Rated 2 of 5 stars
Here’s a Goodreads synopsis of this July release:
Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.
This is my first Jones novel and I’m not sure if the writing style resonates with me personally. I love the premise of the novel and really like that Native American story lines are the focus but it still lacked any meat in the realm of horror for me. Since it was pushed out with that sales pitch, I had high hopes to be scared or at least a little creepy suspense moments. I think there were some eerie or graphic moments but getting to those seemed long and tedious. I found myself putting this one down more often than not and pushing myself to read just a little bit more. In the end, the novel fell short for me. The characters were able to explore their views on prejudice and racism towards Native Americans quite effectively in the story but I think the writing makes it truly difficult to grasp the entire horror aspect or to get fully involved the story as a whole.
Raging Book Reviews Not Recommended
*Special thinks to BookishFirst and Saga Press for the free copy for review. #sagapress #bookish #bookishfirst #theonlygoodindians #stephengrahamjones