23. May 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Courtney, Teen Books, Thriller/Suspense

The Children and the Wolves by Adam Rapp, 160 pages, read by Courtney, on 05/17/2012

OK, so I’ve heard that Adam Rapp’s writing is gut-wrenching. When I read the description of this book, I figured I’d see just how disturbing it could really get. Turns out, pretty darn chilling.
Three middle-school-aged kids have kidnapped a 4-year-old girl whom they refer to as “the Frog” and are keeping her in one of their basements. The culprits are Wiggins, Orange and Bounce. Bounce is both wealthy and intelligent, but appears to lack any sense of compassion and is thoroughly manipulative . Wiggins and Orange are both poor and not terribly bright. The boys are completely captivated by Bounce and will more or less do whatever she tells them to do. It is Bounce who has masterminded the kidnapping as part of a larger, darker scheme.
This book is dark, dark, dark. You’re not going to actually like any of the characters, except the Frog. You will, however, hear the story from each perspective, including the Frog (who, by the way, spends her days in the basement playing a super-creepy game that shares the same title as this book). Each voice is sharp and distinct and Rapp holds nothing back. This slim volume proves that, sometimes, even one sentence by a skilled writer can be more evocative than pages and pages of description from another. The brevity of this story only adds to its impact.

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