Saturday, August 27, 2011

Review of Bad Wolf by Tim McGregor

Author: Tim McGregor
Title: Bad Wolf
Release date: 29th of April 2011
Published by: Tim McGregor
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Thriller, Mystery, Crime and Noir
Pages: 224 pages in Kindle
Source: From the author for review

From Goodreads:

Detective Lara Mendes’s hard work finally pays off when she gets the chance to join the homicide detail. There’s only one catch; she has to partner up with a cop no one wants to work with.

Bad WolfJohn Gallagher is a veteran homicide detective who loves stomping bad guys and hates partners. When the Lieutenant saddles him with this green kid named Mendes, his first reaction is to ditch her but a call comes in about a body on the river bank and the rotation says they’re up.

What they find are human remains, mutilated and partially devoured. Their investigation reveals a killer stalking the city with a pack of vicious, feral dogs.

And the suspect believes he is a werewolf.

But this is Portland, where crazy bastards outnumber normal ones ten to one. Except there’s another catch. The crazy werewolf guy? He isn’t crazy...

My review:

I read Bad Wolf almost two months ago and haven’t managed to write a review yet. Reason behind it is very simple – I needed some time to get this book settled in my mind. It has haunted me (in a good way) for some time and now I am ready to put my thoughts down.

Tim McGregor’s Bad Wolf was a very good book in its genre. It was dark and visually scented and it left a spooky feeling with you while reading it. Reading Bad Wolf was like watching a movie, it gave me very clear images in the head and the scenes kept running in my head after I put the book down. It was well written and when I am saying well written, then I am aware that some people who have read Bad Wolf might disagree with me because the usage of language and lot of swearing, but I think it suited this book. Somehow it just seemed natural for the characters.

It was a heavy read for me in the beginning, but it caught me after the first third of the book was read and after that the pace of the writing sped up and suddenly lot of things started to happen in the story itself. The first third was very detailed description of police work and was interesting, but I really had to focus on reading. This book is not something what you read in one sitting, at least it was not to me. After reading the first couple of chapters it consumed me, it became really thrilling reading experience!

This book is definitely gripping thriller!

Regarding the plot:

Detective Lara Mendes is partnering up with an experienced cop John Gallagher and they start working together on a homicide case of mutilated body, which seems literally to be eaten up by something or somebody. During the investigation they meet a man who seems to be crazy and to be a werewolf. The question which is for reader to find out is exactly is he or isn’t he.

The plot is plausible and it kept me wondering throughout the whole book if it is a werewolf or not who did all that killing. I really wanted to get the solution of the plot when the book came to end, but I was left with so many questions hanging up in the air. The plot is built up for a sequel and I am hoping that Tim McGregor will give that to us in the future! It was not a weak ending of the book, it just demands a sequel!


Bad Wolf by Tim McGregor was a very good read. It gave me thrills, laughs and also kept me figuring about the murder until the very end of the book. It left many questions open and maybe that is the factor which disturbed me mostly – it kept me wanting another book right after the last page. The other reason why I enjoyed this book was the writing style, when reading it, it really gave me the visual scenes of the action. The only thing missing was a scary music and it would have been like watching a horror movie!

4 stars
5 Flowers!

Happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. While I didn't like it as much as you, I did enjoy it, and it's nice to see it's is gradually finding an audience.