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A natural born trapper and hunter raised in the Alaskan wilderness, Tracy Petrikoff spends her days tracking animals and running with her dogs in the remote forests surrounding her family’s home. Though she feels safe in this untamed land, Tracy still follows her late mother’s rules: Never Lose Sight of the House. Never Come Home with Dirty Hands. And, above all else, NeveA natural born trapper and hunter raised in the Alaskan wilderness, Tracy Petrikoff spends her days tracking animals and running with her dogs in the remote forests surrounding her family’s home. Though she feels safe in this untamed land, Tracy still follows her late mother’s rules: Never Lose Sight of the House. Never Come Home with Dirty Hands. And, above all else, Never Make a Person Bleed.But these precautions aren’t enough to protect Tracy when a stranger attacks her in the woods and knocks her unconscious. The next day, she glimpses an eerily familiar man emerge from the tree line, gravely injured from a vicious knife wound—a wound from a hunting knife similar to the one she carries in her pocket. Was this the man who attacked her and did she almost kill him? With her memories of the events jumbled, Tracy can’t be sure.Helping her father cope with her mother’s death and prepare for the approaching Iditarod, she doesn’t have time to think about what she may have done. Then a mysterious wanderer appears, looking for a job. Tracy senses that Jesse Goodwin is hiding something, but she can’t warn her father without explaining about the attack—or why she’s kept it to herself.It soon becomes clear that something dangerous is going on . . . the way Jesse has wormed his way into the family . . . the threatening face of the stranger in a crowd . . . the boot-prints she finds at the forest’s edge.Her family is in trouble. Will uncovering the truth protect them—or is the threat closer than Tracy suspects?...

