A Wolf in the Woods by Nancy Allen is an example, for me, of the perfect use of a Prologue. She hooked me!
Every computer, cell phone…should come with a warning, Internet Predators Are Looking For You!
All the alarm bells should have went off for Breeon, but they did for her friend and coworker, assistant prosecutor, Elsie Arnold. I am so glad I did not have to deal with this fear for my child, it was the pre computer days.
Predators are alive and well in the Ozarks, even in the small town of Barton. Child and women abusers, and sex traffickers are on the prowl for the young and innocent, but they won’t pass up the opportunity to take advantage of anyone at any age.
Elsie is so frustrated, she takes matters into her own hands. I can feel her frustration with her boyfriend and the justice system. It’s almost as if prostitutes, whether in the profession voluntarily or kidnapped and forced, are the criminals and disposable. She feels no one cares, but she does and is going to do something about it.
I feel her frustration as I read through the pages. I have watched and read a lot of true crime, and I feel women were treated as second class citizens when it came to sex and violence, domestic violence…I felt law enforcement was almost as bad as the criminals who perpetrated the crimes. They sure did get my dander up in A Wolf in the Woods. The book shines the light on some people’s views of women caught in violent and dangerous situations, whether voluntarily or through kidnapping, drugging and force. The victims are left feeling their is no hope, no one to turn to, no one to trust. How true is this today?
Elsie is a hot mess. She scares me. She makes me laugh. She makes it easy for me to relate to her, as she struggles to find her way through life.
A Wolf in the Woods by Nancy Allen deals with tough subject matters in as tactful a way as possible. She fills the pages when an ominous feeling of danger and suspense. I am looking forward to reading more Ozark stories, especially more of Elsie’s story.
I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of A Wolf in the Woods by Nancy Allen.