Little Dead Red

  • by Mercedes M. Yardley
  • Narrated by Joe Hempel
  • 1 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The wolf is roaming the city in this Bram Stoker Award-winning tale, and he must be stopped.
Grim Marie knows far too much about the wolves of the world, a world where little girls go missing. After all, she had married one before he showed his claws, and what that wolf did to her little girl was unforgiveable. Grim Marie isn't certain if she can ever forgive herself for putting her Little Aleta in harm's way.
When Grandmother becomes ill, Aleta offers to take the bus through the concrete forest to Grandmother's house to bring her some goodies. She knows the way. What could possibly go wrong?
In this modern-day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf takes to the city streets to capture his prey, but the hunter is close behind him. With Grim Marie on the prowl, the hunter becomes the hunted. Wolves pad through the darkest kind of fairy tale - one that can come true.
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What a hard hitter for an hour and a half audioboo

What a hard hitter for an hour and a half audiobook!

I read somewhere that the big bad wolf was a metaphor for a sexual predator, a cautionary tale to teach little girls to stay away from strangers.
Mercedes M Yardley has clearly heard that too, her story is full of wolves that circle innocent little girls.

In this story, a little girl catches a bus to take some soup and goodies to her ailing grandmother in hospital. She never makes it to the hospital and she’s never seen alive again.

Her mother, Marie, is all alone in the world now and will do whatever it takes to find out what kind of human monster would murder a little girl in such a brutal fashion. She’s seen ‘wolves’ before, the kind who abuse children, and recognises the look of a person who’s prepared to do evil things to get their way. Now, she’s ready to become a ‘wolf’ herself and start dishing out the pain to make sure her daughter is avenged.

This story is dark and twisted, it’s brutal as it tells you of the pain a mother feels at knowing that her twelve-year-old daughter was torn apart. This is the kind of horror that you can’t really turn away from – it’s not zombies, demons or something that goes bump in the night – it’s the grief of a parent. Frankly, it’s the scariest thing I can think of.

Joe Hempel did an excellent job, keeping the pace going and packing in as much emotion as possible in an already dark and emotional story, I can’t imagine a better format for this story than in audio – Hempel is a talented storyteller and brought something extra to the table by narrating this.

I can’t give anything away but I beg that you listen to this story if you like dark fiction, it’ll blow your mind. The ending was like a sledgehammer between the eyes and will keep this book firmly stuck in my mind, possibly forever.

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It is a rare occasion when a horror book (or books in general, for that matter) successfully surprise me. "Little Dead Red" accomplished this difficult feat! Without spoiling any of the fun, I'll simply say, this is an astounding modern take on the Little Red Riding hood story, set squarely in the horror genre. I loved it. Would definitely read this again!!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-26-2016
  • Publisher: Listen2aBook.com