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The Wild Inside

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  488 ratings  ·  135 reviews
A promising talent makes her electrifying debut with this unforgettable novel, set in the Alaskan wilderness, that is a fusion of psychological thriller and coming-of-age tale in the vein of Jennifer McMahon, Chris Bohjalian, and Mary Kubica.

A natural born trapper and hunter raised in the Alaskan wilderness, Tracy Petrikoff spends her days tracking animals and running with
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Published March 20th 2018 by William Morrow
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Will Byrnes
I learned in school that blood has a memory. It carries information that makes you who you are. That’s how my brother and me ended up with so much in common, we both carried inside us the things our parents’ blood remembered. Sharing what’s in the blood, that’s as close as you can be to another person.
…I spent as much time as I could in the woods. To look at me, you might of thought, But you are only seventeen, and a girl, you have got no business being off in the wild by yourself where a bea
Ellen Gail
Never Lose Sight of the House.
Never Come Home with Dirty Hands.
Never Make a Person Bleed.

2.5 very confused stars.

A very strange tale of sled dog racing, blood, secrets, and more blood.


How do I talk about this without spoiling the fuck out of it? Cause there's a lot to talk about.

You can peep the synopsis for details, but in short, Tracy Petrikoff (teenage delinquent? feral youth? what kinds of words can I even use for her?) is a born and raised Alaskan musher, as well as a trapper and hunte
Bentley ★
See this review and more like it on my blog:!

I came across The Wild Inside when browsing Edelweiss for advance review copies. I've grown very particular over the last year about what I'll request from publishers, as time seems to be a commodity that I have less and less of lately. I was drawn this debut offering from Jamey Bradbury and William Morrow in part because of the gorgeous cover, and literary fiction infused with horror and fantasy elements seemed quite intri
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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***Favorite book so far this year***

I wish I could adequately put words to how much I truly love The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury. I have dreamed of Alaska my entire life: visiting there, living there, experiencing the wilderness in a way that I just haven't been able to yet. But when I opened this book and started reading Tracy Sue Petrikoff's story, I was as close as I have ever gotten.

Minus a few things.

Tracy is a little bit of a strange one. She is a teenager living with her father and brot
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brief review to be revealed soon.
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I finished this book just last night and if I don't write the review soon, I fear I may never do so. I like books that are strange and odd but even this one had me going at times. First let's talk about the things I liked in the book. I really enjoyed the family dynamics. Tracy's mother died a few years back when she was tragically hit by a car (or I think she was, now I'm not sure) and it's interesting to see how Tracy, her brother Scott and her father pick up the pieces following the tragedy. ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. Check out my blog for more about the author!

I love when thrillers and mystery novels dive into topics and lifestyles that I know very little about. In THE WILD INSIDE, Jamey Bradbury's knowledge on the topics shines through. She places you right in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, having never been there myself, I felt like I was there.

Tracy Petrikoff is a natural born trapper and hunter. She
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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, g
Kim McGee
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tracy has always felt better outside in the Alaskan wilderness than indoors in the cabin. She can hunt and survive just about anything except denying the hunger inside her. Her mom understands this strange affliction of her daughter's and tries to help Tracy by giving her simple rules to live by. The most important being - never make a human bleed. After Tracy is attacked in the woods she thinks she almost killed the stranger who attacked her and now fears his return. Then there are these new fe ...more
Laura Chase
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was amazing. I had a hard time putting down. (I read it durring my lunch breaks at work). I kept thinking that Jamey Bradbury is a Jean Craighead George (Julie of the Wolves) except geared towards adults rather than YA. I really got intrigued in how Tracy came to turns with the fact that she's part wolf.
I admit it was the "an unusual love story and a creepy horror novel--think of the Bronte sisters and Stephen King" quote from John Irving that had me signing up for this book tour, then it was the gorgeous cover and Alaska setting that pulled me into the book. I'm not sure what I was expecting going into the book but it definitely is different--a bit horror, a bit coming-of-age, some family drama, a dash of suspense, and yes, a little romance. It's also hard to explain in much more detail than t ...more
It took me a long time to catch the blood connection. But it was really a good audio book. Held my attention well.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I learned in school that blood has a memory. It carries information that makes you who you are."

Well, this might be the most unique book I've read in a long time. Unique can either have good or bad connotations and, although I'm leaning towards good, I'm not 100% convinced with this story.

The biggest part of that indecision is that I almost always want my questions answered by the end of a story - and, in this case, that does not happen. There are open-ended trails in this book that I have to c
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury is a so-so debut horror/rural noir novel set in Alaska.

Tracy Petrikoff, seventeen, has been raised hunting and trapping, as well as caring for the family's sled dogs, in Alaska. She runs wild in the wilderness and gets her strength from it. It has been nearly two years since her mother's death, and her father, Bill, is still recovering from her death. Now she has been expelled from school, her father is trying to load her up with chores and limit her time trappi
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I rarely read without taking breaks, but I just stayed in one spot and couldn't stop with this one. About halfway through I realized I was reading a crime novel--a true noir wherein a character's downfall is entirely of her own making due to circumstances she cannot control (my favorite kind of book). But then the crime novel is couched in this The Call of the Wild/Julie of the Wolves survivalist vibe, and, oh, the story is also packed with and built upon heavy magical realism (think Eowyn Ivey' ...more
Paolo del ventoso Est
Mi sono accorto troppo tardi che di fatto questo romanzo ha tutte le caratteristiche per rientrare nella categoria young-adult... mi ha fregato l'edizione E/O, che raramente delude. Vabbè, archiviato.
Feliza Casano
I received a review copy of this title based on my interest in this book's premise: a female sled dog racer who discovers a threat to her family. But upon completing the book, I was extremely disappointed.

