The wolf is roaming the city in this Bram Stoker Award-winning tale, and he must be stopped.
Grim Marie knows far too much about the wolves of the world, a world where little girls go missing. After all, she had married one before he showed his claws, and what that wolf did to her little girl was unforgiveable. Grim Marie isn't certain if she can ever forgive herself for putting her Little Aleta in harm's way.
When Grandmother becomes ill, Aleta offers to take the bus through the concrete forest to Grandmother's house to bring her some goodies. She knows the way. What could possibly go wrong?
In this modern-day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf takes to the city streets to capture his prey, but the hunter is close behind him. With Grim Marie on the prowl, the hunter becomes the hunted. Wolves pad through the darkest kind of fairy tale - one that can come true.
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I waffled between four and five stars on this. I really wish most places rated on a ten-scale system, as I would give this a solid 4.5. Mr. Hempel's narration was spot on and perfect. His voice drew me into this dark tale about grief and the want for justice and revenge.The story itself was a little disjointed, which made it a touch hard to listen to at time, but it was entirely appropriate for the mood. At points, the lead character Marie, was on the point of sliding into insanity, sort of skirting the edges as she grieved for her murdered child, and burned to see justice done. I enjoyed the tale immensely as it was dark, but it was very sad. Very, very sad. I can't give out too many details of WHY I found it so sad because it would give away spoilers, and that I do not want to do. Why not five stars then? That disjointed-ness which added to the mood detracted from story, weirdly enough. In places, it seemed... too... overwrought? Which I can understand a parent grieving, but it was just a bit too much for me.
However, this is a stellar story, and, while I might have had a little trouble here and there, overall, it was a grim, dark, and delightful tale and it definitely has enticed me to check out the rest of the author's offerings.
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