“Animals We Are” by Valerie Brandy

Genre:  Psychological ThrillerAnimals we are
Publisher:  Little Leo Media, Inc.
Pub. Date: December 18, 2019

Mini-Review

The author reached out to me and offered an Advance Review Copy (ARC) of this book. The genre is not something I would normally be interested in reading. But, since she mentioned that she is a screenwriter. I accepted. The novel is a bit like Cheryl Strayed’s, “Wild.” But it also made me think of the feminist book written by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, “Women Who Run With the Wolves.” The book is about survival in impossible situations. A couple is stranded in Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when their horse tour ran into complications. The female protagonist is always talking about her inner wolf. The novel begins with her thoughts about how now her physical traits are more similar to an animal than a woman. The next chapter goes back in time to when the couple had not yet left for the trip. I was okay with the story until the reader learns that a serial killer is stalking them in the mountains. It didn’t feel credible to me. My thoughts were that a more believable enemy might have been achieved with some kind paranormal happenings. I also take issue that the book ends so neat it might as well be tied up in a bow. This is something else I do not care for in a novel. But, I am certain other readers will gobble this one up especially since it ends with a cliff hanger.

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