This was a good book, with a well-constructed plot and solid prose style. It had a thoughtful, understated feel, different from the thrill-a-minute ride that's usual in this genre. That doesn't mean there was a lack of action, but overall the book seemed quieter, putting the real focus on the internal lives of the characters. They were mostly sensible, realistic people, with touches of dry humor that I found appealing. As with most series, the book can be read as a standalone, though I sometimes felt that I lacked information about Cork, his family and community, that I probably need to read earlier books in the series to learn, so I'll be looking for those.
Another excellent book by William Krueger. It kept me engrossed until the end.
When the corpse of a beautiful high school student is discovered on a hillside four months after her disappearance on New Year's Eve, all evidence points to her boyfriend, local bad boy Solemn Winter Moon. Despite Solemn's self-incriminating decision to go into hiding, Cork O'Connor, Aurora, Minnesota's former sheriff, isn't about to hang the crime on a kid he's convinced is innocent. In an uphill battle to clear Solemn's name, Cork encounters no shortage of adversity. Some -- like bigotry and bureaucracy -- he knows all too well. What Cork isn't prepared for is the emergence of a long-held resentment from his own childhood. And when Solemn reappears, claiming to have seen a vision of Jesus Christ in Blood Hollow, the mystery becomes thornier than Cork could ever have anticipated. And that's when the miracles start happening....
I thought this was a first-rate entry in the Cork O'Connor series. The author weaves a multi-layered tale that will draw you in immediately. I enjoyed this one very much.
I will rate this book as 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed reading this book, but not to the extent of some of his other books.
This is the fourth entry in the Cork O'Conner series, but a new to me author. I listened to this in the car and was completely engaged. So many secrets and twists and turns, I never saw the end comming. I loved everything about the book, and intend to start with the first in the series very soon.
When a beautiful high school student is discovered on a hillside all the evidence points to her boyfriend a local bad boy, Solemn Winter Moon--Cork is the former sheriff of Aurora, Mn and is looking into the crime after Solemn has been arrested and Cork feels deep down he is innocent. This story grabbed from the very first and just keeps you reading as fast as you can.
Krueger knows how to keep the reader's attention. Falsely accused of his former girlfriend's murder, Solemn Winter Moon retreats to the wilderness where he claims to meet "Jesus". A great story. Faith found and tested, shaken and almost lost only to be found again. Love this author and the characters he has created in the Cork O'Connor series.
Wow - Great mystery!
Blood Hollow is the fourth book in the Cork O'Connor series. Every book I've read so far in this series has been great. Filled with the atmosphere of northern Minnesota and characters so real that could almost they step off the page. This book has been the best of the series, though. It's got secrets upon secrets upon secrets.
Outdoor Minnesota setting, native American community and a compassionate sheriff
This book was okay,just not my kind of book. A beautiful girl is found dead and her boyfriend is blamed. He goes into hiding and reappears claming to have seen Jesus.
Another well written book by William Kent Krueger. He makes Cork O'Connor and everyone in the book every day people. He has a way of keeping me guessing Who-dun-it until the very end. His books are easy to read and will hold your interest all the way through.
BLOOD HOLLOW, by William Kent Krueger, is the fourth in the series featuring ex-sheriff "Cork" O'Connor. I found this book...odd. Krueger's characters are good, the sense of place is excellent; I had less success pinning it down to a certain time frame...there are references to cell phones, but there are good chunks of the plot that involve land lines. There's a strong religious element; Krueger has given Cork a problem with religion that we've seen in prior books but here religion is central to more than one character. I did pick up the villain (maybe I should say the ultimate villain) right away but I think that's just from reading a lot of mysteries. The plot seems unnecessarily convoluted to me - too many twists. I can't say more than that without including spoilers but for a small town where everyone knows everyone's business there are a lot of oblivious people. And the Aurora PD is sure having some problems hiring good personnel. Which leads into my next nitpick: in the last two books, O'Connor was seriously considering going back as sheriff and his wife was pretty angry, like divorce angry. As this book begins we learn he turned down the job, he thinks many times how happy he is not to wear the badge, but once again his name comes up, he's thinking about it, and Jo says "Sure whatever you want, honey". Krueger didn't convince me that reaction was real, or that Cork would continue flirting with it.
If you were a new reader to this series, you'd be fine without reading the previous ones, and you wouldn't notice half of the nitpicks I just mentioned. I had a bunch of them, but they are mostly nitpicks, I still thought the overall story was interesting and the pacing is good. I'll see what the next one is like.
OK I am really sold now, this is the second book in the Cork O'Connor series I have read. A few months back I found a couple of interesting looking books at a garage sale and got them for a good price. After researching found that they were later books in the O'Connor series. I did the smart thing and went to Barnes and Noble and filled the vacancies on the first few in the series and read the first one "Iron Lake" and this being the second. I can tell you this as I reviewed the first book on here, this is my new favorite author. The pages on this one turned just as fast as the first one did. Anyone seeking a new mystery author I would recommend Krueger and also recommend starting with the first in the series as it will make more sense chronologically for several reasons not only the events, but the ages of his children. The characters are strong in this book and the trails of clues laid out keep you guessaing as any good mystery will. After reading the first book and now the second I am beginning to feel at home with the small Minnesota town and its surroundings. He paints the whole state of Minnesota well and it attributes and people even better. William Kent Krueger is definately an artist as he paints the story with his characters and backgrounds. The books so far hold my interest immediately and gets to the point of any good book, I simply can't put it down!! I do hope if you read my review you take the plunge and I promise you won't be sorry as you embark on some great mysteries!! The two that I have read there is a little bit of bizarre added, giving it an added element. Really some great stuff-simply put.