Maria's Pick: "Once There Were Wolves" by Charlotte McConaghy
I loved Charlotte McConaghy’s beautifully written debut novel, “Migrations,” so when her second novel came out, it went to the top of my reading list. I was not disappointed.
“Once There Were Wolves” is the captivating story of Inti Flynn, a biologist tasked with leading a team of scientists reintroducing gray wolves into the Highlands of Scotland. She is met with resistance from some of the farmers there who fear for their livestock. When a farmer is killed, Inti is desperate to prove that it wasn’t a wolf attack. In her effort to discover who killed the man, Inti uncovers secrets that some in the community are not keen on exposing.
Inti’s twin sister, Aggie, lives with her and as the story develops, it becomes obvious that the trauma both sisters have endured plays into their present day choices. Reality and deception become confused as this beautiful and brutal story unfolds.
Book reviewed by Maria Brady-Smith, Neighborhood Reads Bookseller