Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.
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“Krueger aims higher and hits harder with a stand-alone novel that shares much with his other work.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Krueger' best book and probably the best book I have read in years. Extremely well written treatment of a family crisis as seen by a 13 year old. Presentation of life in a small Minnesota town accurate and compelling.
Wonderful book overall - I will remember this book and characters for a long, long time. It is a mystery and is will bring you back to your childhood to your first love and then to all of life's losses. Don't miss this book.
No because his other books are much better. No action, no suspense--mosly boring. I have likes some of his other books but not this one.
I kept waiting for something to happen. The book seemed forever to be simply about one boy's summer. I would have liked to learn more about the daughter's love life. A lot of trails that I thought were leading my somewhere ended up falling flat not full circle. Overall I felt it was good but not great.
Held my interest. Seemed slow at first. More engaging in the second half
Lots of thought provoking typical human situations and emotions are explored...forgiveness, families, friends, our human flaws
From a 12 or 13 yr old boy's eyes the slow start to this long summer is just perfect.
The pace in which the characters come into focus and grown up issues are experienced was moving and insightful.
Enjoyed every minute!
INCREDIBLE TWIST AND TURNS. BEAUTIFUL STORY...COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN, DIDN'T WANT IT TO END....BUT IT HAD TO.
"Far from an Ordinary Thriller"
Yes I would happily recommend this novel. It's extremely well written with good quality characterisations that hold your interest and really make you care about what happens to each of them.
The over-whelming impact on the Drum family of the various incidents that unfold. Tremendous writing.
Sensitively read and nothing 'over the top' which would have ruined the delicate balance of this novel
The burden put onto the father of the Drum family. I'm not a believer in the religious sense and at times it could have been so easy to feel an edge of impatience taking over, but it's so well written that finally I just couldn't fail to be moved by his stoicism.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this novel. The descriptive passages devoted to both the locations, era and characters made it a memorable experience. There are no particularly gripping moments or shocking revelations here but taken as a 'whole' this is a murder mystery that will not fail to grip you and will stay with you long after you've finished it. For me, that's the test of a good book.
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