What if Little Red Riding Hood was real?
Ninety years before the Brothers Grimm penned their version of
LittleRed Riding Hood, ahistoric, gruesome series of events shocked all of Europe. In 1765,an unidentified wolf-like animal ferociously mauled dozens of peasants in the Gévaudan region of France.
Whispered rumors of unnatural creatures blended with age-old
superstition, causingmass hysteria, and awerewolf was blamed for the carnage. Alarmed, King Louis XV sent his best huntsmen to rid the province of the beastly scourge, but this legendary massacre had only just begun.
an 18-year-old peasant,lives under this dark threat, knowingthe nightmarish monster lurksin the surrounding forest. A poor seamstress,she labors to make ends meet and isskeptical of supernatural gossip.
Until her grandmother
survives an attack.
Scarlette learns her grandmother
hasn't sufferedthe bite of any normal animal.Desperate to save her infected grandmother,Scarlette begins to uncover the dark secrets of her village and finds there are those who wish to keep their pasts hidden. As time grows short, Scarlette is befriended by a local nobleman and a woodcutter who share a gruesomehistory with the wolf.
To save her grandmother,
Scarlette must unravel the
mens’ mysteryand solve a long-forgotten crime. But as she pieces together the clues, Scarlette finds herself torn between the two men, bothof whomdesire more than friendship and together hold the key to the cure.
Based on both the traditional Grimm and Charles Perrault versions of
LittleRed Riding Hood,this dark YA is set against the Beast of Gévaudan attacks, blending history with fairy taleand gothic romance. Unique to the genre, the novel revives the fabledgirl-in-the-red-cloak with a new, shockingly real existence that blurs the borderbetween folklore and reality.