Book Review: The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
Published: 18th June 2019 by Titan Books Ltd
Keywords: Horror, Dystopian, Post apocalyptic, Gore, Retelling, LGBTQ, Amputee
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….
Red has watched enough horror and post apocalyptic movies to know what to do and what not to do when the world is thrown in to crisis and a deadly cough starts to kill off the majority of the population. As an amputee with a prosthetic leg she makes sure her bag is packed with everything she will need to survive and walks for miles daily in preparation for what is to come.
She has one goal now, make it to her Grandmother’s cabin in the woods in one piece, avoiding the military camps, the militia and whatever is making peoples chests explode from the inside out.
A heart wrenching tale of loss, survival, companionship and the real life horrors we face everyday from the true nature of human beings. What happens when the rules of humanity is lost and the desires of men are left to roam free? Red doesn’t want to find out and uses all of her wit, energy and movie knowledge to ensure the wolves don’t get their prey.
I already love Christina’s writing style and dry humor. This book in particular switches between past and present events each chapter which kept me engaged and keeps certain questions open for quite a long time, we know Red’s brother is no longer with her but what actually happened to him? What happened to her parents?
As a fan of Christina Henry’s previous retelling novels, The Girl in Red is a fantastic and important addition that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good post apocalyptic tale involving a badass female.
Thanks to the publisher for sending me an advance readers copy of this novel.
My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars
THIS BOOK WAS SENT TO ME FOR REVIEW BY THE PUBLISHER