I love this book so much. I read it a couple of years ago for my book club and thought it was the best book of that year.
This book focuses on the central character Wolf. The book alternates between current events and events that occurred in Wolf’s past. Current event involves Wolf on top of a mountain where he plans to commit suicide, however he comes across a group of 3 ladies that require his help finding the secret lake. In assisting them, they end up getting lost. Whilst lost, relationships between the characters evolve and change ad you begin to learn more about how the three ladies interact with each other with reasons.
Past events that you learn about as the novel progresses, involve Wolf’s upbringing by his father, his friendship with Byrd, and the horrid event that happened one year prior. Lori easily weaves the history of the characters beautifully into the story. It is not written in the one chapter present, one chapter past style (I’m sure there must be a name for that style, I just don’t know what it is). This makes the text flow continuously without abrupt interruptions caused by changing timelines.
The novel is told as Wolf’s letter to his son, so you are aware from the start that he gets rescued, but are left to wonder about the women, especially with the challenges they face – starvation, dehydration, freezing conditions, coyotes etc.
I absolutely love everything about this novel, and I have no faults with it at all. I give it 5 stars (purely because I can’t give it any more).