This week in my writing journey, I’m returning to something I haven’t done for some time. I’m writing a post about a novel recently published by one of my writing colleagues. It’s Mister Wolfe, the second of a trilogy written by my fellow Evergreen Writers Group member, C A MacKenzie and available on Amazon.
Wolves Don’t Knock, the first book in this trilogy, was interesting. The story of Miranda, a young woman who’s abducted by a psychopath and held captive for six years. It focuses on her recovery in the first year after her escape. Not surprisingly, for someone subject to such an extended traumatic experience, her memories of her six years in captivity are a jumble of fact and fiction, real and imagined experiences, many of which I struggled to find credible.
Mister Wolfe is Ms. MacKenzie’s fictional biography of Paul Wolfe, the psychopath who kidnapped Miranda. It’s written in an easy-to-read style with a plot that develops in a way that’s very reminiscent of Wolves Don’t Knock.
I anticipated being drawn into Miranda’s story and feeling sympathy for the victim of such a horrible crime. Mister Wolfe comes across surprisingly similarly. Paul is portrayed as more victim than criminal. It’s often unclear what portions of his biography are real events, and what are in his tortured imagination. He leads a sort of charmed life, getting away with a series of crimes that included kidnapping of Miranda and many other violent crimes that cannot all be in his imagination.
The story kept me engaged throughout, but I was left wondering where it was all going. Who’s the real bad guy in this long saga? Will it be Pauline, Paul’s sister and the focal character of My Brother the Wolf, the third book in this series.
That would be a surprise from an author I consider a writer of women’s fiction, albeit often with dark overtones. But then, that’s what this is all about, isn’t it? C.A. MacKenzie has produced an intriguing tale that keeps the reader engaged and waiting impatiently for the next volume to appear.
Next week, I’ll get back to my Road to Environmental Armageddon.