Title: Throw Me to the Wolves by Lindy Ryan and Christopher Brooks
Published by: Black Spot Books
Publication date: 24th May 2022
Genre: Horror/Science fiction/Fantasy
Some evil wants to live forever.
Ten years ago a witch sacrificed Britta Orchid’s family and turned her into a werewolf. Selena Stone’s spell failed, and she was never seen again. Until now.
Officer Aaron Labaye has discovered Selena’s remains in the house where Britta’s family died, and dragged Britta back to Louisiana to aid the investigation, hoping her past will break the case. Britta has a hard time resisting the handsome rookie, especially when he shows her a new drawing by her murdered little brother: Britta in her wolf-form.
As an unseen hand sets events in motion, Britta has to help Labaye dig into the murders old and new. The bloodthirsty ghost of her brother, a jealous member from her pack, and a former friend with a serious prejudice against wolves all stand to stop Britta as she fights to finally get the truth about that night ten years ago. But, as she looks harder than ever into her own dark past, Britta will confront more than just her own demons as she fights for peace for herself and for her family. She can’t hide anymore, but must find her place in a world she’s avoided—and discover what it truly means to be a wolf.
Thank you to Black Crow PR, Black Spot Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Throw Me to the Wolves offers a unique take on werewolves and, while it’s not what I was expecting, there’s plenty about it that I loved.
I enjoyed the past and present chapters and how the events of what happened to Britta’s family ten years ago are slowly revealed over the course of the story. It’s a very unique story as Britta had this life forced upon her by a witch when she was younger. Having Britta return home to confront her tragic past helped me to understand her character more and why she’s so guarded with others now.
However, I couldn’t help but think this book required more editing as the story seemed to get lost in the unnecessary details at times and it slowed the pacing down as a result. For example, a lot of time is spent pointing out the colour of Britta’s shoes and it felt unnecessary. Mentioning it once or twice would have been fine, but the make and colour are repeatedly mentioned throughout. Maybe it was significant to her character but it definitely didn’t need to be brought up as much as it was.
I loved the amount of detail we are given about werewolves and Britta’s pack; however, I was a bit confused with what role they played in this world. Do werewolves and witches hide in plain sight or are they known to humans? And do other creatures such as vampires exist? None of these questions were answered and I was left feeling very confused about it. That’s where the worldbuilding was let down and it definitely needs adding in.
Overall, it’s a great start to a series and it has the potential to be better if less time is spent focusing on unnecessary details and instead spending more time on the worldbuilding. I’m not sure if I’ll continue with this series, but I thought it was a great start and offered a refreshing take on werewolves.