And The Wolf Shall Dwell by Joni Dee is a marvellous political thriller that will have you glued and guessing from the start. With the action twisting this way and that, backwards and forwards, the reader is in for a thrilling ride throughout the novel. This was not my usual genre But I really could not put it down. It’s great to explore something new that you then love.
And The Wolf Shall Dwell deals with spies, intelligence, counter intelligence, espionage and terrorism. It is a cleverly constructed plot that draws the reader in. I was questioning from the start.
Joni Dee’s style engages the reader in the novel. I ‘felt’ included in the action. As I ‘met’ the characters, I found myself mentally assessing them and wondering – who could be trusted?
And The Wolf Shall Dwell has some fabulous themes including trust, power and greed. “All heading towards the City in an obsessive pursuit of money that would bring neither joy nor happiness.” Joni Dee explores how people with a warped lust for money and power will do anything for self advancement. They care not for others, using and abusing them along the way, so long as their back is covered.
With the action hopping from 1990 to present day and across countries and evoking old alliances, the reader does well to keep up with the action. I absolutely loved it as I tried to join the dots along the way.
Joni Dee has a vivid imagination that not only entertains but also raises the question in the reader’s mind that fiction could possibly become fact in this strange world that we live in. This should strike terror into the heart of all.
The locations came vividly to life with descriptions that painted pictures in my mind.
I found the main character charming in a very British way, and his side kick was likable and lovable with his youth and naivety. He was a breath of fresh air. The villains drew a sneer from my lips as I participated in the novel – although at times I wasn’t sure who could be trusted.
And The Wolf Shall Dwell is a fantastic debut novel. It would make a fabulous BBC drama, having the ‘feel’ of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to it. I picture Daniel Craig in the leading role!
This is a book that cries out to be read. Whatever genre you normally read, open your eyes and mind to something new, and read And The Wolf Shall Dwell today. And if political thrillers are your usually read – you do not want to miss this one. It’s appeal is for male and female, young and old – whatever you are in to, And The Wolf Shall Dwell is a fabulous read. I cannot wait for book two. More, more, more please Joni Dee.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.