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A Wolf in the Woods

(Ozarks Mysteries #4)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  21 reviews
“A gripping story with dramatic twists, and a memorable heroine.” —James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

McCown County assistant prosecutor Elsie Arnold is prepping an assault case when a girl is found beaten and bloodied at a roadside no-tell motel. Elsie tries to convince the teen to reveal who attacked her, but Mandy is too scared—and stubborn—to cooperat
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Published February 20th 2018 by HarperCollins (first published April 18th 2017)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
A Wolf in the Woods in the fourth book in the Ozarks Mysteries series and they are perfectly alright to read stand alone. I should know this is the first one I have read.

I always like reading books that right from the start are interesting and this one fits that category. There are several POV in the book, we have of course the main character, assistant prosecutor Elsie Arnold, we also got the girls that are taken advantage off in this book and the people behind the false model website. I found
Sherry Fundin
A Wolf in the Woods by Nancy Allen is an example, for me, of the perfect use of a Prologue. She hooked me!

Every computer, cell phone…should come with a warning, Internet Predators Are Looking For You!

All the alarm bells should have went off for Breeon, but they did for her friend and coworker, assistant prosecutor, Elsie Arnold. I am so glad I did not have to deal with this fear for my child, it was the pre computer days.

Predators are alive and well in the Ozarks, even in the small town of Barto
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In A Wolf In The Woods, the fourth book in the Ozarks Mysteries Series, author Nancy Allen once again draws upon her professional legal experience to weave a riveting legal thriller that captivates the reader's attention from beginning to end. Set in the small town of Barton, Missouri, in the heart of the Ozarks, the reader follows Assistant Prosecutor Elsie Arnold as she aggressively pursues a predator who targets the town's teenage girls with a ruse of an online modeling agency that is really ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elsie Arnold is an assistant prosecutor in Southern Missouri. Mandy, the teenaged assault victim in Elsie's latest case, disappears before she can testify against her attacker. When middle school student Desiree Wickham also goes missing, Elsie is afraid both girls may be in danger. Elsie thinks the two girls may have been targeted by a ruthless man posing as an agent for a modeling placement company who has other plans for the girls. Elsie is anxious to take action, but authorities are dragging ...more
Alice Blanchard
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There’s a chilling moment at the beginning of “A Wolf in the Woods” that rings true in such a creepy, scary way—just like that, I was hooked. The rest of this wonderful legal thriller by Nancy Allen clips along at such a relentless, twisty, heart-racing pace, I read it all in one sitting.

I love the authentic voice here, the detailed descriptions of the locale, the varied characters and their complex relationships—Allen understands the corrupt, small-town territory she’s writing about, and it’s
Andi  (Booklovinmama25)
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Assistant Prosecutor Elsie Arnold finds out that young girls have been disappearing, her curiosity begins an investigation that lands with a connection to an online modeling agency. With no one to believe in the connection, Elsie relies on an assaulted girl named Mandy who escaped to find the missing girls and those behind it. While trying to work with uncooperative Mandy, another young girl goes missing. With no help from anyone and no facts, Elsie takes matters into her own hands but ends ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy novels set in a time/place that has special meaning to me. As the daughter of a Missouri Bootheel lawyer and a resident of Columbia, MO for over 30 years, the Ozark Mysteries ring true for me. Ms. Allen's heroine, Elise, is gutsy, intelligent, but also vulnerable -- a "real" person. I find her plots captivating, her characters well drawn, and her prose fluid and honest. I can't wait for #5 of the Ozarks Mysteries and would love an opportunity to meet Ms. Allen and/or to hear her s ...more
Kathleen Gray
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Add Elsie Arnold to your list of intrepid women. I'd not read this series before and I was really impressed. Loved the Ozark setting, which is new to me and Allen made good use of a topical issue- sex trafficking. Elsie is a tough, complex character who makes some bad choices, chief among them the one that gets her into the pickle that is at the core of this well paced novel. She's got a love interest in Bob (although let's keep an eye on this relationship going forward) that's not tops on her l ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very well written book. This is a very emotionally engaging book. Yet it was a very hard book for me to read – because of the subject matter. That evil people would lure girls into forced prostitution through a phony modeling job is just disgusting. That young girls would desire the glamour so much that they are taken in by promises is just heart breaking.

While this is a heart wrenching novel, it is well written, has excellent character development, a well developed plot, and more than
Meredith Sims
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Wolf in the Woods has it all: an exciting plot, a relevant crime, and a heroine you will cheer for. This book is Elsie Arnold and Nancy Allen at their finest.
Randall Allen
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nancy does it again with another great book that exposes the underbelly of humanity while retaining her own humanity and passion for others! Elsie takes into her own hands the recovery of a juvenile victim of sex trafficking while law enforcement procrastinates. The struggle that ensues is so well articulated you will feel you are a witness. Couldn’t put it down and now want more tales of Elsie. Can’t wait for the next masterpiece.
Jessica Bronder
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Elsie Arnold is the assistant prosecutor and is called in when a young girl, Mandy is attacked in a local motel. Elsie is afraid that she has been kidnapped and tried to get more information from Mandy when the girl disappears. Then she learns of a middle schooler, Desiree Wickham that disappears too. Elsie is trying to get the local police to look into the case when she learns the girls may be connected by a local modelling ad. But they are dragging their feet so Elsie decides to step up and wo ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book for an honest review and I thought it was a pretty good read. The title really has nothing to do with this book so don't let that mislead you. Our main character is a defense attorney named Elsie and she notices something strange when a co-workers daughter is looking at a modeling agency website. There has been sex trafficking happening in her area and suddenly a girl goes missing. The police aren't listening to Elsie's theories so she takes the investigation into ...more
Yvonne Erwin
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Elsie Arnold's at it again!! The girl will not be stopped. I've read all of the Elsie Arnold books to date, and I was so excited to find out that Book 4 was coming out, so I had to pre-order it. A Wolf in the Woods tackles some gritty subject matter but Nancy Allen handles it beautifully. Great story. The ending leaves the door open for Book 5, so I'm looking forward to that. Come on, Elsie! Let's see what else you've got!
Julie Moxley
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow,what an ending. I love nancy Allen books. This is the best. Already waiting til the next one., but 2019? Its going to a long wait. The book was a little slow,but pick up fast. Recommend .
Debbie Follett-Baker
Good story

I enjoyed this book. It dealt with a rising problem in today's society. And what a heroine! Loved her attitude
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great Ozark mystery. I enjoyed it just as much as the previous two and look forward to a 4th adventure with Elsie.
Doug Erb
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, a real page turner with excellent pacing! Elsie is quite a character and Nancy Allen is great at creating a realistic Ozarkian setting for her protagonist.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The best of Nancy’s books yet. Tough subject material for the faint of heart, but tackles real issues and keeps you on the edge of your seat front cover to cover.
Susan Watkins
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifth book

I can hardly wait to find out what happens next with Elsie Arnold. When is the next book coming out?
Christy Eads winn
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I did read these out of order, unfortunately, but the stories can actually stand alone. I do have to say I am disappointed in the main character's attitude and personality. It's hard to root for a character when she is routinely selfish and immature throughout the series. The actual story being told outside of the character's personal life is actually very interesting and the only reason I read all 4.
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