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The Wild Inside Reviews

  • Will Byrnes
    2019-04-16 18:15

    I learned in school that blood has a memory. It carries information that makes you who you are. That’s how my brother and me ended up with so much in common, we both carried inside us the things our parents’ blood remembered. Sharing what’s in the blood, that’s as close as you can be to another person.…I spent as much time as I could in the woods. To look at me, you might of thought, But you are only seventeen, and a girl, you have got no business being off in the wild by yourself where a bear could maul you or a moose trample you. But the fact is, if they put me and anyone else in the wilderness and left us there, you just see which one of us come out a week later, unharmed and even thriving In the great north, snow and isolation can hide a world of secrets, but some will still bleed through. Being a badass has certain advantages, particularly when one spends so much time in the Alaskan woods. It’s maybe not always an advantage in places with fewer trees, like school. Tracy Sue Petricoff is seventeen. She can handle herself in the wild. But she is not yet able to handle the wild in herself. You might even see her as half-feral. Her latest attack on a classmate, however justified it might have been, has resulted in her being cast out of the more structured world of public education, and left her to the somewhat less restrictive environment of home. Of course, home has not been an entirely safe place for her either. Jamey Bradbury - from her siteHer mother had died when Tracy was fifteen, hit by a car while walking on the side of the road near their home. This left a huge gap in Tracy’s upbringing, as mom was the person who knew her best, who had taught her to recognize animal tracks, who had taught her to identify plants and their uses, and who truly understood her innermost self, an unspoken family legacy that is both a gift and a curse. Her father, Bill, a good man, a regular contender in the annual Iditarod, was rocked by his wife’s death, lost his focus, struggled to cope, but is trying his best to be mother and father to Tracy and her younger brother, Scott. This includes rules, but Tracy reacts to rules like a bear might to a trap. Her mother gave her one cardinal rule. Never make another person bleed. Sorry, Mom.Returning home from the woods one night a large man slams into her. In the ensuing tussle, she is tossed hard enough against a tree that she loses consciousness. On waking she finds there is blood on her knife, and a trail where the man had gone. Her memory of the event is fuzzy. Did she cut the man? Why had they crossed paths? She tries to put it out of her mind, but when neighbors report an intruder having stayed in their cabin, and her father comes to the aid of a bleeding man emerging from the woods, she wonders if this is the man she had encountered, and will he be coming back, for her. I felt the trail tugging at me, every acre of land behind the house yearning for me to roam its familiar hills and hollows. Any other evening, I might of stole away for a few more minutes, long enough to satisfy the craving in me.But underneath that pang was my heart, stuttering, and my skin prickling. A pair of eyes, a hunched shadow, hidden by the night and waiting. Thoughts of the stranger made my breath stop, and it wasn’t a feeling I enjoyed. I wouldn’t feel settled, I realized, till I knew he was no longer a threat.The Wild Inside is a riveting, genre-bending coming-of-age/thriller/mystery/horror novel with a dose of fantasy and a touch of romance. Tracy would like nothing more than to be left to her devices, hunting, setting traps, retrieving what she catches for food and fur and racing with her dogs. Her personal receiver is tuned to the call of the wild, as she feels a particular affinity with the animals of the forest, can perceive and interpret sounds, smells, and sights that most will overlook. She is as much a creature of the woods as she is a civilized human being. I was very much reminded of the character Turtle from My Absolute Darling, in her toughness and feel for the natural, not that other stuff. She is a woodland detective, as skilled as Sherlock Holmes at spotting clues, but with the nose of a hound and the night vision of an owl. And she is determined to unravel the mystery of her forest fracas. For reasons of her own, Tracy does not tell her father about her unfortunate encounter. (What a tangled web we weave) The secrets involved with that event lock her into a series of lies that make her life much more complicated than it needs to be, with tragic results.Image is from the author’s siteMore complications ensue when dad hires a young drifter to help out. Bill trains dogs, has forty doghouses and a kennel on the property. That is a lot of shoveling, and other chores as well. As he takes on outside work in addition to bring in enough to provide for his family, Bill could sure use the help. How much do they really know about Jesse Goodwin, who seems to be particularly adept at gaining Bill’s trust? Can Jesse be trusted? There is something off about the new hired hand, an odd sort, whose CV does not always hold up to close, or even routine scrutiny. Trying to figure out the mystery of Jesse is part of the fun of the book. The tension of wondering if/when the mysterious man from the forest will return and wondering what he will want is another. The boogeyman just outside the frame is a device that works well to sustain the tension level.The Iditarod features large in this landscape, Dad having been a regular contestant, Tracy having competed in the Junior Iditarod, with her final Junior race and the full-on Mush-mania, for which she will be eligible for the first time, both on a near horizon. Tracy loves to race dogs as much as she loves to run, to hunt, and to breathe in the fullness of the woods. It provides motivation for some of her decision-making, both the good and bad sorts. Although she is basically a good person, she is no paragon. In fact, she can be a pretty self-involved teenager and if you count on her to always do the right thing, your totals will be off. There is a dramatic, dark twist near the end that some readers will find discomfiting. I thought it made sense under the circumstances, and how Tracy handles it is consistent with what we have seen of her up to then. It’s a pretty daring move by Bradbury to steer her tale in that direction. Whether you approve or not, it will definitely jangle your senses, and makes for an outside-the-box ending. There was one item in the story that jangled my senses a bit. I did not understand how Tracy thought she could get away with paying substantial entry fees for races without having a well-prepared explanation for how she got the money. A solution is found later but Tracy’s presumption seemed a bit much, even for a teenager. In another instance. I thought it a stretch that one character was far too ready to try talking with another who had already confessed to some pretty dire deeds. A more reasonable range of choices would seem to be either lock and load or stay the hell away. Image is from the author’s siteBradbury’s love for the landscape comes through loud and clear (and, I expect, played a role in her decision to live in Anchorage for the last fifteen years, having been born and raised in Illinois) in her lyrical, beautiful writing. The cold, the woods, the severe beauty of the landscape all serve as a wonderful backdrop for and echo of the harsh challenges Tracy faces. Tracy Sue Petricoff’s physical DNA is known, but if I were checking her literary DNA markers, I would be looking for signs of Mowgli, John Clayton, and Katniss Everdeen. Jamey Bradbury’s freshman novel is a triumph, a coming of age tale set in the borderlands, interior and exterior, where the wild meets the world. Her struggle to understand and gain some control over the urges she experiences makes her relatable, even though our adjustments might not have been so daunting. It is riveting, tear-inducing, and jolts through such sudden turns that you will need to make sure your feet are firmly planted on your sled, and your team is exceptionally well-trained. You would hate to tumble and be left behind. This is one ride you will want to mush through to the end. Review posted – January 26, 2018Published – March 20, 2018=============================EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal, Twitter, Instagram and FB pagesHere is extra material that did not make it into the final version of the bookA Dead Darling- from Bradbury’s siteBradbury works as a freelance writer. Here is a stack of her writings for the Anchorage Daily NewsThe author reading an early excerpt from the book at a Gathering of the Tribes on May 15th 2011 Quiet Works, a collection of short stories, was submitted as Bradbury’s 2009 MFA thesis===============================INTERVIEWI sent Jamey Bradbury a message inquiring into whether she would be up for answering a few questions. She was extremely gracious, and, as you will