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 don't attend horror movies. This is an astonishingly beautifully crafted adventure tale, without pulp fiction cliche.The folk language, the deep thoughtfulness about the nature of trauma, love, forgiveness and humanity are carried in the masterful and flexible voices of the solo narrator. Bearing the bloody horror, this time, brought me a deeper look into our common humanity. The only feature of this story which allows classification with "science fiction" is the post-apocalyptic time setting. Maybe the author had only that to give her the emotional distance to bear the scenes and insights she has brought us.
This is an excellent story. I found it very suspenseful with a lot of twists and turns.
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!
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.
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