Title: Northwest Angle
William Kent Krueger
Series: Cork O'Connor
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Crime
Publisher: Atria Books
August 30, 2011
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I am a huge fan of crime stories, full of mystery, police officers and detectives that have to find the murderer, and that they use different methods for getting out the truth. So when I saw this book it caught my attention immediately.
This is the first novel I read by William Kent Krueger, so I didn't know anything about his writing style, and logically this is the first novel in the Cork O'Connor series I read, so at the first time I didn't know the characters (This is the twelfth book in the series) but the good thing about the story is that you end up knowing all the characters, their relationships and a little bit about their story, so you can read it as stand-alone book.
The plot at the beginning is surprising and unusual, especially because the first part of the story takes place on an island, where the main characters Cork and his daughter Jenny find in a cabin a murdered woman and an abandoned baby. And suddenly they find themselves in an extreme situation of live-and-death.
I admit that I loved that part and that I really enjoyed it, and also when the author shows us some customs and words of the Native Americans of that specific zone, like the Ojibwe. But after some pages, that originality starts decreasing and the plot ends up becoming into something predictable and boring. In particular those scenes with Jenny and the baby, which at the very first moment were very sweet, but then they became repetitive and predictable; with all the characters repeating all the time that she needed to give the baby to the authorities, etc.
I enjoyed this book, is not the best, but you can try it and maybe you'll like it better. The story is good, but I was waiting for something more stunning and not a drama about children, family relations and religion with just a little bit of mystery. However, I really liked Krueger's writing style, so I hope to read something else by this author.