Thanks to Berkley for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
THE GIRL IN RED – Christina Henry (out now!)
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
I’ve been a huge fan of Henry’s since I picked up LOST BOY a couple of years ago. This was my third outing with Christina’s retellings (THE MERMAID last year), and I was not disappointed. The dark fairy tale retellings genre is one that I’ve always loved and have a special place for in the mix with all of the crime fiction and thrillers. If you’re a fan of this genre like I am, then I highly recommend you picking this one up.
THE GIRL IN RED is a new take on Little Red Riding Hood with a post-apocalyptic backdrop. Taking place after what Red calls The Crisis, she is forced to survive the woods at night. Which also means surviving the terrors lurking in the shadows – wolves, snakes, coyotes, and worst of all, men with evil intentions. Red is willing to do whatever it takes to protect herself in this new world, even when she realizes there is something much worse out there than the creatures and men of the night.
In true Henry fashion, this is dark and foreboding all the way through. It’s a quick read at just about 300 pages and I read it in about two sittings. I love Red. She’s another fierce female lead, but with her own challenges to overcome. Little Red Riding Hood has never been so unstoppable. Armed with her intellect and an axe, she’s ready to take on whatever comes her way on her journey to get to her grandmother.
With diversity, a quick moving plot, well-developed characters, and fleshed out relationships, I would highly recommend this to those that love the retelling genre. I know they aren’t for all readers, but if you’re a fan of the author or the genre, then get this on your TBR. Now, it’s about time I pick up the ALICE series from Henry.