Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson
Description from goodreads:
The body of a young girl is discovered in a field of wheat. Her flesh mutilated by telltale claw marks. The Wolf has broken the peace.
When Valerie learns that her sister has been killed by the legendary creature, she finds herself at the center of a dark mystery, one that has plagued her village for generations. It is revealed that the werewolf lives among them, and everyone in the village immediately becomes a suspect. Could her secret love Peter be behind the attacks on her town? Is it her betrothed, Henry? Or someone even closer to her?
As the men in the village hunt for the beast, Valerie turns to her grandmother for help. She gives Valerie a handmade red riding cloak, and guides her through the web of lies and deception that has held her town together for so long. Will Valerie discover the werewolf's identity before the town is ripped apart?
This is a dangerous new vision of a classic fairy tale, the happy ending could be hard to find.
I know a lot of people hated this book, but for me it wasn't that bad. What did you think?
Every month the village gives the wolf a sacrafice so it doesn't kill any of the villagers. When Valerie's sister turns up dead and it's evident that the wolf is responsible, they then hire a wolf hunter. He tells the village that the wolf is living amoung them, one of them. Valerie's old friend and new love Peter is also back after ten years. Valerie is also now betrothed to Henry. So she goes behind Henry's back and keeps her love for Peter a secret.
When the wolf contacts Valerie and she can understand it, she is used to lure the wolf, but is the wolf someone closest to her? Will it kill the people who she loves?
This book was pretty good. I read this driving down to Nebraska and it was entertaining enough that I read it most of the drive. There were some things that confused me, like the background information about the wolf, and why Peter disappeared all those years ago. I liked the story overall though. 4/5