The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury

The Wild Inside

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 her dogs in the remote forests surrounding her family’s home. Though she...

Details The Wild Inside

TitleThe Wild Inside
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Horror

Reviews The Wild Inside

  • 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 go...
  • 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.Okay.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 rai...
  • 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 w...
  • Asheley
    ***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....
  • Jessica
    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 P...
  • Kim McGee
    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...
  • 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...
  • Cheryl
    "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 a...
  • ashley | citygirlscapes
    Originally posted on 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 v...
  • Laura Chase
    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.
  • Elise
    Critique complète ici :ès 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 pa...
  • Kathy
    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...
  • 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)[the narrator/protagonist, Tracy, is a supernatural creature of some sort that drinks blood to stay alive and retain her humanity. Origi...
  • Hollowspine
    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 t...
  • Carrie Ardoin
    The first half of this book was great to me, which is why it's such a shame that the second half veered off so weirdly that I ended up having to give a less than stellar review. Tracy Petrikoff lives in rural Alaska with her father and brother after the death of her mother a few years prior. The family raises sled dogs, and in past years Tracy's father Bill has run the Iditarod and done pretty well at it. So, dogs and racing are in 17 year old Tr...
  • Jessica Higgins
    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...
  • Ashley
    I decided to take a break from re-reading books, like I've been doing for the past couple months and read something new.When I initially was searching for books, this one sounded like it had a promising plot-line. It sounded dark and twisted, which is something that I definitely feel drawn to when selecting the next book I want to read. I had a lot of problems with this book and, sadly, I didn't even bother finishing it. 1) The author's writing s...
  • Sharon Mensing
    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 Ala...
  • Kendra
    I’m sorry but what in the literal fuck?!Last book I read was too terrible and messed up. Pick up this one for a change of scenery and at first I was like oh this is a beautifully written alaskan book about survival sled dogs and coping with loss.WRONG! This book is all sorts of messed up!So we have a girl. Her mom used to taste people/animals blood. She pops out a child and lets her baby taste blood. She grows up to this deranged freak who drin...
  • Colleen
    Book 48 of my #2017readingchallenge is "The Wild Inside" by Jamey Bradbury. Let's get one thing clear - the back of this book makes you think you're going to read something normal. Unusual, but normal, about sled dogs and Alaska and a mysterious stranger. When you actually read the book, well, that's part of it but HELL to the no that's not "it." So, this is borderline horror, definitely tragedy. But without the usual plot lines, I guess. I can't...
  • Kathleen Gray
    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 Al...
  • Carol
    I liked this book enough that I made sure that I could read it from beginning to end pretty much in one sitting. I wouldn't call it a horror novel, nor was it a love story; it was so different! I can't imagine a mother watching her newborn screaming in hunger, not for breast milk but for something she did not want to give- blood -to ease that wild hunger in her. And knowing that child could grow up to be like her; wild and dangerous unless she co...
  • J.A. Ironside
    ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewThis was absolutely not what I was expecting. The events of the story were harrowing and harsh. I couldn't entirely like or even approve of the MC but I was rooting for her. The setting was cruelly beautiful. The writing was exquisite. I have put off writing this review because the book is so hard to categorise. I still can't say if it's a great book or not, or whether I would recommend it...
  • Sharon
    "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 t...
  • Bridgett Brown
    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.This book is set in the Alaskan wilderness, Tracy Petrikoff spends her days tracking animals and running with her dogs in the forests surrounding her family’s home. Though she feels safe, Tracy still follows her late mother’s rules: Never Lose Sight of the House. Never Come Home with Dirty Hands. And, above all else, Never Make a Person Bleed. But She's attacked and lefted knocked out. When she comes to...
  • Natty Potter
    This could have been a five star book. I don’t mind unanswered questions at the end of a story and I certainly don’t mind brutality and sadness, but the ending of this book seemed entirely separate from the rest of the story. While the first 80% of the book contained hints of unexplained magic and subtle mystery, the ending was nothing but outright, seemingly unnecessary, violence. I very much enjoyed approximately 240/288 pages. Ever felt be...
  • Jasmine Chimento
    Ok. The plot of this story was interesting. Definitely not where I expected it to go based on the synopsis on the back cover. Overall I liked the story with it's twists and turns, but...I realize that the book was meant to be mostly in the mind/voice of a teenage girl, but the grammar drove me up a wall.Would have. Should have. Not "would of"- sorry it was nails on a chalkboard inside my brain and it was in every other sentence.Also "I seen" was ...
  • Stephanie
    DifferentI picked this book randomly, not having any idea what it was about when I started it. I really enjoyed it, although there were a couple spots that were a little confusing. The story is narrated by the main character and her grammar is like nails on a chalk board! That bothered me some, but not enough to ruin the book. The characters are great and the story is very unique.
  • Katie Whitt
    3.5 I found this book really uneven, but the premise was interesting. I found the characters compelling and the scene where Tracy says good bye to Su made me choke up. I did find the writing style, which was unpolished in an effort to give the main character a distinctive "voice" grating and I thought that the ending was anticlimactic, but I did enjoy the setting and information about sled racing.
  • Amanda
    I received a copy of The Wild Inside from a Goodreads giveaway. This book was very different than what I thought it would be. I was expecting more of a thriller but this took a very different turn. I also struggled with the language and conversations in this book. While it gets easier to read after a while it was hard to get into. Though there are parts that I enjoyed, there were many other parts that were just gross and confusing.