Title: The Wolf Border
Author: Sarah Hall
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Date of Publication: 3 March 2016
Number of Pages: 435
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: For almost a decade Rachel Caine has turned her back on home, kept distant by family disputes and her work monitoring wolves on an Idaho reservation. But now, summoned by the eccentric Earl of Annerdale and his controversial scheme to reintroduce the grey wolf to the English countryside, she is back in the peat and wet light of the Lake District. The earl’s project harks back to an ancient idyll of untamed British wilderness – though Rachel must contend with modern-day concessions to health and safety, public outrage and political gain – and the return of the grey after hundreds of years coincides with her own regeneration: impending motherhood, and reconciliation with her estranged family.
Review: I actually don’t know how to rate this book.
I enjoyed it but I didn’t like it.
I found it interesting with strong characters but they felt unreal and too human at the same time.
The Wolf Border is worth four stars because the writing was neat and engaging. Hall uses words sparingly but with maximum impact. At the time when I was reading this book, the UK was both pre and post Brexit and parts of the book were cutting. It was almost like Hall had predicted the outcome of the Referendum by looking at the Scottish Independence vote.
(Read between 18 June – 1 July 2016)