Title: The Girl in Red
Author: Christina Henry
Genre: Science Fiction
Published by: Berkley
Published Date: June 18, 2019
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….
This is quite the riveting story. It gets weirder, scarier and more believable as I read!
Red is a pegged-leg, petite woman. She is by no means frail, quite the opposite. With courage, intelligence and caring heart she manages to live through true terror—a terror where no one is safe. She has watched so much Sci-Fi, she identifies with many scenes on TV through her ordeal. She’s a planner, likes control and has a ruthless sharp-wit about her that does her in good stead.
When the Cough comes to town, she is prepared for the worst; she has been carrying her knapsack with everything neatly packed for weeks (a quick getaway, if necessary), getting in shape to carry all the weight, and keep herself balanced.
All hell breaks loose just a day before her family and her want to leave to travel by foot, some 350 miles through forests and backroads to her grandmother’s house. Tragedy strikes. Decisions are quickly made. The Cough follows, dogging Adam, her brother, and her every step. Can she outrun the Cough? Can she outrun desperate men? Can she keep Adam from giving up? Is there anyone she can trust? All these questions had me coiled on my chair.
Adam, Red’s brother, appears to be very shallow, but surprisingly, he eventually gets my admiration.
I haven’t read anything from this author before. I notice she tends to take fairy tale stories and creates a Sci-Fi thriller from it. This is one story I could read again. I’m hoping to read a sequel—the ending could be just a catch-your-breath moment. Red may be safe, but is the world? Well written, a real thriller with just the right amount of humor that I didn’t pass out holding my breath!