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4.0 out of 5 starsClever plot but disappointing ending
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2020
Needed better editing. Decent writing, spelling and punctuation correct but mistakes with word choices. Example: transverse was written when the correct word was traverse. Good sense of place --Syracuse NY area and the Oneida Reservation. Although the story was intriguing with lots of information about the Oneida peoples and their struggles, the truly important plot threads were never really tied up and the ending was rushed with a silly sex scene at the very end.
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2020
This was a good mystery. I just wish that the books could have been read in order, but only 2 of them exist as ebooks. Why? I'm not going to read the other one because it's way out of order. I missed things that happened in the past because of not having all the books available.
5.0 out of 5 starsGood Read. Sensitive to nuances among characters
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2020
I enjoyed reading this book, with all it's faults. The story was about the Oneida peoples as a modern people trying to living in the present and trying to preserve the past. The characters are interesting and each group works hard. One character seemingly about the native person and attempts to assist in any way he can. He falls for a young woman who being pushed out of her home, as her married sister gives birth to another child. The young woman is very smart and highly education. The men in her family are not kind to her because of her intelligence. But, it all works out in the end.
This is the first book i have read by this author. The story was slow to begin or maybe I was slow about catching into the plot.....in any case, I enjoyed the book. I enjoy reading about native culture. I am a sociologist at heart. I enjoy reading plots about finding answers to why things are happening the way they are or why are things the way they are. It takes all working together to find the truth.
I liked the writing style, and the cultural aspects of this book were really interesting. I found parts of the story completely far-fetched though, and cared nothing for most of the characters. Towards the end, I felt like I just wanted the story to hurry and finish.
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2013
The book has a very interesting plot line about the Oneida culture and it's relation to New York politics. The detectives, there are two of them, are also well developed interesting characters. The plot development is also well done. However I usually stay away from books that have torture in them and this book has descriptions of torture of a child. I also stay away from books that use bizarre methods for killing people and this book uses such a method. I was look for a new detective series to read and this will be my first and last.