see, very forthcoming. On Writing ProcessWas the structure of the book the same from the time you first decided to write it to the point of times up, fingers-off-the-keyboard? If it changed, what was removed, added?JB - The biggest change between early drafts of the book and what readers will see was the structure of the book. The Wild Inside was inspired, in part, by a 1961 horror novel by Theodore Sturgeon called Some of Your Blood; the book is told piecemeal by a colonel, a military psychiatrist, and their patient, called George, who writes his own story in the form of a journal. I structured The Wild Inside similarly, with early chapters dedicated to a grown-up Scott seeing some of his sister, Tracy’s, behavior playing out in his own daughter. I threw in some epistolary storytelling in the form of letters between Bill and Scott. And finally, Tracy got her say in the form of her own journal, which she wrote at the encouragement of a school guidance counselor.Ultimately, though, after feedback from some early readers and after getting to know Tracy—who says things in her own very distinctive and determined way—I realized this was a girl who didn’t need any help telling her own story. Her story was hers, and everything was someone else’s interpretation. So I let Tracy take the reins.How is your writing time structured? Do you have a set number of hours a day, or per week, that you devote to book writing, to other writing? Maybe a target of a number of pages or words per day?JB - In addition to being a fiction writer, I also have a full-time job:  I write copy and do storytelling for an Alaska Native nonprofit social services organization. That means, in order to get any fiction done, I have to deliberately set aside time for it—and it can’t just be any old time because after spending eight hours of my day at a computer, the last thing I want to do when I come home is stare at a glowing screen for another couple hours. So I get my fiction writing done first thing. I keep what my friends lovingly refer to as “grandma Jamey hours”—I often go to bed around 8:00, 8:30 so I can get up around five a.m., guzzle some coffee, squint at my email, then get writing. I don’t have a target number of words or pages; some days I struggle to get through a single scene, others I fly through a dozen pages of revision. But I work a pretty solid two hours more most mornings before it’s time to shower and join the world.I often have ideas pop into my head about a review I am working on at times that are not conducive, such as when I am just about to drift off to sleep and if I stay up to write the thing down in my bedside notebook, I won’t be able to get back to sleep for an hour. Grrrrrr. How do you record the random thoughts that pop to mind when you are away from the desktop, say, while running? JB - All I can say is thank Our Lord Steve Jobs for the iPhone, which I started taking with me when I was training for my first marathon and realized it might be nice to be able to listen to music, not to mention be able to call for help if I twisted an ankle or got mugged. The added bonus is that whenever I get those random ideas and have those “aha!” moments—which always seem to come as soon as I hit my stride—I can text myself. Usually I’ll stop to stretch and type out a text, but sometimes I use the voice function and get texts from myself that look like, “Railroad GASP getaway WHEEZE car…”Was there any one scene in particular that was the most difficult to write?JB - How to say this without spoiling things? There’s a particular mistake Tracy makes at one point that I didn’t see coming for a long time. Once I realized that she was going to make this mistake, though, my heart broke. I didn’t want to write the scene, I didn’t want to go through the fallout the characters would experience afterward. Some scenes are technically hard; it’s difficult to get the mechanics of the plot working. Others are hard because you can’t find the right words. But this one was emotionally hard:  I was wrecked, working on it. But it also afforded me an opportunity to write what would become one of my favorite parts of the book—a glimpse into the life and history of a character readers wouldn’t have otherwise gotten to know in that particular way.Was there one particular plot element that gave you the most grief?JB - Figuring out what, exactly, the history of two characters was before they appear in the book was one of the more irksome elements I had to work through. Partly because the relationship had to be both loving and antagonistic, and also because that part of the relationship would be revealed by a third party, in an unconventional way. Boy, trying not to spoil things has me feeling like Tracy!—as she says, some things you just don’t talk about, except to talk around them.Was the ending you chose always the way you wanted to go, or did you consider other endings before settling on the one in the book?JB - By the time I got to the ending, it kind of wrote itself. The way I write, I rewrite and rewrite and rewrite the first part of the book, gradually getting to know my characters as I rework the same material over and over. By the time I get to the last third or quarter of the book, the writing actually gets easier—and, with this book, the momentum of the plot, and the way Tracy’s mind works, kind of pointed the way toward the ending.Sources and influencesHow long did you work for John Irving? How did you get the gig? What can you tell us about the experience? What did you learn from him? Did he offer useful advice, support, connections?JB - At a post-reading party at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where I got my MFA, my workshop teacher, Craig Nova, came up to me and said, “My friend John Irving is looking for a new assistant. He lives in Vermont. I thought you’d be a good candidate, since you’ve lived in Alaska and you know how to drive in the snow.” A few weeks later, I flew to Vermont from Greensboro to interview with John and his wife, Janet. And at the end of that summer, I moved to Vermont to be John Irving’s assistant.Working for John was a little like winning a spot at a very exclusive writing fellowship. I worked at an office in his home, and I did a good amount of your typical office work—answering phones, talking to his publisher, opening mail, filing contracts. But the bulk of my day was dedicated to typing up the pages of the manuscript he was working on at the time, the novel that would be titled In One Person. John still writes mostly by hand, so I would update a computer file on my Mac every day with his new pages.It was a firsthand look at the daily life of a working writer, his habits, and his way of writing a first draft and revising. One writer’s method doesn’t necessarily work for another, but I learned a lot watching him work through plot and character development. Plus, I got great insight into the process of publishing a book, thanks to working with John’s editor, copyeditor, publicist, and others.The other part of the experience that was incredibly valuable was my own writing time. Whenever I didn’t have stuff to do from John, I was able to work on my own fiction; in fact, I started The Wild Inside while still working for him. Once I got a first draft done, John was gracious enough to take a look and give me feedback that helped me tremendously (as did Craig, the teacher who referred me).Was there a specific seed or seeds from which The Wild Inside sprouted?  An image, a phrase, a news article? An experience? Several?JB - The earliest idea for The Wild Inside was an image:  a house, its windows lit against the heart of Alaska’s winter darkness, at the edge of a wood. I knew that inside that house, there were two men—brothers? a father and a son?—waiting for a third person to come home. Whoever that third person was, though, I knew she wasn’t coming home soon. How did I know this? Why wasn’t she coming back? I had no idea, but the image intrigued me enough that my mind kept chewing on it for months—more than a year—before I finally sat down to write what would eventually become Tracy’s story.What were your sources for character and pooch names?JB - I don't have a pooch, so I named a lot of the dogs after my friends’ dogs. Zip and Stella are named after two real-life pooches I regularly dog-sat for (the real Zip, sadly, died a few years ago; the real Stella is my dog soulmate and if I could steal her from her owners, I would). I went on a sailing trip with the real-life Homer and Canyon and their owners. I had a lot of fun just coming up with other dog names. Here’s a fun fact:  Some mushers will give litters of dogs theme names, so they’ll have the “famous authors” litter, or like musher and writer Blair Braverman, the “bean” litter (including dogs named Fava, Hari(cot), and Refried). So Tracy’s dogs include a “bear” litter (Panda, Grizzly, Teddy) and a “words that convey movement” litter (Chug, Zip, Flash, Pogo). Old Susitna, though, is named for my favorite mountain visible from Anchorage:  Susitna, the “Sleeping Lady.”(continued in first comment below)

