The Wolf Road
by Beth Lewis
Summary from Goodreads:
True Grit meets The Road in this postapocalyptic psychological thriller–narrated by a young girl who has just learned that her adopted father may be a serial killer, and that she may be his next victim.
In the remote wilds of a ravaged land, Elka has been raised by a man who isn’t her father. Since finding her wandering in the woods when she was seven, he has taught her how to hunt, shoot, set snares and start fires–everything she needs to survive. All she knows of the world outside is gleaned from whispers of a cataclysmic event that turned the clock back on civilization by a hundred and fifty years and reduced governments and technology to shambles, leaving men at the mercy of the elements–and each other.
Everything changes when Elka learns that the man she has been calling father is harboring a terrible secret. Armed with nothing but her knife and her wiles, she decides to escape his clutches and sets out on a long journey to the frozen north in the hope of finding her long-lost parents.
But as the trail of blood and bodies grows in her path, Elka realizes that daddy won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she’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 started out a little slow for my taste. I think it was partly due to the fact that I had some trouble getting used to the way Elka talked. I guess her character was meant to have some kind of accent, but this made it difficult for me to read the way I normally do. It wasn’t a really big deal though, and I did end up getting used to it as I read on.
The other issue that may have contributed to the slow start was that after the prologue (which was very interesting), I was eager to find out how they got there and I was expecting more action to take place. Instead, we got a lot of Elka’s background story, which I understand was necessary, but it took a while for the book to turn into the psychological thriller it was described to be.
As far as the characters go, I have no complaints and I must admit that I did like Elka quite a bit, even though she was pretty rough around the edges. As the story progressed and other characters were introduced, it definitely got better and managed to gain my full attention.
Overall, it was not the kind of book that keeps you on the edge of your seat and it was slower than I would expect for a psychological thriller, but it was a different and interesting story.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
3.5 out of 5 stars