As I said last week, I finished William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor novel Tamarack County, and went straight on to the next in the series, Windigo Island. This is, in my opinion, the darkest O’Conner novel so far. It’s more wordy, and preachy, than any of the previous ones, and the subject of badly mistreated teen girls and society’s failures on their behalf are reiterated in every chapter. In many ways this book is Jenny’s (O’Connor’s daughter), as she takes a lead character role, involving herself, often wrongly or dangerously, throwing common sense out the window and unnecessarily putting herself in the path of danger. I rate this as a weaker effort by one of my very favorite authors. I have one more book in the series to read and I will be caught up, but I’ll take a break before I go to that one.
I read a couple more short stories in the Raoul Whitfield Jo Gar collection, and have now started Bill Pronzini’s latest, a stand alone novel, The Violated. I like Pronzini a lot, but the change of character POV with each short chapter is challenging me. I’m never sure why authors choose this approach, but it’s certainly not a personal favorite. I’ll continue to plug away as long as I can.
Barbara finished Michael Connelly’s The Wrong Side of Good-Bye and was planning on reading Night School by Lee Child next, but it was due back at the library, so she’s now reading Harbour Street by Anne Cleeves.
So how about you?
What have you been reading?