  • Ellen Gail
    2019-03-26 15:37

    Never Lose Sight of the House.Never Come Home with Dirty Hands.Never Make a Person Bleed.2.5 very confused stars.A very strange tale of sled dog racing, blood, secrets, and more blood.Okay.How do I talk about this without spoiling the fuck out of it? Cause there's a lot to talk about.You can peep the synopsis for details, but in short, Tracy Petrikoff (teenage delinquent? feral youth? what kinds of words can I even use for her?) is a born and raised Alaskan musher, as well as a trapper and hunter. Her woods are her home. Despite the dangers inherent, she's safe there.Until the day she's knocked unconscious by a man in the woods. Tracy is fine, if a little shaken from the encounter.But the familiar looking stranger stumbling from the woods injured by a hunting knife might not be.A blood soaked stranger. The impending Iditarod. A grieving family. A wanderer with something to hide. Bootprints in the snow. There all all kinds of wildness to be found.First, what I liked. Alaska! DOGS!Jamey Bradbury lives in Alaska and it shows in the way she writes the woods and the general atmosphere. I also have to give major points for boldness. Setting aside for a moment what I liked and what I didn't, some of these plot choices were brazen and fearless and I admire that. Like there's a BIG moment that happens in the midst of a snowstorm and only one word is spoken and that was really well done. Seriously, congrats on that scene.Now, onto what I didn't. First, all dialogue is sans quotation marks. It's a stylistic choice that unfortunately doesn't always work for me. The Road is probably the only case where I've outright loved it, but it was tolerable in Corrosion. Here I didn't 100% hate it, but it was confusing. Not a home run by far.Also, this goes back to the risk taking thing, but I need to talk about Tracy. I HATED her. Mostly for reasons related to super duper spoilery things. If you've read this you know the thing; THE SUPER SPOILERY THING SHE DOES A LOT. WHAT THE FUCK. But also; she killed a cat. Bit people. Yes, people plural. Unprovoked.And her attitude to her parents - I guess you know you're an adult when you feel bad for the dad and not the teenager.And it's not that I mind downright awful protagonists. You and Hidden Bodies feature a terrible person as the protagonist. He thinks, says, and does awful things. But Tracy Sue Petrikoff just did NOT work for me. At all. I LOATHE her.So The Wild Inside is a striking and ambitious first novel, but for various reasons, (many of them confusing and spoilery as all get out), it fell short of the mark for me.Thanks to William Morrow and Edelweiss for the drc!

