the woods. It was very exciting but I did wish there was more time with the other kids. It had the opportunity for some Lord of the Flies action. Then again, one of the children was so annoying, I was thankful he was out of the picture. While Karin’s parts were exciting, I wasn’t as interested in the story of her mom Grace and the family backstory. It did help to build anticipation for the excitement in the forest, but I just didn’t find it as exciting. I love this “dropping” idea for a book and apparently it’s a real Dutch tradition! “The Americans talked a lot about self-reliance, but the Dutch put it into practice at an early age, by basically leaving their children alone and letting them figure things out.” You’ll Thank Me For This comes out 3/23.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    First, I must say, I do not understand how the title relates to the story. Is it that the kids will be thankful that they are dropped off in the middle of a forest and need to use orienteering skills to find their way to camp? I honestly don't think so. But, despite my confusion at the title, I thoroughly enjoyed the story! I am also glad that my own son is no longer a Scout because having read this, I would start to worry every time he went out and did the same thing. But, little 12 year old Ka First, I must say, I do not understand how the title relates to the story. Is it that the kids will be thankful that they are dropped off in the middle of a forest and need to use orienteering skills to find their way to camp? I honestly don't think so. But, despite my confusion at the title, I thoroughly enjoyed the story! I am also glad that my own son is no longer a Scout because having read this, I would start to worry every time he went out and did the same thing. But, little 12 year old Karin is prepared and when things go wrong, she is able to take care of herself. I liked her portion of the story much more than Grace, her mom, uncovering questionable things back home and realizing her daughter might be in danger. If I were her merit badge counsellor, Karin would definitely have earned her Orienteering Badge! Thanks to NetGalley and Mulholland Books for a copy of the book. This review is my own opinion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Mulholland Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. Usually I am not a fan of thrillers but when I read this book description, somehow I was attracted to this storyline. As I read I could not help but think Revenant meets Hunger Games because of the survival skills and finding your way through the woods to the promise land. I admire the courage and determination Karin had throughout her jour This book was received as an ARC from Mulholland Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. Usually I am not a fan of thrillers but when I read this book description, somehow I was attracted to this storyline. As I read I could not help but think Revenant meets Hunger Games because of the survival skills and finding your way through the woods to the promise land. I admire the courage and determination Karin had throughout her journey all to be reunited with her mother. Then the twist of the century happens and Karin is blindsided and wonders what the purpose even was. I know there will be a cult following for this book and it definitely left my heart racing. We will consider adding this title to our Adult Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Golbou Makvandi

    Thank you Netgalley and Mullholland Books for the free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review! Sadly, this book wasn't for me. The Dutch tradition of dropping kids in a forest and having them find their way back sounds SO interesting and I wish this was executed in a way I liked! The book is marketed as general fiction for adults, but the writing style is pretty juvenile and this book feels more geared toward 11-13 year olds. Personally, I don't think anyone older than that would enjoy this. I do Thank you Netgalley and Mullholland Books for the free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review! Sadly, this book wasn't for me. The Dutch tradition of dropping kids in a forest and having them find their way back sounds SO interesting and I wish this was executed in a way I liked! The book is marketed as general fiction for adults, but the writing style is pretty juvenile and this book feels more geared toward 11-13 year olds. Personally, I don't think anyone older than that would enjoy this. I don't think it worked well for this book to be written in the POV of a 12-year-old. It could've been about a group of 15 or 16 year olds and been much more interesting!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joni Owens

    Such an intense mystery. It starts following Karin a 12yo girl attending a dropping (a Dutch tradition of scouts being blindfolded and dropped into a forest and having to find their way to a campsite) and everything that can go wrong, does. Karin used to visit the forest that she’s dropped at with her father before he passed away so she at least is somewhat familiar. Throughout the book it goes between Karin (the 12yo) and Grace (her mom) and what is happening to them over this night. It’s a wil Such an intense mystery. It starts following Karin a 12yo girl attending a dropping (a Dutch tradition of scouts being blindfolded and dropped into a forest and having to find their way to a campsite) and everything that can go wrong, does. Karin used to visit the forest that she’s dropped at with her father before he passed away so she at least is somewhat familiar. Throughout the book it goes between Karin (the 12yo) and Grace (her mom) and what is happening to them over this night. It’s a wild ride I couldn’t wait to figure out what was going to happen. This is a well written intense mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Arianna Mclaughlin (arianna.reads)

