Summer is flying by, with lots of outdoor activities. Still, we have time for a good book, It's my pleasure to highlight Wolves Don't Knock, by Catherine Mackenzie.
Catherine A. MacKenzie writes all genres but invariably veers toward the dark. Her late mother once asked, “Can’t you write anything happy?” (Yes, she does occasionally write “happy”!)
Cathy’s writings have been published in many print and online publications. She has also self-published several short story collections, books of poetry, and children’s picture books.
Her first novel, WOLVES DON’T KNOCK, was published in 2018, and is available on Amazon and other online retailers or from the author. MR. WOLFE, the sequel, will be published soon.
Cathy lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her amazing, gorgeous grandchildren provide joy and inspiration.
Here's a few awesome reviews enticing you to devour this story!
Your writing is packed with suspense, and you have a unique voice. Loved it. —RE
A 5-star novel. Buy it. So many elements of suspense weaved through Wolves Don't Knock that you feel you can't read and turn the pages fast enough to get to the end...a real page-turner, holding this reader's attention from opening to the end. The many threads woven throughout this novel left me exhausted by the end. That is a very good thing.... A lot of the introspections were the best passages in the novel. Often beautifully written... Joyce Carol Oates uses intensive character introspections in a lot of her work. She can get away with it because she has the skills to make those introspections fascinating. So does this author...—RA
Miranda is just 22 and has already had a child and been abducted and kept captive for years. Despite the gloomy setting, this is the story of a mother's love, a child's dreams, a girl's hope, the good in people. Miranda needs all of that to start her new life. The book is well written: I could feel Miranda's uncertainty, her will to leave bad memories behind, and at the same time the need to retain something from those terrible years. I felt for her mother, always wanting to do the right thing by her daughter and the child she had been raising in her stead, even while learning that her own past played a bigger part in her life than she could ever imagine. Wolves Don't Knock is a good book, and the title rocks! —CG
Intriguing first novel: Ms. MacKenzie chronicles the first year of a young woman's life after she escapes from a psychopath in an informal style that seems eminently suitable. We learn the intimate details of Miranda's struggles to reestablish her life after six long years in captivity. A son she never knew, a mother who also struggles with emotional issues and the psychopath lurking in the background add complexity. The book's focus on emotional recovery is not one I would normally be attracted to, but I found it highly engaging. Read it and discover how all the story threads weave together. —PY
I love the parallel mother/daughter relationship and once the grandmother gets involved, it truly turns into a generational problem. The knock-knock jokes are a stroke of genius. The author has wonderful symbolism and uses it well throughout. And all the “wolf” connections and descriptions are soooo perfect this should be in a lit course to teach symbolism!—PL
Wolves Don’t Knock is a spell-binding novel that delves into the mysteries of a traumatized young woman’s psyche as she fights to regain a sense of worth. As the story progresses, the variety of well-developed characters will keep the reader turning the pages. Thumbs up and five stars to this talented author.—KA
Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Wolves-Dont-Knock-C-MacKenzie/dp/1927529387/
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Catherine, thanks for being on Monthly Smiles. Wolves Don't Knock is surely a must read.
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