Review - The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: June 18, 2019
Date Read: June 21, 2019
Length:  304 pages
Source: Publisher
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....
My Review

I liked this book a lot!  I really had no idea that this book would be a post-apocalyptic story but I couldn't have been happier about that fact once I started reading.  I see now that little fact would have been obvious if I had read the book's summary before diving in but I like to go into books as blinding as I can so I can be surprised.  It worked well in this case.  Once I started reading, I was completely taken with Red as she fought to survive in a terrifying world.  I really had a fantastic time with this book!

There is a virus, known as the Cough, that is wiping out much of the population.  Red's family is safe but they don't know how much longer things will stay that way.  They decide that the best course of action is to travel by foot to Grandma's house since she is pretty isolated.  Red is prepared and ready for the challenge.  Her parents and brother are not nearly as eager to start the journey.

Red is an amazing character.  She lost her leg in an accident when she was younger and now uses a prosthetic leg.  Others often see her as disabled or crippled but Red knows she is very capable.  She is also very aware of how things are different for her.  I really liked the way that we got a glimpse into what life would be like with a prosthesis.  The way that maintaining balance, dealing with difficult terrain, and fatigue were worked into the story was expertly handled.  I also really liked the fact that Red is biracial.   Racism does play a part in this story and I hated what Red and her family had to deal with.

I really thought that this book was exciting.  Just when I thought I knew what was going on, things would happen that made me doubt everything.   This book did such a great job of keeping me guessing.  I think that the way that the story was laid out worked well.  We see things from Red's perspective at the beginning of the crisis and also much later on.  I thought that by alternating these two points in time they both seemed just a bit more powerful. 

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This was a thrilling story with an incredibly tough and intelligent heroine.  There were lots of twists and turns that kept the pages turning through Red's tragedies and triumphs.  I can't wait to read more from Christina Henry!

I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group.
About the Author

Christina Henry is the author of The Mermaid, Lost Boy, Alice, Red Queen, and the national bestselling Black Wings series featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle, Beezle.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. I want it :D I have read all her other ones

  2. I read some of her books, totally dark and very excitingly scary. Gnna try this one yes

  3. I have read some of her other works. I do like how she does fairy tale retellings in very imaginative and different ways. They border on horror a little too closely for me. Although this one seems more dark apocalypse which I do like. Excellent review.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  4. Excellent review, and I love the premise of the story!

  5. I have this one from the library right now and am excited to dive in. I love Henry and hope this one measures up for me.

  6. Oh yes I had a good time with this one as well!

  7. I haven't read this author but this does sound good.

  8. Ooh I'm seeing this pop up all over. It sounds fabulous. I think I'm reading this next after my current read. :)

  9. Oh yeah, this one has my name on it. Glad you loved it and, fun, that you dove in without checking out what it was about.

  10. i have seen this one around and have been curious about people's take on it. great review and i do think it is one i would like too
    sherry @ fundinmental

  11. I'm intrigued! I don't think I've ever seen a Little Red Riding Hood retelling!

  12. It sounds like this was a book that kept surprising you for the better! The world building and the world that needs surviving sound like my kind of read. And already I love Red from your description. Strong and not letting her disability get in her way of doing what she wants to do. The representation sounds amazing!

  13. People have been raving about this book. I didn't even know I needed it in my life, but I obviously do.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  14. I'm seeing this book everywhere at the moment!


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