10 January 2012
Book Review Assignment: Tenderness of Wolves
The novel, Tenderness of Wolves, by Stef Penny, is a story that starts off with the horrific murder of the French fur trader, Laurent Jammett. Jammett’s body was discovered in his cabin by a neighbor named Mrs. Ross. She non-hesitantly reports the murder to a magistrate in the area. Soon after, her son, Frances, whom is 17 years old becomes missing, and becomes the number one focus of the entire investigation. Mrs. Ross quickly becomes obsessed with the case and trying to find this murderer, linking her son’s disappearance to the murder of Laurent Jammett. What makes this so interesting, and such a top priority of the people is that years ago, in the same wilderness, Mr. Knox, the magistrate, had two nieces that went into the woods 17 years ago, but were never found. So along with the search for Mrs. Ross’ son, they continue their search for the other two girls.
Mrs. Ross sets out through the wilderness with an Native tracker by the name of Parker. This was definitely untraditional, because during this time period, natives weren’t considered smart. Only humans of the white race were. And since Parker was exceptionally intelligent, everyone believed that he must have white blood in him. Friends of Jammett, whom worked for the Hudson Bay Company, assisted her in her search. Eventually, they reach a remote settlement, where they find her son, locked inside. When they free him, they now face a new problem. The law begins to believe that Mrs. Ross’ son, Frances, is the murderer and in order to set this straight, she takes things into her own hands. She believes that the only way to prove her son’s innocence is to risk her own life. She does so, and her son is proclaimed innocent. But the girls that were missing were never found.
On a scale of 1-10, I give this book about a six for a few reasons. One reason is because my preference of...