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Hold the Dark by William Giraldi - Review.

Hold the Dark - William Giraldi

Publication Date:  Paperback 26th Febuary 2015 Kindle available now from No Exit Press

 

Source: Publisher Review Copy.

 

Wolves have come for the children of Keelut. Three children have been snatched from this isolated Alaskan village, including the six-year-old son of Medora and Vernon Slone. Wolf expert Russell Core arrives in Keelut to investigate the killings and learns of the horrifying darkness at the heart of Medora. 
When her husband returns from a desert war to discover his boy dead and his wife missing, he begins a maniacal pursuit that cuts a bloody swathe across the frozen landscape. As Core attempts to rescue Medora from her husband’s vengeance, he comes face to face with a dark secret at the furthermost reaches of American soil.

 

This was a fast and haunting read - extremely atmospheric, beautifully written, with a dark heart.

 

When wolf expert Russell Core arrives to help Medora track down her son's body and track the wolf that took him, he embarks on a dangerous and violent journey where not everything is as it first appears. When Vernon arrives back from war to discover the tragedy, he is after vengeance and begins a bloody pursuit across the Alaskan landscape.

 

I read this in one sitting - descriptively speaking it is extremely well done, although very violent in places which may disturb some people. For me it just added to the haunting feel this read gives you, often quite frightening but always pulling you along in order to find out what has happened to the children of Keelut and what will happen to Medora and Russell.

 

Medora is a fascinating character - not terribly likeable, I found it hard to have sympathy either for her or Vernon, despite their tragic loss. Everyone in this remote and cold location live a hard life, there are secrets waiting to be uncovered that are both horrifying and intriguing all at the same time. I was enthralled and, to be honest by the end, somewhat confused by certain parts.

 

Overall a terrific read, although I would perhaps have liked a little more closure when it comes to certain plot arcs, however this was a chilling and expressive story and I would recommend it for fans of Literary thrillers.

 

Happy Reading Folks!