Iron Lake partial review

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Iron Lake is the first book in the Cork O’Connor Mystery series by William Kent Kruger.

  • Pages Read: 54 of 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Public Library
  • Hook Rating: 5 stars

My Thoughts about Iron Lake…

I put Iron Lake on my list of books to sample because I had never read anything by William Kent Kruger before. I wanted to check it out before committing myself to reading the whole thing, especially since I have so many others that need to get done soon.

I really liked what I read of it. I will definitely read the rest of it when I get a chance.

Iron Lake grabs the attention of the reader quickly, especially in the first chapter after the prologue when you meet an older Cork O’Connor, now dealing with a cold wife who wants a divorce. Worse, though, there is a boy missing. As ex-sheriff, it isn’t Cork’s job to find the boy, but he is asked to help anyway.

Combine the missing boy with a medicine man’s claim that he saw a Windego, and a judge who kills himself for no apparent reason, and you have a bad situation in Cork’s town.

I’m thinking about starting a list where I rank all the books I’ve sampled like this, as a way of knowing which books to come back to before other books. If I were to do this, I believe Iron Lake would have to be in at least the top twenty.

What’s weird, though, is the blurb I read from GoodReads (below) doesn’t even sound like the same book I read part of; perhaps the truth of some things comes out later in the story. If that’s the case, though, I hate that they gave it away in the blurb. (example: the judge killed himself, didn’t he? That’s not what it says here…)

GoodReads Blurb: Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota – population 3,752. Embittered by his “former” status, and the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago’s South Side, he’s found that there’s not much left in life that can shock him. But when the town’s judge, Robert Parrant, is brutally murdered, and Eagle Scout Paul LeBeau is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption and scandal.

Either way, I enjoyed what I read of Iron Lake, and I will try to come back to it soon to write a review of the entire book.

I’m doing this sampling project to pick out the best of what I’ve got on my to-be-read to read. That way, I’ll eliminate some of the duds and slowly whittle down the list, and I can focus on reading and reviewing the better books.

I give the book a ‘hook rating’ based on how well it captures the readers attention in the first quarter or so of the book. If the book has a low ‘hook rating,’ it’s not likely to be one that will stay on my to-be-read list.

I post these partial reviews because I think someone else might want to know if the book starts off slow, is confusing, or is written poorly. In the case of Iron Lake, however, the book exceeded my expectations, and has none of those problems. Based on what I’ve read so far, I recommend this to people who like darker mysteries.