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)
Found this book fresh and worthwhile without being cloying or annoyingly religious. Narrator annoyed me at first by inserting brief pauses, breaking the flow of sentences. I almost stopped but he left off and was fine.--not even excessively dramatic.
This book is so well written and interesting. I'm still thinking about the ending as well as the entirety of the story. The narration was absolutely perfect. I highly recommend this book. (There are a few bouts of foul language, including one use of the F word, just in case a mom is listening with little ears around.)
This was an experience that touched me and sent my memory back to loss and tragedy that I and my family have experienced. The emotions conveyed by the characters are very relatable. It was just a wonderful book -- and helps me as I always strive for "ordinary grace."
Loved the story, the writing and the narration was perfect. I plan on listening to it again just for the enjoyment of it.
This book was entertaining and a edge of your seat book. I loved the family aspect of the story. it was very unpredictable. The book was great that it was told from a 13 year old.
This book has everything. A beautifully written story of a small town in Minnesota with may diverse characters in an age of innocence 1961. Worth your time.
This book will probably stay will me the rest of my life. So tender. So nostalgic. So human. We all have weaknesses and it is through those weaknesses and the "terrible grace of God" we become who we are supposed to be. DON'T miss the interview with the author at the end.
Great story! So intrigued I listened to it within 2 days. The author does a great job of developing characters and providing many points for one to connect with. The under current of grace woven throughout the book so so beautiful and inspiring.
"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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