ARC Book Review: The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury
ashley | I’m inevitably drawn to books about the wild, nature, wolves and the like. The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury spoke to me before I even knew what the book was about. It sounded like a mix of a few different genres, so I really didn’t know what I was getting into.
The voice in this book takes a bit getting used to; at first it was a bit dominating and overwhelmed the rest of the story. But it’s also a vital component of the character and it does, somewhat, grow on you the further you read and the more you get to know Tracy.
I felt that calling this a thriller was a bit misleading. There were some secrets and some mysteries to uncover, but it wasn’t in a thriller-type sense. To me, it felt a bit more supernatural than anything else, which isn’t at all mentioned anywhere. This part could have been a much more interesting element, but it’s not explored to it’s full extent and I feel like the author was actively trying to avoid being too supernatural. This part is reoccurring through the entire book and ends up being pretty in your face towards the end, but there’s no real context to it. It was a style chosen, not to give those details, but I’m the kind of person who likes those details and if that’s what you’re going for, then wear that proudly and explore it to its depths, don’t just touch upon the surface.
It’s clear that Bradbury is writing about what she knows, dog racing and the cold, blank Alaskan backdrop. I, however, know nothing about dog racing nor do I really have much of an interest in it, which made parts of this book a struggle for me. I liked how this all set the scene, but it was a very dominant character for the first part of the book and I felt things dragging a little bit. I also want to mention that hunting and trapping is a large part of this story and the scenes are gratuitous, but they are somewhat descriptive, which won’t be for every reader.
I did really enjoy the wolf/dog attributes that came out in Tracy’s feelings and descriptions of things. I liked how tied to the woods she was and how running made her feel liberated and free. Those sentiments always paint a nice picture for me and I enjoyed exploring those parts. I also really enjoyed the ending, when things finally came together and where Tracy ended up in the whole thing. I found it satisfying and it fit with the rest of the story.
However, overall, this book didn’t really do it for me. It was well written, but I personally didn’t care that much for the content or the characters and just as I started to become interested and be pulled into this mysterious supernatural attribute, that part would end and we’d go back to dog racing. I guess I’m not as akin to nature as I thought.
march 20, 2018