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Some mistakes can literally come back to bite you.First it was ADD. Then pediatric bipolar. Now the hot behavioral disorder in children is CLS, or Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome. Public health researcher Joanie Fisher was closing in on the cause in hopes of finding a treatment until a lab fire and an affair with her boss left her without a job.When her grandfather leaves herSome mistakes can literally come back to bite you.First it was ADD. Then pediatric bipolar. Now the hot behavioral disorder in children is CLS, or Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome. Public health researcher Joanie Fisher was closing in on the cause in hopes of finding a treatment until a lab fire and an affair with her boss left her without a job.When her grandfather leaves her his multimillion-dollar estate in the Ozarks, though, she figures her luck is turning around. Except her inheritance comes with complications: town children who disappear during full moons, an irresistible butler, and a pack of werewolves who can't seem to decide whether to frighten her or flirt with her.Joanie's research is the key to unraveling the mysteries of Wolfsbane Manor. However, resuming her work means facing painful truths about her childhood, which could result in the loss of love, friendship, and the only true family she has left.Warning: Some sexy scenes, although nothing explicit, and adult language. Also alcohol consumption and food descriptions that may wreck your diet....

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The Mountain's Shadow Reviews

  • Miscjoy
    2019-05-04 17:36

    This book did not work for me. Generally unlikeable characters, lack of plot cohesion and a romantic male lead who perpetrates physical violence upon the female lead when they first meet.DNF Review posted at The Book Pushers: http://thebookpushers.com/2013/10/03/...

  • Anise Rae
    2019-05-14 22:21

    The Mountain’s Shadow is one of those books that breaks through genre borders. If I could coin a new sub-genre, I’d call this werewolf mystery/medical thriller. Though it has a hint of romance, Dr. Joanie Fisher is far from your typical romance novel heroine. She’s flawed. She’s made mistakes. And she’s not wallowing in guilt because of them. An author has to know her stuff when taking on a character like Dr. Fisher. The medical and scientific details ring true and add a unique touch to the story, differentiating it further from other books on the werewolf shelf. The writing is smooth, pulls you in, and keeps you there. The plot is hard to anticipate, partly because the characters are so human...in a manner of speaking...and so far from cookie-cutter perfection. Personally speaking, this is the perfect book when you’ve overdosed on romance novels and need something to cleanse your book palate. It’s fresh, different, and fascinating.I can’t wait for Lonna’s story and hope to see more of Joanie in the next book!

  • Debbie Herbert
    2019-05-09 18:40

    I really enjoyed this book because of all the Southern Gothic elements in it. You have a young woman inheriting a fortune and an enormous house, Wolfsbane Manor, set in the middle of a small community in the Ozarks. Danger and strangeness abounds. There there are several men in her life, each carrying their own dark secrets. Who will she choose? What if she chooses the wrong one?Then there is the mystery of why children in the town are going missing, what really happened to her grandfather and twin brother,and why is her best friend acting so weird? Plenty of questions and fast-paced action to make this a fun, easy read.If, like me, you grew up loving Gothic novels like Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart, you will love this book! I'm looking forward to more in this series.I would have liked a bit more romance, but that's just a personal preference.I highly recommend this book!

  • Cyndy Aleo
    2019-05-13 20:19

    Reviewed for RT Book Reviews October 2014 issue: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/mountains-shadow

