I read a lot of mysteries and this one was just okay. I paid $4.95 for the privilege of listening to it and that was about what it was worth -- if i'd used a credit or paid full price I would have returned it. The characters are okay but somewhat cliched. I never felt connected to Cork or any of the other main characters (before this I read one of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books, which I loved). I found the writing a bit stilted and the confrontation scene implausible. Based on the reviews I read here, I had expected something much more compelling. With a good mystery, I can barely stop listening; this one I had to force myself to finish. This author was compared to Tony Hillerman by other reviewers but I don't see that, myself.
No, I love mysteries but probably won't read any more from this author.
The read was just fine.
It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't particularly good. I would have loved to find another series to read.
Listen to Audible daily on long commute.
I would recommend this book to a friend if they were looking for a listen that would keep them riveted but not so much they can't drive thru traffic and not miss something.
I am currently listening to book 3..so yes.
I was pretty impressed with the woodland scenes..the suspense while in deep woods was pretty authentic.
People that don't mind a sad ending.
There were no wholes. The characters were good.
The ending was unsatisfying.
The interaction between the main character and Molly.
Sadness and disappointment.
Mid-60s; love true stories of endurance.
No, but I would recommend it.
The author kept my interest & kept me guessing.
When Kork confronts the murderer.
I love James Lee Burke, that is what first got my attention. I am also a big fan of series in books. Great story with a great performance. I am also from Minnesota with family in Duluth, so that is another "hook". Well worth the credit.
Kept my interest through out the whole book
Great voice's, brought the book to life
I read a review that compared it to the Longmire novels by Craig Johnson. Wow, was that off base. It was bland. The characters were very one dimensional. The narration very flat. I've been spoiled lately by listening to some really wonderful narrators.
Oh, who knows?
Very flat delivery.
None. I would have added more character development.
Just listen to the Longmire stuff. You'll be glad you did.
I bought this book on a daily deal and am so glad I did. The characters were well thought out and portrayed. They were just as real people are; both flawed and decent. The story drew me in as only a really well written book can. I don't think I've ever listened to a book that made my heart race as this one did. The action was so realistic and the character's thoughts during the incidents were spot on.
No. Chandler's performance is understated. I found myself looking forward to his characterizations, even though they were not dramatic or particularly "performed".
One incident toward the latter part of the book was so compelling, I found myself almost in tears. Even though I anticipated the incident, the excellent writing made it seem like a surprise and I felt so horribly bad for the character.
Take a chance on this book. I don't think you will regret doing so.
Krueger writes a book with a very flawed protagonist and realistic people. I will enjoy his other works because I feel he is a very good writer with a very original presentation.
Like many mystery story addicts I enjoy the discovery of an author and a series that are new to me. The small lakeside town of Aurora, Minnesota is peopled with characters that fascinate as soon as they are introduced. The social and political struggles between the native peoples and the townsfolk form a subtext for motivating the characters and moving the plot forward but they do not dominate. As the tale unfolds Cork O'Connor and each of the people who surround him become more complex and carefully drawn. Iron Lake stands alone as a well written novel not just the beginning of a promising series. Krueger tantalizes us with enough detail that I am anxious to revisit O'Connor and Aurora, Minnesota .
the end did become predictable but not until almost completely through the story. Very understandable family conflict. It had some realistic characterizations. The story was a fun read.