Book Review: Wolf Tones

“She ignored all the rules of engagement, marched across the court and attacked him, verbally, physically and emotionally. She hurt him until he curled into a metaphorical ball and then she kicked him when he was down – all the while telling him it was an act of love.”

“Wolf Tones”, by JJ Marsh

I’m delighted to join the Blog Tour of “Wolf Tones” by JJ Marsh. Many thanks to Anne of Random Things Tours, the publishers Prewett Bielmann, and of course the author for organising the tour and gifting me an ecopy of the book.

How can you live your own life when you owe everything to someone else?

The pressure cooker environment of a professional orchestra makes a great backdrop for this psychological thriller. Rolf is a cello player who has just earned a spot in the Salzburg City Orchestra. Coming from a working class background (with quite a bit of trauma in his past, as is gradually revealed throughout the book), Rolf believes he owes his success to his girlfriend Leonor. Beautiful and confident, they met when Rolf was working on her family’s estate. Leonor spots Rolf’s potential and grooms him for success – finding him a prestigious mentor, introducing and championing him to the right people, and supporting him both practically and emotionally, even when her own family’s fortunes change.

It’s clear from early on in the story that things are on a dangerous path, and as Leonor’s behaviour becomes increasingly troubling, Rolf is forced to question whether she’s supporting him or controlling him…

This is a dark psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I tore through the last third in particular, both wanting to know what would happen next and at the same time dreading to find out!

Some readers might not enjoy the mental abuse on display in this novel, and there are also several scenes portraying the sexual relationships between certain characters that might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But if you’re looking for a twisting tale of broken relationships and suspense, this is the book for you!

Pages: 330
Published: 19th August 2021
Rating: 🐈🐈🐈/5

About the author

JJ Marsh is the author of The Beatrice Stubbs series, featured in The Guardian Readers’ Recommend and The Bookseller’s Editor’s Choice.

Jill is:

  • A founder member of Triskele Books, an award-winning author collective founded in 2011
  • Swiss Ambassador for The Alliance of Independent Authors
  • Co-editor of The Woolf, Zürich’s literary ezine and writers’ workshop
  • Reviewer for Bookmuse, the readers’ site with a difference

She lives in Switzerland with her husband and three pugs, and in an attic overlooking a cemetery, she writes.

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