Charlotte McConaghy is back with an amazing second novel with Once There Were Wolves!! She continues with her uniquely lyrical voice and writing style, and her detailed descriptions make the reader feel immersed in the Scottish Highlands.
Once There Were Wolves is an atmospheric novel set in the future, after humans have carelessly destroyed Earth's environment. Forests around the world have nearly disappeared, including the Scottish forests. Biologist Inti is working to rebuild the ecosystem by introducing wolves. However, Scottish farmers are understandably worried about the wolves hunting their livestock, and this causes significant tension between the biologists and the townspeople. When Inti discovers a farmer that has been killed, with injuries similar to those a wolf would inflict, tension skyrockets. Who or what killed the farmer? Can Inti convince the farmers not to harm the wolves? What lengths will Inti go to to protect her animals?
Parallel to the storyline of Inti in Scotland, the reader also gets the story of “before,” when Inti and her twin Aggie grew up, and then moved to Alaska to help with reforestation efforts there. This story arc gives insight into events that have shaped both Aggie and Inti and led them to where they are at present in the story.
Charlotte McConaghy's writing style draws me in every time, as her words flow smoothly and are so descriptive. I can completely envision myself in the setting of her stories. I also liked how she alternated storylines throughout the novel, giving me little peeks here and there at the backstory of the characters to help develop them as well as increase my connection and empathy with their present situation.
Once I started, I couldn't put this book down and I stayed up way too late reading! The enticing storyline of Once There Were Wolves combined with the writing style makes for an ethereal story. Be sure to snag a copy of this futuristic mystery for yourself!! Look for it in bookstores beginning August 3, 2021, or use the link below to order on Amazon.
Thank you to Charlotte McConaghy and Flatiron books for the advanced copy!!
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