Book Review for THE WILD INSIDE by Jamey Bradbury
THE WILD INSIDE by Jamey Bradbury
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A raw, gritty, and eerie coming of age novel unlike anything I have read.
When I first heard about THE WILD INSIDE, I will admit the cover pulled me in. I know. I know. Don't judge a book by its cover. Yet, the atmosphere and ominous vibe that I was getting from it made me want to read this book. The story seemed interesting and I do love a supernatural twist. However, as I delved into this story, I soon realized I was going to get something much more than what I thought possible.
What Bradbury did in this narrative was amazing. She wove together so many elements effortlessly that my head is still spinning. The rawness and unfiltered narration is more honest than I expected. On the surface, you get a story about young girl struggling with growing up and a blood lust she must keep a secret. Then as you read more, you encounter a cast of characters that will enhance and explode her world.
THE WILD INSIDE gifts the reader with Tracy's most intimate thoughts, emotions, and burdens. We are in her head and in her world for only a short time, but I for one, have been deeply affected by her story.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A promising talent makes her electrifying debut with this unforgettable novel, set in the Alaskan wilderness, that is a fusion of psychological thriller and coming-of-age tale in the vein of Jennifer McMahon, Chris Bohjalian, and Mary Kubica.
A natural born trapper and hunter raised in the Alaskan wilderness, Tracy Petrikoff spends her days tracking animals and running with her dogs in the remote forests surrounding her family’s home. Though she feels safe in this untamed land, Tracy still follows her late mother’s rules: Never Lose Sight of the House. Never Come Home with Dirty Hands. And, above all else, Never Make a Person Bleed.
But these precautions aren’t enough to protect Tracy when a stranger attacks her in the woods and knocks her unconscious. The next day, she glimpses an eerily familiar man emerge from the tree line, gravely injured from a vicious knife wound—a wound from a hunting knife similar to the one she carries in her pocket. Was this the man who attacked her and did she almost kill him? With her memories of the events jumbled, Tracy can’t be sure.
Helping her father cope with her mother’s death and prepare for the approaching Iditarod, she doesn’t have time to think about what she may have done. Then a mysterious wanderer appears, looking for a job. Tracy senses that Jesse Goodwin is hiding something, but she can’t warn her father without explaining about the attack—or why she’s kept it to herself.
It soon becomes clear that something dangerous is going on . . . the way Jesse has wormed his way into the family . . . the threatening face of the stranger in a crowd . . . the boot-prints she finds at the forest’s edge.
Her family is in trouble. Will uncovering the truth protect them—or is the threat closer than Tracy suspects?
About the Author: Jamey Bradbury is the author of The Wild Inside, forthcoming from William Morrow, March 20, 2018. The Wild Inside, her first novel, will also be published in Poland, Italy, Hungary, and France. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review (winner of the annual fiction contest), Sou’wester, and Zone 3. She won an Estelle Campbell Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (March 20, 2018)
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