  • Bentley ★
    2019-04-08 18:10

    See this review and more like it on my blog:!________I came across The Wild Inside when browsing Edelweiss for advance review copies. I've grown very particular over the last year about what I'll request from publishers, as time seems to be a commodity that I have less and less of lately. I was drawn this debut offering from Jamey Bradbury and William Morrow in part because of the gorgeous cover, and literary fiction infused with horror and fantasy elements seemed quite intriguing. Many writing courses and lecturers tell aspiring authors, "write what you know." Bradbury puts that advice into practice, setting her debut novel in her adopted state of Alaska. She chooses to center a core component of the plot around the Alaskan sport of dog mushing, particularly on the Iditarod trail. If Bradbury herself is not a dog musher by practice, I must give her credit where its due for the research and effort put forth here as she conveys critical aspects of that sport to her readers. I bought all of it, and came away feeling like I had learned something, which is impressive in its own right. Oddly enough, though fantasy, horror and suspense are my mainstay genres to read in, I found their inclusion here less of a motivating factor to continue reading. In a way, I think Tracy's story was complex enough without adding a fantastical element that I can only describe as poorly defined. It created more questions than it answered - particularly about Tracy and how she interacts with everyone around her. Is Tracy damaged by her past? Absolutely. Is she struggling to find her place in a changed world as a young adult. Yup. Is she a supernatural being, or is she delusional?I'm less sure about the answer to that last question. Unfortunately the story never takes the time to pin down a satisfying answer. The result is that the story frequently becomes bogged down by strange interludes - dark passages that don't really make much sense and are never clarified in the scope of what it means for Tracy, and how it began. I'm choosing to remain intentionally vague here as I hate spoilers, but I will say that Tracy's entire existence comes to revolve around her need to engage this fantastical element and it really made me dislike her as a character.She never questions the sanity of what she's doing. She makes a number of leaps of logic that ultimately end up hurting other people a great deal because of it, and yet she never considers stopping. Her ardent fear towards the antagonist of the story really suffered in the face of this because I always considered Tracy a completely unreliable narrator. I was awaiting some massive twist in which this level of distrust would be used to inform on why nothing is ever explained, but it never comes. As frustrated as I was by the lack of explanation given, there was still a great deal to love about this novel. I think for a debut outing it's quite strong. The characters aside from Tracy were rather well defined, with distinct backstories that are delivered over the course of the story. Some of them were a bit more strongly constructed than others, but for the most part they felt real and well developed as people.I'll be excited to see how Bradbury's work expands moving forward. I think she shows a great deal of promise as a young author, and will be interested to see how her works shift into either clear literary fiction or a more dedicated fantasy/horror focus in the future.3 out of 5 stars

  • Kim McGee
    2019-03-28 20:21

    Tracy has always felt better outside in the Alaskan wilderness than indoors in the cabin. She can hunt and survive just about anything except denying the hunger inside her. Her mom understands this strange affliction of her daughter's and tries to help Tracy by giving her simple rules to live by. The most important being - never make a human bleed. After Tracy is attacked in the woods she thinks she almost killed the stranger who attacked her and now fears his return. Then there are these new feelings toward Jesse the curious young drifter who her dad has hired and her ambitions to compete in the Junior Iditarod. This glorious hybrid is a combination of the wild beauty of Alaska, the harsh landscape and lifestyle of the people who live there and a bit of supernatural hyper-awareness that Tracy feels after succumbing to the hunger and filling the need for blood. This coming of age story in an unforgiving land will stay with you well after the last page. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.

