Title: In the Heart of the Dark Wood
Author: Billy Coffey
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date of Publication: 11 November 2014
Number of Pages: 377
Genre: Christian, General Fiction
Rating: 4 stars
Disclaimer: Copy provided free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: A motherless girl hungry for hope . . . and the dream that could be leading her astray.
Review: Allie Granderson, 12 years old, and her best friend Zach go in search of her mother who disappeared during a tornado five hundred and forty three days ago. The first thing you learn about Allie is she’s independent, head strong and in some ways, older than her years.
It is actually quite difficult to write a review for this book because it so different from what I usually find myself reading and because it was nice. Nice is also an inadequate word because what In the Heart of the Dark Woods proves is that there are writers who can tell a story that is reliant on skill and talent rather than built on shocks and vulgarity. Do not misunderstand me, I also like these books but occasionally, it is a pleasure to step away from them.
The strength of the characters in this book and the imagery used to portray them are so stark and vivid. Coffey describes the desolation and the cold and the pains of the children’s bodies and all of the elements feel so real. There are moment in the book where I sighed aloud in frustration and disappointment as something went wrong for Allie and Zach.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to reset the reading button in their heart and soul.
There’s so much you can know and so much more you can’t and that’s why God has sharp edges. Hug Him anyway. A life with pain means more than a life without it.