  • Lorena
    2019-05-04 18:36

    I was a bit confused at the start of this book. I found it somewhat difficult to keep track of characters, locations, and events and follow what was happening. I read this at a point in my life when I had a lot going on, so I'm honestly not sure if it was the book or me, but either the book was a little unclear, or it requires readers to pay more attention than I was able to give.I'm still giving this a positive review because I found the new take on lycanthropy interesting and I liked most of the characters most of the time. Some of the characters are not very likeable at all, but for the most part, you can still understand their motivations. Even the most likeable characters in this book tend to behave in unpleasant ways at least some of the time, and there are times when I might not want to read about characters like that, but sometimes it's a nice change when the behavior is understandable. Perhaps because she is a psychologist, I think writing characters whose motivations make sense is one of Cecilia Dominic's strengths.I really liked the more scientific explanation of lycanthropy (CLS) in this book, and I felt like the author did a good job showing how the condition might change the lives of those suffering from it. I look forward to learning more about this condition in the subsequent books. I also enjoyed the mystery and conspiracy aspects of the plot, and I suspect that those elements may appear in subsequent books as well. This book got off to somewhat of a slow start, but once the pace picked up, it was pretty exciting. The ending satisfactorily resolved the main mysteries introduced in this book while leaving plenty of threads still to be explored in future books.I will caution that if you are someone who dislikes adultery or love triangles (actually, not so much a triangle as just messy, complicated relationships between conflicted people), you may be uncomfortable with this book. To be fair, the adultery is not romanticized--the negative effects are clearly depicted. The language was pretty clean though, and while there were references to sexual activity, most of the action took place "off stage." Similarly, although this book included violence and death, nothing was depicted graphically.I received a free copy of this book from the author and volunteered to review it. I noticed just a few copyediting errors in the version I reviewed, and the ebook was cleanly formatted.

  • Vicki Jones
    2019-05-06 17:32

    The Mountain’s Shadow by Cecilia Dominic, ARC Review***Spoiler Alert***Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Nope, just werewolves, shady lawyers, and big Pharma. Cecilia Dominic’s first book of The Lycanthropy Files explores an old curse and a new genetic disease, Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome (CLS). Mysterious disappearances, death, adult-onset CLS, underlying tensions among townsfolk, and potential romance fill the pages of the story of Wolfsbane Manor in the Arkansas Ozarks. Dr. Joanna (Joanie) Fisher and her friend, social worker and P.I. Lonna Marconi, find themselves in the midst of several strange occurrences. Brought together by Lonna’s investigation of missing children and Joanie’s inheritance from her grandfather, the women are both drawn and repelled by whatever is happening in Pine Mountain. Joanie learns her grandfather, Charles Landover, has been following her career as a behavioral epidemiologist and has also been studying CLS. Charles disappeared without a trace and is presumed dead, thus leaving Joanie her very large inheritance and more than a few questions. Former doctor Leonard (Leo) Bowman, brother to lawyer Peter, presents a compelling conundrum to Joanie. She is attracted to Leo, despite her recent ill-fated affair with former boss Robert at Cabil Industries. Robert hired Joanie to study CLS, and fired Joanie after her data – and lab – were destroyed in a fire. Supposedly Joanie was fired due to budget constraints after Cabil was purchased by Hippocrates Pharmaceuticals. As the story unfolds, Joanie begins to suspect a more nefarious reason for the fire and her termination.A black wolf appears to Joanie repeatedly during times of danger – first at the fire, and later in the woods surrounding the manor. Dangerous menace or protector? Joanie strives to understand the black wolf’s behavior, and the behavior of those affected by CLS, both child- and adult-onset. A rollicking mystery with missing children, unseen players, a werewolf pack, unsuspecting townsfolk, and a heroine who will capture your heart are found in Dominic’s story of love and loss set in the beautiful Ozark mountains. Don’t miss it!

  • Lisa Eiff
    2019-05-21 23:21

    I absolutely enjoyed reading this book! There are exciting moments, then just when the writing seemed to follow a pattern we're all used to as paranormal readers...it makes a sharp turn and displays a new unexpected twist! This book will keep you guessing as the story progresses.Dr J. inherits a manor from her grandfather after his death, and apparently discovers a world of trouble when she moves in. Her devotion to the study of CLS (Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome) leads her into some interesting discoveries...and also drags her down some dangerous paths along the way. When children start disappearing from the community, suspicions rise, and the story develops more layers. This book contains a bit plenty of mystery, excitement and new methods of communication.I am definitely not one to spoil a good story, so I won't do that here. I'll just say that if you are a fan of werewolves, this book will definitely hold your attention. There are plenty of steamy visions here and there...but no full on eroticism, which is an aspect I love about Cecilia Dominic. She can write books that share just enough to wet our appetites as readers, but not overshare and give the whole goose away, so to speak. That being said, I did receive a copy of this book from the author, but I wanted to share my honest opinion about this novel here voluntarily. Thanks for reading my take on this great book (can't wait for the The Lycanthropy Files #2).

