Rating: 4 / 5
I really enjoyed THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Ernshaw when I read it earlier this year, so have been hoping to get to WINTERWOOD! When I pulled a ‘book box book’ prompt from my bookish advent calendar, combined with the #TheFestiveReadathon hosted by Steph Loves last week, this was the perfect pick!
WINTERWOOD follows Nora Walker, born to a line of Walker women with a special connection to the woods. Her home is frequently cut off from electricity and communication by the onset of winter, but she still feels right at home there.
When a boy from the camp across the lake goes missing during a storm, everyone fears the worst. The Walkers are known for finding lost things in the woods, so Nora isn’t entirely shocked that she is the one to find the lost boy. What is surprising is the fact that he’s still alive, though he doesn’t remember where he’s been or how he’s survived.
Shea Ernshaw has again impressed me with the incredible, atmospheric writing in this book. It is definitely a book that you want to take your time with and just sink into the wintery setting. I loved the way the weather played into the story and the way the woods really came to life for Nora and for the narrative as a whole.
This one threw in some twists and some mysteries along the way, but the writing was the absolute highlight of the story. Shea Ernshaw is a definite auto-buy author for me and I look forward to getting her adult debut, A HISTORY OF WILD PLACES, onto my TBR soon!
I had a lot of fun reading this one and several more for #TheFestiveReadathon! Thank you to @__stephloves for hosting!