Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger

Murders, children coming back home, folks getting run off the road, revenge for a 20-year-old murder, and many unusual things happening in the bitter cold county of Tamarack in Northern Minnesota.

What was happening in this town that usually was a quiet place to be?  No one knew the answer, and the police had no clue either.  Even Cork, a retired deputy sheriff, was called in for the investigation that he was more involved with than he knew.

Cork O’Connor wasn't aware that his family would be involved and that part of his family was changing.  Cork is a character you would personally want as a friend. He is a great father as well as a dedicated law man.

TAMARACK COUNTY is the second book I have read by Mr. Krueger.  It is quite different from ORDINARY GRACE, but still beautifully detailed and written.

Mr. Krueger's characters are always an interesting lot.  I enjoyed learning about the Indian traditions and a few Indian words. The landscape descriptions were amazing, but I wouldn't want to live in that cold climate, though, which seemed to be a major theme.

TAMARACK COUNTY definitely kept my attention with a good storyline but a storyline that wasn't gripping until the last half of the book when things did heat up in those freezing temperatures as the mystery unraveled as well as the history of the characters.

The characters were well developed, authentic, and very plausible.  TAMARACK COUNTY is a book about community and family all working together for the good of each other.

TAMARACK COUNTY has religious and philosophical themes as subplots.

A quote from page 205 is quite meaningful and something I believe needs to be shared:

“Anger, hate, jealousy envy, fear.  Fill your pockets with these heavy stones and you spend your life trying not to drown.  Throw them away, and you float."

I hope you get to read this book.  It was thought provoking, introspective, and will hold your interest.  I enjoyed it. 4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.


  1. Another good book by William Kent Krueger. Just hang in there. :)

  2. I loved Ordinary Grace and really want to read some of his other work.

  3. This one is different. I hear there is a series with the character Cork O'Connor in it. He was in this book.

    It had Mr. Krueger's excellent writing, and was good.

    I hope you get to read it, Kathy.

    THANKS for stopping by.