About the book
- Title & Author: The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper
- Publisher: Head of Zeus
- Page Count: 464 pages
- Rating: 5 stars
Buy The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper: Amazon (US), Bookshop.org (UK), The Book Depository (Global)
The Wolf Den was an immediate hit just a few pages in.
You know you’re reading a good book when you can’t stop telling the people around you you’re reading a good book. Just out of the blue. Without any prompting.
The premise of the book is actually quite simple. We’re taken through Amara’s time working at The Wolf Den, but wow, is it emotional and engrossing. It’s one of those books you just don’t want to end.
Each woman within the den feels real and honest as if you’d know them if you met them today. They’re not stereotypes or predictable. They’re complicated and completely relatable.
The world in which they live and work is small, which makes grasping the story and the characters easy. Even if some of the girls themselves come from much further away.
The gritty realness is my favourite part. There’s no skirting over it. The girls swear they do their job whether they want to or not, and they make do with what they have. It’s essentially survival.
The writing is heartbreaking but in a subtle way. The reality of their situation and the perspective in which we see it through weaves between being normal and then jolting you out of that normality with the reality of it.
On one page, we see Amara’s perspective as if she’s in the day-to-day grind of life, and then on the next, we see her reflect and battle with it.
It’s the perfect blend of historical accuracy and characters that are relatable to a modern reader. I’d give it 10 stars if I could.
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