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A Horror Tale of Revenge
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2020
From the horror books I have read over the years, I believe that it is difficult to put into words whatever is needed to scare a reader. Words are not as effective as images (which is why movies can make us jump) and it takes a special blend to engage that visceral fear and bring it out of hiding.
It was the combination of words that first aroused my interest. Author Stephen Graham Jones wrote “The Only Good Indians” in a semi-rambling deep-from-the-heart mode, and one can feel a cultural aspect seep through the pages and help mold the story. This is a tale of four friends who were introduced to their culture but never quite understood it, never embraced it, never believed in its power until it took hold of them in all its fury and proceeded to teach an unforgettable lesson.
Be forewarned: When you reach the final 20% of this book, it will be impossible to stop reading. The author begins with a mute fear, that feeling that creeps up your back when you know you shouldn’t walk in that old house or that dark basement, but you tell yourself everything is okay and do it anyway. That fear builds into a pulse pounding horror that drives a reader all the way to the final words.
This story was my introduction to Stephen Graham Jones, and the power of the tale already has me looking to see which one of his previous books I want to read next. Highly recommended. Five stars.