The Beginning Woods

People are disappearing everywhere, but no one knows why. These disappearances are called Vanishings, but what are they and why are only adults affected? Trying to find any kind of answer, Boris searches endlessly for a possible scientific answer, without any success, until one evening he meets an old woman who tells him a story that has its roots in the legends of the Beginning Woods. But who is Max and how is he responsible for the Vanishings?

With incredibly well written characters, who jump off the page at you, this story makes great use of origin stories, both scientific and fantastical, to create a place of origin, the Beginning Woods, where all stories come from.

A very meandering story that jumps all over the place and doesn’t know if it’s supposed to be about science or magic, this is a weird, convoluted book that still kept me reading right to the end.