The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
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“[A] destined-to-be classic . . . Hayder’s work and characters are worth the unending nightmares they will inspire.”—The New York Times Book Review

Edgar Award winner and international best-seller Mo Hayder is known for her nightmarishly dark, impeccably-plotted thrillers. In Wolf, now in paperback, Hayder ratchets up the terror yet another notch with a bone-chilling novel about a family held hostage in their country home. When a vagrant—the Walking Man, a recurring character in Hayder’s fiction—finds a dog wandering alone with a scrap of paper with the words “HELP US” attached to its collar, he’s sure it’s a desperate plea from someone in trouble and calls on Detective Inspector Jack Caffery to investigate. Caffery is reluctant to get involved—until the Walking Man promises in exchange new information regarding the childhood disappearance of Caffery’s brother. Meanwhile, the Anchor-Ferrers, a wealthy local family, are fighting for their lives in their remote home ten miles away. As their ordeal becomes increasingly bizarre and humiliating, the family begins to wonder: is this really a random crime, or have they been chosen for a reason?

“The home invasion novel to end all home invasion novels . . . Not unlike John Connolly’s Charlie Parker novels or T. Jefferson Parker’s Charlie Hood books. Wolf is exceptionally original in premise and nightmarish in its rendering.” —BookPage

“Mo Hayder is a master of ratcheting up tension throughout a book—to the point that one must simply finish it before doing anything else. Such is the case with Wolf.” —Deadly Pleasures (Rating: A-)

“Mo Hayder’s books featuring Jack Caffery are always an entertaining and engaging read, and this one doesn’t disappoint.”—Euro Crime

About Anne Rice

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Published May 6, 2014 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 417 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Book Reporter

However, the ride does not last, and when the Man Wolf accidently bites a young man he is in the process of rescuing, he realizes he himself has passed on the Wolf Gift and in turn made himself a creature that is now despised and hunted.

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Entertainment Weekly

The Wolf Gift (2012) In this typical Rice extravaganza, vampires and witches are out, werewolves in.

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The Bookbag

And while Reuben struggles to work out the history of this Gift - and what it might mean for his future - we gets all this revealed with all the drama of a superior thriller.

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San Francisco Chronicle

"The Wolf Gift," Anne Rice's first werewolf novel, has all the characteristics of a good prequel: an enchanting old mansion in Mendocino, a fledgling superhero, his devoted, sharp-shooting love interest and a wise brotherhood eager to take them in.

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Denver Post

When Reuben comes around in the emergency room, it's to hear the attending physician — in one of the novel's many contrivances, she's his mother — expressing consternation over the investigator's DNA analysis: "One minute it's the saliva of a dog, the next it's the saliva of a wolf, and now they'...

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The Columbus Dispatch

Reuben learns how the transforming serum in a werewolf’s bite, which Rice calls Chrism, often fails to turn people into werewolves — and the same is true of The Wolf Gift, which delivers a far less potent bite than one expects.

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Seattle PI

To this day I think Memnoch the Devil is a seminal work (only behind Vampire Lestat), so admittedly it's possible my bar is unreasonably high, but this new outing felt more like a reflection of earlier works as viewed through the warped, old glass in those beautiful Victorian houses in the Garden...

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We Love This Book

In The Wolf Gift Rice introduces her latest hero, Reuben - reporter, would-be philosopher and werewolf.

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Portland Book Review

In The Wolf Gift she adds to her signature writing a slower, more methodical pace to the descriptions and invites the reader to observe, smell, analyze and dissect every aspect of the story.

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The Age

The werewolf has always been the poor cousin of the vampire.

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A time to rediscover reading for pleasure --- and finally, read what you want.”.

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We as readers often know more about Reuben's predicament than Reuben does, and Rice uses this to create tension.

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