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Wild Sign, Audio Book

Friday, November 3, 2023

Wild Sign, Audio Book (2021) Patricia Briggs narrated by Holter Graham

Wild SignI was conflicted about this story the first time I read it, and so gave it plenty of time and decided to see if a second reading (and as an audio book) would change anything.

It did, in a way, but I’m still conflicted.

What I did like about the story was Leah’s redemption arc.I She is almost awful in the Mercy Thompson series, and unlikable at the start of this series. But the book before this started to redeem Leah, and this gives her a back story.

A horrible back story.

Of course.

Which is part of where my problem with this story is.

Mercy is physically, sexually, and psychically assaulted in Iron Kissed.

Anna is physically and sexually assaulted prior to the events of Alpha & Omega.

Sage, a side character in the Alpha & Omega series had been repeatedly assaulted by her pack prior to coming to Aspen Creek.

In Fair Game, sexual assault and torture are the tools of the serial killer.

And now, in Wild Sign, not only does Leah have a history of being sexually assaulted, but Anna is forced to relive her trauma and almost becomes a victim again.

It feels like the author is fixated on sexual assault and has made it her go-to when she needs to add drama and danger and horror to a story.

I’d like the characters in these books to have something other than than rape and brutalization to recover from and rise above.

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Rating: 5/10


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