With her previous novels The Weight of Blood and Arrowood, award-winning author Laura McHugh has already proved herself skilled at vividly weaving together small-town intrigue and the dark secrets passed through generations. In THE WOLF WANTS IN, she gives readers a window into a rural farming community lost to the opioid epidemic and the complicated family bonds that come into question when secrets unravel.
Sadie Keller is determined to find out how her brother died. Untimely deaths are all too common in rural Blackwater, Kansas, where crime and overdoses are on the rise, but she believes—even if the police don’t—that this was different. Soon police attentions shifts entirely when the skull of a missing ten-year-old girl is discovered in the woods outside of town. Sadie is on her own, delving into the dark corners of a life her brother kept hidden and unearthing more questions than answers…questions about how he may have been connected to the young girl’s tragic death.
Meanwhile, eighteen-year-old Henley Pettit knows more than she’d like to about the seedy side of Blackwater. She’s desperate to escape before she’s irreparably entangled in her family’s crimes, but shedding the past is never easy, and getting out of town will be far more dangerous than she ever imagined. Time is quickly running out and when more bones are found in the woods, both women are torn between family loyalties and the knowledge that while some secrets are hard to live with, others will get you killed.
Fans of dark, true-to-life thrillers and popular crime podcasts like S-Town and Hell and Gone will become absorbed in the family lies, chilling secrets, and the shocking truth that lands at the heart of this brilliant and haunting novel.