The Wolf Road
By Beth Lewis
After being swept away by a thunderhead and left stranded and alone at the young age of 7, Elka is taken in by Trapper. Living in a remote cabin in the woods, he teaches her all that she requires to survive and quickly becomes the only father figure she has ever known.
10 years later Elka’s life of trapping, hunting, and surviving with Trapper is about to come to an end in a way she could never have foreseen. She discovers a grisly secret hidden for years by the man she now calls father. The life she has known is a lie. Armed with only a knife and her survival skills, she must now make a dangerous trek north to escape Trapper and locate her true parents.
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Accompanied by her internal struggle of memories and deceit, sporadically Elka is visited by a young wolf who appears at times throughout her journey, keeping an ever faithful eye. The wolf seems to carry a strong symbolism within the story, but I will leave that for you to interpret as you will. Her only other true companionship comes in the form of a young woman Penelope, who seems to harbor her own secrets.
But then there is Lyons, the magistrate who is tracking both Elka and Trapper (Kreager Hallet) in connection with the death of her son. Neither one appear to be far behind Elka. Running from the only father she has ever known, but now views as a monster, Elka is forced to make a difficult decision when she finds herself face to face him.
“You been walking my wolf road all your life, Elka girl, clawing and biting right on mmy heels, begging for scraps and teaching and I gave ’em both. I gave you everything you’d ever need to walk right alongside me. You and me Elka, we’s twin flames, remember. Even if I ain’t living nor more, you ain’t never gonna be rid of me.”
-Beth Lewis, The Wolf Road
The Wolf Road is haunting and brilliantly written. From beginning to end, I found myself riveted by this suspenseful tale. Beth Lewis is a powerful writer who has managed to create something uniquely terrifying and memorable. With a heavy hitting start and a suitable ending, it is a truly gripping read. I am giving this one 5 stars because I just could not absorb enough of it and have instantly added this to my favorites list!
*I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
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