Published by Talos on July 3rd 2018
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Cherry, Nebraska is a small town – a really small town. There are approximately 312 people who reside in Cherry. It’s the type of town where you either know everyone or you are related to them. You know everyone’s business. It’s the type of town used to keeping secrets. They know that there are things that go bump in the night – or in this case, howl in the night. Dave Rhodes and his friends contribute to their community. They own businesses, are teachers, mow lawns, help their neighbors and every so often – turn into wolves.
Everything seems fine on the surface but then one of their own, makes plans to betray them which turns the tide and their lives upside down. When two bodies are found, the current police chief decides he has had enough. He declares that it’s time to retire and go on vacation and leaves town. The newly hired police chief has no idea what he is walking into. He thought leaving the mean streets of Detroit behind and coming to the country would make his life easier – a small town equals less stress, right? Wrong.
The dead bodies are only the beginning. Soon family secrets and relationship issues are brought to light. Two mysterious men show up in town. One wearing a bow tie with an agenda of capturing a live werewolf, and one who informs them that he has more in common with them than they think.
Pack has a little bit of everything – coming of age, a story of survival, good vs. evil, infidelity, betrayal, a feeling of community, bonding, family, and one heck of a bloodbath. I found this book to be well written and entertaining. Throughout the book, there are sections which detail the town of Cherry’s history. It appears that werewolves have lived in this town for a long time. The pacing is great, and the book never felt slow or drawn out. I enjoyed the characters (even the not so like-able characters) and found this book to be pure enjoyment.
Fans of paranormal fiction or werewolf genre should really enjoy this character driven book. There are some bloody scenes but there are also funny and touching moments as well.
Thank you to Skyhorse Publishing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.