Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NORTHWEST ANGLE - William Kent Krueger

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.

First line: "He woke long before was necessary, had wakened in this way for weeks, troubled and afraid."

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).

3 comments:

Bella November 2, 2011 at 8:01 PM  

In the past four weeks I have read every one of the books in this series and now I must wait a year for the next one.

This series is so well written you're drawn into the family and look forward to the next chapter of their lives.

H. L. Banks November 3, 2011 at 9:50 AM  

Pulls me in. Thanks.

Anonymous November 10, 2011 at 5:22 PM  

Jen, thanks for the recommendation! I want to read it just for the storm. This is the same sort of event that happened July 4th 1969 in Northern OH. You may not have been born yet but I sure remember it!

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