Anna and her younger brother Alex, known as Stick, are camping in the Canadian wilderness with their parents. Suddenly, Anna is awakened by terrifying screams and hears her parents shouting. Then there is an eerie silence all around them. She has no idea what has happened, only thinking that a big black dog has come to get them.
Told through five year old Anna’s eyes, it is a heartbreaking journey as Anna battles hunger and confusion to try and keep her two year old brother safe. Through Anna we learn about her life with her family and her memories of her parents. Anna’s voice was fantastic and gave a huge sense of how vulnerable we are against nature. I also liked the way that Cameron used senses like taste and smell when Anna was describing things.
This is a haunting and tragic read that I found utterly compelling and read in one sitting. It is a book that you will still be thinking about a long time after finishing. I doubt that there will be many dry eyes on reaching the end of this novel.
Thank you to Random House for sending us a copy to review.
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