Written by: Vitina Molgaard
By the end, Nathan was no longer the boy we had adventures with on the Heath nor the young man who went to war in the Crimea. He grew to be half a human being and half some ancient and unnamed thing, and despite my warnings, we were all pulled into his hell, as if by the swift currents of an unseen river.
— The White Forest
This White Forest is a well written tale that definitely totes a gothic nature. Perhaps not as prevalent as some might expect given the title and nature of the tale, but this is unquestionably gothic territory. The words flow smoothly and beautifully across the page and I found myself completely ingrained in the novel immediately, which is always a treat.
Jane Silverlake is a young woman who has had a very difficult time growing up. This young woman has a secret and it’s directly caused her to suffer rejection from her own family as well as her peers. Because what others see in young Jane frightens them, as they misconstrue who the woman is in general due to her abnormalities.
Our young Jane is taken under the wing of two companions, and in their relationship she finds solace and some peace in her life. At least for awhile she does. As they begin to come of age their friendships begin showing the signs of complications. See now Jane’s secret has started to bring contention between her and the two others. These friends are Nathan and Madeline, and they have begun to show romantic interest in each other, a situation that Jane has problems understanding.
Nathan takes a very serious interest in our protagonist’s ‘talent’ as well as various other cultic activity. All the while Madeline is put off by both of these aspects in their lives. One day Nathan disappears and that is where things really begin to go awry.
I’ve already shared quite a bit here (I don’t aim to delve all too much deeper into plot details) but there is some necessity involved in my stating that the world that these people live in has become altered and Jane is the very reason behind the change. Prepare to meet others here that will challenge the concept of this story, but also understand that we’re entering a very new, unique realm.
Mr. Adam McOmber has constructed a tale that will fit wonderfully in the minds of those who tend to gravitate to the weird and unknown elements of existence and reality. Metaphysical in construct, the horror of The White Forest comes not from graphic depictions of violence and gore, but a far more complex arena. And you’re likely going to enjoy it.