Book Review: American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee #nonfiction

American Wolf - Nate Blakeslee

Some books you should never leave sitting on the shelf – when Crown Publishing offered to send me a copy of American Wolf to review, two months passed before I finally picked it up. I gave myself a good telling off for not reading this five-star non-fiction book immediately.

Book Description:

The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her

Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.

With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly renowned naturalist Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world.

But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park’s stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.

These forces collide in American Wolf, a riveting multigenerational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the ongoing cultural clash in the West–between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country’s most iconic landscapes.

Publication date: 17 October 2017 Continue reading “Book Review: American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee #nonfiction”

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Book Review: The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

The Ghostwriter - Alessandra Torre

I love that my first October read was a five star one; it feels me with so much positivity for the rest of the month. If you’re looking for a guaranteed good read – I highly recommend you read the The Ghostwriter.

Book Description:

I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.

My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn’t a romance. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.

This final book?

It’s my confession. Continue reading “Book Review: The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre”

Book Review: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

I read Pretty Girls with Sam @ Clues and Reviews; when she suggested it, I was like ‘no, you know I can’t start a series mid-way through,’ for her to tell me it’s a standalone novel. I really need to pay more attention, but in my defence, I picked this up on a whim in the supermarket based on the cover alone. Moving forward, I read my first, yes first, Karin Slaughter novel…

From the back cover:

Twenty years ago Claire Scott’s eldest sister, Julia, went missing. It was a mystery that was never solved and it tore her family apart.

Now another girl has disappeared, with chilling echoes of the past. And Claire is convinced that Julia’s disappearance is linked.

But when she begins to learn the truth about her sister, she is confronted with a shocking discovery, and nothing will ever be same. . . Continue reading “Book Review: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter”

Book Review: All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker

All The Wicked Girls by Chris Witaker

“Sometimes Ordinary Lives Hide the Darkest Secrets”

Book Description:

“Raine sometimes complains that nothing exciting is ever gonna happen in Grace again. Daddy told her careful what you wish for.”

Everyone loves Summer Ryan. A model student and musical prodigy, she’s a ray of light in the struggling small town of Grace, Alabama – especially compared to her troubled sister, Raine.

Then Summer goes missing. Grace is already simmering, and with this new tragedy the police have their hands full keeping the peace. Only Raine throws herself into the search, supported by a most unlikely ally.

But perhaps there was always more to Summer than met the eye . . .

A gripping crime novel with a huge heart, this is the second novel from the exceptionally talented Chris Whitaker. Continue reading “Book Review: All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker”

Book Review: Confessions by Kanae Minato

Confessions - Kanae Minato

Confessions is Criminally Good Book Club’s August selection and wow…. just wow – I loved this book! I can see how it easily became a #1 international bestseller.

From the back cover:

When Yuko Moriguchi’s four-year-old daughter died at the middle school where she teaches, everyone thought it was a tragic accident.

Now it’s the last day of term, and Yuko’s last day at work. She tells her students that she has resigned because of what happened – but not for the reasons they think.

Her daughter didn’t die in an accident. Her daughter was killed by two pupils in the class. And before she leaves, she has a lesson to teach…

But revenge has a way of spinning out of control, and Yuko’s last lecture is only the start of the story.

In this bestselling Japanese thriller of love, despair and murder, everyone has a confession to make, and no one will escape unharmed. Continue reading “Book Review: Confessions by Kanae Minato”