“My mind was bent. My heart was walloped. This extraordinary novel runs on a rocket fuel of greed and sacrifice, calamities and quiet moments, love and hope. I loved it so much.”

– Leanne Hall, author of the gaps

“Complex, imaginative, clever and compelling, [an] epic cli-fi tale underpinned by love and longing, hope and blind faith.”

– Allayne Webster, Author of The Centre of My Everything

“A nail-biting page turner. Erin has approached the topics of climate change and environmentalism with an originality, urgency, and passion that speak to the very real worries a lot of young people have about the direction our planet is heading in.”

– Alice Boyle, author of Dancing Barefoot

“Peopled with a large cast of unique, wholly realistic characters, Gough’s third novel has elements of dystopia, eco-thriller and romance, all bound together in a fast-paced, exciting mystery. I highly recommend this fascinating Australian novel for readers aged 11+.”

– Angela Crocombe, Readings Kids

Part thriller, part queer romance, Into the Mouth of the Wolf is Erin Gough’s stunning, long-awaited new YA novel, out May 2024.


Dear Iris,

If all goes well I will be in touch by this evening. If you hear nothing, contact Glassy Bay International Travellers’ Hostel and ask after me. Use our real names.

Your Mama xxx

Iris lives on the run with her mother, Rohan. They’re travelling to escape the earthquakes, though of course that’s impossible. And they’re being followed. One day, Rohan insists Iris repeat the phrase in bocca al lupo: into the mouth of the wolf. The next day, Rohan’s vanished, leaving no clues about where she’s gone besides a contact in an unknown town. Entirely alone and fearing the worst, Iris reaches out to a stranger for help.

When Lena gets Iris’s message, she’s busy panic-studying for year 12 and helping run her family’s hostel. She’s intrigued by Iris, and can’t deny there’s a spark between them – but she’s also worried. A dead body has just washed up at the beach in Glassy Bay. And Lena’s old best friend – who’s just returned after an unexplained absence – seems to know something about it.

Missing people. Mysterious deaths. A growing attraction between two girls caught up in the search for the truth. Somehow, they’re all connected. But in order to find out how – and in order to even meet each other – Iris and Lena will have to go into the mouth of the wolf …

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About the author

About the author

Erin Gough is a fiction writer living on Gadigal land in Sydney, whose award-winning work has been published globally.