My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Wolf in the Woods
by Nancy Allen
on Tour March 1-31, 2018
McCown County assistant prosecutor Elsie Arnold is prepping an assault case when a girl is found beaten and bloodied at a roadside no-tell motel. Elsie tries to convince the teen to reveal who attacked her, but Mandy is too scared—and stubborn—to cooperate… and then she disappears. Elsie’s positive a predator is targeting the Ozark hills, yet the authorities refuse to believe their small town could be plagued by sex trafficking.
Then middle school student Desiree Wickham goes missing, but only Elsie suspects it could be connected to Mandy’s assault. As she digs deeper into the events leading up to Desiree’s disappearance, she stumbles upon an alarming discovery: local girls are falling prey to a dubious online modeling agency, and never seen again. Elsie shares her concerns with Detective Ashlock and the FBI, but they shut her out.
She takes matters into her own hands and lands an interview with the head of the modeling agency. But when she meets him face-to-face, she discovers the fate of Desiree and Mandy… and becomes his newest captive. Elsie’s desperate to free the girls—and save herself—before the unspeakable happens. And she’s in for the fight of her life.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 0062438786 (ISBN13: 9780062438782)
Series: Ozarks Mysteries #4 | Each is a Stand Alone Mystery
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A Wolf in the Woods in the fourth book in the Ozarks Mysteries series and they are perfectly alright to read stand alone. I should know this is the first one I have read.
I always like reading books that right from the start are interesting and this one fits that category. There are several POV in the book, we have of course the main character, assistant prosecutor Elsie Arnold, we also got the girls that are taken advantage off in this book and the people behind the false model website. I found this way of telling the story to be just the right kind of narrative, giving the story the extra kind of tension as the story progresses. I'm actually kind of surprised how fast I read this book, despite the fact that I'm a fast reader. It felt like a rollercoaster ride, we are going up up and then when we are at the top, its free fall. That's how I felt about the book, no ups and downs, just a story that starts off and constantly moving forward without ever feeling slow.
It took a while for me to "like" Elsie Arnold, she's the kind of characters that I found myself a bit wary of at first, her attitude and way of living just rubbed me the wrong way. She feels like a woman that still thinks acts younger than her years, at least that's the expression I got. However, she did grow on me as the story progressed and when the final chapter came was I sad to leave her behind, especially after, let's say a very surprising ending.
A Wolf in the Woods is a book that definitely left an impression on me, the story is addictive and I found myself completely engrossed in it and, despite my wariness of the main character did she grow on me so much that I long for the next book in the series. And of course the previous ones...
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Author Bio:Nancy Allen practiced law for 15 years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks.
She tried over 30 jury trials, including murder and sexual offenses, and is now a law instructor at Missouri State University.