  • Lyn Mckenzie
    2019-05-03 18:46

    I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I adore this authors work and this book just made me love her work even more!!! That s is an outstandingly amazing book and I adored every second of reading this!!!This storyline keeps you guessing from the first page, keeping you hooked right up until the last page! I loved how imaginative and how incredibly vivid the author wrote this storyline, so much so that you can see and feel yourself on that mountain with all the characters. This is a book that readers won't be able to stop turning the pages of this book!!!I am so addicted about reading about the characters in this book!!! They are such amazing and colourful characters that I could read about all day!!! I loved Joanie’s character, I love her passion, her inner strength and her fire that makes her who she is. There is so much thrown at her throughout this book and she is able to deal with all this as well as trying to help others, she will always search for the truth and will always protect others if she can and I loved that about her. From the moment he entered the book I became a fan of Leo’s, he is a very complex and complicated character but I think that makes him more appealing to the reader, makes you want to know more about him, Gabriel is also a mysterious one that I would love to know more about!This is such an amazing book that I could rave about all day!!! And I highly recommend that everyone reads this book!!!!

  • Lisa Eiff
    2019-05-07 16:28

    I absolutely enjoyed reading this book! There are exciting moments, then just when the writing seemed to follow a pattern we're all used to as paranormal readers...it makes a sharp turn and displays a new unexpected twist! This book will keep you guessing as the story progresses.Dr J. inherits a manor from her grandfather after his death, and apparently discovers a world of trouble when she moves in. Her devotion to the study of CLS (Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome) leads her into some interesting discoveries...and also drags her down some dangerous paths along the way. When children start disappearing from the community, suspicions rise, and the story develops more layers. This book contains a bit plenty of mystery, excitement and new methods of communication.I am definitely not one to spoil a good story, so I won't do that here. I'll just say that if you are a fan of werewolves, this book will definitely hold your attention. There are plenty of steamy visions here and there...but no full on eroticism, which is an aspect I love about Cecilia Dominic. She can write books that share just enough to wet our appetites as readers, but not overshare and give the whole goose away, so to speak. That being said, I did receive a copy of this book from the author, but I wanted to share my honest opinion about this novel here voluntarily. Thanks for reading my take on this great book (can't wait for the The Lycanthropy Files #2).

  • Penny Noble
    2019-05-25 19:28

    This is my first time reading this author, and it won’t be my last. The protagonist, Joanie, is a doctor who deals with CLS, or Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome, which I found to be a new and interesting take on lycanthropy. Her grandfather disappears and is assumed dead, and she moves to his estate where she uncovers more than she bargained for. What follows is an interesting mystery and a great action-filled book. I liked most of the characters, and I was constantly on my toes as I didn’t know what was going to happen next. There was one tiny fly in the ointment, I must admit. I wasn’t sure who Joanie was going to pick as her romantic interest, and it seemed to be slightly too forced. I would have liked a little more build-up with that particular character because I actually thought it was going to be someone else. However, it was only a slight annoyance and didn’t really detract from my enjoyment. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next! Highly recommend! Thanks to the author for the e-copy which I voluntarily reviewed.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-30 15:23

    The Mountain's Shadow is the first in the Lycanthropy Files series. Set in middle America in a small off the beaten path town, it seems there are more mysteries than answers. And right at the heart of the problem is CLS - Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome. Down on her luck, Dr. Joanna has a rough start. A fire destroying her research, an affair, her grandfather's death and an inheritance with more than she bargained for.Plenty of twist and turns keep you reading. As always with Ms. Dominic's books, I look forward to the next in the series. I recommend this series to those who are looking for a unique take on lycans. I voluntarily reviewed The Mountain's Shadow as an advanced copy from the author.

  • Sue Lyssa Stone Shaffer
    2019-04-24 22:21

    A different viewWhat if lycanthropy were a psychological disorder, one with a genetic trigger? A behavioral issue only or.... When a doctor researching this disorder has her work world shattered by fire and then is notified that her grandfather has left her an estate in the Ozarks it is painful, yet providential. Her childhood refuge is available and she can regain her balance.Upon arrival she discovers mysteries abound, her grandfather's body is missing as are many of the town most vulnerable inhabitants, children disappearing in the night. What comes next awaits you in the mountain's shadows....

