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By c on 02-02-15
Balance of Novel Spoiled by Too Much Religion
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I would definitively lessen the amount of reference to religious issues.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I write this as a non-believer and I am therefore conscious that many readers who know the authors work well, will buy his work specifically because it combines religion with crime and crime solving. This is the third novel I've read by William Kent Krueger and now I know that whilst they're well written, the formula is just not for me. My view is that there is just too much reliance on religion and it tips the balance of this crime novel in the wrong direction.
Less of that and more time spent on developing robust characters and plots and would do it for me.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I generally enjoy the authors prowess in scene setting and excellent descriptive passages of the Minnesota climate and landscape.
Did Blood Hollow inspire you to do anything?
Any additional comments?
I've previously bought 'Ordinary Grace' (which I really rate) and 'Iron Lake' which was pretty good but I don't think I'll bother with any more. Great pity, but no, the intensity of religious themes and mystic 'goings -on' are just not for me.
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By Sara on 12-01-17
Minnesota Mysteries Evolve
So I finished book three--Purgatory Ridge and this book number four--Blood Hollow as back to back post holiday listening. I thought the third book in the series was really well written and very engaging. However, to me, it was also very sad. Krueger really captured the fragility of life and families and the loneliness that can exist in the midst of community.
This fourth book returns strongly to life in Aurora and focuses much more on Cork and his family and their day to day existence. Be aware that there is still a sense of angst and a strong feeling of how little neighbors often really know one another. Krueger really captures community conflict, Native American beliefs, religious thought and the natural beauty of wild Minnesota.
To me this is a multidimensional and complex series which weaves together many disparate people, concepts and ideas. At times it can feel a bit over done--a bit far fetched--but in the end I think there is a strong storyline with a high degree of consistency from book to book. Recommended if you like mysteries with depth and a solid sense of regional setting and atmosphere.
Do be aware that while the author takes on difficult topics, Krueger's writing engages, and he paints beautiful word pictures and images with his storytelling. Unusual for a thriller/mystery.
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By Peter G. Osborne on 20-09-16
a journey worth taking
this story is a story on two levels, the secular and the spiritual. it keeps you listening and thinking right to the end. as a Catholic Priest myself, I was relieved that finally, after many years the priest was real , human and not a scum bag! there are many good priests in the world and Father Mals struggle is real. thank you Mr Kruger for a fantastic story and a renewed sense of the goodness in the struggle of being human!
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