    2.5 rounded up. Thank you to @hbgcanada for my #gifted copy! This book is out now. You’ll Thank Me for This has such an interesting concept: kids are “dropped” into the forest at night, blindfolded and must “survive” and find their way home. This is a real Dutch tradition and sets a strong atmosphere for the story. I was ready to get spooked! Unfortunately, I found this one pretty predictable and conflicts/ tension were unrealistically and quickly resolved leaving me wanting more. I know others wil 2.5 rounded up. Thank you to @hbgcanada for my #gifted copy! This book is out now. You’ll Thank Me for This has such an interesting concept: kids are “dropped” into the forest at night, blindfolded and must “survive” and find their way home. This is a real Dutch tradition and sets a strong atmosphere for the story. I was ready to get spooked! Unfortunately, I found this one pretty predictable and conflicts/ tension were unrealistically and quickly resolved leaving me wanting more. I know others will like it and think it will also appeal to younger readers as it has strong coming-of-age elements to it and to those that don’t read thrillers as a go-to genre.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tara (chillsxthrills_)

    I thought the premise of this story was definitely interesting! I had no idea this was an actual tradition! The story was one that kept me engaged; however, not as pulse-pounding as a lot of other thrillers out there. The book was written in one of my favorite ways: one chapter was focused on Karin and her experiences and another focuses on her mother, Grace, and how everything has come to be. Once the two stories start to intersect and connect, you need to find out what is going on and get some I thought the premise of this story was definitely interesting! I had no idea this was an actual tradition! The story was one that kept me engaged; however, not as pulse-pounding as a lot of other thrillers out there. The book was written in one of my favorite ways: one chapter was focused on Karin and her experiences and another focuses on her mother, Grace, and how everything has come to be. Once the two stories start to intersect and connect, you need to find out what is going on and get some explanation! Overall, a good story and something different than other books I have read!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindyann

    Audio 3.5 I have never heard of the Dutch tradition of leaving your teen/preteen child in the forest to find their way back but it's an excellent setup for some bad things to happen. Ms. Siegal absolutely nailed the 13 year old boy d*ckness, by the way. I mean NAILED it. And even the little interaction between the 'cool' girl and Karin, the MC, was spot on. It's pretty easy to spot where the bad is coming from but the why takes more time and knowing wasn't a buzzkill. I was also happy that all of Audio 3.5 I have never heard of the Dutch tradition of leaving your teen/preteen child in the forest to find their way back but it's an excellent setup for some bad things to happen. Ms. Siegal absolutely nailed the 13 year old boy d*ckness, by the way. I mean NAILED it. And even the little interaction between the 'cool' girl and Karin, the MC, was spot on. It's pretty easy to spot where the bad is coming from but the why takes more time and knowing wasn't a buzzkill. I was also happy that all of the children make it out.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I had never heard of the Dutch tradition of “dropping” - taking teens into unfamiliar woods to find their own way back. It seems like a lot could go wrong...as it of course does in this thrilling suspense novel. It was a solid read that I would recommend to any mystery lover. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joe Jones

    The idea for this book seems so farfetched but then I found out it is based on a read Dutch tradition of dropping off blindfolded teens and preteens in the forest at night and letting them find their way to camp. An easy choice to turn into a thriller. Some minor plot issues but an enjoyable read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rose Quinn

    The premise of this book was SUPER intriguing and I can't believe that this is a real thing kids do. I found myself skimming a lot through this book and knowing what was going to happen. The story fell a little flat to me but I loved the fierce 12-year-old. The premise of this book was SUPER intriguing and I can't believe that this is a real thing kids do. I found myself skimming a lot through this book and knowing what was going to happen. The story fell a little flat to me but I loved the fierce 12-year-old.

  24. 5 out of 5

    r.bookish

    thanks for an arc. but, i mean this book had so much potential, but it wasn’t good. like there was just so much talk about everything and i just found it to be super boring. dnf @ 10%

  25. 5 out of 5

    Trang Tran (Bookidote)

    I finished this book and I thought it would be a childish book but I LOVE IT!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lumiere

    Reading a good story like this one, I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition this April.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan's Reviews

    Despite the subject matter - abduction and physical abuse - the tone of this novel came across as middle schoolish. This was not my cup of tea and I found myself skimming a fair amount of this one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Mantilla

    This is a pretty good book If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ben Williams

    Great story; I love how it was given. Good job writer! If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected]

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angel Mayumi

    Author’s way of storytelling is so good; I suggest you join Novel Star’s writing competition on April.

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