The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

Synopsis: 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….

Review: I really like Christina Henry’s novels and I must admit that I am always very curious to discover retellings. So I quickly let myself be tempted by A Girl in Red.

It is a dystopia that we find here with an epidemic that ravages the world in a few days. No one knows what’s going on, but Red is determined that her family will survive. Yet, despite all her hopes, things will not go as planned.

I had a really good time with that novel and I was always really looking forward to going back to the past to find out what her family had become, what Red had done to get there. We will therefore also discover her in the present, a suspicious young woman in the forest who is ready to do anything to achieve her goal.

I found that the author had made a very nice and interesting job about her story and I was eager to see what would happen, although I must admit that I would have liked a follow-up to learn more about the Sergeant or what would happen now for everyone.

It was a very good novel, very original and at the same time with a very close base.  It’s easy to get attached to Red even if she sometimes seems cold. It’s not easy for her, but she’ll do anything to get out of it!

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