Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Wolf HollowAnnabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place, still scarred by two world wars. But when cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town, Annabelle’s calm world is shattered, along with everything she’s ever known about right and wrong.

When Betty accuses gentle loner Toby – a traumatised ex-soldier – of a terrible act, Annabelle knows he’s innocent. Then Betty disappears…

Now Annabelle must protect Toby from the spiralling accusations and hysteria, until she can prove to Wolf Hollow what really happened to Betty.

Powerful, poignant and lyrical, Wolf Hollow is an unforgettable story.

How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Historical Fiction

Review: Wolf Hollow is beautifully written. I enjoyed Annabelle’s narration and how she told the story of what happen with Betty and Toby.

The book is set during WW2 in a rural American town. The hate and loss of war has found its way to the inhabitants, just has the rest of the country, and is part of the reason Toby is quickly condemned.

Annabelle’s mission is to exonerate Toby. Her character not only reminds the adults around her but also the reader to look beyond Toby’s unusual appearance and behaviour. Yet Betty is cast the bad one for the duration of the story, and don’t misunderstand Betty is in the wrong, but the reasons for her behaviour are not explored. I feel like there could have been more there.

I think Wolf Hollow is a book that is ideal to read as part of a book club because it offers so much for discussion, I knew I wanted to talk about it when I finished.

Recommend it?


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