Saturday, September 5, 2015

Book Review: Sometimes the Wolf

Sometimes the Wolf by Urban Waite, published by William Morrow as a paperback on July 28, 2015. This is the author’s fourth standalone, thriller novel. I was intrigued to read this family drama set in the Pacific Northwest and I enjoy reading up and coming new authors. 

The story opens with a construction worker holding a sign at night. A driver approaches and another man emerges from the woods, attacks the driver, puts him in the trunk and drives off.  Meanwhile, Bobby, the Deputy Sherriff of Silver Lake has been searching in the woods for a lone she-wolf, who has been attacking deer and other animals. He ends the search to drive to prison to pick up his father, Patrick, who is being released after serving a 12-year sentence for drug smuggling. The best part, his father is the former Sherriff of Silver Lake. 

This novel moves through the various characters and their relationships with Patrick both past and present as well as their thoughts regarding his guilt or innocence. Sometimes the Wolf is a story of family, violence and living with the consequences of one’s actions.

There are two story lines which merge together which is something I personally enjoy. In addition, the author does a great job of keeping the suspense level high throughout. If you like the writing style of Dennis Lehane or Elmore Leonard, you should definitely read this book. Bobby is a credible character who is torn between his family, his duty as an officer and doing the right thing. Both his father and grandfather are true to life characters as well. The author shows us the emotions between these three different men all in the same family including the lives they have led and the choices they have made. Silver Lake is a small town in Washington where all the action takes place and becomes almost a character itself. The plot is plausible and extremely true to life. I will definitely read this author’s other novels.

This book was provided to Mystery Playground by the publisher. This review is fair and independent. 

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