by William Kent Krueger Print book : Fiction  |  1st Atria Books hardcover ed
"The best angle...to approach a problem is the Try-angle" Unknown source   (2011-07-31)
William Kent Krueger has delivered another fine novel in "Northwest Angle." The story captures the reader's interest with picturesque settings, a suspenseful and unpredictable plot and a strong message about life.
Cork O'Connor takes his family on a houseboat vacation. A destructive storm separates Cork and his elder daughter, Jenny, from the rest of the family. They land on one of the many islands on the Lake of the Woods in Minnesota, on the U.S. Canadian border.
Jenny hears the faint whimper of a baby. Later, after finding the baby in a hidden area, Jenny finds the body of a young woman. The woman showed signs of torture before she was murdered. Jenny figures that this was the baby's mother and she was trying to hide the baby from someone.
As Jenny and Cork ponder their rescue, they wonder who killed the woman and what to do if the killer returns.
This is also a story about faith and good against evil. Cork's sister-in-law, Rosa, and her husband are sill on the houseboat. Both she and her husband have a strong sense of their faith but when certain things happen that they feel are so sad, they wonder why God would allow these things to happen.
The story is rich in American Indian history. Cork is part Ojibwe and can relate well to other American Indians. However, it is his son, Stephen, who has studied his Indian heritage, who demonstrates his spirituality and communication ability, in particular with the elders of the American Indians that he meets.
I read the story compulsively and enjoyed the characters while wondering how they would escape their predicament. The twist that the author added, provided additional intelligence to the story and made the conclusion most satisfying.
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