The Wolf Wants In

The Wolf Wants In

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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"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
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
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group


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Feb 08, 2020

A decent thriller realistically set in small town America where everyone knows each other’s business with the added complication of the current opioid crisis. The author's life influenced the story as her own family suffered the unexpected death of a brother, just like Sadie in the book.

JCLCatherineG Aug 23, 2019

I wanted to like this since I enjoyed one of her other books, Arrowood. But the only character I really cared about was Gravy, the dog.

Jul 31, 2019

Could not read this atmospheric thriller set in Missouri fast enough. Told in two timelines -- one for Sadie and one for Henley -- mysteries abound in the town of Blackwater. Sadie's brother is dead and his wife's family seems eager to sweep the details surrounding that death under the rug. Henley's is a member of the Pettit clan and related to the wife of Sadie's brother. There is also the case of a missing preteen that is troubling the town. The timing of the two narratives allows us to learn more about what happened before and after the pivotal event. Both women are working to keep out their own personal "wolf," but he is a wily one. My favorite Laura McHugh so far! Thrilled to see a local author doing so well.

JCLPiepieB Jul 29, 2019

Not my favorite Laura McHugh novel, but I did like how it was set in Kansas and I did like the ending.


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