Hello friends, happy Friday! It’s the end of the week, I hope you’re all doing well! Today I’m going to be posting my review of Michael Finkel’s book The Stranger in the Woods.
The Stranger in the Woods by: Michael Finkel: After almost three decades in the woods, Chris Knight has been caught. After graduating high school, Knight decided to leave the modern world behind; he quit his job and drove until he couldn’t anymore and started to live out in the forests of Northern Maine, secluded from anyone and everything. A true story that felt fictional, Finkel brought Knight’s story to life with detailed writing and reporting. For the most part this was well written and told. The reader was captivated by this story and just fell into a rabbit hole of this guy’s life. How one just goes off grid was wildly compelling and the reader was transfixed. Learning about Knight and the way he lived for so long was interesting, but the way the author kept trying to insert himself into Knight’s life got weird; especially near the end of the book. It’s understood that Finkel is a journalist and he’s doing his job reporting and telling this story, but there were moments where he just went too far that it felt like it was borderline stalking. Finkel used personal anecdotes to help tell the story, and to what felt like, tell the reader how similar he thought he was to Knight. That part was slower to get through as the reader didn’t really care, but the rest of the book was really fast-paced. This book was short, and Knight’s story was interesting, so it was easy to get through but the personal author bits didn’t do it for the reader.