  • Lois Welsh
    2019-05-23 15:35

    This is a good book to read.When I read the description of the book I was not sure if I would like it, but I decided last year to read stories that I do not normally read and I am glad that I read this one.As I read the book I really got into it and the story does not slow down.I thought I knew who the Black Wolf was and I found out that I was wrong (yes I can admit it).I like the character development and the story flow. I think you will too.I am now going to her next book because I did not want to miss anything. It is titled Long Shadows.

  • Slb
    2019-05-08 19:36

    Not the usual Lycan story. Well done.This book starts like getting to the movies 10 min late and feeling Ithe need to catch up because things were rolling. Plot lines galore including trauma, income problems, relationship failure, kidnapping and disappearances of children and other ages, inheritance and I only read 22%. Great best friend. Action, intrigue, villainous corps and some romance kept me engaged to the end. Great entertaining book

  • Nicola Nicholson
    2019-05-02 17:34

    I found this book an engrossing read. It was a real page turner with a solid story that had you guessing until the end. The plot was very good as were the character's. It had a good beginning which lured you in and continued strongly. It ended on a good note too finalising the end of the story yet leaving it open for a new chapter to begin.

  • Janet Swiftbird
    2019-05-12 21:19

    A howling good readA howling good read, great storyline with all the twists, turns, suspense.Follow Joanna and her friend Lonna on their journey to find the truth of children's disappearances.

  • Patricia Burleson
    2019-05-16 17:49

    GoodThis is a very good book. It's full of werewolves, mystery, friendships, action and a little magic. The story line is great and the characters are strong. So grab your copy and enjoy reading.

  • DEBIE WILLIAMS
    2019-05-10 15:28

    Good storyline, Great characters!I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen after each event but, was pleasantly surprised each time. I really think Lonna is a lot like my cousin. I don't like her either.

  • Katie Walter
    2019-04-26 15:20

    This was a quick easy read book. With plenty of drama, mystery legends and werewolves thrown in for good measure. It also has a good helping of genetics that ties it all in a need bow. I look forward to reading more.

  • Pamela T.
    2019-05-11 20:41

    Great storyline, disappointing bookI was so excited to read this book. However, I feel like the editing was severely lacking. It'd like this was the movie version of s great book. There were gaps and loose ends. I really would love to read a fuller version of this story.

  • Leah Kerns
    2019-05-05 23:26

    What a brilliant story, it is different from any other book in this genre that I have read. mystery, adventure, love, family...pack.

  • Kess
    2019-05-15 16:19

    Excellent mix of supernatural and mystery - I loved the story, the setting and the characters. Looking forward to what happens next!

  • Willow
    2019-05-21 16:30

    Bit of a mess, hard to follow what was happening at times. The characters weren't very likeable either.

