“The land claims what you leave behind.”The Only Good Indians
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones is probably going to the briefest synopsis ever. Any explanation will expose all the different layers of this story. The story follows four Blackfeet friends. They have always been close. They go hunting for elk, which is illegal at the time and the elk are protected by the elders. The slaughter of these elk comes back to haunt them ten years later. And that is it. If I were to expand on the synopsis, it would give away important twists of the story.
At first, it may not seem like a horror story. But all good horror stories start out that way. Let me tell you, the last 50% of the book is WILD. There was a point where I could not listen to this book at night. Speaking of listening, the book is narrated by Shaun Taylor-Corbett. At first, I was a little unimpressed but as the story went on I grew to appreciate his narration…especially at the more intense moments.
Now, I have to warn you. This book is graphic!! If you get queasy, you may want to steer clear. One weird fact about me…I hate teeth. Ask my kids or former students. When I was a substitute teacher the kids would get kick out of showing me their loose teeth knowing that I would freak out. When I see a loose tooth, I want to faint and that is not an exaggeration. My heart rate just went up a little bit just thinking about it. What does this have to do with this review? Well, I discover a particularly graphic moment involving teeth. So graphic I was seriously sweating while listening to the scene. I am not telling you this so you don’t read the book. Quite the opposite. The description is completely immersive. I found myself thinking about this book when I wasn’t listening to it, wondering what would happen next. Overall, a great book and I will be checking out this author’s other works as well! 5 out of 5 stars!