  • Elise
    2019-04-08 18:39

    Critique complète ici :ès lent, avec énormément d’emphase sur l’ambiance et des descriptions contemplatives de la vie sauvage en Alaska (froide et hostile, mais majestueuse et étrangement réconfortante),The Wild Inside de Jamey Bradbury risque de déplaire aux lecteurs impatients. Ceux qui n’aiment pas les non-dits n’y prendront pas plaisir non plus, tandis que les autres seront séduits par le mystère qui plane. Non seulement Tracy n’est pas une narratrice fiable (ses souvenirs sont flous, elle se laisse facilement distraire, elle s’absente souvent de la maison), mais l’auteure demeure silencieuse sur la nature de son «vampirisme». Les guillemets sont nécessaires ici puisque non seulement le mot n’est jamais mentionné, mais les caractéristiques de sa condition ne correspondent pas à celle du mythe de Dracula. Tracy peut manger de la nourriture normale et aller au soleil, l’ail et les artéfacts religieux ne l’affectent pas… Quand elle boit du sang, elle établit une connexion télépathique avec sa victime et peut explorer ses souvenirs, qu’il s’agisse d’un humain ou d’un écureuil. Et même si elle se nourrit des animaux qu’elle piège, elle est profondément attachée à ses chiens de traineau et ne leur ferait jamais du mal.

  • ashley | citygirlscapes
    2019-03-25 15:23

    Review to come.

  • Laura Chase
    2019-04-14 16:10

    It was amazing. I had a hard time putting down. (I read it durring my lunch breaks at work). I kept thinking that Jamey Bradbury is a Jean Craighead George (Julie of the Wolves) except geared towards adults rather than YA. I really got intrigued in how Tracy came to turns with the fact that she's part wolf.

  • Hollowspine
    2019-04-04 17:11

    This is a tough book to pin down. Is it a realistic family drama set in the Alaskan wilderness? Is it horror? Is it bildungsroman? As I read I kept going back and forth trying to decide whether or not the main character, Tracy, was some sort of supernatural creature, or just someone with an untreated mental health disorder. In the end I personally decided that she did have some supernatural ability, one that alienated her from her family and in the end from humanity in general.The plot basically follows the tragic history of Tracy's family. Her mother had the same ability/disorder as she, which caused her to have times where she would withdraw from her family, and also caused her to treat Tracy differently, and sometimes cruelly, in comparison with her brother, who did not have their shared trait. Then, before Tracy can get any answers about why she's the way she is, or what she can do with her feelings and impulses, her mom walks out into the road on a winter night and gets struck by an oncoming car.The livelihood of their family was dogsled racing, but since her mother died her father has been too depressed to continue racing. But, Tracy wants and needs to race, this year is the first year she can register for the Iditarod and she's not missing it.Then she gets attacked in the woods and soon after a mysterious boy shows up looking to trade work for food and a warm place to stay. Are the two connected, and what can Tracy do about it? Also, what can she do about the fact that she's broken her mother's most important rule, to never make a person bleed...and she's found she wants to do it again.There are so many aspects of the book, but the last few chapters really lost me as a reader. It wasn't tragic so much as horrifying and I didn't understand how some of the tragic elements at the end of the book, added to the message or plot of the novel.While Tracy is not a reliable narrator, nor a very sympathetic one, I did feel for her in the beginning, where she struggles to figure out who she is and why she is so different from the rest of the girls her age. It's tough to be an outsider, it's tough to watch others get along so easily while you struggle to even understand how to be comfortable in your own skin. But, Tracy's continued fear and impulsive violence lost my sympathy in the end, because in my mind her actions didn't make sense in the world that the author had already set up. I, personally, just didn't like the ending, it didn't make sense to me and made me feel like my emotional investment (not to mention my time investment) had been wasted.For those interested in something very different, unpredictable and twisty. This may not have been my cup of tea, but for fans of horror looking for something with complex family dynamics and a great degree of uncertainty. I did feel the setting was also well written, so those looking for something atmospheric to echo the winter-y landscape outside currently, check this out.

