Tuesday, August 31, 2021

#MacmillanAudio Review of Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy narrated by Saskia Maarleveld

Today I'm reviewing the Macmillan Audio edition of a haunting brilliant novel, an instant bestseller from the author who brought us Migrations. This will be on all literature lovers keeper shelf.

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 08-03-2021
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes
Source: Publisher for review
Buy It: Audible



From the author of the beloved national best seller Migrations, a pulse-pounding new novel set in the wild Scottish Highlands.

Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland with her twin sister, Aggie, to lead a team of biologists tasked with reintroducing 14 gray wolves into the remote Highlands. She hopes to heal not only the dying landscape, but Aggie, too, unmade by the terrible secrets that drove the sisters out of Alaska.

Inti is not the woman she once was, either, changed by the harm she’s witnessed - inflicted by humans on both the wild and each other. Yet as the wolves surprise everyone by thriving, Inti begins to let her guard down, even opening herself up to the possibility of love. But when a farmer is found dead, Inti knows where the town will lay blame. Unable to accept her wolves could be responsible, Inti makes a reckless decision to protect them. But if the wolves didn’t make the kill, then who did? And what will Inti do when the man she is falling for seems to be the prime suspect?

Propulsive and spell-binding, Charlotte McConaghy's Once There Were Wolves is the unforgettable story of a woman desperate to save the creatures she loves - if she isn’t consumed by a wild that was once her refuge.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

"Another triumph for a rising fiction star, offering an intensely realized world for readers to get lost in.” (BookPage, starred review)

My Macmillan Audio Review:

Once There Were Wolves
By Charlotte McConaghy
Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld


McConaghy’s latest novel is a gripping can’t put it down story about nature, love, life and family, plus a chilling whodunit set in the beautiful and unforgiving backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. The author gifts her readers with an intriguing plot and flowing narrative and will have them eating out of her hand from page one until the explosive ending. She also provides a stable full of supporting characters who help tell the tale but it’s definitely her character Inti who is the stand out and along with her twin Aggie are enigmas and as their secrets are revealed and their layers unpeeled will give the audience a look into what makes them who they are.


Saskia Maarleveld gives an absolute outstanding performance and her audience will be in awe as they experience every emotionally filled scene she depicts.


Wolf biologist Inti Flynn believes to save the planet it has to be rewilded so she and her team are tasked with the enormous job of reintroducing wolves to the Scottish Highlands, a land they’ve been absent from for generations. She’s used to resistance so she’s not surprised when she and her team show up with 14 grey wolves they’re faced with angry farmers and ranchers who fear for their lives and the lives of their livestock. What she’s not used to is passion so when she finds it with the police chief she’s not sure she can trust him or her feelings for him. One night while walking home through the forest she comes upon the remains of one of those angry voices by what at first glance looks like a wolf attack so she does the only thing she can to save the wolves that she loves and buries the body. As the investigation into the missing man heats up she learns things about him and the community that leads her to believe that his death may have only been made to look like a wolf attack and the culprit may have two legs and not four.

About the author:
Charlotte McConaghy is the author of the international bestseller MIGRATIONS, a TIME Magazine Best Book of the Year and the Amazon.com Best Fiction Book of the Year for 2020, which is being translated into over twenty languages.
She has both a Graduate Degree in Screenwriting and a Masters Degree in Screen Arts, and lives in Sydney, Australia.
Her new novel, ONCE THERE WERE WOLVES, is coming August 2021.

About the narrator:
SASKIA MAARLEVELD is an AudioFile magazine Earphones Award–winning narrator living in New York City. Working full-time in the voice-over world, Saskia has recorded over 160 audiobooks. She switches seamlessly between accents and can often be heard speaking in British, Australian, New Zealand, and various European accents, in addition to her own American accent.


  1. I love stories set in Scotland. Such a great place for a setting. The book sounds like it would be a good one.

  2. Sounds really gripping, and I do believe Saskia could narrate a NZ accent, I hear the ability in the little excerpt I played.