The story largely focuses on a speculative fiction element, which I'll hide in a spoiler tag: (view spoiler)
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury is an unusual paranormal novel about a young woman who lives in Alaskan wilderness.

Seventeen year old Tracy Petrikoff loves the outdoors. She is an avid hunter with an unusual... proclivity for the animals she kills. Her family is heavily involved with dog sledding but following her mother's death,  they struggle financially after her father gives up mushing and sells the majority of their sled dogs. Tracy keeps hoping to change his mind about her competing in u
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Très lent, avec énormément d’emphase sur l’ambiance et des descriptions contemplatives de la vie sauvage en Alaska (froide et hostile, mais majestueuse et étrangement réconfortante),The Wild Inside de Jamey Bradbury risque de déplaire aux lecteurs impatients. Ceux qui n’aiment pas les non-dits n’y prendront pas plaisir non plus, tandis que les autres seront séduits par le mystère qui plane. Non seulement Tracy n’est pas une narratri
Kristine Lenda
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm more confused than I was when I started. That apparently does not stop me from enjoying the book though. This was so interesting... and weird. Okay. I have a lot of thoughts here, but I believe they are mostly leaning towards great. This was so weird though, okay?
Amanda Ostaszewski
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kudos to author Jamey Bradbury on her first novel! We want more!
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's going to be difficult to talk about how I felt about The Wild Inside without traveling dangerously close to spoiler territory, but I'm going to try. Jamey Bradbury has lived in Alaska for much of her life, and it shows in the general atmosphere of this book and the descriptions of society, geography, and weather patterns. She also clearly did a lot of research into the sport of mushing, and I came away from this book feeling like I learned something, which is always a good feeling. Bradbury ...more
Jessica Higgins
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A stunning debut novel that you will either love or hate.

Tracy Petrikoff is a natural when it comes to hunting and trapping. Growing up in the Alaskan wilderness and the daughter of a famous dog sled musher who won multiple Iditarod’s, it only made sense that she follow in his footsteps. And she does, right up until her mother dies. Things for her dad start to fall apart after that, including dog sled racing. But Tracy is determined to get back on a sled to race. One day while in the woods near
I won a copy of The Wild Inside from a Goodreads Giveaway.

I didn't have high hopes that I would like it; I've had bad experiences with books that have to do with the wild or desolate landscapes with 'troubled' main characters.

The Wild Inside was no exception.

Tracy is a strange eighteen year old living in Alaska with her brother and father. Having been recently expelled from school, she spends her days with chores and taking care of the dogs. And missing her dead mother.

She is an animal trap
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I did love this book because it is about a family in Alaska, trapping and raising sled dogs. It just got weird when they started drinking blood.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sharon Mensing
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
THE WILD INSIDE feels like the perfect story with a perfect protagonist to be set in the wilds of Alaska. It also feels as though it could be set only in Alaska. The first-person narrative, in the slightly uneducated voice of teenager Tracy Petrikoff, is a coming-of-age story with a twist of the supernatural and a large dose of suspense. Debut author Bradbury imbues Tracy with a natural wisdom that she drinks in from the animals in the remote Alaskan wilderness while managing to allow her childl ...more
This is a tough book to pin down. Is it a realistic family drama set in the Alaskan wilderness? Is it horror? Is it bildungsroman?

As I read I kept going back and forth trying to decide whether or not the main character, Tracy, was some sort of supernatural creature, or just someone with an untreated mental health disorder. In the end I personally decided that she did have some supernatural ability, one that alienated her from her family and in the end from humanity in general.

The plot basically
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
"I have always had a knack for knowing the minds of dogs. Dad says it’s on account of the way I come into the world, born in the open doorway of our kennel, with twenty-two pairs of canine eyes watching and the barks and howls of our dogs the first thing I ever heard."

Tracy is an excellent musher, hunter, and trapper, in the wilds of Alaska, but she is lacking significantly in social skills.  She has a secret that her late mother passed down to her that has made her a loner, to her father's vexa
Kathleen Gray
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alaska seems to be the hot setting for novels these days and Bradbury makes very effective use of her setting. This is a hard book to review because I'm still not sure what the real story is with Tracy- is this a horror story? Is it paranormal? I don't know but I do know that I enjoyed it. Tracy and her family are subsistence mushers who have been knocked for a loop by her mother's death along the side of a road. This is the not pretty side of Alaska even before you know how Tracy treats animals ...more
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Jamey Bradbury is the author of The Wild Inside, forthcoming from William Morrow, March 20, 2018. The Wild Inside, her first novel, will also be published in Poland, Italy, Hungary, and France.

Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review (winner of the annual fiction contest), Sou’wester, and Zone 3. She won an Estelle Campbell Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters.

She live