ABOUT THE BOOKMadhu, Gaurav and Sunil are on a school trip with their classmates and one teacher, looking forward to two days of fun and hikes. But absolutely nothing goes right. The lodge they are staying at is a dusty, old bungalow with creaks and leaks, with only a surly caretaker around. Worse, as they venture into the forest, they realize that a malevolent wolf is stalking them. But where does it come from and where does it go? Why has no one heard about it? Why is it angry and what does it want from the kids?
- A fast-paced, middle-grade to young-adult supernatural thriller. With plenty of suspense but not many scares, this will be enjoyed by readers who like be on the edge of their seats rather than scared out of their pants. Under 150 pages, this book is a quick read, well-suited for a journey.
- The story has just the right amount of adult supervision versus teenage rebellion. (One feels for poor Rajesh Sir, who is going to be roasted by the parents for no fault of his.)
- While it would have been great to have had a longer story, the characters have been defined and fleshed out nicely. Each of the three friends has a distinct personality. The author doesn’t focus much on the other children, which is a good thing since at no point are you confused about who’s thinking what.
- Some important issues – like loyalty to your friends, owning up to mistakes and taking responsibility for them – are raised in the course of the suspense and adventure.
- A few unanswered questions may bother the reader. For instance, how old was Doddappa? If he was fifteen-ish in 1940, then he’d have to be well into his 90s. Seems unlikely. Also, what happened to Gaurav’s clothes and why?
CONCLUSIONA snappy supernatural adventure with a twist, one that won’t keep you up at night but will provide enough tingles to make you uneasy.