As a vet in Manitoba, Canada, Liam is used to dealing with the aftermath of wild animal attacks on farm animals. When he’s called out to treat a young bison bull, he’s puzzled by the size of the wounds left by its attacker; even more so when he discovers that two other adult bison bulls were killed in the same attack.
Later that day, he himself is bitten while trying to protect his dog from what appears to be a wolf. Despite treating his wounds, he starts to feel unwell, and in the days that follow the animals he treats become increasingly unwilling to be near him. His usual confidante – his elderly friend and landlord, Peter – is occupied by the arrival of his niece and her erratic and aggressive boyfriend. Could there be a link between the arrival of Chloe and Dillon, the wolf attacks, and his increasing fever?
Nightshifter is seemingly standard fare for a werewolf novel, but the attention to detail afforded by the veterinary angle pushes it to the next level. The story rattles along quite swiftly, but despite this Liam proves to be a sympathetic protagonist, and Horn generally produces well-developed characters who you want to learn more about in the future. As this novel is the first in a five-part series, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get that opportunity.
A great read and an impressive start to a promising series, which resulted in me staying up until silly o’clock and reading it in one fell swoop.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.