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Secret of the Wolf Mass Market Paperback – Oct 2001

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group; First Printing edition (Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425181995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425181997
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,626,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 May 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Quentin the younger brother of Braden (Touch of the wolf)has run away to America in a vain attempt to escape the fearful blank periods in his mind. In the lush Nape valley he finds Johanna, an early psycologist, and her family of lost and frightened people. Nearly at the end of his endurance Johanna tries to help him and uncovers a terrifying evil.
Quentin is gentle, funny, sexy and compassionate but he has never been able to act to his full werewolf potential, he's very sweet but I was very glad that Johanna helped him gain a little more gumption. I liked Johanna'a down to earth attitude even if she isn't the most sensuous character. The other characters in Johanna's little haven are part of what makes this book a joy and the relationship/ partnership which develops between Johanna and Quentin is believable and appealing. I have greatly enjoyed Susan Krinard writing from her werewolf tales to her ghost stories, she writes characters with depth and flaws and passion. However she truely impressed my with this book by being the first romantic novel I've read with a referance list at the end to provide background on some of the themes in the book - well cool. I wish the historical novelists would referance some of their background reading sometimes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Fabulous Read! 2 Aug. 2002
By Sophie - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Secret of the Wolf" is the final chapter in Susan Krinard's captivating trilogy that started with "Touch of the Wolf" and "Once a Wolf" and in my opinion it is much the best. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy, but "Secret of the Wolf" is something really special. Krinard has created an amazingly insightful, touching, and thought-provoking novel that I could not put down (I was even reading it at stoplights in my car!).
Amidst the lush vineyards and rolling hills of the picturesque Napa Valley is Dr. Johanna Schell's Der Haven, a place where those who know the pain of being different can come to live in peace. Well ahead of her time, Johanna uses hypnotism as one of her main tools to treat her patients' mental illnesses. The patients at Der Haven are a diverse bunch: Lewis, the obsessive compulsive former Reverend, Harper, the catatonic ex-soldier, Irene, a middle-aged ex-theatre actress who thinks she's still a star, May, an incredibly shy and nervous young girl who rarely shows her face, and Oscar, whose mind will forever be child-like. Krinard paints all of these characters with compassion and realism, and as a result they become almost as intriguing as the primary characters.
The story begins when on her way home after a trip, Johanna finds a man unconscious on the path leading to Der Haven, reeking of liquor. Unable to ignore anyone in need, Johanna brings the man to Der Haven, where she goes about treating his condition.
When Quentin Forster finally wakes, he doesn't have a clue where he is or how he got there. But that is nothing new to Quentin, who has been suffering from terrifying spells of amnesia that leave him with nothing more than a impression of violence. But Quentin is no ordinary man; he is one of the last survivors of a race of werewolves or loups-garous, noble and majestic creatures that have kept their existence hidden from the human world. Quentin has been running from his personal demons for years, but he finally may have found a place where he can stop running and begin to heal, if only he can find the courage to face the shadows that haunt him.
As time passes and Quentin settles in at Der Haven, Johanna is amazed at his ability to draw out the other patients, especially May. But the biggest issue Johanna must face is her intense attraction to Quentin, which becomes harder and harder to deny, and threatens to interfere with Quentin's treatment. Though afraid of what he may discover within himself, Quentin has great faith and trust in Johanna and her ability to make him whole again. And it doesn't take long for Quentin's trust to become something deeper and more permanent - love.
But Quentin has many demons to face before he can even start to think about building a life with Johanna. While hypnotized, Johanna is shocked to discover that Quentin becomes violent and evil, and also suffers from delusions that he is a werewolf. But worst of all is the emergence of an entirely separate personality, Fenris, the embodiment of all of Quentin's fear and hatred, created during his years of childhood abuse and torture. Realizing she is in over her head and allowing her emotions to cloud her judgement, Johanna begins to doubt her ability to help Quentin.
But trouble is heading Johanna and Quentin's way. Dr. Feodor Bolkonsky arrives in Silverado Springs under the guise of wanting to discuss hypnotism with a fellow doctor. But it isn't long before Johanna discovers that Bolkonsky is really there to return May to her sexually abusive father. Determined to keep May away from her father Johanna begins to construct a plan, and when Quentin finds out what's happening, he is determined to protect May at all costs. However, Bolkonsky has another and much more sinister hidden agenda, and Johanna must find the courage within herself to trust, heal, and love Quentin in order to save him!
