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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468035274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468035278
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,979,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Writing and teaching writing classes have been Julie Davey's life's work. She writes for magazines, newspapers and her work appears on several online sites. As a college writing professor, she has always advised her students to "write about what you know". She practices what she preaches. In Cry Wolf, Julie's love of nature and her affection for animals combine in the compelling story of four individuals from extremely varied backgrounds who choose to leave mainstream life and settle in the remote mountains of Montana, hoping to erase deep psychological scars from traumatic life experiences. The healing power of nature plays a significant role as do animals, both wild and domesticated ones. Cry Wolf, her fourth book, also contains autobiographical overtones. A former journalist for a Texas newspapers, like Laura the reporter in Cry Wolf, Julie often ignored physical perils when investigating possible criminal behavior in the sparsely inhabited mountains of Northern Mexico. She has also probed into spine-chilling crimes alongside police officers like Cry Wolf's deputy sheriff Duane. Ironically, some of the most implausible events in Cry Wolf, ones that some readers might dismiss out of hand as fiction, were actually witnessed by Julie when she and her parents befriended an eccentric couple living with a dozen wolves inside a remote mountain cabin. Characters in this psychological mystery struggle to find answers to complex questions: Can some individuals unexpectely connect on an undefined emotional level with one another and with animals? Can well-meaning people who live with wild animals ever completely trust or tame them? Does great personal tragedy permanently eliminate one's objectivity? As a two-time cancer survivor whose mother, father and brother all died from the disease, Julie has had to face her own tragic events and either deal with them or be psychologically immobilized. She chose to teach others how to write about their experiences, and her second published book "Writing for Wellness: A Prescription for Healing" came as a result of 10 years of teaching writing to cancer patients and their family members.

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Julie Ann Davey is a retired college writing professor, having taught 18 years at Fullerton College, a 22,000-student community college in Fullerton, California. She was the journalism professor overseeing the college's weekly student newspaper which won the Columbia University Gold Crown for college newspapers. Prior to becoming a teacher, first at Glendale High School, John Wayne's alma mater, where she taught journalism for 15 years, she wrote for newspapers full-time, did freelance article writing for magazines, and wrote op-ed humor pieces for the Orange County Register and the Pasadena Star-News.

The author of four published books, two mystery novels and two non-fiction books, she loves the written word. Her passion is teaching cancer patients and others with serious illnesses how to express both the good and bad times in their lives. Her book, Writing for Wellness: A Prescription for Healing, is used in hospitals, medical centers, churches and senior centers where volunteers use it as a text to encourage attendees to write about what they are experiencing.

Check out the website: writingforwellness.com and view the documentary film.

Customer Reviews

At times, the book skipped ahead and no detail provided.
Cathy
There is much symbolism in this book, with the wolves, themselves, providing an eerie yet beautiful backdrop.
Beverly Simone
I love true stories and this was written to keep you involved until the very end.
JJJ

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Heller on May 3, 2012
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A very different book with a multi-faceted plot which will keep you reading to the end! Learn some lessons here about how the mind forms opinions, about how people escape society only to find that primitive living has horrors of its own, and how adults can find new direction by moving on in life. There is mystery, love, sadness and happiness, intrigue, and more than a few insights into the way wolves interact with humans. I liked the book because it was different and enticing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy on February 8, 2013
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Interesting. It caught my attention right away. Although it was easy to read I would have liked more detail. At times, the book skipped ahead and no detail provided. Also, this was based on a true story, where is that background? I felt a bit disappointed for a "true story" more like a short story you could read in a magazine.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Simone on May 10, 2012
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Based on actual events, "Cry Wolf: A psychological thriller" is an exciting mystery that has the reader on the edge of her/his seat. With rich character development, one is struck by how psychologically damaged the individuals in the story are, as they struggle to recover a sense of self. One is able to easily sympathize with and relate to the characters on a very personal level.

There is much symbolism in this book, with the wolves, themselves, providing an eerie yet beautiful backdrop.

Ms. Davey's narrative is filled with wonderfully descriptive scenes of the environment, to such a degree that the reader feels transported into the story and experiences the wonders of wild nature. The rain, dead leaves, the eyes of the wolves, all serve to enhance the mood and tone of the book.

"Cry Wolf" captures the reader's imagination and interest with the initial paragraph and quickly becomes one of those "I couldn't put it down" novels.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Storyteller on June 1, 2012
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Cry Wolf is a heart-pounding mystery that transported me to a cabin in the woods occupied by a very odd couple and their unlikely pack of friends. I was mesmerized and repulsed by their unique lifestyle, amazed that these characters are based on real people. The writing is crisp and clear and the device used to weave together the present and past very clever. It was a rollercoaster ride with an ending I didn't see coming. Highly recommend this book!
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By Denise Schiller on December 16, 2013
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I found this to be a fascinating read -- from the information about wolves, the author's excellent character depictions, the setting, not to mention the backstory of the heroine and other characters and how it impacted their interpretation of events. I definitely recommend it!
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Fascinating story based on an unusual couple and their love for wolves. I like a good thriller, and this one delivered along with some great insight into the world of wolves and the people who care about them. I'll never look at these majestic creatures in quite the same way again.

I enjoyed the characters, particularly the main heroine. It was nice to read about a woman standing up for what she thinks is right. She's also very inspiration for her efforts to rise above a tragic past. Great read!
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By Gbelladauna on October 20, 2013
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This book is simple, but very good. No memorable glaring errors and a good story. Loved the character of Destiny, just wished it was fleshed out like a recent book I read that delivered a great POV from an animal.
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By Peggy R. Mitchem on September 3, 2013
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I thought it was a very good book and would recommend it. It sort of keeps you on your toes throughout the book.
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