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The Wolf Wants In: A Novel (original 2019; udgave 2019)
af Laura McHugh (Forfatter)
The Wolf Wants In af Laura McHugh (2019)
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Would have earned a fourth star, but I listened on audio, and one of the two narrators was AWFUL. She spoke in a tiny, lisping baby voice that was just not appropriate to the character. It was a bizarre casting choice - she does not seem to be an established narrator. Maybe she’s a friend of the author? The story and characters were compelling or I’d have abandoned it. ( )
Wow...I was kind of blown away by this book. Highly emotional and full of real people with real emotional baggage, this is definitely not a happily ever after story. If you’ve ever been affected by drug use, especially by someone close to you, you’ll feel the heartache involved here. Although there is so much more to this story, ultimately the battle is far too real for many.
told in alternating voices and timelines between Sadie and Henley. Sisters Sadie and Becca lost their brother Shaun too soon at 36. They cant get a straight answer from his horrible wife Crystal. she said it was his heart, but there is implications of drug use like a lot of meth oxy users in their rural community. sadie & becca show up at shauns only to find crystal and the criminal Pettit family stripping everything out of the house to sell, including their grandpa non working gun. they cant take his beloved firebird he restored because he left it to his mother. they also get their grandma's pie safe because crystal thinks its too ugly to sell. little do they know he hid clues to his murder in those 2 things. henley, missy. sullivans earl and jason. sadie's bestfriend hannah and her missing daughter and husband whose bones are found in the woods
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.Anyone on the fence about reading this book should just start reading it. Excellent character development. I love a great psychological thriller, and this one exceeded my expectations. I will be passing on to my reading buddies.
4.5 stars. Blackwater, a small, dead-end town in Kansas, somewhere near Kansas City — a town hit hard by the opioid crisis and filled with broken marriages and dark secrets — forms the backdrop of this powerful novel. The story alternates both in time and narration between two characters: Sadie, who is investigating what she believes to be the mysterious death of her brother, and Henley, an 18-year-old who desperately wants to get away from her crime-ridden family.
McHugh does an excellent job of developing the characters of both Sadie and Henley, and it is this development that forms the backbone of the novel. Their stories compliment each other, with each character playing off the other, to form a compelling and richly-woven tale.
True, this is a mystery, with some detective work involved and with plenty of twists and turns, but it is McHugh’s ability to let the reader delve into the persona of her characters that makes this novel a thought-provoking read. I felt as though I really knew the inner workings of these characters, as well as the town in which they grew up and from which they desperately want to escape. Having grown up in Kansas City myself, I was completely absorbed by the characters and their surroundings. All in all, I loved the overall atmosphere that McHugh created, albeit a somewhat depressing one, and I highly recommend this novel. I definitely look forward to reading other of her works.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
"Calling all fans of Sharp Objects and the third season of True Detective: You need to read Laura McHugh."--Refinery29 "A perfect thriller . . . a thoughtful commentary on America's opioid crisis and an utterly satisfying mystery."--Janelle Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Watch Me Disappear NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LIBRARY JOURNAL Sadie Keller is determined to find out how her brother died, even if no one else thinks it's worth investigating. Untimely deaths are all too common in rural Blackwater, Kansas, where crime and overdoses are on the rise, and the small-town police force is consumed with the recent discovery of a child's skull in the woods. Sadie is on her own, delving into the dark corners of a life her brother kept hidden and unearthing more questions than answers. Eighteen-year-old Henley Pettit knows more than she'd like to about the seedy side of Blackwater, and she's desperate to escape before she's irreparably entangled in her family's crimes. She dreams of disappearing and leaving her old life behind, but shedding the past is never easy, and getting out of town will be far more dangerous than she ever imagined. As more bones are found in the woods, time is running out for Sadie to uncover the truth and for Henley to make her escape. Both women are torn between family loyalties and the weight of the secrets they carry, knowing full well that while some secrets are hard to live with, others will get you killed. Like Laura McHugh's previous award-winning thrillers, The Weight of Blood and Arrowood, The Wolf Wants In is an atmospheric, beautifully told novel that barrels toward a twisting, chilling end and keeps us turning the page to find out how these small-town secrets will unravel--and who will survive. Praise for The Wolf Wants In "The Wolf Wants In perfectly balances gripping suspense with stunning, lyrical prose--a rare combination, but one that seems to be McHugh's signature gift. Atmospheric and chilling, this novel takes place in the twisted, destructive wake of the opioid crisis as one woman struggles for justice and another for redemption. A truly thrilling read."--Jill Orr, author of the Riley Ellison mysteries
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