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Woman Into Wolf: A True Crime Tale Paperback – March 15, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The Midnight Reader; First edition (March 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597122890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597122894
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,600,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I first picked up this book, the title made me think of werewolves, and I spent a few chapters waiting for the wolves to appear. But as I got into it, I realized that this was in fact a tale of mystery and murder, and a very fine psychological thriller as well. Persephone thinks of herself as Roy's trophy wife. He as good as worships her, yet she must tread carefully, for he has an explosive temper. She dare not show even her dog too much attention or Roy will get rid of him, although he has never raised a hand to her. Yet. So when she meets a criminal profiler named Ned McKick at a policeman's birthday party, and he suggests that some unfound corpses have been buried in the woods near her property, as soon as Roy is out of the house the very next day she goes cadaver diving and finds two of them -- victims of a serial killer still on the loose. Soon she is in the thick of it and suspicions rise that her husband Roy's evil twin brother may not be as dead as the family says he is. And what is the strange hold policeman Jarod has over her husband? Everything Roy does is geared to winning Jarod's approval, as if for some eerie father surrogate whose intentions are unknown. The characters in this book are as bright as crystal and as sharp as shattered glass. Aallyn not only can describe them to a neo-noun, she can make them speak true to those characters--quite a talent. Her development of her husband's mother and the husband himself are dead-on. So The Woman Into Wolf title refers not to a mythological beast, to a woman who must change from acted-upon to acting, who must turn predator instead of prey, in order to hunt the killer in their midst. It is based on several true events, and spun together excellently. Alysse Aallyn began writing under her true name of Melissa Clark, but had to change it when it clashed too closely with that of a cookbook writer already in print. Her first crime novel, Find Courtney, won praise from critics everywhere. Now she is hoping readers will remember the style and accept her as her pseudonym; and she has turned out a novel every bit as worthy as her first one. Armchair Interviews says: This is a sizzler of a murder mystery, and if you have been looking for this writer, here she is... a fine psychological thriller. C. L. Rossman, Armchair Interviews E-Zine --ArmchairInterviews.com

About the Author

Alysse Aallyn is a reclusive poet who has been honored by the Folger Shakespeare Library. She has been obsessed by questions of good and evil ever since her childhood on a French colonial estate in Morocco. She was able to use the Moorish castle and its walled, bat-haunted garden in her first contemporary crime novel, Find Courtney, where it became the Florida estate of drug runner Bret Armorault. My childhood is a continuing source of rich narrative horror, she says. After dinner, as a treat, we were sometimes allowed to watch the bombing in the Algerian war for independence. It was just as good as fireworks. Men with machine guns routinely searched our van on the way to the beach and children of any age were sexual targets. I often endured stone-throwing on my way to school. A bloodstain remained outside our gates, reputedly from a hapless child waylaid by the candyseller who stood to catch the children coming home from school. We gave shelter to a glamorous young Nazi, as beautiful as an angel, who poisoned all my cats. They were feral but my favorite, Christopher, came into my house for the first time to crawl under my bed and die. I was still a kid when I wrote my first novel, Devlyn, basing it on an incident in the life of Shelley's friend, Thomas Love Peacock. It was a historical romance so I used a pseudonym. But after I published Find Courtney I discovered there are quite a few Melissa Clarks out there. It was like Peter Pan coming home and finding out his bed is taken! So I have become Alysse Aallyn for good. A crime writer should be comfortable with impersonations. I live outside Hartford with my husband, investigative law journalist Thomas Scheffey, and we summer at his 250 year old family house in the Berkshires. We have two grown children. I write full-time; it's like building a house of cards in your head and I find I need to be alone at least four hours a day. I am at work on a new novel whose characters infuse both wake and sleep.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Sometimes the skill of finding the truth is a curse rather than a gift. "Woman Into Wolf" follows Persey Royall as she find herself in another disturbing mystery. Author Aallyn draws from her own traumatic experiences, bring readers a solemn, yet still exciting and adventurous thriller that is going to pull readers through a thrill ride. "Woman Into Wolf" is unique and highly recommended reading.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wbentrim VINE VOICE on June 8, 2009
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This is a tale of insidious growth from a loving, malleable and dominated wife to a more resilient, strong and implacable woman. It is characterized as a true crime story. Sadly if it is true, there are more tortured souls out there seeking release than we can imagine.

I found it difficult to like anyone in this book. All the characters were dysfunctional in so many ways. Persey as the main characters was entirely too accepting of a domineering spouse. Roy as the spouse was psychopathically disabled. Be glad that you can't identify with any of these amoral creatures. Aallyn does a good job in painting the faces of evil. I found the story somewhat disjointed but considering the topics of serial killing, spousal abuse, homicide and violence the disjointed aspect seemed to fit. I did like the author's success in keeping the end results a true mystery.

Psychologists should have a ball with this book. Part of my master program involved abnormal psych and the visiting of inmates and if I hadn't had that exposure to psychopaths I would find the book hard to believe. Be prepared to be disgusted with the characters and be willing to delve into the cesspool of their aberrant behavior. The book made me uneasy, to accept these types of people is very uncomfortable. It truly is a psychological thriller and worth reading if you like that genre and probably worth five stars if you are into the true crime genre.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grumpydan VINE VOICE on March 27, 2009
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"Woman Into Wolf" is an interesting little tale about a woman named Persephone whom has to deal with her husband Roy (who worships her), her mother-in-law (who only wants a grandchild), and Roy's dead twin brother (who she heard so much about). She also seems to come across dead bodies. Is it because she wants to stay into touch with the investigator, Jarod? Persephone seems unhappy in the life she is living and deals with it by getting involved with the search of the serial killer. Alysse Aallyn develops her characters with great detail and the story develops into an explosive ending, but my mind wandered at certain points in the story which I found uninteresting. It is an okay read.
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