The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Rating: 5/5 stars
Publisher: Gallery/Saga Press
Release Date: July 14, 2020
After a hunting trip gone wrong in their youth, four Blackfeet men move on with their disparate lives as though everything is okay. But 10 years down the line, their past comes calling, and the friends find themselves stalked by the vengeful spirit of their youth. A spirit that will not rest until it has gotten the ultimate revenge.
** Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery/Saga Press for providing me with an eARC of this book**
Is rez horror a thing? Cause that’s how I would like to describe this book. Anyway, I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to check out more from this author.
The best way I can describe this book as gripping. Each of the POVs is expertly done, with raw and intimate voice and incredible tension. The thing that worked best about this book for me was how it built the tension slowly, layering more and more backstory until it felt like the line would just snap. And then, leading into the final chapters (I’ll be vague cause spoilers) I was absolutely white-knuckled and couldn’t put it down, leaving me fully on the edge of my seat and terrified about the way it would end. And that ending, perfect. Wonderful. I loved it. Honestly, one of my favourite endings in a book that I’ve read recently.
One of the best things about this book was how it worked on so many levels, not just the knuckle-whitening and nightmare producing horror aspects, but also the social commentary, examining issues around loss of identity and tradition, and the vicious cycle that comes from these things.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book to horror fans, and would not recommend reading in the middle of the night, as I did, because I definitely had some freaky dreams.
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