Book Review; The Only Good Indians – Stephen Graham Jones

A story of vengeance spanning centuries.

Page Count 320

 Publication date July 2020/ Publisher Titan

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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.



Told from several character POVs The Only Good Indians is a story of vengeance spanning centuries.

One by one the Indians are dying, plagued by visions of elk. The novel switches between past memories and present day building excellent character development and narrating how four friends invited the wrath of an Elk spirit.
Filled with Indian folklore, traditions and stories, I really enjoyed this unique tale.

Jones is masterful at tension and suspense, reading from each characters point of view made their collective fear and hysteria palpable.
The trappings of mundane life and basketball scenarios are a stark contrast to the brutal violence and slow descent into madness.
The Only Good Indians repeatedly caught me unawares, surprise gut punches are thrown at the turn of a page.

My opinions of the characters ranged from sympathy and endearment to disdain. I love when there is no clear cut between protagonist and antagonist which is exactly how I felt about this story.

If your looking for horror like you’ve never experienced before, check out The Only Good Indians.

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Author: Roxanne Michelle

Dramatic, curly-haired wannabe writer from a nowhere town in Somerset. Stop-starter of all projects great and small. Here to talk books, film, mental health and lifestyle.

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