  • Feliza Casano
    2019-04-08 17:15

    I received a review copy of this title based on my interest in this book's premise: a female sled dog racer who discovers a threat to her family. But upon completing the book, I was extremely disappointed. The story largely focuses on a speculative fiction element, which I'll hide in a spoiler tag: (view spoiler)[the narrator/protagonist, Tracy, is a supernatural creature of some sort that drinks blood to stay alive and retain her humanity. Originally, I thought she was a werewolf or a vampire, but based on the ending, I suspect she's actually some type of wendigo. It's never mentioned in the story how she should be categorized. (hide spoiler)]The book's description makes only a very brief mention of the speculative element, which I interpreted to be a "thriller" type of description and not a speculative one: "Tracey senses that Jesse Goodwin is hiding something, but she can't warn her father without explaining about the attack - and why she's kept it to herself." After reading the novel, it's obvious this is a reference to (view spoiler)[the fact that Tracy attacked Tom Hatch while she was drinking blood from an animal she trapped (hide spoiler)] and not to anything that's sinister or frightening. (This particular speculative element never actually feels frightening at all.)Though the book is described as a thriller, there are no parts that feel particularly thrilling, except for (view spoiler)[Tracy's run in the Junior Iditarod, (hide spoiler)] which ends up cut short. However, her intense fear during this scene doesn't connect emotionally, and it's ultimately disappointing.While I didn't feel squeamish about the hunting and trapping elements of the book, which might bother some readers, I was pretty grossed out and disturbed by (view spoiler)[a passage in which Tracy describes drinking her own menstrual blood when she can't find animals to drink from. (hide spoiler)] That, coupled with the weird power associated with the supernatural element that's not led up to or foreshadowed in the least, makes the supernatural element feel very poorly-done.Finally, enclosed with the review copy was a review that referred to the novel as "a creepy horror novel - think of the Brontë sisters and Stephen King," and I seriously wonder if the author has ever actually read a Stephen King book, because The Wild Inside lacks even a shred of the suspense and terror that makes those novels enjoyable.While The Wild Inside has a strong premise, it veers off wildly from the description, and I have the distinct impression it's because either the author or the publisher doesn't want to call it "supernatural" because that would make it "not literary." (Which is frankly not true, but that's a fully separate argument.) This is not a book I'd recommend to most readers.

  • Colleen
    2019-04-20 20:15

    Book 48 of my #2017readingchallenge is "The Wild Inside" by Jamey Bradbury. Let's get one thing clear - the back of this book makes you think you're going to read something normal. Unusual, but normal, about sled dogs and Alaska and a mysterious stranger. When you actually read the book, well, that's part of it but HELL to the no that's not "it." So, this is borderline horror, definitely tragedy. But without the usual plot lines, I guess. I can't begin to express how I started this book thinking one thing and it turned out to be awful. Just, the story is awful. Not the execution - the writing is well paced and interesting, but what happens is sad, and terrible, and I'm like shouting "Noooooo!" by the end. I've never wished a main character to kill themselves. I did with this one. I couldn't understand her at all. I hated her. I thought she was a lizard brained idiot. A vampire. Then a fool. I've never read a book like this, and it's outside my wheelhouse for sure. It's moderately gross, and definitely uncanny, and lots of bad stuff goes down. It was a hard won read. I hope Bradbury keeps writing. This is extraordinarily different.

  • J.A. Ironside
    2019-04-08 18:32

    ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewThis was absolutely not what I was expecting. The events of the story were harrowing and harsh. I couldn't entirely like or even approve of the MC but I was rooting for her. The setting was cruelly beautiful. The writing was exquisite. I have put off writing this review because the book is so hard to categorise. I still can't say if it's a great book or not, or whether I would recommend it it or not, but it's very different. In a weird way it reminded me of Gabriel Tallant's 2017 debut 'My Absolute Darling' - the difference being that while they shared the same frighteningly delicately wrought story and beautiful prose, 'My Absolute Darling' didn't work for me and this one did. I look forward to seeing what this author produces next.

  • Bridgett Brown
    2019-04-02 17:19

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.This book is set in the Alaskan wilderness, Tracy Petrikoff spends her days tracking animals and running with her dogs in the forests surrounding her family’s home. Though she feels safe, Tracy still follows her late mother’s rules: Never Lose Sight of the House. Never Come Home with Dirty Hands. And, above all else, Never Make a Person Bleed. But She's attacked and lefted knocked out. When she comes to she see's a guy with her knife sticking out of him. Was this the man who attacked her and did she almost kill him? With her memories of the events scrambled, she can’t be sure. Let me stop so I won't spoil anything.

  • Natty Potter
    2019-03-27 23:23

    This could have been a five star book. I don’t mind unanswered questions at the end of a story and I certainly don’t mind brutality and sadness, but the ending of this book seemed entirely separate from the rest of the story. While the first 80% of the book contained hints of unexplained magic and subtle mystery, the ending was nothing but outright, seemingly unnecessary, violence. I very much enjoyed approximately 240/288 pages. Ever felt betrayed by a book? The ending felt lazy next to all the work this author did to build tension and mystery on subtly and veiled truths lingering under the surface.

