By: Beth Lewis
Published By: Borough Press
Published on: June 30th 2016
A seven year old girl is swept away from her home and village by a disastrous storm that drops her into the middle of the woods. Scared and alone the girl wanders until she comes across a man who offers to help her find her nana. Upon his return from searching he has bad news; her nana’s dead. Instead of turning the girl away, he takes her in and names her Elka. She in turn refers to the man as Trapper. Trapper teaches Elka how to live off of the land by hunting, trapping and wilderness knowledge. Together they survive off the land. Ten years later and Elka heads into town and notices her Trapper on a wanted poster. Deciding to flee Elka stumbles into an adventure trying to find her parents. But Elka isn’t the only one in the woods; someone is following her. Will the knowledge that Trapper instilled in her be enough to keep her safe? As Elka gets closer to her destination, her past is blown wide open and she might be just as guilty as her Trapper.
Wolf Road was an incredibly captivating read. I had no idea what to expect when I opened that first page but I couldn’t put the book down until I had read it to the end. In Beth Lewis’ debut novel I was struck with equal amounts of disgust, terror and heart stopping thrills. There are several detailed and very graphic scenes involving hunting and skinning animals. As someone who loves to hunt and whose best friends slaughter for a living, I was quite impressed with the knowledge Lewis had to have to make this book seem very real. I never once questioned how the characters went about this part of the story.
I fell in love with Elka (the main character) almost immediately. She started as a stubborn seven-year-old and blossomed into a strong woman with knowledge that can only be obtained from living in the wild. I loved being inside her head as the story is told from her point of view. The psychology of her thoughts and actions was beautifully revealed throughout the story. I even found a soft spot for her “Wolf” and loved how spot on Lewis told the interactions between wolf and girl.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good thriller just as long as you have a strong stomach; this book is not for the feeble hearted. Dark, magical and all together wonderful, The Wolf Road will leaving you with a chill down to the bone.
I received a copy of this book from blogging for books in an exchange for an honest review.