Book Review: This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel

“Welcome to Wisewood. Where we keep your secrets, if you keep ours.”

Published in March 2022, This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel follows Natalie Collins who hasn’t heard from her sister in more than half a year. The last time they spoke, Kit was struggling to get over the death of their mother. Then, she found Wisewood.

On a private island off the coast of Maine, Wisewood’s guests commit to six-month stays. During this time, they’re prohibited from contact with the rest of the world. But the rules are for a good reason: to keep guests focused on achieving true fearlessness so they can become their Maximized Selves. Natalie thinks it’s a bad idea, but Kit has had enough of her sister’s cynicism and voluntarily disappears off the grid.

Six months later, Natalie receives a menacing email from a Wisewood account threatening to reveal the secret she’s been keeping from Kit. Panicked, Natalie hurries north to come clean to her sister and bring her home. But she’s about to learn that Wisewood won’t let either of them go without a fight.

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