"Secret of the Wolf" is an affecting tale of love, self-discovery, and redemption. Krinard shows amazing insight into the inner workings of the minds and hearts of her rich and vivid characters and these fascinating characters kept me utterly absorbed in the story because I cared so much about them. Susan Krinard is one of the best paranormal romance authors out there, and "Secret of the Wolf" is a terrific read that does the genre proud. So don't miss out on this exceptional read, buy it right away and enjoy!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good but a bit disappointing... 1 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Boy! What a myriad of emotions I went through while reading Secret of the Wolf by Susan Krinard! First of all, let me say that I'd been eagerly waiting for the conclusion of Krinard's werewolf saga. I adored Braden and Cassidy in Book 1 Touch of the Wolf and I really enjoyed Rowena and Tomas in Book 2 Once a Wolf. This is Quentin's story. It started slow and without much spark. I was set to write a very poor review. Then it picked up in the middle when a double personality story was introduced, which was a very interesting concept but it eventually overshadowed the werewolf story! This was not the story of Quentin the werewolf as much as the story of Quentin/Fenris, his alter ego. I really liked heroine Johanna's character: she was insightful, calm and trustworthy. She cared for her patients as if they were family. Her only experience with love and romance had left her unsure of herself as a woman. But her attraction and devotion to Quentin was undeniable. Quentin was fighting demons from Page One, and having read the previous stories, I thought it would be like Rowena's story: an unwillingness to accept the werewolf half of his body and personality. But there was so much more to Quentin than could be seen at first. Physical childhood abuse had carved out his character, violent aspects and all, but the reader never doubted Quentin's essential goodness. The ending was a real page-turner, with all the pieces coming together in a complicated, action-packed conclusion. And because the book was ultimately a romance, of course there was a happy ending. But I must admit a sense of disappointment (hence the 4 star rating). There was not enough of the werewolf aspect of the story and no real connection to the previously ( well-loved) characters such as Braden, Cassidy and Rowena. I feel this was the weakest link in the trilogy, although it's still very much worth reading.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
More happening than meets the eye! 11 Oct. 2001
By Huntress Reviews - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Set in 1880, Dr. Wilhelm Schell rehabilitated patients be use of hypnotism. When an attack made him mentally disabled, his daughter took over. Dr. Johanna Schell took care of around six mental patients, and her father, at their farm called The Haven in the Napa Valley. Johanna found Quentin Forster unconscious near her farm, stinking of alcohol. She nursed him to health while, with his permission, tried to cure him of his need to drink alcohol through hypnotism. Quentin also had several lapses of memories that Johanna hoped to help him with as well.
Quentin Forster was loup-garou. During his childhood he suffered much abuse from his grandfather. Quentin existed by instinct, emotion, and whim while in wolf form. While in human form he played the rouge dandy as a type of defense from something unknown to even himself. The Shadow seemed to follow him everywhere. He constantly moved from place to place until he met Johanna, his Valkyrie. With her help he hoped to find out and face the horrors locked away in his mind.
***** I have left out the sub-plot above. There are two or three and they are fascinating! A perfect end to the Wolf trilogy! The action began in the first paragraph and held my attention tightly until the very end. An exciting story that I highly recommend! The name Susan Krinard means Romance! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Delicious Meal For The Mind 2 Nov. 2001
By "talonwing" - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
SECRET OF THE WOLF is not only a conceptually brilliant book--- it is well-executed and terribly enjoyable to read with its lush descriptions of California's natural surroundings, and realistic depictions of fallible humans battling their own personal demons at the Der Haven Sanctuary. Also, I find Susan Krinard's depiction of her werewolf Quentin Forster in this 2001 novel, totally credible and sympathetic. Forster is the semi-human, tortured loup-garou caught between constantly vacillating states of mind and body... If all Romance novels had been written by Ms. Krinard, I would have faithfully begun to read this genre long ago! (Heretofore I have been primarily a reader and lay-writer of horror fiction .) Quentin Forster proves to be a sexy rogue; wildly sensuous, provocative, intriguing and an a-typical rusty-haired leading creature (man)!
