Author: Charlotte McConaghy
Genre: General Fiction
Publisher: Flatiron Books/Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: August 3, 2021
Book Description: From the author of the beloved national bestseller Migrations, a pulse-pounding new novel set in the wild Scottish Highlands.
Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland with her twin sister, Aggie, to lead a team of biologists tasked with reintroducing fourteen gray wolves into the remote Highlands. She hopes to heal not only the dying landscape, but Aggie, too, unmade by the terrible secrets that drove the sisters out of Alaska.
Inti is not the woman she once was, either, changed by the harm she’s witnessed—inflicted by humans on both the wild and each other. Yet as the wolves surprise everyone by thriving, Inti begins to let her guard down, even opening herself up to the possibility of love. But when a farmer is found dead, Inti knows where the town will lay blame. Unable to accept her wolves could be responsible, Inti makes a reckless decision to protect them. But if the wolves didn’t make the kill, then who did? And what will Inti do when the man she is falling for seems to be the prime suspect?
Propulsive and spell-binding, Charlotte McConaghy’s Once There Were Wolves is the unforgettable story of a woman desperate to save the creatures she loves—if she isn’t consumed by a wild that was once her refuge.
Rating: 3 Stars
Review: This book has been all over the must read lists out there. It is a well written story that started off very strong, but seem to have a bit of a drop off for me as the story progressed.
Inti and Aggie move to Scotland to introduce grey wolves into the highlands. This will help with the ecosystem in the area. As you can imagine the people of the town are not happy about this new venture, but Inti insists she can do this safely.
An incident occurs when a farmer goes missing, and he was very vocal about not wanting these wolves here. Of course Inti, is questioned about her whereabouts and of course about her wolves. She goes to great lengths to save prove her wolves were not involved.
Told with lots of care and with segments of her history of her previous post in Alaska, McConaghy lays out a complex story. While it instantly grabbed me, it did lose much of its luster for me. However, I know this will be a book that people will absolutely love.
Thank you NetGalley and Flatiron Books/Macmillan Audio for an Advanced Reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.