True Grit meets The Road in this postapocalyptic psychological thriller - narrated by a young girl who has just learned that her adoptive father may be a serial killer and that she may be his next victim.
Everything Elka knows of the world she learned from the man she calls Father, the solitary hunter who took her under his wing when she was just seven years old. He has taught her how to shoot, track, set snares, and start fires - all the skills she needs to survive in a frozen, lawless land where civilization has been destroyed and men are at the mercy of the elements and each other. But the man Elka thought she knew so well is harboring a terrible secret. He's a killer. A monster. And now that Elka knows the truth, she, too, is in danger.
Armed with nothing but her knife and the survival skills he's taught her, Elka makes her escape and sets out on a journey to the frozen North in the hope of finding her long-lost parents. But judging by the trail of blood and bodies dogging her footsteps, Daddy won't be letting his little girl go without a fight. If Elka's going to survive, she'll have to turn and confront not just him but the truth about what he's turned her into.
The Wolf Road is an intimate cat-and-mouse tale of justice and revenge played out against a vast, unforgiving landscape - told by an unforgettable, tough-as-nails young heroine whose struggle to escape the terrors of her past and rejoin humanity are at once horrifying and heartbreaking.
©2016 Beth Lewis (P)2016 Recorded Books
I tried really hard to enjoy this book. However, the storyline felt predictable and the dialect felt out of place. On top of that, the narrator's storytelling did not feel natural to the rhythm of the story. I kept thinking I'd get use to the dialect and the narrator, but struggled until the last line.
Would've been better with someone with a natural
Country accent. Whoopin' and hollering, for instance, is not pronounced with a "w" in whoopin. It's alliterative: the "w" is pronunced like it is with the word "who". /hooping and hollering/
This was one of a few distracting cringe-worthy problems with the accent.
People with real
Country accents can read. Maybe find one when needed.
The narrator's acting, however, was excellent. I could feel the emotions of the characters as she portrayed them.
Thomas in CA
I definitely recommend reading this if you like westerns and thrillers. This book gets better and better with every page. Elka and her friend Penelope, hero and villain in one person show us how blurry the lines between good and evil can be. Enjoy!
A book similar to "The Road" but with more depth and probability. Was hoping for a happy ending but got a truthful hopeful one instead. A bit long winded but with great characters. The only main fault I felt was that the main character, Elka, had too big a vocabulary for someone that spent most of her life alone or with only one person for company... not to mention not ignorant enough. Otherwise great.
If I had to describe it, I'd say it's a bit of McCarthy's The Road, Punke's The Revenant, and a dash of McCarthy's No Country For Old Men all mixed into one story. That being said, it ends up being its own thing. I did find some personal criticisms with the book, but regardless, I was entertained all the way though. Writing style is unique and beautiful, characters are well written, and the plot is extremely well-paced and intense.
The book grabbed me and held me right from the start. About two or so chapters in you wonder why the author gave away the end at the beginning? But it's still has you and you keep reading because it's a good story. Great characters too. And as you move farther on in the book you realize that the scene at the start wasn't really the finale and that if you didn't already know that fact, you may have been so focused on that that you would have missed the real story!! It's good. No wasting a credit here.
I can't think of any books that truly compare to it off the top of my head. It had so many unique aspects to it.
Can't answer that without spoilers, so I'm not answering.
Again, not giving anything away.
The narration of the book was excellent. Each character was well done, without any annoying ones on the part of the narrator. She did an excellent job and that is a key ingredient in a good audiobook
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