25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf by Jo Thomas
‘My name is Elkie Bernstein. I live in North Wales and I kill werewolves.’ When Elkie finds herself fighting for her life against something that shouldn’t exist she is faced with the grim reality that werewolves are real and she just killed one. Part diary, part instruction manual Elkie guides the reader through 25 ways you can kill a werewolf, without any super powers, and how she did it.
I shouldn’t really call a book about killing werewolves ‘sweet’, but it is. I was expecting horror or gore, but it’s not. It’s a story about growing up and learning, changing relationships and becoming an adult. It’s bittersweet and heart-wrenching at times, but also chatty and enthralling.
Incidentally, it does also involve killing werewolves. Twenty-five times. So…well, y’know, it does what it says on the tin.
The plot’s punchy and fast-paced; it’s 200+ pages but doesn’t feel that long! The writing is simple and easy to read; Elkie’s voice is clear and her character is wonderful. I was sympathetic to her throughout the entire book, rooting for her the whole way; I wanted her to succeed in her challenges, wanted her life to change, wanted her to keep winning. The werewolves are both frightening and sympathetic, particularly as we find out more about them; the deaths are never gory, and I loved the way the various methods are wound in – the chapters are nicely done, and nothing ever feels forced. The only niggles I had were to do with some of the explanations, particularly around the initial werewolf transformations (avoiding minor spoilers here) but they weren’t anything interrupted my reading or spoiled the worldbuilding.
It’s a fun read, and one that’s definitely on my read-again list; I was sad when it ended, wanting to know more and wanting to see how things continued, even though the story was over*. Overall; action-packed, thoughtful, sweet and sympathetic – a really good read.
Disclaimer; I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review, and once again have no problems at all saying I loved it!
*There’s a sequel! A Pack Of Lies. Mwahaha!
Ps. This is also going on my Discoverability Challenge list.