The Wolf at the Door, by Charlie Adhara
Series: Big Bad Wolf, Book 1
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: February 19, 2018
Hunting for big bad wolves was never part of Agent Cooper Dayton’s plan, but a werewolf attack lands him in the carefully guarded Bureau of Special Investigations. A new case comes with a new partner: ruggedly sexy werewolf Oliver Park.
Park is an agent of The Trust, a werewolf oversight organization working to ease escalating tensions with the BSI. But as far as Cooper’s concerned, it’s failing. As they investigate a series of mysterious deaths unlike anything they’ve seen, every bone in Cooper’s body is suspicious of his new partner—even when Park proves himself as competent as he is utterly captivating.
When more people vanish, pressure to solve the case skyrockets. And though he’d resolved to keep things professional, Cooper’s friction with Park soon erupts…into a physical need that can’t be contained or controlled. But with a body count that’s rising by the day, werewolves and humans are in equal danger. If Cooper and Park don’t catch the killer soon, one—or both—of them could be the next to go.
It’s only February, but I think I just read one of my favourite books of the year.
This fantastic debut novel by Charlie Adhara is everything you could wish for in a PNR and more. The Wolf at the Door seamlessly blends the paranormal into a straight up mystery/suspense and makes it supremely entertaining. The plot moves along slowly at first as it gathers all the elements of the intricate plot, then gaining speed as it heads into a fantastic and nail-biting climax.
In this world, werewolves are a known quantity within the government only. In order to protect this secret, the Bureau of Special Investigations is created to control the flow of information and to investigate any human/werewolf interactions that involve grievous injury or death. On the werewolf side there is The Trust, a group established by werewolves to look out for the best interests of the werewolf community.
Tensions between the two agencies have been escalating. The Trust is accusing the BSI of lackluster investigations, poor conduct and unnecessary force when bringing in suspects. The BSI claims they are overburdened and that assistance within the werewolf community is practically non-existent. When it is decided that one agent from each group will team up to investigate several murders and disappearances in rural Maine, it’s up to Cooper Dayton and Oliver Park to overcome their mutual mistrust in one another and bring a killer, or killers, to justice.
The Wolf at the Door brilliantly draws parallels between the treatment of wolves in this society and real life political and social justice events, and it manages to do so without pointing fingers at any one person or political party. I thought it was a neatly and smartly executed theme throughout the book.
I loved how the initial wariness between Cooper and Oliver, evolves into a true partnership. They both work hard at trusting one another, even though letting go of preconceived notions is a struggle. Thankfully, the chemistry between the two of them sizzles, with body language saying everything neither of them wants to verbalize.
I think the beauty of this novel is that it won’t only appeal to fans of PNR. Anyone who loves a good mystery/suspense will find themselves being drawn into the story. This book is part of a series, so there are some unresolved plot lines yet to be resolved, including Cooper and Oliver’s relationship which is left at a tentative HFN. I can’t wait to see what happens when all the threads come together in
All in all, I sincerely hope the next book is as good as at the first, as I can easily see this becoming a new favourite series of mine.
Charlie Adhara has always loved a good story and, on occasion, a bad one. After getting her degree in neuroscience, Charlie decided she’d much rather study the heart. She now writes contemporary, mystery, paranormal, queer romance. Or some assortment of that. Whatever the genre, her stories feature imperfect people stumbling around, tripping over trouble and falling in love.
Charlie has done a fair amount of stumbling around herself but tends to find her way back to the northeast U.S. After all, home is where the dog is.
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