The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis: A Book Review

9781101906125ABOUT THE WOLF ROAD

ELKA BARELY REMEMBERS a time before she knew Trapper. She was just seven years old, wandering lost and hungry in the wilderness, when the solitary hunter took her in. In the years since then, he’s taught her how to survive in this desolate 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 has been harboring a terrible secret. He’s a killer. A monster. And now that Elka knows the truth, she may be his next victim.

Armed with nothing but her knife and the hard lessons Trapper’s drilled into her, Elka flees into the frozen north in search of her real parents. But judging by the trail of blood dogging her footsteps, she hasn’t left Trapper behind—and he won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she’s going to survive, Elka will have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about the dark road she’s been set on.

The Wolf Road is an intimate cat-and-mouse tale of revenge and redemption, played out against a vast, unforgiving landscape—told by an indomitable young heroine fighting to escape her past and rejoin humanity.

My Review: I have mixed feelings about this one. I felt like it had a really unique premise, but from the start I wasn’t sure what direction it was going to take. There were several times I expected it to go a different way than it ended up.

One of my biggest issues with this book is that it felt very unclear and at times confusing. We aren’t given enough background information to understand where and when it takes place or what exactly happened to bring us to this point. The main character, Elka also talked a lot in her head and made a lot of foreshadowing statements, that I found kind of annoying.

I enjoyed the kind of “cat and mouse” theme that was throughout this book.  I also loved that the villain was so behind the scenes and in the shadows, but we knew that he was to be feared. I loved the character of Penelope and I loved the friendship that forms between her and Elka. I wish Penelope had been developed even more. I also would have liked to know more about Elka’s parents.

This was a dark story and it had some disturbing and gross themes, but it was also at times suspenseful and intriguing. I found the characters interesting and I enjoyed a good amount of this book, but I think it could have been shorter, faster-paced and a bit clearer in spots.

All in all, a decent read.

*I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beth Lewis is a managing editor at Titan Books in London. She was raised in the wilds of Cornwall and split her childhood between books and the beach. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and has had close encounters with black bears, killer whales, and great white sharks. She has been a bank cashier, a fire performer, and a juggler.
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