Do you enjoy fairytale retellings? Do you prefer them to be a bit on the dark side? Yes? Well, then have I got the book for you! If you answered no to either question, then maybe skip this post and go watch Bambi. Oooh! On second thought, that would make for a GREAT dark retelling! I wonder who I can pitch my idea to?
Anywho, on to the book for today! If you’re familiar with Christina Henry then you probably already have this book on preorder! I am a huge fan of retellings and Christina Henry does it like no other author I’ve come across. I always find it interesting to see what authors can come up with retellings but a lot times they can fall short for me by staying safe within the oh-so-pretty fairytales. If I read a retelling I want to be shocked and intrigued by a different point of view. Otherwise, what’s the point?
I will say though, that if you have triggers, then these may not be the books for you. A lot of her writing has gory/violent themes. I have found that I basically have zero triggers so it doesn’t bother me but I find people appreciate it when they’re warned. You’ve been warned.
It’s not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn’t look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.
There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.
Red doesn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn’t about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods….
I’ll be posting my review next month so stay tuned for that! The book is out June 18. Thank you to Berkley for the free advanced copy.