Story was pretty slow from the start and carried considerable lag throughout. It mostly centers on the mother and son settling in a new town, but you also get a brief POV from the other characters, like the diner owner and the woodsman. How does a woodsman come into play? The change in POV’s was a little disconcerting.
There were also some awkward phrases like, “He looked up at her with noisy eyes.” What did that mean? I’m sure this was probably the author’s effort to sound poetic, but that just didn’t make sense. Eyes don’t make a sound.
Judging by the plot summary, the mother and son are running away from something or someone (this is all very vague, btw), and then a “ghostly presence” and “mystical forest” are added to the mix. Oh, and there’s also an orphaned fox cub. It was kind of scattered and pointless. I actually expected more of a thriller/suspense story.
It just wasn’t what I expected.
My rating: 2 stars