I discovered Thomas Maltman’s novel Little Wolves whilst searching through the bookcase in our house in hopes of designating some new reading material. I was unsure of where exactly this book came from and eventually learned that my sister purchased it from Chapter’s at a discounted price. I had never heard of nor read any of Maltman’s material prior to Little Wolves, but I am glad I became familiarized with his work through means of reading this text.
Little Wolves is a novel that is written in omniscient third person narration, meaning it narrates in a distanced perspective of more than one character. The book focuses on the characters of Clara, an expecting woman, Logan, her wife and the town pastor, Seth Fallon, the story’s antagonist and Grizz Fallon, Seth’s father. The book begins with an exciting sequence of events that leaves readers wondering about who exactly Seth is as a person and what prompts him to engage in radical and violent behaviour. As the story unfolds, readers learn that Clara is not who she claims to be, nor is Grizz, and furthermore that the towns sheriff who is murdered concealed a dark history himself.
I found that the novel began on an explosive note and ended in a similar manner, but that the middle component was somewhat boring. Maltman incorporates subtle hints throughout the middle of his story that contribute to the gripping finale, but at times I found it difficult to continue reading.
The story is, in my opinion, a combination of a suspense, mystery and horror genre, and I think Maltman correlates these three genres beautifully and effectively. His writing is mature and whimsical and I thoroughly meows his style. I will certainly keep my eyes peeled for other works by Maltman, and in the meantime I encourage others to give this novel a try.