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)
Keeps you wondering who did it, with twists throughout. The characters are pretty realistic, but the amount of deaths not so much. The main character makes the story great. The ending was good.
Well conceived idea and easy to follow. The mystery was less compelling than the lives of the participants, all of whom seemed to be troubled. A bit of a morality play as well.
I liked the flow and the way the parts of the storyline came together.
This would appeal to most anyone 15 and up.
Ordinary Grace touched me in so many ways. I often listen to my Audible books while navigating the California freeways and so I was forced to stifle a few sobs along my way.
Tears flowed openly however as I listened to the final chapter.
W. K. Krueger's words so expertly delivered by Rich Orlow have earned this 5 star rating. I will be recommending Ordinary Grace to my Bookclub.
The author was very good at setting the stage for the story. I really felt bonded with the to boys, Jake and Frank. The title was perfect. I will never feel about grace the same way. For that reason alone it was worth listening too. The only fault I found was it was a bit slow in the beginning. Glad I picked it.
Coming of age,, murder mystery and family drama all in one novel. Narrator does an excellent job keeping the character voices distinct. First novel I have read of Krueger's but I a already downloading another.
Set in 1961 Southern Minnesota, the story evolves around a young boy of 12 and his younger brother as they pass through a summer of loss, brokenness, hope, faith and redemption. I so related to this story because of the author's familiarity with this point in time, which I share. His writing brought back a way of life that I experienced but that seems to be lost now. The family confronts a great tragedy surrounded by other events which create an atmosphere of mystery. The older boy, Frank, accompanied by his little brother,Jake, are compelled to unravel the mysteries that surround their family that summer. In doing so, they grow up a great deal. It is so well written that the story seems to have a life of it's own. Full of memorable characters, some broken, and events that come to fruition, it is an outstanding novel and I praise the author.
The story loses credibility in Chapter 1 when the character uses the word "frigging" and it's 1961. There are a few times in the book when the author uses words or phrases that weren't used until decades later. I found the entire second half of the book to be very predictable, pregnancy and all. Maybe his other books are better. I'm not curious to know after this one.
"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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