I will have to double check, but this may be the last of the catch-ups on reviews from Shelf Awareness. So, as with the previous reviews, this one appears with permission from the Shelf Awareness folks.
The O’Connor family is in the midst of a vacation on a houseboat in the Lake of the Woods when a derechos rips across the area, stranding the family members on various islands. Much to her horror, Jenny O’Connor discovers a devastation much crueler than the derechos. Where the derechos left downed trees and damaged boats, this disaster left a dead woman and an abandoned infant. The derechos has ended but the O’Connor’s nightmare has just begun.
In his eleventh novel of the Cork O’Connor series, William Kent Krueger delves into the theme of isolation and the question, “[Is] there any limit to how alone a human being could be?” The value of connections, whether physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual, emanates from every aspect of the plot.
One of the great strengths of this series is Kent’s juxtaposition of Christianity and the Ojibwe spiritual beliefs. Cork O’Connor, the series protagonist, claims both backgrounds in his heritage. Northwest Angle brings their peaceful co-existence to the forefront of plot with stunning depictions of each.
Some readers may find Jenny’s interactions with the infant a little extreme, but the underlying theme of human connection is otherwise well illustrated.
Those familiar with the series will appreciate the consistent characteristics of Kent’s writing. While those new to the series, can easily pick up the novel and enjoy the adventure without needing a history lesson.
NORTHWEST ANGLE was released from Atria Books in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1439153956) this past August. It is also available as an unabridged audio from Brilliance (ISBN: 978-142339617).