Review of The Werewolf's Daughter by M. R. Street
by J. G. Annino
Street, M. R. The Werewolf's Daughter. Tallahassee: Turtle Cove Press, 2013.
I haven’t seen Cloud Pass, Tennessee. But I can imagine its quiet woods and icy streams, through immersion in a new novel from my critique partner, M. R. Street.
The latest story is the author's second, after her debut book Blue Rock Rescue, which was set in North Carolina mountains. Blue Rock centered on a lively father-son construct, earning praise from the well-regarded web site Teens Read Too!
Now this country gal author has produced a bone-chilling mother-daughter tale that is entertainingly macabre. In The Werewolf’s Daughter, Lani’s father wastes away from an unidentified sickness in their cabin. The fifteen-year-old grew up with her father telling her that her mother was killed in a car accident.
The neighbors take the child in after her father’s death, country fashion, to outwit the foster family system.
Lani struggles with more than the double deaths. A mysterious stranger at her father’s funeral says her mother actually has murderous powers, especially during the full moon, where she is still alive in Georgia.
All I know of werewolves is that actor Lon Chaney famously played one. But after zipping through this page-turner, I’d wager my protective moonstone pin that these 269 pages have the right amount of silver bullets, full moons, howling wolf fights, charm spells and old curses, to occupy the werewolf–fan reader.
Cover illustration by the author's daughter Allison Street
The Turtle Cove Press web site includes a book trailer, excerpt from chapter 1, and links to other reviews.
M. R. Street is a library science graduate student, frequent book blogger, and horsewoman in Tallahassee, Florida. She owns Turtle Cove Press.
Reviewer Jan Godown Annino, a 2012 MFA graduate of the Hollins University Children’s Literature program, won the Florida Book Award Gold Medal for Children’s Literature in 2010 (for She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader).
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