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cook*create*read: Review: Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review: Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback

Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback
Published by Hodder & Stoughton 2015
Source:  bookbridgr.com for review

Author's Website:  Cecilia Ekback

There are six homesteads on Blackasen Mountain.

A day's journey away lies the empty town. It comes to life just once, in winter, when the Church summons her people through the snows. Then, even the oldest enemies will gather.

But now it is summer, and new settlers are come.

It is their two young daughters who find the dead man, not half an hour's walk from their cottage.

The father is away. And whether stubborn, or stupid, or scared for her girls, the mother will not let it rest.

To the wife who is not concerned when her husband does not come home for three days; to the man who laughs when he hears his brother is dead; to the priest who doesn't care; she asks and asks her questions, digging at the secrets of the mountain.

They say a wolf made those wounds. But what wild animal cuts a body so clean?

Ok, shallow stuff out of the way first.  Beautiful cover, yes?!  It is gorgeous, and reflects the atmosphere of this story perfectly!

Set in the harsh, unforgiving landscape of Swedish Lapland in 1717, this historical fiction/ murder mystery/coming of age story starts quite slowly, gradually building, gradually pulling you in until its' icy cold fingers have you firmly in its grip.  It is mysterious and mystical, intriguing and atmospheric.  The bleak and foreboding landscape is masterfully described and the clever twists in the story will keep you guessing to the end.  

It did take me a little while to get into the story, but I am so glad that I persevered.  A slow burning read with an underlying current of sinister tension and suspense, coupled with memorable and interesting characters, this story will stay with me for a long time.  Thank you to bookbridgr.com for the chance to read and review this book! I will be recommending it to everyone I meet!

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