Set in a post-nuclear war world, Elka is 7 years old when she found alone in a forest after a severe thunderstorm destroys her Nana’s house and raised by a man whom she names Trapper. He teaches her to hunt and trap and survive in the wild for 10 years until the law comes looking for him. Then Elka learns that Trapper is a wanted serial killer and all the things that she did not see or think to question Trapper about while living with him become glaringly obvious to her. The law thinks she is involved with the murders and she is disgusted with Trapper so she starts hiking north in search of her parents who left her with her Nana in search of gold. But instead of escaping her past, it is following her, killing people as she runs.
This story was engaging but Elka’s broken English made it hard to read and for the words to flow easily into speed through this book. It is very disturbing in parts and makes you distrust all human characters in this book. In this post-apocalyptic world, there are a lot of crazy people out there murdering and others taking advantage of the poor and desperate. The way Elka’s mind works is like a puzzle that you are trying to solve the entire book. Overall I enjoyed the book since I love psychological thriller and crime/mystery novel. But it was very emotionally heavy, so definitely not a light read.
I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
I received an advanced copy of this book from Penguin’s First to Read Program with no requirement to review book.