Title: The girl in red.
Author: Christina Henry.
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd.
Page count: 363.
Release day: June 18th 2019.
Genre: YA, horror.
Rating: 4.5 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
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….
The fact that I now want to read all of her books probably says a lot already!
I’m not really sure if I read this book at the smartest time haha! I totally forgot what this book was about before starting it. From the start we know something has happened to the world, after like 20 pages there is talk about this virus, and then 60 pages in she starts talking about a worldwide pandemic.. But by that time I was already so invest in the story that I needed to continue!
I really like our main character Red! She really thinks things through, and doesn’t rush into stupid situations, which lots of main characters do! I think that was also kind of the point, since she keeps thinking things like ‘Never split up, that’s where it always goes wrong in movies’. I liked that! She has a prosthetic leg, so there is some representation, even though I can’t say if it is good or not. But I really liked that she did not let that stop her walking for 300 miles (if I remember correctly). I did not like the amount of times it was mentioned though, at some point I was like ‘yes I get it, you have a prosthetic leg, but you’re still a strong independent woman’.
I really enjoyed the story, because you kept guessing about when it was going to go wrong. I mean it is described as horror, so something is bound to go badly! There is some small mystery kinda thing going on, and I just needed to figure it out. I just could not put the book down. And I was excited to continue on as soon as I did actually put it down!
But for a book described as horror, I wasn’t as scared as expected I would be. I mean there were definitely parts were I was a bit scared, but the book did not give me nightmares. There were of course moments were my mind was freaking out, because I just knew something was about to happen, but that also just made me continue reading! Normally I would say that horror/thriller is not for me, since I thought I was quite easily scared!
I absolutely loved Christina Henry’s writing, one of the main reasons why I now really want to read her other books as well!
Lately I’ve been using this CAWPILE rating system, which comes from G from Bookroast on youtube. I thought it would be interesting to show you my rating for different parts:
Average: 8.4 (which means 4 stars, but I’m going to give it 4.5!)