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Review: The Only Good Indians

Rating: 3 out of 5.


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. – Goodreads


Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in return for an honest review.

This is a difficult review for me to write because I only got 25% through the book. Normally, I wouldn’t review the book at all having stopped at that point, but since this book is from NetGalley I still needed to provide feedback.

This is the first book I did not finish that I have given more than one star to. I didn’t stop reading this book because the writing or story were bad. I was actually really engaged with both and would not be against trying another of Jones’s novels.

Unfortunately the animal violence was too much for me. Since this was an advanced copy, I pushed on past the first two upsetting instances of it, but once I got to a third in only the first quarter of the novel I decided to stop. If it had only been the scene with the elk, as bad as that was, I could have kept going since that was at least integral to the story. If this is not a deal breaker for you in a book, I do suggest given this one a try since the rest of it was pretty good.