Winter of The Wolf was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: Winter of The Wolf
Author: Martha Hunt Handler
Publication Date: 7th July 2020
Genre: Contemporary with a slight hint of magical realism
Rating: 4 stars
A tragic mystery blending sleuthing and spirituality
An exploration in grief, suicide, spiritualism, and Inuit culture, Winter of the Wolf follows Bean, an empathic and spiritually evolved fifteen-year-old, who is determined to unravel the mystery of her brother Sam’s death. Though all evidence points to a suicide, her heart and intuition compel her to dig deeper. With help from her friend Julie, they retrace Sam’s steps, delve into his Inuit beliefs, and reconnect with their spiritual beliefs to uncover clues beyond material understanding.
Both tragic and heartwarming, this twisting novel draws you into Bean’s world as she struggles with grief, navigates high school dramas, and learns to open her heart in order to see the true nature of the people around her. Winter of the Wolf is about seeking the truth—no matter how painful—in order to see the full picture.
In this novel, environmentalist and award-winning author, Martha Handler, brings together two important pieces of her life—the death of her best friend’s son and her work as president of the Wolf Conservation Center—to tell an empathetic and powerful story with undeniable messages.
I really enjoyed this book. Right from the beginning I was hooked. We follow Bean who has gone through a tragedy. This was a really heart breaking read following Bean and her family as they are dealing with a death and the grief that they are going through . Bean beliefs that Sam’s death was not suicide and believes that something strange happened to her brother because he would never commit suicide. She decides along with her best friend that she is going to figure out what really happened to her brother. I really loved the relationship that was shown between Bean and her brother Sam. They truly had an amazing relationship and believed that they were sibling soul mates.
Bean is such a strong main character and very mature for her age due to all of her brothers teachings. Even through her deep depression she manages a whole household at the age of 15 which is really admirable because her father and mother seemed to check out after Sam’s death.
I really enjoyed how supportive this family was and how they believed that everyone should go through a journey and figure out what they believe or not believe when it comes to religion. This whole family has many beliefs, Bean’s dad is an atheist, Sam had Inuit beliefs and Bean and her mum were exploring many different avenues.
This was such an impactful and eye opening read to many different themes such as grief and religion. I really recommend this book for everyone.
About the Author
Martha Hunt Handler grew up dreaming of wolves and has always understood that her role in this lifetime is to tell stories and be a voice for nature. She has been an environmental consultant, a magazine columnist, an actress, and a polar explorer, among other occupations. When she and her four children relocated from Los Angeles to New York more than twenty years ago she began to literally hear the howls of wolves. This marked the beginning of her work advocating on behalf of wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center (nywolf.org). Winter of the Wolf is Martha’s debut novel.
You can learn more about her at https://marthahunthandler.com/ or follow her on facebook at Martha Hunt Handler or on Instagram at @marthahunthandler.