  • Riley
    2019-04-30 16:36

    When I pulled up The Mountain’s Shadow in Goodreads, I saw that readers had classified this book as: Fantasy – Urban Fantasy, Romance – Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters – Werewolves, Romance, Fantasy – Paranormal. These are all very valid classifications. Yes, yes, there are shapeshifters – werewolves. But to me, first and foremost, The Mountain’s Shadow is a mystery.Here. Read this first paragraph from the book blurb:First it was ADD. Then pediatric bipolar. Now the hot behavioral disorder in children is CLS, or Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome. Public health researcher Joanie Fisher was closing in on the cause in hopes of finding a treatment until a lab fire and an affair with her boss left her without a job.See – there’s a fire. That just screams mystery to me. Add in an affair and things start to get suspicious. Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome is the key element that will make it all very interesting.In The Mountain’s Shadow, CLS goes from being a psychological disorder affecting children to a physical true shape-shifting condition affecting all ages. Joanie is the behavioral epidemiologist trying to determine the causes of the former when she runs into real life examples of the later. Which just leads to more questions. This is a medical mystery that must be solved.In addition to the medical mystery, there are children disappearing from Crystal Pines every full moon. So more questions need to be answered.Each clue to the medical mystery or to the missing children leads to more questions. And to more people. The list of suspects is long.Suspects will pop in from all walks of life. Researchers, medical doctors, lawyers, private investigators, butlers, a sheriff, social workers, waiters, waitresses, children, spouses. All in the small community of Crystal Pines. Anyone could be a CLS sufferer. Anyone could be involved in the mystery.In fact, they are all involved in the mystery in one way or another. But it is a challenge to figure out. Ms. Dominic keeps you guessing throughout the story. Oh, there are quite a few suspicious characters. But there are also many, many secrets. As the secrets are revealed, suspicion may be allayed or increased or redirected.A bit of romance is thrown in to make things even more interesting. Joanie has trouble making her mind up though. There is her former boss, a butler and a doctor. And just to complicate things, one or more of them may also suffer from CLS or they might be a suspect. Or both. That former boss thing though – Joanie, really? I got disgusted with her every time she even considered they might get back together. The thing is though, Joanie is human. It is hard to give up on something you thought was pretty good.For that matter, there are a lot of humans in The Mountain’s Shadow, even if some of them can become wolves. They are all humanly flawed in ways that make sense and add to the story. Even a werewolf can hope for a normal life, or at least a better one. That is why Joanie’s research into a cure for CLS becomes so important and attracts the attention so many people. With that statement, I’ve come full circle, back to the researcher described in the book burb.If you are having a hard time considering how werewolves, missing children, secrets, and a cure for CLS are all connected, I get that. After reading the book, I considered what to put in this review for several days.First and foremost, I was happy it was a mystery that I figured out only as quickly as the heroine did. In other words, it was unpredictable. It was also complex, emotional and ultimately satisfying. Having read The Mountain’s Shadow, I can tell you that I was very happy with the way Ms. Dominic connected all the dots at the end. A major part of the story is ended, but there are a few bread crumbs left to follow to another story or two in the series.My copy of this book was given to me by the author with no expectation of a review, but I reviewed it anyway. Why? Because it is a 5-star book that I think a lot of people would enjoy!Originally posted at Whiskey With My Book.

  • Estelle Ford-Williamson
    2019-05-23 22:45

    The Mountain's Shadow is told from the perspective of witty, sophisticated and definitely irreverent Dr. Joanie Fisher. In the process of her telling the story, it seeems everyone is afflicted with Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome (CLS). You keep trying to guess who's going to come down with it next. And who's going to solve the riddle of Janie's grandfather's death and the disappearance of young children around his estate, tellingly named "Wolfsbane Manor." And why her own "incredibly healthy" twin brother died at 9.Joanie encounters a couple of disgraced medical students, now werewolves (by night), and together they try to solve a bundle of mysteries: the death and disappearance of the grandfather and others; the source of their own afflictions, and whether lycanthropy is inherited or a communicable phenomena. A lot of poeple die or get hurt before we get answers, but along the way there are delicious food and wine and realistic scenery descriptions that keep you in the time and place where Dominic wants you to be.Some of the final denoument of the story lacks the smoothness of the rest of the story, but that's a small thing in a first novel. It shows a level of sophistication and information about the medical/professional psychology research scene that you'll appreciate without growing bored. I had a first time experience with a Kindle while reading The Mountain's Shadow; in fact, it kept me entertained and sane during a 12-day, 6-country bus tour of Europe. It was a great read for the trip. The only negative thing about a Kindle: when you want to tell a friend about the sexually scintillating passages--yes, there are those in Mountain's Shadow--you can't cite page numbers. You've got to read the whole thing! Dr. Joanie and her friends appear in a second published book, Long Shadows, and a third is in process. You'll find them a pleasure to spend time with, whether in the dark or in the lab.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-17 16:45

    Let me begin by explaining how I received a copy of this book. I was lucky enough to win a copy of Ms. Dominic's Blood's Shadow through a GoodReads giveaway. Unfortunately, the package arrived empty. I contacted Ms. Dominic to let her know and she was kind enough to send out a replacement package with a copy of this book in addition to the book I won.The Mountain's Shadow is her first published novel. I had to remind myself of this fact quite a few times while reading because the language is that of a more established author. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the story was written.The plot deals with a scientist who inherits a large estate from her grandfather. Her friend is a social worker researching missing children in the same area of Arkansas that the estate is located in. They travel to the region together and discover that werewolves play into the mystery of the missing children. Even though the story deals with the supernatural, the scientific explanation provided for lycanthropy is not too far-fetched.The cast of characters is great. The main characters in the story are well crafted, with strengths, flaws, and varied motivations. The plot has several twists and turns that will keep readers guessing who the bad guys really are, with some totally unexpected revelations during the conclusion.The Mountain's Shadow was a very entertaining read and I would recommend it to fans of Charlaine Harris, M.L.N. Hanover, or anyone who likes a well crafted story with a bit of full moon chicanery.

