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The Girl in Red ♦ Christina Henry | Review

A Gripping and Unforgettable Journey

Christina Henry’s The Girl in Red is a magnificent and captivating work of literature that captured my attention and emotions from the first page. This gritty, dystopian adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood carries you on an arduous, five-star adventure that you will not wish to terminate.

The Girl in RedThe Girl in Red by Christina Henry
Published: 18. June 2019
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
Pages: 365
Genre: Dystopia, Fairy Tales, Horror, Post Apocalyptic, Retelling
Audience: Adult
Shelve: Read 2023
Link to Goodreads

From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a postapocalyptic take on the perennial classic "Little Red Riding Hood"...about a woman who isn't as defenseless as she seems.

It's not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn't look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.

There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there's something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.

Red doesn't like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn't about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods...

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The Girl in Red ♦ Christina Henry


Christina Henry has created a terrifyingly distinct yet eerily familiar environment. Her writing skill and relentless tension combine to create a tale that is a perfect storm of emotion, terror, and unadulterated humanity. She creates a visceral and evocative post-apocalyptic setting, and Red, her protagonist, is a wonderfully complicated figure who defies the expectations of a conventional heroine.

I was captivated by Red’s dangerous trip into a world full of unimaginable atrocities as soon as I started reading it. She is an inspirational figure because of her intelligence, fortitude, and tenacity in the face of unbelievable odds. It’s truly amazing how well Henry was able to capture Red’s essence.

The suspense and mood of the story are evident as you turn page after page with apprehension, eager to find out what is around the next dark corner. Christina Henry writes with a razor’s edge, a vivid sense of place, and a wealth of provocative ideas on morality, human nature, and the resilience of the human spirit.



The Girl in Red delves deeply into themes of identity, survival, and familial ties. You will continue to be moved by this story long after you have turned the last page. I firmly believe that Henry has written a contemporary masterpiece, and anyone searching for an engrossing and remarkable read should pick up this book. It deserves every honor it gets; five stars are not enough to do it right.

About Christina Henry

Christina Henry

CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of NEAR THE BONE, a horror/thriller about a woman trapped on a snowy mountain with more than one kind of monster, and THE GHOST TREE, a coming of age horror novel about a teenage girl growing up in a small town where girls keep dying.

She is also the author of CHRONICLES OF ALICE series – ALICE, RED QUEEN, and LOOKING GLASS – a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as THE GIRL IN RED, a post-apocalyptic Red Riding Hood novel, and LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan. Her novel THE MERMAID is a historical fantasy about P.T. Barnum and the Fiji Mermaid.

She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and BLACK SPRING) featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle Beezle.

She enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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