Book Review – Ordinary Grace
Title: Ordinary Grace
Author: William Kent Krueger
Published: March 4th, 2014
Dates Read:July 2 to 6, 2016
My Rating: 5 stars
Source: Owned book
The dead are never far from us. They’re in our hearts and on our minds and in the end all that separates us from them is a single breath, one final puff of air.”
― William Kent Krueger,
From “New York Times “bestselling author William Kent Krueger comes a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were at the ready at Halderson’s Drug Store soda counter, and “Hot Stuff “comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a summer in which death assumed many forms.
When tragedy unexpectedly comes to call on his family, which includes his Methodist minister father, his passionate, artistic mother, Juilliard-bound older sister, and wise-beyond-his years kid brother, Frank finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal.
On the surface, “Ordinary Grace” is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter and sister. At heart, it’s the story of what that tragedy does to a boy, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives. Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, it is a moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.
I discovered this book while shopping on Barnes and Noble and saw that it was $1.99 on sale from the original price. After reading the summary I decided to take the chance and get it. After getting the book and starting it I discovered that this was a great book that pulled me in and was not letting go until I finished the book.
The writing is just beautiful. William Kent Krueger has written a book that just pulls the reader in. For the reader the writing is what creates the story. Helps the reader create visuals in their mind that create the story taking place. And combined with the writing the author created characters that the readers will feel for. Maybe not connect with but forsure feel for.
The setting was given a boast because of the writing but because the author was able to write the descriptions of the book settings readers were able to create those setting pictures in their heads as they read the book.
This book has friendship and family found within the pages but it also includes sadness and loss. But together it creates a wonderful book. And I loved that the author included an epilogue at the end of the book. That always allows the reader to have a little something else.
Overall a great book and one I really enjoyed.