  • Rebecca Field
    2019-05-03 21:28

    I received an advanced copy of this book for my honest review. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the release of the 2nd book soon. The characters are interesting and well developed and I found it difficult to put the book down. There is also a twist on the werewolf story line which is believable. I really like the smart female lead character who is always questioning everything which ultimately leads her to the answers and . . . Well, that would be a spoiler alert so I think I'll end here. The author's "Day Job" allows her to write characters that are believable with all their strengths and faults. Read this book. I guarantee you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Caroline Mathews
    2019-05-21 15:19

    Cecilia Dominic is just getting warmed up! Congratulations to her on a remarkable first effort. Well done! I don't want to review The Mountain's Shadow, this morning. Cecelia is a friend of mine and writes in a genre that I don't usually read. There are plenty of great reviews on Amazon. Take a look at them for a few seconds before you download this book. Finally, let me tell you that you must read it and quickly. Dominic's second installment of The Lycanthropy Files, Long Shadows, is out today!Because I found myself way too sensitive to the author's hopes and dreams, talents and foibles, I had to put The Mountain's Shadow down midway. I needed to look at the work without bias. And I needed to familiarize myself with urban fantasy as well as learn to accept talking werewolves and such in the same way that I had taken to Beowulf and other fables when I was a younger girl - and not so set in my ways. In the end, I found The Mountain's Shadow to be at what I believe is the very top of the genre. Not your usual urban fantasy, hard to label because of the superior knowledge and ability of the author; better than a good mystery, characters with room to grow and develop, a plot able to rivet this weathered and seasoned reader to her chair in a new way.I downloaded Long Shadows this morning. This time, I will be able to suspend the disbelief that a dear girl who has grown up in front of me, striving to be an author, working at her writing in between her lucrative medical career and her family life, and using her wine blog as an excuse (tongue in cheek) to try everything the "spirits world" has to offer, is also a superb storyteller, a soon to be household name.

  • Lynn Spencer
    2019-04-26 21:26

    I picked up this book because it sounded like a promising mix of paranormal and gothic elements. The heroine, Joanie, inherits her grandfather's estate after his mysterious death and with her life in somewhat of an uproar, she decides that heading out to the isolated Wolfsbane Manor might be just the ticket. Things started off well enough as Joanie encounters a place full of secrets - including her grandfather's unexplained disappearance - and perhaps even a hint of romance waiting in the wings.However, it all start to go downhill fairly quickly. While the worldbuilding with its idea of lycanthropy being the new "it" diagnosis caught my attention, the disjointed plotting and annoying characters finally drove me to give up just before I hit the halfway mark with this book. For instance, we have Joanie having an affair with her married boss but then chewing out her best friend for likewise having an affair with a married man. In fact, by the time my patience with this book ran out, I just could not understand how Joanie and her best friend actually managed to have a friendly relationship because they just seemed to be so catty and nasty to one another.I love books with a touch of gothic to them, but this one is such a disjointed mess I can only recommend taking a pass.

  • ElizabethReece
    2019-04-30 18:45

    I loved this book and Joanie! This is a really interesting mystery that holds your attention because of how unique it is and how much of a good read it is. One of the things that I love about it is that it defies genre. It's part medical mystery, part suspense, and part romance - with a good chunk of hot werewolf for good measure. Seriously, there are a lot of hot werewolves.Joanie is an incredibly well written and sympathetic character. Throughout the novel, you are left on the edge of your seat worrying over her fate. Joanie is a down-on-her-luck scientist who inherits a huge mansion. Of course upon occupying the mansion, she is met with a mystery of disappearing children and a pack of werewolves. There's a lot of suspense as she tries to solve the mystery and tries to figure out which werewolf to choose.It's a gripping narrative, but a little hard to review without giving away spoilers. There are so many twists and turns. I stayed up way past my 9:30 pm bedtime in order to finish it.