Release Date: April 18, 2017
Read Date: July 25, 2016 (Won an ARC on Facebook)
Rating: 5/5 stars
Anyone who knows me knows that Kelley Armstrong is my all-time favorite author. Her Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising series are two of my all-time favorite series, and her writing is simply stunning. So when I won an ARC of this book, I promptly freaked the eff out. I devoured it in one day and totally ignored my whole family (I was visiting extended family and being Italian, that’s a lot of people!) in favor of diving into it.
This stand-alone follows Winter Crane, a 17 year old girl living in the most ho-dunk–middle-of-nowhere-has-one-streetlight town in the middle of Kentucky with an alcoholic, abusive father and a runaway sister who honestly just wants to gtfo. She lives in a cabin in the woods most of the time to avoid her father, and has learned to hunt and survive off of the land, even how to coexist with a pack of rabid dogs.
One day, while hunting, she comes across a young guy who looks like he’s been tortured and hunted down by the rabid dogs. Feeling a sense of responsibility because of reasons that are spoilers, she takes him back to the cabin and nurses him back to health. He leaves in a hurry and a day later, his brother comes searching for him. So Winter and Jude become an unlikely and unwilling team to find Lennon and Winter’s friend Evie, who went missing at the same time that Lennon did.
This book was a suspense-filled ride. Armstrong’s writing pulls you in and doesn’t let you go for anything. The immersion into the world is incredibly effective and the plot is complicated and intriguing enough to keep even the most seasoned mystery reader from solving it before the end.
If it’s not obvious, I highly recommend this book. It’s a phenomenal stand-alone that will leave you with a racing heart and a blown mind.
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