The Wolf Wants In by Laura McHugh is a tense tale of an extended family in Kansas whose criminal tendencies are well known. Sadie Keller comes home to Blackwater hoping to understand how her brother died. He had married into the Petit family and his sketchy wife’s stories about what happened do not inspire Sadie’s confidence. She starts to dig deeper and the plot grows more complex. Henley Petit, a young girl hoping to escape her family’s clutches, is the other narrator. Opioid trafficking, past crimes and an atmosphere of malice create an exhilarating page-turner.