Today I have a review of The Girl in Red by Christina Henry available on June 18, 2019 from Berkley Publishing! I love a good retelling, and this one is brilliant! Woo hoo!
I’ve long wanted to read a Christina Henry book. I’ve even bought a couple for my shelf and just haven’t read them yet. I’m thrilled that The Girl in Red was my first because what a way to begin!
The Girl in Red is a post-apocalyptic spin on Little Red Riding Hood. It’s no longer safe to be in the woods. The creatures come out at night, and sometimes there are men worse than the creatures. Ever since the “Crisis” happened, the woman in the red jacket (“Red”) has no choice but to enter the woods at night.
Those who survived the crisis now live in quarantine camps where disease and death are formidable adversaries. Red is trying to survive.
Imagine all the evil men and cruel beasts and mash them together and then you may have identified Red’s true adversary. But Red’s no weak woman. You’ll see.
The Girl in Red is hauntingly dark and beautifully written. Red is a character to absolutely love. She’s a fighter and as tough as they come. I loved the pace and the ending came on fast, too, almost leaving an opening for a sequel maybe?
This is a book you can easily binge. I would start it when you have time to keep going because the pace and suspense keeps you completely engaged, and I know I couldn’t bear to put it down! The Girl in Red is a magnificently compelling and smart retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales!
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a postapocalyptic take on the perennial classic “Little Red Riding Hood”…about a woman who isn’t as defenseless as she seems.
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….
Have you read The Girl in Red, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR