"Some things you just can't tell your doctor -- like you're a werewolf."
Dr Schell was ahead of his time in treating patients in his
private asylum with the new science of hypnosis, as well as
his belief that his daughter could and should be a doctor
if she wished. After his stroke, Johanna kept up her
father's work with his remaining patients.
While returning from a convention, Johanna was rescued by a
surly stranger, but never knew his name. Later during the
last mile of her trip home, she finds a drunkard along the
road, not recognizing him as her rescuer. He regains
conscious long enough to warn her she is in danger. Like
the Good Samaritan, she brings him to THE HAVEN to nurse to
health -- if he'll agree to treatment.
Quentin Forster, second son of the Earl of Greyburn, may
not remember how he got to Silverado Springs, California,
but he does know that he is in trouble. He has had
blackouts before, but this time he finds himself in the
care of someone who may be able to help. He is afraid
because his periods of amnesia were happening more and more
often and increasing in length each time. Something had to
be done, but there was nowhere one could go for help for
his unique problem in 1880. Dare he trust Doctor Jo?
Because he has one secret he cannot tell even her. He is a
werewolf. Can he come to terms with the animal part of
his nature -- the part that occasionally takes over his
Ms Krinard has shown a unique view of a man coping with
being "a breed apart". She has woven a gothic tale with a
loving but tortured hero and a strong, caring heroine who
can help him regain his humanity. Emotional insights and
historical perspectives add to the power of this story.
You will appreciate the other members of THE HAVEN and the
progress they make as you join Doctor Jo and Quentin.
Quentin's battle for mental health and their relationship
changing from doctor/patient to friend and lover are not
the only forces in this story. For unknown to Quentin, his
family's enemy has followed him and he and Johanna are in
Although set in Victorian period, it's characters are
timeless. The intensity and sensitivity shown during the
many emotion and thought provoking scenes build a story
that you will wish to reread. I highly recommend SECRET OF
THE WOLF especially to Gothic and Paranormal lovers.
Anyone who enjoys a powerful and emotional drama that
closes you with a smile will enjoy this book. Her
contemporary setting werewolf stories [PRINCE OF WOLVES and
PRINCE OF SHADOWS] show the same intensity and insight into
human nature. This is definitely another book for the
SECRET OF THE WOLF is third of a trilogy of werewolf books
by Ms Krinard set in the Victorian period. The others are
TOUCH OF THE WOLF [Braden, Quentin's older brother] and
ONCE A WOLF [Rowena, Quentin's twin sister], both Honorable
Mention winners in the annual P.E.A.R.L. Awards.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 13, 2001