Krinard has taken a courageous departure here from the perceived mainstream Romance novels. In SECRET she weaves the fallibility of humans into her work exhibited through the unique frailties of the small handful of Der Haven's "mental patients". This book just might destabilize the intellectually enfeebled because Krinard takes genre-crossing risks. She mates romance and the supernatural apparently she was born to write about sexy beast/s and slightly lonely but self-reliant ladies. One message shining through in SECRET is how sometimes frailties and neuroses found in the human species can be secret strengths as well.
Far from `grandstanding' on the topic of mental illness, Krinard seems to embrace the human uniqueness and fascination of the mentally afflicted; both severely neurotic and the delusional. She makes such characters somehow a little bit relatable to all of us. Her characters are compelling to read about in SECRET and rusty-haired Quentin is damn alluring; dripping with animal magnetism! Who wants to read about cookie-cutter lovers when the human soul is much deeper, varied and tortured? Are we not merely housed by the husks of our bodies? Susan Krinard's sophisticated readers will look deeply into the enigmatic eyes of her werewolve/s and certainly fall into the depth of her character/s. Readers will be sucked into the paranormal pages comprising this novel. Indeed, it will be hard to break the spell... Definitely not for cliche'-seekers or intellectual midgets.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Through Psy. Pain & Violence, into Love's Healing Embrace 1 Nov. 2001
By Nancy Ebinger - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Krinard's voyage through the lives of the family Forster. Each of the three story's have focused not only on the individual's need to be known and loved for the person he or she is, but on the slow process of healing itself. The tension Ms. Krinard encourages and allows to develop is more than simply sexual desire; although that is there is abundance,it is the growth and healing of the whole person. In her stories the werewolf is not only a paranormal being, with abilities beyond the normal human capacity, he or she has needs desires, fears, and anxieties that closely mirror our own. The author takes her romances farther into each individual personality. She shows the hurt, the fear, the apprehension, the hopelessness in each individual heart and mind, and brings each character into an embrace of healing love.
In "Secret of the Wolf" the hurt, fear and hopelessness rage through Quentin Forster's mind. He suffers from black-outs, or more correctly...'blank-outs.' Blank spots in his life, in time. He regularly awakes in a new place and time without any recollection of how he got there, or why. A devastating psychic storm that leaves him confused, and gripped by paralyzing fear. It takes him on a wild journey through terror, self-hatred, and despair. This torturous trip drives him from city to city, running from a namesless enemy that seems to follow him wherever he goes. It leaves him unconscious, divided, and near death at the feet of a healer.
Johanna is a physician, following in the footsteps of her father, and works tirelessly to prove to herself and to others that she is worthy of that calling. In a time when female doctors are not openly accepted, she envisions herself a healer of the mind. And has the courage to take in a total stranger, simply because she hasn't the heart to leave him lying in the dirt. She is afraid of this tall, seemingly powerful man, but unwilling to turn anyone away who needs help.
Quentin Forster awakes delirius, and in pain, but his werewolf heritage allows his body to heal quickly. He finds himself in Johanna's brisk, efficient care, and surrounded by several others also suffering from the kind of terror-filled pain only a tortured mind can produce. He finds a sort of temporary peace, and the first pull of desire toward a woman in years. He wants her, discovers he needs her, but is afraid that someday, somehow he might hurt her.
Johanna believes that she can help Quentin, but finds it increasingly difficult to deal with the awakening desire building steadily in her mind and body. She wants him, but can't reconcile that desire with the responsibility of being his doctor. She prides herself in her ability to control her emotions, and she always fullfills her responsibilities, no matter the cost to herself.
I recommend this book to all who love the thrill of romance, and to every woman who seeks to immerse herself in the inherent excitement of a sensual union with a paranormal being. Susan Krinard weaves together apprehension and delight, fear and desire into Quentin and Johanna's journey towards love and wholeness, and in passing, gives us a peek into the nineteenth century's reach for mental health. I picked four stars instead of five because this particular story doesn't feature the "Change" nearly enough. I want to see more of the wolf in the next one!
Secret of the Wolf is a must read, and I eagerly look forward to the fourth book in this series. Susan...hint, hint...!!
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