Crown, 2017 (2017)
Reviewed by Lyn Seippel
inter Crane can't wait to leave Reeve's End, Kentucky. There's no future there. Classmates graduate or drop out, and leave. She misses her sister Cadence and best friend, Edie, but she understands why they both took off as soon as they could. She plans to do the same. For now, she's saving every cent she makes by working for the town doctor and tutoring fellow students.
he lives in an abandoned shack in the woods to avoid spending time in the rundown trailer she shares with her alcoholic and abusive dad. She spends as little money as possible, even for meals. She saves by foraging, hunting and trapping her food.
lthough the woods offer Winter and many gentle creatures a safe place, they can be dangerous, too. It's habitat to native wild animals such as bears, coyotes and wildcats and even feral dogs who've been abandoned by their masters. Avoiding those animals and the legal hunters or poachers who stalk them is a way of life for Winter. There are also abandoned coal mines that once provided jobs for the old-timers still living in Reeve's End. That was long before Winter, her sister Cadence, and her dad ended up there.
ne day, on the way home from school, Winter finds an injured boy huddled in a tree where he sought safety from a pack of wild dogs. The boy tells her a story about a missing girl. Shocked, Winter realizes the girl is Edie. She begins to wonder if her friends and sister never really left at all. What if instead of pursuing their dreams, they are all missing? Now she has something else to fear in the woods. Stalked by a psychopath, Winter sets out to find Edie.
here's a little romance, a lot of mystery, and some very creepy things happening to keep the reader turning pages in
. Kelley Armstrong has written a satisfyingly chilling stand-alone.
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