I listened to Iron Lake and really enjoyed it. I enjoyed this one too, but the "bad guy" was so obvious I found it annoying. The issue wasn't with the plot so much--there was no reason that the characters should have known who was behind the "troubles"; so less of a hole in the plot than just not as much fun to try to figure out who-done-it. Also, a small thing, but I found the vocal inflection the narrator used to introduce chapters annoying. It seemed not to suit a suspense novel.
Say something about yourself!
This book holds you from the beginning to the end. It has well developed characters and the story rolls along rapidly.
I enjoyed this just as much as I enjoyed the first book in the series, "Iron Lake."
I also liked how the mystery kept me guessing. The setting in Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota was great. I liked the main characters, especially Cork O'Connor.
The plot twists and turns and is a great suspense. I look forward to reading future books by William Kent Krueger. Excellent job by narrator David Chandler!
too late too little
First read ordinary grace. a stand alone novel. Absolutely a 5 star book.
Now I am a fan. characters in the cork series are well developed. sometimes plot is very convenient. You need to relax, suspend reality and have some fun. If you like comfortable, familiar old friends the cork series is up there with the good ones. If you want high literature go read James Joyce (barf)
The Cork character gets better and better in this second book of the series. The narrator helps paint Cork's mindset and builds the understanding for his past.
The characters are believable, interesting, and compelling. The author's eye for Minnesota's Iron Range is perfect. The mystery was compelling. Love it!
I really, really like this series. I have to confess that I only read these first two books because Audible offered them up as a special to discover new series. I am a native Minnesotan and the tone rings true to life. I love how these are written with obvious deep respect for the Native American culture and people. Cork is a believable protagonist; sometimes I get tired of the hero who is nearly supernatural in his/her looks, abilities, and powers of deduction all the while making poor choices that lead to dramatic scenarios, only to have them narrowly escape and live to continue the chase. While there is plenty of action and he obviously survives for another book in the series, the scenes seem realistic as to what you would expect of Cork. I also appreciate that while the adventures of the first book are alluded to, it is in a general manner and with only the subtle details to make the present understandable. The author does not feel he has to regurgitate the entire story (making you feel that you are coming into the story in the middle) so that if this were the first book you read in the series, you would not feel left out--it is a great stand-alone story. Overall, I am glad I discovered a new series, and look forward to the rest.
I loved the relationship between the young boy and father. It was awesome to see the respect between the two.
He is a really good narrator. I enjoy listening to his take on the characters. He helps make each character more special and memorable.
The story as shared by the young character in the book to honor someone he loved and from whom he learned so much was eloquently written. It was however easy to believe it was his words because of the way his character was developed throughout the book. Loved it.
Can't wait to read the next book in this series.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
My husband and I listened to the first book in this series (Iron Lake) on a road trip to visit our daughter in New Orleans. Loved it so much, we had to download the second book for the trip back home. This one is also a great mystery, one in which Cork, ex-sheriff is on a hunt for a lost country western singer who has been lured back to her Indian roots. And figuring out who is the bad guys in this story is about as elusive as in the first book. William Kent Krueger does not disappoint. We didn't finish the book on our drive home (just like the first one, on our drive down to New Orleans) . . . so the audio book won out OVER our normal tv shows for the first couple hours after we got home . . .