Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

The Wolf Road: A Novel

by Beth Lewis

Released July 5, 2016




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.




The book starts out with the conclusion of the main character's desperate voyage through the wilderness. As much of the book is Elka's dangerous journey pursued by a serial killer she once called Daddy, a lot of tension is diminished knowing the end right off the bat. Half the fun of books, especially thriller/suspense books, is that lead to the dramatic ending.

The dialect and speech of the character Elka felt off. She sounds more like an Appalachian English speaker although she lives in the northwest Canadian backwoods. Also, she speaks more articulately - Elka knows words and terms she'd have been unlikely to have ever heard more than once, if at all - than you'd expect from an illiterate teenager raised almost in complete isolation by an often absent "father." The First Person viewpoint also was a bit annoying as Elka had to describe so much that, honestly, I just wished she'd shut up. It just got to be too much for me. I almost felt like I was being talked down to.

The Wolf Road is still a good read with a compellingly novel plot. I think a solid three star rating is fair. 

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.