Title: The Girl in Red
Author: Christina Henry
Published: 18th June 2019
Edition: UK Paperback
My Rating: ★★★★★
Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the publisher, all opinions are my own.
Synopsis: 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…
Thank you Titan Books for sending me this beautiful copy of The Girl In Red by Christina Henry to read and review!
I thought that this book was absolutely incredible, I found the main character, Red, to be brave, strong and overall she was an amazing character! The book is a Red Riding Hood retelling based in a post apocalyptic world. Red is trying to get to her grandma’s house but she faces a lot of obstacles just to get there. Red didn’t think that she was a killer but she wasn’t about to let any human nor beast eat her just because she is a woman alone in the woods.
I highly recommend this book and all of Christina Henry’s other books, they’re such dark reads but I find them so much fun to read! I ended up binging this one in one evening, I struggled to put it down. I put it down for an hour Saturday night thinking I’ll read the last 100 pages in the morning but I just couldn’t stop thinking about it and picked it up again to finish.
This is all done from Red’s point of view but it’s done in two ways, Before and After. Before is where she’s just starting out with her family beginning to leave for their Grandma’s house and how the apocalypse is affecting them and how she ends up alone without any of her family which is what we see in the After sections.
Christina Henry is one of my absolute favourite dark retelling authors since Titan Books sent me Lost Boy a couple of years ago! You can find my review for Lost Boy here and The Mermaid here. My Alice review is currently in progress :3
I’m looking forwards to reading Red Queen which is only one released I need to read and her new ones coming out next year (2020), Looking Glass which according to Goodreads is a set of 4 novella’s from the Alice duology and then there is The Ghost Tree which sounds interesting so can’t wait to find out what that one will be about!