  • Jasmine Chimento
    2019-04-01 21:38

    Ok. The plot of this story was interesting. Definitely not where I expected it to go based on the synopsis on the back cover. Overall I liked the story with it's twists and turns, but...I realize that the book was meant to be mostly in the mind/voice of a teenage girl, but the grammar drove me up a wall.Would have. Should have. Not "would of"- sorry it was nails on a chalkboard inside my brain and it was in every other sentence.Also "I seen" was all over the place in there, too.Just no.

  • Claire Barfell
    2019-04-09 16:09

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. I really enjoyed the mystery and suspense part of it such as what happened to Tom Hatch? Who is Jesse really? What happened to Helen? I loved the parts about the dogs, I felt like I could see them.I could not rate this 5 stars because there were some gross parts that I would normally not read and the poor grammar Tracy used drove me crazy.

  • Serenity
    2019-04-01 17:18

    Reading the back, the plot sounded really good. I just couldn’t get past the hillbilly way of speaking she gave the book. If it was just when they were talking that would have been fine, but even during the narrative was just too annoying for me. (advanced readers edition from being a bookseller)

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-21 20:12

    An engrossing story told by an intriguing and unusual narrator, the young Tracy Petrikoff. The book appears to be realistic fiction set in the Alaskan wilderness, but the defining trait of the central character seems plucked from fantasy---creating a troubling rift for this reader.

  • Tena
    2019-04-02 17:38

    I won an Advance Readers Copy in a GOODREADS giveaway sponsored by William Morrow. Pretty good read, I would put this in paranormal genre, most definitely. The writing is solid and drew me in quickly. It still needs some more editing for grammar and punctuation. I hope it gets it before release.

  • Shannon Seymour
    2019-04-11 19:14

    Wtf did I just read? This whole book felt like it was building up to something and nothing came of it. This book was weird and not satisfying to finish.

  • Cinthia
    2019-04-20 21:16

    I received this book through a goodreads giveaway. I really liked the book a lot of surprises and twists and turns, it wasn’t quite what I expected from the synopsis I read which is not a bad thing in my case. One thing that i didn’t like was the gramma it drove me crazy but i made it through. Though this book left a lot of unanswered questions I would definitely read again. The writing was great I was able to picture everything that was described and got lost in the story which is always great. It was a book I didn’t want to put down and didn’t want it to end. Definitely recommend picking up the book.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-03 23:19

    Sadly the promise of a psychological thriller in the vein of Mary Kubica did not come even remotely close. The story was weak and the grammar awful 😔

  • Robert
    2019-04-19 20:25

    I enjoyed this book; though the complete lack of quotation marks was a little odd. Kind of made it difficult to distinguish who,what,etc...

  • Sarah
    2019-04-05 19:26

    I think my review blends pretty well with the rest of the reviews below, because they were all right. If I gave it a 3, it'd be because the writing is pretty decent actually. For her first novel, she writes like it's her 50th. The fact that the text is somewhat of an elegant prose, including the dialogue between characters, is about the only thing that I enjoyed in this book. Here's why I didn't really like should come with several trigger warnings. And to be fair, about halfway in the book, the narrator even states that she wishes she could end the story at that point because everything was happy. I should've stopped there. You have no idea you are about to go over a cliff with the latter half of the book. Part of the problem is I never liked the narrator/protagonist of this story. Maybe it's that whiny, selfish teenagers annoy the crap out of me, but she took the self-obsessed thing a little far. And the one thing she obsesses over most throughout the book, that she shares with her mom/the matriarchs of the family....ugh, ugh, ugh, eughhhh! The author was subtle about it at first but there are parts of the book that I was very thankful to not be eating at the time. One review said that she never wanted to see a main character die more than in this book...I wouldn't go that far, but I'd also not be sad to see it happen. She's completely irredeemable after her last sin is committed. Alas, this is why the book only gets 2 stars from me. I applaud the author for being so bold in telling an out-of-the-box story, and I also enjoyed the descriptions of the beautiful Alaskan landscape (that's part of the reason I picked it up, I love reading about the vast openness and wild that makes up most of the state), but that was it. And the description on the backside of the novel only scratches the surface of what this book is really about. If you are a fan of Gillian Flynn's disturbing books or even some of Steven King's stranger ones, this might be one for you.

  • Jamie Blanchard
    2019-03-27 17:13

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Quick read. Very skin crawly type creepy.