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The Wild Inside

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  579 ratings  ·  161 reviews
A natural born trapper and hunter raised in the Alaskan wilderness, Tracy Petrikoff spends her days tracking animals and running with her dogs in the remote forests surrounding her family’s home. Though she feels safe in this untamed land, Tracy still follows her late mother’s rules: Never Lose Sight of the House. Never Come Home with Dirty Hands. And, above all else, Neve ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
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 ★
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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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
Shelves: favorites
***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
Shelves: giveaway-win

Brief review to be revealed soon.
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jul 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
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
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
Shelves: noir
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
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-arc
What a weird book. There's a lot of elements I've found creative and well-done, such as the setting. It's really easy to get immersed, and I liked how the author never really described the cold (we're in Alaska after all) as much as the snow under all the forms it can takes. She also did a great job of explaining the "mushing", a sport where a sled is pulled by several dogs. Her writing shone in those moments.

But Tracy, the MC, just didn't do it for me. I couldn't get behind nor understand any o
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
Feliza Casano
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
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)
Kristine Lenda
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kudos to author Jamey Bradbury on her first novel! We want more!
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Danae  - WordPeace
This one is hard to describe. I'd call it speculative fiction above all, but it also fits rural noir, Bildungsroman, psychological thriller, family drama; if anything, Bradbury shows off a tremendous talent in genre-blending in her debut novel.

She breathes life into Tracy Petrikoff with a voice and a dialect that captivated me from page one. I felt I was there with her family in Alaska, learning about life in the wilderness and what an average day looks like for a professional musher. The fores
Jessica Higgins
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really should have liked this one better. It has several of my favorite things: Alaska, confused teenager who is pretty feral, dog racing, wilderness and wilderness survival. But it also has one of my least favorite things: an unreliable narrator, or rather, unreliable narrator who is losing her grip on reality. I mean, growing up is hard, but no one should go through what she goes through.

It is nicely creepy, but not a horror story exactly. The writing is very good. So, sort of a semi-creepy
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much. There was a suspense on every page that caused me to devour the novel quickly. Many of the lines are so beautiful that I want to rewrite them here- but then I would become one of those annoying reviewers ;) The setting also captured my heart...and the dogs of course. Highly recommend.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. Description of the environment, the dogs, the characters, all of it. It was a surprisingly interesting, weird plot. Love the authors writing.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the setting of this book in the cold being that the main character was always with her dogs and training for the Iditarod. The suspense surrounding the different secrets the characters had kept me interested.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
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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